Benjamin Franklin stated, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”
John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
These statements have proven wise and true. A moral and virtuous people would not consider taking the life of an unborn child as an acceptable alternative to taking personal responsibility. Since there are many ways to prevent an unwanted pregnancy—one of them is guaranteed to work every time—it becomes disingenuous to refer to the occurrence as an accident. It can be argued that people on both sides of the abortion issue are “pro-choice.” Where we differ is the point at which the choice occurs. The time to choose not to have a child is before the act, not afterward.
Fixing Due Process for the Unborn in 2016
I will support any legislation that works toward bringing an end to abortion, in all but the most extreme cases (where the life of the mother is at stake). This does not contradict my position on States’ rights. I would argue our Constitution protects all citizens, even those not yet born. The 14th Amendment states no State shall deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law. The worst among us get a trial before they’re put to death, and are granted multiple appeals along the way. If we treat our alleged criminals with such respect, shouldn’t the most innocent of us be granted the same?