Let’s call her Emily. She’s just been born and lays naked on a counter top in a back room of the clinic. She hasn’t been cleaned much and is wet and gooey with a partial umbilical cord still attached. She is the survivor of an abortion. Her mother is in another room deciding what to do with her. If the woman who gave Emily life decides she still wants the abortion, Emily will be left on the counter, alone, to die of exposure.
As barbaric as this treatment of a living person may seem, it isn’t necessarily illegal under federal law. Under the broad decision rendered in Roe v. Wade as abortion pertains to the mother’s health, not a single late-term abortion has been prosecuted successfully since 1973.
However, the fear among liberals of the current POTUS and the possibility of a future, more conservative SCOTUS has caused a rush in some state Legislatures to codify into state law what is currently feasible and permissible under federal Law.
When stated so matter-of-factually, as it was a couple of weeks ago by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam during a radio interview, the irreverent attitude toward an abortion at the moment of birth or afterward seems uncivilized — pagan even. In fact, a study of Greek or Roman or even Mayan cultures with a similar treatment of a living child defines this cultural behavior as infanticide.
In the America of 2019, however, the passage in the New York state Legislature of an abortion law that mirrored the Virginia abortion expansion received a standing ovation in the legislative chambers. That said, Americans are not completely cold-hearted.
We destroyed the logging industry and shuttered 100-year-old logging communities in Oregon; but saved the spotted owl. We brought the bald eagle back from the brink of extinction by protecting it from everything except wind turbine blades. We curtailed the flow of water out of the San Joaquin River Delta, thereby drastically reducing farming in the California Central Valley to save the 3” Delta Smelt.
We have fined and forced homeowners living on the Northeast Florida coast to turn off all lighting to ensure there are no distractions disturbing hatchling Sea Turtles from heading toward the sea. However, all these humane achievements pale when compared to the protected legend of, perhaps, the most famous single wild animal on earth — 832F.
832F, or the “06 Female” as she was better known to tens of thousands of people internationally, was a big alpha female wolf whose pack and territory was inside the protection of Yellowstone Park.
Because of her intelligence, fearless hunting skills, goofy mates and a range easily visible to observers, she became wildlife’s internet star. Websites and blogs were dedicated to her and her pack. People sold their homes and moved closer to Yellowstone Park so that they could chronicle “06′s” life more thoroughly.
Then in December of 2012 while ranging 15 miles east of Yellowstone’s boundaries, “06” was shot and killed by a Wyoming hunter. When word of her death hit the internet and blogs, people all over the world were devastated. Anger and vitriol followed her eulogies. News stories in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and London’s Daily Mail recorded the firestorm of controversy surrounding the death of ’06. To this day, the identity of the hunter who killed ’06 has never been released for fear of retribution.
There will be no such mourning and anguish on the internet nor on blogs for Emily.
Our Declaration of Independence states that we have three God-given rights: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. It seems that going forward, for many future Emilys, that first right — Life — will be harder to attain. It might be better, actually, for many new creatures on Earth to come as a Delta smelt or sea turtle. There certainly will be many champions defending the right to live.
And should that creature come to an early, untimely end, that end would inevitably be due to the Laws of Nature and undoubtedly kinder than Emily’s death.
Larry Burden grew up in Boise and has done business management and financial consulting all over America for the past 35 years. Larry now lives in Downey with his wife of 40 years, Dianna, where they have a small accounting practice.