Who says it's not a good time to end abortion?
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by Barbara Kralis
There are a myriad of false perceptions on what constitutes being pro life among pro life groups. Some groups' work is counter productive to authentic pro life work. They are part time or quasi pro lifers.
This fact, that some groups are not really pro life, is the reason why the U.S. is still counting over 45 millions babies surgically killed after almost 32 years of work? Some groups are so flawed they must be called fakes.
There is only one correct defense if we are to stop the killing of babies. We must be pro life with no exceptions.
A good example of a group actually being counter productive to life is what happened recently in the South Dakota Congress during March, 2004 legislation. It involves shocking action taken by the National Right to Life (NRL) and its South Dakota Right to Life (SDRL) chapter's officer, State Sen. Jay Duenwald, an action that will affect thousands of children's lives. Here's what took place.
South Dakota's House of Representatives had just passed the abortion ban bill 1191 by an overwhelming majority, 54 to 14 and was headed to the Senate. Instead of supporting this important piece of pro life legislation, NRL joined forces with pro abortion members of the legislature to defeat the initial bill, which had absolutely no exceptions in it. It was a perfect pro life bill.
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NRL then attacked the forced compromised measure, which was still powerful legislation, banning virtually all abortions in South Dakota, making it a felony punishable to 15 years. Even pro abortion lobbyists called the revised bill "the most restrictive anti-abortion measure since Roe v Wade." Countless children would be saved. It would have been challenged in the U.S. Supreme Court, and once there, a viable possibility of overturning Roe v. Wade.
Next, the Senate narrowly approved the compromise measure, 18 to 17. When the bill arrived on the Governor's desk, he sent it back with a "style and form" veto suggesting some technical changes which had to be approved by both houses of the legislature for the bill to become law. Although the House again overwhelmingly passed the bill, NRL's officer, Sen. Duenwald, had a second chance to defeat it. This time, with the help of NRL's powerful lobbying efforts, they succeeded. The bill was defeated by an 18 to 17 vote.
National Right to Life, a mainstream ecumenical face of the pro life movement, teamed up with child killers 'Planned Parenthood' to defeat a bill by saying, "It's not the right time for this bill," a bill that would have met no resistance what so ever...the Governor was pro life, the District Attorney was pro life, both the house and the senate were pro life. Indeed, it would have been fait accompli for the life of the unborn.
The Church is very clear on the sinfulness of NRL's action. Referring to such rationalization, Pope Paul VI said "One cannot do evil so that good may follow therefrom" (Humane vitae n.14; Rom.3:8). According to the principle of double effect, even in a moral dilemma, the act in question must be good or at least neutral. One may not do evil in order to accomplish good. The end does not justify the means. Evil is evil.
It is no secret among many hard working pro lifers that NRL has caused much confusion during the past 30 years because they lack consistency and faithfulness in all life issues, including contracepting, IVF, cloning, abortion, euthanasia, etc. One cannot call themselves pro life if they only are pro life on one or two issues, alleging that a little bit of murder (called 'exceptions') can be allowed.
Wielding enormous electoral clout, mostly within the Republican Party, NRL supports the murder of innocent unborn babies using the 30 year old "The Life of the Mother" ruse. Contrary to this barefaced lie, hundreds of doctors have given testimony there is never a reason to destroy the child to save the life of a mother. Another pro abortion myth that NRL has perpetuated.
NRL also states that a person can support abortion in cases of rape and incest and still call themselves pro life. Oh, really? This is a moral relativism at its worst.
Another dismal fact shows that NRL is not opposed to the evil "in-vitro fertilization" nor to "fertility clinics" that throw away thousands of living humans, or embryos, every year.
Remember President George W. Bush's August 9, 2001 morally unacceptable decision for the U.S. to become complicit on the existing stem-cell research line, pursued with taxpayer's money? NRL came out in full support the next morning, saying, "We are delighted that President Bush's decision prevents the federal government from becoming a party to any further killing of human embryos for medical experimentation." Such a view weakens a pro life position. Was the NRL living in a spider hole in Tikrit at the time?
