(Here is a reprise of what we posted on the last sombre anniversary of Roe v. Wade, now, as so many have hoped and prayed cast into the rubbish heap of history as an egregiously bad decision based, as you may read, on a tissue of lies, deception and errant philosophical principles. The work now begins in earnest, state by state, jurisdiction by jurisdiction, but we should keep history in mind as we move towards its culmination)
Today is the sombre anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court Decision that imposed abortion on all of the United States, making it illegal to make abortion illegal before 24 weeks gestation. This is now being reviewed, as mentioned previously, by the Mississippi v. Dobbs case, in which the aforementioned state passed a law forbidding abortion after 15 weeks, the so-called ‘heartbeat bill’. The 2022 Supreme Court will decide sometime this spring, and, we may hope, strike down the infamous Roe decision, casting it into the rubbish heap of history.
The annual March for Life is the biggest public demonstration, but woefully underreported in the mainstream media. Hundreds of thousand souls – representing millions more – have witnessed for decades against this ongoing holocaust. If the law is struck down, legislating abortion will return to the states
Such regional legislation is nearly impossible here in monarchical federalist Canada, under the tinpot dictatorship of the Trudeaus, the son far more pro-abortion that his father, but both with much for which to answer, for how they have treated the least of Christ’s little ones. Most Canadians, alas, have been brainwashed by our legal, educational and health-care establishments to consider abortion a purely ‘private’ decision between a ‘woman and her doctor’, leaving out, of course, the humanity and personhood unborn child. We must not underestimate the pedagogical effect of law, both of the good and bad variety.
There is a silver, if not golden, lining in all of this: Today’s martyr Vincent went straight to eternal beatitude and, we may hope and pray, so do all the aborted children who, like the Herodian innocents, knew not any taint of personal sin. The primary evil in abortion is moral and spiritual, the corruption of the human will, which makes the soul who formally cooperate in this grave and even demonic evil, in proximate danger of eternity of hell, that tragic and final and irrevocable loss of the beatific vision. As the Catechism puts it, ‘the state of self-exclusion from communion with God and the blessed’.
That is why Pope John Paul II declared in the very opening of Evangelium Vitae (1995) that not only do these numerous crimes against life ‘poison human society’ at its very roots, but “they do more harm to those who practise them than to those who suffer from the injury” (E.V., #3).
Strong words indeed, given the heinousness of abortion. For moral evil is always more grave than physical evil. As the Truth Himself warns:
And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather be afraid of him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Mt. 10:28)
The great Pope also warned that the two primary causes of abortion are the moral evils of contraception, which builds up a ‘contraceptive mentality’, (E.V., #13) seeing the unborn child as an invading enemy to be destroyed. Nancy Pelosi is deluded in saying that those who hate abortion should love contraception. Abortion is almost always an a posteriori contraceptive.
The other cause is what the Holy Father calls the trivialization of sexuality (E.V., #97) – ‘trial marriages’ and ‘live-in unions’ without long-term commitment provide little welcome to a child, and many go not even that far, treating the sacredness of what should be the marital bond as little more than the scratching of a prurient itch, the feeding of transient lust.
But that demon requires his own sacrifice – yes, of the unborn child who may be conceived in such unions.
A final thought: God can bring great good from both moral and physical evil, often in ways that we cannot imagine nor foresee. Hence, as we pray to Saint Vincent on this memorial, let us also include the intercession of the millions – and there are untold millions – of all those babies, we may hope are in heaven before the face of God, awaiting their own resurrection in full glory. Pray for an end to abortion, and the moral insanity that leads thereto.
While we’re on that theme, here are but two miracles of conversion, both connected to the infamous 1973 Supreme Court Decision, when the United States determined to allow the murder of its own citizens:
There is ‘Jane Roe’ herself, the woman at the centre of this initial abortion case, whose real name was Norma Leah McCorvey Nelson. She indeed won the right to murder her own child, urged to falsely claiming she had been raped to add emotional appeal to the decision; but the decision thankfully came too late; she not only gave birth to that child (while the three-year Court judgement was pending), but later converted to Catholicism and became a leader in the pro-life movement, dying five years ago, on February 18th, 2017. (I will leave aside the recent controversy of that tendentious and contentious interview as she lay dying).
And Dr. Bernard Nathanson, one of the physicians who suggested the lie about the ‘millions of back-alley abortions’, which he knew wasn’t true, to add his own further emotional appeal to abortion’s ultimate legalization – and protesters still use the infamous ‘coat hanger’ as their symbol. Nathanson himself performed thousands of abortions of all varieties – including on his own child – until finally one day the truth began to dawn, and while placing dismembered baby parts on the surgical tray, he saw that they were in fact the limbs and legs of actual humans. It took some time, but eventually he too converted to Catholicism – dying ten years ago, ironically also in February (the 21st), and was at the forefront in the fight to end abortion up until the very end. It was Dr. Nathanson who produced the influential 1984 medical documentary The Silent Scream, showing through real-time ultrasound what an abortion actually is – a baby trying to scream, silently in his watery environment, in its – his – own death throes.
Who knows how many others were brought to the truth by witnessing the effects of the moral evil of abortion? The Knights of Columbus have done wonderful work in the States with their 4-D ultrasounds, through which mothers – before deciding on an abortion – watch their babies in full technicolour. As far as I know, no woman has chosen to kill her child after seeing these images. Could a mother really forget her child?
For heaven rejoices over even one sinner who repents…
While we continue to pray, sacrifice and work to end the holocaust, we should keep in our minds and hearts that in the midst of this carnage, over which God Himself may almost be said to weep, He is also able in His infinite power to bring great good. For this is a battle not “against flesh and blood, but against the Principalities and the Powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness on high”
Against which only Christ and His Church can give the victory.