Driving around North Providence I see thereâ€™s a billboard from â€˜Prolife Across Americaâ€™. They used to have one that said, â€˜Embryos are babiesâ€™, which got to me, because itâ€™s like saying that acorns are oak trees. Itâ€™s like saying that the blood, sweat and tears of pregnancy and childbirth have nothing to do with bringing a baby into the world. Itâ€™s like saying that parental care has nothing to do with a healthy baby. And they didnâ€™t use a picture of an embryo on the billboard, they had a picture of a well cared-for baby several months old. Now â€˜Prolifeâ€™ has another billboard that says, â€˜Every baby is a blessing, I have Down Syndromeâ€™.
The Catholic Church basically campaigned for the Republican Party in the last two presidential elections. With the sharp divide in this country and the close margins in so many races they are definitely an influence. The Church has never supported the concept of separation of church and state. Thatâ€™s a heresy of American Catholics.
This week some bishop is threatening to excommunicate Rudy Giuliani because he doesnâ€™t promise to support the Churchâ€™s effort to make abortion illegal.
Meanwhile, the President just vetoed the SCHIP bill that would have provided health insurance coverage to ten million American children. This was only his fourth veto in six years. The only Catholic voice of protest Iâ€™ve heard so far was some nun on the radio saying that insuring needy children would be a very pro-life thing to do. She must be one of those boots-on-the-ground type nuns. Sheâ€™s never going to get a cushy post at the Vatican.
I wonder if the anti-legal-abortion activists who are so supportive of the Republican Party ever think about the infant mortality rate. The United State has the second worst newborn mortality rate in the developed world. But weâ€™re talking about infants. Once theyâ€™re stained with original sin theyâ€™re on their own.
If I sound bitter, I am. Itâ€™s been said that the anti-abortion concern for life begins at conception and ends at birth, and the silence from the Catholic Church as millions of children are denied health insurance seems to back that up. The silence from the â€˜pro-familyâ€™ lobby when the President vetoes a bill that would immediately help poor families and children makes it clear that only some families are valuable.
They’re Pro-baby until there is an actual baby who needs support. Itâ€™s seduce and abandon, the oldest story in the world.