Yesterday was the 45th anniversary of the decision on Roe v. Wade, in which the Supreme Court ruled that women have the right to have an abortion.
Following this ruling, people who were Pro-Life, especially men, were typically portrayed as anti-woman, anti-choice, backward, and on the wrong side of history. However, I would argue that in being Pro-Life, you are actually fighting for women. The Pro-Choice movement typically operates on the argument that they are fighting, “for a woman’s right to choose.” They use slogans like, “my uterus, my opinion,” in an alleged attempt to “empower women” (that is unless you’re a Pro-Life or a Conservative woman). But, these claims of wanting to empower women are obviously a facade intended to distract from their true intentions.
Their actions speak far louder than their misleading words.
For example, the Women’s March put out a statement saying that they were pro-choice and didn’t welcome women who were pro-life.
I am Pro-Life for the reason that life is a fundamental right. The job of the government is to protect life. Abortion ends life and thus is an assault on humanity.
A reflection of this thinking was seen when the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released their 2018-2022 plan which stated that, “HHS accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of activities, serving and protecting Americans at every stage of life, beginning at conception.” Since it acknowledges what we believe to be true, that life begins at conception, we should be fighting to preserve the right to life for unborn children.
In Roe v. Wade, Texas argued that “the fetus is a ‘person’ within the language and meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment.” Justice Harry Blackmun responded, “If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the Amendment.” Life begins at conception, which means that the Constitution protects the child’s right to life.
The Pro-Choice movement focuses on the “rights” of the woman, while Pro-Life movement focuses on the rights of both the mother and the child. If we really believe that both lives are valuable human life and both deserve respect, we should be advocating for alternatives to abortion such as adoption.
I was adopted as a baby after my birth mother was paid to abort me. For me, the most important part of that story is adoption—my only chance was because I was adopted. Adoption is a beautiful display of the celebration of life.
The Republican Party is doing great work in protecting the rights of the unborn. President Trump declaring today National Sanctity of Life Day is an incredible first step to stopping the massacre of innocent children in our nation. Additionally, leaders such as Mike Pence and Paul Ryan standing up for the movement during the March For Life is fantastic. However, promoting life should be happening every single day. Standing up for babies should also involve advocating for adoption, foster care, and the overall care of the child. The focus of the pro-life movement should also be on caring for the mother and the baby after the child is born.
The March for Life and the Pro-Life movement are what true feminism and the empowerment of women looks like. I used to be extremely pro-choice thinking that being pro-choice was being pro women’s rights. But it’s really the Pro-Life movement who is fighting for the rights of women and all people. According to the Institute for Pro-Life Advancement, a majority of millennials support increasing restrictions on abortions. “The survey found 53 percent of millennials believe abortion should be illegal in all or most circumstances, with 17 percent of young people responding abortion should never be legal and 36 percent only in extreme cases, such as rape, incest or when the life of the mother is at risk.”
We really can be the generation that ends the massacre of innocent and defenseless children and focuses on empowering women through saving lives. Abortion isn’t a personal issue until you look at who it affects, the poor and defenseless. Ronald Reagan once said, “I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.” It’s easy to be pro-choice when you ignore the baby and focus on the mother. But, when you look at both of them as valuable lives, fighting for the right to life seems obvious. I’m forever grateful that I was adopted. I was given a chance at life, and the chance to make a difference for others who are at risk of not being given that chance. That doesn’t mean that every second was easy, but it means that the chance at life was worth it.
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Originally posted: https://theprecedent.co/2018/01/22/protecting-unborn-life-empowers-women/