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Most issues raised in the abortion debate are red herrings that drag us off the track of the pertinent questions.
Greg finds disturbing similarities between the viewpoint that abortion can be justified and reasons used to justify past genocides. You know, it's amazing how many people who are seemingly intelligent, moral, ethical, and level-headed are adopting a frightening point of view. They're willing to admit that abortion does indeed take the life of an innocent, defenseless human being, but still they think abortion is justified in many cases.
The "coat hanger" argument is one of the most emotionally compelling appeals of pro-abortionists, yet the whole line of reasoning collapses because of the single element deified by pro-choicers: choice. "We're Afraid For Our Daughters," the headline read. The ad was hard to miss, filling an entire page of my local paper. "Could it really happen?" it continued. "Could our daughters be forced into back alleys and illegal abortions? We need your help. For our daughters, our wives, and our friends, please help keep abortion safe."
The same thing that made the Elephant Man a human being makes a fetus a human being.
by Jennifer P., with Greg Koukl I was a new nurse on a new job. The night shift nurses were hard on the newcomers, and I was particularly easy to intimidate. One night a nurse on my shift came up to me and said, "Jennifer, you need to see the Garcia baby" [not its real name]. There was something suspicious about the way she said it, though. I see babies born every hour, I thought. Why do I need to see this one?
These people, Planned Parenthood, are not pro-choice. That's why they object to it. They are pro-abortion.
The question "Are Blacks human beings?" is so bizarre it's almost comical. Who could ask such a thing today? Yet the question is still being asked, this time with a twist. Are Blacks human beings? Believe it or not, there was a time when the Supreme Court's answer to this question was no, not if they were slaves. It was 1856. Dred Scott, a Black slave, had been taken north of the Mason-Dixon line into Illinois and Wisconsin where slavery was prohibited by the Missouri Compromise.
This piece is told in the first person from the viewpoint of my close friend, Martin Caveza, who lost his older brother to AIDS. Devon is going to die. I know it. Even now I can see the life slowly drain from his frail body. His face is drawn. When he speaks, the words come in short spurts. He fights for each breath, the air scraping down his throat. I stand by his bed. Sometimes when his pain is too much I hold him. We pray. I don't ask questions. He has AIDS. And he's my brother. That's all I need to know.
Is happiness or virtue the greater good to see and cultivate in our lives?
The late Dr. Francis Schaeffer said: All utopian ideals end up being cruel in the end, because they can never be fulfilled. Happiness can be an example. Steel Magnolias (Sally Fields): "I just want you to be happy."