By Barbara Holt
Pro-lifers are used to being told that we cannot legislate morality or that efforts to end abortion are imposing our morality on others. Now we have NARAL, Planned Parenthood, and the pro-abortion PAC, Lillian’s List of NC, joining the so called “Moral Mondays” crowd. They are trying to push their own version of morality, which is totally out of step with the morality of the people of this state.
What are the bills before the NC Senate that make these “Moral Monday” folks, especially the pro-abortion groups, so irate?
• S132 includes provisions that the state health curriculum will teach about the increased risk of preterm delivery following abortion.
• H730 protects the consciences of health care providers who do not wish to perform or participate in abortions. It also takes advantage of a provision in the Affordable Health Care law that says that states can opt out of providing abortion coverage in the federal exchange being set up in our state, and states that city and county employee health care plans can not include abortion except for the exceptions of life, rape, and incest. These are all provisions that the majority of North Carolinians support.
• H716 prohibits sex selection abortions, which worldwide account for millions of unborn baby girls being killed just because they are girls. 75 percent of North Carolinians oppose sex selection abortion.
• The provisions in S308 would require doctors to be physically present before and after an abortion is performed and for the administration of the chemical abortion drugs. These drugs have been known to cause severe bleeding and death. The bill also requires that abortionists have hospital admitting privileges in order to take care of their patients when something goes terribly wrong during or after an abortion. Finally, the bill requires that a list of resources be made available to mothers who receive a poor prenatal diagnosis.
The groups that will gather on Monday represent a small minority of people who support the current laws of abortion on demand for any reason through all stages of a pregnancy. They are the ones who wish to impose their morality on the rest of us. They have no regard for the unborn baby’s inherent right to life, the potential psychological and physical harm to mothers, and the consciences of health care workers across our state.
Dr. Alveda King, a pro-life advocate and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, wrote the following in the Christian Post, “We are a more just society today because of Martin Luther King, Jr. Not because he brought new ideas into the public consciousness, but because he reminded us of fundamental, eternal truths – truths that needed to be restated and lived out. He once asked and answered this question: ‘How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust?’ He went on to explain that ‘A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’”
The “Moral Mondays” abortion protestors have it backwards. The laws that they are fighting are the just ones that are based on the moral code. It is time for the citizens of North Carolina to realize this hypocrisy and support our pro-life legislators as they fight for justice for the most weak and vulnerable in our society.
Barbara Holt is president of North Carolina Right to Life Inc.