I went to ask the slain child how she felt about the “liberty” of a woman to kill a child. But she had no voice.
Abortion is a heartbreaking blot on our history we will forever regret. Right to life rests on the foundation of America and liberty itself and every supporter of liberty is duty bound to stand up for the rights of the born and the unborn. Let’s consider why.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”
We start with the declaration. Governments were created by us, a self-governing people to “secure our rights.” What binds the government to our will and affirms (not grants) our rights? The Constitution. We hold the power. The government is there to serve our will.
Why are we always looking for reasons we can to take life? Should we not rather look for how we can save it? The question is not whether you need proof a fetus is human. It’s whether you can PROVE it’s not.
First we have liberty. Liberty is not defined as freedom to do whatever you like. It’s freedom plus morality. We don’t have to get into a debate on all kinds of morality to affirm this. Liberty brings the right to be safe in your person, your property, and life. Since everyone has that right, no one has the right to take it from another without just cause (as in self defense). Your liberty ends where another’s begins. It’s really that simple.
A human in the womb cannot be denied rights either. To do so would represent a lawless act of violence. This fundamental right to life and due process is fully upheld by the 5th, 6th and 14th amendments. It’s not selective. It’s absolute. You don’t cease to be a human being because someone else is carrying you and unless that baby got a trial and was convicted of a crime punishable by death, his or her would be killers don’t have a leg to stand on.
Gavin, what about RAPE?
No, there is no exception for rape. NONE! There’s been so many lies handed down about abortion that many have come to believe them as true. An injustice done to you, never gives you leave to serve an injustice on another. There’s a great quote from Rebecca Kiessling, a liberty speaker conceived in rape that sums it up very well:
“When you make that rape exception, it’s like you’re saying to me that I deserved the death penalty for the crimes of my father. According to the U.S. Supreme Court, my father didn’t even deserve the death penalty. The Supreme Court has said there is no death penalty for rapists. But you say that I, as the innocent child of rape, deserved the death penalty?” – Rebecca Kiessling
Rape then is not the pivot here. So back to the relevant question… Is that baby human? YES or NO are the ONLY answers! If you say NO, consider that the burden of proof is on you, not the child. The accused does not have to prove his innocence to us. To say no, you must either prove that the baby is definitively not human, or deny their rights. Let’s come back to that.
But Gavin, what about viability?
If nonviability is cause to kill someone, we must also accept legal euthanasia for anyone who cannot survive on their own. This would include the sick, the elderly and yes, children. As supporters of liberty we should uphold the rights of all humans, not draw arbitrary lines to decide who is human and who is not.
Gavin, what about the life of the mother!
That’s not the issue either. Let’s say the life of the mother is at risk. To save the mother, the child has to be delivered early, perhaps naturally or by surgery. In the process we do all we can to save the child, but it passes anyway. Whether you technically label this abortion or miscarriage, has nothing to do with what our society means by the term “abortion.” Trying to save both a mother and child and doing all you can is not immoral. It’s in God’s hands. Butchering a child as a way out of anything is of course immoral. The murder occurs when a child is intentionally killed by any party. Where the child resided at that moment has nothing to do with it.
I don’t support abortion, but government should stay out of it!
The government exists to protect our life, liberty, and property at our behest. Mostly it does not opposite of that today. But of all the things that government should be protecting, it’s the life of the innocent.
Well I still think it’s a woman’s right Gavin!
What you think or how you define justice is not relevant to the facts. Liberty is already defined.
When I stand up for life I get lots of people calling me names and using ironic statements like “I thought you supported liberty, but you only support liberty for you.” The problem is most political groups and politicians are falling for this rubbish. Afraid that someone will walk away because they do the right thing, they cave. The fact is I don’t care. I stand on principle and equal liberty, come what may.
Few arguments are more shallow and pathetic than someone claiming they support liberty but ALSO support abortion. Or asserting that a mother has the “liberty” to abort her child and to deny her that is tyranny. To those that argue this. Since the mother has the liberty to kill her child and since we’re drawing ambiguous lines, maybe we should extend it. Perhaps the first year of a child’s life should be like a trial period. A mother can decide at any time during that first year, that the child is too much for her and have it killed! I’m being facetious of course to illustrate how ridiculous EVERY SINGLE ARGUMENT for abortion is.
This is less a debate and more a matter a matter of basic rights. There is no debate that defends liberty while also defending abortion. None at all. None of the excuses hold water if you understand even at a basic level the nature of law, liberty and justice. To those that truly want to understand better I suggest you read John Lock’s Second Treatise of Government. Until you do I don’t want to hear any excuses about abortion should be tolerated.
We will never be a nation blessed by God or thriving in liberty while the evil of abortion still blots our land. We have to get back principle. Life is winning this conversation because as we restore liberty, we are beginning to end abortion – The two go side by side, like light with sunrise.
There was a neat article by Andrew Klavan, a pro-abortion libertarian who recently realized that abortion does not justify itself with liberty. No matter how you size it, you’re taking innocent life. The ugly truth is that we’re not talking about pro-life and pro choice. We’re talking about pro life and pro death.
“I changed my mind about abortion, however, because after debating the issue with pro-lifers over many years, I found I consistently lost the argument” – Andrew Klavan
YES, it is a human. YES, a human life is being terminated (an act of violence). YES fundamental to our liberty is the right to life and due process. NO child could be fairly convicted since they have committed no crime, and to execute that innocent child is the highest violation of liberty.
Legally, let’s also consider what Hamilton said in Federalist #78 in 1788. That acts of legislation contrary to the Constitution are indeed VOID. So an act that allows someone to be killed without crime or due process is pure lawlessness.
If honest, we see this is a matter of liberty – I don’t really think legislation is the biggest issue. We need to uphold what is already law, the Constitution. The ONLY way abortion is not already illegal is if the baby in the womb is NOT a human being – Science, facts, and court rulings uphold that they are human beings. Let’s also consider the words of a respected man who worked in this field and saw for himself.
As an O.B. Doctor of thirty years, and having delivered 4,000 babies, I can assure you life begins at conception. I am legally responsible for the unborn, no matter what I do, so there’s a legal life there. The unborn has inheritance rights, and if there’s an injury or a killing, there is a legal entity. There is no doubt about it.”
– Ron Paul
Since a baby in the womb is indeed a human being, the idea that abortion is Constitutional or liberty is utterly ridiculous.
What Is the Solution? First we need to stop cowering. So-called liberty organizations are staying silent on this and their silence is consent. If you DO NOT OPPOSE abortion. You DO NOT SUPPORT LIBERTY! — A mothers liberty does not extend to killing her children any more than a mans liberty extends to raping a mother. Both are lawless. Liberty and our Constitution is equal and affords ALL life, due process and justice.
We need to start being honest about what we’ve done. We have killed a generation of men and women – Next we need to treat abortion as what it is, murder! The unconstitutional ruling of the Supreme Court in Roe vs Wade is irrelevant. Precedent is NOT law and the courts have zero authority to override human rights. But in the meantime States can and should nullify the ruling.
Every official from local to State to Federal must uphold our right to life, just as they should uphold our right to speech, arms, trial by jury and all the rest. It’s their job. They are legally, morally, and path bound. As to the penalty for taking the life of a Child, lets let the States address that just like we do with other violent crimes.
If I am silent in defending those with no voice, that silence is consent. Be unwavering on principle. — Gav
In Liberty — Gav
Cross posted with thanks from CallMeGav.com