A recent ad by Indivisible Door County titled “Did You Know …” gave us much food for thought.
Three of the points given have to do with the fact that the law prohibiting abortion is from 1849. A good law protecting human life from conception until death is ageless. The Constitution is even older.
The ad decried that in 1849, an all-male legislature made the law. An all-male Supreme Court found the right to abortion in Roe v. Wade in 1973.
Good law is made by an application of principles. Principles are the same for male and female, for all humans. The intent of the law is to protect unborn children, already alive and growing. We now know so much more about fetal development, so laws protecting the unborn make even more sense now than they did 100-plus years ago.
Women did not have the right to vote in 1849. The tone of the ad seems to imply that all women of that era (and now) wanted legal abortion to achieve equality. The founders of the women’s suffrage movement were overwhelmingly pro-life. Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the nation’s first female physician, was inspired by her horror of abortion to fight to get into medical school.
The modern group Feminists for Life has compiled extensive writings of the early suffragettes on women’s rights. I agree with them that a society that requires women to sacrifice their children for their success has not achieved true equality. One of their slogans is, “I refuse to choose” between children and career. We can do better. We can love them both.
Pregnancy resource centers throughout the country provide emotional, spiritual and material help. Their counselors believe in women: in their resilience, in their strength and in their ability to love their children, planned and unplanned.
A great resource to find help in any community is the website 123GiveLife.org. Using just your zip code, the site will find resource centers and a listing of the services they provide.
There have been more than 60 million abortions since 1973. Vote for pro-life candidates – babies’ lives depend on it.
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin