One of the arguments that’s made in favor of abolishing the use of capital punishment in the US is that we as a country are not in sync with international norms. The larger international consensus has rejected the use of execution which means the US is in company with those countries that still use it: China, Iran, Singapore, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and a few other despotic regimes.
However, for some reason, this logic is not extended to abortion. International norms limit abortion to the first 20weeks of gestation. At twenty weeks, a fetus is considered viable outside the womb. But the US allows elective abortions up to the moment of birth, not in line with the international consensus. This puts the US in company with China, North Korea, Singapore, Vietnam, Canada. Why doesn’t the US follow the international consensus and join the developed world in rejecting abortion past twenty weeks?
Another argument often used in the anti-capital punishment debate, is that executions in general and especially those that take longer than anticipated inflict intense pain and therefore amount to cruel and unusual punishment. But the same people who make that argument also argued against the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. That law would have restricted abortion to no more than 22 weeks as scientific evidence demonstrates that a child in the womb, recoils from the abortionist instruments. Somehow, they argue, that tearing apart a child in the womb, limb by limb doesn’t constitute cruel and unusual punishment.
All this is to say that the supporters of abortion reject logic and reason in favor of pure ideology. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t continue to argue against abortion. Sooner or later, the facts will prevail. Just as China found out that their one child policy wildly distorted the population distribution of men and women, the pro-abortion supporters will eventually have to face facts.
So, we will just keep making the case for Life. The bad news is that we have been at it for 45 years now. But the good news is that we are still at it 45 years later! We have not given up, given in or been silenced.
This month we will observe the 45th anniversary of the US Supreme Court decision to allow abortion on demand. All over the country, especially in Washington D.C., pro-lifers will march, witness and demand justice for the unborn.
Our local March will occur on Saturday, January 20. The March begins at 11:30 AM at Cesar Chavez Memorial Plaza (2nd Ave. & Washington). Rally at Wesley Bolin Memorial Park from 12:30-2:00 PM. Visit http://www.azliferally.org for additional details.
We shall not weary, we shall not rest, until every unborn child is protected in law and welcomed in life. We shall not weary, we shall not rest, until all the elderly who have run life’s course are protected against despair and abandonment, protected by the rule of law and the bonds of love. We shall not weary, we shall not rest, until every young woman is given the help she needs to recognize the problem of pregnancy as the gift of life. We shall not weary, we shall not rest, as we stand guard at the entrance gates and the exit gates of life, and at every step along way of life, bearing witness in word and deed to the dignity of the human person – of every human person. (Fr. Richard John Neuhaus in 2008)
Thanks to all of you for not growing weary and not resting in this most important of all civil rights battles.
Love, Fr. John B.
PS Attached to this Bulletin is the envelope for our annual Sanctity of Life Collection. We’ve moved it from October to January. Your support enables our Parish and our Diocese to continue to promote the Sanctity of all Human Life.