One favorite and generally accepted definition of insanity is to do something the same way over and over again expecting different results. And so it has been with the pro-life movement.
For the past 30-years the basic strategy to end abortion has been to elect "pro-life" Republicans who, we are frequently told, will put more "pro-life" judges on the courts culminating in the ultimate "overturning" of Roe v Wade-- the 1973 Supreme Court decision which many have speciously claimed "legalized abortion in all fifty states."
Subsequently, Republicans have been responsible for appointing 60% of the federal judiciary including 7 of the 9 Supreme Court justices who handed down Roe and her progeny in the first place, and not one of those justices ever argued that the right to life is an unalienable right which neither the federal nor state government may violate.
Under President Bush $2.2 billion in federal funding went to the nation's largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. Funding also increased year after year during Bush's two terms in office- a slightly greater increase than under President Clinton.
So here we stand with the same 30-year strategy with the same results, proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the establishment strategy of electing more Republicans to put more "pro-life" judges on the bench has been an unmitigated failure.
As such, perhaps it would be wise at this point to examine whether or not this strategy was designed, inadvertently or not, to actually end abortion or regulate it; and more importantly, whether or not the tangible actions of those who so gratuitously slap the "pro-life" title on their organizations reflect that strategy.
To end abortion is to do just that--to believe that all life, both born and unborn, is an unalienable right and protect it at all cost. To regulate abortion is to do just that…to arrogantly decide whose life has value and whose does not and thus making it "lawful" to eliminate them accordingly. I would submit here that we have tried the latter and after 40 million innocents slaughtered, logic dictates that we cannot end abortion by "regulating" it.
Still, there are "pro-family" and "pro-life" groups who are now actively engaged in opposing state personhood amendments and supporting pro-abortion politicians and presidential candidates who support tax-payer funded embryonic stem cell research and the Stephen Douglas slavery position that abortion is a "states rights issue."
And self-styled "conservative" and "Christian" legal organizations perpetually concede the liberal lie that courts can "revoke," "overturn" and "strike down" laws despite the fact that the judiciary possesses no such enumerated constitutional authority.
While the leading pro-life and pro-family organizations have raised hundreds of millions of dollars to advance the pro-life "cause" including a quarter of a billion dollars to end the procedure known as "partial birth abortion" (which according to Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family, hasn't saved one single life), 1.5 million babies per year continue to be dismembered and discarded in trash receptacles (4,000 babies killed per day).
Isn't it time we rightfully acknowledge what many pro-life and pro-family activists have been saying privately for quite some time now--that the old incramentalist strategy of regulating abortion has failed?
While I support state and federal "human life" and "personhood" amendments, the fact of the matter is that we don't need to amend any constitution to protect human life because the inalienable right to human life is already guaranteed in our founding documents including our founding national charter which is part of the Organic Law of the United States of America, the Declaration of Independence, as well as the Supreme Law of the Land, the Constitution (see Preamble, 5th and 14th amendments).
So instead of wasting precious time and financial resources attempting to pass human life and personhood amendments that leading "pro-life" organizations such as National Right to Life (NRTL) have actively thwarted (oddly claiming that "it's not the right time" to pass personhood/human life amendments to state constitutions) we should instead focus our efforts on demanding that our elected representatives uphold their constitutional sworn oath to protect and defend the inalienable right to life. It's that simple.
President Bush claims to be pro-life.
So, I propose that all conservative pro-family and pro-life organizational leaders, lawyers and media pundits unify and call on President Bush to uphold his constitutional oath to protect and defend the inalienable right to life by issuing an executive order in his last remaining month of his presidency to close down every abortion clinic in the country and to call on the Congress (under Article 1 Section 8) to use the national guard if necessary to enforce the Supreme Law of the Land. President Kennedy used the National Guard to ensure the safety of two black students who Governor George Wallace barred from entering the University of Alabama in June of 1963. President Bush could certainly do the same to close down the nation's abortion mills.
President Bush swore to uphold and defend the Constitution which guarantees the unalienable right to life for every American citizen. If that unalienable right to life is being violated at the state level, the president has the solemn constitutional obligation to protect and defend the right to life of each individual citizen of each state.
Ok, if President Bush did issue such an executive order wouldn't President Obama reverse it as one of his first official acts?
Of course he would. After all we are talking about Barack "when babies possess human rights is beyond my pay grade" Obama.
And if he did, every pro-life constitutionalist should call for his impeachment and removal from office for violating his oath.
Starting to see a pattern yet?
