Chuck Schumer, the Democratic Senate Minority Leader from New York is no champion of the rights of the unborn but he got one thing right on abortion during a Thursday interview. When asked if there was a disconnect between voters and the Democratic Party on matters relating to abortion, Schumer gave a chilling response.
"I think what it is is we've had Roe for so long, and it's been so much the part and fabric of American life that people think, ‘Well, no matter who's on the Court, it'll pretty much stay where it is,'" I don't think that's accurate.”
We like to think that things like hard work, innovation, apple pie and college football are the fabric of the American life. They are but they’re not alone. Sadly, the murder of the unborn is right up there with them. Chuck Schumer is right.
By some estimates, over 60 million babies have been aborted since the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision. With a number like that, it’s hard to explain abortion as anything other than the “fabric of the American life.” On top of that, when even the prospect of limiting abortions is mentioned in the public square, Progressives lose their collective minds. I’m old enough to remember when leaders on the left told us that abortions were and would continue to be rare. It was the forbidden fabric that Democrats kept hidden in the closet but didn’t want to get rid of. Now they wear it everywhere they go. Some fabrics, it appears, are hard to part ways with.
It remains to be seen if anything will be done to overturn Roe or even if Republican leaders will do the hard but necessary work to at least limit the number of abortions in this country. Political observers rightly point out the lengths to which leftist politicians have gone to keep the poor dependent on them while never actually doing anything to help them. But the same could be said of politicians on the right. Many talk a big game about abortion but, with even the greatest of opportunities before them, end up doing nothing.
Chuck Schumer is a lot like the fan of the team that just won 8 championships in a row and has beaten your favorite team for two decades straight. When he talks trash, you hate it but you really can’t disagree with it.
It should shame us that a leading politician in our country calls abortion a “fabric of American life.”
It should break our hearts that he is right.
Many people are putting their hopes in Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. They claim that he’ll be the one who tips the balance of the court away from the Roe decision. Maybe they’re right. Time will tell. But this is where Schumer’s words carry even more weight.
If the murder of over 60 million babies has become the “fabric of American life” we need more than a court decision.
We need repentance.
We need a new fabric.
We need mercy.
May God grant it to us.