Tuesday, July 1, 2008

"The enemy is not human"

Jennifer of Et Tu? has a powerful essay in the new issue of America, in which she describes her shift from a pro-choice to a pro-life worldview.

From the article:

My pro-choice views (and I imagine those of many others) were motivated by loving concern: I just did not want women to have to suffer, to have to devalue themselves by dealing with unwanted pregnancies. Since it was an inherent part of my worldview that everyone except people with “hang-ups” eventually has sex, and that sex is, under normal circumstances, only about the relationship between the two people involved, I was lured into one of the oldest, biggest, most tempting lies in human history: the enemy is not human. Babies had become the enemy because of their tendency to pop up and ruin everything; and just as societies are tempted to dehumanize their fellow human beings on the other side of the line in wartime, so had I, and we as a society, dehumanized what we saw as the enemy of sex.

As I was reading up on the Catholic Church’s understanding of sex, marriage and contraception, everything changed. I had always assumed that Catholic teachings against birth control were outdated notions, even a thinly disguised attempt to oppress the faithful. What I found, however, was that these teachings expressed a fundamentally different understanding of sex. And once I discovered this, I never saw the world the same way again.

She is right, of course: the true enemey is not human, and he works continually to make us believe the same about our brothers and sisters. Do read this very honest and sensitively-written essay.

1 comment:

Arkanabar T'verrick Ilarsadin said...

The story of how I was converted on the topic of abortion has been on my blog for some time: http://arkanabar.blogspot.com/2008/10/first-principles.html