Abortion and Endangered Species
This OpEd originally appeared on The World and Everything In It. Listen to the commentary here.
Remember those truths that our founding fathers declared were “self-evident”? Generations later, many of our elected leaders can’t seem to grasp what they are. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” These are the words proclaimed by our Declaration of Independence.
Back in January, Vice President Kamala Harris infamously omitted our first right, Life, from that lineup. It was necessary in order for her to craft a narrative that defines freedom as the right to kill innocent human beings. In that speech she mourned the overturning of Roe v. Wade and eliminated ‘the Creator’ as the source of our endowed and unalienable rights. Harris then, bizarrely, went on to claim: “These rights were not bestowed upon us.” Perhaps in her fake herstory version of our founding documents we somehow magically give ourselves our Natural rights. We’re not self-endowed with these rights. We aren’t created equal by government. We’re created equal by the God she aborted from her remarks.
Vice President Harris isn’t the first or the last politician to deny our God-given worth and mangle documented history.
In 1973 one branch of our federal government removed all protections for the most endangered human lives: the unborn. The Supreme Court delivered the supremely wrong Roe v. Wade decision, erasing all pro-life laws enforced by the vast majority of states. That same year, another branch enacted protections of endangered animal lives. A Democrat-controlled Congress passed the Endangered Species Act (ESA) eleven months after the unconstitutional Roe ruling. It, apparently, was much more important to protect animals than humans.
The Democratic Party, led by the most pro-abortion president in history, is united in its extremism on abortion: no limits, no clinic/abortionist accountability, no protections for even babies born alive after botched abortions.
The Republican Party, which called for a Constitutional amendment in its platform to protect the “fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed,” is in disarray on the federal level as it equivocates on its position. So, while Democrats are running full force waving the flag of unlimited abortion up until birth, Congressional Republicans are largely running away.
Last week the country celebrated Endangered Species Day. I felt like it begged a moment of moral clarity. Under the ESA, Americans are fined up to $12,000 per violation and imprisoned for trafficking, harming, or killing an endangered animal. Alternatively, Roe enabled abortionists to be paid $500 to over $3,000 per violent act for harming or killing an endangered human being.
Sometimes I wish the most marginalized humans were treated like animals – endangered ones. At least federal law would protect them.