What is interesting to me is how the myth became a protected and defended fact and how that false fact became a cardinal truth in the culture of America and the West. Abortion is a prime example of how this process works. The myth that is borne of desire and want eventually becomes fact that is allowed to stand with other facts, even though disputed. Eventually it becomes the cardinal truth that anchors and supports a whole host of supposed rights and truths. Feminism gave birth to abortion and abortion gave birth to sexual liberation and the experimentation of sexual desire which eventually produced the strange circumstance of today. We cannot define a woman per se except to say that anyone who feels like one must be one and we cannot impose any morality on the sovereign right of the mother to decide what to do with the life in her womb. They are not distinct or separate but all tied together in what will become the undoing of all the protections that life has enjoyed. In the end, this will erupt into a stream of violence that we are already witnessing in the schools, malls, and streets of America. If it is legal to end the life in the womb, in some states right up until the moment of birth, it will become more and more untenable to justify the protections of law to anyone -- especially those whose views are unpopular or controversial.
The pro-life movement stands on the most challenged and unpopular truth in the modern day West but it is the cornerstone of many truths that have provided a structure and an anchor for the cause of morality and virtue. The undoing of this truth in the presumption of right will ultimately strip all rights from every life and leave us subject to the whims of society, the will of the majority, and the intrusive role of government. The Church is not simply heralding the protection of life but calling our world to repentance lest the decline and deterioration of sin aid and abet all that would rob us of our humanity.