Abortion practitioner Willie Parker sure loves the spotlight.
Parker has done numerous interviews where he claims that his deadly practice is rooted in his Christian beliefs. In 2014, he told Esquire that his abortion work is a “ministry” and “sacred.” In a 2015 op-ed for the New York Times, he said the parable of Good Samaritan inspired him to become an abortion doctor.
And after the Center for Medical Progress released its first undercover video showing Planned Parenthood Dr. Deborah Nucatola eating salad and talking about crushing unborn babies’ bodies, Parker compared her situation to “the trial week of Jesus” before his crucifixion.
This week, the NYT ran another piece about the Alabama and Georgia abortion practitioner, highlighting his new book “Life’s Work.” In it, Parker admits that an abortion kills a life, but it’s ok because the unborn child isn’t a “person” yet.
According to the interview:
You concede in the book that abortion is, actually, a life-ending process. Here’s the thing: Life is a process, not an event. If I thought I was killing a person, I wouldn’t do abortions. A fetus is not a person; it’s a human entity. In the moral scheme of things, I don’t hold fetal life and the life of a woman equally. I value them both, but in the precedence of things, when a woman comes to me, I find myself unable to demote her aspirations because of the aspirations that someone else has for the fetus that she’s carrying.
The “personhood” argument is one abortion activists often use because they can no longer deny the scientific evidence that life begins at conception. So, instead they change the debate by pointing to the concept of legal “personhood.”
This legal concept in the U.S. has granted rights to chimpanzees, major corporations and other non-human entities (some even are advocating for legal personhood for plants), but abortion activists like Parker don’t think babies in the womb deserve this same recognition. Why? Parker does not say. He does not even mention when he believes a baby becomes a “person” deserving of rights.
That’s a big problem. Historically, when certain groups of human beings are treated as lesser “persons” or not considered to be persons at all, horrendous human rights abuses happen: slavery in the United States, the Holocaust in Europe, mass genocide in Africa, and more.
Abortion has become the latest injustice, a mass-slaughter of human beings in the womb. Close to 1 million babies in the womb – each a living, growing human being with their own unique DNA – are killed in abortions every year in America. Not only that, but specific demographics of unborn babies, including racial minorities, females and those with disabilities, are being targeted for death.
Yet, as “Moral Question of Abortion” author Stephen Schwarz pointed out, there is no significant different between a baby in the womb and a baby outside the womb that justifies killing one and not the other. Human rights should be granted to all human beings, without discrimination. Society’s most vulnerable human beings especially deserve to have their rights protected, defended and upheld by the law.