The comments are also quite illuminating: of the 22 that are on there right now, all but two are pro-abortion. Some are respectful; most are full of utter disdain.
Br. Blazek makes an important point:
How do I kill other people in the abortion debate? I kill in the use of words to wound rather than to convince. Making personal attacks against others places me again at risk of pride and wrath. Note well: when discussing abortion, one sometimes hears, "You will never change anyone's mind about this. People think what they think." If the abolitionists and suffragettes had denied the possibility of change in their fellow citizens' opinions, this country would still have slavery and women without the vote. Denying the possibility of conversion is to deny the possibility of grace: it plays into the hands of the enemy of our human nature.His piece is quite stirring (and seems to me to be more appropriate for an intra-ecclesial conversation, than a public ad extra piece). However, it seems to me to underscore the need to make public arguments against abortion on purely secular grounds. Opposition to abortion is just too widely seen as a purely Catholic/Christian/religious/fundamentalist perspective, an "imposition" of one group's values on a secular society.
On a slightly divergent note: at what point does our society consider the human embryo to be a human person, endowed with the rights and dignity that pertain to personhood? What, in our society, makes a human being a human person? The answer seems to be quite clear: the mother's will.
Mike Aquilina describes in chilling detail another society, a world very familiar to the early leaders of Christianity, a world in which personhood was conferred by the will of the father.
I suppose it could be considered progress that we have abandoned the ways of patriarchy in this regard?