Roe v. Wade at 40: Lives lost to gun violence pale in comparison
by Cal Thomas
January 22, 2013 12:27 AM | 1101 views | 3 3 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cal Thomas
Cal Thomas
At last week’s signing of “executive actions” designed to combat gun violence in America, President Obama, flanked by schoolchildren, said, “...when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us, we must act now.”

There’s no doubt that children, especially schoolchildren, are vulnerable to all kinds of threats, but are they “the most vulnerable,” as the president claimed, or is there another category of human life that qualifies for that designation?

Forty years after a Supreme Court majority opened the door to legalized abortion, the number of aborted babies has reached roughly 55 million. Think of that. Fifty-five million potential what — doctors, athletes, mothers and fathers who would add branches to family trees?

There are no new arguments about abortion and most of us can probably recite the old ones by heart.

It’s a woman’s right. It’s her body.

No, it’s a separate life that is initially dependent on the woman for nourishment, but is independent of her in that it is a separate human being.

Who will take care of the unwanted child if it is born? Meanwhile, adoptive parents wait desperately for a child to love.

If one adopts the utilitarian view, the 55 million aborted in the U.S. robbed America of potential taxpayers.

Pro-choice liberals may have lost a good chunk of their political base, as well as a large revenue source.

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof is a pro-choice liberal. In a column last week about the availability of guns in America, Kristof wrote, “When I travel abroad and talk to foreigners about the American passion for guns, people sometimes express a conclusion that horrifies me: in America, life is cheap.”

He doesn’t say why he thinks foreigners believe life here is cheap, but let me try to explain it. I believe it begins with the killing of unborn babies. Once the value of life is diminished in the womb, it seems to be a short step to devaluing life at other stages; such as killing someone for their sneakers or gunning them down in the street for no reason.

If one wishes to stretch the point even farther, add easy divorce, neglected children, out-of-wedlock babies (which is better than aborting them), spousal abuse, sex trafficking and pornography. All of these — and more — contribute to a cheapening of life and of what it means to be human.

For many, pleasing self and not wishing to sacrifice for another were hallmarks of the tumultuous ’60s, which led to what’s often called the “me” decade of the ’80s.

The growing secularization of America has also contributed mightily to the cheapening of human life.

If there is no Creator, Who made us and endowed us with a right to live, and if we are mere evolutionary accidents without purpose, direction or destination, then we might as well eat, drink, and be merry and abort at will.

Sophisticated ultrasound technology didn’t exist 40 years ago.

Today, it gives pregnant women an opportunity to be fully informed about what it is they wish to terminate. According to the Guttmacher Institute, “Since the mid-1990s, several states have moved to make ultrasound part of abortion service provision.”

As of Jan. 1, 2013, it reports, “Six states mandate that an abortion provider perform an ultrasound on each woman seeking an abortion...”

It is the ultimate empowerment tool. I have talked to many women over the last 30 years who’ve changed their minds about abortion and have given birth with no regrets, once they’ve seen their developing baby.

Kristof says that even if President Obama’s “modest” gun control proposals reduced deaths by one-quarter, he calculates it could mean 7,500 lives saved a year.

Ultrasound, if made a requirement nationally, could save millions at a time when we have made life cheap.

Cal Thomas is the nation’s most widely syndicated columnist.
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January 23, 2013
A conservative is a person who does not believe the government, because of our constitution, should have the right to control individual U. S. Citizens. While we constantly struggle to retain those rights, (such as gun control), we have LIBERALS like Cal Thomas who feel the government should control more than half the population of this country.

Let me suggest that Cal Thomas and those who feel that women should be government-controlled, should be the first ones to adopt all the United States unwanted non-infant unwanted, sexually and physically abused children and also crack babies, fetal syndrome babies and babies with other mental or physical problems regardless of race, etc.

When those people have adopted these children, then and only then, should they have any right to expect the government to control women.

The constitution was set up to keep this country safe and maintain individual freedom, not to deal with social issues.
January 22, 2013
State sanctioned rape with transvaginal ultrasound is the best way to reduce abortions?

What an idiot.
January 22, 2013
This morning, Nana and Pa received a telephone call from Louisiana. It was our little bundle of beauty and joy, our 6 year old grand daughter.

I thank the Lord every time I see or hear from her. I thank my son and his girl friend for choosing life over today's expedient way of "disposing" of a "problem".

It is not a "problem", it is a human life and a bounty of love. The sun shines brighter, our spirits lift when we hear her voice. We wish she lived closer.

We need to publish more videos and photos of the ultra sound views of the little people in the womb. How could any man or woman deny the great gift of our children when we see those pictures?

Life is cheap only to those young people who have not had the opportunity to see and understand the great gift of life and miracle of birth that we have been given. An educated American youth will stop using abortion as casually as they would use a contraceptive.

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