Ken Connor

In the last 50 years or so, America has become a nation obsessed with rights. Elites in government, academia, the media, and entertainment take great pains to inculcate an attitude of tolerance, acceptance, multiculturalism, and diversity in the American people. The self-evident truths articulated by our Founding Fathers have been expanded upon and augmented in a way they never could have imagined. Free birth control is now a "right." Marriage to a person of the same sex is a "right." Job security is a "right," immigration is a "right," and a religion-free public square is a "right."

Daily we are bombarded with the rhetoric of women's rights. Women, we are told, are a historically oppressed minority in the midst of a long march towards gender equality. Key to their liberation from the shackles of oppression includes reproductive liberty, and thanks to birth control and abortion, women are no longer slaves to biology and the womb. They are in full control of their reproductive destinies. They can decide when they want to have children, how many they want to have, and even what sex they want their children to be. They can decide whether or not they're up to the challenge of raising a child with special needs.

The one right our culture pays surprisingly little heed to is the right without which no other rights are possible: the right to life. In particular, our culture and our courts have been dismissive of the rights of unborn children. Given how keenly we appreciate the implications of rights in every other corner of our society, this is a notable phenomenon. Somehow, we've convinced ourselves that the rights of the unborn don't count. They don't get a say.

Thankfully, there are people who devote their life's work to giving a voice to the voiceless. And there are millions upon millions of Americans who reject the dehumanization of the unborn. Most recently, a North Dakota judge upheld part of a pro-life statute that prohibits abortion for reasons of genetic defects. For now, at least, it is illegal in North Dakota to abort your child because you find out they are at risk of Down's Syndrome or any other kind of chromosomal abnormality. Similarly, it is illegal to abort for reasons of sex preference, which has unfortunately become more and more of a problem in recent years.

Ken Connor

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