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February 16, 2009

Fighting for the Unborn: Lessons from Wilberforce

Wilberforce For every issue, it seems, there is always good news and bad news. For the pro-life movement, the good news is that the U.S. abortion rate has been falling for over a decade and now is at its lowest level since 1974. And the recent raft of life-affirming movies, like Juno, Bella, and Knocked Up, is an encouraging sign about public attitudes.

According to Pew Research, although a slight majority of Americans (54 percent) favor legalization, the vast majority (73 percent) believes that abortion is morally wrong in some, to nearly all, circumstances, with six out of 10 believing that the number of abortions should be reduced. Less than one-fourth consider abortion a non-moral issue. Given that contraception use held nearly steady during the past decade, the falling rate of abortion exhibits a growing uneasiness with the practice.

The bad news is that, even at the reduced rate, an abortion is performed once every 25 seconds, totaling 1.2 million per year. And, with a new administration that is the most abortion-friendly in history, the fight for the unborn just got harder. Continue reading.

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Zoe Sandvig

The type of reduction in abortions that Regis talks about is something to celebrate, not shake our heads that the fight still looms ahead. I dream of a day when it won't matter how legal our courts have made abortion, because the culture is so against it that the rule of law will be a moot case.

Jason Taylor

And yet society itself still feels awkward about it. Even pro-choice politicians, feel obliged to say "personally opposed but...".

Maybe it would be better to shift the focus to grass-roots for a while. While actually having it legally abolished should be a goal, that is(mortally speaking of course) impossible for the momment. Whereas it is not impossible to convince people not to get abortions and that would besides saving lives in the short term, make for an opinion base that would either get the law changed in the future or at least render it obsolete.

Gina Dalfonzo

The troubling thing (or perhaps "challenging thing" would be a better expression) is, I can't think of a single example in recent history of an evil practice dying out without actually being outlawed. Child labor, slavery, segregation -- they all needed grassroots opposition, but they all required the enacting of laws to wipe them out. I think we're being most realistic about our efforts and goals when we acknowledge that the grassroots and the political leadership (or whatever members of the political leadership we can get on our side, anyway) must work together if we're to have any hope.

Jason Taylor

Quite. I wasn't suggesting giving up efforts to outlaw it, I was suggesting redirecting efforts for a time.
Even if outlawing it has no effect it should be outlawed because the State cannot tolerate casual murder.
But there is more probability at the momment of discouraging abortion by other means then of attaining a change in the law.

Jason Taylor

How about impressment?

Jason Taylor

And then there is tax-farming which ended for the same reason as impressment-because more efficient and less brutal means of achieving the same goal became available.

Helotry was never technically outlawed. It just ended when the Thebans used the(obvious in retrospect but requiring a lot of nerve)method of parking ten-thousand men in Spartan territory long enough for all the Helots to run away.
But it wasn't technically outlawed.

Not to dispute your point Gina. Just rising to a challenge.

Gina Dalfonzo

I would expect nothing less from you, Jason. :-)

vikingmotherv

We need to remember the single parent families (mostly moms). The Dems are good at including the poor. Whether some of their policies benefit the poor is up to debate---and some (such as Dr. Walter Williams ) calls them poverty procurers(I am substituting a word here).

Thus, we need to include Mom (Dad if around) and child. Wonder (for instance) how many single moms realize how many free or extremely cheap kid programs are just down the street at the local church? Boy Scouts is an international quality program where young boys can learn from lots of men.

ALSO note Is it a "trial balloon for the embryonic stem cell announcement?" I saw a preliminary comment by a Mr. Axelrod for the Obama administration that they probably will announce that embryos can be used in research..."

Are they waiting to see if this trial balloon provokes outrage?

Remember also - Where do they get embryos? Either from young women overblasted with fertility drugs (most women normally produce one egg per month) and embryos over created from the dad's sperm....OR from young women whose eggs they have purchased...and then overblasted the young women with these drugs.

Hope that all of us search out these statements & respond...

(And---do we currently "use" aborted fetal tissue in research or is that horror to come soom also???)

At the least, we can shine the media spolight on these horrors...

Dr. Mengele would laugh at the irony...And HG Wells' Island of Dr. Moreau is the destination we are sailing for (if we do not change our high tech cannibalistic tendencies).

Sorry for the scattered thots. Have to take the adopted kid to friends!

Lisie

In a recent essay I wrote for an application, I referred to the gender imbalance in China, which was brought about because the one-child policy created cultural pressure for families to abort female children, since they would rather have a son. The committee advising me on my essay liked my discussion of the imbalance but wanted me to change the word from "abort" to "terminate." (I ignored that suggestion.)

I thought this was interesting because it suggests that even liberals are not as comfortable with the idea of abortion as they want everyone to think they are.

Rachel Coleman

Way to go, Lisle! Protecting language is a small-seeming but important thing, especially in regard to abortion. And especially in the world of academia.

And if you are able to do this is the calm and pleasant manner your post suggests, you are carrying on the battle in a wise manner.

You get a gold star.

labrialumn

The law is a teacher to teach people the difference between right and wrong, abortion being 'legal' is a lie deciving many. The law must be rectified.

If FOCA is signed, it will actually be illegal to communicate the pro-life position. During the Clinton administration, prior to the Infamous Act, The Clinton's had the FBi investigating everyone who was prolife, from the cardinal archbishop of New York on down, in the VAAPCON project. Pro-lifers and other conservatives were called 'terrorists'.

Now that with the Infamous Act, a president is able to call anyone a 'terrorist' or 'enemy combatant' with no due process, just the stroke of a pen, and with the surveillance State which we already have, and which will be perfected by the Sack of America bill (and a few other bills that have slipped under the radar, such as HR 604 (IIRC the number correctly) establishing civilian detention camps on military bases, and B. O. reserving 20,000 federal regulars quartered on American soil for dealing with the civilian population, there is at least the potential for things becoming far grimmer than Wilberforce could have imagined. Already there are 'Christians' positioning themselves to save their earthly lives at the cost of their immortal souls, I fear.

Of course, I specialize in perceiving the worst-case scenario. The danger and precedent do exist, however. Let us pray and pettion God that it does not come to pass.

We might find encouragement to endure in what looks like a hopeless battle elsewhere. Tolkien seems to have some of the best quotes on the importance of fighting on even though we die and achieve not in this life, victory: We must follow the example of Theoden, not the example of Denethor.

"I bow not yet before the Iron Crown,
nor cast my small golden sceptre down"

"... despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not."

Far above the Ephel Duath in the West the night-sky was still dim and pale. There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.

"'The counsel of Gandalf was not founded on foreknowledge of safety, for himself or for others,' said Aragorn. 'There are some things that it is better to begin than to refuse, even though the end may be dark.'"

There is naught that you can do, other than to resist, with hope or without it. But you do not stand alone."

"You may say this to Théoden son of Thengel: open war lies before him, with Sauron or against him. None may live now as they have lived, and few shall keep what they call their own.


12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

3For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God,

Sorry this is so disorganized, and I know there is more, but it is late and I've got to quit this for now.

Jason Ibrahim

labrialumn, those Tolkien quotes are fantastic. Thanks for the encouragement.

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