Advocating For The Dignity of Human Life From Fertilization To Natural Death

What is man?

Jun 11, 2019 | 0 Comments
Psalm 8

Psalm 8

Get ready for a stunning Psalm at Mass this weekend: Psalm 8.

The psalmist sings:

“When I behold your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which you set in place — what IS man that you should be mindful of him, or the son of man that YOU should care for him?”

Yes, what is man that we are that important to the Creator of the universe? And yet the psalmist is just getting warmed up on this subject:

“You have made him little less than the angels, and crowned him with glory and honor.

You have given him rule over the works of your hands, putting all things under his feet.”

Angels are awesome, spiritual creatures, superior to man in every way, but one: only man can take Christ into his body, as we do at the Table of the Lord at Mass. The psalmist says despite our human failings, we’re just about in the league with the angels. What an honor and serious responsibility!

Nothing else on earth compares to man, as the psalmist concludes:

“All sheep and oxen, yes, and the beasts of the field,

the birds of the air, the fishes of the sea,

and whatever swims the paths of the seas.”

God has given man dominion over all the rest of His creation.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 355) explains the four ways that man occupies a unique place in creation:

  1. God made him in his image.
  2. He united in man the spiritual and material worlds.
  3. He created him male and female.
  4. And God established man in his friendship.

Join us in honoring this friendship. Support Iowans for LIFE’S mission to protect man from the instant of fertilization until natural death.

What is man? A friend of God.

Why God allows war

Jun 7, 2019 | 0 Comments
D-Day

By Tom Quiner

Dad died 34 years ago. I just ran across his recollections of participating in the D Day invasion as a 23 year old young man. He wrote it on the 40th anniversary of D Day, June 6th, 1984, a year before he died.

A few excerpts written by John Quiner:

John V. Quiner

“Several weeks or so prior to the D-Day landing, I was involved in a mock landing at Slapton Sands, Cornwall, England  This was an amphibious military operation consisting of, as I recall, three LST’s, several LCI’s, a flotilla of LCT’s (18 of this type of craft and a hundred or so of LCVP’s and LCM’s).

There was an obvious paucity of protective type vessels such as destroyers or cruisers. At dusk several German E-Boats came across the Channel, one going past the bow of my ship firing torpedoes as they came and sinking 2 LST’S. The ships literally exploded as the torpedoes went into the fuel tanks, setting off ammunition and many large explosives. 

I could see the GI’s jumping and falling overboard in mass hysteria. As the E-Boats made their quick turn, returning back to the other side of the channel, we commenced picking up as man dead American soldiers as we could and we had 50 to 60 dead bodies in grotesque positions which we dragged aboard our ship.

At that time we anchored along side the shore for the night and the next morning took the bodies into one of the ports in Cornwall.

I sensed from the expression on the faces of the military personnel under his command, that this might have been their first experience with this type of death as it was with me.”

Bombed a few weeks before D-Day

“One to three weeks prior to the D-Day landing, we were anchored in a port called Portland-Weymouth in Cornwall England, and during the night the German Airfare sent over a group of bomber planes dropping bombs and delayed mines in the harbor.

Again for a young officer of 23 years, I was amazed at the fact that I had again survived after being in the center of a lethal target area.  After the confusion of the bombing subsided, we attempted to sleep for a few hours.

Early the next morning we were awakened again by a huge series of explosions and I was thrown from my bunk clear across my cabin, striking my head on the steel bulkhead.  My ship which was at anchor, was apparently anchored over a delayed mine which exploded, blowing out all three of the engines of my ship and splitting open the entire hull of the rear section of the craft. 

Inasmuch as we were taking on water very quickly, I had my signalman signal ashore and ordered two tugs to come out.  They responded immediately and straddled each side of my ship with steel cable and were able to get the ship to the shore and up to a marine railway.  They immediately set to work on the ship and over the next week or ten days they completely welded in a new steel bottom and installed three new marine engines.

This was the same ship that I sailed across the English Channel, landing at Omaha Beach on the third wave on D-Day of June 6th, 1944.”

***

On my ship I carried nine Sherman tanks and the crews of the tanks commanded by Lieutenant Colonel.  The colonel was in the lead tank and as he went on to the beach, his tank went over a land mine blowing the track off of it.  I saw his head appear out of the tank opening and he was shot by machine gun fire and apparently killed at that point in time — as nearly as I could determine.

