March for Life 2020

Today is the March for Life in Washington DC.  I have previously discussed how the March for Life is wildly underreported in the major media despite it being one of the biggest demonstrations of the year in DC, so you will have to dig for stories on it today.  Many statewide marches are being held around the country, many of them tomorrow.  That is the case with the Utah March for Life in Salt Lake City.  The USU Students for Life club is arranging carpools to and from the SLC march for USU students and others who wish to attend.  Meet at 10:30 am on Saturday Jan 25th at the USU bus loop (near LDS Institute).  They will carpool down for the march (1:30-3:00) and then head home.

I was struck by this article today.  In it Robert Royal invites us to accept materialism and utilitarianism for the sake of the argument and then proceeds to lay out some shocking numbers.

The philosopher Elizabeth Anscombe blocking the entrance to an abortion clinic and later being carried off by police for doing so.

Consider, for example, that around the globe about 55 million people a year die.  We spend, quite rightly, enormous amounts of time, energy, and resources trying to decrease mortality rates in the hopes of reducing any of those deaths which were premature or avoidable.

But that number does not include the number of people killed each year by elective abortion.  That number is about 56 million. So, to quote Royal, “as many innocents are slaughtered each year in the womb as there are deaths from all other causes in the entire world.”

Let that sink in for a moment.

Or consider that the some 60 million abortions performed in America since Roe was decided equals roughly the entire population of the UK or France.  Again, let that sink in for a moment.

We rightly wring our hands over injustices done each year around the globe – economic injustices, lack of clean drinking water, political injustice, discrimination in the workplace.  But it is a sign of grave moral confusion that so much more attention is given to those injustices than is spent wrestling with the fact that we intentionally kill more people a year than die of natural causes or accidents.  

The scientific debate is over and has been over for a long time.  We know that life begins at conception, that at the moment of conception there is a unique human individual on the scene.  For those that accept this but then still support abortion, we should (to quote John Paul II) “speak by its proper name” what they are supporting: They are supporting the intentional killing of innocent human individuals.  They are deciding that some human lives are not worth living.  The more sophisticated will argue that some human individuals do not qualify as persons with a moral status.  But, as Pope Francis once noted, “Last century, the whole world was scandalized by what the Nazis did to purify the human race [thinking that some humans were not really fully persons].  Today, we do the same thing but with white gloves.”  

Let that sink in for a moment.

I hope you will set aside some time today to contact a legislator about this and then to pray for the end of abortion.  The plight of the unborn around the world is, in my view, plainly the gravest moral and civil rights issue of our time.  We must seek a culture of life rather than of death, which is to say a culture which promotes the creation of life and supports those mothers who bring those lives into the world.

About Kleiner

Associate Vice Provost and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Utah State University. I teach across the curriculum, but am most interested in continental philosophy, ancient and medieval philosophy as well as Catholic thought, all of which might be summed up as an interest in the ressourcement tradition (returning in order to make progress). I also enjoy spending time thinking about liberal education and its ends.
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1 Response to March for Life 2020

  1. Margaret Holloway says:

    If the legislature was serious about ending abortion. Then they would properly fund programs to entice them not to. Fund. Foster programs, allow new moms to give them up without question if they cany handle the situation longer thsn 3 dsys. Babies aren’t even awake intil after that day. Proper funding of child care services. Properly funding of Medicaid expansion
    It took the state 10 years and forced to expand it. Help in housing. And most importantly free contraceptives.

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