target=”_blank”>Here is a wonderful guest opinion
on the Washington Post/Newsweek site by Dr. William Blazek, a Jesuit
scholastic and physician.
…A further note on killing the other
person: As a practicing physician licensed to care for pregnant women,
I believe that abortions kill a living human being in the earliest
stages of development. The moral question at hand is not if we are
killing; it is whether the victims have any claims as persons or not.
While the U.S. legal balance is at present skewed towards the denial of
rights for the unborn, Catholics and many Evangelical Christians argue
that both the mother and the unborn have rights. On a spiritual level,
a woman seeking an abortion should recognize that exercising her
choice will kill a vulnerable and defenseless human being. There is
no doubt about this. There is also no doubt that an action can be legal
and at the same time be wrong.
Final point, we kill the Church when, in ignorance, we hold it up to
ridicule. Last Spring, I asked several medical students in a seminar
whether they rejected Catholic teachings regarding reproduction and
artificial contraception. Several raised their hands. I prompted them
to articulate the position and to give their critique of it.
Conversation languished for some while. None in that group of
graduating physicians had an answer, yet these well-educated role
models were willing to publicly disagree with an argument they could
not explain. At a recent Christmas party, a gentlemen identifying
himself as a Catholic biologist was railing for research that would
result in the death of frozen human embryos. He justified the
exploitation, because they are just sitting there. I advised him that
the Churchs reverence for the protected status of a human person is
not based on level of activity but on an intrinsic dignity. He agreed
to consider that.