Gary McCaleb

Again, obviously, there is no violation of “bodily integrity” to compare with having your brains sucked out by a vacuum cleaner. Nor is there found on the books any law justifying homicide as long as it’s committed for “deeply personal, moral, or religious reasons.” (Hitler and the Aztecs had deeply personal and religious reasons, respectively, for slaughtering millions.)

At root, then the arguments of the NWLC come down to this: a woman’s life is innately more important than her child’s. That contention doesn’t just run counter to the teachings of most of the world’s religions – it runs counter to every nurturing instinct of the human heart.

On the other hand, self-interest is at the heart of every aspect of the so-called “pro-choice” movement, with its breathtakingly arrogant view that the emotional preferences and economic prosperity of a select few are more important than the lives of others.

It’s an arrogance that was unusually well quantified by the group of Duke, Dartmouth, Wellesley, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology economists who issued a paper on “Abortion and Selection” last April that found, among other things:

“… that lower costs of abortion led to improved outcomes in the birth cohort in the form of an increased likelihood of college graduation, lower rates of welfare use, and lower odds of being a single parent.”

In other words, “killing your baby can be your key to a successful life, and even a better society for all of us.” (Better living through RU 486?) That’s a view cherished by Chinese Communists, who no longer make much of a secret of the fact that they are doing a thriving business in human organs, harvested mostly from their own political prisoners.

A lot of people who don’t have a problem with abortion profess to be horrified by the Chinese organ market. But killing, maiming, and torture can come easily to governments that have spent decades endorsing abortion as a primary means of birth control.

Such atrocities come easy to a world grown comfortable with objectifying women and commoditizing persons … that is, determining the value of a human life not by its uniqueness and intrinsic worth, but whether it profits those in power over it.

A person with Terry Schiavo’s limitations couldn’t make a tangible enough contribution to the world to justify her existence to the Florida courts. A still fragile embryo just isn’t as demonstrably talented and beloved as, say, Michael J. Fox. Stem-cell enthusiasts assure us that, in these cases, the parts are more valuable than the whole.

And, of course, the extraordinary potential of an unborn baby is nothing compared to the would-be mother’s prospects for advancement in life. Can we really risk her emotional, social, and economic future when the problem is easily resolved by taking an innocent life?

No, our courts tell us, while so many Americans shrug. We’ve killed so many millions of them, now, that the once “honest arrogance” of abortion advocates has become America’s shameful, selfish complaisance to utter brutality.

Gary McCaleb

Gary McCaleb serves as Chief Solicitor and Executive Vice-President of Strategy Implementation for the Alliance Defense Fund at its headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona.