By Tom Quiner
My liberal Catholic friend intoned,
“I don’t want a bunch of gray-haired men in Rome telling women what to do with their bodies.”
She speaks for million of Catholic and non-Catholic women. For that matter, she speaks for millions of Catholic and non-Catholic men.
Let’s talk about her statement.
Let’s start with those gray-haired men in Rome, specifically, the Pope. Why does the Pope tell men and women everywhere not to abort their children? Because it violates the commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.”
The Catholic Church believes that human life begins at conception. What kind of Church would they be if they told parents it is their choice on whether or not to kill their child? They wouldn’t be a Church any longer. They would be evil because of their refusal to make a moral judgement on an issue of life and death.
Suppose my friend doesn’t believe human life begins at conception? I think it’s fair to ask, then, when does human life begin?
None of these markers sufficiently measure our humanity. But I could at least understand (but still reject) my friend’s view if she was willing to call for limits on abortion at, let’s say, viability … or even three months. But she doesn’t. She thinks it is up to the woman to decide right up to the moment of birth.
This is the view of Barack Obama and the entire power structure of the Democratic Party. That is who my friend listens to, not the Pope.
Interestingly, the president wants to tell Catholic Churches what they can and cannot believe by imposing the HHS Mandate on them. This requires Catholic organizations to buy insurance coverage for employees that violates their religious conscience.
My friend has no problem with that, and, in fact agrees with Mr. Obama.
So she doesn’t really have a problem with telling someone what to do as long as it is what she wants.
The Obama administration has a history of trying to tell churches what do, even whom they can hire. Fortunately, the Supreme Court disagreed with Mr. Obama and shot him down in a rare, unanimous court decision: Hosanna Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
A final thought: my friend doesn’t want the Pope telling her or any woman what they can do with their bodies. But my friend has no problem with what a woman does to her daughter’s pre-born body. This little girl’s body can be cut, dismembered, suctioned, and disposed of without a peep. Her daughter has no say on what happens to her body.
Her dreams can be ground into dust.
Her body won’t even be dignified with a tombstone.
She will never even have a name. Imagine that.
How come the Pope can’t tell my friend it’s wrong to kill, but she can tell her neighbor it’s okay?