Banning Abortion would not stop abortions from happening, we’re told, because they’ll happen regardless. Wouldn’t we prefer that abortions happen in doctor’s offices instead of back alleys? Wouldn’t we want to keep people that want abortions safe?
What if we applied this logic to other societal ills—like slavery?
Legalize Slavery Now!
The 13th Amendment to the Constitution must be repealed. Section 1 clearly states:
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
However, even though this amendment exists, there is still slavery that is going on in the United States to this day.
According to the US Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report (2006):
It is estimated that 14,500 to 17,500 people, primarily women and children, are trafficked to the U.S. annually. [HumanTrafficking.org]
And these people are not simply trafficked for sexual reasons:
The State Department estimates 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. and enslaved each year as housekeepers, farm hands, factory workers and prostitutes. But that’s a guess, because less than 1 percent of cases get prosecuted.
“It’s the invisible crime,” said Nassau County Detective John Birbiglia. He thinks the number of enslaved people is much higher, though he’s only solved three cases over four years running the Long Island Anti-Human Trafficking Task Forces. His most notorious case involved a couple who held two Indonesian women as captive domestic workers. [HumanTrafficking.org – New York]
While there have been active campaigns by the United States (as it is usually a waypoint rather than a destination) and other countries to stem this tide, slavery in the United States is alive and well—if not hidden in the numbers of illegal immigrants and domestic workers, slavery of the worst kind is still happening on our land.
Some people will traffic in people and make slaves no matter whether we have a law or not.
What Can Be Done?
Much like the movement to legalize prostitution and to keep abortion legal, I would suggest that we should abolish the 13th amendment and create a government office for the regulation of slave trade. The purpose of this office would be two fold:
- Keep track of which individuals have been duly purchased and thereby are no longer considered persons with equal rights.
- Make sure that these non-individuals are treated humanely—much like the common house pet.
This way we’ll be able to regulate—and perhaps tax—this kind of lucrative work that’s currently been off the tax rolls as well as provide a safe environment for the slaves.
Since bans are inoperable, it would seem that this would be the best way to allow the practice and keep slavery in the open instead of relegated to the black market.
Why This Absurd
In case you think I’m serious, this is absurd. Why? Because laws are more than simply a prohibition, they are indicative as to what a society thinks about a certain act. Whether it’s drug laws, marriage laws, abortion laws, or slavery laws, our laws indicate our moral character.
This is exactly why the homosexual movement wants “same-sex marriage” and cannot be placated by civil-unions. “Marriage” connotes acceptance. It’s not that the substance has to be different, it’s the language.
Similarly, we have a ban on slavery and we actively pursue slave traders and liberate slaves because of who we are as a people and what we think about the rights of the individual.
Which is why this nation should be about protecting the unborn in the law. It’s not about whether it will be 100% effective in stopping abortion. I mean, come on, the Health Care Bill that was supposed to make all the Americans in the United States insured only claims that it’ll get 94%-96% of Americans.
It’s about what we believe about human life. That it shouldn’t be enslaved and that it should be protected regardless of its location—whether inside the womb or outside.
This argument of “well, it’s going to happen anyway, why not regulate” reveals the character of the person using it—and so they should just be blunt about it. Because it’s a dumb argument.