Deserving Better

I can’t help but recall not long ago the president having to answer questions about whether he had a “litmus test” for appointees to the Supreme Court. He was asked specifically whether a candidate’s view on abortion would determine his or her qualification. The message was clear: Mr. President, you better not make this about abortion.

The president followed through on his word. He appointed an accomplished judge who is a man of integrity. He chose a man hailed on both sides of the aisle. Even former Al Gore Campaign attorney, David Boies, had only complimentary things to say about Judge Roberts (on Hannity and Colmes, Thursday, July 21, 2005)

Judge Roberts' credentials make it obvious that the president did not make his choice based merely on ideology. There’s even some debate among conservatives as to whether he is conservative enough and whether he personally holds pro-life views.

Yet, despite all of Judge Roberts’ outstanding qualifications, the media and the extreme wing of the Democratic Party are making this about abortion. These are the same people wagging their fingers at the president, warning him to not turn this into an abortion battle. Now that the candidate is selected, it appears that the media and a few Senators have a litmus test of their own. The LA Times even questioned
Roberts’ wife’s views on the subject. (Since when do judges’ spouses have to go through a confirmation process?! Do we even know the names of the spouses of the men and women on the bench?!) In any case, they’re all talking about abortion.

So, let’s talk about it. In reality, there is a large segment of the nation that does hope that the Roe v. Wade decision will get overturned. Not because anyone wants to see the return of back alley abortions. Not because of any bent towards theocracy. But, because something is wrong when the most developed and free nation in the world has taken the lives of over 40 million children since 1973.

Something is very wrong. It’s wrong because there is no real constitutional basis for it. It’s wrong that women feel so desperate or so deceived that they see ending a pregnancy as an option. It’s wrong that we would deprive children in the womb the life, liberty and pursuit happiness we hold so dear.

Feminists for Life (the group John Roberts’ wife has supported) said this: “Abortion is a reflection that we have not met the needs of women. Women deserve better than abortion.” (italics mine)

Mother Theresa warned, “The greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion, which is war against the child. The mother doesn't learn to love, but kills to solve her own problems. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want.”

The battle in our country has nothing to do with Judge John Roberts. If he sat on the court and overruled Roe v. Wade, our problem would remain: will we extend the blessings of freedom, the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to the most defenseless among us?

I pray that history will tell the story of a nation that didn’t simply choose the right justice in a critical time but one that began the process to meet the needs of women, children and generations to come who really do deserve better than abortion.


At 7/22/2005 04:29:00 PM, Blogger Carrie said...

Wow! Well said. I was thinking about the same thing yeaterday, how this has turned into an abortion battle. Also, logically, our bodies are created to accept what is good and reject what can harm or not thrive (in the case of pregnancy), so that goes to show how unnatural abortion is. Life starts in the seed, not when the process is finished. So how does the life of a fetal child differ from a five year old,or even a sixty year old in worth and value. That's how ludicrous this whole debate is. Selfishness is so blinding, and that's why pro-abortionists want to make this all about women. They refuse to consider the child or the father in any case, basically saying that both are incapable to adequately empathize with the mother. Well, last time I checked there wouldn't be a pregnancy without a male, and the fetal child itself actually experiances a grand majority of what the mother does from pain to stress, to hunger....
I don't think that the truth isn't evident pertaining to abortion, I think that pro-abortionists refuse to look at it,and those who are torn aren't properly informed or feel they have no real influence on the decision. That's another thing, shouldn't it be the peoples decision, if anyone. Personally, I dont see the option any different from murder, but if someone is going to make a decision on this, i say let the people decide. I wholeheartedly believe that we would expel this atrocity from society. I'm glad it has gotten more heated because the truth cannot be covered up, and the more national attention abortion recieves, the more citizens will be compelled to educate themselves and take a stand.

At 7/22/2005 04:30:00 PM, Blogger Pete said...

I agree 100% Instead of being selfish and destroying the life of another human being you should accept social responsibilty and at the very least have your baby. Give the baby up for adoption if you must, but have the child. You were fine with the actions that lead to the pregnancy, now accept responsibilty and quit thinking about yourself. Now, rape is a different story and I do agree that if you are raped, go to the hospitol immediately then the morning after pill or whatever can be used. That is the only way I would agree with abortion, and only at the very beginning.

What are your thoughts on stem cell research?

At 7/22/2005 05:44:00 PM, Anonymous Sean said...

Well said Lores....

Even more disappointing is what I thought I heard on the O'Rielly Factor last night. From what I understand, there are some people actually making a fuss about Judge Robert's young son (maybe 5 years old) goofing off/hamming it up for the crowd/cammera while President Bush was presenting his nomination. I hope this is not true. If I got that wrong, by all means correct me.

At 7/22/2005 06:06:00 PM, Blogger Catherine said...

Awesome. It constantly amazes me to see the hypocrisy and blindness of so many politicians and media persons. The appointment of a Supreme Court judge will affect so many issues, and since the appointment is for life the character of the appointee should be the most important thing looked at. Will he be fair, just and honest? Will his conscience rule his decisions over party loyalty, political pressure and personal benefit? These questions aren't being asked because the issue is no longer about right and wrong, truth and lie. Such issues are small fish in our political sea. We'll just have to change that ;-).

