Each of our lives can be thought of as a fragile thread suspending the experiences of our life journey from conception to death. A tiny thread that may be cut at any time in a dizzying number of ways. Regardless of where on our journey through life this thread is cut, death is the inevitable result. Beginning with the day of our birth, a monumental effort is put forth by those that came before us to ensure our safety and well-being. We are nourished and protected, loved and admired, the very embodiment of hope for the future.
Our family, our society, and our laws work hard to keep our thread intact following our birth in an effort to ensure we have every opportunity to pursue life, liberty, and happiness. As we continue our journey, we become more and more capable of assuming responsibility for our own thread. We are driven by an innate desire to survive in this world, to find our place and to make a contribution.
In time, we gain the responsibility to not only protect our own thread, but the threads of those who follow us into this world. To provide them the opportunity to experience the miracle of life. As parents, we would trade our own lives for those of our children, break our own thread so that theirs may remain unbroken.
So why is this thread so easily cut in the first six months of life following conception? Under certain circumstances, through the first nine months of life? In the United States, we are only truly safe after our heads penetrate the birth canal. If you ponder these questions without bias, you will realize that regardless of where along our life journey this thread is broken, our life is ended. If our thread is broken by abortion after 23 weeks of life, our death is just as real as if our thread were broken after our 23rd year — our life’s journey is ended. We will never have the future opportunity to experience love, beauty, or friendship following that moment.
Only a shift in culture toward the recognition that our journey begins at conception and ends at our natural death will save these lives and our collective humanity. A shift to the idea that all that can be done to protect the thread of life should be done.