By Fr. George Welzbacher
January 20, 2013
Tuesday of this week marks the fortieth anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Nearly half a century of institutionalized mass murder, with fifty-five million precious, defenseless, innocent, dear-to-God infants slain, slain within their mothers' wombs: such is the ghastly yield of a Satanic decision, a decision handed down on January 22nd, 1973 by a majority - seven out of nine - of the Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, a decision as appalling for its brutal inhumanity as for the spurious reasoning on which it was based - "an emanation of the penumbra" of a hypothetical right, emerging from the Constitution on command. Fifty-five million dead. And counting.
To give proper force and depth to this grim statistic perhaps a nightmarish fantasy, in the style of Hieronymus Bosch, might be pressed into service, presenting in varying measure of arrested development and sacrilegious dismemberment the minuscule remains, overwhelming in their aggregate, of fifty-five million infants, strewn many layers deep on the steps and at the main portal and throughout all of the neighboring precincts of that temple of anything but perfect justice from which issue the rulings of our Supreme Court - an Auschwitz revisited, exponentially writ large.
One of the most heart-wrenching aspects of this harvest of evil is that Roe v Wade might well have been REVERSED, IF back in the 1980's Judge Robert Bork, distinguished constitutional scholar and persuasive exponent of originalist intent, HAD SECURED APPROVAL from the U.S. Senate as President Reagan's nominee to a seat on OUR NATION'S HIGHEST COURT. That this was not to be is due, first and foremost, to Senator Ted Kennedy. In manifest panic at the thought of Roe v. Wade's reversal, the so-called "Lion of the Senate" unleashed a campaign of vicious lies, no holds barred, against Judge Bork, a sustained campaign that found enthusiastic support from many of the Senate's other self-certified Catholics (who in fact formed the vanguard of the abortionist crusade), much abetted by the clamor of the media's full-throated hounds, thirsting for conservative blood. The lingering residue of this campaign-the immediate result was defeat for Judge Bork's candidacy-is the incorporation of a new verb into the English language: namely "to bork", that is to say, deliberately to destroy a foe's good name with a relentless campaign of lies. (In retroactive application one could say, for example, and with very good reason, that Pope Pius XII has been "borked" by those who falsely claim he did little or nothing to help the Jews during World War II).
From the initial phase of this Forty Years' War waged in defense of or in opposition to the mass murder of the innocent many of the protagonists have by now passed to judgment by a Higher Court, including quite recently, as a late-in-the-day convert to the authentic Catholic faith, Judge Bork himself. God's judgment has already been rendered upon them, committing them either to everlasting life or to a damnation that never ends, a judgment just and all-searching, against which there is no appeal. It belongs of course to God alone to plumb the depths of the sinner's soul to discern just which measure of objective evil the sinner's ignorance will excuse. And indeed we are all of us deeply moved at the "Good Thief's" very-last-hour repentance with an accordingly bestowed pledge of eternal life. We pray that the abortion crusade's zealots may receive the grace of a similar repentance. Nevertheless the standard itself by which the unrepentant sinner will be judged at the Tribunal of Divine Justice is clear, because God Himself has made it clear, as uncompromisingly articulated in the inspired words of Scripture: "Judgment without mercy to those who have shown no mercy" (James 2:13) and "No murderer has eternal life abiding in him" (I John 3:15). To which one may add the sobering admonition in the Book of Proverbs (with a slight realignment in the order of the words): "There are six things which the Lord HATES, seven which are an ABOMINATION to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, a man who sows discord among brothers, and HANDS THAT SHED INNOCENT BLOOD." (Proverbs 6:16-19).
* * * * *Abortion Fights Heat up as Roe v. Wade Turns 40
The Abortion War slogs on. And to the surprise of many the pro-Life cause is slowly but steadily GAINING on important fronts, as Cheryl Wetzstein notes in a report that appeared in The Washington Times (national edition) for January 7th.
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The Washington Times, January 7, 2013
Pro-life forces have LEGISLATIVE momentum across the country heading into 2013, but pro-choice supporters also see plenty of opportunities to win in and out of the COURTS, as the nation's political clash over abortion rights shows no signs of easing ahead of the 40th anniversary this month of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision.
In the wake of November's elections, 27 states now "enjoy a Republican majority in the legislature," said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, which supports pro-life candidates.
"We expect these states to be fertile ground for pro-life legislation," she said, noting that Michigan's Governor Rick Snyder, a Republican, signed a pro-life omnibus bill Friday.
