A fundamental divide:  Either everyone matters or they don’t

By Dave Andrusko

A while back—before the pandemic turned most in-person meetings into gatherings by Zoom– a few of us from a class that I led were having a conversation over coffee and bagels. As they say, from out of the blue, a member said something that reminded me of a quote to which all pro-lifers would probably say a hardy “amen.”

The great apologist G. K. Chesterton once wrote, “All men matter. You matter. I matter. It’s the hardest thing in theology to believe.” 

Rob Renfroe took Chesterton’s observation and concluded, “And that God—the God who is big enough to speak all of that [just the part of the universe we know about] into existence and hold it in the palm of his hand—says you matter to him. He says I matter to him.”

Regardless of what so many anti-life Democrats—such as President Joe Biden, members of the House and Senate, and a distressing number of states legislators–believe, that also applies to unborn babies who survive abortions.

Could there be anything that more fundamentally separates pro-life and anti-life forces than their positions on this bedrock conviction– that every life matters?  Pro-lifers refuse to subscribe to the insidious idea that some lives are disposable, based on some sort of sliding scale, whether that is “wantedness” or “quality of life” or anything else equally arbitrary.

To be fair, we shouldn’t expect anything else from our benighted opposition. The pro-abortion mind experiences a kind of brain freeze when you even introduce the principle of the universal equality of all human beings.

Their default position includes (but is not limited to)….there are SO many people in the world (a canard that is far less impressive now that many nations are approaching negative population growth); people, including youngsters, die from accidents (as if deliberating taking a life and inadvertently taking a life are two sides of the same coin); this is merely/only/just a “religious” tenet (as if anything any position that originates from, or draws additional strength from a religious impulse, is automatically suspect), etc., etc., etc.

As I once wrote for the monthly digital edition of National Right to Life News, “Our unyielding belief that ‘every single life matters’ means that pro-lifers are immune to the eugenic temptation which rears its ugly head in many guises.”

However House and Senate Democrats are not immune, as constantly demonstrate by derailing protective legislation such as the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. To Democrats, babies who survive the abortionist’s best attempts to kill her or him are on their own.

But we know that they matter…that unborn babies matter…that the medical fragile matter…that we all matter just … because … we … are.

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