Wednesday, January 22, 2014

41 years since Roe vs Wade

Culturally, Australia follows America - although there are some interesting exceptions. Roe vs Wade was a sad but probably inevitable moment in Western cultural history. This little video (produced by the Texas Alliance for Life) marks the 40 years since that case. The effect is quite powerful, equal parts sad and hopeful.


I like the liberal (small l) emphasis on lifting up the down trodden, Kevin Rudd alluded to this sentiment in his concession speech last year, something along the lines of "Labor stands for a go for the little guy." I like that sentiment reminds me of Jesus' parable where the crippled, poor, blind and lame are invited in, when the rich and powerful turn down their invitations to the banquet. Layers of human incompetence and hypocrisy aside, why isn't there more of an outcry about the emancipation of the unborn from the threat of death? Every single issue can't get our full attention, so surely abortion is near the top of triage list? 

6 comments:

PB said...

It would be wonderful to be able to shift the dialog here in Aus!

Luke Isham said...

Yes! Why isn't abortion a central issue in the Christian "social justice" agenda, uniting Christians from left and right of politics?

Mike Westerman said...

I guess becoz fortunately many Christians realise that up to some point, it is not generally accepted that there is a life to ascribe rights to in preference to the rights of the woman deciding whether she wants to be a mother. As for centrality, given the number of Christians that are lukewarm on climate change and environmental degradation, I can't see why an issue like abortion which comparatively has a lesser impact is likely to warm them up!

andrew westerman said...

Not to mention all those good Christian women exercising control of their reproduction by using contraception, flushing away life on a regular basis. I guess they have a realistic, rather than right-wing ideological, Christianity.

PB said...

Hey Luke - it will in time. Every generation since Roe v Wade has been more pro-life than the last. This is true both for religionists and non-religionists. Partly b/c of the science (we know so much more now, we can't hide behind the clump of cells argument), partly b/c of who is reproducing (an anti-life position doesn't lend itself to as many progeny to disciple), partly b/c of the barbarity of abortion (we've seen the silent scream, we know that babies ripped limb-from-limb or stabbed in the brain with scissors, etc, are fully human and feel the pain), and for many other reasons.

Marion. said...

Thank you PB for the voice of reason.