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just the right amount of death

By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 06, 2006

The U.S. Catholic posts one of those exasperating "seeking common ground" articles on abortion. We've all read enough of them to sketch the outline: Our country is stalemated on the issue. Both sides have entrenched positions. The way forward is compromise. Compromise means pro-lifers' conceding legal abortion and pro-choicers' agreeing to adoption and counseling. Given free diapers and day care, girls at Sarah Lawrence will feel no need to abort and, with unfortunate but tolerable exceptions, abortion will become a thing of the past. Check out the (implicit) bad guys and good guys in the paragraphs below:

Politicians and fringe groups can try to change laws and make noise, but if Americans are going to seriously work to end abortion, it will be through the efforts of people like [Sister Adrienne] Kaufmann, who are both prolife and practical. More and more Catholics share her views.

Among them is Heidi Russell, who directs adult faith formation at St. Monica Parish in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. Though she is disappointed with the Democrats' refusal to budge on issues like parental notification and waiting periods, she votes Democratic because she sees the party as being overall more prolife. Reducing poverty and increasing education, not overturning Supreme Court decisions, are the keys to ending abortion, she believes.

Phil Lawler tells me a rule-of-thumb in politics is to find out what your opponents don't want you to do, and then to do as much of it as possible. Now, if you were NARAL or PFAW or FMF or NAF, which route would you love to see pro-lifers take? Exactly. In Western Europe, after all, the social benefits Heidi Russell is calling for are all in place, yet the lack of aggressive pro-life organizations means near-total victory for the abortion providers. In practical terms there is no public debate on abortion, even in France, Italy, or Spain. Conversely, European Catholics who travel in the U.S. can see who's succeeded in rattling cages.

While the folks the U.S. Catholic wants us to see as the good guys are clearly uneasy about abortion, one suspects what they most want is for pro-lifers to keep quiet. The fact is that we're an embarrassment to the social justice community. Julie Loesch Wiley once made a striking comment about the cultural aversion her fellow peace activists felt toward pro-lifers, something to this effect: "My movement friends were unbleached cotton people. Pro-lifers were polyester people." Even though their own principles of social justice demanded protection of innocent human life, Left-liberal revulsion at the prospect of making common cause with uncouth Catholics and evangelicals overmastered their concern for the defenseless. It still does.

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  • Posted by: Convert1994 - Sep. 07, 2006 2:14 PM ET USA

    As a former Democrat, I can safely assure all you current Democrats out there that leaving behind your liberal vestiges will not hurt a bit. Shake the dust off your shoes as you leave the Party of Death. We Republicans are not perfect but at least we don't consider abortion a sacrament.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Sep. 07, 2006 9:14 AM ET USA

    "Heidi, who directs adult faith formation". Well, pardon my pedantry, but how does one "direct adult faith formation"? Is it not: "Forms adult's faith?" Of course, maybe that's the pastor's job, in which case, she would be out of one.

  • Posted by: Pete133 - Sep. 07, 2006 12:40 AM ET USA

    "...Heidi Russell, who directs adult faith formation... Though she is disappointed with the Democrats'... she votes Democratic..." Obviously not too disappointed!! Does anyone recognize a major part of the problem? Here's another "Catholic educator" continuing to defy Catholic teaching and doctrine, but without any interference from or removal by the Pastor or the Bishop! Until the USCCB gets off its royal dead rear end, this garbage will continue. Pray for courageous bishops.

  • Posted by: Ignacio177 - Sep. 06, 2006 10:17 PM ET USA

    Compromise in the defense of truth is no virtue. Extremism in the defense of life is no vice.

  • Posted by: Fatimabeliever - Sep. 06, 2006 8:48 PM ET USA

    I hope these Democrats don't think they can waltz into heaven with these ideas or anyone who supports abortion or wants to find a common ground. I'm sure Jesus as the just Judge will escort them over to the aborted bodies of these little innocent babies and demand that they put the babies back together. No doubt they would understand what they have done!!!!

  • Posted by: unum - Sep. 06, 2006 5:31 PM ET USA

    "Left-liberal revulsion at the prospect of making common cause with uncouth Catholics and evangelicals overmastered their concern for the defenseless." Too true. In my pro-life work I have reached out to liberal groups that should protect innocent life, but found they are reluctant to talk with those whose life is actually guided by a higher power. Secular humanists believe that they are their higher power. Ann Coulter got it right in "Godless".

