Like all thoughtful USAmericans, I’ve spent the weekend reflecting on the monumental decision handed down by our Supreme Court this past Friday that declared the right to an abortion does not exist in our constitution and thus should be sent back to each state to determine if that state’s citizens want to give themselves that right.
Here are a few random observations:
• I am thankful that we may be going back to governing our nation the way the original framers designed our country to be governed. Abraham Lincoln described this new experiment in his famous Gettysburg Address “of the people, by the people, for the people.”
• Whichever side you may be on the abortion issue, this was a huge win for all USAmericans, for now the people can decide the issue—not a handful of judges who hand down edits to the poor peasants who must abide by their decisions. The people and their duly elected representatives—not the courts—should be making the laws of the land. Whether we like the laws or not, at least the people will now have a say—at least on this issue.
• I find it interesting that companies like Dick’s Sporting Goods, Disney, Google, Salesforce, etc., are promising their employees thousands of dollars for them to travel or relocate to pro-abortion states so that they can have access to an abortion. Where were these companies for the last fifty years when their employees couldn’t afford IVF (In vitro fertilization) or wanted to adopt or wanted to take a pregnancy to full term and then put the child up for adoption? Or many other expensive or hard to-get-to life-saving treatments for that matter. Why suddenly abortion?
• Again, whichever side of the issue we are on it should cause us all consternation that somehow we’ve come to the place where so many see only abortion as a viable option for an unexpected or unwanted pregnancy and grieve far more over the potential loss of that option vs. the loss of life and the unimaginable potential and possibilities that was loss with every abortion.
• And surely I’m not the only Civil War buff who notes that our nation is fast becoming a nation divided along the lines of being pro-abortion states vs. anti-abortion states. Will we have to eventually go to war to determine the issue and to save our union? And when the next President Lincoln leads us into the dreadful fray who will be the bad guys that the Federal troops will be turning their guns on? And when the next President Lincoln proclaims the next Emancipation Proclamation who will be liberated—unborn babies or those who do not want the unborn babies?
• For those of you who would like a well-written, thoughtful, and balanced reflection on the specific issue of abortion as it relates to the Supreme Court’s recent decision I highly recommend Roe v. Everyone by one of my most favorite bloggers, Kris Kilgore.
In closing, for some reason my thoughts have gone often to President Lincoln this weekend. Perhaps it was because he was such a measured and thoughtful man who tried valiantly to bring reconciliation and peace to a nation divided. Perhaps it was because he so valued life–all life–slave and free. Perhaps it is because he was just a good and decent man, but I can only hope that once again “we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain–that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom–and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”