Ken Connor

Most parents would agree that protecting your children from harm and doing everything possible to set them on a path of success and happiness are fundamental parental responsibilities. From the moment our children are born, their welfare becomes an almost singular obsession. Countless hours are spent dreaming about and planning for their future. We tell our children that they can be anything they want to be – the sky is the limit! Of course, as all parents quickly realize, things don't always go as planned. We make mistakes. Our children make mistakes. Life gets thrown off course. The challenge, then, becomes how we respond to the unexpected, the less-than-ideal, and how we teach our children to respond.

By now, most Americans have heard about the Texas teen who is suing her parents for pressuring her to have an abortion. The young lady is 16 years old, as is her boyfriend. Obviously, this is not a scenario most parents envision for their young daughters. If the girl's allegations against her parents are true, however, then this case demonstrates a sad fact about the state of America's moral compass. We have gotten to a point where we'd rather see our child endure the trauma of an abortion than see her be "punished with a baby," as our President so memorably said.

The message our culture now sends is clear: An unintended pregnancy, particularly for a young person, is a virtual death sentence - at least it was in a pre-Roe America. Thanks to that landmark ruling, however, your youngster's momentary lapse in judgment need not have life-altering consequences. A quick trip to the friendly neighborhood Planned Parenthood is all that's needed. In and out, quick and easy, and your child's life can proceed on its merry way, unimpeded and unencumbered. This message has yielded grim results: 56 million dead babies; untold grief and heartbreak for women who were deceived about the real nature of their "choice"; collateral damage to fathers and families; debilitating guilt and immutable regret.

Ken Connor

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