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A Bridge Disaster and a Supreme Court Case Remind Us: Human Life Is Frail and Sacred.

Jim Denison | Denison Forum | Published: Mar 27, 2024


A container ship rammed into Baltimore’s largest bridge early yesterday morning, causing it to snap and plunge into the river below. Six people are presumed dead as of this morning. The dramatic video of the collapse underscores the uncertainty and frailty of life. The rescuers who immediately began searching for survivors in the frigid waters underscored its value.


Later in the morning, the US Supreme Court heard arguments in the first major abortion case since Roe v. Wade was overturned in 2022. At stake is access to the abortion pill mifepristone in a time when pharmaceutical abortions account for more than half of all abortions in the US (63 percent last year).


Proponents claim that mifepristone has proven “extremely safe” for women who take it, while opponents warn that under the FDA’s protocols, women who take it are at far greater risk of a deadly ectopic pregnancy (when an embryo implants outside the uterus).


Here’s what neither side is arguing: that the life of the mother is irrelevant to the case. Or that medication abortions are not intended to end the life of her preborn child. The difference is that the former was given the opportunity to live by her mother while the latter is not.


Ronald Reagan stated: “I’ve noticed that everybody who is for abortion has already been born.”

If the pharmaceutical under consideration were given to her child the moment after birth, it would be considered infanticide. Because her baby has not yet moved from inside her body to outside it, the drug is legal.

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