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June 25, 2005

Historical Prospectives on "Choice" in America

Brian Melton at ChronWatch has written another compelling piece comparing today's "Pro-Choice" abortion tactics to those of the American pre-civil war slave holding states. The piece is entitled: "The Fugitive ‘Fetus’ Act: Some Historical Perspectives on a Recent Abortion Controversy."

The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.
—Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

In the past few months, a “new” issue appeared on the American stage that made Hegel’s words echo through time. I put the word “new” in quotes, because, as Solomon once observed, “there is nothing new under the sun.” The idea of the federal government forcing someone, like a Pro-life pharmacist, to violate even their most cherished religious beliefs for the convenience and profit of others bears a frightening resemblance to something that occurred in the decade leading up to the Civil War. That instance played a significant role in boosting the strength of the abolitionist movement, and therefore helped set the country on the road to war. I hope that we will somehow prove Hegel wrong and actually learn from our own mistakes this time.

I’m assuming that most of my readers who are even vaguely aware of the continuing abortion debate will understand what has been going on. Now that the FDA has approved various and sundry “morning after” pills, the Pro-Death Movement has reveled in the fact that abortion is more of a form of contraception than ever. Women can now walk down to the local pharmacy, pick up a few pills to pop, and kill an inconvenient child without the need for a messy trip to a clinic. But there is one problem: There are Pro-Life pharmacists whose conscience won’t let them dispense the pills. This has proven quite a cause for consternation, as the conduct of this woman shows, and the biased reporting in the article about her further demonstrates.
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The hypocrisy cannot be clearer. Just like the slaveholders, abortionists believe that everyone should enjoy equal rights, but the right to an abortion is somehow more equal than the right of a pro-life pharmacist to abstain. A Christian must remove even a small cross at work for fear of offending someone else, but an abortionist does not have to wait even an hour or two when requesting a drug that an offended Christian earnestly and honestly believes will be used to commit murder.

Read the rest of "The Fugitive ‘Fetus’ Act: Some Historical Perspectives on a Recent Abortion Controversy."

Cross posted from Truth and Action