Wednesday, June 15, 2005

M&I: Fudging Freedom

The first paragraph that really struck me in Memory and Identity was this, on page 11 (for a little context, PJP had been talking about the ideologies of evil in the 20th century - namely nazism and communism):
At this point, we cannot remain silent regarding a tragic question that is more pressing today than ever. The fall of the regimes built on ideologies of evil put an end to the forms of extermination just mentioned in the countries concerned. However, there remains the legal extermination of human beings conceived but unborn. And in this case, that extermination is decreed by democratically elected parliaments, which invoke the notion of civil progress for society and for all humanity. Nor are other grave violations of God's law lacking. I am thinking, for example, of the strong pressure from the European Parliament to recognize homosexual unions as an alternative type of family, with
the right to adopt children. It is legitimate and even necessary to ask whether this is not the work of another ideology of evil, more subtle and hidden, perhaps, intent upon exploiting human rights themselves against man and against the family.

This passage certainly isn't the first to compare the atrocity of abortion with the atrocities of the killing centers or gulag - government supported extermination and oppression. Of course, John Paul states the connection more eloquently, intelligently and cohesively than many others have. But what struck me was that last sentence (emphasis mine), particularly the last clause: "Intent upon explointing human rights themselves against man and against the family." The use of so-called "rights" or "freedoms" to justify and encourage inherently sinful and destructive acts certainly is (at least) as powerful a euphemism as "resettlement to the East." The thing about the Nazis, however, is that they knew their euphemism was a euphemism. I don't think those who support abortion do.

The pro-life movement has made great strides in its human and public relations, becoming more charitable and hopeful (as it should be) in the last couple of years. But I still think there is work to be done to make the world - and individuals - recognize that a "right to abortion" simply does not exist and is, in fact, a contradiction in terms, as rights are conferred by God alone and abortion is the greatest example of the denial of the right to life. Who can argue against rights? No one, and rightfully so, as they are given us by God. But we need to expose the "right to abortion" as the lie which it is.