The Greatest Civil Rights Issue of the 21st Century

By | April 9, 2021

[April 9, 2021]  We hear every day that the leading civil rights issue in America is the fight against racism.  We are told, no greater problem exists, and our failure to stop racism is an existential societal crisis.  I disagree.

The greatest civil rights issue of the 21st century is saving babies that otherwise would be legally and voluntarily aborted.  Beware, those outspoken that babies inside their mother’s womb have any kind of rights are called sexists, heretics, stooges of ultra-right nationalism, chauvinists, and religious bigots.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade (1970), abortion is available at will, often up and including the moment of birth.  Philosophically, the idea that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare was never achieved.  Think what you will about the court’s decision, our political and court establishment has failed to grasp the magnitude of the moral and psychological implications that surround abortion.

I predict almost every American will disagree with me.  Frankly, I do not care whether someone agrees with me on this or not.  I believe saving the lives of babies is a civil rights issue, not unlike the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s when most people believed racial segregation was acceptable.

I’ll get to the point.  All lives matter and unborn lives matter as well, regardless of race, sex, mental condition, etc.  No one, regardless of their position in society, should be viewed differently in the eyes of the law, and there is certainly no moral difference.

We do not get a vote on where life begins.  No human has the moral standing or authority to decide to kill the innocent.  Babies are not some amorphous blob of cells, propaganda notwithstanding.

Let us draw a bright line in the sand.  Life begins at conception.  Life is not a social construct; it is a biological fact and one often ignored in the face of our slippery slope arguments to the contrary.  Ideology, political belief, and what’s in vogue at this moment can never change reality.

Do we want to be known forever as killers of the unborn?  Do we want to be suckered by the news media, Hollywood celebrities, neo-Marxists, atheists, and government bureaucrats?  Can we even distinguish between right and wrong?  Even if I need to do this alone, I will stand for the yet unborn.

You too can make a difference.  There is no higher calling in life than to stand guard over the lives of those who cannot protect themselves.

Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

Hello. I'm Doug and I provide at least one article every day on some leadership topic. I welcome comments and also guests who would like to write an article. Thanks for reading my blog.

51 thoughts on “The Greatest Civil Rights Issue of the 21st Century

  1. Eye Cat

    Gen. Satterfield, once again, you are ahead of us. Abortion is evil because it kills the most innocent. There is no real argument for allowing abortion. Responsibility is rejected. Corruption happens to the soul. If you support abortion, then you are supporting evil.

    1. Life is Life

      Yep, immoral is moral, stupid is smart, lazy is good. Abortion is a minor medical procedure. Look away, nothing to see here. 😎

  2. Cat A Miss

    You nailed this one, Gen. S. Abortion is a terrible thing. Because of a lack of a moral upbringing and the constant propaganda that unborn children are just a “mass of cells” then it goes that aborting them is perfectly okay. Anyone who opposes this view is labeled a sexist. And, obviously many folks fear such a label.

  3. William of Austin

    Powerful!!!!! Gen. Satterfield, your position is clear and standing up for the unborn is the only moral stance anyone can take.

  4. E.T.

    Do we want to be known as killers of the unborn? The answer should be NO. But most people don’t define the unborn as humans but as a mass of jello. They do so without any thought otherwise.

  5. Plato

    There comes a time to stand for good, else we all shall forever be in the hell of misguided intentions.

  6. Bryan Z. Lee

    The decision in Roe v. Wade was wrong and should be overturned.
    US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia stated that the right to privacy defended in Roe v. Wade is “utterly idiotic” and should not be considered binding precedent: “There is no right to privacy [in the US Constitution].” From Terry Baynes, “Fanning Furor, Justice Scalia Says Appeals Court Judge Lied,”, Sep. 17, 2012

    1. Emma Archambeau

      True, but the bottom line is that abortion is immoral. Period.

