Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Abortion, darkness and devils.

The passing into law of the demonic Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill was postponed last summer until after the by-election in Glasgow East, which has a strong Roman Catholic community. It did not help Labour’s campaign one jot, and the seat was won by the Christian ‘pro-life’ SNP candidate. Today, the Bill returns to the House of Commons, and ‘pro-choice’ MPs appear to have been prevented from tabling amendments to ‘up-date’ the 1967 Abortion Act to include more liberal rules which would permit nurses to perform abortions and end the need for two doctors. Additionally, it appears that Northern Ireland will not, after all, see abortions legalised in the Province.

According to reports - much to the chagrin of Harriet Harman - all discussion of the abortion clauses has been shunted to the end of the debate. If the Bill runs out of time, the ‘pro-choice’ amendments will not be debated, and Ms Harman will have lost her chance to liberalise the abortion law using this Bill.

However, while this appears to be good news and answered prayer, it is not impossible that the debate on the earlier issues will be swift, and the abortion amendments consequently reached. One must pray for an effective filibusterer.

We have already seen the defeat of the amendment backed by David Cameron to reduce the abortion time limit from 24 weeks to 20 weeks. Proponents of this cause argue that there has been a considerable improvement in the chances for survival of those babies born at 24 weeks. But Cranmer returns again and again to these arbitrary time limits. What need you four and twenty, ten, or five? Indeed, what need one?

How can a mere law of man prescribe death for a 24-week-old developing baby, and yet grant the ‘right to life’ to one of 25 weeks? Why not 20? Why not 10? And if 10, why not five, or one?

In 1967 we were assured that legalised abortion would never to be ‘on demand’, but reserved for clearly-defined medical reasons. The reality, 40 years on, is that abortion is available on demand, and has become simply another method of birth control. And now we live in a world unforeseen through the misty haze of the 60s; a world in which a 21 week-old foetus may be delivered alive and, with medical intervention, may survive. In the womb the baby has no rights – he or she is an ‘it’; outside of the womb, with a precarious hold on life, ‘it’ becomes a ‘he’ or a ‘she’, with every right to life.

It is perhaps on this issue above all others in which religion, politics, science and morality all cohere. Roe v Wade was a defining moment for abortion in the United States, and Great Britain seems to have absorbed its central ruling by transatlatic osmosis. Women now may abort their babies for any reason, except in the God-fearing land of Northern Ireland. The likes of Nadine Dorries, Edward Leigh and Frank Field may be a rapidly-diminishing species in England, but they are a-plenty in the Province.

But why, oh why could Ruth Kelly have not made this her raison d’être; the summit of her political career? Why could the absolute devotion of a member of Opus Dei have not forced a conflict in cabinet, a crisis in government, and produced a martyr for a most worthy cause?

Instead, the Right Honourable lady resigned from the government last month in order to spend more time with her family be at liberty to vote against this odious Bill. Cranmer wondered in July what she would do when the Bill returned for its Third Reading, and now we know. Instead of absenting herself from the chamber once again – gallivanting to Brussels on some mysterious important meeting – she resigned from the Cabinet altogether.

Why? Why resign? The strategy is as limp as those adoption agencies which are preferring to close rather than fight their corner and letting the authorities bring them to court.

Of course there is a sense in which Cranmer admires Mrs Kelly. As a committed Catholic she had little choice but to vote against this Bill. But what does that say of her behaviour to date? If she now feels an overwhelming desire to vote against its provisions for fatherless children or ‘Frankenstein-like’ human-animal hybrids, why was this desire not so overwhelming throughout the year?

It is a manifest pity that Ms Kelly will not be the MP for Bolton West in 2010. Not because of the rising tide of Conservatism, but because she was developing a degree of conviction - the stuff of which true martyrs are made.


Anonymous Rebel Saint said...

I do agree with Your Grace. Though it is notable how many of us are willing to nominate others for martydom.

22 October 2008 at 09:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace.
I applaud your stand for the rights of the unborn babies
who opportunities for life are
crudely ended without thought
by the very person who should
be protecting & caring for them,
i.e their mothers compared to this infanticide the slaughter of the innocents by Herod was a mere bagatelle,& I add my prayers to yours for the cessation of this
evil practice.
I have noticed that when attending
obstetrics for confirmation of a
pregnancy, the unborn child is
refered to as a foetus or embryo until the parents affirm that the child is wanted, then hey presto it suddenly becomes a baby, rather odd don't you think?
another strange thing is shown on your heading photo, why do all the female supporters of this horrendous practice always turn up
laughing & carrying baloons, pushing prams & looking as if they have just come from a children's party? Herod & party in the same
message? must be nearly christmas.

22 October 2008 at 10:03  
Blogger Botogol said...

I agree with you about Kelly.

