You might have heard about a horrible incident that took place in New York a few years ago. It was the tragic story of a poor man who was trampled to death at Christmas time at a Wal-Mart store. It seems the poor guy got a temp job at Wal-Mart and was given the task of manning the door for one of those “Doors Open at Five a.m” pre-Christmas sales. Everybody was trying to buy an Xbox 360 and there weren’t too many around.
Most of that crowd didn’t even slow down after the death. They were heading straight for those Xboxes.
As heartbreaking as this story is, I think it perfectly describes how our modern society seems to value material things and personal convenience over anything else – even life. A human life.
No discussion about human life causes a bigger debate than abortion. Everybody is in favor of human life – except when the human life is a baby before it is born.
We all feel angry hearing that our fellow Americans, who were only looking out for themselves, allowed a poor man to be trampled to death in a Wal-Mart. Yet, since 1973, here in America, over 45 million human lives have been taken by abortion. On average, women give at least three reasons for choosing abortion: 3/4 say that having a baby would interfere with work, school or other responsibilities; about 3/4 say they cannot afford a child; and 1/2 say they do not want to be a single parent or are having problems with their husband or partner .
What this tells us is that the overwhelming number of abortions in America are committed for reasons that are far from life or death, except for the certain deaths of these babies.
As a society, we all oppose murder. Murder is the taking of an innocent human life. No one seriously denies that abortion is killing something. We just use euphemisms like “terminating the pregnancy.” No one denies that a life has ended. After all, ending the life is the whole goal of the procedure. No one can deny that this something is human. Just check the DNA. Just check the fingerprints. It isn’t the DNA of a white seal. It’s a human. (Besides, you can go to jail for killing a white seal). So, we know it’s killing, and we know it’s human. I haven’t heard anyone claim that an unborn baby isn’t innocent. In America each year, we kill 1.2 million babies, while other couples hope desperately for the chance to adopt a child. All this happens in the country founded on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I’m just glad my life didn’t interfere with someone else’s pursuit of happiness!
My hope is that more and more people will see the hypocrisy of how we kill our own young while pretending we care so much for individual’s rights. If we will not allow an innocent human the right to its first breath because it is inconvenient, how are we any better than the crowd that tramples Jimytai Damour on our way to the Xboxes?