As humans, we have a built-in survival mechanism governing how we make choices in our lives. This may be best explained by Abraham Maslow’s “hierarchy of needs” theory, which explains how we all are motivated by five basic categories of needs: physiological, safety, love, esteem, and self-actualization – with physiological needs being the most essential that we will always try to meet first.
For example, if someone is extremely hungry, it’s hard to focus on anything else besides food. Or if you’re worried about being ill, or an infection caused by a virus, it’s hard to focus on any anything else besides prevention.
Just look at our best efforts to combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, where hundreds of thousands, or at least tens of thousands, of lives may be lost this year from the deadly virus. We’re urged to wash our hands frequently and avoid all crowds. To shelter-in-place. To avoid unnecessary travel. To shutter the economy, as nearly 10 million Americans file for unemployment.
We’re told this disease is especially fatal for older people or those with underlying conditions, and therefore it’s our civic and moral duty to reduce this threat to humanity, whatever the cost.
After all, this is about our own survival and saving our lives.
And yet, it’s ironic we can’t muster up more concern for the survival of the most vulnerable in our society, the unborn. Pregnancy isn’t a disease, yet the death rate for the unborn makes it far worse than any coronavirus “hot spots” cited during this pandemic. More than 60 million children have died from abortion in the United States since 1973 – more than 10 million, worldwide, just this year alone.
Abortion was the leading cause of death worldwide in 2019, killing 42 million children. That’s right – when comparing the abortion numbers to other causes of death, including cancer, HIV/AIDS, traffic accidents, suicide, malaria, and alcohol – abortions far outnumbered every other cause.
And despite Louisiana Governor John Bel Edward’s order mandating that all non-essential surgeries cease in the state, as we battle this outbreak of the coronavirus, the killing of the unborn continue in Louisiana, nevertheless. The parking lot of the abortion clinic in Shreveport remains filled with cars, in open defiance of the public safety order to postpone all medical and surgical procedures unless the procedures are to treat an “emergency medical condition.”
These are confusing times, indeed.
In fact, the abortion industry seems intent on not letting this coronavirus crisis go to waste, as they are doubling-down on their “pro-choice” agenda across the country. For example, they are urging the FDA to let women receive abortion-inducing drugs through the mail, during this pandemic, rather than for women to leave their homes to get them.
As the New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a letter to the FDA last week, “these women are putting themselves and their families at risk when they seek out the healthcare that they need, and the federal government must act to ensure that no matter where they live, they can continue to receive necessary, safe, and legal abortion care.”
And before you say, “Well, that’s just some attorney general from New York state,” consider that her letter was also signed by the attorney generals from the states of California, Connecticut, Illinois, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Virginia.
Many state governors across the country are following suit, as well.
The governors from Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia, and Louisiana apparently didn’t include abortions in their executive orders to temporarily halt elective medical procedures because those abortions have continued throughout this public emergency.
Meanwhile, pro-life supporters are being arrested outside abortion facilities, like the one in Greensboro, North Carolina, for merely ministering outside an abortion clinic. Law enforcement claim the pro-life supporters were violating the county’s stay-at-home mandate.
Yes, we do live in confusing times, indeed.
It’s just ironic that so many are moving heaven and hell right now, to save innocent lives during this pandemic, while at the same time, so many are remaining silent to the loss of the most innocent of lives among us – the unborn.
Just doesn’t make any sense.
Louis R. Avallone is a Shreveport businessman, attorney, and author of Bright Spots, Big Country, What Makes America Great. He is also a former aide to U.S. Representative Jim McCrery and Trump elector. Follow him on Facebook, on Twitter @louisravallone or by e-mail at [email protected], and on American Ground Radio weeknights from 6 – 7 PM, streaming live on keelnews.com, on iTunes, and at americangroundradio.com.