On the other side of the argument three cheers for Dianne Abbott for raising the amendment to give N Irish women the same right as in the rest of the UK - a glaring injustice to which other pro-choice MPs have simply turned a blind eye for so long. It says a lot about our political system that only a maverick like her dares to raise it.

22 October 2008 at 11:01  
Blogger Botogol said...

@anonymous - why pick on Herod? He isn't the only child murderer in the bible. Exodus 12:29-30

Perhaps this issue is more complicated than you think?

22 October 2008 at 11:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is there a problem with abortion among Christians.
As believers, Christians must believe that the souls of aborted babies go to Heaven, a God that would condemn an innocent to Hell is not one that deserves worship. To move from womb to Heaven without experiencing this “vale of tears” is surly not a bad fate.

22 October 2008 at 12:33  
Blogger El Draque said...

Why is there a debate about the "viability" of a fetus at all?
If a baby can't survive outside the womb, the right thing to do is to leave it there.

22 October 2008 at 12:56  
Anonymous Rebel Saint said...

"Christians must believe that the souls of aborted babies go to Heaven"

Thank you for your sentimental theology. Your corollary I suppose is that infanticide should also be introduced up to the age of ...? And I suppose all "nice" people go to heaven automatically too.

We condemn abortion on the same grounds as we condemn all murder, and this is not on the basis of their presumed eternal fate.

22 October 2008 at 13:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the Christian ideal is to be in heaven with God infanticide is logical, the only problem being that a sect that advocated it would die out in one generation.
Killing "nice" people becomes more problematic as I'm sure lots of "nice" people will be going down rather then up.

22 October 2008 at 14:12  
Blogger Little Black Sambo said...

El draque you are dead right.

22 October 2008 at 14:31  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

Thank you Your Grace for the link to Furedi's article about what the pro-abortionists are planning next.

One of the proposed amendments would be to Prevent misleading advertising by pregnancy counselling groups which won’t refer women for abortion and don’t provide treatment, but don't make this clear to women in their publicity

Then it is revealed that BPAS carried out 55,000 abortions last year (92% on behalf of the NHS). Shouldn't BPAS (Pregnancy Advice Service) show an example by declaring itself to be BPAAP (Pregnancy Advice and Abortion Providers)?

Another amendment is the extension of the Abortion Act to Northern Ireland. There is a good reason why this has not been extended to the province and it is because people don't want it. This issue apparently unites both Unionists and Sinn Fein. This does not deter Dianne abbot et al who have tabled this amendment. Funny how liberals are not so liberal if you don't agree with them.

Then there is a link on Damian Thomsons 'Holy Smoke' blog to Prof Robert George on Obama's abortion extremism.'s%20Abortion%20Extremism_.xml

- and Obama will probably be voted in by a lot of my coreligionists.

22 October 2008 at 15:31  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

Apologies - slip of the finger.

The last paragraph of my comment should read.

"Your Grace might be aware of a link to Damian Thompson's blog 'Holy Smoke' ..."

22 October 2008 at 16:35  
Blogger Miss Snuffleupagus said...

I didn't think modern politicians had conviction.

22 October 2008 at 18:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is too late Cranmer, too late!
We have strayed way too far from the path now, and I fear Heaven looks away in shame. There is no one Christian who speaks with one heart and one tongue.
Ruth has legged it, and she has my sympathies: where do you begin?

22 October 2008 at 18:38  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Miss Snuffy,

There are late developers.

22 October 2008 at 18:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cranmer, you write such posts, which are extremely serious subjects for any serious Christian, then you make flippant remarks which send out a message that you yourself do not take them seriously. It is not a joking matter, and it is hardly a wonder that Ruth has given up trying because this seems to be the prevalent attitude amongst the elite snobs and superficial, selfish politicians.
The very Christian faith which you yourself are supposed to be a disciple of, is in grave danger and shows all the appearance of dying on it's feet. Who are you trying to reach out to, and what exactly are you trying to achieve?
I think you should PREACH to your blessed Conservative Party because they will need to show SOME signs of Christian conviction before you begin to wax lyrical about their virtues. A handful of shut-in bloggers are going to have minimal effect on any useful change of heart which this nation of our is so desperately in need of.
I am anonymous and do not need a reply, I am not asking for your opinion, I am telling you mine.

22 October 2008 at 19:17  
Anonymous judith said...

Why are there not at least as many Christian protests about the ongoing loss of life in the wars this Government is waging as there are about abortion?

22 October 2008 at 22:47  
Anonymous mighty oak said...

Let the self-sterilizers go extinct. The meek shall inherit the earth!

26 October 2008 at 04:19  
Anonymous len said...

Any nation that murders the unborn in the womb deserves all that is coming to it!.
Incidently God stepped in when the nephilim tried to contaminate the human race with genetic mutations, how long before God acts?.

26 October 2008 at 21:42  

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