Word from the Center Digest: Friday, May 31, 2019

Why Abortion Can Never Be an Inalienable Right

by Gene Veith

Kansas is predominantly a pro-life state with a pro-life legislature.  But abortions–even late-term abortions of viable children–will be legal in Kansas even if the Supreme Court reverses Roe v. Wade.  This is because the state Supreme Court ruled that under the Kansas constitution abortion has to be seen as an “inalienable” right.

In 2015, the state of Kansas passed a law prohibiting “dilation and evacuation abortions,” the technique used in late term abortions of dismembering a child in the womb and then extracting the parts, piece by piece.  An abortion provider filed suit to challenge that law, and the case made its way to the state Supreme Court.

In April, by a 6-1 decision, the court overturned that law, ruling that it violated the Kansas Constitution.  Why?  Because that document includes language guaranteeing “equal and inalienable natural rights.”  The court made a leap from the that principle to the non sequitur that the phrase “allows a woman to make her own decisions regarding her body, health, family formation, and family life — decisions that can include whether to continue a pregnancy.”  Therefore, completely disregarding the viable child’s inalienable rights regarding his or her body, the court ruled that “dilation and evacuation abortions” must be allowed.

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Dr. Gene Veith is the author of some 25 books, a retired literature professor, provost emeritus at Patrick Henry College, and director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Be Informed

Planned Parenthood is suing the state of Alabama over its recent pro-life legislation. Click here to read why.

Be Equipped

Have you ever talked to someone who says abortions are just a small part of the services Planned Parenthood provides? The Family Research Council has the numbers that prove otherwise, like the fact that Planned Parenthood “aborted 911 babies every single day in fiscal year 2017.” Click here to discover more statistics that will shock you.

Be Encouraged

“I see with eyes of life when I see a mother’s face when she feels her baby move for the first time. I see with eyes of life when I see a mother realize she is dearly loved by God.” – Cheryl DeWitt, founder, Redeeming Life Maternity Home, Sanford, Fla. Read more about how an LCMS pastor and his wife are caring for women in crisis pregnancy situations here.