As the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade has come and gone, I notice that more pro-choicers than usual have been willing to talk openly about their views. They seem to be feeling the wind at their backs at the moment, and the normal inhibitions about telling abortion stories don’t seem to apply.
As I noted last week, there has been some chilling commentary showing just how far proponents of abortion are willing to go in favor of the feminist ideal of freedom. In short, they know that the unborn are persons, but they are still willing to kill those persons so that a woman can be truly free. A woman’s desire not to be pregnant outweighs another person’s right not to be killed. It’s the ideology of death, and the pro-choicers seem to be more forthcoming and open about their morally bankrupt views.
Enter Touré Neblett from MSNBC. I’m not sure what really qualifies this man to hold forth on his abject disregard of human life, but apparently someone at MSNBC thinks his wisdom on the matter deserves a national audience. One would think he might be less than forthcoming about the decision to kill his own child, but he’s not. In fact, he celebrates the decision. [Watch the video above, or read his words below.]
Touré is not disputing the humanity of the unborn. He concedes that seeing the second trimester sonogram of his son made him reconsider his view of when life begins. At the end of the day, however, human life in the womb is morally irrelevant to him. The only morally relevant issue is a woman’s absolute right not to be encumbered with a child. If it takes killing another human being to preserve that “right,” Touré is all for it—even if it’s his own child.
Why should we be paying attention to stories like this one? After all, is anyone really moved for or against legal abortion by such displays? Some people won’t be moved. There are some people who have sold their hearts and minds to the murderous ideology of death, and they won’t dare reconsider their views even when faced with the humanity of the unborn (e.g. Touré Neblett).
But I think there are still many people in our society whose consciences will be pricked when they hear what the actual defense of abortion is. Pro-abortion logic doesn’t pass the smell test, and decent people know that. It may be lost on Touré that he has just celebrated the death of his own child, but it won’t be lost on everyone. Perhaps it won’t be lost on you.
[Touré Neblett's testimony about his girlfriend's abortion.]
This week brought us the 40th anniversary of roe v. wade and made me reflect on a moment from 15 years when I was in a committed relationship with a woman who I knew was just not the one. She also knew it probably wasn’t going to work out and then she got pregnant, and I was terrified…
I knew that pregnant woman and I were not going to be able to form a lasting family. She decided it was best to have an abortion and days later she did, we did, and in some ways that choice saved my life. I was not then smart enough or man enough to build a family or raise a child, and I only would have contributed to making a mess of three lives.
Years after that I met another woman, married her, and after we decided to get pregnant, I went to her doctor’s appointments, our doctor’s appointments, with joy. it was a thrill to watch that boy grow inside her, but I must admit during that second trimester as we watched him move around on 3-d sonograms I saw how human they were and my lifelong belief was jostled.
In the end I remain committed to being pro-choice because I cannot imagine arguing against a woman’s right to control her body and thus her life. I believe in a woman’s autonomy to determine her life’s course. Yes, there is a reasonable and unsolvable medical debate about when exactly life begins, but I find something undeniably misogynist about the impulse to deny a woman’s dominion over her own body and limit her ability to shape her life and impose another sense of morality on her.
(HT: Eric Teetsel)
Postscript for Touré: Your gut feeling at your son’s ultrasound was right. Don’t close your eyes to what you saw there. There are powerful forces in our culture that would have all of us to look away from that image, but we don’t have to do What they say. We can acknowledge what is transparently true. That baby you saw in the ultrasound was your son. You can stand against the spirit of the age and raise your voice to defend him and the millions of others like him who have no voice but ours.