Slavery Was Legal

It is amazing how many Catholics support pro-choice politicians like Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden and the president.. You have to wonder if they understand the politician’s position or the seriousness of abortion. There appears to be an attitude that since abortion is legal it must not be so bad. After all, the Supreme Court has ruled it to be a right.
Yet the Supreme Court has not always been right nor has everything legal in the U.S. been moral. You need look no further than slavery to see evidence that what is legal is not always right. Slavery was legal in every state in the Union when the Constitution was written. It stayed legal for the first ninety years after the beginning of our Revolution. It wasn’t until the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment that slavery was finally removed from this country. Slavery was not only legal but upheld by the Supreme Court in the Dred Scott Decision which ruled Congress had no power to regulate slavery in the territories and African-Americans were not citizens even if they were free because according to Chief Justice Taney they were not part of the sovereign people when this country was established. It took the Fourteenth Amendment to make African-American men citizens.
You might recall that slavery was not eliminated until we fought the bloodiest war of our history. Some like John Brown and Thomas Jefferson felt that there would be a harsh punishment for the sin of slavery. Perhaps that is why the War was so bloody.
There are other similarities between the sins of slavery and abortion. Slaveholders argued that slavery benefited the slaves providing them a good living that they could not earn on their own. We all know the immensity of that lie. Those who argue for abortion argue that it is for the good of the child that it saves them from a miserable life of poverty, abuse or disability. The illogic of that claim is obvious. There has to be a better way to save one from abuse besides killing them. Another similarity is that the active participants in the struggle against both slavery and abortion were and are only a small minority of Americans. To America’s everlasting shame the majority of Americans voted their pocketbooks rather than their consciences. Both struggles have been long struggles lasting decades. Slavery lasted almost two hundred and fifty years from the arrival of the first slave ship in Jamestown. Let us pray that the struggle against abortion does not take that long.
Yet slavery was not the only injustice that was legal in our history. Any feminist could tell you that it took from the Constitution in 1789 until 1920 for women to get the vote. Even then it was longer for women to get the right to serve in certain professions and jobs. This wasn’t moral but it was legal.
Segregation was also legal until the 1960’s. We all know of the infamous Jim Crow laws of the South, requiring separate schools, water fountains, railroad cars, bathroom and other facilities. Not only was it legal but upheld in 1896 by the Supreme Court in Plessey v Ferguson which ruled “separate but equal” facilities were constitutional.
Just because something is legal doesn’t make it right. America and other nations are killing babies. To put it into perspective since Roe V Wade we lost more babies than we’ve lost lives in all of our wars so far. Just in America more babies were killed by abortion than all of the lives lost to battle and disease in World War I. Abortion has taken more lives than either Hitler or Stalin. Abortion was deadlier than the Black Plague of the Middle Ages. More babies are aborted each year than we lost in any of our wars. In fact we lost less lives in all of the wars we fought in the 1800’s than in one year due to abortion.
Americans protested and fought over the Vietnam War. Almost all of the media turned against the war. Yet less Americans died in Vietnam over the course of the war than in one month in the abortion clinics of the U.S. Where is the media now? Why are they silent about the horrors of Abortion?
The sad reality is that more persons of African descent have died due to abortion than died during the “Black Holocaust” the years of the Middle Passage from Africa to the Americas. We should wonder how anyone of African descent could support abortion.
It is time for Catholics to wake up and recognize the immensity of the evil of abortion.


Author: ronquinlan

To me the message is what is important. Feel free to copy and use anything on this blog. Some pieces were originally published by Catholic Lane so please give them credit. I am a charismatic Roman Catholic and former Social Studies teacher in Catholic Schools. Pieces I've written have been published on Catholi Lane, Catholic Exchange and the Women of Grace blog.

One thought on “Slavery Was Legal”

  1. Abortion has morphed through the years through an alarming mindset. In the 50s and 60s, the word was only whispered, it was so repugnant to talk about. Today, abortions are performed for unwanted multiple births created in vitro; they only wanted one baby – not three or more so the sex gender is picked out and the rest are eliminated. Asian babies are aborted here in the U.S. if it is a girl and a boy was wanted. Multiple abortions by the same women are used as a form of birth control. Once babies were a ‘blessed even; now they are called zygotes or personhoods who are claimed not to be living until they breathe at birth. Living babies in the womb breathe, eat, suck their thumbs, grow to a 6, 7 or 8 lb birth weight and recognize their mother’s voice at just 20 weeks – the most common abortion weeks – can some thing this alive be considered ‘dead’? And not alive? – is a switch turned on in the birth canal that makes it jumpstart ‘alive’? Many people today have more compassion for abused animals than they do for a destroyed baby. Catholics should be outraged at this — practicing Catholics are pro-life and need to be a voice for these infants who can’t protect their lives from their own mothers. Pro-choice is the mother’s right to her productive organs in her body ~ abortion is destorying the life of another body – her own child. This is against God’s law and Nature’s laws. Mothers simply do not destroy their infants’ lives. How different is that from what Gosnell did?

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