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As I See It: Contrasts and ironies

You're going to witness a number of Pro-Life rallies, demonstrations and marches across the country in the next week or so. What you won't witness are masses of people rioting or destroying police and other vehicles or looting stores or blocking freeways or interfering with normal commerce in any way. You won't hear any screaming and hollering or profanity. Rather you're more likely to hear singing, praying or silence. You're also likely to witness scanty news reporting that downplays the size of marches and events.

You might wonder, in this world of rampant individualism, what is behind the Pro-Life movement? I'll try to explain.

Pro-Life people believe in the dignity and preservation of human life from the point of conception until natural death. We believe that abortion and euthanasia are contrary to natural law and morality.

Natural law is an area of law that has been blithely ignored by far too many people as it is a potentially strong limit on what they believe is their freedom. However, natural law is the basis for critical portions of our Constitution and has been cited as a basis for convictions during the Nuremburg Trials and other trials of perpetrators of genocide and war criminals — most recently in the Balkans. Most of us can make the distinction between animals and humans as a far higher form of life deserving of a high level of protection.

Infant sacrifice has been practiced by many ancient cultures to appease one god or another, and I'm certain nearly all of us would find that abhorrent — immoral if you will. But if you step back and take a look at our modern practices of abortion you could easily come to the conclusion that our unborn are being sacrificed on the altars of affordability, potential defects, wrong sex or other blatantly selfish considerations.

When a baby is born prematurely, heroic — almost superhuman — and many times successful efforts are made to save the child. In some abortions, viable babies are extracted and stabbed in the brain stem to kill them. And depending on the facility where this and other abortions occur, the body may be dissected and body parts identified, harvested and preserved for sale. Abortion is big business, often supported by tax dollars and a cornerstone of what many women believe is their exclusive territory and rights.

Sooner or later, the courts are going to have to adjudicate the basic question of when human life actually begins. That's when science is going to run into the brick wall of progressivism.

Have you ever noticed how support for abortion rights has become a litmus test for virtually all liberal politicians in Senate judicial confirmation hearings?

Many years ago, Archbishop Fulton Sheen asserted that there was a philosophical "culture of death" in the United States. He included many examples including the number of death sentences handed out by courts, the growing number of abortions, the emerging acceptance of euthanasia as a "humane" practice and society's casual acceptance of death across the spectrum of drugs, drunken driving, gangs and domestic violence. I couldn't find any reason to dispute his assertions.

One of the benefits of the historical studies of the rise and fall of countries and civilizations is the understanding of how people sow the seeds of their own ultimate destruction. History is replete with examples of civilizations and nations that became bloated, lazy and divided physically, economically and/or socially. The result was an implosion and collapse or a more disciplined and stronger enemy conquered them when they became too fractured and unable to resist. Can we see how this could happen close to home?

We have at least 50 million less citizens thanks to the Roe v. Wade decision that invented a right to privacy which morphed into a woman's right to choose (death). On a positive side, the number of abortions has fallen over the last number of years. I believe that number should be zero.

Consider how so often in supporting a new health, safety or welfare initiative in Congress we hear someone say, "If we save just one child's life, this will have been worth it."

Can't we see the wisdom in saving many children's lives?

That's the way I see it.