Steve Deace

So by now you’re probably wondering why this is so controversial for some within the pro-life movement? After all, isn’t this what we claim to believe? As someone that has been involved in these debates at a high level, I have never gotten a good answer from my Pro-Life brethren who oppose this.

But don’t just take my word for it. Look at what they told Time.

The legislative director for Wisconsin Right to Life told Time she was “done talking about the Personhood Amendment” currently underway in her state. She went on to say, “This particular measure might sound good from a pro-life perspective, but it’s not going to save one single life.”

So apparently following the very blueprint the Supreme Court gave us to defeat Roe v. Wade in the actual hearing “won’t save a single life?” Establishing by law that a “person” is a person at the moment of biological beginning won’t “save a single life?” I fail to understand that logic. Maybe somebody reading this can educate me?

I have seen Personhood USA sign on to several incremental attempts at regulating child killing that are supported by National Right to Life and its state chapters, if they thought it would save even one life. I rarely see National Right to Life, or its state chapters, sign on to Personhood USA’s attempt to end child killing once and for all.

Is there an explanation for this? I’ve tried to get answers. I even went directly to the head of my NRLC chapter in my home state of Iowa. My pastor served on her board of directors at the time, and even then she couldn’t give me a single good reason why they still have never helped us with establishing personhood in our state legislature. I still have the emails from those conversations. Her lack of good answers is why my pastor no longer serves on the board of Iowa Right to Life.

This lack of push for personhood from some notable sectors of the Pro-Life movement is one of the major reasons why personhood initiatives have failed in several states so far. Of course, abolition of slavery failed several times as well, but ultimately succeeded by never surrendering the moral high ground. Personhood USA hopes to emulate that historical success.

If my fellow Pro-Lifers don’t believe “personhood” is the right strategy to ultimately ending child killing in America, then what is theirs? If the strategy is we just wait for Roe v. Wade to be overturned, don’t we need an offensive initiative to force that question before the court? Isn’t the question of who is or isn’t a person that very offensive initiative?

But while some notable sectors of the Pro-Life movement refuse to sign on, personhood is gaining ground in Washington, D.C. of all places. Time says former Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has introduced a personhood bill that has 38 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives, and Senator Rand Paul has introduced similar legislation in the U.S. Senate. Potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates Marco Rubio and Scott Walker are also supporters of personhood, according to Time.

Yet despite that momentum, Time says “mainstream anti-abortion groups like Americans United for Life and Susan B. Anthony List have distanced themselves from the personhood movement.”

So instead of defending life at conception without exceptions, what are they doing instead? Get this, Time says they are “adopting the rhetoric of women’s health used by their pro-choice counterparts” so that they can target “the 52% of Americans who think abortion should be legal in some, but not all, cases.”

In other words, according to Time neither Americans United for Life nor Susan B. Anthony List is actively standing for the God-given right to life.

Fellow pro-lifer, did you get into this fight so that killing children would be “legal in some, but not all, cases?” Do you think there is ever a good reason to kill an innocent child? Do you think we should execute children for the crimes of their parents? If you believe all of us are made in the image of God, does that same God ever provide exceptions for the shedding of innocent blood?

The head of Americans United for Life tells Time she doesn’t believe as you do. She says “the pro-life movement is not one size fits all. We’re the ones occupying the middle ground.”

It would seem to me asserting the right to life is “one size fits all.” Either you have a right to life or you don’t. It’s not as if only two-thirds (or shall we say three-fifths) of you can be alive and the rest dead.

Furthermore, what is “the middle ground” of a dead, innocent child? Since we’ve killed over 50 million children the past 40 years, is “the middle ground” killing only 25 million? So if we only killed 25 million would killing children be any less evil? What if we only killed one million? What if we only killed one per day on national television for the past 40 years, would that be considered any less evil? Can you find “the middle ground” with those who chant “Hail Satan” and throw feces and tampons to defend their blood lust, like we saw recently in Texas?

See, the child killing industry understands there is no middle ground. You’re either for killing children or you’re not. This is why they fight so vehemently against even common-sense restrictions to prevent more Kermit Gosnells. They understand the antidote to the plague on our land they represent is establishing the personhood of every American—from the moment of biological beginning without exceptions.

“The bottom line is that (Personhood USA) is trying to end all abortion once and for all,” the litigation director for the Center of Reproductive Rights told Time.

She’s exactly right. That is what we’re trying to do. Fellow Pro-Lifer, isn’t that what you want to do? Don’t you want to end child killing once and for all? Are you giving your time, talent, and treasure to a group that shares your conviction?

Meanwhile, the killing continues.


Steve Deace

Steve Deace is a nationally-syndicated radio host for the USA Radio Network. His radio program has been featured in major media such as Fox News, CBS News, ABC News, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, The Weekly Standard, and Real Clear Politics among others. He's one of the top 100 talk show hosts in America according to Talkers Magazine. In 2013 he wrote the second-most shared column of the year for USA Today, defending "Duck Dynasty" and traditional American values. In addition to being a contributor for Conservative Review, USA Today, and Town Hall.com, Deace is a columnist for The Washington Times. He is also the author of the book "Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again," which includes a foreword by David Limbaugh and is endorsed by a who's who of conservative leaders. He lives in Iowa with his wife Amy, and their three children: Ana, Zoe, Noah You can follow him on Twitter @SteveDeaceShow.


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