Safe, Legal and Rare

President Clinton is not alone when he says that abortion should be kept "safe, legal and rare." Many abortion advocates use this line when discussing abortion. The idea is to pretend that there is some common ground between the pro-choice and pro-life movements. But the phrase actually brings up an important question: if abortion is merely a medical procedure --a simple choice, then why should it be rare?

It should be rare, because, in reality, both pro-lifers and pro-choicers alike know that abortion destroys a human life. The abortion procedure does not merely "terminate a pregnancy," it terminates the life of a human being. Both sides know this. The difference is in the value placed on this life.

I recently received an e-mail from a woman who said that she realized that the fetus was alive. She agreed that the unborn child is alive, but she argued that the mother's comfort is more important than the child's life. It is common these days for pro-abortionists to admit that the unborn child is alive. They now argue that the unborn child is not a person. The dictionaries do not yet reflect this development. Webster's dictionary still defines a person as a "human" or an "individual." But pro-abortionists want the definition of person to include self-awareness and/or other arbitrary terms in order to come up with a self-serving definition that will justify abortion.

This is what the Supreme Court did in Roe v. Wade, because, "If the suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant's case, of course, collapses, for the fetus' right to life is then guaranteed specifically by the [fourteenth] amendment." But this kind of semantics was used against women, blacks, Jews, and many others who were declared nonpersons in the past. These word games are used when people in positions of power decide for their own economic, political, or personal gain that other people who are less powerful are not important. It was whites that decided that blacks were less than human, it was men deciding women's roles, and now it is adults deciding that unborn children are not persons.

We must stop with the word playing. Children are dying at rates of 4,000 a day, more than 1 million a year. As Randy Alcorn has stated, "Personhood is not something to be bestowed on living human beings, large or small, by an intellectual elite with vested interest in ridding society of undesirables"(ProLife Answers to ProChoice Arguments, 61). If it is human (came from humans), if it is genetically unique (not part of a human), and if it is alive, then what we have is a living human being, a person, whose life is of intrinsic value. The unborn is, therefore, a person just as much as you or I -- we are merely at different stages of development.

If you believe in God, then you must also believe that human life is sacred. As humans, how can we decide that something God has ordained is not worthy of fulfillment? Let us work to achieve a society where abortion is not just rare but non-existent.