Ever hear that one? You know, no one is for abortion. No, no. It should be safe, legal, and rare. It's a sad thing, a tragedy. All the lefties are merely pro-choice. Don't you understand?
Well, the next time someone tells you that, point him to this link. This is a "sermon"--in the Church of Moloch, one presumes--by one "Reverend" Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, the new lesbian dean of the Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Mass.
Ms. Ragsdale is having none of this "tragedy" stuff. According to her, abortion is a blessing. In fact, abortion is always a blessing. It's a blessing whether a woman has been raped, has a child with major birth defects, or is in poverty and doesn't have good daycare. In those cases, the only tragedy is the poverty, the rape, the birth defects. The abortion is a blessing. And when a woman is in a loving, committed relationship, gets pregnant (oops!) and doesn't want the baby, then Ms. Ragsdale says, "[T]here is not a tragedy in sight--only blessing. The ability to enjoy God’s good gift of sexuality without compromising one’s education, life’s work, or ability to put to use God’s gifts and call is simply blessing."
When Eros is made a god, he becomes a demon.
But there's more.
Ragsdale is on a mission. It seems that not everyone yet worships her god aright. So the motto for her "sermon," which she led the congregation in chanting, was this: "Abortion is a blessing, and our work is not done." Sound ominous? It should.
For one thing, she says that a sign that the pro-aborts' work is not done is the mere fact that anybody talks about abortion as a tragedy. That's gotta go. Eros-Moloch must be worshiped with enthusiasm.
And there's this: "When doctors and pharmacists try to opt out of providing medical care, claiming it’s an act of conscience, our work is not done." See? As long as anybody gets to opt out of the new State Religion, their work is not done. Murdering babies, of course, is "medical care." That's a given. And we must all cooperate in that blessed work.
Ragsdale has lots more to say about this issue. Let me see if I can summarize it: Liberals are supposed to be in favor of conscience and are supposed to cheer for conscientious objectors. She realizes this. So she has to do a little dance to get around the strangeness of a liberal calling for forcing doctors to cooperate in abortion. Her take is that the conscientious objectors of the Civil Rights Movement were willing to pay the price but that the doctors who don't want to be forced to be complicit in abortions aren't willing to pay the price. How's that? Well, see, the Civil Rights protestors were willing to go to jail, whereas the doctors in question "insist that the rest of the world reorder itself." Huh? Say what? So, you know, the Civil Rights Movement people weren't insisting that the world reorder itself? No way. They were happy just to keep going to jail forever and ever. They didn't want any changes or anything. But the stupidity goes farther. Because the status quo (as Ragsdale herself admits by her "our work is not done" mantra) is that doctors are allowed to opt out of providing murderous "medical care." So it isn't they who are seeking a reordering of the world, but Ragsdale and crew, who just can't stand the fact that anybody is allowed not to be on board with their agenda.
And what is the "price" Ragsdale wants doctors to have to pay for their conscientious objections? Well, you could have guessed this: They must not be doctors.
If your conscience forbids you to carry arms, don’t join the military or become a police officer. If you have qualms about animal experimentation, think hard before choosing to go into medical research. And, if you’re not prepared to provide the full range of reproductive health care (or prescriptions) to any woman who needs it then don’t go into obstetrics and gynecology, or internal or emergency medicine, or pharmacology. Choose another field! We’ll respect your consciences when you begin to take responsibility for them.Oh, that's simple. Just a small price to pay. Nobody unwilling to be complicit in murder should become a doctor. It's so obvious. How could anybody not get it? A non-murderous doctor is like a pacifist soldier--a contradiction in terms. I can't imagine how we've gotten to the year 2009 without realizing this before.
I wonder how many people in the congregation joined Ragsdale in chanting, "Abortion is a blessing, and our work is not done." None, right? Because nobody, but nobody, is pro-abortion.