A Roadmap to End Legalized Abortion
The Informed Choice Coalition (ICC) [www.informedchoice.us]
– Roe v. Wade is based on Stated Ignorance; the Bible is based on Informed Choice –
In order to win legal protection for women and their unborn equally, we need to define life and choice honestly, and as a counterweight to stated ignorance. There are three salient realities:
- None of us can choose apart from first being alive.
- Biologically discrete human life begins at conception. The word “abortion” comes from the Latin ab + oriri, “to cut off from rising.”
- The overwhelming “choice” for human abortion resides with men who choose not to marry the women they get pregnant, with men who choose to reject fatherhood.
How do we bring these realities into honest political discourse? Connecticut has the most stringent pro-abortion laws in the nation, and within the political establishment there is fierce resistance to even broaching the subject. The headwinds are strong.
We start by recruiting enough citizens to simply call and write their own state senators and representatives according to a systematic strategy where the simple question (in steps two and three) is this: Do you support informed choice?
- In Step One, the ICC is conducting a survey in Connecticut of all members of the 2017-2018 State Legislature, the Executive Branch, and the U.S. Congress, on two multiple-choice questions that address concerning human life and male irresponsibility (see below). In the process, the ICC is already recruiting an initial 150-200 volunteers statewide.
- Political leaders who answer the questions are to be honored regardless of their views – they are being honest with their constituents.
- Political leaders who “choose not to answer” are thus in agreement with the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision which legalized human abortion, a decision rooted in a choice not to address either of these two questions. We honor the freedom of political leaders not to give answer, but too, we are honest in naming such a reality.
- In Roe, the justices employed a “we don’t know” argument as to when “life begins.” This is a statement of chosen ignorance, just like Cain using the “I don’t know” argument as to the whereabouts of his brother Abel whom he had just murdered. And this is just like some enemies of Jesus using the “we don’t know” argument to avoid answering him on the source of John the Baptist’s authority, as they sought pretext to have Jesus crucified.
- This “we don’t know” rationale – again, the very essence of Roe – is the intellectually and morally weakest form of argument in history, and can easily be overcome through the power of informed choice.
- At a prior theological reality in Genesis 2, we are given the true definition of terms of a) good and evil, b) freedom and slavery and c) life and death. We are thus given a level playing field to choose between these parallel opposites. A true definition of terms yields the power of informed choice.
- One political reality of biblical theology is this: Informed choice serves the humanity of women and their unborn equally; misinformed choice (or worse, stated ignorance) serves human abortion which also rips women’s lives apart.
- John Rankin will continually invite any and all abortion advocates in Connecticut to publicly challenge the suitability of these two questions.
- John will teach seminars statewide, rooted in his book: Changing the Language of the Abortion Debate. And John will also begin the TEI Leadership School in January, 2017, for the deeper and empowering biblical theology to address all of life and its toughest questions.
- At a January or February press conference in Hartford, John will announce the results of the survey, sum up this strategy for legislators, the media and the public, address the toughest questions in the debate over human abortion, and receive any and all questions.
- Step Two is to pursue legislation to place these two questions on the 2018 state ballot. At this juncture we need to recruit at least 12 ICC volunteers per representative district (12 x 151 districts = 1812 volunteers statewide), who will each make phone calls and write personal letters to their state senators and representatives, asking them to Support Informed Choice and allow citizens to vote on these two questions on the 2018 ballot (letters are best sent via the post office, as emails are easy to ignore or delete).
- Given the expected political opposition to even allowing the debate out of Committee, and even then, to keep it from being voted on for the ballot by the General Assembly, and even then, facing a likely gubernatorial veto: Step Three is to recruit as many more volunteers as possible to ratchet up the calls and letters. We can succeed.
- When successful, Step Four is to recruit enough more volunteers to canvass the entire state for the actual ballot question in 2018.
- This strategy can be imitated in the other 49 states. Even if Roe were to be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court at some point, it would only remand the matter back to the States. The strategy of the Informed Choice Coalition is thus necessary to address this concern, as it prepares the way to win the necessary 38 state legislatures to pass a Human Life Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: “The unalienable rights of life, liberty and property belong to all people equally under the rule of law. The first order of human government is to protect human life for its entire natural duration, out of which liberty and property rights become possible.” And let the debate on “entire natural duration” ensue. Law cannot be changed until the hearts and minds of men and women are changed, and this strategy will energize such a process. Pro-life law should then first hold men legally accountable for the lives and well-being of their unborn children.
To become an ICC volunteer, contact us with your name, postal address, email address and phone number. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. To support us financially go to www.teidonate.org and designate your gift for the ICC. Or contact the TEI by post. Thank you!
Two Questions for Political Leaders
Human Abortion and a Process of Informed Choice
We recognize that the U.S. Constitution defines three principal arenas of unalienable human rights, and with a specific order – life, liberty and property.
The 1973 U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision left the beginning of individual biological human life undefined. We believe this matter should be addressed. If there is no consensus on the biological beginning of individual human life, let it be shown, and the status quo of Roe v. Wade will hold and be strengthened. If, however, a clear consensus emerges, let it be instructive.
In biological terms, when does an individual human life begin?
Mark a cross X next to the answer you prefer. Only mark one.
- Conception [ ]
- Viability [ ]
- Birth [ ]
- Write-in [ ]: specify a different biological term ___________
Human Abortion and Male Irresponsibility
We recognize that the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision does not address the role of fathers or male responsibility. As well, we recognize that in the overwhelming number of abortion decisions, the man has left the relationship and refuses accountability.
To what extent is human abortion driven by male irresponsibility?
Mark a cross X next to the answer you prefer. Only mark one.
- Very Much [ ]
- Somewhat [ ]
- Very little [ ]