June 22, 2007

Mind Over Life

Gentle Reader: I used to be quite an advocate for abortion. I was a member of Catholics For a Free Choice as well as a Planned Parenthood supporter. I thought people who were opposed to a woman's "right to choose" were:

* brainwashed Daddy's Helpers (feminist code word for females who will do anything to help a man),
* uneducated suckers,
* religious wackos,
* Republicans,
* men.

Then, several women that I worked with at the time suffered miscarriages. Suffering is the right way to put it. They were devastated. For some, it would have been their first child, for others a second or third child. At the same time, a very good friend of mine experienced her second miscarriage. She's never been able to carry a child to term. Eventually, she and her husband adopted.

All of these women taught me that they did not perceive to be what they lost as:
* it,
* a mass of tissue,
* a blob,
* a collection of cells,
* an unformed person,
* a fetus.

It was a baby that they lost. It was a child. Period. There were none of the lies the pro-abortion folks tell themselves when they sit around and debate when life really begins. A life was lost to these women.

Friends: God gave humans a powerful mind. We can talk ourselves into believing anything. We can trick ourselves. We can turn our emotions on and off at will. We can teach ourselves new things.

We can numb ourselves to the truth that abortion is human murder with words.

How many times have you heard a child in the womb referred to as a fetus? I can hardly open a newspaper without reading about someone who lost their "fetus". Pregnant woman gets into a car accident and loses the fetus. Man beats pregnant woman and she looses her fetus.

We can numb ourselves to the truth by engaging in pointless debates about cognition to justify abortion.

At what point does the collection of tissue in the womb become human based upon it's ability to reason? At what point is "it" human? When you start classifying HUMANS based upon their ability to think you start down the slippery slope of judging one person to be more worthy of life then another based upon their intellect. Don't we all see that happening now? Ask someone who may be classified "developmentally disabled" how nervous they are these days.

11 Comments:

Blogger Adrienne said...

Language is the primary way we express our beliefs. If you change the language you can change the belief. Can you say "1984"??
An aborted baby is always a fetus, homosexuals are "gay" and a drunk is "tipsy". The basis for all the politically correct nonsense going on is all about changing the language to change our beliefs.
If you kill a pregnant woman you will be charged with two murders - one for her and one for her baby. Yet this woman can abort her fetus and it is acceptable.
Liberals are folks who just haven't thought it through!!
How about this ------ I could do my comment in Word, avail myself of spell check and then cut and paste. Or.......I could improve my spelling.. Hummmm! What a concept:)

June 22, 2007 11:28 AM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

Beautifully said, Cathy!

June 22, 2007 11:45 AM  
Blogger Ma Beck said...

Great post!
When is a fetus a human?
Ask any scientist without an agenda.
A human being is a being which possesses the DNA code of a human person, as opposed to the DNA code of an oak tree, or a fire ant.
A human being is created when two cells merge and create a completely new, completely unique, never-existed-before, never-will-exist-again DNA pattern which carries the code for that specific person.
Human beings are created at conception.
Only a fool lacking in basic scientific knowledge would argue that.

June 22, 2007 1:14 PM  
Blogger swissmiss said...

Amen, Cathy. Great post. I posted a few days ago about Amnesty International's flip-flop on abortion and within hours my blog was visited several times from folks at Amnesty International. Strikes me as a bit odd that they are scouring the internet looking for comments about their new stand on abortion. Maybe they are getting the impression that people don't think it's a human right to have an abortion. There's a poorly defined term if there ever was one...human right.

June 22, 2007 2:10 PM  
Blogger Fr. V said...

Another Amen!

To add to your list: this is why it became not about the right to anbortion by about freedom of choice.

June 22, 2007 3:40 PM  
Blogger Angela Messenger said...

Be a hero, save a whale,
Save a baby, go to jail.

So much for living in a "developed" country.

I read somewhere that a society on the verge of anihiliation destroys itself from within first. And so it is.

June 22, 2007 3:46 PM  
Blogger chris said...

Quoth Swissmiss: "I posted a few days ago about Amnesty International's flip-flop on abortion and within hours my blog was visited several times from folks at Amnesty International. Strikes me as a bit odd that they are scouring the internet looking for comments about their new stand on abortion. Maybe they are getting the impression that people don't think it's a human right to have an abortion. There's a poorly defined term if there ever was one...human right."

It's simple. A human right is a right that belongs to any human being by virtue or her or his humanity.

But then, the whole point behind the language of the pro-choice camp is to deny the humanity of the child, in order to justify a "right" to kill.

But you really really have to want to believe a human child is not human, as Cathy points out, to make the justification. Because if you start to concede the humanity exists, you CAN no longer justify abortion.

June 22, 2007 4:57 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

excellent post Cathy!

June 22, 2007 7:46 PM  
Blogger Adoro te Devote said...

I simply don't understand how anyone can claim to be Christian and then in the next breath claim that it's ok to kill a "fetus".

Apparently they forgot that our Savior was conceived when the Holy Spirit overshadowed the Virgin Mary. He wasn't a "fetus" or "tissue" or any such thing...from that moment, He was our unborn Savior. In that moment, God took on the human nature along with his Divine. In that moment, the very moment of Jesus' conception, he was fully human and fully divine, even as a zygote.

If you believe in the Gospel, and you believe in the Virgin birth, you must also believe in the miracle of this virginal conception...and thus, that all children, like Jesus, are fully human FROM THAT VERY MOMENT!

To believe anything different is a complete denial of God and the redemption.

June 22, 2007 8:25 PM  
Anonymous L. said...

The only excuses I've heard from pro-choicers are 1) we don't have a right to tell anyone else what to do with THEIR body and 2) they'd rather a baby be unborn than born into horrifying circumstances of poverty, drugs, abuse, etc.
I have nothing else to add to the eloquent and thoughtful comments above. I believe life begins at conception. Period.
Peace,
L.

June 22, 2007 11:01 PM  
Blogger Ma Beck said...

L,
Exactly what you said. Those arguments are so WEAK!
And I always respond to those people thusly:
1) Suicide and self-mutilation are illegal. Tattoo shops and piercing salons are regulated by law. Seat belt laws and helmet laws exist in nearly every state of the U.S. We quite frequently 'tell people what to do with their bodies.'
2) My concern about abortion has little to do with 'your' body. (Although the alarming cancer-abortion statistics and post-abortive depression do concern me.) My immediate concern has to do with your baby's body.
3) I don't know about those folks, but I'll take a life of poverty over being ripped limb from limb or having my lungs scalded with saline any day.
Following their argument, we could go into the ghettos and housing projects and just open fire. You know, saving those poor people from their pitiful lives. What amazing gall we have to measure the worth of any individual's life against the worth of our own white-bread, suburban, two-SUV, double-income life. Spiritual poverty, Mother Teresa said, is far worse than physical poverty. The people in the US who are spiritually dead distressed her more than the people in the slums of Calcutta. She said this often.

June 22, 2007 11:36 PM  

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