2016 Democrats On Abortion Are 1857 Democrats On Slavery

At the final Democratic debate last night between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders (Socialist-Loonbaggia), Clinton brought up the issue of abortion. This is not her strongest issue, given that Democrats’ stated position is that killing babies up to the point of birth represents true exercise of female freedom. But she went for it anyway.

“We’ve had eight debates before, this is our ninth,” said Clinton. “We’ve not had one question about a woman’s right to make her own decisions about reproductive health care. Not one question!” Abortion, she continued, “goes to the heart of who we are as women, our rights, our autonomy, our ability to make our own decisions, and we need to be talking about that and defending Planned Parenthood from these outrageous attacks.”

The left’s position on abortion is truly extreme and repulsive. The “right to choose” for any person should never include the ability to “choose” whether another human being is in fact a human being. By labeling the ability to redefine human life at will an aspect of female identity, Clinton puts herself in the company of antebellum Southern plantation owners who believed that their special status as white men gave them the ability to define whether a black person was property or a human being.

Here’s Hillary on abortion, after being asked by Chuck Todd of NBC “does an unborn child have constitutional rights”:

Well, under our laws, currently, that is not something that exists. The unborn person doesn’t have Constitutional rights.

Here’s Roger Taney’s infamously evil and legally wrong decision in Scott v. Sandford circa 1857:

[T]he Constitution recognises the right of property of the master in a slave, and makes no distinction between that description of property and other property owned by a citizen, no tribunal, acting under the authority of the United States, whether it be legislative, executive, or judicial, has a right to draw such a distinction or deny to it the benefit of the provisions and guarantees which have been provided for the protection of private property against the encroachments of the Government.

Call it the slaveholder right to choose.

The root of evil lies in dehumanization on the basis of convenience. There is a reason the Nazis routinely referred to their enemies, particularly Jews, as “subhuman.” Hutus demonized Tutsis in Rwanda as subhuman “cockroaches.” As David Livingstone Smith has argued, “When people dehumanize others, they actually conceive of them as subhuman, they actually conceive of them as subhuman creatures,” freeing them to “liberate aggression.”

A society that tolerates – celebrates! – the murder of the unborn to the tune of 1 million per year in America alone must rely heavily on dehumanization. Your freedom to choose does not extend to your definition of human life. Hillary calls abortion a “most difficult decision” – but your decision about whether another innocent human being gets to live isn’t difficult. It’s easy. It’s just inconvenient.

Democrats believe about abortion what their Democratic forebears believed about slavery: it’s a peculiar institution bearing a unique set of decisions; no one else can understand those decisions; anyone who tries to intervene in those decisions violates the freedom to choose. This is evil. Humanity doesn’t begin at the Mason-Dixon line or at the vaginal canal.

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