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The Great Debate

Posted May 22 2009 11:56pm

Many are aware of the recent event that took place at Notre Dame University.  The weeks leading up to it were filled with speculation and conversation.  Every person who has an opinion about abortion weighed in.  America started a conversation that is too important to stop. 

While the IDSC has concerns with many points in the speech, in which we clearly disagree with the President, there was one statement made by the President that we firmly agree with: 

“Now, understand — understand, Class of 2009, I do not suggest that the debate surrounding abortion can or should go away. Because no matter how much we may want to fudge it — indeed, while we know that the views of most Americans on the subject are complex and even contradictory — the fact is that at some level, the views of the two camps are irreconcilable. Each side will continue to make its case to the public with passion and conviction.”

Indeed, the IDSC will continue to make our point with passion and conviction.  For you see, when we speak of killing innocent people, there is no common ground.  Killing a child in the womb, is simply that.  The president got this one part right though, we must not stop talking about this.  Children are dying a senseless death, every minute we debate this.

This conversation parallels another historical debate that took place in world history.  Abolition of slavery was debated for many years world wide.   In the many debates of the time, there were two points of view.  Those who wanted it abolished, and those  who wanted “the decline of slavery.” (Thomas Sowell, 2005) 

Had we actually continued to listen to those who were “pro slavery”, this archaic abuse of people would have continued for longer than it did.  Slavery is and was wrong.  There was no “common ground” to discuss about it.  Some issues are just that simple.

Today, we have the modern form of the slavery debate.  We have a president asking us to find “common ground” on this issue.  He has stated over and over again, he would like to “reduce abortions”.  Much like the decline of slavery, we simply can not say this is good enough.  If you were the slave that was not part of the reduction, you would not feel that is enough. 

Today’s culture has found every reason to continue with the termination of babies in the womb. Recently Sweeden came out with this ruling, “Swedish health authorities have ruled that it is not illegal to kill a healthy unborn child based simply on its gender”

Is this truly what they all meant when they wanted to give women the right to choose?  Many would say, “We are not talking about healthy babies.  That is sick they would do that to a healthy baby.”  Their arms thrown up in the air.  So, in that part of the debate, is this where you might say, “We are talking about the babies that are a burden on the parents.  Babies that would make the mother’s life much harder.”  So, in effect, our children, who are born with Down syndrome, are the acceptable “choice” since they are not as good as the “healthy babies”.  They are the “hard choices” that we all have to make. 

With all due respect to all of the pro choicers out there, our children are a gift. A gift that has been thrown away by parents at a rate of 94% in America and around the world.  We believe in the dignity of their lives, and the lives of ALL children.

The President of the United States did get one thing right, we need to continue to talk about this, with passion and conviction.  We need to look no further back in history than to the time of the abolitionists.  They were passionate and convicted, during a time, when the odds of them changing the hearts of those around them seemed impossible.  They continued to talk and teach others about the immorality of that institution.  Like them, we must persevere, and teach others the pain and the death that has resulted from the Roe Vs. Wade decision. 

With that we leave you with words from another great president in American history.  President Ronald Reagan’s words are nearly prophetic.  They remind us that we must indeed, keep talking with “passion and conviction.”

“The real question today is not when human life begins, but, what is the value of human life?

The abortionist who reassembles the arms and legs of a tiny baby to make sure all its parts have been torn from its mother’s body can hardly doubt whether it is a human being. The real question for him and for all of us is whether that tiny human life has a God-given right to be protected by the law — the same right we have.

What more dramatic confirmation could we have of the real issue than the Baby Doe case in Bloomington, Indiana? The death of that tiny infant tore at the hearts of all Americans because the child was undeniably a live human being — one lying helpless before the eyes of the doctors and the eyes of the nation. The real issue for the courts was not whether Baby Doe was a human being.

The real issue was whether to protect the life of a human being who had Down’s Syndrome, who would probably be mentally handicapped, but who needed a routine surgical procedure to unblock his esophagus and allow him to eat. A doctor testified to the presiding judge that, even with his physical problem corrected, Baby Doe would have a “non-existent” possibility for “a minimally adequate quality of life” — in other words, that retardation was the equivalent of a crime deserving the death penalty. The judge let Baby Doe starve and die, and the Indiana Supreme Court sanctioned his decision.

Federal law does not allow federally-assisted hospitals to decide that Down’s Syndrome infants are not worth treating, much less to decide to starve them to death. Accordingly, I have directed the Departments of Justice and HHS to apply civil rights regulations to protect handicapped newborns. All hospitals receiving federal funds must post notices which will clearly state that failure to feed handicapped babies is prohibited by federal law. The basic issue is whether to value and protect the lives of the handicapped, whether to recognize the sanctity of human life. This is the same basic issue that underlies the question of abortion.” President Ronald Reagan   The Conscience of a Nation

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