Wednesday, January 07, 2009

March for Life Campaign

I have been off the radar for some time, due to the heavy workload during Christmas. I am back, now, and will be in full swing for the run-up to the 36th March for Life. Before the Baptism of the Lord, I will have a reflective post on Christmas.

In the meantime, I would ask everyone to do a few things:

1. Pray.

2. Think: specifically about the best way to employ our intellectual and spiritual energies for the defeat of FOCA. This means, among other things, real, hard, and hard-nosed political thinking. Remember that St. Thomas teaches us that prudence is the essence of governance, which means that is the essence of citizenship in democratic society. The Servant of God, Archbishop Fulton Sheen used to say, "Win an argument, lose a convert." Mutatis mutandis, let us apply the principle to our anti abortion and anti-FOCA advocacy. Sometimes, we will be called to stand to our tackle, and champion the faith against those who would sully it. At other times, indeed, in my experience, most times, the fight against abortion is best served by patient and considered response on a practical level to the legislative and policy proposals pro-abortion citizens tend to espouse. Ask lots of questions. E.g., when someone tells you, "Abortion should be safe, legal and rare," ask, "Why? Why rare?" If someone tells you that abortion is going to happen, anyway, then ask your interlocutor whether it does not follow from the logic he is employing, that since murder is going to happen anyway, we ought to open and fund clinics dedicated to the object, and teach medical doctors the most "sanitary" ways of dispatching a human being; etc.

3. Spread the word about all the choices that are really out there, and support crisis pregnancy initiatives with your time and your money.

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