As we approach the inauguration of a new presidency and the anniversary of Roe vs Wade, I assume that many of our friends expect the Franciscans of Life to say something wise and uplifting. Try as I did, I was unable to come up with anything wise to say. Perhaps is the fact that I fell today and lacerated my forehead. Thank God that my cranium was not currently occupied. In any case, I can’t come up with some wise and profound comment to make. So, I’ll let my simple country logic do the talking.
Roe vs Wade must never be forgotten, not only because it made abortion a constitutional right in our country, but it did much more. It stripped the preborn human being of the right to be born. Roe vs Wade was one of the most selfish acts that the American people have ever perpetrated on its citizens.
Our Founding Fathers rebelled against a monarchy and parliament that was tyrannical, a king and government that had no respect for the basic human rights of its citizens on the western side of the Atlantic. As far as the English crown was concerned, the colonists and their descendants were to be silenced when it came to matters that affected their lives, the lives of their families and the future of the kingdom. We must say “kingdom”, because on July 3, 1776 there was no United States. There was simply the American colonies and territories of the English Kingdom.
But our forefathers changed all that. They fought and many gave their lives for the right to live, the right to have a voice about their lives, and the right to choose their future.
Hilary Clinton once said that the unborn CHILD has no constitutional rights. The issue on the table is not whether the being in the womb is a person, human being, child or other. The question has been settled. The being in the womb is a CHILD.
The laws of nature dictate that the child of two human beings cannot be a chimpanzee. He must be a human being, regardless of his parents’ faults and virtues.
Yet, this human being, who lives in our midst, is denied the right to be born.
We have dared to do the unimaginable. We have dared betray the memory of those who fought for our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We betrayed their dream of a nation where people were given the right to live according to the graces endowed by their Creator, as Thomas Jefferson so eloquently wrote.
We have misrepresented the mind of the Founding Fathers, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. In other words, we have hijacked the American dream.
Roe vs Wade limits the right to life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness to those who have the power and cold-heartedness to terminate the life of one who is weaker and defenseless.
Br. Jay, FFV
Video by youtube user on ultrasound of their 8-week baby.
See and hear baby’s heartbeat, watch the 1-inch baby wiggle,
and see description for link to video of 1st year birthday.