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August 24, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – As the liberals continue to work themselves up into a frenzy about the possibility of a U.S. Supreme Court with a majority of judges who do not believe it is the job of the judiciary to tell the fifty States what they are and are not allowed to do with regard to the protection of persons unborn, we would do well to ask ourselves a question: What is driving this secular crusade against baby humans?

Once upon a time, a fearless worker in the pro-life movement had returned from China to report to NARAL and NOW on the atrocity of forced abortions, thinking that “pro-choice” organizations would respond with passionate indignation to his countless stories of coercion. To Stephen Mosher’s (initial) surprise, they couldn’t care less about what he had to say. Forced abortions were “unfortunate,” they said, but then shrugged their shoulders: “There is overpopulation, after all.”

The scales fell from his eyes and he saw the truth: the constant praise of “choice” is nothing more than lip-service. What these organizations really want is to extend the abortion empire itself as far and wide as possible. They pretend that the cause for which they fight is “freedom of choice,” when in reality their cause is to make what they call “safe abortion” available everywhere and for any reason.

Their first piece of the explanation is financial: it’s big business. As crass as it is, money blinds people to reality, to other persons, to duties and obligations.

The second piece can be teased out of the cruelty of the materialistic ideology espoused by abortion’s promoters. They are more than pro-abortion: they are anti-child, anti-motherhood, anti-family. As Pope John Paul II and the Holy See during his reign emphasized, the abortion movement pursues as its global agenda “making the world safe for casual murder.” As long as there are still loving mothers, loved children, and coherent families in the world, the monstrous aims of such organizations are threatened, and they feel it keenly. They will continue to fight until mothers become unloving, children are unloved, and traditional families are shattered.

Such a view, alas, cannot take root in people who are mentally healthy and live a normal life. This suggests a profound misery, unhappiness, and self-loathing at the core of abortionism—a failure in having been loved or in returning love that is projecting itself outwards as an insistence that no one should be “forced” to love another person. Deep inside, the pro-abortionist is torn between an idolatrous self-love and a pathetic self-hatred. They exalt the militant “I” which always says “I want,” and so they would deny existence to the vulnerable baby who is all want and cannot say “I” at all.

What reasons might they give? They are, so they feel, “sparing” the babies the misfortune of living, “sparing” their parents the misfortune of having to make sacrifices—sacrifices which can be sustained only by a love stronger than self-love. Beneath all of the propaganda is a nihilism that denies to human life inherent meaning, value, dignity, or beauty. And let’s be honest about it: to the extent that modern men and women live without God, without grace, without love, nihilism is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Without God and His gifts, life will not seem worth living; it will be vapid and pointless. The system perpetuates itself, alienation breeding alienation. From lovelessness comes an attitude of contempt for others, and from this contempt comes still greater meaninglessness, until it becomes a “self-evident fact” that human life is, on the whole, a burden, a curse, instead of a blessing and a gift.

If people knew they were loved, they would love who and what they are. If they saw that their lives have a transcendent meaning, they would welcome every new life as a summons to love, a harbinger of hope, a presence of beauty. As it is, the dominant modes of technology, the dazzling media, and the secularized, hypersexualized world of education conspire to insulate men and women from fundamental truths, or distort the truth past all recognition.

The third piece of the explanation, finally, is spiritual. St. Ignatius of Loyola called Satan “the enemy of human nature.” There is no question that “pro-choice” organizations are imbued with the involvement of the devil at every level of their work. There is historical precedent for this connection. In the Middle Ages, witches were known to be able to procure abortions; this was seen as one of their most hated crimes. The connection between abortion and witchcraft remains with us today, although most people are ignorant of the fact. Certain “midwives” advertise their expertise in procuring abortions through “natural” means; not surprisingly, they often state their adherence to modern witchcraft and the New Age movement.

The Lord who searches hearts can see what is at work behind the scenes: contempt for the Creator, rejection of the Giver of Life. The God who is love yearns to pour out His mercy, His precious Blood, upon all sinners, especially the most desperate and wretched, if only they would turn to Him and acknowledge their guilt.

There is much we can do within our society to spread the truth and fight evil; there is counseling and picketing at clinics, lobbying and writing letters, distributing pamphlets, donating time, money, clothes to pregnancy centers. But there is one thing that every Christian can and must do every day: pray—pray for the mothers and the children, for the doctors and the nurses, for the lawmakers and the judges.

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth, where now there is so much bloodshed, as it is in heaven, where peace reigns through the Blood of the Lamb, who gave His life for the little ones.

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Peter Kwasniewski, Thomistic theologian, liturgical scholar, and choral composer, is a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College in California (B.A. Liberal Arts) and The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC (M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy). He taught at the International Theological Institute in Austria and the Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Austria Program, then helped establish Wyoming Catholic College in 2006. There he taught theology, philosophy, music, and art history and directed the choirs until leaving in 2018 to devote himself full-time to writing and lecturing.

Today he contributes regularly to many websites and publications, including New Liturgical Movement, OnePeterFive, LifeSiteNews, Rorate Caeli, The Remnant, and Catholic Family News, and has published thirteen books, including four on traditional Catholicism: Resurgent in the Midst of Crisis (Angelico, 2014, also available in Czech, Polish, German, Portuguese, Spanish, and Belarusian), Noble Beauty, Transcendent Holiness (Angelico, 2017), Tradition and Sanity (Angelico, 2018), and Reclaiming Our Roman Catholic Birthright: The Genius and Timeliness of the Traditional Latin Mass (Angelico, 2020). His work has been translated into at least eighteen languages.

Kwasniewski is a scholar of The Aquinas Institute in Green Bay, which is publishing the Opera Omnia of the Angelic Doctor, a Fellow of the Albertus Magnus Center for Scholastic Studies, and a Senior Fellow of the St. Paul Center. He has published over a thousand articles on Thomistic thought, sacramental and liturgical theology, the history and aesthetics of music, and the social doctrine of the Church.

For news, information, article links, sacred music, and the home of Os Justi Press, visit his personal website, www.peterkwasniewski.com.

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