Protect at All Costs or Destroy at All Costs?

Fear is a terrible thing to live with. For several months now, we’ve been living with the fear that a loved one may contract COVID-19 and get horribly sick or even die. We fear the racial injustice and the ensuing violent protests that tear not only at our hearts, but at the fabric of our society. We fear—and are saddened by—the anger on display by so many. And we fear for the kind of world our children are growing up in.

But the one thing we should not fear is a tiny preborn baby.

No; it is our job to protect the preborn, just like it’s our job to protect those who are born.

Feminist leaders who support abortion have been up in arms—to say the least—about President Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Let’s look at a few examples:

Alexis McGill Johnson, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said, “This is more than Justice Ginsburg’s seat—it’s the people’s seat. Planned Parenthood Action Fund will rise up and fight to stop Amy Coney Barrett, and any nomination, before the 2021 inauguration.”

Chelsea Clinton wrote: “If President Trump succeeds in placing Amy Coney Barrett as Justice Ginsburg’s successor, I expect that he will get even more of what he wants—with disastrous consequences for the country.”

And Biden’s VP choice, Kamala Harris, tweeted this weekend: “Trump’s hand-picked successor [Amy Coney Barrett] to Justice Ginsburg’s seat makes it clear: They intend to destroy the Affordable Care Act & overturn Roe. This selection would move the court further right for a generation & harm millions of Americans. I strongly oppose Judge Barrett’s nomination.”

Remember, if Biden wins, Harris is just one step away from the presidency.

The anger and disgust these women and others exhibit confound me. “Disastrous consequences for the country”? “Harm millions of Americans”? What about the 62 million Americans who were never allowed to be born—not to mention those created in IVF labs or those killed by abortifacients? The loss of these people is a true disastrous consequence.

And when McGill Johnson says that Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court is the “people’s seat,” apparently she means only pro-abort people.

In addition, the liberal group Demand Justice is just one of many groups preparing to spend money to instill fear in people regarding Barrett’s nomination. This group is reportedly planning to spend $10 million to oppose her. Its website says that her presence on the Supreme Court will “threaten your health care and your reproductive freedom” and that the Supreme Court has been “hijacked.”

Hijacked from whom? I didn’t realize that the Supreme Court was something that belonged to pro-aborts. As a body, the Supreme Court upholds laws for our entire country, not just one segment of the population.

Amy Coney Barrett is a conservative pro-life Catholic who, by all reports, is brilliant. She has led a moral life, is a good wife and mother, judges fairly, and would take those qualities with her to the Supreme Court. Why is morality something people fear? Why would we not want someone with these awesome qualities in such an esteemed position?

I feel pity for the women who argue that abortion is a woman’s right. I pity them because they don’t understand that every abortion takes the life of a tiny baby who will never have a chance to be born. I pity them because they are so wrapped up in anger and hatred that it blinds them from having compassion for a vulnerable baby. I pity them because their words and their beliefs seem to come from a stone-cold place in their hearts. And I pity them because they refuse to acknowledge that, not only does abortion kill a baby, but it hurts—mentally, physical, and spiritually—the very women they say they’re advocating for.

I have to wonder if they’ve ever seen a picture of a preborn baby killed in an abortion. If they did, they would realize that this tiny human being is not a blob of tissue. This tiny human being is not a choice. This tiny human being is a tiny human being.

There’s no disputing that.

So what’s the problem, then? The problem is that they just don’t care.

We need to become a nation that cares.

We need to teach our children that every person—born and preborn—matters. And then we need to protect them. All of them.

Fear does have a place in our lives, but fear of morality and fear of outlawing the killing of babies should not be the things we fear.

What we should fear is standing before the beatific face of Christ and having to explain why we didn’t protect His children.




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Susan Ciancio

Susan Ciancio is the editor of Celebrate Life Magazine and executive editor for the Culture of Life Studies Program.