Walk Softly or Carry a Big Stick?: Pro-Life Strategies

How do you defend the pro-life position?  Do you walk softly or do you carry a big stick?  There are good arguments for both strategies.  Our culture does not want to see what abortion looks like.  We have people like Wendy Davis, the Texas Legislator, who wants to have abortion legal from beginning until birth.  These people will never acknowledge what abortion is.  They will tell you that it’s up to each woman and her doctor to decide, but will never admit that abortion kills a human life.  They’ve done it by changing the language of the culture.  It’s not abortion, but “a woman’s right to choose.”  Abortion is called “woman’s health.”  They have been masters at changing the language.  The political left are masters at avoiding the issue.  For example, the black community will not admit that they have a problem with the breakdown of the black family.  I don’t know how many times I’ve heard a black person asked about how they stand on the breakdown of the black family and they will refuse to answer the question.   The abortion supporters will not let you show them a picture of an aborted fetus.  They will not look at one.

The pro-abortion side has one huge advantage:  They have the entire main stream media on their side and rooting for them.  Let’s take the Wendy Davis example, the media loves her and promotes her as if she’s a Hollywood star.  They will never ask her any questions about what abortion really is.  The August 19, 2013 issue of “The Weekly Standard” has a story on her on this issue. The article describes what happened when she appeared on ABC’s “This Week.”  The Reporter asked her about her pink shoes, and using a catheter in her filibuster; no questions on abortion.  Click here to read the story.

As Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life has said:  “you will not end abortion until you see abortion.” Wendy Davis and the Texas Democratic Legislature want abortion to be legal at all stages of life.  They scream that this is their right.    I’m using the example of Wendy Davis and the Texas Legislature not to dump on them but to point out that their view on abortion is shared by the political left, the Democratic Party, President Obama and all abortion supporters.  This issue cannot be sugar-coated.  In order to see what something is you must look at it.  If you have a pain in your body do you tell your doctor not to look at it?  Scott Klusendorf, a prolific pro-life speaker makes this example:  A young mother or dad is busy washing dishes at the kitchen sink; their two-year-old child comes behind them asking ” Mommy/Daddy, can I kill this”?  What is the question you must ask:  What is it?

There are many places you can see what abortion looks like.  Fr. Frank Pavone has a good video that introduces the images and then lists the links you can click on.  The images will not play unless you click the link.  Click here to watch.    I challenge any abortion or pro-choice advocate to look at these images and tell me that abortion does not kill a human being or it’s “women’s health.”

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Far From the Madding Crowd

Last week we attended a family reunion to welcome a cousin from the East Coast we had not seen in over 10 years.  I attended with great reluctance because most of these family members (on my wife’s side) are committed hard-core leftists who have no problem insulting others who are not of the same political stripe.  I do not discuss my politics with them, but they always feel free to discuss their twisted ideology in our company, not worrying whom they may offend.

Sure enough, after a few hours conversation one of these relatives pops off about how stupid a couple of Republican members of Congress are.  Here we go again, I thought.  One of our relatives, who is of my political stripe decided he was not having none of this insulting behavior:  He challenged them on their rudeness in no uncertain terms.  They backed off and claimed they had no idea they were offensive.

What was their offense?  besides insulting a hand full of Republicans they disagree with, they were praising Wendy Davis, the Texas legislator who raised so much fuss about the law that Texas finally approved, regulating abortion clinics and banning partial birth abortions.  To these folks, Wendy Davis is a hero.  As I pointed out in my last post, Wendy Davis believes that a six-month old, perfectly healthy baby in the womb can be killed.  Her Democratic colleagues agree heartily.  They call this “women’s health.”

It never ceases to amaze me at the lack of logic on the left.  How can a baby in the womb be killed and called “woman’s health”?  This is akin to Hitler saying that his killing of six million Jews was not really killing but a “culling of the races.”  Would a leftist who believes in abortion at any time agree that this is the same thing?  Logic compels you to make the same comparison.

This is the insanity of the left.  Believe what they believe or you’re an idiot, in their mind.  The tragic part of this is that there are many people in the US who believe as these leftists described here believe.  Let me get as far from this madding crowd as I can.

The Party of Death

You’ve recently heard of the ruckus the Democrats of Texas have orchestrated against the passing of a new law restricting  abortion after five-months pregnancy and regulating of abortion clinics.  An abortion after five months of pregnancy is considered  “partial birth abortion.”  Click here for a definition of partial birth abortion.  The bill would additionally restrict abortion clinics to prevent the horrors of the Dr. Kermit Gosnell abortion clinic in Philadelphia.

The party of death, the Democratic Party, is for unfettered abortion at any time up to delivery.  Remember, Dr. Gosnell was convicted of murder because he killed babies after birth.  Had he killed the babies in the womb just before delivery he would still be a free man today.   What does a five-month old baby look like?  Click here is to see an image of a five-month old baby in the womb.  Is this baby a clump of tissue or a human being?  According to the party of death any baby can be dismembered in the womb up to delivery; they call this “women’s health.”  Excuse me, but in logic, this is crazy.  The supporters of the party of death were yelling “hail to Satan” in one of their demonstrations.  Well, I think they’re right in hailing Satan, because this is exactly what abortion is.  The party of death call themselves an advocate of the “little man” or of the poor, yet the most vulnerable of society, the baby in the womb is ripe for dismemberment and death.

Abortion and “The Big Lie”

We all marvel at how an entire nation like the Germany of World War II could support the murderous Adolph Hitler.   Indeed, Hitler perpetuated the lie that the Jews were somehow “the problem.”  His most ardent henchman, Joseph Goebbels,  is famous for saying that if you repeat a lie many times people will eventually believe it as truth.  There is a perfect correlation today on how many people, including religious Christians, Jews and others can believe that a perfectly healthy baby can be killed, as long as it is in the mother’s womb.  Take the recent Dr. Gosnell murder trial where he killed babies after the baby came out of the womb.  He routinely snipped the neck of the struggling baby on the table to kill it.  This outraged most people and Dr. Gosnell was convicted of first degree murder.

