Abortion and the Death of the West
I was in the midst of responding to a comment on the previous post and decided perhaps that a few words were in order for all of the visitors to my blog. Early on, I had mentioned that I would post about Liberalism and its seeming design to bring about the Death of the West. I am not the philosopher who can go into the reasons for the design, its underpinnings, et al. I leave that to those schooled in the study of societal phenomena. The purists exist who discuss - ad infinitum - the causes of this or that, such as the evolution of education within a society. They do not discuss the application of theory; they only delve into the theory. I have had little concern for theory unless it can be applied for good and so I leave the discussion of phenomena to the purists. Here is the comment of a visitor (mk) to my blog:
I am also an regular reader of Mark Steyn, even though it does make depressing reading, what is clear is countries like America and Australia, even with their current problems, are the best equipped to deal with world threats, the rest are dying and some have passed the point of no return. See this from Steyn, Seventeen European nations are now at what demographers call “lowest-low” fertility – 1.3 births per woman, the point at which you’re so far down the death spiral you can’t pull out. America is at 2.07, Australia is at 1.76. We are periliously close, and the pro-abortion and sustainability lunatics are not helping one bit.My response began thus:
Yes, Steyn is clear in his expression of the peril in which we find ourselves. I wrote very early on in my beginning posts that I would write of how liberalism (the cult of death) is destroying the West. This of course all dealing with the issue of abortion. Of course, abortion coupled with the mad need for both parents to work just for a sustainable wage in some cases is designed to destroy the family. It has always astonished me that - especially with all of the birth control methods available - women and young girls would kill their unborn children and use abortion as birth control. I had never given this much thought, of a personal nature, until I wrote a novel in which the main female character had to come to grips with the decision. Her answers brought me to the understanding of the abominable nature of the deceit perpetrated upon the women in our society. But it is abortion and the stigma attached with motherhood brought about by the shrill rants of the likes of Barbara Boxer and company asserting the right to pull a baby through the birth canal and kill it through that abomination of partial-birth abortion - its very name heinous in the extreme - that has done much to destroy the West. Once a society crosses the threshold of killing its unborn so willingly and so easily, it is not a hair's width away from killing any persons in the society that it deems unworthy of life. I shall copy this response now and formulate it into a new post. Thank you for your comment and for calling forth this response.The subject of abortion and the reasons for it is an issue that to me is so personal not to have been forced into the political arena. Alas, this is for the money. The sale of baby body parts. An abomination for which we will, as a society, pay dearly. Least you think that you are somehow safe from this wantonness of "death", consider for a moment your inexorable march toward old age. The hook upon which your fate may well rest will be the hook of guilt for being alive and you may well be snared into the decision the hasten your own demise for the so-tauted ideology of "the good of the whole". How sinful to cause a contributer to the society to feel that his very existence is now a drain that must be eradicated. As I have posted before, when the burden on society of keeping you alive is no longer economically advisable for the state, when we truly move into the socialized medicine so longed for by the likes of a Hillary Clinton and perhaps a Newt Gingrich (my apologies if I read his alliance with Ms. Clinton incorrectly), then your life hangs in the balance. Will it matter to you then? Will life become more precious to you then? There is a dignity to human life and there can be a dignity in our passing. And, yes, I know that these decisions are made daily by family members regarding the "quality of life" for an aged and dearly beloved parent. But these matters are still within the realm of the family; they have not been abrogated by the "state". Therein lies the difference. On abortion, do not be fooled. There is money to be made in "them thair hills" and it is being made. Hundreds of millions of tax dollars go to the killing of the most vulnerable amongst us - the babes in the womb but only does society approve if the unborn child is killed by the mother-to-be. On this one issue alone, how in the name of God can we call ourselves a sane society? And now the Left wants to add insult to injury by denying parental involvement thus potentially hiding crimes of rape perpetrated upon young girls. The utter hypocrisy of the far Left was apparent when Scott Peterson was found guilty of two homocides - one of Lacy and one of the named, yet unborn, Connor. How in the world can Connor be considered a human being when his death is the incidental result of the mother's death and not a human being when his death/murder is the result of the erstwhile mother going to an abortionist for a procedure I consider infanticide - namely, partial birth abortion? As the dust settles on the previous elections, many have asked or rather tried to compare the Liberal Left in the United States with what is described as the "death cult" of the Islamists. In this, it is interesting. The Liberal Left - and I do not include all people who call themselves Democrats or liberals in this but refer to a very select minority within the larger spectrum of "liberals" - it seems desires nothing more than the "death of our unborn" in the name of the religion of "a woman's right to choose." Since 1973 when the black-robed, somewhat morally challenged, court decided that the Constitution had mystically hidden passages giving American women the right to kill their unborn children, over 43,ooo,ooo babies in America alone have been sacrificed on the altar of Secularism and a "woman's right to choose". The number surpasses the entire population of the state of Texas. Staggering, is it not? At the very least, the issue is a state's issue, not a federal one. How arrogant and insufferable! Can't the federal government and court just leave us alone? Back to, back to... The Islamists abhor the very idea of abortion it seems desiring rather that all be born Muslim so that many can aspire to blowing themselves up as martyrs for the good of Allah. No tiny baby enters the world with the innate desire for death. Babies enter as free agents full of light and brightness, of hope and new awakening. Remarkable that their lives are held in so little esteem, especially by some who faithfully attend Mass. Remarkable. Yet back to the far Left and the Islamists, curious is it not - for both the result, the choice, is death over life. Is it any wonder that the death of the West is reaching a statistically irreversible threshold? Can the trend be reversed? Yes, with belief in life, in the miracle of life, and in the belief in the joy and wonder in the eyes of our young. Nothing can surpass the joy of holding the hand of your toddler as the tiny fingers grip your palm in companionship and trust as you step from the curb to cross a street, to cross the threshold into the world that awaits. Recently, I was asked to speak about life. I spoke of the miracle of life and I ended with this: "Life is a miracle and the miracle is you."