Thursday, January 24, 2013

Pray for the March for Life


Every year half a million people march through the Mall of Washington DC and to the United States Supreme Court in commemoration of Roe v. Wade, a mad decision by nine lawyers vested in black which concocted "privacy" rights and then extending those to the mother in such a way that she has a private "right" to decide whether or not to bring a child to term (i.e. kill it or let it live). 55 million children are not alive in this country today because of this decision, and many more globally. There will also be numerous local demonstrations. Pray for the safety and efficacy of the demonstrators today, as they protest the greatest evil of our day, perhaps of any day.

There is no other way to construe this, even in sympathy for lonely, single women without means: what rests in a mother's womb is a person. I have known three people in my life who were supposed to be aborted, and no locution will change my mind on this matter. My friends ought not be alive under this system, yet they are. When someone is prevented from having life we have a certain legal term which we apply and which I need not name. When did my friends become human beings?—if they were not in the womb? Is the product of sexual intercourse between a human male and a human female not also human?

Perhaps we can find some measure of consolation in the reformed life of Bernard Nathanson, who performed 75,000-100,000 abortions, founded NARAL, and, by his own admission, was a "mass murderer." During one abortion he saw for the first time an ultrasound which illustrated in real time what he was doing to the fetus. He noticed something unexpected, the fetus was aware of his presence and fought back from his cold instruments. Nathanson gave up performing abortions and became, along with Nellie Gray, the most vociferous advocate of life in 20th century America. A decade after his change of life the Church received him in baptism performed by Cardinal O'Connor. His priest, Fr. McCloskey, said Nathanson “practiced the faith, he frequented the sacraments, and spoke about his Catholicism unabashedly."

One of Nathanson's more enduring contributions was this video, The Silent Scream, which continues to be viewed heavily today.

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