It comes as no surprise that the fundamental fact that continues to bring thousands upon thousands of Americans into the pro-life battle is that we understand this: Abortion is an act of murder. This is affirmed repeatedly, including in The Gospel of Life where Pope John Paul II writes, "No word has the power to change the reality of things: Procured abortion is the deliberate and direct killing, by whatever means it is carried out, of a human being."
There is scientific evidence in abundance that confirms the humanity of the individual human being from the point of his creation. This human being is unique and detectable from his biological beginning. Not a single human being has ever begun any other way. Therefore, any intentional act resulting in this innocent person's death is a crime against humanity - an act of killing.
But today, after nearly 40 years of decriminalized abortion, the simple facts are too often lost in the rhetorical war we wage against the culture of death.
It is at times like this that we must turn to the wisdom of our compatriots who always put truth ahead of popularity. Among them is Walter Hoye, who recently penned these profound insights comparing abortion and slavery:
Abortion is the deliberate termination of an innocent human life.
Like slavery was, abortion is legal in all fifty (50) states, through all nine (9) months of pregnancy, for virtually any reason at all.
Like slavery was, abortion is now mainstream, terminating at least 1.2 million lives a year or 3,285 lives every day.
Like slavery was, abortion is justified by defining the child in the womb as a "non-person" in order to exempt and exclude the child in the womb from the protection of "persons" (i.e., human beings) guaranteed under the United States Constitution.
Like slavery was, abortion is considered by many as a "right," invisibly documented in the Constitution of the United States of America and inexplicably defended by [the] United States Supreme Court.
Like slavery was, abortion is backed by publicly elected officials, even to [the] extent that the president of the United States of America was and is willing to shut down the entire United States government to protect the taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood - the largest abortion provider in the country.
Like slavery was, abortion is very profitable. According to Planned Parenthood's Annual Report for 2009-2010, Planned Parenthood boasts a total budget of $1.04 billion and enjoys an excess of revenue over expenses (i.e., profits) of 18.5 million dollars. Planned Parenthood continues to report $513 million in current assets and $570 million in property, equipment, and an endowment while showing $184 million in liabilities for buildings and other debts. Further still, Planned Parenthood reports 46 percent of its total budget comes from taxpayer dollars in the form of government funding.
Like slavery was, abortion is for many a violation of conscience at the highest level of our humanity, a cruel war against human nature itself and a great evil.
Like slavery was, abortion is being ruthlessly shoved down our throats by corrupt men and women who are in power and utterly devoid of conscience.
Just as Hoye invites his brothers to sit down and talk about the facts instead of dancing around political phrases that mean nothing of substance, so too each of us is invited to face the truth: The act of abortion takes the life of a person.
What's so hard to understand about that?
Only when America finally comprehends this truth in all its bold simplicity will the chill of death thaw the frozen consciences of our fellow Americans.