Accelerating the process whereby we come to understand that abortion is an atrocity

By Dave Andrusko

Senator Marco Rubio

In “New Obama Scam (You Must Pay, But Nobody Pays) Lays Groundwork for Future National Abortion Mandate,” National Right to Life explains how this purported “compromise” would allow the President, if re-elected, to mandate that every health plan in America cover abortion on demand.” In “What a Re-elected Obama Could do with ‘Compromise’ Mandate,” I take another look at this shamelessly insincere proposal. By way of preview, all you need to know is the Abortion Establishment is purring like contented kittens and that some of those institutions that gave ObamaCare crucially important cover in 2010 also found this afternoon’s “new” policy acceptable.

The Associated Press’s Laurie Kellman wrote a story earlier this week with this arresting headline: “They’re back: Social issues overtake US politics.” This is misleading both because social issues—abortion and freedom of conscience, in this context—have never been “gone” and because the implication is they have improperly hijacked politics. In fact, these are foundational issues that cannot be smothered by media hostility or an Administration that resonates in sympathetic harmony with PPFA and NARAL.

Pro-life Florida Senator Mario Rubio has been in the forefront of the fight against the January 20 mandate issued by the Department of Health and Human Services  and in reminding us that abortion is not a tangential issue but what he called in a speech last month a “definitional issue.”

“It is a basic, core issue that every society needs to answer, and the answer that it gives on that issue ends up defining which kind of society you have,” he said, speaking at the Susan B. Anthony List’s fifth annual Campaign for Life Gala. “That’s how important the issue is.”

Rubio gently rebutted the usual justifications for abortion— the baby isn’t “wanted,” it’s a woman’s “right,” somehow the unborn isn’t really a “life”– and illustrated how these are very weak reeds to lean on. They are either self-contradictory, at odds with the biological facts, can be extended to a wide swath of other categories of vulnerable human beings, or are embarrassing silly (the unborn is not really a “life”?).

Rubio’s remarks reinforce why the “social issues” can never go away, SHOULD never go away so long as the lives of the vulnerable—the unborn, the sick, and the elderly—are at risk. It’s for the very same reasons we’ve eventually ended other practices that marginalized groups of people: it is radically at odds with who we are as a people.

Someday, Rubio said, “people will look back at this practice and say, how could that be possible? In the way that we look back at the atrocities of the past, at things that occurred 100, 200, 300 years ago, at institutions that we as a nation banned and look at and say, how could people have supported this stuff? How could people have turned a blind eye to these things?”

This time will come, Rubio said. “Our job is to accelerate the process of getting there, to ensure that sooner rather than later, and God willing, in our lifetime, we can arrive to a consciousness in this nation that this is wrong.”

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