She also cited the addition of pro-life Senators-elect Deb Fischer of Nebraska, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Ted Cruz of Texas, as well as the appointment of Representative Tim Scott to replace outgoing Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina. All are Republicans.
However, pro-choice advocates are savoring President Obama's return to office, as well as the additions of like-minded Senators-elect Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, and New Hampshire Governor-elect Maggie Hassan. They also welcomed the defeat of numerous "personhood" measures that would give human rights to the unborn, as well as Florida voters' rejection of a pro-life constitutional amendment.
And pro-choice allies have scored victories in the courts.
For instance, the American Civil Liberties Union in Georgia sued to block the state's new "fetal pain" law, which prohibits most abortions after 20 weeks of gestation out of concern that a fetus can feel pain at that age. The Georgia law - the seventh of its kind in the nation - was slated to go into effect Tuesday, but a judge with the Fulton County Superior Court issued a preliminary injunction against it on Dec. 20.
"We're glad that this dangerous, overreaching law has been put on hold," said Chad Brock, staff attorney with the ACLU of Georgia, which represented three doctors who said the law would hurt women [no concern of course for the woman's child].
Pro-choice attorneys also won a case in Oklahoma against two abortion-regulating laws.
"A woman's right to a full range of reproductive [well -O.K- make that ANTI-reproductive] health care is fundamental and constitutionally protected," Nancy Northrup, president and chief executive of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said after the Oklahoma Supreme Court threw out a law that would have required a pregnant woman to view her pre-abortion ultrasound and hear a verbal explanation about it.
The state high court also ruled unconstitutional a second Oklahoma law that banned "off-label" use of chemically induced abortions.
Pro-life supporters lamented the setback. The "off-label" law was especially important because at least eight women have DIED of complications after receiving abortion-inducing drugs in a way that "directly contravened" the approved Food and Drug Administration protocol, said Mailee Smith of Americans United for Life. The Oklahoma Supreme Court's decision means women are "left to the whims of an abortion industry that misuses abortion drugs for profit," she said.
The number of PRO-CHOICE court victories, however, PALES AGAINST THE BLIZZARD OF PRO-LIFE BILLS THAT HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED-AND OFTEN ENACTED-ACROSS THE NATION as Republicans increased their strength in state after state in the past two election cycles.
From 2000 to 2011, the number of states "supportive" of abortion fell to 15, while "fully 55 percent of women of reproductive age" live in one of the 26 states considered "hostile" to abortion," the Guttmacher Institute said in a report issued in early 2012.
State lawmakers are not finished, either: Since mid-2012, states enacted about 40 more ABORTION-RESTRICTING measures, Guttmacher researchers found.
This proliferation of restrictions is cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a likely reason why the number of abortions is declining in the United States.
In 2009, the number of reported abortions FELL to 784,507, an unusually steep 5 percent decline from the previous year, the agency said in a November report.
Moreover, the 2009 abortion rate of 15.1 abortions per 1,000 women of reproductive age was the LOWEST since the procedure was legalized in 1973, researchers said.
Pro-choice advocates are gearing up to fight abortion restrictions this year.
Michigan's governor said last week that the lobbying for and against the abortion bill was among the FIERCEST he had seen since taking office in 2011. The law requires doctors in the state to screen patients to ensure that they were not coerced into requesting an abortion and requires clinics that perform more than 120 abortions annually to be licensed.
"To be screened for coercion is a reasonable thing," Mr. Snyder told reporters in Lansing on Friday, according to the Detroit News. "It is really a question of women's health and safety."
But the governor, already under fire from labor groups for signing a bill last month making Michigan a right-to-work state, can expect to face more heat from pro-choice groups.
"Republicans across the country saw the consequences of their war on women this past November, and if Gov. Snyder thinks we're naive enough to believe his ridiculous excuses for signing this bill into law, he's sadly mistaken," said Michigan state Senator Gretchen Whitmer, who called the law "disgraceful."
But pro-life advocates promise that with new political allies in place and evidence of a growing pro-life sentiment among YOUNG Americans, they are not backing down on abortion politics, either.
"Pro-life intensity on this issue is not going to diminish anytime soon," Mrs. Dannenfelser said.
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And - surprise of surprises! - the front cover of decidedly left-liberal Time magazine [for January the 14th proclaimed with a dramatic headline that the pro-Life star is ASCENDANT!
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