Yesterday our mail came to us–a week’s worth. I went through the pile and sorted between “keeps” and “not-keeps,” allowing the kids to have fun with the “not-keeps” pile. I admit I tossed into a “not-keeps” pile an envelope from a pro-life group asking for money. I already donate to a pro-life group, and I thought at a glance that this one had the earmarks of those chain charity letters, you know, the spam mail of snailmail: “Without your $25 disasters beyond your imagination will occur.” So I didn’t open it. Instead I went with the “keeps” pile to my “home office” binder where I keep our bills.
Moments later Rascal shows up with something in his hand. “What IS this, Mommy?” he asks me in a small voice.
It was a graphic picture of an aborted baby.
Instinctively I yanked it out of his hand. It had come from that pro-life envelope. I couldn’t answer him; I distracted him. I whirled him back to a happy place where such tragedies don’t exist. He’s four years old–he doesn’t need to wrap his mind around the concept of abortion. He doesn’t need to know yet that we live in a world where it is deemed OKAY, where it is LEGAL to murder babies. Babies like he once was. Babies like all of his siblings once were.
My initial knee-jerk reaction was to say, “Oh, WHY do they SEND these things?” But I was wrong, and I knew it immediately. After all, had I opened the envelope myself he would never have seen it.
The correct response is: “THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE TO SEND THESE THINGS.”
I should not have to tell Rascal and his brothers and sisters about abortion.
In two days we’ll celebrate Earth Day. The headlines in the media outlets are already urging us to live “green” and to do what we can to “protect” the earth. And of course, there will be the urgent suggestions, the banal retelling of the old myth of over-population. Save the world by preventing human life! So according to them, we also need to embrace the contraceptive mentality…the same mentality that, among so many other evils (the “need” for abortion, erosion of the family, breakdown of marriage, rise in breast cancer, etc.) is poisoning our streams. Yes, that’s “green” all right.
Here’s a quote from Pope Benedict XVI:
“If there is a lack of respect for the right to life and to a natural death, if human conception, gestation and birth are made artificial, if human embryos are sacrificed to research, the conscience of society ends up losing the concept of human ecology and, along with it, that of environmental ecology…. It is contradictory to insist that future generations respect the natural environment when our educational systems and laws do not help them to respect themselves.”
Remember on Earth Day that there is NOT ONE concrete legitimate reason anyone can say that abortion and birth control have made this world a better place to live in, and not one legitimate reason to believe it will EVER make the world a better place.