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.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
ALL Pro-Life Today: Bishops must shoulder their responsibility in the pro-life struggle
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Bishops must shoulder their responsibility in the pro-life struggle
By Phil Lawler
Cardinal Sean O'Malley is certainly right to call for fasting and prayer . . . as we [recently observed] the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The abortion issue----the ongoing slaughter of countless millions of innocent children----is not just another ordinary political question like the "fiscal cliff" debate. This is not merely a political contest, but a spiritual battle. For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Eph. 6:12)Pro-lifers have been fighting the political battle against abortion for 40 years, and still the bloodshed continues. Perhaps it is time to recognize that the culture of death is one of those evils that "cannot be driven out by anything but prayer."
Early in his response to President Obama's State of the Union address, Senator Marco Rubio drew a bright line of demarcation between himself and the president: "America is exceptional because we believe that every life, at every stage, is precious, and that everyone everywhere has a God-given right to go as far as their talents and hard work will take them." With this he encapsulated the wide gulf that exists between our founding principles and our president's vision of a transformed America. While Rubio believes that America is exceptional, everything Obama says proclaims a vision of America that is wrong, arrogant, and selfish----a country and culture that deserves knocking down a few pegs.
Yet another study, this time conducted in Canada, has found a clear link between induced abortion and a much higher risk of subsequent pregnancies ending in preterm birth. The link between preterm birth and abortion has been established by numerous studies. Preterm babies have much higher than normal risks of suffering medical problems including cerebral palsy, mental retardation, autism, epilepsy, blindness, deafness, lung impairment and serious infections. The research carried out at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McGill University in Montreal reviewed the records of women who delivered between April 2001 and March 2006 using data from the McGill Obstetric and Neonatal Database.
In days gone by, government policies and state institutions deferred to parents as the ultimate authority on what was best for their children. In recent years, however, parents' concerns are increasingly downplayed as government bureaucrats', teachers', and health care providers' roles have expanded. Those whose "expertise" seems to be invoked more and more, often in ways that encroach on areas of concern traditionally given to parents, range from global entities such as the United Nations to the local physician in her office down the road.