Spring is right around the corner, ready to remind us how lovely life is. Little buds blossom out of the dead and barren winter into beautiful flowers of all colors, shapes, and sizes. The earth comes alive once again, and I suppose we do, too.
But some don’t get the chance to. Some don’t even get a say in whether or not they get to live their life. Life– the most basic of all human rights. But don’t say that these little ones, these innocent, voiceless little babies aren’t human because we know fully well that they are. We know this. In the depths of our hearts and in every fiver of our being we know that the unborn are human upon conception. But we keep lying to ourselves so that the reality of the atrocity that is abortion can seem justifiable in our eyes.
We say that because they can’t think for themselves that they aren’t human. Because they look more like a clump of cells than a fully-developed human that they aren’t one of us (even though those cells are the the fundamental building blocks of what it is to be human). Because they are an inconvenience to us they don’t deserve life.
Just because they cannot speak for themselves does not mean we have the right to take advantage of them. Who do we think we are that we can decide the worthiness of someone’s life? Who are we to decide who lives and dies?
No matter the prognosis, no matter the timing, no matter the way we feebly predict the future, we cannot submit to fear or selfishness. We can learn to love. We can learn to hope. We can learn to cast out fear. After all, miracles happen everyday.
So let us replace uncertainty with Hope; fear with Faith; hatred with Love; sorrow with Joy.
Let us not continue to kill the future. In one abortion a life is killed, a heart is broken, and a future which holds untold potential is immediately destroyed, yet certainly not forgotten.
“The moral problem of abortion is of a pre-religious nature because the genetic code is written in a person at the moment of conception. A human being is there. I separate the topic of abortion from any specifically religious notions. It is a scientific problem. Not to allow the further development of a being which already has all the genetic code of a human being is not ethical. The right to life is the first among human rights. To abort a child is to kill someone who cannot defend himself.” -Pope Francis