Friday, October 24, 2008

A word from Edward Cardinal Egan Archbishop of New York

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Cardinal Egan asks us to reflect on this picture of a 20 week old baby and ask ourselves what is it - if not an innocent human being. We need to listen to Cardinal Egan and share this photo with as many people as possible. We also need to be asking ourselves if we can be voting for a man who would deem this 20 week old baby - after birth as only a 'previable' life and a burden to its mother and as such should be left to die... alone... unworthy of medical attention.

Here is some of the wisdom that the Cardinal shares with us:

The picture on this page is an untouched photograph of a being that has been within its mother for 20 weeks. Please do me the favor of looking at it carefully.

ave you any doubt that it is a human being?

If you do not have any such doubt, have you any doubt that it is an innocent human being?

If you have no doubt about this either, have you any doubt that the authorities in a civilized society are duty-bound to protect this innocent human being if anyone were to wish to kill it?

If your answer to this last query is negative, that is, if you have no doubt that the authorities in a civilized society would be duty-bound to protect this innocent human being if someone were to wish to kill it, I would suggest—even insist—that there is not a lot more to be said about the issue of abortion in our society. It is wrong, and it cannot—must not—be tolerated.

But you might protest that all of this is too easy. Why, you might inquire, have I not delved into the opinion of philosophers and theologians about the matter? And even worse: Why have I not raised the usual questions about what a "human being" is, what a "person" is, what it means to be "living," and such? People who write books and articles about abortion always concern themselves with these kinds of things. Even the justices of the Supreme Court who gave us "Roe v. Wade" address them. Why do I neglect philosophers and theologians? Why do I not get into defining "human being," defining "person," defining "living," and the rest? Because, I respond, I am sound of mind and endowed with a fine set of eyes, into which I do not believe it is well to cast sand. I looked at the photograph, and I have no doubt about what I saw and what are the duties of a civilized society if what I saw is in danger of being killed by someone who wishes to kill it or, if you prefer, someone who "chooses" to kill it. In brief: I looked, and I know what I saw.

To read all of Cardinal Egan's thoughts and wisdom regarding abortion and its consequences click here. Please share this document with as many people as you can.

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