Hurricane Harvey was a killer. It has left more than 40 people dead and 30,000-plus homeless…so far. A vast swath of Texas has been ravaged. Damage is in the hundreds of billions of dollars. On a positive note, if there is one, the tragedy prompted literally hundreds of organizations and countless Americans to donate money, goods and time to help those whose lives have been turned upside down by the storm.
Obviously moved by this beneficence, NARAL (also known as the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League or NARAL Pro-Choice America), a pro-abortion organization, took to its official Twitter account recently to bemoan the lack of abortions occurring in Texas due to Hurricane Harvey. It directed followers to support the Lilith Fund, which wants to help Texans get abortions in the storm’s wake. A picture on Lilith Fund’s Twitter site contains the message: “Join us in supporting Harvey survivors seeking an abortion but cannot afford it.” Apart from the sloppy syntax, the message is a shocking example of using a tragedy to push one’s agenda, and perfectly illuminates the fact that these groups core mission isn’t about providing a choice, but about performing abortions.
Think about it. In the aftermath of a deadly and destructive hurricane, NARAL and the Lilith Fund want to make certain that anyone who didn’t die- or lose their baby- as a result of the storm can “abort” their baby even before they can move back into their house or bury their mother who was swept away in the floodwaters.
Nothing crass or creepy about that!
The Lilith Fund’s website states that abortion is a “fundamental right,” and that “We envision a society in which equal access to abortion is guaranteed for all, regardless of economic situation.” It further avers: “Restrictions on abortion access and funding are discriminatory because they especially burden low-income patients. We oppose all efforts to restrict abortion rights and are committed to fighting for access to abortion.”
Abortion is not a “fundamental right.” It is not a right, period. Fundamental rights can’t be granted by humans, or they could just as arbitrarily be taken away by humans. In fact, nothing that harms another person can be a fundamental right. Fundamental rights protect every individual equally, from undue harm by others or government. That is why the Founders enumerated them in the Declaration of Independence: “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” Notice the first one, the right to life. That is the first “fundamental right,” without which no other right- of any kind- matters. That is very different from “the right to deprive someone else of life for your convenience.” Isn’t it?
And, in truth, it is largely poorer people who get abortions. Perhaps NARAL and the fine (unaborted) folks at the Lilith Fund believe that the easier we make it for poor people to get abortions, the sooner we’ll run out of poor people.
The Lilith Fund is named after a demon who steals away babies in the night.
And after hurricanes, apparently.