How are you feeling about what appears to be the likely overturning of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey?
If you are pro-life, then this is likely a moment you’ve been waiting for for many years, perhaps many decades. Speaking personally, this fight goes all the way back to 1986 when Sister Celeste of St. John the Baptist elementary school in tiny Paris Township, Wisconsin, showed me what abortion was. What it really was. That is, the most horrific violence against the most vulnerable.
After I finished my master’s degree in theology at Notre Dame back in 2000, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life — but the minute I saw at advertisement for the position of communications director for Pro-Life Wisconsin I knew immediately this is something I wanted to do.
But, if you’re like me, this moment doesn’t necessarily feel as perhaps you imagined it would. Part of that, no doubt, is because the actual opinion has not yet been released. Back in 1992, Casey was decided when a justice switched his opinion at the last minute. We could have something like that happen again.
But something else appears to be at play as well.
For some, they feel embarrassed by the pro-life movement. They can rightly pick out prominent examples of pro-lifers being racist or otherwise hopelessly hypocritical when it comes to the protection of human dignity. Heck, a charter member of the Republican pro-life caucus, Timothy Murphy, was forced to resign after it was revealed that he pressured his mistress to — wait for it — have an abortion.
And then, of course, there is Donald Trump. Many pro-lifers (myself included) thought that he would be bad for the movement, both in the short- and long-term. We’ve been proven wrong about the short-term: indeed, we must be forthright that the fact that, without his election, the conditions for the possibility of fighting for prenatal justice would not have come to be. But there’s something, for lack of a better word, “tainted” about this victory coming from the presidency of a man who was so intimately involved with things like, say, using the pain of separated children to deter immigrants.
For others, the grueling attacks that pro-lifers face, particularly online, can just wear on your psyche. How many times can one be publicly told that they are a ****ing fascist who wants to enslave women; or that because of their sex or race they had better shut up about this and let other people speak; or have others hope that they are raped and must keep the rapist’s child — before it begins to impact your sense of self? It takes pretty thick skin to remain in such an arena.
But there’s also another reason, I think, for maybe not feeling unserved joy at this ruling: we are really only at the end of the beginning of this fight.
Someone recently asked me how I feel about the likelihood of Roe/Casey going away. After thinking about it for a bit, I decided that I’m feeling a set of emotions similar to those had by someone who, say, makes the varsity sports team, is cast in the school play, or gets accepted to college.
There is joy, to be sure, but it is mostly relief that you’ve reached some kind of “end of the beginning” threshold. But there’s also a sense in the back of your mind that “now the real work begins,” leaving little time to celebrate….
The above comes from a May 9 posting by Charles Camosy in Angelus News. Camosy is an associate professor of theology and bioethics at Fordham University.
There is no lasting happiness on this earth. As the Huey Newton song said, “Keep on wanting to live in a perfect world, but there ain’t no liv’en in a perfect world. We can only do what we think is right, repent and pick ourselves up when we fail, learn from our mistakes and hope for final peace with God in the hereafter.
If some prominent Democrats end up in heaven after living it up on earth, I don’t think I’d find the hereafter very pleasant. Like Ted Kennedy? Sheesh. And if Joe Biden or Nancy Pelosi are in heaven, I don’t want to know about it. That would spoil it for eternity.
I know what you mean. Pray that they even make it to purgatory. A lot of people think their ending will be like the Good Thief, but they forget the Good Thief went through purgatory on a cross before he died. That was NO fun. As one of my friend’s says, “Purgatory now or purgatory later.” The other option is horrifying — hell forever.
I am floored that two Christians such as Inevitable and Anne TE would be so brazenly UNchristian as to levy such judgments on others as have been done here. I recall that our holy writ and other social virtues remind us to be careful about being too judging of others, lest we be judged. I get from where you are coming – you despise the people mentioned, and likewise it gives you some feeling of self righteousness, of being superior, but your words are hurtful and unwarranted. How vain you are, contrary to your supposed proclaiming of Christian love.
“How vain you are, contrary to your supposed proclaiming of Christian love.” isn’t a judgment about someone?
Michael Dremel, I only said what I needed to hear myself. I am well aware that I can fall, too, without God’s help.
BTW, Michael Dremel, Ted Kennedy was pushing some horribly Unchristian legislation before he died — such as the government paying for abortions, and the legalization of so-called same-sex marriage in spite of the fact Jesus Christ said marriage was between one man and one woman. There was no evidence Ted Kennedy ever repented before he died. A lot of our so-called heroes did a lot of horribly Unchristian things before they died, and their chances for heaven certainly do not look good. That is why we pray for the dead in hopes they did repent.
Dremel thinks that the only people in Hell are Hitler and cigarette smokers..
BTW, I should have put quotation marks after “perfect world” in my Huey Newton quotation. The rest was my idea.
I think the name of the singer is Huey Lewis!
Thank you for correcting me, Lewis. I posted from memory and afterward looked up “Huey Newton”, and it did not seem he was the right person. I did not have the time to look further, and I only heard the song on the radio, and I do not remember seeing how the singer looked. I worked and volunteered a lot around the time it came out and did not watch much T.V. I hate being on computers too much, but they do seem to be a necessary evil. Always loved the song, though, because it seems to express our lives’ conditions very well.
Prediction…more hybrid adoptive/biological kid families… privately funded, faith based homes for children without families…influx of families of faith into the foster system. This is what we’ve been praying for and if it is granted, we’d better step up and deliver. Abortion has so much support, even among some Christians, because the primary concern is material comfort and stability. Thousands of ‘unwanted’ children will demand lots of money, personal sacrifice and time. All people of faith must change the way we think about what the meaning of life really is. The road to sainthood lies before us…
….another prediction….religious orders popping up with the charism of caring for and educating children without families….again. Could mean a real renaissance for the faith…the old is new all over again….
I truly believe the right to life movement must be at the grassroot level! We need to offer support to mothers not just during pregnancy but offer throughout their lives if needed! More homes for those that need help with shelter. Parenting classes, trade skills, child care, etc!
If you have the money to do that, go for it. I don’t. And I’m not going to donate to Big Pro Life to do anything because the donations mostly go to fat executive salaries.
I almost totally agree with Chardin – if Roe v Wade is overturned, and there is an opening for more fostering and adoption, then those who are willing to stand in protest lines should be willing and ready to step up. Otherwise, the propaganda machine will definitely crucify the Christian and Catholic pro-life sector for talking about wanting to take care of lives (and not just fetuses) only when it costs them nothing. Many of us have been stating that too many allow the perception that they only care about life when its only a fetus, but once born, not so much. Now is the chance to change that perception, but that will require so many to step up, especially for those older children who are currently in need of homes NOW.
Your objections are familiar….157 years too late on a similar social question…..
” be careful about being too judging of others, lest we be judge” The only verse of scripture that liberals have memorized, it gives them a pass to violate the natural laws and still feel good about themselves…
Let me try to help bohemond. Here are some other “liberal” verses:
“Love one another as I have loved you”
“Whatever you do to the least of these, you do to me.”
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who comes to me shall live forever, even though he die.”
“when you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they will be seen by people. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.”
“Blessed are the merciful for they shall be shown mercy.”
Not a complete list, but a pretty good start, seems to me.
YFC do not want or will ever ask for help from you… here is a verse you heretics on Left ignore..”He that denies me before man I shall deny before the Father”. So when your celebrating shame month this year, let that one sink in