by: Alejandro Capote, Students for Life Kentucky & Tennessee Regional Coordinator
A native of Cuba, I immigrated to the United States at the age of six. My parents made tough sacrifices when I was a boy because they wanted a better life for me. I am so thankful to my parents for the small and big sacrifices they made for it is because of their sacrifices I have been able to accomplish things I’d have never been able to do in Cuba. That’s my American story- a story faced with challenges, social and cultural barriers, yet resilience, and accomplishments. But many kids aren’t given the opportunities like I had because they are never born.
As I watched President Obama address the nation on prime-time last week, I was hopeful for my country, yet I found myself saddened and shocked. How could the president of these United States and the 2009 Noble Peace Prize recipient turn a blind eye to the injustice and human rights violations that have hunted our society and nation for the past four decades – abortion? How could the leader of the most powerful and compassionate nation suspend torture techniques for terrorists yet turn a blind eye on other forms of torture against innocent, fragile, human babies? You are either for social justice for all members of the human family, or you’re against it. There’s no gray area on human dignity.
The President prides himself on being an advocate of the disadvantaged and the downtrodden. But social justice starts in the womb and if one doesn’t believe in protecting the most innocent of lives among us, there can be no basis for policies of human dignity. Picking and choosing who gets social justice is no justice at all.
President Obama chose to ignore the 55 million innocent dead babies and dreamers that have died from abortions. These are most certainly the first and foremost of dreamers among us – and this president has done everything in his power to be sure they have no chance at life. He nearly shut down the government in 2011 in order that Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest provider of abortion, continued to receive millions and millions of taxpayer dollars. He opposed protections for babies born alive after botched abortions. He has even made sure that Obamacare pays for abortions when he promised it never would.
We need to fix our broken immigration system, but we can’t ignore the millions of lives lost from abortions over the last four decades. Every effort that we take today must be made to repeal cruel and unjust laws and practices that deprive Americans and immigrants, alike, of their humanity and dignity. America must rise to the occasion and uphold the dignity of every member of the human family, both, born and pre-born.
I agree with the President, “It’s about who we are as a country, and who we want to be for future generations.” But our country and our future cannot start with an act of cruelty. Abortion deprives others of their humanity, it destroys lives, and it separates and hurts families. Abortion discriminates against those who are younger and smaller. This is not who we must be. It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment.
According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, there are approximately 2,756 abortions done every day. About 402 people die every year from illegally crossing the border, which amounts to at least one person a day.
Both of these humanitarian crises deserve equal attention and urgency from the White House and members of Congress. We cannot overlook the pressing issues of the day. Dreams are lost, families are hurt and separated daily.
We have lost more than 55 million of our sons, daughters, friends, and relatives, since Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. Where’s the compassion for these human beings? Where’s the outcry?