Judie Brown, the president of the American Life League, has written that I have disagreed with her positions on abortion “with absolutely no intellectual honesty at all – none, nada, nothing!”
I am sorry indeed that she was apparently so disturbed by my commentary, that she opened with this accusation of dishonesty. On the other hand, a number of the e-mails I received were even more defamatory. This indicates her great and anguishing difficulty in defending the cause of abortion prohibition.
Mrs. Brown did not even respond to the headline of my column: “Happy Conception Day?”
She did not mention whether her parents, or whether she herself, have been consistent enough to stop the celebration of birthdays – because human life, she contends, begins at the instant of conception.
Does she mean by this that a human being is created at the instant of conception? And if so, does she really believe in invisible citizens, since the fertilized egg is invisible to the naked eye? If the fertilized egg has a soul, and it eventually splits on the way to becoming twins, does the soul split?
If, because the fertilized egg is human, alive and capable of movement, she believes that makes it a baby, then what about the undeniably human, undeniably alive and undeniable capability of movement by both sperm and eggs? Has she no concern for the unconceived child and its component parts?
Does Mrs. Brown believe that it is evil to deliberately place a foreign object in a position so that it will deprive the human, living and moving sperm and egg (those composite parts of the invisible baby) of their destiny of togetherness?
Does she believe that contraception, as well as the copulation rhythm method (which is deliberately designed to avoid conception) are also evil?
Mrs. Brown also accuses me of being “far beyond the limits of logic, common sense and reality” because I raised the question as to whether she believes that the victims of spontaneous abortion (miscarriages) should not have death certificates.
“Death certificate? No, not necessary,” she writes.
Why not? If the life of a human “pre-born” as she describes it, is ended by spontaneous abortion, there has been a death, hasn’t there?
All born babies (and all at older ages) who die are given death certificates and almost always, funerals.
Why is the president of the American Life League, who contends that at the instant of conception that a fertilized egg is a baby, so heartlessly inconsistent as to write that if this baby dies by miscarriage, it is not entitled to a death certificate?
Is this any greater insensitivity than that she attributed to “many in the medical profession, who are charged with caring for the mother and her pre-born child, have bouts of insensitivity when dealing with the couple who have miscarried their baby”?
But having written that, she goes on to write that the miscarried baby has no need for a death certificate!
This towering contradiction (dare I say disdain for certain babies?) is right up there (or down there) with Mrs. Brown’s utterly astounding claim:
According to criminal lawyers, there is no practical difference between first and second-degree murder charges, except when it comes to sentencing.
What criminal lawyer has ever publicly claimed there is no difference between first and second-degree murder? If Mrs. Brown is unable to distinguish the difference between first and second-degree murder, she ought really to consult a new lawyer.
Mrs. Brown writes: “Kinsolving claims I would argue against killing an innocent baby because his mother was gang-raped or sexually assaulted by a member of her family.”
I never claimed or wrote such a thing – because I do not believe that a fetus is a baby. What I do believe is that rape and incest are forms of conception forbidden by the marriage laws of most churches, synagogues and states. And to force a 13-year-old victim of a gang rape, or the lust of her father or brother, to come to full term and give birth to the pregnancy of her rapist is indeed barbaric.
This is indeed fetal fanaticism to which, I note, Mrs. Brown writes: “He says I suffer from ‘fetal fanaticism,’ and once again, he’s right.” (Will the American Life League adopt a new subtitle: “The Fetal Fanatics”?)
I am happy to inform Mrs. Brown that the idea of a human being created at the instant of conception was denied by Popes Innocent III and Gregory XIV, as well as Saints Augustine, Anselm, Thomas Aquinas and Alphonsus Liguori – who lived 150 years after the invention of the compound microscope.
Thank you, Mrs. Brown – at least for your interest.