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The Scourge of Fentanyl—and Abortion.

Imagine if the quote below was applied to the abortion industry. Substitute a few words and it could easily fit…and what a ruckus it would cause!

“…PRC officials claim it’s the Americans who deserve blame for the country’s drug problem – and need to stop taking drugs in the first place.  Pimps and drug pushers have been using this excuse for years – ‘just giving customers what they want.’ 

Admittedly, human nature is what it is.  But that’s why civilized societies punish the providers of dangerous substances and services — and don’t just sanction users for their irresponsible behavior.”

This quote appeared on Zero Hedge recently in an article by Grant Newsham which basically stated that the government of China could stop the massive inflow of fentanyl overnight—if it wanted to. All the communist leadership would have to do is lean on the factories producing the drug and, presto! The problem would instantly be solved.

The opioid crisis this country is experiencing right now is real. There’s no doubt about it. Tens of thousands of people die every year from overdoses and many more are sickened or incapacitated. It’s a sad situation, for sure, and there are no easy answers to it.

There is no doubt that Planned Parenthood and other groups and individuals have been pushing abortion (providing a dangerous service) for a long time under the rationale that “legalized abortion is just giving women what they want.” Realistically, it can be argued that every year abortion kills at least ten or twelve times as many people as fentanyl ever has. Human nature may be what it is, but there is no denying that since Roe v. Wade, January 22, 1973, an immense number of innocent human lives, perhaps as many as 60 million, have been deliberately snuffed out.

Maybe we should just blame the women, who need to stop becoming pregnant in the first place!

There is a huge difference between fentanyl and abortion which needs to be considered. The people who use drugs have made a conscious choice to inject themselves with a potentially toxic substance. They know the risk. They know that they might end up dead. No one forces them. No one kills them. They are responsible. If you wanted to, you could say that those who die from drug overdosing have it coming to them. You could–if you were heartless.

The same cannot be said about abortion, in which the unborn children have no “choice” in the matter. They do not know the risk of living in the uterus of a woman who decides she doesn’t want to be a mother. They do not know they will end up dead. They are completely innocent of any part of this matter. They are not responsible for what happens to them.

Regardless of the difference, the fact remains that people of all ages are dying without regard to their lives or well-being. The question is what to do about it. How do we stop these scourges on humanity? The most immediate response from the average person would likely mimic Grant Newsham’s observation—punish those evildoers! At least it would in the case of the Chinese supplying the fentanyl trade. As concerns abortion, the answer might be a brusque “Mind your own business!”

Whether you’re in favor of government-led drug wars or are opposed to them is up to you. Whether you’re adamantly pro-abortion or staunchly pro-life is also your decision. There is one thing which is certain in both cases, however. No matter how many laws there are prohibiting these actions and behaviors nor how vigorously they are prosecuted and punished, there will always be a market for them and people who are ready, willing, and able to fill that demand. Laws alone will not stop the trade in fentanyl nor will they end the killing of unborn babies.

Don’t get me wrong. I think there is a pressing need to have laws enacted and enforced which will severely sanction abortion on demand. In an earlier blog post, I made this statement.

“I do agree with Rozeff that the government should not support or subsidize abortion, but I am emphatically opposed to the idea that it should not be outlawed. The common view of government is that it exists to protect those within its domain against outside aggression and to offer justice and redress in case such aggression occurs. Until and unless the day comes when every individual is a government in and of themselves (in other words, not until the end of time), certain people are going to be dominant and make the rules, while other people submit and do as they are told. No question! Because of this, I have no problem at all with government ordering a pregnant woman not to abort her unborn fetus, under pain of punishment.”

More than this, however, is the growing realization in my own soul that individual people, like myself, need to do what the government cannot—love these people (drug addicts and pregnant women), help them when they need it, support them emotionally, treat them kindly, and take on the role of Good Samaritan when necessary—all without any expectation of reimbursement or recognition, but simply because of the love in our hearts for our fellow man and woman. Simply because we know what it means to follow the Golden Rule. “Do for others what you would like to have someone else do for you.”

God knows I’d want someone to help me if I found myself in a precarious, dangerous, desperate situation.