Mac Users – Thank God Abortion Wasn’t Legal in 1955
In 2005, Steve Jobs, Founder and CEO of Apple, Inc., addressed the Commencement of the Graduating Class of Stanford University. The speech is lauded by many as being very inspiring and motivating to the students to overcome adversity in their lives.
Jobs admits early in the speech that he never graduated college, but only attended for 6 months.
Overcoming trials and attending versus not attending college, however, were not the outstanding points Jobs made in this speech, in my mind. The most beautiful point he made was one which I’m sure that he did not intend to make: that the legality of abortion is depriving our nation of some of its potentially brightest minds and most prolific contributors.
It is appropriate, however, for me to interject here that our nation being deprived of brilliant minds is NOT why we should oppose abortion. We should oppose abortion because it violates the commands of God and shakes an angry, defiant fist in His holy face and asserts that we are the gods of our own lives and we don’t want Him telling us how to live.
Here is the entirety of Mr. Jobs’ “pro-life” commentary from his speech at Stanford in 2005.
I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.
The first story is about connecting the dots.
I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?
It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: “We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?” They said: “Of course.”
Jobs continues in his speech explaining some of the amazing events in his life which allowed him to start 2 other major companies, NeXT and Pixar, both of which produce services which affect most Americans every day. But, had his mother decided that she simply wanted to get on with her life and not be “punished” with such an inconvenience as a baby while she was in college, we would be without these things as well (not that I think that would be a bad thing necessarily).
In such an ironic spin at the end of his address, Jobs states, “No one wants to die.” Yes, Mr. Jobs. You are right. No one wants to die. Not even those defenseless babies in the security of their mothers’ wombs. Not only does no one want to die, no one should have the right to terminate the innocent life of another.
So, Mr. Jobs, thank the One True God that He has been pleased to give you every breath you have been privileged to take. Thank God for the PRO-LIFE attitude of your adoptive parents.
Thanks for reading.