OPINION – Of all the topics we discuss on our morning show, abortion is one of the more fiery among them and provokes some of the strongest opinions I have ever heard.
Of course, the topic has been discussed, analyzed and debated for years. Over the course of the last 50 years, our society has adopted a very strong position on being entitled to act on our selfish desires.
If it feels good, do it.
If I like it, then it’s right.
Sex is an enjoyable act, everyone is doing it, and it’s a healthy part of growing up.
Sex with multiple partners is not only accepted, it’s celebrated as a passage of our youth.
The desire for sex is so strong, how dare we propose that people try to control their innate desires?
No wonder we have adjusted our values to excuse immorality. No wonder we have justified abortion as birth control.
We simply had to. If we justify sex as a right of youthful passage, knowing this can result in unwanted pregnancy, the next step would be to diminish the consequence of what sex can produce. It shouldn’t surprise any of us. We do not advocate reining in or controlling our desires, we only seek to justify indulging in our desires at any cost.
In aborting a pregnancy, we are in essence putting our lives above the life of another; we tell ourselves that we matter more than that unborn child.
Selfishness has always been the biggest catalyst to erode our morality since the dawn of time. Adulterers cheat and break commitments to a spouse because desire gets the best of them. Athletes cheat with drugs because they seek after the glory and the accolades of a successful career. We cheat on tests to get the “A.” Our self-interest trumps everything. We are steeped in debt as a nation because of a selfish desire to have everything we want, when we want it. We don’t have to pay it back, we can bankrupt out of owing our debtors anything. We escape our consequences with ease.
Sex is a vehicle to procreate and form new life; it is also a vehicle to bond two people together. If we reduce sex to a “sport” or a fun activity, we minimize its power, value and importance. It stands to reason, then, that we must reduce the baby or life that was created to merely a “seed,” a blob of tissue or a soulless organism. We would much rather rid ourselves of a “blob” than to admit to killing a baby.
Abortionists will use the two main arguments: The baby would stand in the way of the life I have wished for or the baby deserves more than what I am capable of giving. Well, at least give the baby life and hopeful couples looking to adopt can take it from there.
To someone making the case for pro-life, common sense can be a hard sell.
If you have to stop something from growing, you must kill it. Because you change the wording from kill to “choice” does not change the action of stopping it from growing. It does sound softer though. “Pro-kill” probably wouldn’t get a huge following.
Just because you can’t see the baby, doesn’t mean it does not exist.
If a pregnancy is the result of having sex, and a pregnancy is not what you want in your life, then abstain from sex. I love chocolate. If I eat too much of it, I get fat. If I do not want to be fat, I do not eat it regardless of my desire for it. When you made the choice to have sex to enable a pregnancy to happen, your “choice” was already made. Your right as a woman to control what happens to your body started in the bedroom; not the moment the pregnancy test affirmed your worst fears.
There are two words I excluded from this article on purpose. God and “wrong.” Have those words heavily influenced my moral code and my values? Yes. But, I choose not to state my beliefs leaning on religious beliefs or condemnation, rather to state them only leaning on common sense and the decline of morality I see as we desire to excuse ourselves from consequences.
We do not want to be told we are selfish or that abortion is wrong. Yes, we can have empathy and compassion for anyone having to go through a pregnancy that was not desired; yet, it’s even more apparent to me that society needs to embrace a higher standard of morals and values when contemplating our actions. We need to understand the power of our choices before they are made. We need to understand and value the sanctity of life.
After all, anyone reading this article was already given the gift of life. It would seem rather hypocritical to assume that we have the right to life and that our lives matter, but another may not.
Kate Dalley is a news commentator and co-host of the Perspectives morning show on Fox News 1450 AM 93.1 FM. The opinions stated in this article are hers and not representative of St. George News.
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