There is a God

… there was a disastrously severe storm which occurred sinking hundreds of landing ships and craft including my own. I was washed overboard without a life preserver, in full foul weather gear and heavy boots.  I emerged gasping from an 8 to 10 foot wave, full of swallowed sea water and fuel oil.

I was sure I was drowning and felt the deepest despair that I had ever encountered.  I was cold, I was sick, and I was fighting to survive.  At the moment of my deepest despair, at the moment when I felt that I was drowning for sure, I felt something at my back which turned out to be the top of the mast of an old sunken ship.

At the top of the mast, I saw a metal ring which was fastened thereto, and hanging from this ring was a section of old heaving line or halyard about three to four feet long.  At the peak of the wave, I was able to grab the rope and quickly tie it around my waist where I was able to hang for several hours before the waves subsided enough for a rescue boat to get me off.

At that moment, at the risk of being melodramatic, I knew that there was a God in the sky.  I survived!”

Does war prove God doesn’t exist?

World War II was supposed to be the war that ends all war. It wasn’t. If there’s really a God, as my Dad claimed there was, why does God allow war?

War’s very existence is proof to some that God doesn’t exist. And yet C.S. Lewis suggests that God allows war for a reason. Here is an excerpt from his story, The Screwtape Letters, where the demon, Screwtape, explains God’s logic:

C.S. Lewis

“This, indeed, is probably one of the Enemy’s [God’s] motives for creating a dangerous world—a world in which moral issues really come to the point. He sees as well as you do that courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means, at the point of highest reality. A chastity or honesty, or mercy, which yields to danger will be chaste or honest or merciful only on conditions. Pilate was merciful till it became risky.”

The indisputable virtue

D-Day

In a world where forces are at work to redefine society’s virtues, courage remains an indisputable virtue. Our soldiers have gone into battle absolutely terrified at the thought of dying. Their legs shook. They vomited. Their heads pounded. And yet they stormed the beach in the face of enemy fire, in the face of probable death. Watch the reenactment above from Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan.”

Courage is essential for humanity to flourish

Historians called this scene the most accurate depiction of the D-Day invasion in cinema history. However, a veteran who lived through the hell of that day said Spielberg didn’t use enough body parts. They were everywhere, making the reality of war more grisly, more horrific, more demonic.

Mr. Lewis suggests that these examples of courage, that these examples of spilled blood, bear fruit by nourishing something absolutely essential to our humanity: courage.

A different kind of war

Those of engaged in the pro life movement are engaged in a war of a different nature, but indeed it is a war, complete with body parts and grotesque death. Mother Teresa called abortion war:

St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

“The greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”

We’re all tested in life. It takes courage at the “testing point” to do the right thing. Who knows, this day may test you. Remember the examples of our veterans who faced physical danger that most of us will never face.

We salute you, brave soldiers. You gave your best to America.

We need your courage more than ever.

[Tom Quiner is president of Iowans For LIFE’s board.]

The art of the deal, Disney style

Jun 4, 2019 | 0 Comments
Walt Disney Company abortion

Walt Disney Company abortionChina is a cesspool of human rights abuse. Despite the despicable degradations imposed upon its citizens, the Walt Disney Company aggressively pursues commerce with the country known as the Red Dragon. By contrast, Disney threatens to withdraw from Georgia because of recent pro human rights legislation that restricts human abortion.

Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Protests

Thirty years ago today, a fledgling freedom movement in China was snuffed out when the military indiscriminately fired into a crowd of protestors consisting of unarmed students and civilians. Soldiers killed thousands. The government persecuted thousands more later.

Have human rights gotten better in China since? No. And yet Disney’s CEO, Bob Iger, recently gushed about Disney’s desire to expand aggressively into China:

“We have a lot of development activity right now to make Disney-branded films in China,” he said, speaking at Disney’s 963 acre resort in Shanghai, which opens in two weeks. “We are very far along on this process, including developing ideas, concepts for films and identifying talent to make those films.”

To borrow a colloquialism of our age, “it’s all good” as far as Disney is concerned when it comes to China.

Disney’s different standard in the U.S.

However, Mr. Iger sings a different tune when it comes to Disney’s relationship with the state of Georgia here in the U.S.

If you recall, on May 7th the Georgia Governor signed into law a bill which bans human abortion at the point when doctors detect a human heartbeat.

The Walt Disney Company loves making films in Georgia. Recent blockbusters filmed in the Peach State include “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Endgame.”

