The Republican presidential debate from a few weeks ago was largely devoid of any significant moment. There was, however, one candidate that actually said something quite profound about the future of our country. Discussing his stance on abortion, Florida Senator Marco Rubio noted, “I believe that every single human being is entitled to the protection of our laws…future generations will look back at this history of our country and call us barbarians for murdering millions of babies who we never gave them a chance to live”.
Barbarians. We will be seen as barbarians. Tell it like it is, Senator Rubio!
The truth is, he’s absolutely correct. I have to completely agree with Senator Rubio, and not just because abortion is an abhorrent, genocidal, barbaric assault on human life and dignity, though it certainly is all those things. He is correct also because through all of history, pretty much every single major human rights injustice and violation is looked back on with condemnation. From slavery and different forms of oppression to Hitler’s Germany to Stalin’s Russia, we don’t look back and admire heinous acts of injustice against entire groups of people. Rather, we look back on such injustices and ask how something so barbaric and insane could have taken place right under the eyes of everyday citizens. We wonder how nobody could have stood up and stopped these runaway trains of evil before they got out of control. At the very least, we are thankful that civilization has progressed enough that we no longer have to worry about certain groups of people being dominated or exterminated by other groups of people.
Except abortion. Abortion is a practice by which an entire population is stripped of the right to live and exists on the whims of whether each person is wanted by their mother or not. Certainly not all children are aborted, and some mothers do allow their children to live. But unborn children are given virtually no protections, no safeguards against the subjective preferences of their mothers, and no value until the mother decides to bestow it. Abortion is the greatest human rights injustice of our time, a practice by which living, growing human beings are extinguished inside their mothers’ wombs in the name of “freedom” and “women’s rights”. I feel fairly confident that Senator Rubio is correct, and that future generations will look back at us, shaking their collective heads and wondering how we let this happen.
On the flip side, if I am wrong and Senator Rubio is incorrect, it means that we will have descended even further into a culture of death and destruction. If future generations do not see us as barbaric, that will mean that things have gotten worse, perhaps so bad that those of us who stand up for life will no longer be around anymore. I refuse to accept that this will happen, and I am filled with hope about the generation of people my age and younger who are, by and large, anti-abortion. We understand that freedom doesn’t mean the right to destroy our offspring in the womb. We understand the importance of defending those among us who are the most innocent and defenseless. I feel confident that our society will eventually come to its senses and realize that we will never be a great country again unless we learn to protect and guard the lives of all of our citizens.
What Is a Barbarian?
Anyway, a barbarian is, of course, someone who engages in barbaric practices. After examining the definition of barbaric, it’s clear that abortion fits the description perfectly.
Barbaric: adj, savagely cruel, exceedingly brutal
It’s not all that often that we have to qualify the definition of a word using adverbs to make it stronger. A barbaric practice is not just cruel, it’s savagely cruel; it’s not just brutal, it’s exceedingly brutal. We have to use adverbs just to get the idea of how cruel and brutal a barbaric practice is.
In order to see the barbarism in abortion, we need to look no further than the abortion procedures themselves and what remains after they are completed.
For the sake of prudence, I’m going to warn you to skip the next two paragraphs if you are not able to stomach the details of abortion procedures. I wasn’t going to include them at all, but I think for sake of demonstrating barbarism, a couple quotes needed to be included. These are actual procedures used on women who wish to abort their offspring. There are different procedures used depending on what stage of pregnancy the woman is in, but they are all equally graphic, horrific, barbaric… and legal. So here’s a sampling of quotes taken from descriptions of different abortion procedures:
- “The suction and cutting edge dismember the baby while the hose sucks the body parts into a collection bottle.”
- “The baby’s body parts are then removed and checked to make sure that no pieces were left in the mother’s womb.”
- “The abortionist uses a forceps to grab parts of the baby (arms and legs) and then tears the baby apart. The baby’s head must be crushed in order to remove it because the skull bone has hardened by this stage in the baby’s growth.”
- “The baby breathes in, swallows the salt and dies from salt poisoning, dehydration, brain hemorrhage and convulsions. Taking nearly an hour to die, the baby’s skin is completely burned, turns red and deteriorates.
