Monday, January 21, 2013

On the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Today is January 22, 2013: the 40th anniversary of the most loathsome Supreme Court decision in history, namely the legalization of abortion in all 50 states.
I loathe abortion with a fiery passion; my personal experience of abortion is particularly bitter. But I rarely write about the subject of abortion on this blog, because there is little that I could possibly write about the topic that hasn’t already been written or said by others. Today, much will be written by others wiser than I about the deleterious effects of Justice Blackmun’s 40-year old diabolical decision.
Besides, there really is to say about what is such a simple issue at heart. For if abortion is the taking of a human life, then it is never permissible; if it is not, then it is permissible; if the matter is unclear, then the benefit of the doubt should be given to the side of life.
I recognize the incredible difficulty – financial and otherwise – that many women with “unplanned pregnancies” face in keeping their children. We Christians must always exhibit charity towards women who seek to abort their children; we should be prepared to give of our own time and resources for the sake of helping such women in need, up to the point of adoption, if need be. 
But silent charity does not give us a license to remain silent on the issue. We must never slacken in our duty to demand an end to child-killing, if we truly believe that abortion is the taking of innocent human life.
I write this because I often wonder how strong the commitment of the average "faithful Christian" (yes, I include myself) is to the elimination of abortion. Intellectually, of course, I am a firm opponent of abortion; most of my readers are as well. But far too often, vital issues such as abortion take a back seat to the economy or to material concerns in the minds of “pro-lifers,” while those who support a culture of death vehemently defend even the most minor restrictions on abortion. Yeats’ words sadly ring true in our day and age: “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are filled with passionate intensity.”
I do believe that abortion will be abolished in the United States in my lifetime, if only because of the slow but steady demographic suicide that defenders of the pro-choice banner have chosen to inflict on themselves through their embrace of abortion. But this natural demographic process is slow and by no means certain, and will involve the loss of literally millions of innocent lives and the continued moral corrosion of American society. An eventual victory by suicidal attrition is a Pyrrhic victory in the cause of life.
Today is a perfect anniversary to sound the death knell of abortion in America, the most heinous expression of the culture of death. 40 years of legalized child murder is enough. May the days of Roe v. Wade be numbered! 

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