Today is the second anniversary of the election of our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, to the supreme pontificate. Let us keep him in our prayers, that God will bless him with sanctity, wisdom, courage, and stamina to continue this greatest of all ministries in the Church and the world.
And today, we have the joy of learning that yesterday, the Supreme Court handed down the decision upholding the federal statute that bans the so-called “partial-birth abortion,” in which a child is killed in the very act of being born. Those pro-abortion advocates are wailing over the fact that this decision is a threat to women’s health. I would like to remind them that a female child is a woman, and to kill her is indeed a VERY GREAT THREAT to her health. In fact, it is the total destruction of it. But of course, our adversaries will not admit that a child in the womb is a human being. By some nonsensical magic in their minds, the child only becomes a human being upon emergence from the womb into the light of day. As long as the baby is still in the womb, they contend that he or she is only “embryonic or fetal tissue,” and may therefore be cut to pieces or vacuumed out or expelled from the life-nurturing womb by any chemical or mechanical means at hand.
In the article which I read today, I was told that “only a few thousand of the roughly 1.3 million procedures performed each year in the United States” fall into the category forbidden by the statute affirmed by the new Supreme Court decision. But wait: let’s analyze this statement carefully. First, it doesn’t speak of “abortions”; it speaks of “procedures.” And the pro-abortion crowd NEVER speak of a child in the womb as a human being, a child, or a baby. They are very careful in the selection of their terms. Then the article speaks of “only a few thousand.” Only a few thousand people were killed in the 9/11 attacks. But we don’t use the word “only” in that connection. Only 32 were killed on Monday of this week at Virginia Tech. But we don’t use the word “only” there either. You are only one person; I am only one person. And there is only one God; he tells us “You shall not kill.” And he is a majority of one. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.
Note: This message was composed some years ago.