Monday, January 20, 2014

41 Years of Roe vs. Wade

This week marks the 41st anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision, the infamous Supreme Court decision which of course struck down abortion bans in forty-six states.

Morality is not made through a vote resting upon the outcome in the majority. However, the eternal law of God is inscribed onto our hearts in the form of the natural law. We are all made for God, and the reasoning and understanding of what is good and what is evil is an expression of this. We move towards the self-evidently good so that when enlightened by faith, we might be in communion with the Good.

It's striking then that most of this country had vehemently anti-abortion laws in 1973. It's amazing-and contrary to popular rhetoric- that people wanted Roe. No. Pro-life laws were passed in Michigan, and New York and California were next, the two states with the most liberal laws at the time. In fact, Roe set the pro-life movement back several years. It seems that there is a connection between the growing pro-life movement and the timing of Roe.

Now it's pathetic, in the worst possible use of the word, that we march in Washington every year for an end to abortion in this country. It's horrible that there has to be a movement that's "pro-life." Why? Because it's fundamentally contrary to human reason to support the willful (on someone's part, at least, doctor, mother, nurse, etc. in some combination) murder of an innocent human life. It's pretty obvious that life should be allowed to flourish, if for no other reason than the continuation of the human species, although I think the importance (necessity, even) of the love between a man and a woman that results in the birth of a child becomes evident in due course.

God made each and every one of us, completely gratuitously, as He is supremely happy in Himself (Dei Filius, Vatican I). He has no need for us, and we can do nothing for Him that He cannot do Himself. We are made for the Lord our God, to know, love, and serve Him in this Life so that we might be with Him in the next. So I find it to be painfully disturbing and demonic that any person would be comfortable with taking an innocent human life in the womb.

 I recommend reading the Apostolic Constitution Effraenatum issued  by Pope Sixtus V in 1588. The consequences of an abortion are eternal, for the souls are denied the Beatific Vision and rest in a state of natural happiness in the limbo of the unbaptized infants. This gives Satan what he wants, that is the keeping of souls away from Our Father, Who art in Heaven.

In fact it IS demonic. We see in the ancient world, in places as diverse as Mexico, Ireland, and Mesopotamia the cults of human sacrifice to Moloch. Our Lord, as Dr. Peter Kreeft explains, offered Himself for us and the expiation of our sins. Hoc est enim corpus meum. It is a twisted parody that women are able to say, "This is my body," while taking a life instead of participating in the act which granted us life eternal, instead of uniting oneself to the Holy Cross which redeemed the world. Instead of being one's body, quod pro vobis tradetur, another body has been given up for oneself. Demonic activity is always at some level the inversion of sacrifice, and in abortion it is seen quite clearly as the inversion of the True Liturgy.

Let us learn to love one another with the Love of Christ which flows from His Most Sacred Heart. Let us love those precious ones in the womb even more, and let us love those who are in danger of having abortions. Let us pray that He, through this Love, has mercy on us for the continued occurrence and propagation of abortion, an act which, being murder, cries to Heaven for vengeance.

So if you ever wonder why we march for life, this is why.

This video was sent to me, and it's currently making its way round the Internet. Thank you Texas Alliance for Life.

P.S.: See you at the March for Life. If you can't make it, please pray for an end to abortion and for the conversion of all involved in abortion.

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