Former Ambassador Alan Keyes, a Republican supporter, said Bush's decision was more damaging than anything that Bill Clinton, often called the villain of the right, could have done. "The evil that you know, the evil that inspires you to fight again is not the worst evil," Keyes said. "The worst evil creeps behind your lines and dominates your leadership."
The Vatican and U.S. Catholic bishops swiftly denounced the President's actions as murderous. The federal government, for the first time in history, supported research that relies on the destruction of some defenseless human beings for the possible benefit to others. Remember, the end can never justify an evil means?
Perhaps most importantly, NRL does not oppose the selfish, destructive practice of contraception and nor increased funding to 'population control' (pro abortion term meaning 'contraception') programs, except in rare cases. Is it never lawful or morally right to profit from the direct killing of innocent human beings.
Contraception is the root of the sin of abortion and the main key within the pro life movement. If your pro life group does not oppose all contraception, then your work will always fail.
When parents contracept, it is easily perceived by the children in the family, indoctrinating them into believing that controlled reproduction and abortion are a normal way of life (most contraceptives are murderous abortifacients, meaning they cause the death of a growing child).
Pope Paul VI prophesied that any concessions given to any contraceptives would lead to acceptance of abortion, euthanasia, pornography, promiscuity, divorce, homosexual activity, in vitro fertilization and cloning. The world now sees the Pope was right in each instance.
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NRL's well known indifference on the heavily toxic (to the baby as well as to the mother) 'morning after pill' and other abortifacients is a tragedy for all mankind. The number of surgical abortions can be approximated at 45 million in the U.S. alone, but the number of chemical abortions would be in the hundreds of millions, ever since 'The Pill' was introduced in the l960's.
We clearly can see that NRL and some (not all) of their 3,000 local affiliates are 'Cafeteria Pro Lifers,' picking and choosing which murders they want to accept, while the killing goes on, every day, tallying 1.3 surgical murders every year, 3,600 'recorded' abortions per day (what makes anyone thing that a 'doctor' who murders babies would want to keep correct tax records?). That's one child murdered every 17 seconds. NRL clearly lacks faithfulness and consistency in the face of this war.
Consistency is faithfulness. Pope John Paul II said, "But all faithfulness must pass the more exacting test of duration. It is easy to be consistent for a day or two. It is difficult and important to be consistent one's whole life. It is easy to be consistent in the hour of enthusiasm; it is difficult to be so in the hour of tribulation. And only a consistency that lasts throughout the whole life can be called faithfulness" (Mexico, 1979).
The killing will not end until the work is consistent and faithful to the most important of all life matters...the life of the unborn, the innocent, the infirmed. Until enough of us are consistently pro life, with no exceptions and no 'buts,' we'll continue to wallow in the blood of the innocent.
So that we don't lose hope, there are groups that are consistently pro life, with no exceptions. One such group is American Life League. Judie Brown, ALL's president, warns that the cultural crisis with its ambivalence about abortion only serves as a call for greater vigilance. "We are keeping watch," she said. "We have a right to demand accountability from both our elected representatives and those who speak for the pro life movement. And we have an obligation to the babies to do exactly that."
One recourse to end the killing is a constitutional "Human Life Amendment,' but how can the pro life movement persuade enough Americans that abortion should be banned, that we need such an amendment, when pro life groups are unconvincing in their lack of consistency and faithfulness.
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Roe v. Wade will not be overturned unless it has a case on which to base its reversal, such as the excellent South Dakota bill. Richard Thompson, President/Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center accused NRL of betrayal, "It is one thing for National Right to Life to disagree with the timing of a bill banning abortions, it is another thing for them to join forces with pro abortionists to kill the ban - it is a betrayal of the unborn and pro-life movement. When is it the wrong time to do what is right? This organization has lost the moral authority to lead the pro- life cause."
If this isn't the right time to end abortion, tell that to the 4,000 babies that will be surgically murdered tomorrow.
Barbara Kralis, the article's author, writes for various Christian and conservative publications. She and her husband, Mitch, live in the great State of Texas, and co-direct the Jesus Through Mary Catholic Foundation. She can be reached at: Avemaria@earthlink.net
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