Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
As we end another year and think about the possibilities for this new year to come, we must all contemplate what is truly important in the eyes of our Lord. Money and worldly possessions are just things-false gods that lead us astray. We must not continue to repeat the mistakes of the past 38 years. Let us pray that this 39th year will be the year of societal recognition of intrinsic human rights instead of abortion politics as usual. Read Judie Brown's commentary today (rerun from Tuesday) for insight into how to begin the new year with hope, faith, and action so that this coming year is one filled with respect and love for each and every person-born and preborn.
Time in the womb is obviously important for the development of the fetal brain. But pregnancy is also a time for changes in Mom's brain - changes that may prepare women to become better mothers. In fact, recent research is revealing that fetuses have more effect on their mothers than previously realized.
In Brazil abortion is not part of the cultural framework, and abortion laws are very restrictive in the country. As a result when children are born with abnormalities, even very extreme abnormalities, we have women and families who warmly welcome these new lives without hesitation. It's inspiring really. Welcome to the world conjoined twins Emanoel and Jesus.
Our lesson for today comes from the Gospel according to Luke. No, no, not the manger, the shepherds, the wise men, any of that stuff, but the other birth: "But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John."