Chuck Colson

The same technique showed up at a pro-abortion conference this year in the United States , where the conferees watched a partial-birth abortion actually performed. When the operation was over and the baby dead, they applauded. The strategy seems to be to shock our consciences for a moment in order to anesthetize them for a lifetime.

Another event with similar aims is scheduled for Washington this coming Sunday. A coalition calling itself ?March for Women?s Lives? is organizing what they call a massive demonstration on behalf of women. It alleges that ?the lives and health of women? are imperiled by any restriction on the ?right? to terminate what they say is a ?product of conception.?

I hope the result of the television production ?My Foetus? and this upcoming march will be a strong sense of revulsion. Yet we have to remember that this is an age in which evil is portrayed as good, even with something so grotesque as an abortion performed on television. But it is why it is so important for you and I to speak out as Christians and to argue lovingly and gently that life is a gift from God.

For further reading and information:

Helen Brown, ? Bloody reality of abortion brought to our living rooms ,? Telegraph (London), 21 April 2004.

?Should Channel 4 air My Foetus? ? Telegraph (London), 19 April 2004 (reader reaction).

??There are only two categories of human being: wanted and unwanted,? ? Telegraph (London), 18 April 2004.

Hugh Davies, ? Channel 4 defends plan to screen an abortion ,? Telegraph (London), 5 April 2004.

?Church leader supports TV abortion ,? Telegraph (London), 14 April 2004.

Jason Hopps, ? TV Abortion Footage Stirs Debate in Britain ,? Reuters, 19 April 2004.

Read transcript highlights  from National Abortion Federation, et al. v. Ashcroft, the partial-birth abortion court case (warning: graphic descriptions). ( Adobe Acrobat Reader  required.) Also see the trial notebook  from the American Center for Law and Justice.

Learn more about Comment on Reproductive Ethics .

See the ?March for Women?s Lives!? website.

Deborah Zabarenko, ? Abortion Rights March Could Bring Thousands,? Reuters, 21 April 2004.

Fred de Miranda, MD, FCP, ? When Human Life Begins,? American College of Pediatricians, 17 March 2004.

Alexander Pope, Essay on Man, Epistle II : ?Vice is a monster of so frightful mien/As to be hated need but to be seen;/Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,/We first endure, then pity, then embrace.?

See BreakPoint commentaries ? Irreplaceable? and ? Spin Control .?

Charles A. Donovan, ? Good Things to Life,? BreakPoint Online, 15 April 2003.

Peter Kreeft, Three Approaches to Abortion (Ignatius Press, 2002).

Robert Hart, ? Her Mother?s Glory,? Touchstone, January/February 2004.

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Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson was the Chief Counsel for Richard Nixon and served time in prison for Watergate-related charges. In 1976, Colson founded Prison Fellowship Ministries, which, in collaboration with churches of all confessions and denominations, has become the world's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, crime victims, and their families.
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