The Significance of Laws for The Unborn
Abortions are declining in the U.S. as evidenced by this article from the Washington Post. That is great news, but the goal ought not to be a decrease, but the elimination of abortions completely by working with others on every possible front to prevent this “humanitarian” catastrophe.
The article sites several reasons why abortion has declined, but the last statement in the article is very significant. Michael J. New, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Alabama said, “The states with the most active pro-life laws have seen the biggest abortion declines.”
Laws are a product of the worldview of the people that make them, which means that education (Stillwater Life Services) (Abort 73 Website) about unborn persons is incredibly important in winning the battle to protect the lives of the most defenseless. We must be informed and we must inform others if we are to continue to see a drop in abortion. Knowing nothing and doing nothing is inexcusable when there are over one million babies dying every year in the richest country in the history of the world.
It is true that no one can legislate the morality of the heart and mind, but it is significant that any state would have in place representatives that are willing to defend life with laws, because laws are the expression of what people collectively value (In a representative democracy – at least most of the time.) Laws are not the answer to stopping abortion, but they are indicative of a mindset that belongs to the majority of the populace that says life matters, especially the most vulnerable life.
So again I say that I am glad that laws in pro-life states are producing a decrease in abortions, but we must not be satisfied with decrease. We must teach and model that all people, even the unborn, have value and rights so we can stop needlessly wasting valuable unborn people.