“Abortion”: Playing Word-Games With Lives

A pre-born human being

A pre-born human being

The time has come and is long past due,to recognize the great horror of our time known as “abortion”. Regardless your position on this matter, from the get-go, the discussion veers off-track by the mere choice of the word used to describe the events comprising the procedure. “Abort” is too benign a concept—too sanitized a term—to truthfully disclose what is done to a pre-born human being when an “abortion” occurs. There are other words equally valid which could more appropriately frame the discussion. And since words matter, here is a suggested alternative:


This word is strong but appropriate as it speaks of the intent to end the life of another before action is taken—the classic definition of murder.

Regardless of your current position on “abortion”, the “murder” declaration likely elicited a reaction in your soul. You either rejoiced in righteous indignation having at some point recognized the subterfuge employed by the “pro-choice” crowd in defending what you view as an untenable position. Or, you recoiled in anger that anyone—let alone a man—would dare to call in to question what you consider a sacrosanct “right” not to be abrogated by anyone.

Clearly, very few in our nation are unmoved by the declaration that “abortion” is actually “murder”. But, how did we arrive at the place where we have to engage in word-games regarding such a weighty matter? How is it that we find ourselves some 50+ million abortions down an undeniably bloody path without seriously questioning the moral/emotional cost of our current journey? This road leads nowhere good for Americans, pre-born or otherwise.

On the cusp of the 2016 Presidential election which will effectively crystallize America’s position on the abortion question in the coming years, we have to ask the question: Is it too late for America to change course? I believe not. To co-opt the words of Robert Plant, for America, “. . . there’s still time to change the road you’re on.”

Ironically, that will require we make a choice to change course.

In the discussion of abortion, it’s important to realize that America started out on a far different journey—one focused on the preservation of Supernaturally derived rights declared to be self-evident. Primary among them, the right to life. Implicit in that [D]eclaration is that the willful deprivation of that right inflicted by one human upon another is anathema. The Founders were not addressing the unfortunate results of human warfare but were, by stunning contrast, indicating that the very preservation of the right-to-life was worth dying for (in battle, if necessary—and as became their reality).

Let’s take a look at America’s original road map regarding the preservation of life:

“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. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

Nearly 250 years ago, wise and intrepid men divulged the truth of the matter—that among the ‘unalienable Rights’ of humanity is the Right to life (capital “R” indicating that this Right originates outside humanity and was bestowed upon us by our Creator). So, the evidence is clear that America was “pro-life” from inception. America’s duty to preserve this right is part of our sociopolitical DNA. Which leads us to re-examine a key phrase in that Declaration: “created equal”.

We can dispense with silly straw-man arguments that “abortion” is primarily intended to protect “the health of the mother” (with “health” very broadly defined in that supposition). Or, that abortion is absolutely necessary to offset injustices done to the victims of rape and incest (a small fraction of all abortions implicates these circumstances). And further we can rise above the silly slicing-and-dicing of the Planned Parenthood statistics, the analysis of which varies widely depending upon the source of data analysis.

No, the matter is far more elementary and can be understood with clarity by coming to an understanding of what constitutes human “life”.

If, as “pro-choice” advocates assert, a fetus is just “tissue” and not a viable “being” and, therefore, is not afforded any of the rights and protections afforded citizens currently “viable” outside of the womb, then abortions do not trouble you (at least, not apparently and maybe not at this point in time). Consequently, you support the status-quo, retroactive to the Rowe v. Wade decision.

If, however, you agree with the “Founders”—men who staked their very lives to make the assertions we find in the Declaration of Independence, including the unalienable right to life—then the murder (as you view abortion by another word) of pre-born human beings in the mother’s womb is unacceptable as a matter of course. Consequentially, you realize that the Creator referenced by the Founders will ultimately take stock of your words and deeds.

Now, I’m not advocating one presidential candidate over the other. But, clearly, the party platform (i.e. world view) espoused by one tribe clearly denies pre-born human beings legal standing let alone the “right to life”. This position cross-threads them with the assertion of the Founders in the preamble of The Declaration of Independence. But, above and beyond that observation, it must be recognized that abortion is not a partisan issue, it is a moral issue. So, we can dispense with the Donkey and Elephant rhetoric.

The time has come for us to choose, America, what kind of a nation we are. Is our choice for or against life? Is your choice for or against the murder of voiceless, powerless pre-born human beings?

We’re better than this. It’s time to prove it.

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