FEB 2013 – If we could save but one life…


As the ‘Gun Control’ debate raged on I heard a message on the Hill about taking a necessary action if something could save but even ‘one life,’ and the dire consequences of inaction.

For example, Vice President Biden stated:

“As the president said, if your actions result in only saving one life, they’re worth taking. But I’m convinced we can affect the well-being of millions of Americans and take thousands of people out of harm’s way if we act responsibly.”

It would nice if we, as a general principle, did act responsibly. I’m looking for other examples in the recent as to when our government acted ‘responsibly’ following a crisis. The hardest hit hurricane Sandy victims are still waiting for the assistance that was promised (by the President) immediately following the disaster.

It reminds of what we heard when the Stimulus was proposed: “We have to do something, because doing nothing would have dire consequences…” Someone in this Administration once said “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” Politics have made me cynical and I automatically question sincerity, especially when I detect hypocrisy. Motives aside, whatever they may be, Mr. Biden isn’t the only person echoing the notion of taking ‘unpopular’ action to save but one life.

Frankly, I’m ecstatic that we are promoting the idea of acting ‘in the interest of saving lives,’ even a single life, because this presents a perfect opportunity to address another issue in which ‘irresponsible inaction’ results in a tremendous loss of life each and every day, AND verify their sincerity! 

Since abortion kills over ‘1 million’ children every year, over ’56 million’ to date, will you act responsibly to take thousands of people out of harm’s way on a daily basis? Would you support the repeal of Roe V. Wade and close abortion clinics knowing that it would in fact save millions lives?

If we are really serious about saving lives, this is a no-brainer. While the effect of banning military-style assault weapons and/or limiting magazine capacity as it relates to curtailing gun violence is a theoretical argument, we know for a fact that banning abortion would have a real, substantial, and instantaneous effect.

Naysayers (propagating myths that making abortion illegal will make things worse) need only to look at Poland: After gaining independence from Russia’s rule, the Polish Parliament promptly outlawed state-paid abortion contrary to the warnings of government agencies, the media, the UN and (surprise!) Planned Parenthood. According to Dr. John Willke, physician and president of the nationwide, educational Life Issues Institute:

“In summary, then, here we have a large nation that, for four and a half decades, had abortion-on-request, paid for by the state. Certainly, the practice of abortion in Poland had become deeply ingrained. Then came independence and a law that took the total number of abortions down to 0.004% of what they had been… To perhaps everyone’s surprise, there have been 25% fewer miscarriages and 30% fewer women dying compared with what it had been while abortion was legal. In the latest annual report, 21 women died from pregnancy-related problems, with none listed as dying from illegal abortions.”

Back to the original question, “What actions are we willing to take if it could save even one life?” Abortion intentionally kills children—thousands each and every day. If we’re just beating our gums and not willing to act, millions of innocent human fetuses will continue receiving a death sentence for simply being unwanted.

Would we actually be willing to sacrifice some of our personal liberties (e.g.: ownership of so-called ‘military-style assault’ weapons) if it could save but a single life? Reasonable people would, if in fact that would be the end result. But I’m not so sure in real-world terms. What I do know is that banning abortion would severely curtail the ‘militant-style attacks’ on the pre-born person.

I would be willing accept a ban on so-called assault weapons if our government would ban abortion. My apologies to gun owing Americans everywhere, and I do support Second Amendment rights. But when you put it in terms of personal sacrifice, seems like we have so little to lose for so much to gain.




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