“The End of the Innocence,” a 1989 Don Henley hit song, precisely captures what we went through as a nation during the last six years.
In 2013 we were appalled as each new detail of Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s little shop of horrors was made public. He was the West Philadelphia abortionist who specialized in late-term procedures. If a child survived the ordeal, it was “cut-cut, snip-snip,” and another tiny life was snuffed out.
On May 15, 2013, Gosnell was given three life sentences after being convicted of ending the lives of 21 infants in utero after 24 weeks of gestation, all in violation of the Pennsylvania Abortion Control Act.
Since then we’ve become desensitized to the horror, and as a result, life has less meaning, less importance.
Last week Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, indicated he won’t block a bill allowing unrestricted abortion, thus following the lead of states like New York that legalize the procedure for nearly any reason up to the moment of birth — the very thing that horrified us six years earlier.
Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume calls the abortion debate “the most enduring moral, political issue of our time,” and observed the ironies of some of its proponent’s arguments.
“If the case for abortion rights is so strong, why is it always cloaked in such euphemisms as ‘choice,’ ‘women’s health,’ and the biggest howler of all, ‘reproductive rights?’” he asked. “Whatever abortion is about, it is most certainly not about ‘reproduction.’”
We pay for the “reproductive health” of women with the moral health — the innocence and humanity — of an entire nation.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg attempted to remove yet another slice of humanity in a U.S. Supreme Court opinion she’d published Tuesday.
"A woman who exercises her constitutionally protected right to terminate a pregnancy is not a 'mother,'" she wrote, according to the South Bend Tribune.
Well, technically she is — or at least was — a mother. It’s written into many of the abortion statutes that permit the procedure “to protect the life (or health) of the mother.” The fact that she decided to abort her child doesn’t alter that fact.
Fortunately, Ginsburg’s was the dissenting opinion. Seven other justices disagreed with her, and upheld an Indiana law requiring that abortion providers dispose of aborted children in the same manner and with the same respect as any other human remains.
Unfortunately, the high court declined to take up a companion issue, in which a lower court blocked another Indiana provision that banned abortions based on the child’s race, sex, or disability.
During the six years since Gosnell was sentenced, euthanasia for terminally ill patients has become more acceptable in America, and that practice has morphed into something more sinister — arguably the denial of the basic requirements of life to Oregon’s mentally ill, according to Gayle Atteberry, Oregon Right to Life executive director.
“It’s disheartening that the proponents of Senate Bill 494 have sold it as a basic ‘update’ to Oregon law,” Atteberry told LifeNews.com. “The reality is that it will remove current safeguards in Oregon’s advance directive statute that protect conscious patients’ access to ordinary food and water when they no longer have the ability to make decisions about their own care.”
Although the Senate approved the measure in 2017, a different version was signed into law the following year. Had the original version become law, no one suggests that the mentally ill would have been starved to death — only that the possibility existed.
We see what results from the lack of respect for life every day: When an 85-year-old pro-lifer is beaten for praying outside a San Francisco Planned Parenthood facility; when an Antifa thug threatens the life of another for having a different political view; when a police officer is ambushed and murdered for being a police officer; when a gunman rains fire upon a church or a synagogue filled with worshipers.
When the three most fundamental, unalienable, God-given rights — life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — were enshrined within the Declaration of Independence, it was no accident that the first of those was life. Without life, all other rights lack meaning.
And when the people no longer cherish and respect life, they’ve finally lost that special spark that makes each of them uniquely human. They’ve reached “The End of the Innocence.”
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports - Click Here.
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