bad confusion or bad conscience?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 13, 2006

Abortion is murder. Abortion is a woman's right. Roe v. Wade is a horrible decision. Roe v. Wade must be upheld. Restrictions on abortion are necessary. But there shouldn't be any restrictions.

Who holds these mixed-up views? The American public, according to the latest survey information-- which is consistent with other polls taken over the last 20 years.

"Rock solid in its absolutely contradictory opinions" is how public opinion expert Karlyn Bowman describes the nation's mind-set.

There is a way to reconcile the confusion. The poll figures all make sense if you figure that most Americans recognize abortion as a terrible thing-- which they are prepared to do, if necessary, to avoid severe inconvenience in their own lives.

James Hitchcock had it right years ago, when he said that Americans generally oppose abortion "except for the cases of rape, incest, and me."

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  • Posted by: - Mar. 23, 2006 7:11 PM ET USA

    Where I live we have a lot of labora, but not much perpetual adoration or even 40 hours devotion; only 7 people regulary pray the rosary in front of the the abortionist's HQ. We have a great Pregnancy crisis center, there's a couple of homes for unwed mothers and oodles of social justice orgs for homeless, elderly, handicapped,you name it. we are all very busy.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 13, 2006 7:47 PM ET USA

    Eleazar, yes, “lack of “fear”(of God) is the reason that our society’s and Church’s priorities are so discombobulated.” But don’t go pessimistic; instead analyze to see I’m seeking the preaching of BOTH Respect Life AND Respect God, realistically noting that “Life” is NOT the stronger motivator. To granny, remember that Fatima’s Fr. Robert J. Fox said “ora et labora”, LAMENTING that too many over emphasize the rosary to the neglect of works for justice (Nat. Cath. Reg., 1976). Peace takes both.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 13, 2006 2:17 PM ET USA

    How to address this subject without sounding like "my fear of the Lord is better'n your foL?" But I'll tread on that ground, anyway. We who have foL need to pray the rosary and fast more often or begin, if we're not. No one will be converted or convinced that abortion is evil unless we do. Didn't Pogo say I've seen the enemy and it's me. Wise beyond his age!

  • Posted by: Eleazar - Mar. 13, 2006 12:43 PM ET USA

    If, “Only deep-down respect for GOD is strong enough to overcome the “me,” then I fear that the cause is lost; first because of the secular, atheistic/anti-theistic culture that we live in and second, because I seriously doubt that many in the USCCB, let alone those in the pews, retain anything approaching “deep down respect,” or as we used to call it, “fear of the Lord.” At its core, I believe that lack of “fear” is the reason that our society’s and Church’s priorities are so discombobulated.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 13, 2006 11:15 AM ET USA

    It is both. For Catholics, laity & bishops are to blame: laity because the Catechism is available and it’s not their only guide; the USCCB because shepherds stick only with “Respect Life” & won’t inculcate the STRONGER motivator “Respect God’s Rights”. Yes, people will defend a good friend’s property out of Respect for the friend; so, why do LESS for Best-Friend God’s Property, HIS embryo? Only deep-down respect for GOD is strong enough to overcome the “me” in Hitchcock’s insightful statement!