By Kyra Clark - Prolife Youth Blogger
Laissez faire is a French phrase which is translated to mean “Hands off”. This is an economic and political term that believes the economy functions most efficiently without government regulations; favoring individual self-interest and competition.
In light of this definition, one can easily see how this connects to government’s position in modern day society. With the legality of abortion nationwide, the government is taking a stance of “Laissez faire” and leaving the abolishment of abortion to individual states. Being able to acknowledge the position our government stood during the civil war and looking at our current government’s position can easily show the visible connections between the two.
State Rights during the Civil War
In 1865 when President Andrew Jackson refused to intervene withthe state rights surrounding the creation of Black Codes, innocent, freed slaves were subjected to social and politically unjust laws.
Making it illegal to attend jury duty, illegal to own a gun, and legal for black children to be taken away from their family and set to work on plantations if white plantation owners deemed their parents “unfit” are just a few of the black codes that went into effect. Observing the dishonest tactics that were taken place during the 1800s can be looked upon today as being undoubtedly unjust but back then was considered socially acceptable.
State Rights in Today’s Society
In today’s society, abortion is an issue being left to individual state rights with no government regulations. While the banning of abortion past 20 weeks is a huge accomplishment in 15 states including Arizona, Idaho, and Texas, there are still 35states where abortion is fully legal. Despite these statistics, the government is not intervening in any way. This leavesthe state legislatures responsible for passing laws to protect the unborn and it is the duty of pro-life advocates to let their voices and opinions be heard while trying to get the anti-abortion bill passed.
By analyzing the similarities between how the government approached the issue regarding black codes and how the issue of abortion is being approached, the connection is alarmingly obvious. The struggle for equal rights is still at a climax however the victims are different. While in the 1800s, black slaves were fighting for freedom, our current population of unborn children, the “minority”, are fighting for the right to live. If what the government’s decision was viewed as tolerable during the civil war is now looked upon as terribly unjust, the same can be said for their current position on abortion. Though America may be viewed as a country of freedom and equality, we will never be “Land of the Free” until all humans are protected within the its borders; both born and unborn.