"The last time a Republican thought I had rights, I was a fetus."
So goes a bumper sticker for left wingers' Priuses. But it rings true, so true, on a day when a doctor was gunned down at his church because of his weekday job as an abortion provider. Dr. George Tiller of Wichita, Kansas, met an assassin's bullet this morning while attending Sunday services at his local church. Sadly, pro-lifers are split on what is clearly a right-or-wrong issue - check out the report at Jezebel.com.
What's even more sad is that this incident shows how America has lost sight of the sanctity of human life. Dr. Tiller did not deserve to die, but he also worked with the full protection of the law and was allowed to perform late-term abortions. So what about the countless children that didn't get to see life at the hands of Dr. Tiller? We live in a society that condones this sort of violence and brands it as a "choice," and then we save our shock and dismay for times when the same level of callous violence is perpetrated on adults or anyone who can "live on their own," to borrow a page from pro-choice dogma. We're also a country that executes criminals, is engaged in a dubious war with a country that posed no threat to us and turns the page every time another school shooting is sprawled across our newspapers. We're all callous and we've all shrugged off any culpability for the direction that America is going in.
This isn't a Democrat/Republican problem, it's a problem with the values that inform our humanity. We haven't evolved to the point where we truly consider all murder to be wrong. That's why there's war, abortion, crime...you get it. So, shame on all of us.