But Gregg you've gone off the reservation. Even if pro-family /pro-life organizations called for Obama to be impeached and removed from office, it would be highly unlikely considering the Democrat congressional majorities in both houses.
While this is true, it still doesn't absolve pro-lifers of our solemn obligation to demand that every office holder uphold their constitutionally sworn oath to protect and defend the inalienable right to life.
Pro-lifers nation-wide could then push for pro-life governors to issue executive orders in their individual states to close down abortion clinics and criminalize any abortionist who ends the life of any unborn baby.
If such a pro-life governor, like for example, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana would take the lead in merely abiding by his oath and closing down all the abortion clinics in Louisiana, this would go a long way. The courts could rule that such an executive order would most likely be "unconstitutional" but how could enforcing the constitutional right to life be "unconstitutional?" If the court did issue such an unconstitutional opinion, the governor should call for their impeachment and ignore such a lawless "ruling." (Just as Romney, Palin and Schwarzenegger should have done when courts in their states issued similar anti-constitutional opinions regarding gay "marriage," domestic partner benefits and abortion which they all illegally enforced as if actual law) What do truly pro-life governors who believe that every baby possesses an unalienable right to life which no federal or state government may violate have to lose? If they are waiting for Roe to be "overturned," they will be waiting for at least another 40 years given the current make-up of the Supreme Court.
And what about pro-abortion governors who refuse to uphold their oath to protect and defend the inalienable right to life? Pro-life legislators and citizens could call for their removal from office for violating their oaths and citizens could circumvent pro-abortion governors and legislatures by placing personhood amendments on the ballot.
The bottom line is that if we are ever going to end abortion we must acknowledge the fact that the old strategy of "overturning Roe" (a virtual impossibility given the fact that Obama is likely to appoint at least 3 pro-abortion justices to the SC in the next 4 years) by electing more Republicans etc... has been a losing strategy. We must accept the reality that we have conceded a toxic liberal lie for the last 30-years-- that courts can make law and that Roe is the "supreme law of the land." We must acknowledge that Roe was an unconstitutional and lawless declaratory opinion which President Nixon and every governor and state legislature in every state should have rejected and ignored at the time. We pro-lifers must acknowledge that for too long we have failed to demand that our elected representatives uphold their constitutionally sworn oaths to protect and defend the inalienable right to life.
If we are going to end abortion in America, we must demand that our elected representatives merely uphold their constitutional oaths to protect and defend the inalienable right to life. No need to pass constitutional amendments. The right to life is already guaranteed in our Founding documents. It is time that those of us who believe that the right to life is unalienable hold our elected representatives accountable for violating their oaths instead of rewarding them with our time, money and votes.
Can you imagine if the leading pro-family and pro-life organizational leaders as well as the leading pro-life pundits and radio talkers all called for the president of the United States to issue an executive order to close down every abortion mill in the country? Can you imagine what could happen in this country if tens of millions of Americans realized that Roe is not and never has been actual law and that the right to life is already guaranteed in our Constitution and that all we have to do to end abortion is to demand that our elected representatives who work for us merely abide by their sworn oaths?
If we pro-lifers want to achieve total victory (i.e. ending abortion forever as opposed to the current strategy of merely regulating it), we must realize that we control our own destiny and the destiny of tens of millions of those not even yet conceived. If we fail to hold our own elected representatives accountable for upholding their sworn oaths to protect and defend the inalienable right to life we shouldn't complain about the culture of death many of us who call ourselves "pro-life" have been complicit in creating and sustaining.
Why continue to perpetuate a losing strategy instead of following the Constitutional guidelines our founders gave us?"
So what do you say Focus on the Family, Concerned Women of America, American Family Association, American Center for Law and Justice, Family Research Council, Alliance Defense Fund, National Right to Life, Priests for Life, American Right to Life, Jim Bopp, Tony Perkins, , Gary Bauer, Donald Wildmon, Mat Staver, Rick Scarborough, Jay Sekulow, Wendy Wright, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham, Glen Beck, Michael Medved, Hugh Hewitt and Sean Hannity?
If you believe that babies in the womb possess an unalienable right to life which no federal or state government may violate as guaranteed in our Declaration and Constitution, will you join me in calling for President Bush to issue an executive order to shut down every abortion clinic in America?
Or should we continue waiting for Roe to be "overturned" while 50 million more babies are killed in the process?
Gregg Jackson is a radio talk show host on WRKO in Boston and author of "Conservative Comebacks to Liberal Lies: Issue By Issue Responses to the Most Common Claims of the Left from A to Z."
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