Two points, one more personal, one more simply logical:
1. It would more true to say that I’m Catholic because of my reaction to abortion than to say that I oppose abortion because I’m Catholic. In 1973, when Roe v Wade came down, I was attending a Catholic high school. Recall also that, in 1973, that utter poser and manifest intellectual fraud Paul Ehrlich’s star was rising – his proposition that we’re all doomed, DOOMED!, by population growth was accepted wisdom, even in most Catholic circles. The result was and is that most Catholic families now days have maybe 2, or, if they’re wild and crazy, even *three* kids, tops. This was already true in 1973. More than 2 kids = evil evil bad bad.
I’m the 7th of 9 children.
So, my 14 year old mind put 2 and 2 together with admirable alacrity: I’m NOT SUPPOSED TO BE HERE. My very existence is a MISTAKE and an affront to RIGHT REASON.
And Roe v Wade was intended to provide the mechanism to make sure people like me were nipped, as it were, in the bud.
It was also clear that the other arguments were smoke screens. People – completely innocent people who were just trying to exercise their inalienable right to cross the street – get hit by cars all the time – yet, somehow, that fact does not result in pedestrians having the right to preemptively bazooka oncoming traffic. Similarly, we are not, in general, under either legal or cultural rubrics, granted cart blanc to solve our problems by acting violently towards others, however unfair it may that we suffer.
“Life is pain, you Highness – anyone who tells you otherwise is selling something.” Or, more precisely, life isn’t fair. Good and bad things happen to us that we don’t deserve. To live well means to humbly accept the good and heroically and cheerfully endure the bad. Every age prior to this one, pagan and Christian, agreed. How could they disagree and have their eyes open?
The proponents of abortion here apply a vicious end-around: they assert, without any evidence other than their fevered wish for it to be so, that pointing out that 1) bad things happen; 2) getting pregnant can appear as a bad thing; but 3) that even though a woman may be put into a very unhappy set of circumstances by a pregnancy she wishes she didn’t have, that that fact alone does not result in a right to kill the child – that, asserting these things is equal to being heartless to the women involved, or, more viciously, tantamount to the brutish bigotry of sexism. Not only does that not follow, but is historically and currently the exact opposite of the truth: the same people most vehemently opposed to abortion are the people most strongly and vocally in support of providing care to both the mother and child.
But the filter has been set up, so this fact cannot be seen.
During most of my college career, I wasn’t a practicing Catholic, and lived a pretty dissolute life – however, a no point did my conviction that abortion was wrong waiver. Seeing the Church, alone, take the stand that abortion was an evil that must be opposed at every step – well, that helped convince me to come back.
2. Traditionally, if a person claimed to be Napoleon, we’d think, unless he happened to be leading the French legions in the early 19th century, that he was insane. The vehemence of his conviction didn’t really figure into it. We sane people hang our hats on the idea called Objective Reality – that the world isn’t how we imagine it to be, but rather that the quality – the truth – of our opinions is measured by how well they correspond to objective reality.
This fundamental concept, which is the basis of all culture, technology, and science has been under attack for a couple centuries now, starting with the followers of Descartes. But it’s a mind game, and every honest person knows it – you can’t live with other people if you *act* as if you believe reality depends on what you think of it, no matter how energetically you argue the point. You got friends, family, a job? You’ve conceded the point. To behave otherwise is the very definition of insanity.
Yet, the belief that what the mother chooses to believe determines REALITY is the core of the pro-abortion argument. The unborn baby is a baby, if the mother so chooses, and a lump of tissue, if she chooses.
A rational mind should recoil at and reject such manifest nonsense. This is like arguing that 2 + 2 = whatever you want it to equal – if that’s true, math is impossible; if a mother gets to choose the reality of her baby, society is impossible.
Even apart from the horror of abortion, from which any human should shrink, the logic that underlies abortion should be rejected as absurd and destructive.
Abortion is a physically painful topic to me – thinking about it keeps me awake at night and puts my stomach in knots. On a physical, rational, societal and personal level, abortion is insane.
Please, Lord, hold close to your heart all those mothers, fathers and babies, and all the people who helped them abort. Help us care for all the mothers, fathers and children now at risk. Help us accept and embrace whatever penance and suffering that is our lot for our part in this horror. May your love envelope all of us, and heal all of us.
Through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us!