Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Life Links 9/26/06

A statement from Catholic and Evangelicals: That They May Have Life

Some excerpts:
We are sadly aware that many who identify themselves as Christians do not share our understanding of a culture of life. It is not the case that we wish to "impose" our moral convictions on our fellow citizens or, as some recklessly charge, to establish a "theocracy." Our intention is not to impose but to propose, educate, and persuade, in the hope that, through free deliberation and decision, our society will be turned toward a more consistent respect for the inestimable gift that is human life.....

The inescapable question is this: Why should we care about those who are weak, dependent, burdensome, unproductive, and undeveloped or gravely diminished in their capacity for the interactions we associate with being human? If we are unable to give a morally principled answer to that question, the very concept of human rights is emptied of obliging force and reduced to utilitarian calculation or arbitrary sentiment....

Finally, our society's drift toward a culture of death will not be arrested and reversed without a bolder and more persuasive witness to the gospel of life centered in Jesus Christ who is "the way, the truth, and the life." Whatever our cultural circumstance, whatever the ebb and flow of political and legal fortunes, our first duty is evangelization: to share "in season and out of season" (2 Timothy 4:2) the good news of the unsurpassable gift of eternal life, beginning now, in knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

HT: Scott Klusendorf

Why are New York abortion providers advertising in the "abortion alternatives" section of the yellow pages?

A mother (and two other women) in Georgia has been charged with trying to force her 16-year-old daughter to drink turpentine in the hopes that it would cause her to have an abortion. The other women were the teen's cousins. They don't know yet if the turpentine had any toxic effects on the teen or her 3 month unborn child.

An abortion and a dispute about it leads to a female police officer killing her boyfriend and then committing suicide.

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