Or, Establishing Personhood.
If you think this article is about color, you need to stop reading this now. As much as I like Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, in his interview he didn’t quite touch on the subject correctly and Al Sharpton did an even worse job just being offended.
The ‘lack’ of personhood is what made slavery and abortion legal.
- Slavery is about personhood; slaves were ‘worth’ 3/5 of a ‘person’. The law of the day not only made legal the ‘owning’ of persons but made sure the law read that they were not a ‘whole’ person that would enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
- Abortion is about personhood, not a woman’s right to privacy. An unborn child is not a person until natural birth. Roe v. Wade not only allowed abortion, but it also degraded an unborn human baby as not being a ‘whole’ person that would enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
The thirteenth amendment finally ended slavery in the United States and gave ‘personhood’ to those that were afflicted. The inhumanity called slavery finally saw its end in 1865. The law was wrong and was changed that we would legally know people of color as equal human beings, as it should have always been.
“Slavery is a prominent part of United States history. Slavery has existed for thousands of years in many cultures, but in the United States, the institution seemed to have been perfected. It also came at a time of enlightenment, when many began to see slavery not as the necessity that many felt it was, but as an evil exploitation of men.”
Roe v. Wade made the way for a woman at anytime in her pregnancy to end the life of her unborn child – a person without personhood:
“Some judges have tried to use the Ninth Amendment to justify judicially enforcing rights that are not enumerated. For example, the District Court that heard the case of Roe v. Wade ruled in favor of a “Ninth Amendment right to choose to have an abortion,” although it stressed that the right was “not unqualified or unfettered.”
“The Ninth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is somewhat of an enigma. It provides that the naming of certain rights in the Constitution does not take away from the people rights that are not named. Yet neither the language nor the history of the Ninth Amendment offers any hints as to the nature of the rights it was designed to protect.”
Let me summarize: I want to make the point that just as slavery was part of American life and the law, it was eventually abolished. Slavery, in part, was about making a human person viewed as less than Caucasian persons in the eyes of the law. Thus, early Americans were allowed, through the law, to own property – even slaves.
“Slavery was not just an American tragedy; slavery has been a part of history since the beginning of history. In 1117, Iceland abolished slavery – hundreds of years before slavery saw its end in the U.S.”
In regarding Roe v. Wade in 1973, we see law that changes the lives of many….many babies that will not know life because it became legal to murder a baby in the womb throughout pregnancy. Roe is bad law, although it is the law – and most elected politicians won’t touch it calling it ‘settled law’, instead of seeing it as what it really is: legal murder.
“My Uncle Martin [Luther King] wrote, ‘The Negro cannot win if he is willing to sacrifice the futures of his children for immediate personal comfort and safety,'” said Dr. Alveda King, Pastoral Associate for Priests for Life. “Look around you. For every three African Americans you see, there’s one who’s not here because of abortion. Infinitely valuable, precious children, brothers, and sisters have been sacrificed for immediate personal comfort and safety. I say, in love, we cannot go on this way.”
As with the slavery issue, an unborn baby does not have the privilege of having ‘personhood’, instead he/she is only known as a partial human person. And as with the abolition of slavery, unborn children need to be ‘upgraded’ to a whole human person that has rights and privileges like the rest of us do; Roe v. Wade would have to be overruled in order to change the landscape of personhood not only for unborn citizens, but for all. The loophole that Roe made needs to be closed once and for all.
Pass the buck, Mr. Blackmun. Not in your pay grade, eh? In 1973, Harry Blackmun (author of Roe v. Wade) wrote the court opinion for Roe v. Wade, saying: “We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins. When those trained in the respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy, and theology are unable to arrive at any consensus, the judiciary, at this point in the development of man’s knowledge, is not in a position to speculate.”
Right now at this time in history, even illegal aliens have more rights than our unborn American citizens.
Again, let me summarize the personhood issue: As I discussed in an earlier article regarding Jews and abortion, so does the black community and abortion. It comes down to breaking the bondage of being persecuted; the Jews lost more than 6 million people to genocide and they are continuing killing their own through abortion. The black community is scared to death to let go of Democrats, such as Barack Obama, and their agenda because of what it took to break the cycle of slavery and the lack of civil rights. But the irony is this: The Democratic Agenda advocates abortion and always will. As Dr. Alveda King said, “For every three African Americans you see, there’s one who’s not here because of abortion.” Just as civil rights were the right thing to do for all, so is personhood at all stages of life to protect life.
Civil rights for all is not a forgotten issue as long as unborn children die every day because of bad law. Our unborn children have no civil rights under the current law and will never have the privilege of such until Roe v. Wade is overturned, once and for all time. Just as children in school read about slavery and Auschwitz and wonder how any government and people would purport such a heinous thing, they will one day read how this debacle called Roe v. Wade once killed unborn children legally.