Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Elections matter

Four Justices of the United States Supreme Court voted this morning that Congress does not have the power to outlaw a procedure as horrific as partial-birth abortion. Fortunately, five upheld the law:
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today on Gonzales v. Carhart, 05-380 and Gonzales v. Planned Parenthood, 05-1382, upholding a nationwide ban on partial-birth abortion. The Justices voted 5-4 to retain the ban. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, John Paul Stevens, and David Souter dissented.
How a Presidential candidate will choose judicial nominees is the make-or-break factor for me as I try to decide who to support in 2008.

Source: Between Two Worlds: Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Upheld

On a very related matter, Albert Mohler writes today about the difficulty they are having in Britain finding abortionists:
.... One paragraph in the paper's report is too important to miss. Look closely at these words:
Distaste at performing terminations combined with ethical and religious convictions has led to a big increase in "conscientious objectors" who request exemption from the task, the RCOG says. A key factor is what specialists call "the dinner party test". Gynaecologists who specialise in fertility treatment creating babies for childless couples are almost universally revered - but no one boasts of being an abortionist.
This is a truly remarkable paragraph. The moral conscience rears its head in unexpected ways. "The dinner party test" is an amazing example of a common grace display of suppressed moral knowledge.

.... The fundamental ugliness and tragic sinfulness of abortion makes for an awkward introduction at a dinner party. "I abort babies" is almost surely to lead to awkwardness and strained expressions from fellow guests - even if these people claim to be "pro-choice."

That response of moral repugnance reveals something of vital importance. "The Dinner Party Test" is a reminder that moral knowledge may be denied and repressed for some time, but it reappears in unexpected ways. The real "crisis" is a crisis of conscience reasserting itself. ....

Source: The Dinner Party Test

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