February 10 2017
When I was studying philosophy in seminary I remember my professor stressing that when you are looking at philosophical arguments it is important to understand the foundational statements. The first statement takes you to a necessary conclusion. I always found this helpful. Something akin might be the warning of Jesus that a good tree does not bear bad fruit and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.
In the culture war it is important to identify foundations. To argue for life for example in all its sacredness, a Christian begins first with Scripture and then with reason. In Scripture we are dramatically reminded that God has known us even before we were in our mother’s womb. In St. Luke’s Gospel we listen to the words of the Archangel Gabriel asking the Virgin Mary to consent to the great plan of salvation, the invitation of God to be the mother of the Lord. She questions the angel about how this might come about since “she knows not man.” St. Gabriel responds, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy” (Lk 1:35-36). The Virgin consents. We call this moment the Incarnation. At this moment, Mary becomes a mother. True the child is absolutely tiny and most vulnerable but He is there. So through Scripture the Christian has a foundation that life in its first moment is sacred, a human with a soul.
Philosophically or from reason one great argument is this. It is possible that the ovum is a true human being or it is possible that the ovum is not. So it is better to take the risk that the ovum is or is not a true human? If it is not a child nothing is lost if millions are aborted. If it is a child then it is horrific to think that millions upon millions have been lost. The just man must give the benefit to the doubt that if it is human life we are talking about then the possibility of so many being lost is not worth the risk.
Planned Parenthood is finally under examination about how it has been involved in body trafficking, in selling body parts for profit. The present situation is ugly. The beginnings, the foundations are no different. Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was unabashedly anti-Catholic and racist. She was a leading figure in eugenics. She borrowed her ideas from the Nazis and published several articles written by the Nazis regarding population control.
A bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Read up on Margaret Sanger and you will see in the historical record enough proof of her disdain for African Americans, Catholics and her obsession with abortion. There is another saying, “An apple does not fall far from the tree.” Sanger and Planned Parenthood have a lot in common, too much. Fr Al