As states continue working to pass laws safeguarding women’s reproductive rights through abortion, others are striving to protect life in its earliest stages. An epic battle between good and evil is happening again.
Calling for Conversion
“I have aborted the unborn children of my friends, colleagues, casual acquaintances, even teachers. Yes, you may ask me…[W]hat did you feel? Did you not feel sad — not only because you had extinguished the life of an unborn child, but, more, because you had destroyed your own child? I swear to you that I had no feelings aside from the sense of accomplishment, the pride of expertise. On inspecting the contents of the bag I felt only the satisfaction of knowing that I had done a thorough job. You pursue me: You ask if perhaps for a fleeting moment or so I experienced a flicker of regret, a microgram of remorse? No and no. And that, dear reader, is the mentality of the abortionist: another job well done, another demonstration of the moral neutrality of advanced technology in the hands of the amoral” (pp.60-61).
This depiction of an abortionist is frightening. Their refusal to acknowledge the evil that transpires is unconscionable. By the grace of God, Dr. Nathanson experienced a conversion. He later entered the Catholic Church and spent the remainder of his life fighting for the unborn. He embraced a culture of life and revealed to the world, once and for all, the horrible truth about abortion.
Following the Leader
Companies, organizations, and even celebrities are threatening (or strongly considering) a boycott when it comes to doing business with states that pass laws protecting the unborn. Personally, I find this as genuine as when individuals vow to leave the country following an election… But never do. If we have learned anything from our society, it is that we should always be critical of what we see and ever more doubtful of what we hear.
Compare this to the recent proclamation made by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki (bishop of Springfield, IL). Bishop Paprocki demonstrates a more legitimate practice worth supporting and emulating. This sends the correct message and creates a clear method for dealing with those who vie to promote this scandal in our Church. May his words and actions continue to echo far and wide.
Rising Above the Fear
Many are accustomed to hearing the usual rhetoric favoring abortion, from “My body. My choice”, to “Abortion is healthcare”, to “All children should be wanted.” This compilation of inaccurate and misleading talk is carefully selected to fit a sinister narrative. The goal is to conjure up disturbing emotions leading to despair, rather than moments of empowerment leading to faith, hope, and love.
The pro-life movement is above scare tactics. Abortion rights activists, however, exploit these in reprehensible fashion to push their agenda. They capitalize on the horrors of rape, incest, and other aspects of sexual violence to misrepresent pregnancy as a form of punishment or perpetual trauma. They portray a grim future filled with welfare, foster homes, abuse, poverty, and crime.
Getting the Facts Straight
The fact is a pregnancy is a blessing and it can also bring hope and healing to women, even those who were victims of sexual assault. The following excerpt acclaims this:
“What are the options in the case of rape?
Really there are three: abortion, raising the child yourself, or adoption. My mother didn’t choose to conceive me but she did choose to birth me. She chose not to raise me, but gave me the perfect forever family.
She didn’t see my first steps, but she allowed me to walk.
She didn’t hear my first words, but she gave me a voice.
She may not have taught me to read, but she enabled me to get an education.
She may not have told anyone about me, but I will tell everyone about her.
About her bravery. About her sacrifice. About her choice for life. You see, an inexplicable wrong was done to her, something I’m sure she would rather just forget. Yet rather than pass on violence, she chose to birth beauty from the pain, life from violence, and hope from terror.”
Regretting the Acts of Emotion
One should never act solely based on emotion but carefully examine the situation. Take, for example, Luke’s Gospel, where Jesus healed the high priest’s ear after it was struck by the sword of one of His followers. The anger was justified, but Christ’s act of healing demonstrated that temperance was warranted (Luke 22:50-51). Emotion is rarely viewed as a ‘good’ reason to justify behavior. Admitting that one’s emotions got the better of them often accompanies regret.
I have listened to many women discussing their abortion(s). I have heard them voice their regret. I also recall hearing them say that they never had a choice; only pressure to abort. Ultimatums? Yes. Choices? Never. To say that the abortion issue is about choice is a misnomer. The abortion issue is about coercion. It trivializes the dignity and purpose of the unborn child for the sake of convenience.
Seeing and Believing
Advancements in technology and medicine are contributing to infant survival despite early births. This is changing the way many see the unborn. One can credit this to the efforts of numerous individuals. However, there is also a power of the Divine at work.
In John’s Gospel, Thomas doubted that Jesus appeared to his brother apostles. He wanted proof. Jesus presented Himself as evidence. Thomas was astonished at what he experienced and said, “My Lord and my God,” (John 20:28). Jesus responded, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” (John 20:29). Pro-lifers have always believed and their witness is a tremendous blessing.