But Iger indicated it would be difficult for Disney to continue working in Georgia because of this new Heartbeat law:

“I think many people who work for us will not want to work there, and we will have to heed their wishes in that regard. Right now we are watching it very carefully.”

He said if the law is implemented: “I don’t see how it’s practical for us to continue to shoot there.”

He has no such compunction about China. And yet just last Friday, the Wall Street Journal detailed China’s war on Christians. The government has begun shutting down underground mega churches with a goal towards making religions “instruments of the Party.”

If religion doesn’t cooperate, they face the wrath of the Red Dragon. It’s even worse for Muslims. The Pentagon said some 3 million Uighur Muslims have been detained in Xinjiang province.

That’s like imprisoning the entire state of Iowa. Disney has no problem doing business with such a nation at the same time they threaten to withdraw from a state that demonstrates tremendous respect for human rights beginning at the first heartbeat.

Ironically, Walt Disney himself never made a movie in a place that tolerated abortion. His heirs tarnish the Disney pro-family legacy.

Finding common ground on abortion: Part 2

May 29, 2019 | 0 Comments
instant of fertilization

instant of fertilizationDes Moines Register columnist, Kathie Obradovich, attempted to identify common abortion-related principles upon which we can all agree in her May 22nd opinion piece: “How do Iowa and federal lawmakers fail pregnant women and mothers? Let’s count the ways.” 

She succeeded in some and missed the mark on others. If you missed it, here are common principles covered in part one of this series. Now here are a few more-honest common principles:

Humanity is a scientific fact at the instant of fertilization. Embryologists tell us human life begins when the sperm and ovum, neither of which can sustain life or direct growth by itself, come together at fertilization. For the first time the new life has all 46 chromosomes and all the directions (DNA) it needs for the rest of life. The sex of the baby, the color of the hair, everything is already fixed. Humanity is fixed., and personhood is fixed, as if there were even a distinction.

It is a class B felony in Iowa to kill a person in the womb without the consent of the pregnant person. This leads to the next critical common principle:

Killing an innocent human being is always wrong. Morality is not determined by who does the killing, but upon who is killed. Is it okay to kill a woman but not a man? No, both are immoral. Is killing acceptable if the killer is a doctor, but not if he’s a car salesman? No, both are immoral. Is the killing moral if the person is unwanted, but not if she’s wanted? Of course not.

Check back for more common ground on abortion principles.

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Finding common ground on abortion

May 28, 2019 | 0 Comments
common ground on abortion

common ground on abortionDes Moines Register columnist, Kathie Obradovich, attempted to identify common abortion-related principles upon which we can all agree in her May 22nd opinion piece: “How do Iowa and federal lawmakers fail pregnant women and mothers? Let’s count the ways.” 

She succeeded in some and missed the mark on others. Let us re-count the ways by revising her list of “common principles.” Here are two:

Abortions rarely take place due to rape. According to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, less than half a percentage point of abortion victims had an abortion due to rape. Both sides of the debate agree it’s a rarity. And yet Ms. Obradovich spent half of her column scolding pro-lifers for regulations that don’t allow abortion due to rape. Why doesn’t she address the other ninety-nine percent of abortions?

Rape IS a monstrous act of violence. Abortion makes it worse. Abortion-minded politicians and pundits ignore this common ground principle. It is a common principle because 8 out of 10 rape victims tell us that the trauma of abortion made the trauma of their rape worse. Conversely, women who were raped, conceived, and gave birth don’t regret not having an abortion. This information comes from a survey of rape victims conducted by researchers who detailed results in their book, “Victims and Victors: Speaking Out About Their Pregnancies, Abortions and Children Resulting From Sexual Assault.”

Check back for more common ground on abortion principles.

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How do pro abortion lawmakers and Planned Parenthood fail women? Let me count the ways.

May 24, 2019 | 0 Comments
lawmakers fail pregnant women

By Maggie DeWitte

lawmakers fail pregnant womenThe Des Moines Register’s Kathie Obradovich sets up a straw man in her May 22nd opinion piece, “How do Iowa and federal lawmakers fail pregnant women and mothers? Let’s count the ways.” 

She focuses entirely on rape and incest when writing about the the gains made by the pro-life movement in this state and around the country.

But, abortions rarely take place due to rape. According to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, less than half a percentage point of abortion victims had an abortion due to rape. Both sides of the debate agree it’s a rarity. And yet Ms. Obradovich spent half of her column scolding pro-lifers for regulations that don’t allow abortion due to rape. 

