It's not very often that I accumulate good news in the Abortion War, a war that is waged against the weakest and most vulnerable in a demonic attempt to destroy the family.* But today is a bit different, and I've gotten some positive things.
A few days ago I mentioned that selective abortion of twins--killing one only--was on the rise. Well, In Canada a 'selective reduction' abortion was publicised by a newspaper article meant to be supportive of the procedure. And the result wasn't as expected. Instead of gentle understanding and supportive solidarity, the reaction was outrage. Outrage from members of the nursing profession. Outrage from pro-lifers. outrage from every quarter. Most of all, outrage from twins, who could imagine this procedure stealing their sibling from them, or being used to murder them. The net effect has been an increase in the size of the Pro-Life movement in Canada. Now, if we can get singletons to see that they too are having siblings murdered and stolen from them, we can get somewhere.
At the same time, Archbishop Niederauer is begging to deal with Catholic Health Care West. I don't know what the end result will be--it took seven years for Bishop Olmsted to give up on St. Joseph's, and I do not expect fast action. Unless there is some behind the scenes canonical action that we don't know about. (For instance, another bishop declaring one of their hospitals to be non-catholic, or deciding that the system is non-catholic and declaring it to be so within his diocese!) But action is occurring to correct this horrible miscarriage of the definition of Catholic Health Care.
And in a very unexpected development, MTV has provided ammunition to the pro-life movement with their documentary No Easy Decision. This shows one of the girls who was featured in their program 16 and Pregnant getting an abortion. Oddly enough, it aired on the Feast of the Holy Innocents. This show brought out a couple of things--the mental anguish caused by the decision to kill the unborn child, whom the mother clerly recognized as a child. (She commented that she loved "this baby") and the false information provided to her by the abortion clinic. It pointed up that the decision was driven by economics, and clearly demonstrated that she wasn't informed about assistance available to her from crisis pregnancy centers. It also showed her being given false medical and biological information. Dr. Alveda King, a mighty pro-life warrior, pointed that out, and pointed out that that was the same false information she had been given years ago.
So for new years day, news of tactical advantage in the Battle.
*I hope tomorrow to relate something I read by Scott Hahn about family life and the Holy Trinity, which helped figure out why the Family is under attack by Satan and his minions.