Speaking at the 2008 Denver Democratic National Convention, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said that the party is united in supporting abortion rights, and that the right to abort a pregnancy is one of the party’s “core moral values.” That plank of the ratified platform states: “The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay.”
Therein lies the crux of the abortion issue. Using Roe v. Wade, thepro-abortion establishment pits “a woman’s right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay” against my right of non-involvement in her sin. I am one of millions of Americans, who hold “sanctity of human life” as a valid and sacred scriptural doctrine of faith. Those of us in that bond hate the slaughter of innocent babies, with an indescribable agony. Yet we are forced to share in the bloodguilt of that sin, through “Title X” tax subsidies to Planned Parenthood, through higher health insurance premiums that support abortion coverage, and through various federal and state legal costs associated with the protection and defense of the abortion industry.
We can never completely eliminate abortion, even if Roe is overturned. Whether by ignorance, or by intention, a person bent toward a particular sin will find a way to its conclusion. But to force my participation in the sin is to enslave me to that sin. Thomas Jefferson said that “To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” —Thomas Jefferson: Bill for Religious Freedom, 1779. Defining individual liberty, he said “Of liberty I would say that, in the whole plenitude of its extent, it is unobstructed action according to our will. But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law,’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual.” —Thomas Jefferson to Isaac H. Tiffany, 1819.
Religious liberty was central to the Founders’ vision for America. It is the “first freedom” listed in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. The latest “Freedom of Choice Act” was introduced in the Senate in April, 2007. The liberal establishment pins their hope on this bill, that it will reverse all of the progress made by Pro-Life forces, since 1973. Even this piece of liberal garbage acknowledges the rights of religious liberty. “The United States was founded on core principles, such as liberty, personal privacy, and equality, which ensure that individuals are free to make their most intimate decisions without governmental interference and discrimination.” (Section 2, item 1, F.O.C.A.) “In 1965, in Griswold v. Connecticut (381 U.S. 479), and in Roe v. Wade (410 U.S. 179) and Doe v. Bolton (410 U.S. 179), the Supreme Court recognized that the right to privacy protected by the Constitution encompasses the right of every woman to weigh the personal, moral, and religious considerations involved in deciding whether to begin, prevent, continue, or terminate a pregnancy.” (Section 2, item 3, F.O.C.A.)
There it is — religious liberty of a woman considering an abortion, granted — religious liberty of any person choosing non-involvement in her decision, denied. Lay these contraries side-by-side, and see if Jefferson’s “tyrant’s will” rises to the surface. If abortion is a “private decision”, why do I have to pay for it?