“I am vulnerable. I depend on others for my survival. People all over the world forget about me and think I'm not as valuable as other human beings. Sometimes it’s because I have a disability, because I'm sick, because of my race, because my I'm poor, or just because people don't see me. The truth is, thousands of us have died and still die everyday, but it’s never on the news, there’s no 24/7 protest, no outrage, nothing. People are used to our suffering and death by now. I guess repetition breeds indifference.”
Who could've said that? Who fits that description?
A homeless person?
An unborn child?
Get this––all three of those are right.
The exact same scenario is applicable to the unborn and the impoverished.
Seriously. Look at it again. Shouldn't all three of those demographics be treated equally when it comes to human rights? Unfortunately, they don’t.
What issues come to your mind when you think of ‘human rights’?
I thought I’d check out what Amnesty International––in my opinion, the one of the biggest and most well-known human rights organization in the world––thought about abortion. What I found on their website is that they clearly lament the deaths of women from unsafe abortions, but their reproductive rights section urges people to tweet:
“I have the right to make decisions about my body and my life. So do you. Don’t let others interfere. #MyBodyMyRights”
Sounds a lot like what a pro-abort would say, huh? Another one of the issue titles on their website is “Living with Dignity” which addresses hunger and malnourishment.
But wait a minute… didn't we just see how similar an unwanted baby is to people starving in third-world countries? Plus, what good is any other human right if you don't have the chance live to need them in the first place? The hypocrisy is staggering.
Many people, especially our friends on the Left, strongly voice support for human rights, and I think we would agree that most of the major issues––war, prison conditions, gender equality, slavery, etc.––desperately need our attention. However, I have found, in my experience, that few human rights activists put any emphasis on the right to life, which is quite literally the cornerstone of all other rights. None of it makes sense, and it's up to us to knock some reason into the world.