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Morality and the Slippery Slope

Posted by Charly on January 19, 2011

This morning (January 19, 2011), news broke of an abortionist in Philadelphia who is being charged with (among other things) murdering seven babies born alive after he botched the illegal late-term abortions.  He is alleged to have used a scissors while doing so, but that is neither here nor there for the purpose of this column.  I expect there will be plenty of outrage from many smaller sources, and little to none from most of the the larger outlets.  Melissa Clouthier over at Liberty Pundits expresses a relatively measured response (WARNING: graphic image).

While I am horrified by this man’s actions, my intent here is not to express my moral outrage, but to discuss the need to hold the line on issues of morality, and abortion in particular.  I’ve been thinking about this issue since I learned about Barack Obama’s opposition to Illinois’ version of the Born Alive Infants Protection Act while he was still a state senator.  This legislation was introduced after a nurse named Jill Stanek discovered a baby born alive after a botched abortion, was forbidden from saving the child’s life, and decided to tell his story.

What particularly struck me about Obama’s opposition to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act was his rationalization that protecting the life of an infant was somehow a ploy to overturn Roe v. Wade (see item #1 at the link above).  In other words, saving a baby whose life had been previously marked for termination by the mother somehow interferes with a woman’s right to choose.  This is where the slippery slope argument is triggered.

We’ve slid a long way from the days of “safe, legal, and rare.”  What was originally touted as a victory for women whose lives would be saved by avoiding “back-alley abortions” has descended into abortion-on-demand as a method of birth control with no meaningful constraints on viability.   Complaints about this facility in Pennsylvania were totally ignored and regulators had not visited since 1993, and as Gabriel Malor at Ace of Spades HQ points out,  “[d]o you really believe that just this one facility went unregulated for fifteen years?”  This abortionist was left unencumbered to perform “illegal” late-term abortions with no accountability – to either the shadowy definition of viability or the authorities – at all.

Too many in this nation have chosen a celebratory attitude towards an industry with complete and total disregard for the well-being of living, breathing human beings.  As long as the attitude that the right to life (which is in both the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence) is less important that the right to choose (which is in neither) continues to gain traction, the uphill battle will continue to get steeper.

As Lori Z. over at Snark & Boobs frequently points out, the pro-abortion crowd’s mindset is essentially two-pronged.  The first is to perpetuate the falsehood that a fetus is nothing more than a “ball of cells.”  Medical technology notwithstanding.  The second prong is to minimize the gravity of the issue by celebrating it.

Sadly, the current climate within the realm of abortion, i.e. those who endorse and/or make money off it, was entirely predictable if one has even the slightest ability to observe mankind’s constant struggle to take just one more inch.  While it can be argued that the majority in Roe v. Wade honestly believed they were doing the right thing (whether they actually believed that the right to choose emanated from the penumbras of the invisible right of privacy is another matter entirely), there is no question that they opened a gateway to an continuously increasing evil.

I wonder…would the horror that was revealed this morning have happened if Roe v. Wade had been decided differently?  Furthermore, would those penumbras have mysteriously managed to emanate out of our Constitution if that majority had known of the evil they were poised to release?  It’s hard to say.  That is why we must always stand our ground on issues of morality, because we never know what the future will bring when another gateway is opened.

[UPDATE: Thanks to Lori Z. for helping me with some research and for linking this page in her related post at RedState.]

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