The Alabama House of Representatives just passed a bill that would make human abortion a Class A felony for doctors (but not the mother).
Republicans overwhelming supported the bill. Most Democrats walked out in protest before the vote occurred. Democratic Representative John Rogers of Birmingham was not only vocal in his opposition to the bill, but amazingly candid as to his reasoning.
Let’s analyze his comments sentence by sentence:
“It ought to be a woman’s choice.”
Why? It is always immoral to kill an innocent human being. Choice has nothing to do with it, whether a person resides in Waukee or the womb. Just because a person is inconvenient doesn’t justify killing them.
“I’m not about to be a man and tell a woman what to do with her body.”
Seriously? All kinds of laws tell us what we can’t do with our body. The law tells us we can’t put certain drugs in our own body. Pro abortion politicians have vigorously passed laws which don’t allow us to smoke cigarettes in public spaces. Laws exist that prevent us from selling our body parts for medical reasons. And ever heard of prostitution? Laws exist everywhere which prevent you from selling your body for sex.
“She has a right to make her decisions herself.”
Agreed. Every woman (or man) has a right to determine whether or not they engage in sexual relations. Once they do, they are responsible for their actions, not the ‘kid’ (Representative Roger’s word) who is produced by their decision. They do not have the moral right to kill the innocent human being brought into the world by their choice.
“Some kids are unwanted, so you kill them now or you kill them later.”
It’s hard to shock in this day and age, but Rep. Rogers has succeeded. He assumes that if you are the product of an unplanned pregnancy, you have no worth, no redeeming value, no inherent dignity, and ultimately no hope. He rejects the American ideal, so brilliantly advanced by the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, that “hard work, honesty and determination can conquer all obstacles.”
To be sure we understand his party’s position, Rogers builds on his hopeless theme:
“You bring them into the world unwanted, unloved, then send them to the electric chair. So you kill them now or kill them later.”
Do you realize how many amazing people would have been killed if the Rep. Rogers of the world had their way? People like Ludwig Van Beethoven, Oprah Winfrey, and Larry Ellison (founder of Oracle Corporation one of the biggest tech companies in the world). Yes, these titans were born into undesirable circumstances, but they overcame the obstacles of their unplanned origins to thrive and change the world for the better.
Do you realize how many stories of redemption would be lost using the thinking of Rep. Rogers and his party? This blog shared such a beautiful story in our previous post. Stories of redemption give us hope. It is arrogant to suggest that someone’s life is hopeless because they are born into less than ideal circumstances.
By the same token, just because someone is born into wealth doesn’t mean they can’t go bad. Remember the Menendez Brothers?
To demonstrate his mental acuity, Rep. Rogers proposes tit for tat legislation:
“I may bring a bill to force all men to have vasectomies. That would end this whole debate. There would be no more abortions and eventually no more voters.”
No comment is required for this level of idiocy. Rogers ends with this zinger:
“Some parents can’t handle a child with problems. It could be retarded. It might have no arms and no legs.”
So many great Americans lost limbs and thrived. So many great Americans were born with Down Syndrome. This country is great because we lend a helping hand to those who don’t have one, who in return give so much back. This is what defines the human experience. We don’t kill the imperfect among us, but that seems to be the rallying cry of the Party of Abortion.
Sadly, Rogers claims to be a “pro life” Catholic, but that “the Legislature should leave options open for women.” The killing of the innocent ‘kid’ in the womb is the wrong option. Adoption is the right one.
So to answer Representative John Rogers, you don’t kill another innocent person ever. You love them and help them overcome life’s challenges. That’s what has defined this country. That’s what makes us human.