If you’ve been sleeping under a rock this week then you are yet to hear about the vote on the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.” The bill straightforwardly states, “If an abortion results in the live birth of an infant, the infant is a legal person for all purposes under the laws of the United States, and entitled to all the protections of such laws.” This would seem fairly straightforward and obvious, because well a baby laying on an operating table, breathing, heart-beating, living, is well…. “a legal person for all purposes…” The fact that this even has to be written is truly appalling and indicative of how sadly radical we have gone in the direction of non-ethical policy making, as opposed to policy making built upon what is logical and ethical. The bill goes on to further grant the abortion surviving baby the same protections under the law “for any newborn, or for any person who comes to a hospital clinic, or other facility…” You might read that and recall that in recent political debates many progressive political leaders considered healthcare for humans to be “a right,” and now you may be confused, because you aren’t sure why anyone who considers healthcare a right for humans would have a problem with granting both “legal personhood AND healthcare” to a baby that has survived an abortion. Well, the problem is that 44 senators voted “No” to Sen. Ben Sasse’s “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.”
I don’t know the motives for why such a high amount of people would throw morals completely out of what amounts to a moral decision, but I have a hunch that they were heavily and mostly influenced by politics. But isn’t the right thing more important than the thing politically expected of you? For example, if there’s a post-apocalyptic world in which most people are starving, and a starving girl needs a piece of bread, and you’re able to give it to her even though your family has forbid you to do so then don’t you think you’d have to ignore pressure against you to do what is actually logical, ethical, and therefore moral for you to do (does this example sound familiar by the way)? What is moral and right is far more important than anything else when considering the direction of our present and future nation. Ethics are built upon logic, so I for one do not understand how a clearly ethical conversation on personhood and human life has been allowed to turn into a political conversation built upon ideology rather than logic. What is ethical has traditionally been what is then put into law and policy, but as I observe this particular instance I can’t help but notice that the ethics were thrown out of the argument, because logic was never introduced into it in the first place. A place where political ideology rules the roost is a place divorced from logic, and is therefore a-ethical; that’s a place we shouldn’t want to become.
In 2011 I remember sitting in a chapel service at Cedarville when an abortion survivor gave a talk on pro-life issues. Yes, you read that right… A woman who had survived the brutality of abortion went on to survive her infancy. She was adopted by a family that loved her and cared for her and nurtured her through childhood. She went on to become a person with the mental capabilities necessary to actually write and deliver a pro-life message. This abortion survivor went on to communicate effectively, live a happy life, have a sense of humor, have friends and relationships, have a job, and all sorts of things that regular human beings do. Why and how was she able to do all the things a regular human being can do– because she IS a regular human being, just like the rest of us; and all the living and breathing babies who survive abortions like she did are also regular human beings just like the rest of us. Science, logic, ethics, and morals all agree on this issue and morals should matter more than politics.