This is the elephant in the room currently occupied by social historians - particularly those who specialize in the Civil War:
If there is a modern-day movement that can be compared to the abolitionists, it is the pro-life, anti-abortion advocates on the right who argue that abortion is not just morally wrong from the standpoint of religion, but also a violation of the natural rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
While there is a rational argument to be made that a fertilized egg is not exactly equal to a fully grown adult human life, it is also more than reasonable to state that human life, deserving of all the protections that natural rights should entail, begins well before natural birth takes place. That of course, only applies if one believes in natural rights as the Founding Fathers and abolitionists did.Just as slaveholders cried foul that their “Southern Rights” had been under assault by “agitators” in the North, pro-abortion advocates on the Left try to shut down debate on the issue and make a national policy out of a practice that many Americans find abhorrent.
Just as Chief Justice Roger Taney tried to inaccurately codify slavery and the principle of inequality between the races in the Constitution in the Dred Scott v. Sanford case, so too have those on the Left tried to twist the meaning of the Constitution in the Griswold v. Connecticut and then the Roe v. Wade cases that created a “right to privacy” and nationalized abortion through the “emanations” and “penumbras” of the Bill of Rights.
The piece also discusses American exceptionalism and the "natural rights" views of the Founders compared to the "positive rights" views of those on the left today. Read more of this interesting article here, at History News Network. Many of today's "objective" historians like to draw comparisons between current conservative movements like the Tea Party and the Confederacy - opposing civil rights, etc, etc, - yet they never seem to note the historical similarities between abortion and slavery.
Why do you suppose that is? Hmmm . . . I envision a lot of squirming.