In Mexico City this week a victory was struck for a woman's right to choose. Choose what, you might ask? Choose to freely abort an in-utereo child, but only during the first tri-mester of pregnancy, would be the response. So, it seems that the Mexico City council is keeping their laws off the body of Mexico City's women, thus allowing these women to legally permit abortionists to put their hands on unborn children for the purpose of killing them. For champions of so-called progress, this will go some way to making up for the U.S. Supreme Court's roll back of "progress" last week, when they upheld a federal law outlawing a "particular practice"- partial birth abortion, which is a gruesome form of infanticide. If you believe the news media, the Mexico City council's action, on a 46 to 19 vote, is a clear victory for human rights.
President Felipe Caldéron deserves much credit for vigorously and publicly opposing this unjust law as does Mexico's First Lady who marched Sunday in a massive pro-life demonstration. Mexico's bishops and many thousands of the faithful who also witnessed on behalf of justice and the dignity of the human person, also deserve credit for their efforts. However, I was saddened to read about the level of discourse on the street, one abortion supporter called pro-life protesters "damn fascists" to which a pro-lifer responded, "they should have aborted you, bloody murderer." Neither outburst has any place in public discourse. It is instructive that pro-life demonstrators carried placards with "Yes to Life" written on them, while pro-choice demonstrators, blissfully unaware of ironies and contradictions, had placards that read, "For the right to decide." Since when is the life of an innocent person the subject of a another person's choice? Well, far too frequently, especially during the bloody twentieth century, if the truth be told.
This erosion of a society's moral underpinnings is painful to watch. It is not indicative of a merely moral relativism, but an even more troubling ontological relativism.
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