Love him or hate him, Matt Walsh has a way of purposefully stating the obvious with a take no prisoners approach. I haven’t read many of his posts but Yes, I am Prolife Even in Cases of Rape and Incest. Here’s Why had me at the headline. I, too, share this sentiment and, as my very personal story illustrates, so did my parents.
As the forty-second anniversary of the infamous Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton decisions approached and then passed, I experienced so many emotions that I found myself shying away from writing anything about it. After all, it’s all been said – and said often and thoroughly. Yet, as I found myself reading columns and listening to homilies on the topic, a theme solidified. We’re missing the obvious because this battle for life has gone on so long. The big picture is so cluttered by so many pieces of the puzzle, that the basic premises are obscured.
Words Mean Things
Forty-two years is a long time to work toward a country without legalized abortion. If there’s one thing that we’ve done wrong as prolife advocates, it’s that we’ve allowed the pro-abortion side to change the topic. They’re really good at that – calling us anti-abortion rather than prolife, for example. As Bishop William Francis Medley told us at our diocesan Respect Life Mass,
“We’re not anti-anything. We’re for life!”
That simple negative, concocted by those who sponsor a misbegotten right to kill children was willingly taken up by the media. It attempts to label us as the people of no, who usurp the rights of others. Contrary to that designation, we know that we are a positive people who respect both mother and child.
What Are the Abortion Basics?
A baby is a baby is a baby. No life is more precious than another in the eyes of God – and by extension in the eyes of the faithful. We are all made in His Image and Likeness.
An icon for her love of the forgotten – including the poor and the unborn – Blessed Mother Teresa didn’t discriminate. The unwashed masses of India, the forgotten sick, and the unwanted unborn all reflected God in her reality. She famously spoke up to pro-abortion presidents and never wavered in putting her convictions into action.
Biology Is Clear
Questioning the humanity of the unborn child is utilized as another diversionary tactic. Here, however, we have science on our side. Even that secular bastion of education, Princeton University, acknowledges that life begins at fertilization. On the first day following fertilization, the human embryo is identifiable as a specific individual human being on a molecular level. The heart beats at between eighteen and 21 days. Brain waves can be measured at six weeks while organs are in place and developing at 8 weeks. The undeniable truth surfaces with little effort, if only we will seek it.
The Exception Argument Has Become Cliché
In a deeply flawed attempt to deflect from the real issue of the humanity of any unborn child, hypotheticals have injudiciously been employed. “What about the rape or incest conceived child?” they bemoan. How quickly (or if) they are successful in distracting from the main question is up to us. Because if we allow the conversation to stray from the humanity of the child, we endanger our message – all life is precious. There is no inconsistency of worth, in the eyes of God, between the wanted and the unwanted. Once we allow that we are willing to save the many at the cost of the few, we’ve so diluted our position as to have surrendered to a world that will always allow abortion in some instances.
A child conceived in rape is no less human, no less a child of God. She is a gift to the world, brought about in a horrific way, yes, but not at the expense of her worth. That her mother underwent a traumatically violent experience, has no bearing on her right to live. The sins of the man who violated her mother could never be justly purged by another act of violence against an innocent.
What Else Needs to Be Said?
When we take all of these points into consideration – what more could possibly be said? Allowing ourselves to be lead down the primrose path with illogical twists of not so rational rationale only weakens the entire prolife message. Our convictions, and language, need to remain firmly focused. We need to promote the reality of the humanity of the unborn – all of them. The tools are certainly at our disposal.
Once the biological facts are shared and our youngest brethren are acknowledged as being God’s beloved children, we must take up the mantle of love. By better communicating our love of all involved – the unborn, the parents, the post-abortive and, yes, even the pro-abortion minded – we will begin to see a positive change in those around us.
As Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley stated in his Homily at the March for Life Vigil Mass,
“To change people’s hearts we must love them and they must realize that we care about them. They need the witness of our love and our joy. To evangelize is to be a messenger of joy, of good news.”
An unwavering, united approach is needed for the triumph of Life. Confidence in the facts, focus on the message, and an all-encompassing love – these are the winning ingredients to a country without abortion. No exception, no compromise.