October 26, 2016
Combating the culture of death in which the tearing apart of an innocent baby is allowed, and even praised, is a difficult job. But ALL and CLSP have a solution.
In an opinion piece for the New York Times, Meredith Isaksen wrote about her later-term abortion – the death of her second child – as if it were an act of mercy for her, her family, and the preborn child who died during the abortion. Her sense of her son’s death as an act of compassion toward him and her family made me shudder, but it also provoked me to wonder: “Where do women and men get this flawed concept of preborn human beings as chattel?” Furthermore, what is it about the national discussion of abortion that provokes this kind of “story” to be sensationalized in a major newspaper?
Perhaps some insight can be found in an article by Adam Peters that appeared earlier this year. His piece entitled “If Late-Term Abortion Isn’t Torture, It’s Hard to Imagine What Is” begs the question that, if Americans can debate the pluses and minuses of torturing Islamic extremists, yet fail to see the horror in late-term abortion, what do we really understand about torture? Dismembering an innocent human being and tearing him limb from limb is acceptable in our society, but waterboarding a known terrorist is not? When is torture not torture? When is a person not a person? How can our society be so cruel?