Most arguments for abortion have treated it as a tragic but sometimes necessary choice, something regrettable. The goal should be to make abortion “safe, legal,” but also “rare.” But tolerating a morally questionable practice is no longer enough; now that practice must also be affirmed as good. A new book, Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights by Katha Pollitt, argues that we need to start thinking of abortion as something that is morally good, just as good as letting the child be born. [Read more…]
For all of the Democratic campaign rhetoric accusing pro-lifers of conducting a “war on women,” it turns out that 29% of Democrats are pro-life. Now the antiabortion Susan B. Anthony List is doing some creative campaigning to enlist pro-life Democrat women to persuade them to vote their convictions. [Read more…]
With the help of modern science, pro-lifers have pretty much won the argument that a baby in the womb is a human life, there being little difference between a child in the womb and a child outside the womb. But that doesn’t mean pro-abortion zealots are necessarily changing their beliefs. To an increasing number, this just means that it is also fine to kill the child outside the womb.
In fact, to many college students–many of whom have been required to read the pro-infanticide arguments of Princeton ethicist Peter Singer–children are not “self-aware” until they are 4 or 5 (have they never talked to a 4 or 5 year old?), and so it should be legal to kill them up to that point. [Read more…]
Abortion, far from being a modern medical procedure, was rampant in the past, including in the 19th century. After the jump is an interview with Frederick Dyer, the author of a biography of Dr. Horatio Robinson Storer, the physician responsible for passing anti-abortion laws. He stopped so many abortions that, statistically, he may have saved the life of one of your ancestors, without whom you would cease to exist. [Read more…]
Here are two heart-breaking stories of women with terminal brain cancer. The first is moving to Oregon so she can avail herself of physician-assisted suicide, searching for control of her life and “death with dignity.” The second says why she is rejecting that option and how she is putting her faith in Jesus Christ. Read them both. Discuss.
HT: Rev. James Douthwaite
Neuroscientist Adrian Owen has been studying the brain activity of people who are in a “vegetative state.” A recent experiment showed a classic episode, “Bang! You’re Dead!” from Alfred Hitchcock’s TV show, directed by the master of suspense himself, to two unresponsive people with brain injuries, as well as two healthy people. One of the “vegetables” showed identical brain responses to the healthy viewers. After the jump, an account of the research, plus the video of the episode. [Read more…]