Casey Mattox

By now, most everyone knows that MSNBC thinks that one of our big problems is this outdated notion that your children are your own. As this MSNBC video explains: “We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.”

To be fair to MSNBC, which is facing criticism, this isn’t new. Figures on the left have long advocated for removing parental authority for children and replacing it with a shared societal responsibility.

Want to opt your children out of sex education? Home school? Have a say in whether your child receives contraceptives? The left has long resisted parental authority to make such decisions. Instead, they advocate that we do what is best for society.

However, even this collapses when we are dealing with abortion. When it comes to unborn children, or even recently born children, the left rejects any role for society at all. Only in the context of abortion will the left suddenly demand that any role for the state or society give way to the sacred role of the parents and the family unit in making decisions that are best for them.

Honoring the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, President Obama proclaimed it a fundamental principle that “government should not intrude on ‘private family matters.’” (See John Piper’s excellent response.) In Roe and its progeny the Court described abortion as a necessary component of a mother’s right to privacy—autonomy from government or societal intrusion.

Margaret Sanger, the mother of Planned Parenthood, once opined that: “The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.” If this quote leaves any ambiguity, the left has not limited its defense of the family’s privacy in the “abortion” context to unborn children. A Planned Parenthood official in Florida recently endorsed the right of a woman, free from the involvement of the rest of society, to post-birth abortion—also known as premeditated murder in a world in which words have meaning.

Casey Mattox

Casey Mattox is senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom