Tuesday, August 28, 2007

A pro-life cause everyone can support

The wackos who bomb abortion clinics and the good intentioned folks who march around post offices with pictures of aborted fetuses probably do more to harm the pro life movement than anything else.

Like it or not, Roe v. Wade has been the law of the land for more than three decades. That Supreme Court decision generally ensures that women have the right to choose to terminate a pregnancy.

That "right" is a civil legal right. In other words, Roe v. Wade prohibits the government from interfering with a woman who wants to have an abortion.

But Roe v. Wade isn't the end of the story.

While many in the right to life movement focus their energy on legislators in hopes to somehow repeal Roe v. Wade there is a quietly growing movement that recognizes that women have the civil legal right to choose to terminate a pregnancy and that the real decision is made not by a politician but by a woman in a crisis pregnancy.

Groups such as the Veritas Society reach out in a low-key way to these women with the message that while they have the right to choose, choosing life is a better choice.

At the end of the day, reaching out to the real decision maker isn't such a bad idea. Plus, from an ethical construct, it recognizes that the civil law isn't the only factor.

When I was a city marshal many years ago I saw a man pumping gasoline while smoking a cigarette. When I admonoshed him about it, the response I got was, "Fuck you. There's no law against it."

Reaching over to shut off the pump, I replied, "Yes, there is and you're under arrest. But even if it wasn't against the state law it's against the laws of nature. You could blow up the whole block."

Thus, the most effective vehicle for pro life advocacy is to recognize that there is more than one set of laws but at the end of the day there is only one decision maker: a woman in a crisis pregnancy. She needs to be treated with dignity, compassion and respect.

The Veritas Society spends its resources trying to do that. They deserve everyone's support.

1 comment:

miranda sullivan said...

hey thanks! 40 days for life.