What abortion has done to America

Can anyone deny these words from Mother Teresa?

“America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father’s role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts—a child—as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters.”

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://lutheranguest.blogspot.com/ Jim

    I haven’t looked at any survey data on the point recently, but only a few years ago men supported abortion in slightly higher percentages than women did.

    We have to catch the irony of this. Yes, it was only a few percentage points, but in elite culture & media, abortion is THE women’s issue, and its suppression aims to subjugate of women.

    If correct, then there ought to be much higher support for legalized abortion among women than among men. Even equal levels of support between the genders is inconsistent with this dominant pro-abortion narrative, and even the small pro-abortion preference among men is entirely counter to it.

    My hypothesis: women tend to be nesters; men tend to be “slam-bam, thank you ma’m.” (Please note the “tend to be” characterization.)

    If that’s correct, then the abortion ethic, far from representing the liberation of women from male domination, instead represents their surrender to one of the most base of male preferences — sex without responsibility.

  • Bruce Gee

    Change the tone of Theresa’s words, and you would find that most serious supporters of abortion agree:

    “Pitted mother against children” can be couched as
    “Grants freedom for women from the historic chains of childbearing.”

    “Pits…women against men” : Well, this is the slogan of the gender wars. Even if one didn’t really feel this way about one’s personal relationships with men, one had to support it because of the historic domination of women by men.

    “It has sown violence and discord…” would be met with “Huh?” A denial of violence and discord has been at the heart of the pro-abortion advocacy.

    “It has aggravated the derogation of the father’s role…”
    : “Mission Accomplished!”

    “It has portrayed the greatest of gifts–a child…”
    would meet this reply: “Exactly! When women are forced to have children, then it isn’t the greatest gift. It is only when women fully and independently choose childbearing, unfettered by men or the cause-effect of active sex, that they are truly free.”

    In other words, the good Mother was preaching to the choir. Her words and admonitions could be easily turned aside by dint of feminist translation.

  • CRB

    I think what America may face in the future unless there is a turning to the true and only God in Christ Jesus what the prophet Micah has written:
    Mic. 1:7 All her carved images shall be beaten to pieces,
    And all her pay as a harlot shall be burned with the fire;
    All her idols I will lay desolate,
    For she gathered it from the pay of a harlot,
    And they shall return to the pay of a harlot.”

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Well, CRB (@3), you’ve written that comment twice now (see also “When the Democratic party was pro-life”), so would you care to explain (1) what exactly constitutes “a turning to the true and only God in Christ Jesus” — what percentage are we talking about here? and (2) why this isn’t true for every country on the earth at all times?

    I’m not denying that sinful men (including Christians) will wreak their havoc on our countries and our lives.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    In response to CRB, I’ll write my comment 2X too:

    In response to CRB, I’m thankful that, although I’m a Christian and acknowledge that my faith helps to form my conviction in this area, I still don’t believe that the whole nation must turn to Christ in order to fix the terrible injustice wrought by laws which promote and protect abortion-on-demand. There are logical, and even scientific arguments which can lead any person no matter what their religion or worldview to see the foolishness of abortion choices.

  • CRB

    Alright, I withdraw the preface, but the quote remains!

  • James Robertson

    I believe that Roe vs. Wade has destroyed marriage in America. The rise in divorce and cohabitation since 1973 bears this out. The younger generation enter marriage with divorce in the back of their minds. Because women have been empowered homosexuals claim the same right to do as they will. And woe to any who object. That is what hate crime laws are for.

  • Rose

    Abortion has immeasurably changed the way women handle problems: if it’s inconvenient, destroy it. It also has created the Childless Class who are at the Generativity vs Stagnation age. I wonder if they create the many ‘victim’ classes we have so they can displace their need to nurture.

  • Tom

    Here’s an article that, I think, clearly explains why some men are in favor of abortion.

    http://www.gingiedmonds.com/January6.html


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