How do we move on from the passage of Issue 1 in Ohio? I keep coming back to the need to tell the world what abortion is: the physical killing of small humans in the womb. The medical textbooks show it. Every doctor knows it. And the only reason some of them do it is because they hold radical autonomy higher than human life. And be assured: the politicians will not remind us what abortion is. We have to do it. So, that’s one task.
Perhaps we have seen the photo of the pro-abort lady with her sign at a rally: “Unlimited Free Abortion.” Let me get this straight: You are going to do the thing that makes humans, and if a human happens to be made, you want the human you made to be killed and I have to pay for it. That means the second task at hand is to get people to care about someone other than themselves.
Leading up to the election I was praying in front of the abortion facility. A Pepsi driver was flipping me off as he drove his truck past me. Why would he want abortion to be legal rather than illegal? It ensures that men can do whatever they want with women without ever having to make a commitment or a gift of self. Since the anthropology of the world seems to be doing whatever feels good at the time, our third task is to show the world there is a more adequate anthropology. That Pepsi driver is made to make a gift of self, a commitment in love, not to be a perpetual baby in a candy store. His girlfriend is designed to nurture life. If only we could share the Theology of the Body with the world!
I posit that abortion is the worst because of the sheer number of occurrences and that every one of those victims is innocent and is killed. It is worse than slavery, and segregation as horrible as those things were. Imagine the outcry across the world if one of our southern states put a referendum on the ballot to reinstate segregation. Every bishop in the country, and maybe even the world would decry it. The pope would decry a state referendum from the Vatican. But we heard from very few outside the six bishops in Ohio over Issue 1, the legal killing of the innocent.
Our society is no longer civilized as much as we try to fake it. The pagan Romans killed the unborn. The Azteks performed human sacrifice. Christians stopped it for a while, but it’s back. The human person has shown he does not know or choose what is good for himself. Look at the recent destructive history in Ohio. With one vote over 50%, we can vote in casinos as we try to gamble ourselves into prosperity. We can legalize marijuana for an altered state of consciousness. We can make it legal to kill the unborn. The aged are next because they will also be deemed inconvenient. Then what? Prostitution? Why not? Society can argue they are consenting adults. Laws can be put in place attempting to regulate it. They will sell it by convincing the masses that money can be put aside for education, like they always tell us.
The human person will never find fulfillment in any of these things but only in a gift of self as per our design. Read or listen to Theology of the Body, a more adequate anthropology.