Posts Tagged ‘UK’
Updates from the 40 Days for Life campaign, Day 26. I recommend listening to the short interview from London.
… showing an ‘ultrasound’ of Jesus in Mary’s womb. As the article states, the ad campaign has other ads designed to make people think about the reason for Christmas, including, for instance, a humorous airport broadcast ad.
Thanks to ultrasound, we have the fun of seeing a very young person beaming.
Hat’s off to Bridget Boyle, singer Susan Boyle’s mother, for refusing to let doctors talk her into aborting her baby back in 1961.
My thanks, too, to Miss Boyle for bringing this to light in her autobiography, The Woman I Was Born To Be.
hat tip: I found the link on the Facebook page of Youth Defence
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.