A clear analogy can be made between slavery in the United States in the 1800s and abortion in the 20th and 21st centuries. There are some striking similarities. Both slavery and abortion boast of personal property rights as paramount to liberty and freedom. The slave owner said that it was his right to do what he desired with his property. The abortion advocates cry that the woman has a right to do what she wishes with the unborn baby. Both positions ignore the freedom of the enslaved. Both positions focus only on the right of the owner. The slave owner’s rights trump those of the slave. The woman’s rights trump those of the baby.
In the nineteenth century, proponents of slavery were always fighting to expand slavery. They knew if it remained restricted while free states continued to grow, it would die. Therefore, they sought expansion. The Kansas Nebraska act of 1854 was an attempt to break the stranglehold of the Missouri Compromise of 1820 that relegated slavery to the South. There were failed attempts to take territory away in Mexico, Cuba, and Central America—all for expansion. The Dred Scott case of 1857 was a notorious attempt to give slavery the right to go anywhere it wanted. Not until the Civil War of 1861 did the insatiable desire for more slavery stop.
Abortion is similar in that enough is never enough. The Clinton and Obama administrations did all they could to see that abortion spread all over the globe. When President Trump refused to give aid to countries if any of the money went for abortion, abortion advocates went crazy.
Under slavery, the South refused to recognize the hardship of the slave. They boasted he was better off than the free worker in the North was. They ignored his privation and suffering and focused on their honor and culture and state rights. Such is the way of a proponent of abortion who refuses to recognize the unborn baby can feel pain at 18 weeks without any doubt.
Despotism is one man ruling another man in a cruel and barbarous way. That is the definition of slavery, and it also the definition of abortion. While proponents are fixated on the woman’s right to her own body, they ignore the right of life to the unborn baby.
Harriet Beecher Stowe made the greatest indictment of slavery with her book Uncle Tom’s Cabin, published in 1842. Uncle Tom’s Cabin focused on the breakup of slave families and the pain it caused the slaves. The cover of the book depicts Eliza fleeing across the ice packed Ohio River to save her small son from a slave trader. It also portrays Uncle Tom weeping for his children as he was sold to a Southern slave owner.
It first ran serially for nine months in an antislavery newspaper. After the book came out, it sold 300,000 the first year, the equivalent of 3 million today. It sold more than 2 million in the first decade. It made the whole nation feel what a horrible cursed thing slavery was. Writing after putting her six children to bed, she wrote her book at night. Her book was a vision of the bondage of millions of people (4 million to be exact). I pray that God will give us another Harriet Beecher who can provide us with a vision of the bondage of abortion to this nation.