The USCCB has stated that the Church’s position on abortion is based on the scientific fact that from conception we are dealing with a human being and that natural law tells us that it is morally wrong to kill a human being.
As of today, it appears that the first peg in this argument has been admitted by the “pro-abortion” lobby. In its editorial, The Age this morning stated:
ABORTION is the termination of life. There is no aspect of it that is easy. The act evokes reactions that embrace the universal and the deeply, intimately private. It is a major point on the moral compass. The dilemma in any modern society is to decide whose moral compass. And from that: in which direction should society go?
From there it went on to argue that:
For this is the essence of this reform: to remove the shadow of criminality from a woman, who for a variety of reasons that can only be known by that woman, has decided to terminate a pregnancy. Such an act can be painful and distressing. The burden of being a criminal should not also be placed on the shoulders of such women.
Note very carefully what is going on here. There is an admission that the performance of an abortion is “the termination of life”. Now, Perry and I (and an unusually moderate and reasonable PE) have been having a discussion below in a com-box about the meaning and distinctions of the term “human being”, “human life” and “human person”. Nevertheless, I think we might reasonably extrapolate from the statement in the editorial that The Age admits that abortion is “the intentional ending (= termination) of (a human) life.” Indeed, this is not an admission that an abortion means the “termination of a human person”, nevertheless, it is an admission that abortion is the deliberate killing of a human being.
And you know what? They don’t care.
They just don’t care, because in this case they presume that the rights of the adult human being trump the rights of the unborn human being. Tuff bickies to the little tike.
So, where is this in relation to the USCCB’s statement?
1) The pro-abortionists admit that the unborn foetus/embryo/baby/child really is a human life. Okay, that just means on this point they have conceded what every rational person must concede. As Perry said in the abovementioned com-box: “At a minimum, I think all rational participants in this discussion have to accept that the foetus is (a) human and (b) alive.”
2) (and here is the hub of the matter): Where the pro-abortionists disagree with us is that they believe there are times when the deliberate ending of an innocent human life is NOT morally wrong.
And now it is time to be afraid. Really afraid.