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At First Things, Joe Carter writes (emphasis in original):

Those of us in the pro-life movement often claim that we live in a “culture of death.” But most of us don’t believe it. Not really. We may use the phrase as a rhetorical tool, but deep in our hearts we think that our family, friends, and neighbors wouldn’t knowingly kill another human being.

We convince ourselves that they simply don’t realize what they’re doing. If only they could see—and honestly look at—the ultrasound pictures of an unborn child. If only we could convince them that what they consider a “clump of cells” is a person. If only they knew it was a human life they were destroying. If they only knew, they wouldn’t—they couldn’t—continue to support abortion.

But they do know. And the abortions continue. Not because we live in a culture of death but because we live in a culture of me.

Read the whole thing.

Denny Hartford has a few suggestions.

He notes that active euthanasia – actual hastening of death – has become more common in medical facilities than many people realize – until they have a loved one in need of care.

The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network is also a good place to turn for information, and help.

In Canada, there’s the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.

Hawaii Right to Life has been working hard to fight euthanasia and assisted suicide.

OK, there are groups and individuals all over who are trying to fight this, but it’s something of an uphill battle, because all too many medical schools adopted a ‘quality of life’ mindset years back, and tossed out the Hippocratic Oath at the same time. Some med schools use a modified oath (which suggests that killing a patient should never be undertaken lightly, but it’s OK if you’re humble about it), and others don’t even go as far as that. (See here for more on the different oaths, and a discussion related to it.) So, we’re pretty much left with a lottery based on the individual consciences of the medical staff we happen to get, pushed or pulled by ethics committees and facility policies, when we go for care. And since so many people these days, including those operating health care facilities and nursing homes, think in terms of moral relativity or situational ethics, this can make it very dangerous to be at their (misguided) mercy.

Feel free to list other resources in the comments.

Ladies, this is a great post on the value of human life and the sanity and power of Christian love: Teaching Grace, by Tim Muldoon (Patheos, March 22, 2011).

Muldoon uses the occasion of his daughter Grace’s attendance at a memorial mass of a premature baby to explore the topics of love and Christianity.

…was actually the headline over a column in the New York Times yesterday. No, really. They dared print something that states that social conservatives might, after all, not be completely wrong about a contentious issue. Columnist Ross Douthat works off of a ‘results’ premise – i.e., the Sexual Revolution has resulted in unhappier women, etc. – so the column is still largely in moral relativity land, but, hey, it acknowledges some key facts about the inherent miseries of promiscuity. That’s progress.

I’m going to steer you there through the article that brought it to my attention, because I think it’s a good place to start: Cynicism, Vain Hopes, and Realistic Optimism about Pre-Marital Sex, by Julie Ponzi.

Both posts stress making a distinction between sex that is truly pre-marital (a man and woman on a path to marriage) and sex that is divorced from any idea of marriage. From a Christian perspective, that misses a crucial point or two, but, again, to notice that there is a difference between falling to temptation within the context of commitment, and just having sex to be having sex, well, this, too, is helpful.

While we’re on the subject, I’d like to recommend a book I just read, called Holy Subversion: Allegiance to Christ in an Age of Rivals, by Trevin Wax. The chapter on sexuality I think has some really good ideas and information, and includes a clear call for church communities to be promoting chastity. Wax makes a clear distinction between abstinence and chastity, and even argues that all too many abstinence programs contribute to a warped view of sex by keeping the focus self-centered. (If teens are avoiding sex because of the dangers of sex outside of marriage, they are still thinking of sex only in terms of their own well-being, which isn’t getting them set up for good relationships.) Chastity, on the other hand, embraces a number of positives. Wax also asks that Christians and churches do more to publicly celebrate married love. One small way, for instance, would be to celebrate those couples in the congregation with decades-long marriages. It’s a thought.

Karen Edmisten has a series called When I Was a Pro-Choice Atheist. She’s up to Part 5. Much of it has to do with how often we don’t communicate well with people who don’t agree with us.

