Posts Tagged ‘political vocabulary’
Of course, it makes most sense to protect each human being from the moment of conception. Everything else is an artificial line, as well as an immoral one.
But to afford legal protection as soon as a beating heart is detected would at least save lives, and would be a step in the right direction. William Wilberforce, if I remember right, had to settle for abolishing slave trading before he could get opponents to consider abolishing slavery itself.
Besides, even the campaign for a Heartbeat Bill might be useful. It ought to be harder to convince someone that a person is just a blob of tissue, once they have been properly informed that the ‘blob’ has a beating heart, and the accessories like veins and arteries and blood that go along with actual working hearts. Blobs, by definition, aren’t supposed to be differentiated and fine-tuned and developed like that.
Gregory Koukl, back in 1992, took a look at what has happened when people have allowed themselves to start thinking in terms of Life Unworthy of Life. It originally aired as radio commentary. The link is to a transcript.
This will be one of those ‘added to as time allows’ posts.
First off, St. Blogustine: 2011 March for Life in Washington DC. (hat tip: comment in yesterday’s post.)
Headmistress at The Common Room is writing some very good, cut-through-the-clutter posts prompted by the horrors uncovered at Gosnell’s Philadelphia abortion facility, but also addressing abortion issues in general. See, for instance this, and this.
Philadelphia Grief: Jim Daly of Focus on the Family recounts some history from 38 years ago, and also looks at the evil found in Philadelphia. From the 38 years ago file, President Nixon was caught on tape saying that he thought there were times abortion might be necessary, including (he said) in cases of interracial pregnancy. (At least I haven’t heard that ‘reason’ for abortion in a while.) He has a picture of the top of the front page of the New York Times from the day the ruling was announced. Interesting. LBJ’s death got top headline.
Also from Jim Daly – how Christians view a person as made in the image of God, and why this makes a difference. Includes a look at Peter Singer’s reasoning, and a history lesson from Tim Keller on early Christians versus the world they came into.
March for Life 2011, at Mommy Life.
The Kermit Gosnell case is exposing much about those who choose to look away and do nothing, even when the inherent evil of abortion is compounded by horrific disregard for the health and lives of women. Elizabeth Scalia has some good observations on this at The Anchoress blog.
Over at Mere Comments, Hunter Baker takes aim at something Erica Jong wrote for publication at the Wall Street Journal.
One of the reasons I’m linking, trivial though it may be, is that I like him referring to something she says about the pro-life movement as a “tired old libel.” Which it is. But we don’t often call it that, which I think is a shame.
It is not a good thing when the very people who are supposed to be in charge of protecting human rights instead spend time trying to argue that some people aren’t really human beings.
The good news in this article is that parliamentarian Carlos Salvador isn’t letting up, and is trying to force the minister to come out behind her squishy words and foggy thinking. The further good news is that the current government has so enraged the citizenry with its imposition of radical pro-abortion laws, that predictions are that they’ll take a major hit in the next elections.
hat tip: Youth Defence (more specifically, their Facebook page)
This Lutherans for Life video takes a look at the slogan “Every child a wanted child.”