Life is worth it.
We live in a culture that tells us that because of the immense pain, hardship, or heartache that we may experience, life is not always worth it. In many ways, our society says that life is not always worth protecting, that life is not always worth celebrating, that life is not always worth living. This is especially true in the conversation surrounding abortion. Children in the womb are portrayed as burdens that will keep women from chasing their dreams and achieving their life goals.
But life is worth it.
Life is worth it because all life has immeasurable worth and value, and the value of any human life is not contingent upon the amount of hardship, pain, or heartache one may go through. In fact, some of the most inspiring stories of human life come from those who have persevered through great trials.
Life is worth it.
Life is worth it because life cannot be reduced to its negative experiences. Life is also full of happiness, laughter, accomplishment, and meaning that comes from our relationships. This is especially true for the relationships between parents and their children.
Life is always worth it.
Life is also worth defending because life is a human right.
On December 1, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case challenging Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act, which protects pre-born life beginning at 15 weeks. This law brings to the forefront the conflict between the Supreme Court’s rulings in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey that states cannot protect pre-born life before viability, and the Court’s repeated affirmation in subsequent cases that states have an important interest in limiting abortion and protecting “vulnerable and innocent life” from the moment of conception.
The United States is an extreme outlier in abortion law and policy. We are one of only four nations -- including China and North Korea -- that authorizes abortion-on-demand throughout all nine months of pregnancy, and only one of seven nations that allows abortion after 20 weeks gestation. Protecting human life after 15 weeks gestation, as Mississippi is asking the Supreme Court to allow, is consistent with international consensus on human rights for the unborn. In fact, more than 75% of countries worldwide have laws that protect nascent life from elective abortion beginning at 12 weeks or earlier.
It’s long past due for the law to recognize that life in the womb is worth protecting because -- even though life will come with challenges -- life is worth it.
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