This is the hardest post I have written. I have delayed this for a long time, but can’t hold back any longer.
You who have rocked with me on the “Right Side” know that I stick pretty much to fiscal issues. I believe that our failure to accept economic reality will be the downfall of our nation, and it is our duty to fight the fight against national economic suicide. I pretty much avoid social issues, because when the economic s**t hits the fan, it’s over anyway. But this is a social issue that I just have to address.
Abortion is a topic that hits people in the gut. It is a polarizing issue – it seems that you are all for abortion or completely against it, and there is no middle ground.
I have never had personal experience with abortion. I imagine it is a pretty scary situation to be a young woman, pregnant without intention, and facing a life-changing event. I have immense sympathy for anybody in that situation. And here is what I want you all to know.
A fetus is a person.
Not an “unviable mass of tissue”. Not an embarrassment. Not a roadblock to success. Not a woman’s “choice”. It’s a person.
This week there has been considerable talk about personhood and abortion. The US House of Representatives recently passed a law, with fierce opposition from the secular left, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks gestation. Texas has led the charge on the state level, and others are following suit.
My twin sons, Jeffrey and Mathew, were born at 26 weeks. Each weighed barely two pounds, and they fought for every breath. Fraternal twins, they weren’t anything alike. Mathew was smaller – fair and handsome, dark hair and fine features. Jeffrey was bigger, stronger – red hair and stocky build. Mathew held on for a week, but just didn’t have the strength to win the fight. Jeff, on the other hand, showed a toughness – a will to survive – that could not be denied.
Jeff is now 33. Totally blind, but he is the center of our family and we – his mother, father, and sister – would not have a complete life without him. He is our drummer, our anchor, and he keeps us honest and straight up every day.
Try to tell me that a 20-week old fetus is not a person. Just try.
Abortion at twenty weeks is murder. Period. My son is proof positive.
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On The Right Side
Oh, no, not I, I will survive
Oh, as long as I know how to love, I know I’ll stay alive
I’ve got all my life to live, I’ve got all my love to give
And I’ll survive, I will survive, hey, hey