© 2007 J. Matt Barber
Our nation was shocked and grief stricken
early last week by the horrific and evil actions of a madman in
Virginia whose callous disregard and utter disdain for the value of
human life tragically robbed the world of 32 precious souls.
The sky seemed a blanket of darkness that
mournful day, reminding us all that our lives on this earth are merely
a candle’s flame, utterly vulnerable to the slightest and most
unanticipated gust of wind.
Although we continue to grieve for the
friends and family of the Virginia Tech victims, the darkest of clouds
seemed to part toward the middle of last week — if only ever so
slightly — to allow a single ray of light to pierce the veil of
It is a seemingly forgotten, self-evident
truth that all of God’s children have
tremendous value amid each of life’s changing seasons.
Those who honor that reality received a long overdue boost in
the arm on Wednesday when the Supreme Court in Gonzales
v. Carhart upheld
the ban on another gruesome and evil method of violent mass murder —
partial birth abortion.
Although no one but Seung-Hui
Cho is specifically to
blame for last week’s Virginia Tech massacre, his horrific actions
unfortunately reflect a larger society that regards human life as
cheap and disposable.
There is much gnashing of teeth on the left
right now because the court, for the first time since the infamous Roe
v. Wade decision in 1973, has allowed a restriction to be placed
on the phantom “right” to unfettered abortion-on-demand.
Converts to the unholy church of “choice,” whose sacraments
are death and violence, are fuming that the court would allow any
restraint to be placed on their ability to sacrifice children at the
altar of convenience.
But exactly what “constitutional right”
is the pro-abortion community so steadfast to preserve?
During a partial birth abortion, the
abortionist pulls a fully “viable” child — often kicking and
thrashing — feet first from her mother’s womb, leaving only a
portion of her head in the birth canal.
The abortionist then stabs her through the skull with scissors
or some other sharp object, piercing her brain until her kicking and
moving about suddenly and violently jerks to a halt.
Her brains are then sucked out — collapsing her skull — and
her now limp and lifeless body is cast away like so much garbage.
Despite the fact that the American Medical
Association has determined that partial birth abortion is never
necessary under any circumstances, Senators Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and former
Senator John Edwards, along with a litany of other liberal
politicians, organizations and dissenting Supreme Court judges, have
expressed outrage over the majority court’s decision.
Their unabashed support for this grisly and extremely violent
“procedure” is both inexplicable and unpardonable.
as Justice Anthony Kennedy approaches the twilight of his spotty
career on the Supreme Court, perhaps he is hoping it’s not too late
to alter his legacy and distance himself from his own complicity in
the millions of abortion deaths executed since 1992.
At that time Kennedy, tragically and with very deadly
consequences, joined the majority in Planned Parenthood v. Casey voting not to overturn Roe v. Wade.
after voting to uphold the partial birth abortion ban on Wednesday,
and while writing for the majority in Gonzales,
Kennedy’s words on the subject were uncharacteristic, providing an
unexpected breath of fresh air: “The government has a legitimate,
substantial interest in preserving and promoting fetal life,” wrote
Kennedy. “Respect for
human life finds an ultimate expression in the bond of love the mother
has for her child.”
Kennedy’s relatively new found “respect for human life” will
ultimately provide a second opportunity for him to achieve further
redemption by voting to overturn
Roe v. Wade when the opportunity presents itself again in the
until that time, the horrific events at Virginia Tech last week should
give Kennedy and all of us pause to reflect upon the truly invaluable
nature of all human life.
We should never let ourselves forget the ghastly and profound
lack of “respect for human life” we witnessed as one man
exercised his “choice” to end 32 precious lives at Virginia Tech.
And we should also be willing to admit to ourselves that we as
a nation have shared in that lack of respect for human life by turning
a blind eye to the massacre of over forty
million equally precious lives post Roe
no mistake; Cho now stands before God and faces eternal judgment for
his choices and actions. As
individuals, we too will stand before God once our flame has flickered
away. But as a nation, we
can only be judged in this world.
And though the Gonzales decision
is an encouraging step in the right direction, unless we work to put
an end to the shameful abortion blight that continues to plague our
nation, how much longer do we suppose that God, the Creator of the
very lives we destroy, will “choose” to withhold His judgment upon
Matt Barber is one of the “like-minded men” with Concerned Women for America and serves as CWA’s Policy Director for Cultural Issues.