Who would challenge the words in America’s Declaration of Independence, written almost two and a half centuries ago, that “all Men are created equal” with rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”?
Today a black man sits in the White House and serves as president of this country. But at the time of the nation’s founding, black skin was enough to disallow a man from being legally considered a man, deserving of those inalienable rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence.
Americans look back in disbelief that this was once so. That someone who looked just like our current president could not only not have ever dreamed about leading the nation, but couldn’t even dream about being treated like a human being.
We’re still having a hard time with words. Today we have a big problem with the word “life” that, according to our founding Declaration, we all have a right to.
And, perhaps with no small amount of irony, the black man in the White House, who once might not have been considered a “man”, cannot seem to accept that a child -- growing, moving and feeling in the womb of its mother -- is “life.”
Or even worse, that our president doesn’t want to even discuss this very difficult and painful issue.
It’s pretty clear to most of the American people that there is a real problem with legal late-term abortions. In 2011 polling done by Gallup, 79 percent those who are “pro-choice” and 94 percent who are “pro-life” said third trimester abortion should be illegal. Fifty two percent of those “pro-choice” and 90 percent of those “pro-life” said second trimester abortions should be illegal.
When the majority of the American people see the grave moral problem of late-term abortion, shouldn’t they hear from their president why he thinks this moral outrage should be legal in America? Or why he doesn’t want to recognize and respond to the legitimate moral concerns of our citizens?
Star Parker is an author and president of CURE, Center for Urban Renewal and Education. She can be reached at www.urbancure.org. Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, www.shns.com.