All life should be treasured
by James Phillips
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It’s now been 40 years since the United States Supreme Court ruled on the issue of abortion. The Roe v. Wade decision on Jan. 22, 1973 made abortion legal in the United States, and the debate over that ruling continues today.

Feelings about the decision remain strong on both sides of the debate, even 40 years later. While the numbers would probably be different in our area of the South, a recent Pew poll found that 63 percent of Americans think the Supreme Court should not overturn Roe.

With the anniversary of the court ruling being this week, I noticed a lot of folks on social media were giving their thoughts on Roe v. Wade. I have a pretty eclectic group of Facebook friends, so I expected to see a wide variety of thoughts on the issue. That’s exactly what I got. As I read through the different opinions, I realized one thing — some (not all) pro-lifers really get on my nerves.

Is comparing abortion in America to the Holocaust really the best route to take in cutting down the number of abortions in our country?

Worse than that comparison is an argument I read that linked abortion and gun control.

I also saw many times where the United States is only moments away from God’s wrath because of the country’s stance on abortion.

Don’t get me wrong. I am pro-life.

My wife and I have held a lifeless 17-week-old fetus in our arms. The face of that precious little one, which we named Meadow Hope Phillips, is something that I will never forget. While she wasn’t alive outside the womb, there’s no doubt she was alive for some time in the womb. In seeing Meadow, I couldn’t imagine how someone could take the life of a little one like that inside them.

With that said, I haven’t walked in everyone else’s shoes either. My heart goes out to any woman who has ever had to make that difficult decision. My heart goes out to them as well for having to hear the hateful rhetoric of many pro-lifers.

Being in a “Christian” environment for my entire life, I’ve seen the worst of the worst when it comes to the pro-life movement (protesters with signs featuring photos of aborted fetuses, hurling insults at anyone who would dare walk near an abortion clinic). I’ve also seen some great people who dedicate their lives to serve women with unexpected or problematic pregnancies.

I don’t think my stance on human life can be properly summed up with the term “pro-life.” Super pro-life my be a better term.

All life should be treasured from conception to natural death.

What does that mean?

For me, that means babies in the womb should be treasured.

For me, that means our elderly and handicapped should be treasured.

It doesn’t take a lot of cheerleading to get people to stand up for the lives of babies, the handicapped and the elderly, but my pro-life stance goes a little further.

What about capital punishment?

Most of the people you’d find in a protest line at an abortion clinic would probably be supporters of the death penalty. While it is easy to see a difference between a helpless fetus and a convicted murderer, isn’t a life just that — a life?

It’s easy for some of us to say flip a switch or inject a needle into someone that we’ve deemed as “bad.” But is that the right thing to do? In my eyes, that’s putting ourselves on a level with God. We take control over who lives and who dies, and I don’t think that’s the right thing to do.

How about war? Is war a way of promoting the sanctity of human life? Certainly not.

If we are attacked or feel threatened, war is our country’s answer many times. Many would say war is neccessary and some would even try to argue that Jesus would be fine with war as long as it’s a “just war.” Have we ever tried anything different? 

If war does have to happen, it definitely shouldn’t be celebrated. People cheered in the streets when Osama bin Laden was killed. By all indications, bin Laden was a terrible human being. He caused the deaths of thousands, but is that reason to cheer his death? Death should never be cheered.

Life is precious and it should be respected. School shootings in Connecticut and genocides in Africa happen because life isn’t respected.

Is there an answer to keep these things from happening? Evil will always be out there, and evil will always cause death and destruction. How we respond to that evil is up to us.

James Phillips is Editor of the Daily Mountain Eagle. He can be reached at 205-221-2840 or james.phillips@mountaineagle.com.