The sem­i­nal is­sue of our time

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - JEF­FREY T. KUH­NER

Abor­tion is the sem­i­nal is­sue of our time. No other do­mes­tic is­sue — taxes, health care, the en­vi­ron­ment — comes close to ri­val­ing it in im­por­tance. Since Roe v. Wade le­gal­ized abor­tion in 1973, nearly 50 mil­lion un­born ba­bies have been de­stroyed. In all the West­ern coun­tries, abor­tion is re­spon­si­ble for more deaths than Nazism and com­mu­nism com­bined.

Law­ful abor­tion is state-sanc­tioned in­fan­ti­cide; it is the mur­der of in­no­cent, de­fense­less hu­man life. More­over, abor­tion as­saults the very foun­da­tions of con­sti­tu­tional democ­racy. The most fun­da­men­tal hu­man right — the right that un­der­pins our sys­tem of gov­ern­ment — is the right to life. Without it all other rights — to lib­erty, prop­erty, free­dom of ex­pres­sion — are im­pos­si­ble and mean­ing­less.

This is why abor­tion is to­day’s equiv­a­lent of slav­ery: It is a can­cer eat­ing away at the moral and po­lit­i­cal fab­ric of Amer­ica. Just like slav­ery, Roe v. Wade cod­i­fied into law the per­ni­cious prin­ci­ple that an en­tire class of peo­ple is not fully hu­man — and there­fore, un­de­serv­ing of ba­sic hu­man rights. In the 19th cen­tury, South­ern blacks were treated as prop­erty — things — to be used and dis­carded by their mas­ters. To­day it is un­born chil­dren who are stran­gled in the womb and treated like chat­tel. They are the slaves of our time. They are the for­got­ten vic­tims of the sex­ual revo­lu­tion.

Since the 1960s, lib­er­al­ism has cham­pi­oned a kind of sex­ual utopia and per­sonal lib­er­a­tion: any­thing goes — abor­tion on de­mand, gay rights, con­doms in schools and the trans­gen­der move­ment.

Rather than lead­ing to mass hap­pi­ness, how­ever, the sex­ual revo­lu­tion has re­sulted in a sea of hu­man mis­ery: tens of mil­lions of fe­tuses mur­dered, mil­lions of peo­ple killed as a re­sult of danger­ous sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­eases such as AIDS, the sky­rock­et­ing rise of out-of-wed­lock births and teenage preg­nancy, soar­ing di­vorce rates, the break­down of the fam­ily and count­less bro­ken homes and shat­tered lives.

Fem­i­nists and left­ists fe­ro­ciously de­fend a woman’s “right to choose” be­cause abor­tion is the linch­pin of mod­ern lib­er­al­ism; it ad­vances the fun­da­men­tal goal of a so­ci­ety based on sex without con­se­quences. Lib­er­als be­lieve peo­ple should be able to seek sex­ual grat­i­fi­ca­tion without its pos­si­ble reper­cus­sions — con­ceiv­ing a child — get­ting in their way. Their life­style, pro­fes­sional ca­reer or ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties can­not be af­fected by the nui­sance of a preg­nancy. Lib­er­als cham­pion an Amer­ica dom­i­nated not by the cash nexus but the sex nexus.

The Demo­cratic Party has be­come hostage to spe­cial in­ter­est groups — la­bor unions, trial lawyers, the ho­mo­sex­ual lobby and fem­i­nists. Pro-abor­tion or­ga­ni­za­tions, such as Planned Par­ent­hood and NARAL, drive the party’s agenda. Noth­ing more clearly demon­strates this than the Democrats’ pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee, Sen. Barack Obama. He is a staunch sup­porter of abor­tion rights — what he calls “re­pro­duc­tive jus­tice” — in­clud­ing the bar­baric prac­tice of par­tial-birth abor­tion. At a re­cent faith fo­rum in Cal­i­for­nia, Mr. Obama was un­able to de­fine when hu­man life be­gins, say­ing this is “above my pay grade.” It isn’t. Any per­son with com­mon sense, such as his Repub­li­can ri­val Sen. John McCain, un­der­stands that life be­gins at con­cep- tion. When a child is con­ceived, he or she al­ready has a unique DNA and per­son­al­ity. It is a sa­cred life grow­ing within the womb.

Mr. Obama may not be will­ing to be­tray his fem­i­nist base, but he is will­ing to be­tray AfricanAmer­i­cans — his most loyal and de­voted sup­port­ers. Abor­tion dis­pro­por­tion­ately im­pacts blacks com­pared to white women. Al­though blacks con­sti­tute roughly 13 per­cent of the U.S. pop­u­la­tion, 37 per­cent of all abor­tions are per­formed on black women, ac­cord­ing to the Alan Guttmacher In­sti­tute, a non­profit group that spe­cial­izes in sex­ual health. Since Roe v. Wade, more than 10 mil­lion black preg­nan­cies have been aborted (some watch­dog groups put the fig­ure closer to 13 mil­lion). Amer­ica’s cur­rent black pop­u­la­tion stands at 36 mil­lion. Abor­tion has claimed the lives of about one-third of the black com­mu­nity. This is geno­cide. For Mr. Obama to not speak out about this na­tional scan­dal is a dis­grace — both to him and his party. It re­veals, like noth­ing else, that he lacks the moral clar­ity and courage to lead this coun­try.

Abor­tion is the great civil rights strug­gle of our time. It has caused im­mea­sur­able, per­haps ir­repara­ble dam­age to Amer­ica’s hu­man cap­i­tal and so­cial po­ten­tial. Of all the mil­lions of ba­bies killed, how many Martin Luther Kings, Al­bert Ein­steins and James Madis­ons have we lost? How many Ernest Hem­ing­ways, Louis Arm­strongs and Bill Gate­ses have we lost?

Mr. McCain vows to win this bat­tle over life and death. The Supreme Court cur­rently has a 5-4 lib­eral ma­jor­ity. Sev­eral va­can­cies will likely open up dur­ing the next ad­min­is­tra­tion. Mr. McCain is anti-abor­tion. He prom­ises to ap­point con­ser­va­tives to the high court. The pro­life move­ment is on the verge of achiev­ing the un­think­able: re­peal­ing Roe v. Wade. Now is the time for the forces of civ­i­liza­tion to take their stand.

Jef­frey T. Kuh­ner is a colum­nist at The Wash­ing­ton Times.

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