Editor’s note: This article first appeared at American Thinker.
In 2010, I wrote a piece titled “Death’s Progress,” which was widely published. What I laid out needs to be reiterated and updated. Unfortunately, it will need to be regularly reiterated and updated in the years ahead.
Right now, in the aftermath of the Hobby Lobby decision and Obama’s HHS mandate, we’re witnessing another crucial evolutionary stage in the progressive movement’s ever-changing advance of abortion. In 2010, I underscored the core problem with progressivism, particularly when applied to issues of unborn human life, where the problem becomes a catastrophe. Bear with me as I excerpt my original words:
One of the only things we really know about progressives, and that they know about themselves and their ideology, is that they favor constant “change,” “reform,” an ever-shifting, ongoing “evolution,” or, yes, progression. And therein is an inherent, significant difficulty: progressivism offers no clear, definable end….
For the rest of us, this ambiguity is troubling bordering on maddening, as we can’t, by the very nature of progressivism, get an answer from progressives as to where, exactly, they intend to stop…. [But] here’s where the confusion has the potential to become downright destructive: think about the consequences of their philosophy when applied to the very life and culture of America:
Take the example of Planned Parenthood. It took off in the 1920s, initially as the American Birth Control League. At first, Margaret Sanger and friends wanted birth control. They also advocated eugenics. Sanger was a racial eugenicist. She had hideous views, not only toward the poor (“human weeds,” she called them), to the mentally slow (“imbeciles” and “morons”), but, among others, to black Americans. Progressives today dare not raise the grim specter of Sanger’s “Negro Project” or infamous 1926 speech to a KKK rally.
But what about abortion?… Planned Parenthood’s progressives weren’t there yet; they had to warm up to that.
It will shock pro-lifers and pro-choicers alike to hear this, but Margaret Sanger initially denounced abortion. “It is an alternative that I cannot too strongly condemn,” wrote Sanger in the January 27, 1932 edition of The Nation, “[S]ome ill-informed persons have the notion that when we speak of birth control we include abortion as a method. We certainly do not.”
Nonetheless, for these progressives, what began as birth control and eugenics—aimed at halting life at conception—needed only a few decades to snuff out life after conception.
As with much of what progressives do, where they started wasn’t enough. And, naturally, once legalized abortion came along, it, too, was not enough. Today, progressives tell us abortion should be funded by taxpayers….
Still, that, likewise, will not be enough. What might be next in the progression?…
It serves us all—including unborn future generations—to want answers to some hard questions as far as ultimate objectives are concerned. I sincerely beg progressives for some contours, a vague estimate: Could you please, this time around—where human life is concerned—establish some boundaries, set an end-goal or two, offer an inkling of predictability, a modicum of expectation, some flicker of a suggestion as to where you want to take us?
Unfortunately, they can’t, as such is the crux of their ever-changing philosophy.
I wrote that four years ago. In light of progressives’ genuinely scary reaction to the Hobby Lobby decision, it’s time to update.
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