Writer: If We Called Unborn Babies “Fetal Refugees” Would Liberals Oppose Abortion?

Opinion   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Feb 6, 2017   |   4:11PM   |   Washington, DC

At one time or another, just about every pro-life advocate has been accused of not caring about babies after they are born. It’s an absurd, baseless attack, but it also is a projection of the political left’s own failure to support protections for babies before birth.

Matt Walsh, a popular writer at The Blaze, recently pointed out a glaring contradiction among those who are outraged by President Donald Trump’s recent actions involving immigration but also support abortion.

Walsh wrote:

It’s striking that so many people on the left appear to have limitless compassion for refugees and illegal immigrants yet none at all for babies. I wonder if they might suddenly discover at least an ounce of humanity for the unborn if we started describing them as “fetal refugees” or perhaps “immigrants from the uterus.”

Later, he continued:

… consider that every argument they make in favor of unfettered immigration applies even more directly to the unborn. Their position on illegal aliens and refugees is, after all, a moral position. They appeal almost entirely to morality, dismissing with contempt practical concerns like national security and national sovereignty. They say that these people — illegal aliens, refugees — are human beings and as such they deserve to be treated with respect (which is true). They say that it is our responsibility as citizens to deal with whatever inconvenience or burden caused by their presence (which is not necessarily true). Their right to enter our country supersedes our own concerns (which is definitely not true).

And yet. And yet the same people who make this argument will utterly reject the exact same argument as it pertains to children.

No matter what you think about Trump’s recent actions on immigration, Walsh makes a good point about the political left’s discriminatory position on the two issues.

Everyone has a cause that they are passionate about, and helping immigrants and refugees is important. It is good that so many people are concerned about helping vulnerable immigrants and refugees escape persecution and oppression by coming to America.

And just because someone focuses on helping immigrants, the homeless, domestic abuse victims, veterans, inner city children – you name the cause — does not mean they do not care about babies in the womb or other issues that protect lives.

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The difference is that those who control the political left are not just focusing on these other causes, they also are openly advocating – pushing for the destruction of other innocent lives through abortion. They may be fighting for the protection of immigrants and refugees, but they also are fighting against those exact same protections for babies before they are born. They want abortion to be legal for any reason, at any time up to birth; and they want taxpayers to pay for it.

Immigrants and refugees deserve our compassion and support because they are human beings with innate value. But the same morality also should apply to babies in the womb. Each one is valuable – the immigrant, the refugee, the baby in the womb – because they are human beings, and human beings have an innate value, as our forefathers set down in the founding documents of the United States of America.

And that’s what the pro-life movement is trying to help society to understand. Every day in the U.S., an average 2,537 unborn babies are killed in abortions. Each one of those babies was a living human being who had his or her own unique DNA – and probably a heartbeat, too.

Their tiny, vulnerable young lives are valuable and deserving of the same protections as society grants to every other human being.  But the political left continues to discriminate against them, supporting life for some but not for all.