On Sunday August 24, 2008, Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) declared herself an expert on the teachings of the Catholic Church in relation to abortion. She said the church wasn’t sure about when life begins and that it was irrelevant anyway, because a woman’s right to choose (to kill her child) trumps the child’s right to life.
A regular reader and commenter on this blog, Rob in Gallup, presented some excellent counter-points to Pelosi’s statements:
“A right to choose cannot supersede a right to live. Why is it that Democrats understand this when it comes to passing stricter drunk-driving laws, but not abortion? That is, if you were to ask them which is more important, your right not to be killed by a drunk driver or someone else’s right to choose to drink and drive, what would they say? Why doesn’t that same logic hold true with abortion?”
Pelosi also asserted that abortions would be reduced if Republicans would support birth control. Again, Rob answered this:
“…the contraception argument is a tired old scapegoat. The reason for abortions is that we’ve fostered a culture in which it is both accepted and expected to have sex with whomever one pleases, whenever and under whichever circumstances one pleases. Free, open sex results in unplanned pregnancies, and abortions are the murderous, self-serving antidote that we’ve legalized.”
My field is Public Health, and this profession is on the forefront of tearing down the moral fiber of our society. The mantra goes as follows: “teens have sex, there is no point in teaching them that not having sex until they are married is an acceptable option”. They love to point to the live birth rate in teens 15-19 in 1957 as being 98 live births per 1000 population as compared to 49 live births per 1000 population (age 15-19) in the year 2000. What they fail to tell you is that the vast majority (more than 85%) of the births to teens in the 1950′s were to married teens (18 and 19 years old … people married earlier), while in 2000, births to unmarried teens rose to 79%. They also fail to point out that there are fewer live births to teens in the year 2000 data because of abortion.
In a study conducted in the year 2000 about the changes in teen sexual behavior from 1950 to 2000, I want to highlight two survey questions and the responses:
- If I had sex as a teenager, it would have been okay with my parents. 1950 – 6%; 2000 – 33%.
- Based on your beliefs while in high school, when was it acceptable to have sex?
- Within first month of dating: 8% (1950); 15% (2000)
- After the relationship became serious: 19% (1950); 76% (2000)
- Only after becoming married: 73% (1950); 9% (2000)
As Rob stated earlier, our society is increasingly becoming amoral. There is no stigma or shame associated with any behavior anymore. Consequences are now inconsequential. If a moment of passion causes concerns of an unwanted pregnancy, just take a pill and go on with your life. No big deal. No mention of murder. The ability for people to practice self-control is declining rapidly, as the greatest message that people receive is that if something feels good, it’s ok – even expected – to go ahead and do it.
The Guttmacher Institute (the liberal research arm of Planned Parenthood) reports that:
- Fifty percent of U.S. women obtaining abortions are younger than 25: Women aged 20–24 obtain 33% of all abortions, and teenagers obtain 17%.
- Women who have never married obtain 66% of all abortions
- .001% of abortions are due to rape or incest
As parents, we must present different expectations to our children. They must learn that it is God’s plan and God’s blessing for them to remain sexually pure until they are married. Being abstinent is not abnormal or impossible to do. What a special gift to walk into marriage with just one man and one woman … with no people from previous indiscretions crowding the marriage bed. If we expect teens to have sex, they will. If we offer them other expectations – higher expectations – they can and will achieve those higher goals. Even for parents who do not believe in God, they can still teach their children that being abstinent until marriage is the healthy decision … physically, and emotionally.
My thanks again to Rob for his contributions to this post.