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            Monday, December 15 2003 

Jon Kennedy, webmaster

Frames of reference, 9

Liberal
Conservative
Prioritizes sexual liberationPrioritizes family cohesion
Promotes abortion for sexual freedomOpposes abortion as cultural genocide

No issue more clearly draws the line between modern liberalism and conservatism than abortion. Liberals fight for it as a right (with various degrees of enthusiasm and under varied banners of just what they're trying to liberate); conservatives fight against it as a murderous sin against humanity (also with varied degrees of enthusiasm). The late Pennsylvania former governor, Bob Casey, was the last nationally known "liberal" to effectively oppose abortion. And for that, his party and the liberal movement in general consider him, as Nat Hentoff has written, a pariah, someone exiled outside his party's camp, spoken of today, when he's remembered at all, as an embarrassment to their cause. When Roe v. Wade was just settling in as national policy, Jimmy Carter swept into the White House with what he described as a moderate, mediating position on abortion. He no longer discusses it. On the conservative side, George W. Bush has been the most effective opponent of abortion in the White House since Roe v. Wade. The effect, a law against partial-birth abortion, though passed and signed, is still tied up in litigation, but at least it has advanced beyond the topical discussion stage.

What could be a more appropriate topic for considering in this season marking the birth of our baby Savior and Lord?

The most horrendous fruit of the sexual revolution or the sexual liberation movement is the public "normalization" of abortion. The introduction of the pill in the mid-'60s promised more than it could deliver, as revolutions always do. The promise: the liberation of women to enjoy sex without benefit of marriage as enthusiastically and casually as their male counterparts; and to the men it promised more and more and freer and freer sex whenever and wherever the desire was aroused. Enter the hippy era. Enter the 'seventies. Millions took the revolutionary promises seriously and they lived as though they could depend on the propaganda.

Sometimes the pill failed. Sometimes condoms failed. Sometimes unexpected pregnancies ensued. The promises being broken led many to protest. In state after state they won concessions on abortion, in order to end these unexpected pregnancies. Finally they appealed to the United States Supreme Court to put an end to interstate disparity. In Roe v. Wade the Supreme Court responded by making a woman's right to choose abortion legal in the whole nation. The result has been an average of 1.5 million aborted pregnancies every year ever since.

If you view the Holocaust as referring to the Nazi liquidation of vast numbers of Jewish Europeans in World War II (6 million), the number of slaughtered babies through abortion equalled that holocaust toll in about five years. If you use "Holocaust" to refer to the total number of fatalities in World War II, on all sides (61 million), that number of baby killings—counting American abortions alone—equalled that in less than 30 years, by 1999.

Ultrasound and intrauterine photography technologies introduced since 1973 have been able to capture each step in the development of human babies in the womb, from the moment of conception through birth or abortion. This, as well as skyrocketing divorce rates and epidemics of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases have resulted in a swing in public opinion, from majority support for more liberal abortion policies in the 'seventies, to more solid majorities against liberal abortion policies today.

Though the slaughter of 45 million American innocents in the past 30 years is horrendous, second only to it is the searing of consciences—the loss of innocence in all of us—that has attended that bone-chilling fact. If we as a society can accept this, what can we not condone? If we call this morally acceptable, what do we call immoral? Hitler; the Holocaust? By what standard?

They sow the wind, And reap the whirlwind. —Hosea 8:7

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Quick reference for this series: First, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh. twelfth.

Fun facts (or "facts," so it says, but take with a grain)

When the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers play football at home, the stadium becomes the state's third largest city.

The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's Its A Wonderful Life.

—Sent by Trudy Myers 

Thought for today

Giving makes living more loving.

— Selected

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