Why Orthodoxy? X

A Continuation

Back in December, I wrapped up a series of posts reflecting on why it was that Orthodoxy drew me. I listed several reasons: from the Orthodox Church’s honoring of the past and her respecting the present to the historical validity of her claims, from the unity of Church and home in her belief and practice to the fullness of her faith, and her consistency of theology and objective and existential worship and askesis. In continuing to reflect on why it is that the Orthodox Church is now what I consider to be the end of my spiritual pilgrimage, as well as its beginning, I have decided to add another post on the theme “Why Orthodoxy?”
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Ronald Reagan: On Religion and Politics

On 23 August 1984, President Reagan spoke to an ecumenical prayer breakfast in Dallas, Texas.

I believe that faith and religion play a critical role in the political life of our nation — and always has — and that the church — and by that I mean all churches, all denominations — has had a strong influence on the state. And this has worked to our benefit as a nation.

Those who created our country — the Founding Fathers and Mothers — understood that there is a divine order which transcends the human order. They saw the state, in fact, as a form of moral order and felt that the bedrock of moral order is religion.

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Ronald Reagan: On Abortion

“Abortion is advocated only by persons who themselves have been born.”

–Ronald Reagan, Fortieth President of the United States of America

Ronald Reagan also published “Abortion and the Conscience of a Nation” in the Spring 1983 issue of The Human Life Review. Here are two excerpts:

The 10th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade is a good time for us to pause and reflect. Our nationwide policy of abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy was neither voted for by our people nor enacted by our legislators— not a single state had such unrestricted abortion before the Supreme Court decreed it to be national policy in 1973. But the consequences of this judicial decision are now obvious: since 1973, more than 15 million [today more than 40 million] unborn children have had their lives snuffed out by legalized abortions. That is over ten times the number of Americans lost in all our nation’s wars. . . .

The real question today is not when human life begins, but, What is the value of human life? The abortionist who reassembles the arms and legs of a tiny baby to make sure all its parts have been torn from its mother’s body can hardly doubt whether it is a human being. The real question for him and for all of us is whether that tiny human life has a God-given right to be protected by the law— the same right we have.

So, This Is All About Choice?

Wonder how the “pro-choice” advocates will spin this one:

A 25-year-old Maryland woman, four months pregnant, changed her mind about having an abortion after being taken to the procedure room. She ran back to the clinic entrance where her boyfriend stopped her. You have to get an abortion, he told her. I’ve already paid for it. Three clinic workers and the abortionists surrounded the women, sedated her by injection, and then took her back into the procedure room. After the forced abortion, she awoke in a closet.

But the first account is even more horrific:

On 23 January 2004, in Jane Roe II vs. Aware Women Center for Choice, Inc., the Eleventh Circuit Court ruled that an expectant mother can be aborted by force if the abortionist argues that it is necessary to “protect the health of the mother.”

The story begins on 29 March 1997, when a young, pregnant mother entered the Aware Women Center for Choice clinic in Florida. She was there for an abortion.

Awaiting her was the abortionist, William P. Egherman, who has committed over 10,000 abortions and who has, perhaps not surprisingly, been addicted to alcohol and opiates. He began the procedure by attempting to dilate the woman’s cervix with a 12 millimeter dilator.

“My God, you’re hurting me” the woman began to scream. “You’re killing me, I’ll never be able to have babies…. Stop!”

The woman had had a change of heart. She did not want an abortion. She wanted to keep her baby. And she wanted to leave. Immediately. “Stop. Let me out of here,” she cried.

Instead of respecting the woman’s wishes and stopping the procedure, Egherman called for assistance. Clinic workers held the woman down as Egherman, ignoring the woman’s screams, continued to dilate her cervix. Then he entered the victim with a pair of forceps–“the bear” Ehgerman called them–and began probing and pulling. He mistakenly pulled out part of the woman’s intestines. For the woman, said her attorney, Chris Sapp, it was like being drawn and quartered.

Realizing what he had done, Egherman heavily sedated the woman. Then he called for an ambulance. He instructed the ambulance to come slowly, without lights or sirens, in order to give him “time to pack the woman with gauze.”

Egherman was also worried that his regular flow of business would be interrupted by “all the hoopla.” “Saturday’s our big day,” he explained, “and I didn’t want to generate a lot of… any more confusion, any more panic than was already present at the time. She was loud, and as I said, she was shrill, and there were a lot of patients who were hearing what was going on, and the normal rhythm of the day was interrupted. The other patients must have been terrified, and I didn’t want the ambulance showing up with all the lights and sirens…”

At the hospital, the woman was operated on and the damage to her internal organs repaired. Her baby was found to be dead, and was removed.

Partial Birth Abortion Ban Declared Unconstitutional

In a recent ruling the Federal Abortion Ban Struck Down in Court, Judge in Planned Parenthood Lawsuit Declares Dangerous Law Unconstitutional.

One wonders how this can be given the biological facts of fetal pain, including the horrific testimony given in the trial documents. Clearly for secularist law, a woman’s ability to kill the unborn child in her womb takes precedence over the indisuputable fact of the magnitude of pain and the length of time it takes to kill the child during the partial birth abortion.

Go on, read the testimony of the abortion doctors about what the “fetuses” do during a partial birth abortion. I dare you. Then tell me it’s not a child it’s a choice. Go on. I dare you.