Tuesday, January 22, 2013

forty years

January 22, 1973 -- Roe v. Wade decided and really things haven't been the same since.

Here's First Things' annual re-post of Fr. Neuhaus' inspiring lecture.  Over at Mirror of Justice Rick Garnett reflects on the Right-to-Live's transformations.  Finally at Vox Nova Kelly W. parses out the meaning of "personally opposed."

"And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness comprehended it not."

That's about it.  The "pro-choice" side--which many of the above linked pieces indicate find the ground underneath them shifting--doesn't comprehend what we seek.  They only perceive as right-deniers...or worse.  Fr. Neuhaus' piece is quite instructive;  we're focused on  life--everybody's life and thus everybody's right to life.

It took me a good long while to come around to this way of thinking.  Hadley Arkes' columns in First Things revealed the roots of abortion access stemmed from male, not female, self-interest.  What a great thing for sexually liberated men:  guilt-free, consequence-free sex!!  That, combined with Fr. Neuhaus' activism and reading John Paul II's Evangelium Vitae, helped bring me around.  When I was a child, I was concerned with childish things, but when I became a man...

The pro-live movement is so much more than "making somebody have a baby she doesn't want."  It's instead a defense of all life--the strong who can protest in streets and the weak who have no voice, the ones who stay (somewhat) pure and those who trapped in all sorts of deceit and pain, those who believe and those who don't.  It's this inclusiveness that also underlines the Catholicity of the pro-life movement.  It's a broader movement and world view than simply saving babies (although it certainly involves that!);  the pro-life movement forces us all to examine just how easily we let casual callousness into our lives so we don't feel the pains of the vulnerable and silenced.

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