Ken Connor

The consequences of denying this irrefutable medical fact have been tragic. Since 1973 over 50 million children have been aborted in the United States. This is tragic not only because these tiny human beings were never given a chance at life, it is tragic because the mothers of these children – often overwhelmed by fear and panic and unaware of the full implications of their actions – must forever live with the emotional and psychological consequences of their choice.

Eradicating post-abortion guilt is a big part of the campaign to venerate a woman's "right to choose." By refusing to acknowledge the personhood of the unborn child, American society and its legal system has fostered a disposable man mentality. If a baby is unwanted, inconvenient, or imperfect, the it's mother has a right to kill it. (This "unwanted, therefore not worthy of protecting or preserving" mentality has jeopardized the lives of the handicapped and the frail elderly, who are themselves often inconvenient and expensive, and has fostered an unhealthy, me first, self-centered attitude.) Ironically, of course, if the same woman decides that she wants to have a child, then the process of pregnancy and childbirth magically transforms into a sacred miracle that is to be respected and celebrated. The same embryo that "wasn't human" when she didn't want to be pregnant is now "her child" simply according to her feelings about the situation. It's all about how the mother chooses to define her pregnancy.

It is the job of our legal system to reconcile competing interests when they come into conflict with one another. At present, there is no mechanism in place to advocate for the interests of the unborn, and this is what the personhood movement seeks to change. Apart from such a change, abortions will continue at epidemic proportions, and all of humanity will be devalued in the process.

Ken Connor

Ken Connor is Chairman of the Center for a Just Society in Washington, DC.