One day she told me that when she was younger, she’d had an abortion. It was a very emotional topic and something she still agonized over. At the time it seemed like the best idea. But it wasn’t. In fact, it almost never is.
In the course of our lives, we have all sorts of choices. The most important choices are about what we value. And if we don’t place extreme value on human life, what else matters?
If an innocent baby is dispensable, how on earth (no pun intended) can we justify making laws to prevent global warming? If unborn babies can be sucked into pieces into a sink — and it’s no different than removing a wart — how can we tax people to give to the poor? If delivering a full-term baby, holding it’s head in the birth canal so we can stick scissors in its skull and extract its brains is simply part of “reproductive rights” (as President Obama says), then what possible values can we pretend to have?
Graphic? Perhaps. But certainly less graphic than what happens to tens of millions of babies every year. And if we are too cowardly to face what’s happening, no one will speak for these children.
What good is a vision, a core set of values and beliefs, if you don’t have the courage to enforce them habitually?
In a world where standards are mocked at every turn, it becomes more important than ever to stand on principles. Even if it’s uncomfortable. Even if it’s unpopular. The future depends on it.
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