A reporter recently asked Nancy Pelosi what is the difference between what Dr. Gosnell did and the killing of a baby in the womb?  Pelosi opposes any law limiting partial birth abortion, even though she claims to be Catholic.  She gave an angry convoluted answer, which did not address the question, but trotted out “a woman’s right to choose.”  Watch this video of Pelosi responding to this question – it’s a classic. This is contrary to all logic, yet many people, including good friends of mine who attend the same church I do,  cannot admit that there is no difference.  They keep stating the nonsensical answer that women have “a right to do with their bodies what they like,” or words to that effect.

What has happened in our society, world-wide, is that the lie about abortion has been repeated so many times, and indeed everyday, that these people believe it as truth.  There is no difference between what the Nazis did to six million Jews and what we do today to unborn babies in the womb; the Nazis killed innocent human beings and we kill innocent human beings in the womb.  What supports this claim?  Science has verified that human life begins at conception; logic tells you that the baby in the womb is the same baby in a mother’s loving arms, a few minutes after birth.  Natural  Law, the law written in all of our hearts, tells us that murder is wrong.  You don’t need to be educated to know that murder is wrong.  Should you have any questions about this, just go to anyone in the world and ask them if murder is OK.  Another example of the law written in our heart:  let’s say I come to your house and before I leave I take you nice new Nikon Camera that you spent $1,000 without your permission.  Would the owner of the camera say that was wrong?  We know, by instinct, what is right and wrong.  Abortion is the killing of a human life and it is wrong all the time, under all circumstances.

We Have Met the Enemy and It’s Us

The Roman Catholic Church is pro-life from conception to natural death.  However, the church rarely defends this position with any enthusiasm.  A few examples:  (1) Cardinal Roger Mahoney, the Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for 26 years, never had a problem being highly vocal on immigration issues, but he never, publicly spoke out on pro-life issues.  The few times he mentioned anything close to a pro-life position, it was very weak and measured (as if not to offend anyone).  Immigration, on the other hand, was treated more as a moral issue than a political one.  Whereas the problem is illegal immigration, not immigration itself, the word “illegal” was never used with this issue.  After his retirement earlier this year, Mahoney decided to dedicate his work to immigration issues.  (2) The Bishop of San Francisco refuses to do anything about Nancy Pelosi, the most pro-abortion Catholic in the U.S. House of Representatives; he simply invited her to a conversation, followed by no action.  (3) The Catholic University of Notre Dame gleefully invited President Obama to speak there even though he is the most pro-abortion, and anti-family President in U.S. history.  One of Obama’s stated goals as a candidate was to pass the Freedom of Choice Act, a law which would wipe out any laws restricting any abortion for any reason, including partial birth abortion. (4) The Bishop of Amarillo Texas, without good cause, muzzled Fr. Frank Pavone, the best voice for the unborn in America.  I could go on and on.

For Catholics who follow church teaching one of the biggest frustration is how inactive the church is in defending the unborn.  In most churches, the pastors never, preach a pro-life message.  Many of my friends from other Catholic Churches tell me the same thing.  Just this past week, a very disturbing thing happened in the pro-life cause:  The Bishop of Amarillo, Texas, Patrick Zurek, recalled Father Frank Pavone home and confined him there; effectively stopping his pro-life work.  Bishop Zurek did not accuse Fr. Pavone of any wrongdoing and we still do not know why he has taken this action.

Father Frank Pavone is the head of Priest for Life and is one of the most eloquent defenders of the unborn in the United States, if not the world.  The fact that the bishop of Amarillo, his superior, has ordered Fr. Pavone to cease his work is most alarming.  Here is another example of the Catholic Church, not only not promoting the pro-life position, but, as this case shows, stifling the pro-life cause.  If you’re a regular churchgoer, as I am, you’ve seen, first hand how the church has been co-opted by our culture.  Most priests, Fr. Pavone excepted, will not engage their parishioners in pro-life arguments.  They simply shy away from it, as if it was a political hot potato. Most seem unprepared or unwilling to bring up the issue.

The moral relativistic culture of our day has conquered the church.  Hollywood has won over the church.  The church was not conquered by force, but by co-optation and by moral weakness.  Most churches walk a fine line of not offending anyone; they opt for the easy road and do not take a stand.   Money is more important than moral values or church teaching.  If you go to any church in Southern California you will find that about 50 to 60% of the parishioners are liberal or what can be described as “cafeteria Catholics.”  This is also no problem to the church.  Apparently popularity and cash is more important than principles.

Some examples of church inaction:  Recently, Vice President Joe Biden, a Roman Catholic, made a well publicized statement on TV while in China, stating that he “understood” the Chinese position on forced abortion.  Now if you don’t know, China has a one-child policy;  any more than one child and Chinese women are forced to have an abortion.   Women are routinely monitored for possible pregnancy, as well as their menstrual cycle, to detect if they’re required to have an abortion.  Did you hear any Catholic bishop rebuke Joe Biden for this?  No.  Total silence. Prior to the passing of Obamacare, a Catholic nun, Sister Carol Keehan, endorsed Obamacare in defiance of the Catholic Bishops.   The Obama Administration referred to her as if they had Catholic support for the plan. Did anything happen to a subordinate who publicly defies her superiors?  No.  Silence.  In the military, insubordination will get you a Court Martial, in private or public business, insubordination is grounds for being fired; in the Catholic Church, as we’ve seen with Joe Biden and Sister Carol Keehan, you just get a pass.