Friday, April 17, 2009

Life Links 4/17/09

ABC News covered Sarah Palin's speech at the Vanderburgh County Right to Life banquet.
She said she learned she was pregnant with Trig while she was out of the state at an oil and gas conference.

"There just for a fleeting moment I thought, I knew, nobody knows me here. Nobody would ever know. I thought, wow, it is easy. It could be easy to think maybe of trying to change the circumstances. No one would know. No one would ever know."

Ultimately, Palin said she realized she had to stay true to what she'd been saying for years -- that "life is valuable because it is ordained".

"I had just enough faith to know that trying to change the circumstances wasn't any answer," Palin said.

But the Governor said the experience gave her an appreciation for what women and girls facing an unwanted pregnancy go through.

"I do understand what these women, what these girls go through in that thought process."

Matthew Franck takes down Doug Kmiec's latest defense of President Obama.
Will Douglas Kmiec affirm the proposition that a new human being exists as of fertilization, the coming-to-be of a zygote? If so, can he identify any human beings who are not persons? Not legal persons, just . . . persons? If there are any human beings who are not persons, what must happen to convert these human non-persons into human persons? Is there any stage of development, change of condition, or characteristic of identity we might choose for this decisive transition to “personhood” that would not be wholly arbitrary as a defining threshold? Is there any natural fact other than fertilization that can serve properly as the marker of our coming into being as distinct, individual human persons?

These are matters for reason, are they not? By declaring that such judgments are, for him, matters for “faith informed by love,” Kmiec encloses this great public issue in a little box called “religion” and tucks it away in the back of a cupboard. It’s a clever rhetorical maneuver that “religionizes” and thus radically privatizes each of our views on “personhood,” just the way abortion advocates have done for the last 35 years. By this gambit, President Obama is off the hook. He merely has his own private view, which reason cannot show to be inferior to any other view. We all just have our own different faith commitments about these things!

A man in Connecticut is in jail after being accused of repeatedly raping a now 13-year-old girl for more 2 years. Authorities found out after the girl traveled to New York for a late term abortion.

Cathy and Austin Ruse have a column discussing Bonnie Erbe's recent claim that having abortions in an economic downturn "benefits society."
One of the great triumphs of the pro-life movement is that it has managed to stigmatize abortion so thoroughly that even pro-abortion advocates are forced to admit there should be fewer of them. Erbe’s cheerleading for abortion is the vestige of an old and tired advocacy that will not gain traction, no matter what happens to the economy.

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