Abortion makes rape worse

Rape and incest ARE monstrous acts of violence. Abortion makes it worse. Abortion-minded politicians and pundits ignore this common principle. It is a common principle because 8 out of 10 rape victims tell us that the trauma of abortion made the trauma of their rape worse. Conversely, women who were raped, conceived, and gave birth don’t regret not having an abortion.

This information comes from a survey of rape victims conducted by researchers who detailed results in their book, “Victims and Victors: Speaking Out About Their Pregnancies, Abortions and Children Resulting From Sexual Assault.”

Artificial birth control doesn’t reduce abortions

Ms. Obradovich implies that accessible and affordable birth control is essential to reducing the incidence of human abortion. She is mistaken. In fact, data from the Guttmacher Institute, Planned Parenthood, and NARAL leads to the exact opposite “common principle”.

Artificial birth control does NOT reduce the incidence of abortion. Planned Parenthood and NARAL claim that 99% of women have used some form of artificial birth control. The Centers for Disease Control concurs. Some 99% of sexually active women have used some form of artificial birth control between the ages of 15 and 44.  And 88% of women in the same age range have used artificial contraception at some point, whether they’ve ever been sexually active or not.

Despite the widespread adoption and availability of artificial contraception, nearly 60 million unique human persons have been aborted since Roe V Wade.

More than half of the women getting abortions were using artificial birth control

Even more, the Guttmacher Institute reports that ”More than half of women obtaining abortions in 2000 (54%) had been using a contraceptive method during the month they became pregnant.” Artificial contraception fails. When it does, it creates unwanted, disposable human beings.

Pro abortion politicians now praise abortion as an intrinsic good. They want all pro-life regulations outlawed, even up to the point of birth, and in some cases, beyond. And they want principled people to pay for these abortions through their taxes in violation of their consciences.

Common ground

In her final paragraph, Ms. Obradovich says, “But surely we can agree that it is incumbent upon our government to prosecute and punish rapists, insist mothers receive equal treatment in the workforce and prevent childbirth from becoming a death sentence.”

No argument there.

Iowans for LIFE maintains that we fail women miserably by suggesting that abortion is the best solution to their unplanned pregnancies. Abortion is painful. It includes the potential for permanent changes in a woman’s body, the possibility of injury or inability to bear future children and even the risk of death. In addition, abortion piles trauma on top of trauma for victims of rape or incest. 

Please visit www.saylifeiowa.com to read some real life personal testimonies of women who were traumatized by abortion.

Hollywood sex strike roils America!

May 14, 2019 | 0 Comments
sex strike

sex strikePro abortion Hollywood actress, Alyssa Milano, has solved the abortion crisis! She has called for a national sex strike! It seems she is angered at the Georgia legislature for banning human abortion at the point at which a human heartbeat is detected.

She is angry that women can’t get abortions later than six weeks after conceiving. To retaliate against “the patriarchy,” she calls for a national “sex strike” which … would … reduce …abortion …even … MORE … than the Heartbeat Bill!

Three cheers for Ms. Milano!

Iowans for LIFE is all for reducing the incidence of human abortion. We join Ms. Milano in calling for a sex strike when the conjugal act is done outside the bounds of a traditional marriage between one man and one woman.

Within marriage, sexual intimacy is an act of profound beauty and love. Within marriage, it shouldn’t be used as a weapon, but as an expression of unity with an acceptance of the potential for new life when a man and woman make love.

Don’t weaponize love

Ms. Milano seems more interested in weaponizing love making, as she expressed in her recent Tweet:

“Our reproductive rights are being erased. Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy. JOIN ME by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back. I’m calling for a #SexStrike. Pass it on.”

The only rights that are being erased by the Alyssa Milano’s of the world are the rights of the unique human beings who are denied their right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness when aborted.

We agree

We agree that women should have control over their bodies as long as it doesn’t deny immutable rights to the vulnerable person in the womb who doesn’t have control over her own body.

So Ms. Milano instincts are wrong, but the net result of her sex strike are spot on.

Chastity is back! Join the movement! JOIN Alyssa!

The violence of abortion spills out onto the streets

May 9, 2019 | 0 Comments
violence of abortion

Human abortion is an act of violence against an innocent human being. And as Jesus taught us 2000 years ago, violence begets violence:

“Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.” [MATTHEW 26:52

Increasingly, we’re seeing the violence spill out into the streets as abortion rights advocates threaten and attack pro-life supporters.