Sickening. I think those quotes effectively speak for themselves. It is a barbaric culture that allows these practices to happen each day. There’s really no point in arguing it. Can anyone tell me that those are sophisticated medical procedures that should be allowed in the name of “women’s rights”? No, that’s not women’s rights, it’s barbaric evil.
But that’s not it. It turns out that we can get an even closer look at the reality of abortion by examining the remains of aborted babies. It’s not often that we get an “insider’s view” of such things, but a few brave souls have recently offered us a glimpse.
Recently, a number of videos have emerged showing various aspects of Planned Parenthood’s fetal tissue donation program. I’m not really interested in trying to decipher the ins and outs of the legality of the videos, whether or not anyone is making any profit, or the motives of the organization behind the videos. What’s clear, however, is the barbarism of abortion, which is clearly on display in the videos.
The videos discuss the abortion procedures themselves, the “crunching” of body parts, and even show dish platters with aborted body parts lying around awaiting sale and dissection. Platters of aborted baby body parts. Arms and legs.
If you don’t see the barbarity of baby dismemberment, skull-crushing, limb-tearing, body burning, or brain-sucking, I don’t know what to tell you, because we will never agree on anything. If the fact that body parts need to be reassembled after an abortion to ensure that no parts are still inside the mother doesn’t bother you, there’s simply nothing left to discuss.
But anyone with a shred of decency can see that the abortion procedures are savagely cruel, exceeding brutal, and thus, barbaric. The fetal remains shown in the videos attest to the evil that happens each and every time an abortion is performed and an innocent life is taken.
And it’s happening right under our eyes. In our world, in our civilization.
The United States is among those countries with the loosest abortion laws, though the abortion advocates would have us believe otherwise. They repeatedly whine about how restrictive the laws are and what an undue burden they place on women. In reality, only about 40% of the world’s countries allow unrestricted access to abortion, and only a handful of them allow abortions as late into pregnancy as the United States does. We can’t even convince our president or our Congress to pass laws restricting abortions after the point at which unborn babies can feel pain. We literally have leaders in our country who think it’s okay to torture and kill unborn children in their mothers’ wombs. If that is not the definition of savage, cruel, and barbaric, then nothing is.
Now is a time, more than ever, when society needs to stand up for the sanctity of life. We are responsible for the most innocent and defenseless among us, and our culture has repeatedly shown for decades now that they are unwilling to step up and do it when it comes to abortion. We are willing to sit idly by and watch the barbarity of the situation unfold without doing a thing about it.
Hope for the Future
All is not lost, however. There is always hope. There are always things that can be done; hearts can change, minds can change, and light can come from darkness. But those things aren’t going to happen on their own. It’s going to take people like you and me working to make some headway in this culture of death we live in. It’s going to take some effort to build this culture of life we are so ardently striving for.
For starters, we can initiate conversations. And hey, I get it. Initiating a conversation about abortion is probably about as much fun for us as initiating a conversation about concentration camps would have been for a German dissenter in the 1940s. But there’s enough on the line here that our discomfort ought to be overshadowed by our zeal to end the injustice.
Next, we can get involved. This can happen to a greater or lesser extent, depending on our availability or what we have to offer. Some ideas include things as simple as donating to pregnancy centers or sharing ideas on social media all the way to more front-line things such as sidewalk counseling outside of an abortion center. No matter who you are, there is a place for you in the pro-life movement.
Lastly, and as always, pray. Don’t forget that God has the power to make all things new again. He alone can cast out evil and bring about healing. I think we often forget about the power of prayer and the change it can bring about. Let’s make an effort to include pregnant mothers, unborn babies, and pro-life advocates in our daily prayer. But don’t stop there. Include prayers for changes of hearts for abortionists, those who assist in the abortion industry and all abortion advocates. Pray for women who have had abortions. Pray for God’s mercy and love on everyone involved.
Prayer and action are the means by which we can change the world. Then maybe, instead of seeing us as barbarians, history will see us as the society that ended one of the greatest human injustices of all time.