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Sep. 06, 2006 4:10 PM ET USA

    I wonder if U.S. Catholic (Lite) would as willingly seek common ground on the death penalty? Perhaps, death penalty supporters could agree to amputation of the lower limbs instead for those on death row, while those opposed to the death penalty could agree to simply amputating both arms at the elbows...thereby having both sides meet somewhere in the middle...for as we know neither will budge. Then, there would be more money for teachers' unions and welfare dependency--both progressive causes

  • Posted by: Gino - Sep. 06, 2006 4:04 PM ET USA

    It's the "I am pro life BUT" crowd. Any excuse to forgive the Democrat Party of Death a pass. Babies are slaughtered BUT the Democrats will see they are educated...IF THE SURVIVE ABORTION. The "Pro Life BUT" crowd is pathetic. Just have the guts to say they do not care about baby slaughter and vote Democrat. Leahy, Biden, Reid, Kennedy, Mukulski, Harkin, Menendez, Kerry, Dodd, Collins, are all so concerned about children's education not if they are killed at birth.

  • Posted by: Ross Dee - Sep. 06, 2006 3:40 PM ET USA

    The baby that gets brutally murdered in the mother's womb can never benefit from this "Social Justice". To have Justice there must be truth. So to buy the "Big Lie" that continues to be promoted by the "Democrat Platform", which is big into abortion, embryotic stem cell research, same sex marriages. If the sister wants Social Justice, she better start praying and stop voting for politicians that are blatantly evil. She better check the Democrats Voting Record. If she does not, she is brainless.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 06, 2006 3:28 PM ET USA

    It is Soooo simple to expose the "compromise" argument for what it is. Just echo the argument back but substitute "States Rights" and " Anti-Slavery" for "Choice" and "Anti-Abortion."

  • Posted by: Linus682 - Sep. 06, 2006 2:14 PM ET USA

    One does not compromise with evil. Let the battle go on!

  • Posted by: - Sep. 06, 2006 1:40 PM ET USA

    Population control advocates for planned parenthood, abortion, or other euphemistically labeled programs are simply a continuation of the WWII German master race eugenics which are being marketed by the UN -especially in third world nations. Cull out the less than desireables. The masses are cattle and should be treated as such.The Iron Mountain Report spelled out the ultimate in the control of population. Eugenics -old face just a little cosmetic surgery. No ovens this time.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 06, 2006 12:06 PM ET USA

    Uncle Di eviscerates with his rapier intellect once again. "Practicality," "compromise," or "common ground" are fine when the issue admits of practicality or compromise, but where absolute principles conflict, there is no compromise or common ground possible.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Sep. 06, 2006 11:38 AM ET USA

    "My movement friends were unbleached cotton people. Pro-lifers were polyester people." My movement friends were brie and merlot people. Pro-lifers were cheddar and beef people.

  • Posted by: Remigius - Sep. 06, 2006 11:23 AM ET USA

    For the Left to embrace the anti-abortion cause, it would first have to renounce its sexual liberation victory of the 1960's. Abortion is the fall-back remedy to the undesired result of free sex. Libertinism trumps life in the worldly scale of "values" of the do your own thing tribe. For the left, pleasure is the meaning of life, along with power and money. A leftist who is 100% pro-life is a rarity (Nat Hentoff comes to mind). Dead babies are the price paid for sexual liberation: atrocious!

  • Posted by: Laity1 - Sep. 06, 2006 11:03 AM ET USA

    Phil is right.

  • Posted by: Coemgen - Sep. 06, 2006 10:38 AM ET USA

    Looking at the world I see a lot of abortion in Western Europe, Russia, North America. Western Europe and Noth America are wealthy, not impoverished, and I doubt the bulk of aborts are in the lower economic rungs. Russia does have economic problems, so there is the exception to the rule. However, in looking into abortion in these locations, generally speaking, it looks like abortion is based on selfishness - both in the act that caused the pregnancy and in the act to abort the pregnancy.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Sep. 06, 2006 10:28 AM ET USA

    We are a Polyeaster People.

  • Posted by: Catholicity - Sep. 06, 2006 10:11 AM ET USA

    Behind all the bluster are individual hearts that need conversion to the Truth. If we aren't praying and offering mortifications to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we will never be rid of these grevious sins. The reason we're still where we are is because not enough of us are praying, fasting, and offering up our suffering and penances to Our Lady. Thats really the whole story.

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