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            Monday, February 3 2003 

Jon Kennedy, webmasterLast words on a hard topic (#2)

Continuing the discussion on abortion and related topics with Home Page contributor David Caldwell.

In David's retort that appeared in Friday's Jonal, he wrote:

We disagree on what to do with the neighbors who don't believe as we do. I can't see running off to the federal government to pass laws to make abortion a criminal act. To do so is passing the buck. The problem begins with parents who aren't responsible, churches that don't teach moral and ethical values, and communities that don't have a strong moral conscience. Since the problem of abortion, as I see it, starts in the home, church, and community, that is where the solution must begin. Having the federal government make it illegal will only exacerbate the problem and widen the chasm that is splitting our country.

Murder, manslaughter, even simple battery (striking a neighbor), even attacks on neighbors' property, are matters of local, state, and national laws. None of these laws eliminate, completely, what they're designed to curb, but they are presumed to have some braking effect. Most medical practices and procedures are regulated by laws at every level of government. By what philosophical principle should we exclude the protection of our most vunerable human subpopulation? In the pagan Roman empire at the time of the founding of Christianity, abortion and infanticide were not illegal. Abortion, as in our generation, was widely used as a form of population and birth control; unwanted babies were left out to die unattended and uncared-for (infanticide). But from the time of the conversion of the empire under Constantine, Rome and every subsequent Christian nation in the world has outlawed abortion. Until now. Until our own lifetimes.

I don't believe in fighting or haranguing those who disagree with me on abortion or infanticide (which, many political philosophers believe, and I agree, is a natural next step after decriminalizing abortion). I don't believe in getting into anyone's face over any disagreement. But I do believe in informing pregnant women about the possible consequences to themselves, much less their unborn babies, of abortion, and I do believe in using the democratic apparatus of our system to pass laws that protect all our citizens from cruel, much less fatal, attacks. I've been in numerous antiabortion demonstrations and have not seen other prolife advocates behave improperly, though no doubt some have done so.

David says that making abortion illegal again "will only exacerbate the problem." But back when states were beginning to decriminalize abortion, in the the late '60's and early '70s, those supporting such "reforms" promised that abortion would decline, along with child abuse. Just the opposite has resulted, in both cases, and despite growing public disapproval of abortion, the use of this means to end life in or partially outside the womb has continued to be constant, with approximately 1.5 million babies being slaughtered in the United States, year after year. And the increased incidence of child abuse in the same time period suggests that, increasingly, parents who "made the mistake of not getting an abortion" when that was an option, are resorting to infanticide and other kinds of child abuse. Law, the Apostle Paul tells us, serves as a schoolmaster, but we live in a lawless generation.

I hope to take up more of this thread in Wednesday's postcard.

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

 Scrabble

ANIMOSITY:
When you rearrange the letters: IS NO AMITY

SNOOZE ALARMS:
When you rearrange the letters: ALAS! NO MORE Z'S

A DECIMAL POINT:
When you rearrange the letters: I'M A DOT IN PLACE

THE EARTHQUAKES:
When you rearrange the letters: THAT QUEER SHAKE

ELEVEN PLUS TWO:
When you rearrange the letters: TWELVE PLUS ONE

—Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for the day

You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who they think can do nothing for them or to them.

—Malcolm Forbes
Sent by Bill Dalrymple

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