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Quick Hits: new perspectives on the abortion debate and on Amoris Laetitia

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Jan 27, 2017

  • Among many excellent analyses published in time for the March for Life, “When Abortion Suddenly Stopped Making Sense,” by Frederica Mathewes-Green, deserves special mention. The arguments are familiar—how could they not be, after 44 years?—but she offers some new variations on familiar themes, such as her reminder that abortion can be “the most attractive option for everyone around the pregnant women.” My favorite:
    If you were in charge of a nature preserve and you noticed that the pregnant female mammals were trying to miscarry their pregnancies, eating poisonous plants or injuring themselves, what would you do? Would you think of it as a battle between the pregnant female and her unborn and find ways to help those pregnant animals miscarry? No, of course not. You would immediately think, “Something must be really wrong in this environment.” Something is creating intolerable stress, so much so that animals would rather destroy their own offspring than bring them into the world. You would strive to identify and correct whatever factors were causing this stress in the animals.

  • Father Regis Scanlon also injects a new perspective into a crowded field with What History May Tell Us About Amoris Laetitia. He points to the reign of Pope Honorius I, in the 7th century, who resisted calls for a condemnation of the Monothelite heresy. “Similar to today, bishops wanted clarification, but Honorius counseled silence.” Although no one charges that Honorius himself shared the beliefs of the Monothelites, he was denounced after his death for his silence: his failure to protect the clarity of Catholic doctrine.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Jan. 31, 2017 7:54 PM ET USA

    Upon reading her essay, I find it a bit too one sided. She fails to consider, much less develop, the male point of view on abortion. Her brief mentionings of the male are essentially dismissive in character. The thought that she, like so many, were/are taken in by Bill Clinton "Abortion should not only be safe and legal, it should be rare." is refreshing. We can only pray that the young people being suckered in by Planned Parenthood's grim hold on the campus will wake up to the lie of it sooner.