President Donald Trump has declared today National Sanctity of Human Life Day (fittingly, it is, of course, also the anniversary of Roe v. Wade).
The White House proclamation says in part, “Today, we focus our attention on the love and protection each person, born and unborn, deserves regardless of disability, gender, appearance, or ethnicity. Much of the greatest suffering in our Nation’s history — and, indeed, our planet’s history — has been the result of disgracefully misguided attempts to dehumanize whole classes of people based on these immutable characteristics. We cannot let this shameful history repeat itself in new forms, and we must be particularly vigilant to safeguard the most vulnerable lives among us. This is why we observe National Sanctity of Human Life Day: to affirm the truth that all life is sacred, that every person has inherent dignity and worth, and that no class of people should ever be discarded as ‘non-human.’”
The President announced this proclamation this past Friday, the same day the annual March for Life took place to protest the Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion legal in all 50 states. While the proclamation was largely well received by the pro-life march participants, the other “Women’s March”, which took place the next day, did not lavish so much praise on Trump’s declaration of a National Sanctity of Human Life Day.
While the women in this protest were busy hollering for rights that they already have, they showed little interest in the president’s insistence that all human lives have dignity. After all, to make that claim is an unspoken acknowledgement that even lives in the womb matter, and angry women who are protesting – I’m still not sure what they’re protesting - don’t want to hear the president they despise say all lives matter. It makes their demand for the right to abortion on demand an inconvenient contradiction to the president’s claim that all lives have value. In other words, it gives them one more bit of fodder for despising the president, because, clearly, to them, not all lives do matter as long as some women promote the false premise that women are the sole determiners of which lives do matter, e.g. the ones they choose to give birth to.
To them, the president asserting that all lives matter is just another proof of the misogyny that women despise him for – while they turn a blind eye to the real louses – the Harvey Weinsteins and Al Frankens of the world – who actually do devalue women. But to the "Women's March" protesters, protecting human life is a catastrophic threat to their well-being which simply must be stopped.
What a pitiable state we’re in when declaring the worth of every human life is seen as somehow inequitable and threatening. I think the pink “feline” hats (and the stupid "Handmaid's Tale" bonnets from the equally stupid book) have been pulled over their eyes. These women aren’t seeing a thing except the darkness that’s descended upon them.