She also brings up a point that’s easy to forget. Conversion comes slowly for most people.

(Eric Sammons makes a similar point, in the Results section of How to plant seeds of faith with strangers. Expecting instant results is a mistake. Sometimes it happens, but not often.)

Thoughts on abortion, and worldview, in the wake of the Gosnell abortion clinic murder charges: The Silence That Keeps Me Awake, Truth Observed, January 20,2011, Del Tackett.

Jill Stanek provides a peek into the world of radical abortion culture, and one woman’s journey out of it.

I suspect many of you will understand and appreciate this part of the story:

Abigail continued some of her destructive habits until last year when her oldest son was diagnosed with autism. She began conducting online research for help, but got nowhere with the atheist groups. “Their overwhelming response was, ‘I’m sorry you weren’t able to find out and abort him in time.'”

The thought of not having her son, difficult though his condition sometimes is, was unthinkable.  “I realized I was a good mother, a loving mother and, most importantly, now, without question, a pro-life mother,” she said.

Abigail began to research Christianity, which “somehow didn’t seem as hostile and threatening now.  In fact, it seemed like just what I needed.”

Never underestimate the power of real love.

hat tip: Oregon Right to Life (Facebook page)

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)

Not that long ago a number of highly-placed liberals were outspokenly against abortion. Robert P. George, in an article about the life and times of Richard John Neuhaus, notes:

At the same time, more than a few notable liberals were outspokenly pro-life. In the early 1970s, Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy, for example, replied to constituents’ inquiries about his position on abortion by saying that it was a form of “violence” incompatible with his vision of an America generous enough to care for and protect all its children, born and unborn. Some of the most eloquent and passionate pro-life speeches of the time were given by the Rev. Jesse Jackson. In condemning abortion, Jackson never failed to note that he himself was born to an unwed mother who would likely have been tempted to abort him had abortion been legal and easily available at the time.

The liberal argument against abortion was straightforward and powerful. “We liberals believe in the inherent and equal dignity of every member of the human family. We believe that the role of government is to protect all members of the community against brutality and oppression, especially the weakest and most vulnerable. We do not believe in solving personal or social problems by means of violence. We seek a fairer, nobler, more humane way. The personal and social problems created by unwanted pregnancy should not be solved by offering women the ‘choice’ of destroying their children in utero; rather, as a society we should reach out in love and compassion to mother and child alike.”

So it was that Pastor Neuhaus and many like him saw no contradiction between their commitment to liberalism and their devotion to the pro-life cause. On the contrary, they understood their pro-life convictions to be part and parcel of what it meant to be a liberal. They were “for the little guy”—and the unborn child was “the littlest guy of all.”

Read the whole article at First Things.

Semi-related: Lars Walker used to be a liberal, and he has a few things to say about what liberalism used to be about. Back before it went off the tracks.

The hijacking of the Left/Liberals by the abortion lobby is one of the saddest events of modern times. I wish the true liberals out there would recapture the name, and re-institute the worthy principles for which they used to stand. (I think we can agree, can we not, that much of what ‘liberals’ stand for today is unworthy?)

For that matter, even feminism used to be solidly anti-abortion. (Back when feminism stood for demanding to be treated like a responsible adult.)

Eugenics and Other Evils by G.K. Chesterton was first published in 1922. It’s uncanny how well he foresaw where the eugenics movement, so popular amongst the ‘elite’ of his day, was headed. The original book is available online in several places, including Wikisource. A more recent, expanded print edition is also available, about which is written:

“An Argument against the Scientifically Organized Society” This amazingly prophetic book demonstrates how a poisonious philosophy of life would lead not only to Nazi Germany, but our own “Culture of Death.” Editor Michael Perry has added a great deal of contemporary articles and material by Chesterton’s opponents who were arguing in favor of eugenics and birth control. They are nicely indicted by their very own words.

See also this related article over at The American Chesterton Society, written by Dale Ahlquist.


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