View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Gilbert Magazine's Strong Pro-Life Editorial

Gilbert Magazine, the magazine of The American Chesterton Society (i.e. G.K. Chesterton), has posted a strongly worded pro-life editorial in its June 2009 issue.

The title, "Reining in the Baby Butchers," makes it clear where they are heading.

The editorial focuses on the Freedom of Choice Act, which, as it notes, Barack Obama told Planned Parenthood, "The first thing I'd do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That's the first thing I'd do."

FOCA is an attempt to codify Roe vs Wade. It would abrogate any state or federal laws banning partial birth abortion and the use of taxpayer money for abortions, or calling for parental notification and "informed consent." And there's no conscience clause protection for health care employees or agencies. "Catholic hospitals would have to permit abortions or shut down. Catholic doctors would have to perform abortions or find another line of work."

The editorial points out that "Under FOCA, there would be no restrictions whatsoever on abortion."

Of course, it has to get voted on by Congress before the man they refer to as the "Abortion President" can sign it - and Congress - fortunately - has not acted on it yet. But the editorial warns that it may eventually do so.

Meanwhile, the editorial notes, copycat bills are popping up around the country in state legislatures. The editorial cites the example of Illinois legislation - bringing up again the Abortion President's "one legislative achievement when he sat in the Illinois State Senate ... he blocked legislation that would have made it a crime to kill babies who survive an abortion."

The Illinois "FOCA" bill was the target of "highly-organized pro-life groups" who had the support of Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, and is, for now, dead. Legislators who supported it initially, the editorial says, abandoned it as pressure mounted.

This defeat shows, "that pro-abortion legislation can still be defeated, even in today's extreme pro-abortion climate.

"The baby butchers and their enablers would do well to keep that in mind."

Bravo to the editors of Gilbert Magazine. Bravo to them for not mincing words.

They are right: Pro-lifers have to be vigilant, for the pro-abortion forces and their governmental minions like Obama will not stop.

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Blogger chestertonian said...

Hi Lee. Thank you very much for the mention and the kind words!

Sean Dailey
Gilbert Magazine

12:55 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

It's a great magazine. I look forward to it. I'm currently enjoying the movie articles in the current issue!

1:03 PM  
Blogger Nancy C. Brown said...

Thanks, Lee. I just read this column, and found it particularly pertinent as I live in Illinois, same as Sean. However, it is important on a national level, perhaps moreso.

Thanks for the great post.

5:25 PM  

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