At 7/23/2005 01:23:00 AM, Blogger Megan said...

I think that Roe v. Wade is a non-issue. It just gets brought up by both sides to garner votes. The right talks about it in order to get the religous vote and the left talks about it to get the feminist vote. It's really boring if you ask me. Let's talk about all of the other million things a supreme court judge could rule on, please!
I don't think there's a chance in heck that Roe v. Wade would ever be overturned.
I think the best way to decrease the number of abortions is education. As it stands now, abortion is just another form of birth control. We need to teach young women abstinence and safe sex. We need to prosecute and imprison (for a very long time) rapists and molesters. I say we go to the source of the problem instead of catching it at the tail end.

At 7/23/2005 01:38:00 AM, Blogger Mark said...

Excellent post! It appears that you and I think much alike. My post for today was on the same subject. Except that I was commenting on the lefts so-called constitutional evidence to prove that women have a right to kill their babies.

At 7/23/2005 04:33:00 AM, Anonymous WOOOOO said...

I used to be your regular reader, but not any more. I'm leaving.

three, two, one,


At 7/23/2005 05:24:00 AM, Blogger eric cumbee said...

Yet again another well thought out post.

At 7/23/2005 06:39:00 AM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

Pete, you're right. So much of this really is an issue of responsibility. Responsibility is not as popular a word as "choice," but should accompany it every time. Will make sure to blog on stem cells soon. In a nutshell, I believe that it is always immoral an unethical to create life in order to destroy it. Beyond that, there is no evidence that stem cells hold any magic cures. Adult stem cells are said to hold much more promise.

To anonymous "WOOOOO": If you really were a regular reader and just got offended, then I have a wonderful optometrist to recommend because I'm shocked that it took you this long to be offended. My guess is that this was your first visit. If you'd like to partake in honest, open, respectful discussion, you are welcome here.

Sean, I think you're right. I also heard that the children were both being pointed out as "adopted" and made fun of for both their attire and their behavior on the night of the announcement. SAD. VERY SAD.

At 7/24/2005 07:55:00 PM, Blogger Poison Pero said...

Abortion should be "Safe, Legal and Rare" --> Paraphrased from many 'feminists'.

I agree with Safe, and Legal in some cases (incest, rape and to physically save a mother's life in particular)........I know this is hard on some ears, and I'd rather say never, but if we are absolutists we will NEVER win.

What I really agree with is RARE!!! Which is sadly, the most rare of occasions.

45,000,000 abortions in the past 30 years in the U.S...........Over 45,000,000 per year worldwide.

We cannot change anything but the U.S., and we cannot leave it to the courts........A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT is what is needed, and it will happen only when the people are sick of the reality that babies are being executed.

3-D imaging is such an awsome tool, I highly encourage every pregnant woman to get one done.....After seeing them, there is no way anyone can deny a fetus's HUMANITY!!
For those of you interested, my blog will highlight the "Prenatal Holocaust" tomorrow........Come on over to The Right is Right


At 7/24/2005 09:13:00 PM, Blogger meathead7 said...

Keep up the great work. How much time does it take you to maintain this blog. What ever it is, it's well worth it!

At 7/25/2005 12:48:00 AM, Anonymous michele rayner said...

I totally agree with you Lores. It is crazy to me as I have been watching the coverage about John Roberts that many of his critics are grasping at straws to make a case against him (I am not going to even go there about his son. One word: RIDICULOUS).
I believe that this nomination is about abortion for many reasons. 1) As I said previously many of his critics do not have a case against him so they are taking the one issue and hammering him with it and going as far as attacking his spouse. I would like to remind NARRAL and friends that Jane Sullivan Roberts will not be on the bench...John Roberts will. m
2) Lastly, I believe it such a issue because many of the far left can see the tide in the country turning and they are running scared. They feel that they are losing their platform. The reality is: They are. "Common folks" (the ones they ostracized) are opening their eyes and seeing what is really going on. They want change to occur and the mistakes of the past to be corrected.

Wow....that was my longest blog ever. Talk to you soon Lores!!!

At 8/01/2005 12:42:00 AM, Anonymous Sherwood said...

For myself, I have summarized the whole abortion issue in two sentences.
1. If it's not a baby, you're not pregnant.
2. WITHOUT EXCEPTION, every woman who has an abortion gets to ask "I wonder how old little Frankie would be now?"--for the rest of her life.

Yes, there are problems of sterility, infection, hemorrhage, etc., but most women don't have these. The big problem is #2. above. Sometimes this realization hits immediately, sometimes not for years. Sometimes there are attitude and behaviorial effects which are not recognized for what they are. 'Loss of feeling', poor relationships, eating disorders not present before the abortion, etc.

The above is the bad news. The good news is that there is help. Go to the website www.rachelsvineyard.org and look over the ENTIRE website. Everyone do so and you will be able to help those in desperate need after abortion (both female and male) by referring them there.


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