The constitution of
Vermont now enshrines the right to kill unborn babies as Green Mountain State citizens recently voted—overwhelmingly-- in
favor of a ballot measure affording them that “choice.”
The ghoulish amendment euphemistically read, “An
individual’s right to personal reproductive autonomy is central to the liberty
and dignity to determine one’s own life course and shall not be denied or infringed
unless justified by a compelling State interest achieved by the least
has the right to personal reproductive autonomy. That is inarguable. Period.
Full stop. Because everyone can decide whether or not to have sexual intercourse.
Period. Full stop. And everyone can decide whether or not to use protection.
Period. Full stop. The government can’t (yet) force anyone to have sexual
intercourse. Neither can it forcibly prevent anyone from employing the “rhythm
method,” prophylactics, or contraception. That’s two full and separate areas in
which we all have personal reproductive autonomy. Period. Full stop.
We do not have the “right” to decide to have
unprotected intercourse resulting in a baby in a womb…only to kill that baby
for our convenience. It may be convenient for us to have sex, and convenient
for us not to use protection. But convenient for us to dispense with the
consequences of those convenient decisions with no thought about the morality
of doing so? That is not a “right,” inalienable or otherwise. It is a wrong. Period.
Why? Because we had at least two choices before
bringing that baby into the womb, whereas the baby in the womb had no choice
whatsoever. We would have denied the baby exactly what we claim to have been
seeking: the “liberty and dignity to determine one’s own life course.”
The amendment’s caveat that “an individual’s right”
shall not be denied or infringed “unless justified by a compelling State
interest” is also disturbing. The United States was founded on the belief that
individuals’ rights are inalienable and granted by their Creator, expressly to protect
individuals from governments’ attempt to deny or infringe upon them.
Sadly, according to
still unofficial results from the Secretary of State’s office, roughly 133,000
Vermonters voted in favor of the measure, while only 42,000 voted against it. And
this when abortion was already legal in the state. The approved ballot
measure further alters the state’s constitution so that, effectively, no piece
of future legislation could restrict abortion up until the moment of birth.
It is interesting, if repulsive, that
“progressives” typically don’t believe in the absolute right to free speech, assembly, or religion--
or the right to defend oneself-- despite the existence of the First and Second
Amendments to the Constitution. Yet they do fervently believe in a mythical
right to extinguish the life they themselves have created through unprincipled
lust and carelessness.
So, why didn’t the founders enshrine
the right to abortion in the Bill of Rights? Was it an oversight? They probably
meant to but fell short on time, right?
For that matter, and
inexplicably, none of God’s Ten Commandments mandates the wholesale slaughter
of the unborn. Was this a simple oversight by the Big
Guy Person? Instead,
there is the prohibition against murder, commandment number six.
Maybe God meant to give Moses
an Eleventh Commandment, but just got too busy and distracted.
For whatever reason, “Though
Shalt Exterminate Your Unborn Baby Anytime It pleases You” just didn’t make the