There you have it—Planned Parenthood’s philosophy of human life according to Vicki Cowart, President of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. When human life begins is not an objective, scientific fact to Cowart and her ilk—it’s an opinion, a fuzzy feeling, that is completely arbitrary and subjective.
According to this logic (if you can even call it that), life may begin at conception for some women. For others, it may begin when the heart first beats, or when the baby can feel pain. For still others, it may be the moment the baby is born. It really doesn’t matter. Until then, it’s just a “fetus,” a disposable sub-human.
The glaring, painfully obvious problem with this fanciful theory is that it has no clear end point. If a baby is born, and the mother has decided that her child’s life has not yet begun, why not kill him after he is born? Maybe a mother thinks that her two year old’s life hasn’t begun yet. Should she be able to kill her? After all, she can’t survive on her own—she has to feed her, clothe her, and support her in every way.
This is is the logic of abortion and of the Culture of Death it so successfully breeds—a completely, wholesale destruction of human life at any time, for any reason. Afterall, the value of the person is subjective to those who believe abortion is a right. Whenever someone becomes too inconvenient, or too much of a burden on society, declare them less than human and wipe them out.
Completely consistent with this rationale: If you are suffering, and your life is too much of a burden to yourself, just throw it away. Your life has no value, no meaning aside from subjective feelings of pleasure and happiness. That’s why assisted suicide is on the rise, with Belgium recently legalizing it for children. Death, death, death. Death for everyone, death for all. This is the new “compassion,” the new “care.”
President Obama himself took the logic of abortion to its conclusion, advocating for infanticide by opposing the Born Alive Infant Protection Act as a state senator in Illinois. For all his support of evil, detestable practices, at least he is consistent. It is the “safe, legal and rare” folks who make no sense. Either abortion is completely wrong, and should be abolished forever, or it is a great good that should be celebrated, encouraged, and carried to its logical conclusion—even if that means killing perfectly healthy babies after they are born, or anyone else for that matter.
But Vicki Cowart didn’t end her statement with her diabolical definition of when life begins. She said, “All women need to have the right to decide for themselves when life begins. Personhood would take that right away.”
Exactly right, Vicki. You see, Personhood is the radical idea that the value of human life is not subjective, that we can’t make up when it begins according to our taste. It is the idea that every human life has value from the moment it begins to exist to the moment it naturally ends. It is the idea that each human person is made in the image of God, and has intrinsic worth.
Right now in America, the culture of death prevails. We do not, as a nation, recognize the immutable worth of the human being, and because of this, it is currently legal for women to take their preborn child, a living human being, to a facility where he or she can be violently killed. But Ms. Cowart is right, “Personhood would take that right away.” And that’s why we stand for Personhood.
Update: Planned Parenthood USA President Cecile Richards was caught saying something very similar recently, claiming that when live begins is irrelevant in the abortion debate. Watch her comments here.