Another area that concerns me greatly, namely because I know how it has been used with regard to race, is the psycholinguistics involved in this whole issue of abortion. If something can be dehumanized through the rhetoric used to describe it, then the major battle has been won. . . . That is why the Constitution called us three-fifths human and then whites further dehumanized us by calling us "niggers." It was part of the dehumanizing process. The first step was to distort the image of us as human beings in order to justify that which they wanted to do and not even feel like they had done anything wrong. Those advocates of taking life prior to birth do not call it killing or murder; they call it abortion.A tsunami of justice for unborn children ought to have come from the civil rights movement. But it dissolved away, just as the civil rights movement itself dissipated. By closing its mouth to the plight of the unborn person, the civil rights movement lost all its power. It degenerated into an organized effort representing a constituent group rather than a noble ideal. Gone was the higher principle of justice for all people.
John Ensor is the President of PassionLife Ministries and the author (with Scott Klusendorf) of Stand for Life: Students Guide to Making the Case and Saving Lives (Hendrickson, 2012). Don't miss John and Scott's appearance on BreakPoint This Week with John Stonestreet.