The Civil Rights Movement was a series of political movements that challenged laws considered unjust to minorities. The people behind the movement considered these laws to be against freedom. Such laws were considered racist and sexist as well. Many African Americans and Mexican Americans protested against this injustice because they believed that they deserved to be equal under the law. Women were also tired of being considered inferior to men, by society, and also protested to ensure gender equality.
Back then, slavery was an institution that existed. It was very inhumane, for slave-owners had the right to do with the slaves what they wished, even killing them if they see fit. Slaves were treated very poorly, were deprived of freedom and had to do hard unpaid labor. The Europeans justified this institution by stating that slaves were not people, rather they were considered to be property. This justification was obviously used to demean slaves, and to also give the illusion to society that they are not really human beings. As such, many Europeans had their conscience relaxed to allow slavery to exist for they believed that they could be treated as nothing more than property.
The same thing is happening today. Today the institution of abortion is the new oppressive institution. The Supreme Court considers the unborn to be property of pregnant women. They believe that since the unborn are property, they can easily be discarded as well. Many people consider the unborn to be nothing more than a bunch of cells, and as such, they feel comfortable allowing abortion to exist legally. Just like slavery was allowed to exist on the argument that slaves were not humans but property, so is abortion since the unborn are considered to be property of women as well.
Even after slavery was abolished in America during the Civil War, it still left its mark. For years, a set of laws called Jim Crow laws allowed segregation to occur throughout society. These laws separated Anglo Americans from African Americans in public places, such as public transpirations, restaurants, restrooms and public schools. These laws were unjust with the fact that they oppressed a group of people on the basis of race. These laws however were upheld by the legal system. Just like the Supreme Court allowed segregation, in 1973 it allowed Roe v. Wade, which declared that women can have an abortion until the end of the first trimester of pregnancy. In short, they allowed legalized murder. Just like Jim Crow laws were abolished with the efforts of Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights activists, so must abortion be abolished for it is also inhumane. The Pro-Life Movement aims to fight these new Jim Crow laws, which are oppressive laws against the unborn.
Another oppressive aspect of society is that it has also been patriarchal. As such, society has been largely dominated by men. Men considered women to be unequal to them, and as such, they were denied equal work, pay and other benefits that men were able to have. Just like women were denied equal benefits, the unborn too are denied to receive the benefit of life. Just like the laws against women are unjust for the fact that they deprive the right of women to equal benefits and protection, so is abortion for it is a law that denies a chance to have life to the unborn. Eventually, society has become much more tolerant towards the idea of gender equality due to women's rights activists. However, society still has legalized abortion. The Pro-Life Movement aims to abolish abortion in order for the unborn to be able to enjoy the benefit to life.
Society has been plagued by inequality and by oppression for African Americans, women and others deemed different by society; they have been denied their right to freedom. The Civil Rights Movement liberated society from all its prejudices. Abortion is still an institution that denies liberty for the unborn. Since the Pro-Life Movement wants the unborn to receive the freedom to live, this movement is practically a descendant of the Civil Rights Movement.
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