Mass shootings on rise since Roe v. Wade: Planned Parenthood as the NRA of Abortion?
By Jeffrey Lord
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Out of the blue, barely weeks into celebrating the Obama political triumph that featured Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, as a speaker at the Democrats’ convention in Charlotte, the mass murder of children in Newtown abruptly confronts liberals with a very serious problem.
Taking aim at the NRA and the culture of guns is winding up only in bringing a fierce, quite unintended yet inevitable spotlight to Planned Parenthood and the culture of abortion that so many Americans associate with the large culture of a valueless culture of violence.
Effectively, a startling shift blows in the political winds: Planned Parenthood is becoming the NRA of abortion.
Here we have a president whose managers just finished running an entire presidential campaign — successfully — prominently defending the “right” to take an unborn child’s life at will. Those who objected were accused of waging “a war on women.”
Now, in the wake of Newtown, the hard reality of why so many millions of Americans defend the right to life against the valueless culture of violence or the culture of death (as Monsignor Weiss called it) has come home to hit hard in the very heart of a very blue state.
As Christmas — the holiday famous for celebrating the birth of a child — approaches, a suddenly horrified nation that has officially sanctioned the taking of innocent human life is coming face to face — yet again — with the consequences of Roe v. Wade. Consequences so many — President Obama, Senator-elect Murphy, Representative McCarthy, the editorial boards and columnists of the Times and the Post and on and on to liberal ad infinitum simply refuse to acknowledge at all when they aren’t angrily saying it just isn’t so. And in many cases this is done for blatantly political reasons.
It wasn’t always so.
History famously records President Reagan’s March 8, 1983 speech to an audience of pastors as his “Evil Empire” speech. In which Reagan so-labeled the Soviet Union in remarks on American foreign policy speech. What is forgotten is that the “Evil Empire” speech was in fact a speech about the role of government towards individual human life — including abortion and its larger societal consequences.
In that speech, Ronald Reagan met the challenge of abortion head on, making a direct connection between Roe v. Wade and respect for human life outside the womb, saying this:
More than a decade ago, a Supreme Court decision literally wiped off the books of 50 States statutes protecting the rights of unborn children. Abortion on demand now takes the lives of up to one and a half million unborn children a year. Human life legislation ending this tragedy will some day pass the Congress, and you and I must never rest until it does. Unless and until it can be proven that the unborn child is not a living entity, then its right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness must be protected.
You may remember that when abortion on demand began, many, and, indeed, I’m sure many of you, warned that the practice would lead to a decline in respect for human life, that the philosophical premises used to justify abortion on demand would ultimately be used to justify other attacks on the sacredness of human life — infanticide or mercy killing. Tragically enough, those warnings proved all too true.
On another occasion in 1983, Reagan authored an article in which he compared Roe and its “freedom of choice” followers to those who supported the infamous 1857 Dred Scott decision. Reagan’s point: When human beings “deny the value of certain human lives” — of in fact denying what Reagan called the “full humanity” of African-Americans and the unborn, the values of the larger society are deeply affected for the worse.
Also saying a version of this, unsurprisingly, was Reagan’s ally in ending the Cold War — Pope John Paul II. Said the Pontiff in his 1995 Encyclical Letter about the effects of a culture of abortion on the larger society around it:
The end result of this is tragic: not only is the fact of the destruction of so many human lives still to be born or in their final stage extremely grave and disturbing, but no less grave and disturbing is the fact that conscience itself, darkened as it were by such widespread conditioning, is finding it increasingly difficult to distinguish between good and evil in what concerns the basic value of human life.
Say again: Being unable to distinguish between good and evil in what concerns the basic value of human life.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online