…I’ve read so far is from George Jonas called Thoughts from an ex-fetus
We consider the ancient Spartan model barbaric, for instance, although in some ways it was much like ours. Spartans, too, regarded letting children live or die a private choice, although they did involve father in the decision, not only mother, and extended it to born children, not just fetuses. Another difference was that Spartans, instead of relying on vacuum suction, threw unwanted children off a mountain called Taigetos.
For Spartans, “unwanted” meant “substandard.” For us, it means “inconvenient.” We don’t want standard or even super-standard children if they cramp our style.
Living in an epoch that is selfish as well as matriarchal, our lifeboats are no longer marked “women and children first,” only “women first.” We invent euphemisms, such as “choice” for killing, and sophomoric dilemmas, such as pretending not to know when life begins, to ensure that nothing hinders Virginia’s quest for Santa Claus. No obstacle must interfere with her goal of self-fulfillment — least of all an issue (as it were) of her healthy sexual appetite.
The whole thing is spectacular.
…are likely very upset that GM is going bankrupt today and that combined with what appears to be a horrible air disaster (hopefully not but it’s very early in the reporting) could push their counteroffensive against the pro-life movement off of the lead story on the cable networks etc.
In terms of news Mr. Tiller’s murder is significant but next to GM’s Bankruptcy (which ironically took place as I typed this sentence) it is almost a non-story.
The Sotomayor nomination would have been a chance to re-introduce the news but the lefts own attempts to minimize her abortion position and her “poor choice of words” assure that this will not become the big abortion fight.
Again this is very cynical, but true. I don’t think the Tiller assassination (and it WAS a vile act of assassination) is going to break through but it will be taken out of the lefts pocket as needed in the future.
For those who are salivating at the chance to use the Murder of George Tiller to attack Christians or defend the killer, let me quote the relevant passage from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
II. Good Acts and Evil Acts
1755 A morally good act requires the goodness of the object, of the end, and of the circumstances together. An evil end corrupts the action, even if the object is good in itself (such as praying and fasting “in order to be seen by men”).
The object of the choice can by itself vitiate an act in its entirety. There are some concrete acts – such as fornication – that it is always wrong to choose, because choosing them entails a disorder of the will, that is, a moral evil.
1756 It is therefore an error to judge the morality of human acts by considering only the intention that inspires them or the circumstances (environment, social pressure, duress or emergency, etc.) which supply their context. There are acts which, in and of themselves, independently of circumstances and intentions, are always gravely illicit by reason of their object; such as blasphemy and perjury, murder and adultery. One may not do evil so that good may result from it. (emphasis mine)
As the passage above shows, the church never defends such an act (sorry lefties), nor can a believing Catholic attempt to defend it. The other McCain is exactly right on this. It is true that abortion is akin to murder but it is even more true that murder is akin to murder. Justifying it is no different than Groucho’s telling Mrs. Claypool that he was with another woman because she reminded him of her.
It reminds one of the fetus isn’t human nonsense, lets avoid such stuff altogether. It’s simply doubletalk without the greasepaint mustache.
For all of those who try to make the Abortion compromise business as the president suggested or argue about “hey how can you vote for War and be Catholic” lets play the “Safe legal Rare game”:
You can use that phrase with the word “War”
War should be “Safe”…for civilians.
“Legal” because a country has to right to defend itself or defend its future.
and “Rare” because War should never be the first resort.
Ok now try that with:
Slavery, or Torture, or genocide.
You can’t use that phrase with it because they are intrinsic evils. The same is true of abortion. It just doesn’t work.
This is the argument that should come out every time. This and Nordlinger’s question on why should Abortion be rare if it isn’t wrong?
Update: Added links