Archive for November 2008
Via Expat Yank, the BBC reports that more parents in the UK are ‘keeping’ babies with Down Syndrome. The article was part of a lead-up to a BBC Radio documentary called Born with Down’s. (If you don’t know already, I’m not fond of the way “keeping your baby” has come to mean deciding whether to kill the child, instead of weighing whether to seek parents willing to adopt.)
In the Expat Yank post linked above, Robert links to a September 6, 2008, post of his that looked at Gloria Steinem’s take on Sarah Palin, hunting, and abortion. An excerpt:
However, overlooking just for the moment our standard euphemisms such as “procedure” and the submerging of it into her own coined term “reproductive freedom,” because, in the end, the ultimate outcome in both cases is precisely the same, we find outselves in a remarkable place: the killing of wolves and bears obviously morally infuriates and disgusts Ms Steinem a great deal more than does the killing of pre-born human babies.
And remember the killings of those latter doesn’t even usually involve shooting at them from low-flying helicopters. A hunter can at least miss from up there. But pre-borns killed in a controlled, clinical environment lack even that narrow window of possible escape.
Well, yes. Wombs are supposed to be uncommonly safe places, but they do serve as traps in the case of abortions.
James M. Kushiner has noticed that “Many of the biggest successes in the culture of death’s campaign have been the redefinition of words or the use of words to obscure truths.” In A Crying “Vegetable”?, he takes issue with the use of “persisent vegetative state”. He uses the Lauren Richardson case as an example. He also says, “to return to my question about words, what should we call this current state of mind among doctors and judges: Persistent Vegetative Conscience?” (I’m not sure I’m willing to go exactly there, but I do see his point.) For more on the misuse of words, and how it muddies thought, see Defending words in the political vocabulary.
Of course, abortion isn’t just a problem in the United States, or just in Western cultures. A poet from India pleads for the unborn babies of his country.
Continuing the international theme, C-Fam (Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute) is collecting signatures on a pro-life, pro-family petition to be handed to the United Nations, in conjunction with the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. (via Cheryl)
What the other side is up to: Planned Parenthood of Indiana is encouraging people to buy gift certificates from them, to give as gifts for Christmas. The certificates can be redeemed for any of Planned Parenthood’s ‘services’, including abortion. (Just when you think they can’t sink any lower…)
Some good news: In an update from a story link from yesterday, Robert Lavars’ sister-in-law has withdrawn her petition to become the guardian of his disabled wife. The sister-in-law was considering killing her sister by starvation and water deprivation if she gained custody. (I cannot get used to the idea that it has become legal to refuse to feed someone, or give them water, simply because they are disabled. In my wildest nightmares I couldn’t have imagined this. At least, in this case, the husband isn’t having any of that option.)
Matt Bowman counters mainstream media misinformation on laws to protect pro-life health care workers from being pressured to participate in activities that violate their conscience.
The latest Life Digest at Baptist Press has good news (adult stem cells leave embryonic ones in the dust, again) and bad news (a judge has blocked the enforcement of a law in Oklahoma that requires ultrasounds be performed before an abortion), and more good news (earlier this month, Uruguay’s President Tabare Vazquez, a physician, vetoed a bill that would have legalized abortion in that country). According to the Background Notes on Uruguay at the United States Department of State website, Vazquez (full name Tabaré Ramón Vázquez Rosas) belongs to the Frente Amplio party, which is a coalition of left-of-center factions.
In a recent papal address, Pope Benedict XVI talked about caring for sick children (including those in the womb), and the need for medical professionals to offer the best both in expertise and humanity.
The embrace of eugenics in the 1920s by doctors and the intelligentsia is still bearing (bad) fruit today. Wesley Smith takes a look at the murderous ‘practical ethics’ of Peter Singer and his ilk. Singer also gets spotlighted in this post by Anne Morse titled “My grandchildren versus field mice.”
Robert Lavars’ sister-in-law is trying to gain legal guardianship of his disabled wife, over his objections. The husband wants to keep his wife alive. His wife’s sister is willing to order that food and water be withheld. There is a hearing today. I am cocking my ear, trying to hear help riding to the rescue from the folks who claimed that spousal rights trumped everything else in the Terri Schiavo case (where Terri’s unfaithful husband was openly planning to marry a mistress by whom he’d had children, but was claiming rights as her husband anyway).
The Georgia (U.S.A.) Supreme Court has launched a campaign encouraging people to ‘Get Married, Stay Married’. The co-chairs of the Supreme Court Commission on Children, Marriage and Family Law explain why, and add qualifiers, here.
Things might be starting to look up for babies with Down Syndrome in Scotland.
The GOP in Virginia has chosen its candidate for the 2009 governor’s race. Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell has a strong pro-life track record.
The Sunday Washington Post Magazine took a look at a pro-choice medical student trying to decide whether to become an abortion provider.
As always, feel free to add to the round-up in the comments.
Dr. William Luckey examines “The Common Good as an Excuse to Override Human Dignity”.
Joseph M. Scheidler argues in an op-ed piece at USA Today that the primary person making the “choice” in abortion often isn’t the mother. He also goes over what he thinks helps and what doesn’t. (via Suzy B., where the use of faux pro-lifers in the post title and text has triggered some disapproval in the comment section, as well it might. Let’s try to keep our discussions to the facts and morals of the issues, shall we, and not resort to name calling. Besides, some of us were fence straddlers for a while before becoming solidly pro-life. As far as I can see, there’s no reason to think that many of today’s fence straddlers can’t be won over, too, if they don’t get shoved off the fence in the wrong direction first.)
The Practicing Catholic shares a diplomatic, pro-life Open Letter to President-Elect Barack Obama that appeared at Vox Nova on Nov. 14.
Barb at SFO Mom is responding to people who want the Catholic Church to turn the other way when Catholics vote for pro-abortion politicians.
Tennessee Ernie Ford bravely has a flock of children on camera with him… (and just see what it gets him)…
P.S. According to this clip, that’s his son right beside him, and the performance was filmed in 1957.