A woman’s extra right
There is a lot of discussion in the culture as to what rights a woman has and to what extent those rights are being oppressed. Christians should always be at the front of social justice movements regarding racism and sexism when real injustices are being done. The prophet Isaiah wrote, “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.”
Legally, there is not a single right that a man has that a woman does not have. There may be instances of discrimination, but those instances are already illegal. So we want to encourage fairness in pay equality and opportunity, but inequality is not the expected norm; it is the exception.
What I wanted to address is the fact that woman have one extra right that men do not have. Women in the United States have the legal right to kill their child. This can be done in many states by a minor with no parental consent. According to information I have seen, a woman does not even need the permission of the man who helped create the child; she can legally, of her own accord, kill her unborn child.
If the father decided to kill the child while in the womb without the permission of the mother it is a federal crime, and he would most likely be charged with murder. However if the role is reversed, the mother can end the life of her child with no ramifications, even if the father were morally against it.
This is a right that women have fought for. It was the real purpose of the March on Washington. We know this because the organization that created the event declared their right to abort their child as one of the main reasons for marching, according to news reports. Pro-life sponsors were removed from the event as soon as Planned Parenthood began to donate large amounts of money to the cause. Many pro-life women were booed, bullied and even reportedly spat upon while trying to march with the other women in unity. Apparently unity means a woman must conform to terrible ideologies that have no logical or moral justifications. A worldview that claims unity yet bullies opposing views has no foundation that can survive criticism.
Not all the women who marched did so in support of abortion. Many were expressing their disgust at our current president, regarding comments he expressed in the past towards other woman. I could stand with them in that. However, if I am to stand for social injustice, it begins with removing the extra right that women have that men don’t. Nobody should have the right to legally kill innocent life. If women’s rights matter, then women in the womb matter as well.
“Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the afflicted and needy” (Prov. 31:9).