Not in Vain

We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. — Abe Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address

Have a great 4th of July and remember the unborn who have injustly lost their lives!

Another Victory for Women

Today Kimberly Martinez and Kate Looby represented the two sides of a recent court ruling during the Dakota Midday radio show.  The 8th Circuit Court (second highest in the nation) ruled that the South Dakota informed consent law is constitutional.  Before an abortion is performed in South Dakota, the abortionist must now speak directly to the woman and inform her that, should she choose to have the procedure, she will be terminating “the life of a whole, separate, unique living human being.”  For more information on the court decision, click here.

Numerous people called in to the radio station voicing questions and asking opinions of the two women.  Kimberly Martinez articulately stated her position–the informed consent law protects the rights of women and holds doctors accountable to tell the truth.  Contrastingly, Kate Looby read from the same ambiguous script, always mumbling something incoherent about government intrusion and a noticeably fabricated doctor-patient relationship.

One caller questioned how this law varies from other laws, such as nutrition label requirements and FDA drug regulations, regarding government intrusion.  Bravo! The government exists to protect its citizens.  Every doctor is responsible for telling patients about medical procedures before they are performed.  Every doctor is responsible for answering their patient’s questions.  Up to this point, abortionists have been the exception to this standard.  There are not even any doctors in South Dakota who are willing to perform an abortion at Planned Parenthood!  The abortion doctors are flown in from out of state, they are with the patient maybe all of seven minutes while performing the actual procedure and…wait–that’s it!  That is the “doctor-patient relationship” Kate Looby was constantly, and erroneously, referring to.  In all her feigned abhorrence regarding the intrusion of this law, Ms. Looby never offered any substantial evidence to back up her claims–sound familiar?  The majority of the 8th Circuit Court found that Planned Parenthood also had “submitted no evidence.” 

Thank you, Kimberly Martinez, for bringing factual evidence to this interview.  How refreshing!

Quote of the Day

Nothing warms my heart more than a closed abortion clinic.

–Troy Newman, Operation Rescue

Quote of the Day

“You want the right to abortion?  Create it the way most rights are created in a democracy.  Persuade your fellow citizens it’s a good idea–and pass a law.”

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (He says the right to an abortion is not found in the Constitution!)

Quote of the Day

Justice Louis Brandies “Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government purposes are beneficient. . .The greatest dangers to liberly lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning, but without understanding.”

Quote of the Day–Dr. King

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.”
— Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Father Pavone’s Column

I AM

The Gospel of John records various key statements that Jesus uttered about himself which begin with the words “I am…” These statements reveal basic aspects of who he is and what he does for the world. They also reveal basic foundations of the pro-life movement.

Jesus declares, “I am the Bread of Life” (Jn.6:35), “I am the Light of the World” (Jn.8:12), “I am the Gate” (Jn.10:7), “I am the Good Shepherd” ( Jn.10:11), “I am the Resurrection and the Life” (Jn.11:25), “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (Jn.14:6), and “I am the true Vine” ( Jn.15:1).

These are all images of life. Three of the statements use the word “life” explicitly; others employ the concepts of feeding, growth, protection, and leading us into the arena of life. These statements are the very opposite of darkness and death, decay and destruction, violence and nihilism.

At the root of these various “I am” statements is the “absolute I AM” statement found in John 8:58. The context is an argument Jesus has with the Jews in which he claims that he is the antidote to death. “If any one keeps my word, he will never see death.” The Jews asked how he could dare say that, in view of the fact that Abraham died. Was he claiming to be greater than Abraham? And Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was born, I AM!”

The listeners recognized this right away as the very name of God. When God called Moses to set the people of Israel free, Moses asked God his name, and the Lord replied that his name was “I AM” (Ex.3:14).

This name of God can be understood on one level as asserting that only God has life in and of himself. Everything else that lives borrows life from him; he alone is “the living God,” the source of all being, the one who necessarily exists and can never not exist. This truth, of course, is foundational to the pro-life teaching of the Church. All life belongs to God, and to take a human life is to attack God.

But in a more dynamic sense, the name “I AM” means “I AM for you, I AM on your side, I AM rescuing you from death and destruction.” Note the context in which God reveals this name to Moses:  He is calling him to set the people free from slavery in Egypt. Note also the context in which Jesus claims this name in John 8: He is also promising to set the people free. The discourse begins with his assertion, “The truth will set you free” (Jn.8:31), and, as we have seen, includes the promise,  “If any one keeps my word, he will never see death” (Jn.8:51).

God rescues his people from nothingness, and from violence like abortion. That is why the People of God are the People of Life. Rescued by Christ, we rescue our vulnerable brothers and sisters, and he rescues them through us.

This column can be found online at
www.priestsforlife.org/columns/columns2008/08-04-07-i-am.htm