A recent attack occurred last month at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Nineteen year old Jillian Ward (above) attacked a pro life supporter with Created Equal, striking him in the face and stomach several times, as you can see in the video above. Be forewarned, her language is obscene. She screamed:

“F***ing terrible person. You’re a terrible person. You — this is not okay. This is not okay. This is not okay. Shut the f**k up right now. This is wrong. This is triggering. You’re not an innocent human being. You’re a terrible person.”

National trend

The president of Created Equal, Mark Harrington, said this a growing, national trend on college campuses:

“Students being groomed on college campuses to be leaders, writers, and thinkers of the Left are increasing in censorship and violence against those with whom they disagree.”

It’s not just college students, as we wrote yesterday. Even abortion-supporting lawmakers are spilling out into the streets to bully those standing up for the dignity of human life in the public square. Here is the video of Pennsylvania Representative Brian Sims harassing an “old white woman” praying in front of a Planned Parenthood clinic on Holy Thursday:

Abortion supporter threatens to kill pro-lifer

In the video below, the abortion supporter threatens to kill the peaceful pro-lifer and his family, eventually striking the man:

As St. Mother Teresa taught us,

“Abortion is the greatest destroyer of peace in the world today. If a mother can kill her own child, what’s left for other people to kill each other?”

How do pro-lifers fight back against this escalating trend of violence and evil? With prayer and forgiveness nourished by Christ’s love. Look at the faces of these abortion supporters. We are clearly engaged in spiritual warfare.

The culture wars, circa May 2019

May 8, 2019 | 0 Comments
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culture warsAncient culture wars

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL — There broke out a severe persecution of the Church in Jerusalem,

and all were scattered throughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria,

except the Apostles.

Devout men buried Stephen and made a loud lament over him.

Saul, meanwhile, was trying to destroy the Church;

entering house after house and dragging out men and women,

he handed them over for imprisonment. [ACTS of the APOSTLES 8:1B-8]

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Modern culture wars

BALTIMORE, MD — A popular Baltimore TV anchor, Mary Bubala, was terminated for asking the following interview question of a Loyola University Maryland professor regarding local politics:

“We’ve had three female, African-American mayors in a row. They were all passionate public servants. Two resigned, though. Is this a signal that a different kind of leadership is needed to move Baltimore City forward?”

The station received backlash to her question along these lines:

“As a Black man in America, I found your question about having 3 female African Americans on this evening newscast offensive . In a City, which is over 60% black , you have offended thousands of people. You owe your listeners an apology.”

The Baltimore Association of Black Journalists weighed in with this:

“The question implies race and gender are qualifiers in one’s ability to lead while also demonizing African-Americans and women as poor leaders.”

Ms. Bubala apologized on social media for her choice of words, but was not allowed to do so on air. Her station fired her 4 days later.

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Encounter at a Planned Parenthood clinic

PHILADELPHIA, PA — On Holy Thursday, Pennsylvania’s first openly gay State Representative (D) Brian Sims, accosted a woman praying a Rosary in front of a Planned Parenthood Clinic with these words:

“You old white woman, shame on you for telling women what they can do with their bodies. What you’re doing out here is disgusting.”

Mr. Sims continues in a similar vein for eight minutes, continually invoking her race, age, religion and gender with derision. You can watch the exchange above.

The woman subjected to his invective is Ashley Garecht, who relates her reaction to the affair in this Tucker Carlson interview below:

Mr. Sims asked for help from his followers in identifying the woman so he could camp protestors outside of her home. Interestingly, Ms. Garecht has not received an apology. Nor has the Democratic Party asked Mr. Sims to resign.

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Yesterday

In the year of our Lord 36, the Sanhedrin felt threatened by the young Christians. They stoned Stephen to death for standing up for Christ in the public square. They even sent Saul to people’s homes to persecute Christians, as recounted in the scripture passage quoted at the outset.

Today

In the year of our Lord 2019, Christians still face persecution for standing up for Christ in the public square. Even more, abortion advocates, such as Mr. Sims, call on Big Abortion acolytes to not only accost us in the public square, but to persecute us at our homes.

Race is a particularly sensitive subject in our modern culture wars. Ironically, Mr. Sims felt comfortable invoking racism, sexism, ageism, and even anti-Catholic bigotry in his bullying of the Catholic Ms. Garecht. 

Ironically, America’s Black culture has been ravaged by Big Abortion, as you can see in the graphic above. African-American women represent but 13% of the female population, but 36% of all abortions in the U.S.

