WHY I SUPPORT PROPOSAL 16
I can hear it now. Can you hear it? Listen carefully...
And in the silence, the unheard cries of millions.
Out of the millions, I hear the cries of sixteen children murdered every day in my state, sucked or dismembered from the safety of their mother’s womb. The baby dies at her command, by the knifed hand of a “medical” professional, destroyed in the name of choice, in the chance of saving one’s reputation, in covering the shame that “it” happened.
I’m a young man, having spent all of nineteen years on this earth. So why do I write? What do young men have to do with abortion?
Young men have everything to do with abortion. You see, babies just don’t appear out of nowhere. They are created out of a specific event -- the marriage union of one man and one woman, ‘till death parts them.
At least, that’s what it was intended to be. We see less marriages, high divorce rates, frequent one-night stands, and sixteen children aborted every day in Alabama. Why?
Over the last sixty-odd years, behind the strong push of the Sexual Revolution, this nation has cheapened the sexual intimacy found between a husband and a wife. The decision of Roe v. Wade, coming out of the rise of the Sexual Revolution, has done nothing except to further degrade and even mock that covenant.
Abortion has given men, especially young, unmarried men, a pathway to give themselves to the lust of their hearts. The end result of a promiscuous relationship, fornication, or adultery -- that is to say, an unwanted child -- can disappear from a man’s life. His reputation can remain upheld, his sin hidden, and carefree life continued for a few dollars and no harm to his physical being. After all, his intention wasn’t to father a child with a girl he wasn’t married to; pregnancy was an “accident.” It wasn’t supposed to happen.
By allowing abortion to continue, our legislators, courts, and executive officials continue to condone the irresponsible behavior of our young men in this area. If that’s the case, then how will implementing Proposal 16 correct the immaturity of our young men while saving lives?
To me, this issue has no gray; it is entirely black and white. I hate divorce; therefore, I must love marriage. If I love marriage, then I must love what marriage produces - children. And so I do. I love children; therefore, I must hate abortion.
It goes further than just simple geometry. I support Proposal 16 because I believe that our government must protect the most fundamental right of all -- life. I support Proposal 16 because I believe that life is not a morality -- life is a right to every child. I support Proposal 16 because I believe in courageous fatherhood -- men that remain faithful to one woman, and with her jointly raise the children they are blessed with. I support Proposal 16 because I believe in responsibility -- a confession that one owns up to his actions, whether they are right or wrong.
If Governor Ivey or any future Alabama governor were to sign Proposal 16, we might accomplish two things: protecting the innocent lives of the unborn and striking a healthy fear into our young men that following their lustful passions might lead them into a world of responsibility that they aren’t prepared to handle.
Two wrongs do not make a right. Aborting children, whether created in marriage or out of wedlock, is not a solution. Murder is exactly what it is -- ending a life unnaturally, no matter how small that life is, no matter how the situation arose. It falls on a man how that situation came about. It falls on a government to protect life. If a government fails in that area, it falls on the people to hold the government accountable to their responsibility to the people.
That’s what Proposal 16 is all about.
Listen, Alabama. Can you hear it now?
Gabe Marchio is a student and writes from Auburn, Alabama.