Saving helpless lives

Saving helpless lives


Yesterday was a good day for pro-life matters: Gov. Bush saved Terri Schiavo from being starved to death and the US Senate passed a ban on partial-birth abortions. These are small steps on the pro-life ladder, but significant. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. So we must be encouraged by this progress.

Granted neither of these successes is assured. The forces of the culture of death will challenge both of these victories in court, but the final results will not be known for some time to come. In the meantime, let us thank God for our prayers being answered in both these cases.


  • Do you mean the authority to ban partial-birth abortion? The same place it has the authority to ban murder. Congress is defining partial-birth abortion as the taking of life. I’m no constitutional lawyer, but it seems self-evident to me.

    I get the sense you’re trying to make point. What is it?

  • …but I hope this does not create a loophole for non-physicians to perform PB abortions.

    That would be practicing medicine without a license.

    Maybe the federal jurisdiction comes from federal regulation of pharmaceuticals. That might be a reach.

    I’m more inclined to buy Patrick’s explanation.

  • I don’t think it will be struck down as unconstitutional because then the court would have to reverse itself on dozens of decisions as well as open up half of the laws passed in the last generation to overturning. (Not necessarily a bad thing.)

    But if we can save babies from being gruesomely murdered here, I don’t give a damn about the fine points of constitutional law. It’s also the same thinking that says that Gov. Bush’s order to keep Terri Schiavo alive is illegal.

    I don’t want to see innocents die so we can keep our constitutional ducks in a row. And no, it doesn’t violate the moral prohibition against the ends justifying the means. The violating the spirit of the constitution is not evil or immoral.