By Dave Andrusko
What can be more rewarding to a mom or dad than for their child to integrate into his or her own value system the life lessons we’ve striven to teach them? Which brings us immediately to “Oppression in its barest form,” an opinion piece written Tuesday by Charlotte Pence, daughter of Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence.
(For those who pigeon-hole the Pence family, it might make them re-think to see that Charlotte Pence attends Harvard Divinity School.)
This opinion piece, in the Washington Times, is written by a millennial for the millennial generation. As such Ms. Pence understands and highlights what she calls the “driving force in our millennial generation”: “social justice.”
That means many things to many people, but to Pence social justice is built around egalitarianism. To understand its importance, she turns to “The Millennial Impact Project,” which she describes as “an organization that looks at how U.S. millennials engage with causes.”
Regarding its 2017 report—“Why do Millennials Choose to Engage in Cause Movements”– she writes,
tracked how a presidential campaign affected millennial social-activism engagement. “Millennials we interviewed wanted to give all people — but especially marginalized or disenfranchised individuals or groups — early interventions and opportunities that would ensure increased prosperity later in life” (2017 Millennial Impact Report).
Who fits all these descriptions—“the disenfranchised, the marginalized, the oppressed and the outsider”? The unborn child.
Pence talks about the much-neglected impact of abortion on siblings; its hugely disproportional presence in communities of color; and how abortion shreds the social fabric that holds cultures together.
But let me say just one other thing beyond how perfectly a defense of the unborn child fits the social justice narrative. Pence writes
Abortion is also a women’s issue, but not in the way in which the progressive left has used it. The pro-choice message tells a woman the way in which she should live. The narrative is not one of empowerment and self-sufficiency; it is of fear.
Read that paragraph again. Abortion is not, contrary to the Planned Parenthoods and NARALs of this world, a celebration of female empowerment and self-sufficiency. Abortion is giving into fear, fear which Planned Parenthood and NARAL prey upon.
Let me end with Ms. Pence’s conclusion [the underlining is mine]:
The unborn — and others affected by abortion — are the marginalized members of our society, whose voices we are not hearing because their future has been decided for them.
We have taken away their ownership and agency by limiting their ability to fulfill their potential.
In doing this, we provide oppression with a strong foundation to take root in our midst — a foothold that history has shown is not easily broken.
Take time to read Charlotte Pence’s opinion piece. I know Mike and Karen Pence are very proud.