Monday, June 04, 2007


Things are heating up on the abortion front, but the battle is internecine:
In a highly visible rift in the anti-abortion movement, a coalition of evangelical Protestant and Roman Catholic groups is attacking a longtime ally, Focus on the Family founder James C. Dobson.

Using rhetoric that they have reserved in the past for abortion clinics, some of the coalition's leaders accuse Dobson and other national antiabortion leaders of building an "industry" around relentless fundraising and misleading information.

At the center of the dispute is the Supreme Court's April 18 decision upholding the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, a federal law against a procedure in which a doctor partially delivers a late-term fetus before crushing its skull.

While I would love to see abortion outlawed and Roe v. Wade overturned (in part because it's simply a horrible decision constitutionally), I don't believe that abortion will ever be universally outlawed in the US. The best we can hope for are incremental changes that limit abortion, and perhaps outlaw it in some states.

Lest we forget what all this is about, the article tells us plainly what we're dealing with here:
...a procedure in which a doctor partially delivers a late-term fetus before crushing its skull...

Minnery added. "The old procedure, which is still legal, involves using forceps to pull the baby apart in utero..."

Lord, forgive us for doing this to our nation's children.


jdavidb said...

Lord, forgive us for doing this to our nation's children.

While I am in need of forgiveness for many things, this is not a sin I have yet committed.

Now, as for the emotions I felt when I read the description of the alternative procedure to partial birth abortion ... maybe there's something there I need to confess and repent of...

Alan said...

Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people. (Proverbs 14:34)

God clearly can view the righteousness of a people or nation as a whole. While I am not personally responsible for abortion, as a part of a people (Americans) that have tolerated and promoted it, I pray that God will have mercy on us.

Bill said...

What a marked contrast between the words of these Catholic bishops and the "born again" politicians in Washington.

If the GOP were serious about allowing the US citizens to end abortion, they would strip the Supreme Court of jurisdiction to consider the issue. That would permit state legislation to govern. But they don't--and "activists" like Dobson don't ask them to--because too many votes and too much money in donations is at stake.

Abortion has become the bread the imperial GOP senators and their pint-size Caeser throw to Christians in order to buy votes and appease consciences.

Anonymous said...

The present Congress and no future Congress that I can imagine will ever strip the Cour tof any of its power.

That is why I still even consider voting for a major Presidential candidate, though no one I'm comfortable with has appeared yet.

I agree with Alan that we need to look to incremental changes, but not just concernign abortion but in all areas where the federal government, especially the Court has overstepped its Constitutional limitations.