Disposable humans a business bonus
The Times-Dispatch recently reported on Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s intention to veto a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. According to the governor, such legislation could damage his plans to “recruit businesses to Virginia.” Since he believes in part that this law would be “damaging toward business” in our state, he intends to reject it.
It is a curious world we live in. The practical implications of abortion are incontestable: It is a medical procedure that violently kills a living, fully individual human being. In a properly ordered society, such a barbarous act would itself be “damaging toward business.” No respectable company would want to set up shop in a civilization that sanctions the butchery of innocent humans as a matter of public policy, and no respectable government official would put up with it.
Instead, the governor of our state has vowed to defend this barbarity, claiming that even a small effort to protect the innocent is socially divisive and thus bad for commerce. Ponder McAuliffe’s astonishing stance: Rather than stick up for the most innocent and vulnerable Virginians, he considers them disposable and insignificant, less important than a few more theoretical jobs and a few more theoretical dollars in tax revenue.
We may get those jobs, and that revenue. And surely we will have avoided any “socially divisive” legislation. Meanwhile, countless innocent human beings in the commonwealth continue to be killed every year. Thank goodness we have our priorities straight. DANIEL PAYNE.