It’s not often that you get a chance to look directly into the heart of darkness. But the other day, an abortionist gave an interview to a Texas newspaper that offered an unusual opportunity to see the effect of evil and sin on the human heart.
The doctor was asked a wide range of questions, from his reaction to the 4o Days for Life prayerful witness outside his clinic, to his attitude towards the abortions he performs.
The hostility he expressed to religion is not very surprising. Like many people who have been thoroughly secularized, he views faith as something quaint and superstitious and considers believers to be the victims of brainwashing. He considers religious faith to be “a nice fairy tale”. But, of course, he isn’t as tolerant as he seems — he considers the people who pray outside of his clinic as “no different than Osama bin Laden and his creed.” But, in the end, there’s nothing shocking there.
It’s when the doctor starts to talk about his attitude to sex and abortion that the interview really becomes illuminating.
Speaking of abortion, he says that he doesn’t see any difference between birth control pills and abortion, adding:
So, from a medical point of view, there is no scientific or ethical argument that you could come up with against early pregnancy termination. As long as humans have recreational sex they will need abortion. As long as some pregnancies are abnormal, we will need abortion. You can’t get around it… Abortion is birth control.
He makes no pretense about the reality of abortion. He fully recognizes that it involves the taking of a human life. But, he seems not to care:
Well, as long as you have an early abortion, that’s birth control. If you have a late-term abortion, that’s euthanasia. I mean c’mon, let’s face it. You do an abortion at 30 weeks, you know, you could do a C-section and you have a little baby in your hands. That’s euthanasia.
Just so that it’s clear, the doctor’s callousness towards human life isn’t limited to the early stages of development. He also sees no problems with taking life at its last extremities. When asked about state-sanctioned euthanasia, he positively gushes:
It’s coming, I mean, you can’t avoid it. You can cry against it, but it’s a necessity. The only way you can control suffering and dying a most miserable death is by properly developed, medically-supervised euthanasia.
I have rarely read or seen a clearer exemplar of the Culture of Death than this interview. This man is deeply in the grips of sin, and has become deeply hardened of heart.
But in the final analysis, it would be easy for us to stand here like the Pharisee and trumpet our self-righteousness over the tax collector. But the simple fact is that God’s mercy knows no bounds. In fact, the greater the sinner, the greater is God’s mercy.
So we should also pray for this poor man, for a conversion of heart, and a return to the Lord, lest he continue down the path of destruction. A daily prayer for the conversion of those involved in abortion should be a basic part of our lives. One suggestion would be to offer the traditional prayer to St. Michael for this intention.
Before we cast judgment on the abortionist, we should look into our own hearts, and give thanks for the mercy God has given us. But we should never stop speaking the truth about the terrible evil of abortion.