To the editor:
I was very grateful for the national outpouring of compassion and sympathy for the grieving families in Newtown, Conn., especially for the focus on the 20 very young children who were killed before they had the chance to show and develop their full potential.
However, I must admit that, along with the sadness about the senseless slaughter and the gratitude for the national reaction, I experienced a sense of national hypocrisy.
Why isn’t our nation saddened about the senseless slaughter of even younger children who didn’t have the chance to show and develop their full potential, namely the babies killed in their mother’s womb over the last 40 years since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973?
Of course, many readers will immediately react, “We can already see some of the potential in a six or seven-year old, but we can’t see the potential of an unborn baby.”
But my response to this reaction is this: look at the science and biology and embryology involved. We know that the DNA, the genetic blueprint for the baby’s future, is already set at moment of fertilization. Therefore, even though we can’t see the baby’s potential, we know that it is there. If animal rights’ advocates could make the connection between eagles and eagles’ eggs, punishing the destruction of both when eagles were on the endangered species list (they were removed from the list in the summer of 2007), certainly human rights’ advocates should be able to make the connection between human life outside of the womb and human life in the womb.
As much as our country prides itself on being enlightened by science, it still lives on a “feelings” level: “sex feels good,” “I feel inadequate to care for a baby,” “I feel my career is all-important to me,” “I feel that I have to be in control of my life,” etc.
Finally, let me add one more dimension to this matter. The religious education of youth over the past 50 years has stressed “following one’s conscience.” And for most people, “following one’s conscience” means “doing what one feels like doing.” It’s only by following one’s conscience informed by the Natural Law and Moral Law that one gets beyond feelings and arrives at such universal truths as “Thou shalt not kill.”