“Pro-lifers” are ecstatic. They say that the brain dead woman they are fighting for is able to make some signs to people.
Meanwhile, they are hogging all the time and money and publicity the father of that little murdered girl in Florida needs.
Somebody told me, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
So if I were lying there, unable to breathe on my own but able to make some signs, what would I want?
Her husband says that she told him she’s rather be dead.
But all life is precious, you see. As a priest told me, the last agonies of a person dying from spinal cancer should be prolonged as long as possible because all life is infinitely precious.
Pain, he told me, means nothing.
Life, he said, is Infinitely Precious.
I saw a movie about a young Briton who visited his father in the hospital. His father had been wounded in World War I, which was still going on. The doctors told him that his father had had his face blown off. He had no eyes, he had no hearing.
His spinal cord was severed.
His father could not move or communicate, but he was alive. The young man’s father was still there, but he was unable to know anything that went on around him. He was alone in a way you and I can never understand.
He would be that way for as long as medicine could keep him that way.
The son should have shouted, “Hosannah in the Highest! My father has Infinitely Precious Life!”
His son’s reaction was utterly at odds with what is now called a “Truly Christian” reaction. His son was so horrified he chose to be arrested rather than join the military.
His son decided that nothing could be worse than being in the condition his father was in.
President Bush says, “One should always err on the side of life.”
According to Right-to-Life, that son was evil. Instead of taking the Pope’s position that life was infinitely precious, no matter how horrible, the son decided he would far, far rather die than be in his father’s position.
He wanted to treat his father as he would want to be treated.
Someday I will face God. When that Day comes, I pity the Pro-lifers.