My state is currently in the news for passing a piece of legislation that declares something every person in the nation already knows whether they’re willing to admit it or not: Unborn babies are human beings and are therefore entitled to equal protection under the law. On Wednesday night, Governor Kay Ivey (who happens to be a woman) signed the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, making nearly all abortions throughout the state illegal and making the mere act of performing an abortion a felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison unless the mother’s life is in jeopardy. There are no exception clauses in the bill for cases of rape or incest, something which predictably sent the Left into unhinged pandemonium (although, to be fair, any limitations on abortion cause the Left to erupt into unhinged pandemonium.) If you don’t believe me, here are a few tweets from prominent liberal celebrities:
Of course, the Left was already in a tizzy as similar anti-abortion bills recently passed in states like Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Ohio. Missouri is also on a similar path. This was just the last straw needed to send them over the edge.
Indeed the pro-life movement has been gaining ground, making incredible strides, and winning victories across the country like never before. Alabama’s law, however, is undoubtedly the strictest one to date or, to use the Left’s own terminology, the most “extreme.” In fact, it is “too extreme” we are told. It is “so extreme” that it is “harmful to women’s health” and “a threat to women’s rights” and — as feminist actress, novelist, and scriptwriter Amber Tamblyn noted above —it’s enough to start a “war.”
To that, I have only one thing to say: So be it. If you want to start a war, we’re right here. We’ve been here all along. We’re the pro-life movement and we’ve had enough. We’ve had enough of the senseless slaughter and bloodshed. We’ve had enough of the 60 million dead bodies since Roe v. Wade. We’ve had enough of the soulless acceptance of infanticide. This war you’re talking about started 46 years ago. It started in 1973 when the Supreme Court found some magic pixie dust in the Constitution granting women the right to murder their unborn children in the name of “women’s rights” or “reproductive healthcare,” both of which are nonsensical and unconstitutional. The only casualties in this so-called “war” have been the 630,000 defenseless children butchered every year in our culture’s endless cycle of death. That is the real war, and we have been fighting it all along.
Now, as for the Alabama law being “extreme,” I personally, I couldn’t be more thrilled — both as a pro-life conservative and as a Christian — to see the Left using this word. For once we have finally made enough of a difference in this arena to cause abortion enthusiasts to label us radical fanatics (which is somewhat ironic coming from folks who openly endorse and support the genocidal massacre of babies.) Nevertheless, we’ve not only gotten their attention and ruffled some feathers, but we’ve simultaneously maintained the fundamental integrity of the pro-life belief: That unborn babies are people, that life is precious at every stage of pregnancy, and that every child has a right to life no matter the circumstances of said pregnancy (rape, incest, etc.) There is nothing outrageous or revolutionary about this viewpoint. The law here in Alabama was only “extreme” in as much that it shaped the pro-life position into a piece of tangible legislation.
If that position is “extreme,” then I am more than happy to wear that label and to wear it proudly. If it is “extreme” to want to end the decades-long bloodbath of children, then yes, I will be an extremist. The mere fact that the Left is this enraged over Alabama’s law and similar anti-abortion rulings tells you everything that you need to know about their platform and their ideology. It also tells you who the true extremists are in our society — the true supporters and arbitrators of child murder. And personally, I want to be at the other end of that extremist spectrum. I want to be at the end of the spectrum where science, morality, and Absolute Truth are on our side. After all, those are the things that not only make us right, but make us unstoppable.
In the coming days, pro-aborts and the leftwing media will undoubtedly use every play in the book to fight against the progress being made on the pro-life front. In many ways, this has already begun. A quick glance at Twitter will serve as proof. Mark my words: We will see everything from childish scare tactics to harassment to false statistics to leftist legislative pushback at the state level or even in Washington.
Mrs. Tamblyn is right about one thing: This is a war. And, as pro-lifers, we’re finally fighting it like soldiers who believe in our cause. Now is not the time for halfheartedness, dispassion, or indifference. We are finally effecting real change and making a lasting impact. If you’re unsure about where you stand on this issue, if you’re worried about losing a few Facebook friends, if you’re terrified of offending someone, or afraid of being labeled “extreme,” perhaps it would be best for you to get out of the way and remove yourself from the discussion altogether. Those of us who remain will continue to stand our ground as anti-abortion “extremists.” And we will do it for as long as it takes.