Dear Editor, I commend the thousands of Irish pro-life advocates who attended the Rally for Life in Dublin recently.
While the slogan that abortion is a woman’s right to control her own body may sound reasonable to many, it is a medical fact that the human foetus is not a part of the mother’s body. It is a separate, distinct and unique human person with its own heart beat, brainwaves and DNA. When the law accepts that the rights of the weakest may be violated, it also accepts that the law of the jungle prevails over the rule of law. When we begin to call even an embryonic human being a “thing”, a “clump of cells”, progress becomes blind and destructive.
On a superficial level, we may be convinced that legalised abortion has not changed much in our private lives and in our society. It all takes place in the silence of an operating room, which ensures the woman’s safety. It is as if the foetus has never existed. But there are no small murders
We all must welcome every new life into the world, regardless of the circumstances, as if it were our own. Our lives and the lives of our unborn children are inseparable. To claim the right to abortion and to recognise that right in law, means to attribute to human freedom a perverse and evil significance: that of an absolute power over others and against others.
I’ll leave readers with this quote by President Ronald Reagan: “I’ve noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born.”