Ken Connor

"When the government has the power to deny legal rights and due process to one vulnerable group, everyone's rights are at risk."

So says the American Civil Liberties Union on the section of their website dedicated to the issue of immigrants' rights. "No Human Being Is Illegal" reads the banner at the top of the page, a tacit indictment of any who don't tow the liberal line when it comes to immigration policy.

Scroll over to a different section of the website, and you'll find this:

"The 'War on Women' describes the legislative and rhetorical attacks on women and women's rights taking place across the nation. In includes a wide-range of policy efforts designed to place restrictions on women's health care . . . . Examples at the state and federal level have included . . . medically unnecessary ultrasounds; abortion taxes; abortion waiting periods . . . and prohibiting insurance companies from including abortion coverage in their policies."

So says the same American Civil Liberties Union when addressing the "right" of a woman to kill her unborn child.

This is the morally schizophrenic paradigm dominating the discussion of human rights in America today. According to the ACLU, if you support tighter regulation of immigration and the prosecution of those who've come here illegally, you are an enemy of humanity. Likewise, if you believe that unborn children are human beings vested with inherent dignity and value and that the law should protect them, you are an enemy of humanity... or at least 51% of it.

That's right, folks. This bastion of liberty that calls itself the ACLU sees no contradiction in lobbying for the human rights of illegal immigrants -- a vulnerable group, to be sure -- while denying completely the human rights of mankind's most vulnerable members -- unborn children. In their own words, a woman's right to abortion should be absolute. There should be virtually no restrictions; the only valid consideration is the woman's will on the matter. The unborn don't get a vote.

Ask these people about the Kermit Gosnell trial, and you won't hear one word of condemnation for the gruesome murder of infants who survived the abortion process and were born alive. The only tragedy acknowledged is the harm to the women who were unfortunate enough to choose a less-than-reputable doctor to perform their abortion. The villain is the State of Pennsylvania for not making abortion "safer" and more readily available.


Ken Connor

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