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IHS

Ave Maria!
Third Sunday after Epiphany—22 January A.D. 2017
National Day of Shame

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    Five Eight Five Eight Six Two Five Six.  That’s something over fifty-eight and a half milliom dead children since the “legalization” of abortion by the U.S, Supreme Court on this date, forty‑four years ago, in 1973.  In spite of the Right to Life being the first of the “unalienable rights” enumerated in our Declaration of Independence that Kangaroo Court, claimed to somehow found the right to kill your baby in the U.S. Constitution.  Of course it is not there, and no one has been able to provide a copy of it with the words “right to kill” underlined or highlighted.

    Last year,  clueless Barack Obama issued a statement celebrating the anniversary of Roe v. Wade  as a wonderful thing, grounded in the idea that government should not intervene in the personal affairs of its citizens.[1]  That, in itself, is a joke, for never in history have we had a more intrusive government, doing less and less to protect the wellbeing of Americans.  Innocent children are put to death while dangerous criminals run lose.  Obama pardons turkeys and terrorists, but not the most innocent.

    Obama wrote that “In America, every single one of us deserves the rights, freedoms, and opportunities to fulfill our dreams,” seemingly oblivious to the fact that nearly sixty-million Americans have been denied all of their “rights, freedoms … and dreams.”  Had Roe v. Wade come a few years earlier (say in 1960) there is a good chance that there would be no Barack Obama to live his “rights, freedoms … and dreams.”  Actually, Kenya has comparatively strict abortion laws.[2]

    It is fairly certain that the Natural Law principles in our Declaration of Independence trace back at least to Cardinal Saint Robert Bellarmine, of whose writings Thomas Jefferson was aware.[3]  But the right to life was recognized thousands of years before Christ. 

    The CODE OF HAMMURABI (c. 1800 B.C.) fined the man who destroyed an unborn child by striking a pregnant woman…. In the ASSYRIAN CODE (c. 1500 B.C) infliction of the lash and public service were imposed upon the man who caused an abortion by striking a woman with child. It is worth noting that in both the CODE OF HAMMURABI and the Assyrian law, an unborn fetus was considered a human being.

    In the VENDIDAD of ancient Persia, the woman with child was admonished not to destroy the fruit of conception.... If she failed to heed this warning, both she and the father of the child were held to be guilty of willful murder The guilt of the crime was imputed also to the person who supplied the abortifacient drugs ….[4]

    The Hippocratic Oath, an ancient statement of medical ethics, dates to at least 300 B.C. and forbids the administration of medicine calculated to cause abortion or to kill any living human being.  The invocation of the Greek gods indicates that the author knew these regulations to come from divinity.

    Our Declaration of Independence was written to justify our revolt against the British Crown.  In part it states that:

    All men are created equal … they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government….[5]

    That is to say that governments which deny the unalienable rights  are not legitimate governments, and are subject to replacement  by one that is legitimate.  We shall see what the new regime will bring to Washington.

    Much of modern attack on human life is based on false science.  Around the time of Roe v. Wade,  a man named Paul Ehrlich wrote a book titled The Population Bomb.   It accused the Church of opposing “modern science” with its prohibitions on abortion and birth control.  The Earth’s population was then about three billion, and Ehrlich predicted impending worldwide starvation, with the planet unable to feed and clothe so many.  Today we are getting close to eight‑billion people, and we are better off than when the number was less than half a billion.  The earth was made by God for humankind.  The more people there are, the more goods that can be produced—the more people there are, that many more human minds there are to discover and utilize new resources. [6] Ehrlich and what he called “modern science” were flat out wrong.  (Perhaps that is why Pope Francis’ Pontifical Academy of Science invited him to a Vatican conference on “Biological Extinction”  “How to Save the Natural World.”[7])

    Actual modern science has demonstrated that life begins at conception, and that the newly conceived child has the full complement of the human genome.  And let us not forget that a living human being has an immortal soul that should be given the opportunity to spend eternity in the Beatific Vision of God.  Every child is a child of God.

    So, on this day of national shame, please join with the millions of other pro-life people in praying for a new found sense of respect for every human life from conception to natural death.


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