Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The nuances of abortion

Samantha Bee's interview with Texas State representative Dan Flynn (R) on Full Frontal proves what we've known all along: pro-lifers don't care about how people kill their children—they just think it's wrong. This is why you can't trust politicians. But the article showed up in the Health category of Yahoo News, so apparently pro-life politicians aren't the only ones who don't know how abortion works.

The headline claims that the politician seeking to restrict abortion/make abortion safer was “embarrassed” because he didn't know that a woman wasn't cut during an abortion (hopefully). Has anyone embarrassed someone because they didn't know exactly how the gas chambers worked at Aushwitz? Is that knowledge necessary to know something is sinful and to try to stop it?

Good and evil are clearly defined. Abortion is evil. You don't have to study it to know that. Just as a priest who doesn't have children of his own knows that children are a gift from God, we can know with certainty that killing children is an evil. Contrary to the logic of our experiential culture, we can intellectually know the ends of abortion, without having one or watching one, and want to restrict and abolish it. That's not foolishness, that's wisdom.

Abortion is dangerous. It kills a baby, it can and does physically harm the mother. But polls show that the restrictions which have resulted in abortion clinic closures in Texas mean women now have an “undue burden” in accessing an abortion. The Supreme Court will be addressing this concern in Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstedt. The restrictions passed in 2013 have resulted in fewer clinics, so women wanting to abort their babies have to spend more money on gas, drive farther, and worry about things like childcare and hotels.

It's a tragedy.

There have been 58,586,256 abortion since Roe v. Wade in America alone. Does that number reflect something that is difficult to access? Apple sold 58 million iPhones last spring in one quarter. Do iPhones seem difficult to access? Was the news covering the devastating shortage of iPhones? Have you ever heard someone say, “I really want an iPhone, I just don't know if I can get one. It seems very hard, and like it might require too much effort.” Can anything numbering in the tens of millions be difficult to access?

I've had someone knock on my door and ask me if I'm aware of the conditions under which bees make honey.Profiting from honey requires the manipulation and exploitation of the insects’ desire to live and protect their hive,” according to the article on PETA's website. Let's call Planned Parenthood the hive and Cecile Richards the Queen Bee. They receive half-a-billion dollars in government funding each year. They won't show you an ultrasound of your baby before you have an abortion. It's just tissue, after all. So why does studying the plight of the honeybee evoke such passion, yet Samantha Bee knows exactly how abortion is performed and condones it? Understanding something obviously has nothing to do with recognizing it for what it is.

Abortion is an evil. Our culture wants us to look at the lives of women seeking abortions and empathize with how limiting access to “healthcare” has burdened them. It wants sympathy for the bee, who is a victim of human manipulation, but turns women murdering their children into victims of a corrupt system. And all those who consider the baby, The victim is the woman, the baby is nothing but an inconvenience.

If we want to hear from a real woman on the abortion issue, let's bring Norma McCorvey to the Supreme Court hearing—let's hear from Roe herself. She's an actual person, she's pro-life, and she's Catholic. Let's hear from some of the women attending Rachel's Vineyard. Let's acknowledge that human life has a greater dignity than the honeybee, because we are made in the very image and likeness of God. Let's recognize abortion for the evil it is and end it.