Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Birthday, America!

In searching for a picture that suits today, I cannot help but believe this is the essence of America. The RIGHT to LIFE. Meaning that each person conceived must have the RIGHT to LIVE.

No issue sparks more fire for me than the defense of human life namely the unborn. Their very being was brought about by no choice of their own. Their whole unborn, uterine life is in the hands of their mother carrying them in her womb. How defenseless and helpless are they to voice their opinion, their say as to their "choice" if they live or not.

In the book "The Appalling Strangeness of the Mercy of God" I read this quote regarding human life. Best explanation I've come across on a philosophical level.

"Human rights are rights that pertain to us simply in virtue of the fact that we are human, not for any reason above and beyond that; the fundamental human right is the right to life, and so, if that right is denied, then ALL human rights are in effect denied; the thing growing in the mother's womb is surely alive (otherwise it would not need to be killed by abortion), and it is human; thus, to deny that the thing growing in the mother's womb has the right to life is to deny that anyone has any human rights whatsoever." ---Ruth Pakaluk

This paragraph could be broken down in a hundred different ways.

First, if the thing growing in the mother's womb is not ALIVE, it would not need to be killed. Right? So admitting that "it" is alive, is admitting that it is human.

If it is human, than that "human" has "human rights."

We live in America were "equality" is stressed across the board.

If you start denying rights to certain "humans", where will the line be drawn next? First, the unborn. Next, the eldery (Assisted Suicide). Then, what?


  1. Amen. This is so beautiful, thank you for sharing!

  2. Lindsay,
    Nicely put! This is one of the best defenses of the position that abortion is wrong at the moment of conception. It is by one of my favorite living philosophers: