The Line We Can Live With? Just a Little Abortion, Please
pardon the pun, and for too many people, that's asking too much. They don't really like abortion, and they don't want to be lumped in with radical pro-abortionists, but they also want more flexibility than "no abortion, ever, period."
So they draw their comfortable lines at their acceptable limit of destruction. They'll tolerate this much, but no more, because after that it becomes wrong somehow that it wasn't wrong before. Why? Well, just because they said so. On this side of the line, it feels okay. On the other side of the line, it seems wrong, so that's the end of it. To hell with logic, science, and even morality if it disagrees with the line they've drawn. To hell with you if your line is different from theirs.
Trouble is, the line means nothing to the human souls being snuffed out. It's of little comfort to the human person being flushed away.
We might be able to live with the line we've drawn, but it's still killing them.
But since their faces can't haunt us; their unformed bodies aren't buried; since they didn't suffer pain; since they were never aware of themselves and we were barely aware of them; their names were never known to us; their futures not even imagined... we think their loss doesn't matter. We think their absence is meaningless and the responsibility for their deaths won't be laid at our feet for eternity.
We are wrong to think so. We are no better than punk bullies picking on someone who is a bother to us in the present moment. We are self-anointed gods who believe we have authority over life and death, including someone else's life and death. We are slave owners once again and the child in the womb is our property, so we think.
The line is actually very simple, yet very absolute.
The line is here: the child in the womb is a human person from the moment of conception, and has the right to live.
Any other line is purely an arbitrary one based on emotion, drawn in our own favor, while the child pays the price.
The Abolitionists in the 1800's didn't settle for partially-freed slaves who were almost always recognized as persons, except under certain conditions at certain times.
Neither should we who claim to be pro-life ever settle for any line that denies the humanity of the child in the womb in the early days and weeks of pregnancy, or at any time. To hell with politics.
Either we have the guts and the conviction to say the child is a human being at all times or we don't.
That's the line. It's the only line that everyone can live with.
Jennifer Hartline is a grateful Catholic, a proud Army wife and homeschooling mother of three children, with another in the womb. She is a contributing writer for Catholic Online. Visit her online at Wake Up, Deborah!
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
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