Monday, September 22, 2008

On an abortion method that I had never previously imagined
His Eminence The Cardinal Archbishop of Sydney reports that

Medicare pays for [second trimester] abortions under the heading of “Management of second trimester labour”. This is interpreted to cover both brutal partial birth abortion, which is banned in the United States, as well as the induction of labour in which many babies are actually delivered alive and simply left to die. This was the terrible fate of 47 unborn children who were aborted after 20 weeks in Victoria in 2005.
(my emphasis)
This calls to mind the ancient pagan practice of ‘exposition’, whereby (and, as appalling as it will sound, I am not making it up) unwanted children would be tethered to some post and left to die by exposure to the elements. One can only agree with Professor Romano Amerio in Iota Unum when he writes that the legitimisation of abortion means that the contemporary West has sunk to a lower level than some of the great pagan societies of antiquity. Whenever you hear the secularists pleading, on the grounds of 'compassion', for the latest Human Right of the Month and feel tempted to sympathise, think of the forty-seven babies left to die.

Reginaldvs Cantvar


Zoe Brain said...

I have qualms about all abortions.

Those in the first trimester I consider tragic, but not necessarily sinful.

Those in the third trimester I consider infanticide. No ifs, ands, or buts.

In the second, it depends too much on individual circumstances. But if I were a doctor, I would have to be very, very sure what the right thing to do is before taking part in such an atrocity.

Zoe Brain said...

For once, the comparison with "exposure", "letting nature take it's course" is apt.
If the result of miscarriage, it is the most humane thing to do.

That it could be the result of deliberate human action I find appalling. It's WRONG.

I have (relatively) few qualms about abortion before 12 weeks - it is the extinction of potential, not the extinction of a person. It is a tragedy.

But 20 weeks is far too late. The neurology has developed, the baby is no longer a foetus, though unable with current technology to survive, regardless of intervention. I would have no part in such an abominable act as "termination of pregnancy" or whatever you care to call it at that stage, absent various medical conditions such as anencephaly.