These disparities are chilling.

Gloria Purvis

IFL’s keynote speaker on October 3rd

The disproportionate impact human abortion has on this critical group of Americans deeply disturbs Iowans for LIFE. That’s why our keynote speaker at our 9th annual banquet on October 3rd will be EWTN radio personality, Gloria Purvis, speaking on: “Racism, Abortion, and Medical Care: One Woman’s Testimony.” (Register today here.)

The Brian Sims of the world condemn pro-lifers for standing up for unborn Black babies in the public square. They are misguided. They need our prayers, because they are not beyond hope, not at all.

Just ask St. Paul.

“So you kill them now or you kill them later”

May 3, 2019 | 0 Comments
Representative John Rogers
Representative John Rogers

Representative John Rogers

The Alabama House of Representatives just passed a bill that would make human abortion a Class A felony for doctors (but not the mother).

Republicans overwhelming supported the bill. Most Democrats walked out in protest before the vote occurred. Democratic Representative John Rogers of Birmingham was not only vocal in his opposition to the bill, but amazingly candid as to his reasoning.

Let’s analyze his comments sentence by sentence:

“It ought to be a woman’s choice.”

Why? It is always immoral to kill an innocent human being. Choice has nothing to do with it, whether a person resides in Waukee or the womb. Just because a person is inconvenient doesn’t justify killing them.

“I’m not about to be a man and tell a woman what to do with her body.”

Seriously? All kinds of laws tell us what we can’t do with our body. The law tells us we can’t put certain drugs in our own body. Pro abortion politicians have vigorously passed laws which don’t allow us to smoke cigarettes in public spaces. Laws exist that prevent us from selling our body parts for medical reasons. And ever heard of prostitution? Laws exist everywhere which prevent you from selling your body for sex.

“She has a right to make her decisions herself.”

Agreed. Every woman (or man) has a right to determine whether or not they engage in sexual relations. Once they do, they are responsible for their actions, not the ‘kid’ (Representative Roger’s word) who is produced by their decision. They do not have the moral right to kill the innocent human being brought into the world by their choice.

“Some kids are unwanted, so you kill them now or you kill them later.”

It’s hard to shock in this day and age, but Rep. Rogers has succeeded. He assumes that if you are the product of an unplanned pregnancy, you have no worth, no redeeming value, no inherent dignity, and ultimately no hope. He rejects the American ideal, so brilliantly advanced by the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, that “hard work, honesty and determination can conquer all obstacles.”

To be sure we understand his party’s position, Rogers builds on his hopeless theme:

“You bring them into the world unwanted, unloved, then send them to the electric chair. So you kill them now or kill them later.”

Do you realize how many amazing people would have been killed if the Rep. Rogers of the world had their way? People like Ludwig Van Beethoven, Oprah Winfrey, and Larry Ellison (founder of Oracle Corporation one of the biggest tech companies in the world). Yes, these titans were born into undesirable circumstances, but they overcame the obstacles of their unplanned origins to thrive and change the world for the better.

Do you realize how many stories of redemption would be lost using the thinking of Rep. Rogers and his party? This blog shared such a beautiful story in our previous post. Stories of redemption give us hope. It is arrogant to suggest that someone’s life is hopeless because they are born into less than ideal circumstances.

By the same token, just because someone is born into wealth doesn’t mean they can’t go bad. Remember the Menendez Brothers?

To demonstrate his mental acuity, Rep. Rogers proposes tit for tat legislation:

“I may bring a bill to force all men to have vasectomies. That would end this whole debate. There would be no more abortions and eventually no more voters.”

No comment is required for this level of idiocy. Rogers ends with this zinger:

“Some parents can’t handle a child with problems. It could be retarded. It might have no arms and no legs.”

So many great Americans lost limbs and thrived. So many great Americans were born with Down Syndrome. This country is great because we lend a helping hand to those who don’t have one, who in return give so much back. This is what defines the human experience. We don’t kill the imperfect among us, but that seems to be the rallying cry of the Party of Abortion.

Sadly, Rogers claims to be a “pro life” Catholic, but that “the Legislature should leave options open for women.” The killing of the innocent ‘kid’ in the womb is the wrong option. Adoption is the right one.

So to answer Representative John Rogers, you don’t kill another innocent person ever. You love them and help them overcome life’s challenges. That’s what has defined this country. That’s what makes us human.