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BOOK REVIEW: Fighting for Life

Posted by Father Joe on August 20, 2006

Fighting for Life. Robert P. Casey (RIP), the former Democrat governor of Pennsylvania wrote an inspiring pro-life book entitled, Fighting for Life. He tells us that after Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, abortion had become, in most instances, “a matter of ex post facto contraception through all nine months of pregnancy.” He writes:

Those who approve of our current abortion regime sometimes claim that the child in the womb is simply an undifferentiated mass of tissue, an appendage to a woman’s body. But modem embryology and fetology exploded such pseudoscience long before Roe. Today, the sonogram has given us a veritable window into the womb and has enabled us to observe, in detail, the complex life of the child prior to birth.

     From the beginning, each human embryo has its own unique genetic identity. Three-and-a­-half weeks after conception, its heart starts beating. At six weeks, brain activity can be detected. At the end of two months, limbs, fingers, and toes are complete. By three months, the baby is quite active, forming fists, bending arms, and curling toes. At four months, vocal cords, eyelashes, teeth buds, fingernails, and toenails are all present. By five months, the baby is sucking its thumb, punching, kicking, and going through the motions of crying. By six months, it responds to light and sound and can recognize its mother’s voice.

     Advocates of unrestricted abortion do not want the public to focus on these undeniable facts of fetal development, but the facts cannot be ignored. They make plain that abortion is a violent act, not against “potential life,” but against a living, growing human being–a life with potential (pp. 221-222).


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