Yesterday, Democrat leaders released a list of ten women who have been slated to speak at the DNC in Charlotte, North Carolina this fall. Among them are three prominent and vocal abortion supporters: the infamous Sandra Fluke; Nancy Keenan, current president of NARAL Pro-Choice America; and the ever-present Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood.
On her blog, Keenan wrote:
As I stand on stage at the convention, I will amplify your pro-choice voices. I will speak on behalf of NARAL Pro-Choice America’s million member-activists, and all Americans who understand that women–not politicians–should be able to make personal, private health-care decisions. …
NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC endorsed President Obama for re-election because he understands the issue of choice is a deeply personal one. Throughout his first term, President Obama has been committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose and making reproductive-health care more accessible and affordable for women. His administration has enacted critical reproductive-health policies that will affect generations to come.
Indeed, President Obama’s policies will affect generations to come. They will prevent many in those generations from ever being born. That’s about the biggest effect one person can possibly have on others – to prevent them from living, to erase their memory from the world because, while they existed, they were never born.
Sadly, Nancy Keenan and other abortion supporters continually misrepresent the real issue. Let me put it bluntly. Killing your child (and yes, with modern science, we can all agree that a fetus is a young human being – i.e., a child) should never be a personal, private decision. We need to get over the idea that the location of a human being determines whether or not he or she has the right to continue existing. No matter where you are in this world – underwater, in the Sudan, in a secret jail cell, in the United States, or in your mother’s womb – you deserve the equal right to live. And dependence on another human being should not sentence you to death any more than your location or stage of development should.
Even more bluntly, murder is not “health-care.” It never has been. It never will be. The desire of some to define murder as health care does not change the fact that we do not care for one person by intentionally killing another. Mothers do not become healthier when we kill their children. And let’s not get into the life of the mother exception – that’s entirely different. Actions taken in those situations are done not for the purpose of killing a child, but instead for the purpose of saving one life lest we lose both.
For anyone who thinks I’m being extreme in my language, there are many abortion supporters who will use nearly the identical language I am using. They do indeed claim that killing a child is health care. Case in point? A discussion I had with a young woman who will remain unnamed on Twitter. In her bio, she uses the hashtag #ihadanabortion, so it’s clear what perspective she’s coming from. She took issue with an article I wrote, and in our discussion, I said, “Killing your child may sadly be legal right now, but it is most certainly not ‘medical care.'” Her reply? “Yes it is.”
Instead of feeling anger, in this moment I feel grief. Grief that it has really come to this – that a major political party in our nation would fill its speaker list with people who believe that killing children is health care. Truly, this is a sad day for our nation.