However, this number represents something much more than just eight meaningless digits. Each one represents a precious and innocent life brought to an unnatural end. It’s unsettling that our society has normalized one of the greatest human tragedies the world has ever seen.
And, this doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface in calculating the number of women and families harmed by abortion.
Imagine for a moment.
Here’s how I think of it. Imagine that you’re holding a pencil in your hand and proceed to snap it in half. You could do this with a full weight of confidence that the pencil would never become anything more significant than…a pencil.
This is how the abortion industry must look at preborn children: an inanimate object. Or a mass of cells and tissues that can be discarded.
Yet common sense dictates that this is blatantly untrue. Unlike the pencil, a child inside his or her mother’s womb is something much more beautifuland worth protecting – life.
A life with successes, failures, and experiences that could potentially change our world.
But since Roe v Wade, our society has treated the baby in the womb much like that of an inanimate object: it can simply be discarded. The facts are that the baby isn’t just a potential life, but a life with potential.
Therefore, it is clear that the baby in the womb is exceedingly more valuable in each and every way than a mere collection of cells and tissues.
Recently, I heard about the story of Remee Lee, a woman in Florida who was tricked into taking an abortion pill by her boyfriend. As she says in this interview, her number one goal in life was to have children one day. I can personally identify with her as one of my lifelong hopes is to be a father.
When asked about if she was surprised or shocked about the pregnancy, she immediately replied that it was a “blessing.” This dream and blessing was taken away from her very selfishly by someone she thought she loved.
CNN reported that the boyfriend was indicted under the rarely used federal Unborn Victims of Violence Act, a murder charge that carries a life sentence. It took Florida authorities a month and a half to agree on indicting the boyfriend with murder charges. And now, they’ve reached a plea deal that would give the boyfriend 13 years in prison for murder.
This case got me thinking. How is it that the boyfriend is being charged with murder for aborting a baby in the womb, but in every other circumstance society says “it is okay?”
Fortunately, progress is being made according to statistics from a Huffington Post story, which shows that abortion clinics are closing in record numbers. In that same article Kat Sabine Executive Director of the pro-abortion organization NARAL-AZ says, “This has turned into a nightmare.”
I would contend to the contrary that wiping out an entire generation of people is the real “nightmare.”
The simple truth is that the normalization of ending life shouldn’t be okay! As human beings, we have an instinctive desire to protect life.
With last week marking another American tragedy – the loss of nearly 3,000 lives on September 11, 2001 – I was reminded that this same instinctive human quality prompted the honorable public safety personnel and civilians to rush those towers at the risk of their own lives – merely in hopes to save the life of even one person.
This natural human instinct is clearly evident in Remee Lee. After the heinous act her boyfriend committed, she is now committed to fighting for the rights of the preborn in Florida.
Each and every voice in this movement matters. We have the opportunity as a society to come together and put an end to the horrific act that abortion really is. I truly believe if we make concerted efforts, that we will see an end to abortion in our lifetime.
NOTE: This article is reprinted with permission and first appeared at Center for Arizona Policy.