  7. British Citizen

    Abortion does not free women
    Some argue that abortion does not liberate women, but allows society not to cater to women’s needs.
    They say that what women need for equality is not free access to abortion but to be given what they need to survive financially and socially as mothers:
    – inexpensive, readily available childcare
    – a workplace or school that acknowledges the needs of mothers, e.g. providing flexible scheduling and maternity leave, state support that helps to reintegrate a woman into the workforce

  8. Albert Ayer

    Do we want to be known forever as killers of the unborn? POWERFUL.

  9. Tomas C. Clooney

    “Abortion is a gateway drug for the Left, the best one they ever devised. Lucky for us, it works both ways. Once a child decides that abortion is freedom, or healthcare, or justice, it’s easy to get them to sign on to the rest of the woke agenda. But once they understand what abortion entails on the procedure table, and what the aborted remains are, they can almost never be turned to the dark side.” quote from Peachy Keenan

    1. Greg Heyman

      This is why the leftists don’t want you to SEE what is happening. Well said Tomas.

    2. Wilson Cox

      Excellent quote and thanks for sharing it with us Tomas. This article gave me a new perspective on how to save our kids from the evil of extreme leftists.

  10. rjsmithers

    Gen. Satterfield, you are spot-on with your article. I think it important for everyone to know where I stand and that I stand on principle, not on popularity. That is why I love this leadership website so much. Anything that I can do to encourage everyone to do the same, I’m there. So, remember. Stand up for what you believe but make sure that it is not on quicksand like so many of our leaders do today.

    1. Willie Shrumburger

      RJ, you are correct, of course, but we no longer teach this way of thinking. Today’s snowflakes are taught that principles are an outmoded, racist concept and that evolving fads are the wave of the future. Sad.

  11. Danielle Hunter

    I’m not so sure. I get your arguments. I see your point. But why not the elimination of institutional racism? This is no utopian dream as many will argue but an ideal. We should strive toward ideals.

    1. Nellie Bensinger

      You miss the point. Gen. Satterfield speaks about life and death, not some “ideal” to move toward with hardcore laws outlawing deviant (read that as normal, average people) behavior. Gen. Satterfield has avoiding dictates on how to achieve fewer abortions but suggests that education is a crucial starting point.

  12. Douglas R. Satterfield Post author

    For additional clarity, I wrote this article with a mature audience in mind. My intent is not to convince anyone of anything. It is my goal to ensure we know our place and the place of others in the moral argument against abortion. Know where you stand and why. If you do not, then you are lost. Pick a side. I only pray that it is with the unborn.

    1. Georgie B.

      … and I personally am proud of the fact that I agree wholeheartedly with you and know folks like you who are clear in their beliefs. To be on the moral side of society, is a big win for us all.

    2. Colleen Ramirez

      Well said, Gen. Satterfield. Thank you. I know that the point here is to know where we stand. We must know our starting point. If we are unequivocal about our beliefs, it’s easy to justify our position. When you don’t know where you are, then you are adrift in the chaos of hell.

      1. Jeff Blackwater

        It is an honor to be on-line with so many like-minded, moral individuals. For their own reasons, they have decided on life.

        1. Tracey Brockman

          Many will disagree but that is okay with me. I’d rather be a man of goodness than a weakling of evil.

    3. Tony B. Custer

      I kinda figure that Gen. S. And, to let you know, while many will certainly disagree with you what no one can say is that you are not being honest and sincere. Thank you!!

    4. Rides Alone

      Thank you Gen. Satterfield for your courageous stance. Others see they are courageous, but standing with evil is not courageous, it is the ultimate laziness and adapting to fear.

  13. Fred Weber

    Gen. Satterfield, well reasoned article. I don’t think you will change any minds with what you’ve written here but one critical point, in case others don’t see it, it is important that people know where you stand as a leader. And, we know where Gen. S. stands on abortion. Good for him and those he leds.

    1. Drew Dill

      Correct, but politicians will wiggle around and obfuscate their position just to confuse; that way you can vote for them again.

