In conclusion: The article in discussion had been withdrawn from its hosting website. This coincided with coauthor Francesca Minerva’s receiving death threats. [Perchance this had brought to her brilliantly intellectual, right-to-life-bestowing academic mind the simple fact of her having been a fetus, and a vulnerable infant herself; that now, ontologically, she is the result of having been, as she likes to say, “a potential person”, cared for and educated by her parents, so that she gained “self awareness”—which, according to Mr Stephen Adams’ article, had, most recently manifested by her feeling <“the worst in my life”> (probable meaning: fear of death)—and this “self awareness” had transformed her (in her own eyes, I mean) into an “actual person”. The positive might be that Ms Minerva may have found out what it means to be that vulnerable, threatened, helpless … babe. In spite of the two obvious essential differences: the baby has no fear of death, because its soul is still with God, aware only of God; and the baby is innocent, thus deserving neither threats, nor ill-fated “debates”, nor the perpetration of such as the ones expressed in the above-mentioned article.
The disappointing fact is that Mr Alberto Giubilini has authored other, clearly and unequivocally pro-abortion and pro-euthanasia papers. And Ms Minerva is in tune with him. So no, let’s face it: the authors’ intention had not been to “oppose abortion”. Some things are really what they seem, and one of these is the article in discussion.
But, contrary to their intentions, the authors succeeded in de-masking abortion for what it really is, and in alerting the public to the crimes of feticide and infanticide. And public information is the logical first step to action for the eradication of these barbaric practices.
The irony is that both authors reside in Australia, where everyone has seen mammalian fetuses: who has not seen one in the marsupium of a pet kangaroo? The fetus is a real individual who knows what it does. Take a look: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kangaroo#Reproduction_and_life_cycle .
And if the kangaroo joey knows at 33 days and an inch or so in length, to climb out of the uterus and, nimbly up, through mom’s fur, into the pouch where he finds the nipple at the first try—all in only 5 minutes, then why doubt the intelligence of the 33 day human fetus, only because it is away from sight, behind the abdominal wall??
Hey, Sandra, have they ever heard, or has anyone, of any marsupial mammal ever picking out the joey from her pouch and throwing him to the rats?? Yet the superior human being would rake the woman’s innards, traumatizing her in body, heart, mind and soul to the point of no return, to kill her offspring and throw him in the sewer. Or have its earthly remains packed in a sterilized container and sold to the cosmetic industry, or some other cannibalistic enterprise.
Yes, I am afraid, friend Matthew Archbold, we humans should apologize to the animal kingdom for insulting their kind by comparing our morals to theirs.
Returning to Ms Minerva: why would “self awareness” make a person more “actual” than the next, is not quite clear to me. I say with Mary De Voe: “Personhood is endowed by our Creator as part of the immortal soul”. And I am with all who say that awareness of the neighbor, and first and foremost: awareness of God, define the value of the human being. Yet even if this awareness be blighted, as in the case of Ms Minerva and Mr Giubilini, I am sure I am in tune with most posters on this side of the blog: these famous authors, their editors and sponsors, as well as most of those who might share their distorted views, for not having yet gained true awareness of God, are still human beings: they still have latent the God-given potential to develop awareness and rise their consciousness to God, our and all babies’ patient, Loving Father. All they need is to receive God’s Answer to our prayer. If we bother to prey for them. Should we?
If we sit back and look at out world with a detached attitude, it is easy to see that human behavior is becoming consistent with the psychology of overcrowding. Stress, fear, loss of perspective. What’s the solution? Self control. Redirect all that erratic attention back to God. All of us together. Yes: it’s more of us. The more of us gather in the Name of Jesus Christ, the more likely we are to Receive His Blessings.
@Chris: yes, me too. But in Africa they still use children as “soldiers”. Wherever we turn, education is lacking and child-abuse is rampant. All this needs reparation. There is work to do. Ministry and education and healing. Besides, I pray to God He inspire the govt to redirect all “planned parenthood” funds to the space program. Then, they’ll need work-force there. Highly educated work-force. They better redirect the govt expansion funds to education. I don’t know about you, but I find making other planets inhabitable for humans, closer to the Plan of God than killing His children. I suppose the Catholic (meaning “greater than Universal” in Greek) Church ought to prepare, to be the first one ready for that kind of ministry.
I hear you Sally, Feb 27: they are not ready for the pristine yet. Sac-cloth and ashes. Yes, fasting and prayer brings us people closer to God. Fact is: the way we humans are now, we are dangerous to God’s creation—we prove it every day. So we have the clergy we deserve.
Also: why would God permit us humans to populate His asters? To spread our pollution in the universe? Without God we make no sense. Without God we won’t be able to. Without God there’ll be more of Challenger and Columbia. Their crews had been aborted from planet earth by the godless anti-Christian NASA administration. Looking at what had been going on, in the last few decades, it sums up like this: <<Hi NASA, here’s a proposition to self destruct. Aye or nay? Unanimously voted in favor. We now adjourn. Sweet dreams to yall. >> To this day crews have minimal access and no say about the condition of space-craft in which they are propelled off the planet. So they should at least pray more. Whatever thy did, God was on their side, showed the engineers and admins so clearly the Challenger should not be launched with the broken o-ring! If the space program does not look at God for guidance, it’s a waste of taxpayer’s money. How can it be done in the conjecture of the separation of church and state? A bit of each citizen’s tax financed the loss of those crews’ lives. We are all responsible. Yet how can the state get reconciled with the institution of the church, as long as the latter lags in relating with God?
I look at federal and state tax as mega-tithing for the purpose of collectively accomplishing the GoodWill of God. If it is used for anything contrary to Good, they misused it against my will. Yet I am responsible. We the people are responsible for how our taxes are used. If we look at it this way, we do better and pray stronger.
As far as the the true awareness of the human being is concerned, we have the evidence: Elisabeth received the Holy Spirit through her son John—a six month fetus—about Christ Jesus who had come under the Virgin’s heart the other day. (Luke 1:41): when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost.
@TheGovtIsNuts: thank you for taking us with you in prayer to
Abba, Our Father God in Heaven, holy, sacred and wonderful is Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. I thank Thee for the Catholic Church and its special courage to stand up to this evil, this abomination. I pray that the Church will be soon victorious in this battle. I ask this in the name of Yeshua Christ Jesus, Your Beloved Only Begotten Son, Our Lord and Savior. Amen.