Life and Death in America

Life and Death in America

April 20, 2007

There was death and life in the news this week. Death in the form of the awful massacre by a deranged man at Virginia Tech, but life in the way Franklin Graham and others presented the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the living.

Death in the 40 million-plus legal abortions in this country since 1973, but life when the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to uphold a federal law that bans the procedure in which a baby’s skull is crushed and its brains extracted as he or she emerges from the womb. Which is more grisly: aborting a fully-formed baby and denying its right to live, or mowing down dozens of college students? It’s all life.

A female acquaintance of mine who has adopted two babies from China said she disagrees with the court ruling. She said, “How would you like to be forced to have a pacemaker?” This is what passes for moral reasoning in our age. A pacemaker is a device. A baby is a human being. I noted that if her children’s mothers were not pro-life, she wouldn’t have her babies.

Thank God for President Bush’s two court appointments. Without them and Anthony Kennedy, this much needed ruling would never have occurred.

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.