Abortion Wed Dec 22, 2010 - 5:01 pm EST
Rep. Chris Smith: Lord Windsor’s article a “must read” for pro-life, human rights advocates
Lord Nicholas Windsor’s article in the ecumenical journal First Things calling for a new abolition movement to end legal abortion has now circulated into the official record of the U.S. Capitol.
Pro-life and human rights advocate US Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) had Windsor’s article entered into the Congressional Record on Tuesday evening, calling it a “brilliant essay” and a “must read for those who treasure and promote human rights.”
The great-grandson of King George V of England argues persuasively that legal abortion is a “mortal wound to the heart of Europe” that poses a far greater threat to civilization than al-Qaida and Islamic extremists. He also says that the lessons of history on industrialized killing have been lost on Europe, and abortion has become so accepted that is almost invisible in European politics.
Windsor’s essay was covered by LSN this past Monday, and it is worth revisiting.
Windsor’s article, which Rep. Smith had entered in full into the Congressional Record, is available here at First Things. Smith, I should mention, is an ardent defender of human life and human rights, and is the incoming chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Human Rights Committee, a position he held before when the GOP last had control of the House.
The essay deserves to be read widely in the pro-life community and discussed. As Rep. Smith pointed out in his remarks before entering it into the record, Windsor’s essay is “equally applicable to us.”
It’s an essay of warning and an essay of hope. I’ll just quote the last lines, because it reminds us that the goal of the pro-life movement cannot be just to end abortion, but also to support human life and flourishing in a way that makes abortion an unthinkable option.
Writes Windsor: “We must also creatively envisage new and compelling answers to the problems that give rise to this practice, when the easiest solutions may be destructive or distorting ones. And the goal is that human life, without any exception, may be as treasured and respected as the highest moral thought has perennially called for it to be, and as our consciences surely sound the echo.”