Imagine the Possibilities

January 23, 2012

It has been 39 years and 40 million lives. It is impossible to imagine what has been lost, but not difficult to imagine what will be gained by ending the atrocity of abortion:

 


Observations

December 5, 2011

“If one of the new male sperm meets and unites with an egg cell, a new life begins”

The Gift of Life a Planned Parenthood pamphlet published in 1951.

Given nothing in science has changed this understanding of when life begins, it would seem what has changed in the last 60 years is our regard for human life.


Abortion and the Invitation to Murder

January 22, 2011

The recent news about Doctor Kermit Gosnell, the Pennsylvania abortion doctor who was responsible for the death of an adult patient as well as the gruesome deaths of 7 newborns has brought the spotlight to the ongoing tragedy of abortion in America on the eve the anniversary of Roe v Wade. The details of a doctor severing the spines of viable babies as they lay on the table before him has forced even abortion rights advocates to consider where the line is between a person and a non-person.

In Slate William Saletan tries to parse where abortion becomes something that we should even restrict:

It’s one thing to preach these ideas in the lefty blogosphere. It’s quite another to see them in practice. That’s where Kermit Gosnell, the doctor at the center of the Philadelphia scandal, comes in. According to the newly released grand jury report, Gosnell accepted abortion patients without regard to gestational age. “Gosnell catered to the women who couldn’t get abortions elsewhere—because they were too pregnant,” the report explains. “More and more of his patients came from out of state and were late second-trimester patients. Many of them were well beyond 24 weeks. Gosnell was known as a doctor who would perform abortions at any stage, without regard for legal limits.”

This meant killing viable babies. “We were able to document seven specific incidents in which Gosnell or one of his employees severed the spine of a viable baby born alive,” the grand jury concludes. One victim was killed at 26 weeks. Another was killed at 28. A third was killed at 32. Some of the dead were 12 to 18 inches long. One had been moving and breathing outside the womb for 20 minutes. The report alleges hundreds of such atrocities. One employee admitted to severing the spinal cords of 100 babies, each one beyond 24 weeks.

Of course, some people would go farther. PZ Myers, a biologist and influential atheist, revealed in a recent discussion that he doesn’t even think newborns are fully human:

Nope, birth is also arbitrary, and it has not been even a cultural universal that newborns are regarded as fully human.

I’ve had a few. They weren’t.

This might seem shocking to the ordinary person who assumes abortion rests on certain science. The reality is there is no secular materialistic definition of personhood. Absent a belief in the inherent worth of humans, personhood can be denied at any stage in life. PZ Myers isn’t voicing an extreme view of the secular mindset; his view is the logical extension of it.

There are likely many Kermit Gosnell’s out there – and absent a definitive basis on the beginning of personhood, it will be virtually impossible to prosecute them.

The philosophy that supports abortion in America isn’t a foundation for freedom – it is an invitation to murder.

*Nate over at Congress Shall Make No Law has a few more thoughts on the matter*


The Reward of Choosing Life

June 13, 2010

Both the proponents and opponents of abortion often argue whether an unborn child is a person – but I think such discussions miss an obvious point – abortion always ends a life. Had Bocelli’s mother chosen otherwise, his voice, his musical talent, and his artistry would not exist – and the world would be on the whole a poorer, sadder place without his life.