Abortion will be condemned someday as “one of the greatest travesties in the history of humankind,” Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox said Saturday.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports Cox compared the injustice of abortion toward unborn babies to the injustice of slavery in America. He and several other Republican candidates for governor spoke Saturday at an Eagle Forum convention in Sandy, Utah.
“I truly believe that at some point in the future, future generations will look back on us today, and they will…look at abortion the way we look at slavery. It will go down in history as one of the greatest travesties in the history of humankind,” Cox said, Newsweek reports.
He made the comment in response to a question about legislation that would recognize that human life begins at conception, according to the report.
Utah pro-abortion Democrats quickly slammed Cox for defending the rights of unborn babies. According to Newsweek, state Rep. Sandra Hollins, the first African American woman elected to the Utah legislature, said she was offended.
“To compare the brutal enslavement of Black Americans to a woman’s constitutionally protected right is offensive,” Hollins said. “Human bondage, forced labor and destruction of families is the darkest possible mark on our nation’s soul, and its effects are still felt to this day.”
Later, Cox followed up by reiterating his commitment to protecting human rights for all, not just some, human beings.
“There are hundreds of thousands of abortions performed in our country every year,” he said. “I have always tried to be a voice for the most vulnerable in our society, those facing intergenerational poverty, refugees, the LGBTQ community, our multicultural communities—and yes, the unborn.
“I also included in my response that our party should do more to support single mothers, pregnant women and children facing poverty and trauma. I continue to be unapologetically pro-life,” Cox said.
Since 1973, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade, an estimated 61,628,584 unborn babies have been killed in legal abortions, according to a new analysis by the National Right to Life Committee.
Roe v. Wade allows unborn babies to be aborted up to birth and strictly limits states’ rights to protect the unborn. The U.S. is only one of seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Yet, today, it is scientifically accepted that unborn babies are unique, living human beings from the moment of conception.