  14. Wendy Holmes

    “Do we want to be known forever as killers of the unborn? ” This is a sentence by Gen. Satterfield that popped out at me. Some day, folks will look back at the 20th and 21st centuries and say that many of us were undeserving of our status in the world. We had a chance to do something good and failed. My name will be on the list of those who stood for life.

  15. KenFBrown

    When does a human become person? That is how the arguments begin. Where do we draw the line? The fact that we are even thinking along this line of reasoning is important but shows how far morally we have fallen.

    1. Rev. Michael Cain

      Hi Edward, as always we are all happy to see you on Gen. Satterfield’s blog. You are one of our favorite guest writers. I look forward to your next article. Oh, and I fully agree with you in standing by to protect the unborn as well. This article is darn good as well. 👍 I pray for the souls of those who are lost in this debate and are more willing to stand with someone who commits murder than to protect a child.

    2. Len Jakosky

      “We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins. When those trained in the respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy, and theology are unable to arrive at any consensus, the judiciary, at this point in the development of man’s knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to an answer.” US Supreme Court argument. They punted. Life is not about punting. Real leaders make decisions. They don’t wimp out.

  16. Audrey

    Wow, excellent article, Gen. Satterfield. I’m proud to know you. I will stand there with you any time.

    1. Pink Cloud

      Me too. It matters not if I’m fired from my job or shunned by my friends. I will act to convince anyone of the importance of life.

    2. Tony Cappalo

      I think we all stand firm on this issue. If you do not, then you should be evaluating your position about life.

      1. The Kid 1945

        So true, Tony. I did. Once I was a Democrat and volunteered for their efforts. Until I saw the practical results of their thinking and policies and then I opted out. I ran from them. I couldn’t see myself being part of killing babies, I’m not made of such weak moral stuff.

  17. Max Foster

    The issue of morality is overlooked by our political leftists comrades. I use the word “comrade” here purposefully because it signifies the fact that these ideologues are neo-Marxists at their core, whether they think so or not and they worship the material things in life. Thus, they ignore the spiritual and the psychological elements of real men and women. They honestly believe they are morally superior to us all and that in itself is also a tragedy. I stand with those who oppose abortion.

    1. Doc Blackshear

      Max, thank you for helping put this into perspective. And, Gen. Satterfield has done a great job of laying out the moral arguments. True enough, we as a society have not sorted thru all the details on how we should make this happen. Should it be the LAW or should it be thru EDUCATION? Those are the questions that must be answered.

      1. Ronny Fisher

        Hi Doc, you are right. Details matter. Do we force women to have children they don’t want? We need to back up a little and start earlier with the schooling of all young people about the value of the family.

        1. corralesdon

          But we must start somewhere and start now. So far, the approach has only been piecemeal.

        2. Tom Bushmaster

          The proverbial 64 dollar question is actually how to deal with abortion. What do we as society do? I think we start with showing the value of life!! For example, show that we all are important in some way and that lives are to be lived to the fullest. We must show how to do that. We must show how to properly sacrifice unimportant things (material goods) for the truly important (like babies).

  18. Dead Pool Guy

    Gen. Satterfield, I will stand next to you. This is a great article on the most important issue of the 21st century, and there are NO issues even close. The idea that “institutional racism” is somehow an existential societal crisis is hogwash.

    1. Dennis Mathes

      Spot on comment, Dead Pool Guy. Racism has been barred thru laws at all levels of society. If it exists, it exists in the minds of the weak and feeble, and insane.

    2. Yusaf from Texas

      Thanks guys for getting quickly to the point. Abortion is immoral and inhumane. When babies are aborted at any stage of life, we lose our humanity. But to abort them up to the time of biological birth is a travesty. And the governor of Virginia would like to see infantcide institutionalized in the USA. How horrible.

    3. Linux Man

      I agree, there can be nothing more important for the survival of humans as a species and for our own moral standing.

          1. Andrea Williams

            I’m old enough to remember the book and the many criticisms.

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