Al Mohler recently wrote an excellent commentary on this year’s election results in Mississippi in which the pro-life movement experienced a blistering defeat at the polls. A personhood amendment was placed on the ballot and voters rejected it a landslide with 58 percent of the voters rejecting it. What’s surprising about the whole thing is that Mississippi is considered to be the most pro-life state in the Union. Surely this would have passed.
Yet as Mohler pointed out, the pro-life movement as a whole isn’t as pro-life as many have assumed. This is something I’ve mulled over for a long time. Suffice to say, most of the people who call themselves pro-life are not consistent in their professed convictions. Opponents of the amendment rightly pointed out that the consequences of its passage included restrictions on birth control. Certainly birth control methods which work by killing a fertilized egg would have to be outlawed if indeed personhood is extended as such. Apparently this was too much to swallow.
Yet the consequences of this amendment’s passage also included the end of IVF clinics, as this pregnancy procedure includes destroying human embryos. Even harder to swallow for many people is the logical conclusion that those participating in abortion would actually have to face legal prosecution for their actions. Many who carry the pro-life label want to end abortion, but don’t want to deal with the dirty side of enforcing the law.
I’ve raised more than a few eyebrows in the past when I’ve suggested that the consistent pro-life position would not demand new anti-abortion laws, but instead enforce already existing laws against murder. Wouldn’t that mean that those guilty of abortion (the doctor and the woman involved), upon being convicted of murder, be sentenced to death? Yes, absolutely. I don’t say that with a cavalier attitude or in a spirit of vengeance. It’s a simple recognition that actions have consequences.
If we are not willing to execute the same punishment for abortion that we give to any other form of murder, then we are guilty of abandoning our own pro-life convictions. The very essence of the pro-life cause is the notion that the unborn child, no matter how small, possesses personhood and its murder should be treated no differently than the murder of a person outside the womb. We are quick to demand equal rights for unborn children, but far too reluctant to demand equal punishment for those who murder them.
The pro-life movement as a whole is unwilling to accept this. They want to wear the label without actually taking the responsibility that goes with it. This is precisely why abortion has been an ongoing holocaust in America for almost 40 years. Pro-lifers have failed to win the day for a multitude of reasons, but one of the biggest reasons is due to a lack of consistency in our convictions. We must repent of this and boldly stand for truth, for one day we will be held to account.