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How Will American Abortion Laws be Viewed by Historians?

The unborn don’t cry, so there is no trail of tears, and they need not be rounded up and transported, so there are no slave ships or concentration camps to liberate.

Perhaps the fatal sin in politics is to forget that every policy begins and ends with individual lives. To reach a point where one no longer cares about the impact their decisions and proposals may have.


While the separation of Church and State is often mentioned each election cycle, I suspect that every successful politician has a Political Philosophy, a set of guiding principles, which they follow. Nowhere is this clearer than when dealing with issues relating to life and what it means to be human.


Of course, questions about what makes a man have been asked and debated by societies for ages, and we often judge the past on how governments have treated those who were different. Likewise, history will judge our time based on the decisions of our elected representatives.



There are two major differences between the Pro-Life and Pro-Choice crowds. First, is the matter of when life begins. The second and related matter is what constitutes life. The Pro-Life group believes that life begins rather early in the womb, so their definition of life is much more inclusive. A caterpillar cannot become a kangaroo, but a human embryo can only become a baby.


Many in the Pro-Choice group speak of viability, the point when a baby may safely be removed from the womb, as when the baby could be considered “alive.” Before this, they may refer to the fetus as anything from “potential life” to “a clump of cells.” This perception of “not yet human” allows them to advocate the practice of abortion and morally equates them with historical movements where one group views another as “sub-human.”


History is filled with tales of acts, now seen as atrocious, committed by societies who saw themselves as superior to others or because one society was deemed a burden and financially inconvenienced another. But the unborn don’t cry, so there is no trail of tears, and they need not be rounded up and transported, so there are no slave ships or concentration camps to liberate.


If we wish to see our communities, our nation, and humanity itself become better than our recorded histories, we must recognize that life within the womb is unique early on and we must elect officials willing to secure the right to life from the moment life is detected. Otherwise, we remain a society unaware of our future condemnation, with leaders willing to kill unknown innocents to obtain and keep their power.


William Baker has worked for several political campaigns in Southwest Michigan. He holds a degree in Mathematics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, a passion for finance, and the imagination of a lawyer.



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