Saturday, October 13, 2012

Excerpts from Abandoned

From Abandoned,The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars, by Monica Migliorino Miller

To be pro-life is to be enveloped by a desperate, agonizing moment in history. As awareness of injustice grips you, you cannot free yourself and it is a suffering. Here was terrible loneliness. I felt alienated from the world, from my culture, my society. I even felt alienated from my country. Words like "liberty and justice for all" didn't seem real to me. I had a sense of painful separation. I had thrown in my lot with an unwanted people - and felt rejected with them. The unborn and I were one in the night of their abandonment. I felt the burden of being aware that a whole segment of the human family was denied their right to live.

As "clinically objective" as the term "fetus" may be, it is also a term that distances the unborn from the rest of humanity. It is depersonalizing, and when applied to the unborn, helps facilitate their deaths. It is far easier to kill something that is not in relation to you; the advocates of legal abortion deliberately utilize the term to cast the unborn out of relation to the rest of the human family. The language facilitates an alienation of the woman to her unborn child. It places the child in isolation from her and from all other members of the human family.
Abortion is about empowering women. In order for this to happen they must become autonomous in a deadly kind of way. Instead of drawing others into human communion, the abortion ethic demands that the woman first be alienated from those over whom she seeks to have power. Once the unborn are cast out of relation to her, they are cast out of relation to the entire human community. Once cast out of relation to us, members of this now-subhuman class may be annihilated iwth impunity.

Those who are inclined to acknowledge the humanity of the fetus, even if unconsciously, refer to the fetus as an ``unborn baby```or `child.`This language of recognition is not a pro-life contrivance; it flows from the inherent human bond between ourselves and the intrauterine person. The language discloses this bond and affirms it. Language that `humanizes`fetuses reveals the truth about them and us. They, along with us, are members of the human family. When we want to reject the unborn, we first reject them from the human family by naming them as something less than, or other than, human.

1 comment:

Greg Graham said...

Very powerful! The use of language is so important.