(Post Author: Bill Pratt)
Incredibly, this was the sage advice of a writer who showered us with his wisdom in the letters to the editor section in our local newspaper. I rarely read the letters to the editor, because they almost never say anything of substance, but in a moment of weakness, I read them this past weekend and was treated with this gem.
What is the problem with this statement? Well, for starters, it betrays a complete lack of understanding of the pro-life position. Those who oppose abortion do not do so because of a personal preference.
We are not saying that we don’t prefer abortion. We are saying that abortion is morally wrong, and that it is, in fact, the taking of an innocent human life. A person’s personal preference about an act is completely different from his knowledge of whether the act is morally right or wrong. One can prefer things that are morally wrong or one can prefer things that are morally right. Pro-lifers don’t strictly care about what people prefer when it comes to abortion. They are arguing about whether abortion is morally right or wrong.
If abortion is the taking of an innocent human life, and we routinely pass laws that protect innocent human life, it follows that there should be a law that prevents abortion. Not because we don’t prefer abortion, but because it is morally reprehensible.
Would it make any sense for me to say, “If you don’t like murder, then don’t commit one!”? Or what about, “If you don’t like rape, then don’t commit one!”?
If abortion is truly the taking of an innocent life, then telling people not to have one if they don’t like it is as asinine as telling someone not to murder if they don’t like murder.
We don’t tell people not to produce acts of evil if they don’t personally like a particular evil act. We tell them not to commit acts of evil because evil is morally wrong, and we ought not do what is morally wrong