The Left holds fast to abortion when it will abandons everything else because abortion is intrinsic to furthering its ambitions and making society conform to its world view. Abortion is the linchpin of the Left’s political agenda.
“The Personal Is Political,” is the title of a feminist essay by Carol Hanisch from 1969. One of the things she wrote was this:
One of the first things we discover in these groups is that personal problems are political problems. There are no personal solutions at this time. There is only collective action for a collective solution.
That statement is key to understanding why the Left always, always, insists on being able to kill a baby in the womb. Anything that opposes the collective must be eradicated. And a baby literally embodies the reality that shatters its worldview.
David Horowitz has this commentary on the phrase “The Personal Is Political”:
As I understood it, the phrase expressed an ideological will to reduce everything personal to a political formula, stamping out the messy particulars of an individual existence in the process.
Abortion is a political solution to the personal—and to that most inconvenient representation of the personal: a child whose existence calls into question every tenet the Left holds dear.
Abortion is a political solution to the problem of the differences between men and women (you know, the “problem” of things such as pregnancy and child rearing). Abortion is a political solution to enabling denial of the importance of the family to society. Abortion is a political solution to the eradication of morality—the existence of right and wrong, good and evil. Abortion is a political solution to their ultimate dilemma—God—because through abortion the worth and dignity of each individual human being is rejected, and the Left declares there is no God who made man in His own image; there is no God who formed each of us from the womb; there is no God who is the sovereign Creator who gave each of us from our moment of conception our individuality and being.
The Left is so insistent on the necessity of abortion because nothing is more personal than another human being—and a vulnerable baby is the most graphic reminder of the personal. If the Left can successfully frame the most fragile of all people in terms of politics, then their worldview succeeds in their eyes. Everything must bow to the political collective.
Religion, marriage, family, children are personal. They necessitate morality and personal responsibility in relationships, while at the same time calling for the importance of each individual and for the value of each person to be upheld and demonstrated by shared committed love. All these things are in direct opposition to the Left’s collectivist thinking, and abortion is the most effective tool to subvert them.
The Left protests and squawks over abortion because abortion is the sine qua non political solution to enabling their view of life as a great political collective. Do you remember what the DNC said last summer? “Government is the only thing we all belong to.”
The personal is not political; it’s personal. When anyone speaks of abortion in terms of an individual, the linchpin of the political collective worldview is being threatened.
And pulling out the linchpin calls into question the entire dogma of the Left.
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