Thursday, November 7, 2013

Empty Arguments for Empty Wombs: Why Jesse Jackson Was Right

Reading: Proverbs 18:5
It is not good to show partiality to the guilty by perverting the justice due the innocent. (Proverbs 18:5 HCSB)
The principle laid out in this proverb is clear. But why does this perversion of justice continue to happen? Why are the guilty given this partiality? Because they have power and the one showing partiality has something to gain by their power (Proverbs 17:23). Why are the innocent deprived of justice? Because they are weak and powerless and have nothing to offer. (Proverbs 18:23; 19:7)
Giving advantage to the powerful over the weak promotes and supports oppression. Oppressors, however, love to play the victim. The racist loves to speak about how the hated race is the real problem. That they are only doing what they have to. The abuser frequently blames the abused. The pattern is not unusual: the powerful blame the weak or powerless for the harm the powerful bring upon the powerless.
Sunday, as I was leaving the closing rally for “40 Days for Life” it struck me that the pro-choice movement uses the same tired talk-track. All the ingredients are present: the powerful (the pressuring father, the mother—sometimes the mother is also a victim of pressures and abuse, other times she is motivated internally by her own indulgence, the Planned Parenthood staff) and the weak and helpless (that would be the baby in the womb who has no legal protection, no voice, no guardian).
The pro-choice movement regularly cries out how oppressive it would be to women if they could not abort their baby at will. In other words, it would be oppressive to restrict those with all the power in this situation (the woman) by protecting those with no power (the baby). The baby must pay the price for mom's freedom. The weak must pay the price for the powerful. 
The pro-choice crowd loves to cry accusations about a “war on women” toward anyone pro-life. This is like accusing abolitionists of a war on white people, or accusing those who fight domestic violence of a war on men... as if all men are abusers.
Even Jesse Jackson could once see this pattern of the oppressor playing the victim in the pro-choice movement.
"There are those who argue that the right to privacy is of higher order than the right to life...that was the premise of slavery. You could not protest the existence or treatment of slaves on the plantation because that was private and therefore outside your right to be concerned.” (Jesse Jackson, 1977)
Of course, it is quickly pointed out how not allowing abortion would adversely effect women who were raped. I acknowledge that not allowing abortion in cases of rape would effect these women adversely. Not as adversely as the rape itself. And not as adversely as the abortion will effect the baby. But it would mean serious, undeserved consequences for the mother.
Here is the irony: Rape and its consequences are horrible because it is the forced will of the powerful over the weak. What solution does the pro-choice movement suggest? More forced will of the powerful (now the pressuring family and/or pregnant mother) over the powerless (the baby). So as painfully difficult as even this issue is, it is only compounding the crime.
That said, only 1% of abortions are the result of rape. The pro-choice movement makes this issue sound like it is a huge number of abortions. Another 12% are for the vague category of health reasons.1 The rest are because of inconveniences caused by the baby. Sometimes difficult inconveniences, including fear, guilt, or shame, but inconveniences nonetheless. Why do wife abusers beat their wives? The lame reasons given might include that they didn't like the way they were spoken to, or the temperature of dinner, or some other inconvenience. At the end of the day, they do it because they can. They do it because they are stronger and can force their will upon the weaker partner.
Legalized abortion is legalized abuse and oppression. God has never supported the oppressor. God does not condone abuse. Therefore, God could never support the pro-choice mindset of protecting the powerful over the weak. All the excuses aside, that is what it is. Don't get me wrong, racists were always able to make a reasonable sounding case in the world they lived. Even antisemitism was attractive to enough people to allow Hitler to hold office. Hindsight has much greater clarity.
Consider the following:
Amongst “six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him” are “haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood…(Proverbs 6:16-19)
3For your hands are stained with blood, your fingers with guilt. …4No one calls for justice; no one pleads his case with integrity. They rely on empty arguments and speak lies; they conceive trouble and give birth to evil. …7Their feet rush into sin; they are swift to shed innocent blood.” (Isaiah 59:3-7)
Do no wrong or violence to the alien, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place. (Jeremiah 22:3)
The empty arguments of the pro-choice movement are the same empty arguments abusers and oppressors have been using for millennia. I close with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s niece.
We have been fueled by the fire of “women’s rights,” so long that we have become deaf to the outcry of the real victims whose rights are being trampled upon, the babies and the mothers. . . . Oh, God, what would Martin Luther King, Jr., who dreamed of having his children judged by the content of their characters do if he’d lived to see the contents of thousands of children’s skulls emptied into the bottomless caverns of the abortionists pits? (D. Dr. Alveda King)
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