I must apologize. I have been cowardly about saying this for far too long. Friends have insisted to me that I can’t talk about abortion because I will lose the respect of the very people I want most to help; but this post is just like all the other posts here. There are truths being hidden from you, you have the right to be aware of those truths, and I am wrong if I am tempted to foster your ignorance just because some topics make me squeamish.
I must say, too, that I’m not writing this because a football star has lately shared some facts about Margaret Sanger that should appall us all. I don’t write from a religious perspective, nor even from a political perspective, and I never will attack your right to choose. I write today just as someone who is a student of the afterlife evidence and a student of American history, and who has spotted parallels that make me wish that people three hundred years ago had had enough knowledge to be able to really articulate why slavery was so wrong. Stopping that train before it got started would have spared us so much pain! And perhaps pointing out that out of ignorance we are repeating an eighteenth-century mistake might mean that this time around there can be a gentler and more positive outcome. So, here goes.
Abortion in modern America is what slavery was before the American Civil War. The analogy isn’t perfect, but it’s close. Here are some of the things that were said about slavery at a time when honorable people of good will could say these things out of plain ignorance:
* Free men have a right to use their own property without government interference.
* Slaves are needed to get the work done; there is no practical alternative.
We read these arguments now, and we feel only derision. How can people ever have been so evil? It is easy for us, with our much greater knowledge, to say that skin color is just a trait and that all people are created equal, but I would argue that we should be doing this with humility. Our progeny will be judging us as harshly for our ignorance as we now judge our forefathers, and it won’t take them hundreds of years to get there. In our case, the knowledge necessary to show us to have been benighted and cruel is going to be available within the decade, so our judges will be our own grandchildren.
Here is what intelligent people of good will now say about abortion:
For those who feel that I am goring their sacred cows, let me say again that I am not taking a position on abortion itself. The evidence indicates that aborted fetuses grow up happily in the afterlife levels, so I even would say that if you’re going to do it, then you ought to do it right away so you can spare your fetus a late-term abortion and put it right into loving hands.
What I am talking about here is not the morality of abortion. Rather, I am suggesting from the perspective of history that our easy attitude toward abortion may well be judged harshly by those who come after us. People not now in bodies tell us that in as little as a decade, very good electronic communication between the living and the dead will be available. Then, in so many ways, the world will change! And my concern is that with better communication may come our posterity’s judgment that our current position on abortion is the intellectual and moral equivalent of what once was said by slavery’s apologists.
People in the eighteenth century didn’t have the luxury of knowledge and perspective, but we have it now. There, I’ve finally said it.