We live in a country – nay, a globe – where the rights of women have been woefully abused for centuries. Yet as a nation America has risen to the forefront in leading the way for women’s rights, beginning with the women’s suffrage movement, and including advancing women’s health both domestically and globally, raising awareness against domestic violence, promoting responsibility of fathers, and championing educational and workplace equality for women. While we have come a long way in advancing the notion that women are not merely an extension of the male ego, in fact property to be owned, controlled and subjugated by men, we have unfortunately fallen behind in our protection of perhaps the most vulnerable class of human beings among us – unborn babies.
I mention the case of the advancement women’s rights in the context of the human rights of unborn children for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the context in which women’s rights evolved (especially in the West) came out of the scientific exploration of the enlightenment era. In that context reason and objective consideration were said to be a superior approach to dealing reality than the lens of religious dogma, superstition and ignorance. Enlightenment philosophers for example, could easily refute (using science and reason) the belief common at the time that a woman was merely an extension of a man’s body, ‘Adam’s rib’ so to speak – and not a separate and individual soul enjoying the same inalienable rights before her creator.
Today we are dealing with a similarly pernicious dogma. It is not a religious dogma in the sense of the pre-enlightenment beliefs about the roles of women, but a secular dogma cobbled together out of a well-meaning attempt to promote women’s independence. It goes something like this: a woman’s right to control over her body is sacrosanct, and an unborn baby is a part of a woman’s body. Therefore a woman has the unfettered right to treat an unborn baby as she sees fit. The implications of this secular dogma have not only lead to a host of legal fictions culminating in Roe vs. Wade and similar court rulings, but also improbable real world outcomes.
The implication here seems to be clear. Under the current liberal dogma, unborn children have no rights that a corporation is bound to respect. Meanwhile science continues to advance, bringing the objective facts more clearly into view. Viability outside of the womb is fading as a bright line for defining the beginning of human life. As those of us of faith have always known, life begins at conception, and so do the Constitutional protections afforded all human beings.
Mr. Williams is Manager / Sole Owner of Howard Stirk Holdings I & II Broadcast Television Stations and Executive Editor of American CurrentSee online Magazine.
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