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Marching on the Right Side of History

Marching on the Right Side of History

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Defenders of marriage should draw hope and courage from the pro-life movement’s success. The young faces at the annual March for Life in D.C. show that the pro-life movement is a youth movement.
Defenders of marriage should draw hope and courage from the pro-life movement’s success. The young faces at the annual March for Life in D.C. show that the pro-life movement is a youth movement.

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Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse • 663 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road Suite 222 San Marcos CA 92078www.jennifer-roback-morse.com • email: drj@jennifer-roback-morse.com • 760/295-9278
©2007 No part of this document may be reproduced or disseminated in anyway without the expressed written consent of theRuth Institute.
Marching on the Right Sideof History
 by Jennifer Roback MorseFirst published atPublicDiscourse.comonJanuary 24, 2011.Defenders of marriage should draw hopeand courage from the pro-life movement’ssuccess.As an advocate of conjugal marriage, I amoften told that I am on the “wrong side of History.” The justice of “marriage equality”is overwhelming; the younger generationfavors it; same sex marriage is inevitable.But this analysis is false. Indeed, there isample reason to think that the March of History storyline will be proven incorrect.The reason? We were told all these samethings aboutabortion.“You need to accept
 Roe v. Wade
. Theunlimited abortion license is nothing butsimple justice for women. Besides, the nextgeneration will completely accept abortion.They will grow up knowing nothing else.They will not have all your hang-ups aboutsex and your squeamishness about scrapinga bit of tissue out of a woman’s body.Reproductive freedom is the wave of thefuture. You are on the Wrong Side of History.”A funny thing happened on the way toHistory: the people did not perform as promised. Last year, I took a group of RuthInstitute students up to the West Coast Walk for Life in San Francisco. Official estimates place the attendance at over 35,000. But Iwasn’t counting. I was looking at the faces. Isaw what anyone can see, if they care tolook: the pro-life movement is a youthmovement.The average age of the walkers at the WestCoast Walk for Life was probably aroundlate twenties, and even lower if you count babies in strollers. Toward the front of the parade were the Berkeley Studentsfor Life(yes, there is such a thing) and the Stanford pro-life club, (yes, they exist as well), their long-standing cross-Bay rivalry set aside for the day. Busloads of high school students,college students road-tripping in from allover the West Coast,whole church youthgroups, families with small children, babiesin arms, backpacks and strollers. The nextgeneration is not going along quietly withthe Inexorable March of History.And why should they?The pro-abortion forces did not correctly predict how the young would react to theAbortion Regime. Simple demographicsfavor a pro-life next generation: advocatesof life have more children on average thantheir opponents. But beyond that, every person under the age of 38 is in some sensea survivor of the abortion regime. Any othem could have been killed. And some of them realize that.Many of them have seen friends haveabortions to save relationships with
 
Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse • 663 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road Suite 222 San Marcos CA 92078www.jennifer-roback-morse.com • email: drj@jennifer-roback-morse.com • 760/295-9278
©2007 No part of this document may be reproduced or disseminated in anyway without the expressed written consent of theRuth Institute.
 boyfriends, only to have the boyfriend endthe relationship anyway. Some of them havelearned from experience that recreationalsex is not as fun as they imagined. Thecoarsening of sexual relationships, the pressure on women to perform sexually, theeasy escape for men from responsibility for their unborn children: some of theMillennials have put two and two together and figured out that the abortion regimeenables all this.Katelyn Sills, President of BerkeleyStudents for Life, attended the 2011 Walk on Saturday. She reports that the pro-lifeinitiative comes from the young peoplethemselves, not from their parents or other authority figures. When high school studentsform a pro-life club, it isn’t to pad their resumes: that particular extra-curricular activity won’t impress most collegeadmissions offices. Students form pro-lifeclubs because they see the injustice of abortion: they identify with the child.It is the interests of children that theAbortion Regime set aside in order toaccommodate the desires of adults. And it isthe interests of children that the redefinitionof marriage is in the process of setting asideas well. Remember the old pro-abortionslogan, “every child a wanted child?” Whocan take that seriously today? “Kids justneed two adults who love them” will cometo sound every bit as hollow.Same-sex civil marriage tacitly but surelyasserts that kids don’t really need mothersand fathers, and that mothers and fathers areinterchangeable. The next generation willgrow up with the consequences of institutionalizing this belief throughoutsociety. Same-sex civil marriage is turningthe drift toward artificial reproductivetechnology for infertile married couples intoa tidal wave of entitlement for anyonemarried or single, straight or gay, of anyage, to manufacture children for any reason.Redefining marriage will come to mean thatthere is no particular reason to insist on two parents. Some in the next generation willhave three or four parents.Advocates of redefining marriage assure usthat all will be well. Children will do fine,whatever the loving adults in their livesdecide to do. IVF children will be so wanted by their legal parents that the lifetimeseparation from their natural parents will nottrouble them. And children of unconventional family structures will havemore adults to love them. Divorce,separation, complex custody quarrels, kidsshuttling between four households with their sleeping bags and backpacks: that’s justanti-equality hysteria and will never happen.As time goes on, it will become moreobvious that “marriage equality” requires us,men, women and children alike, to ignore biology. Some women who have childrenwith female partners will find that sharingthe care of her child with another woman, isnot the same as sharing the care of her childwith the child’s father. Some men who agreeto be sperm donorsas “friends” will findthat they want more of a relationship withtheir own children than they had anticipated.

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