When words are used to hide the truth (3)

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The Crown Prosecution Service has decided not to pursue charges against two doctors who agreed to perform abortions on the grounds of the gender of an unborn child.

Lord Steel who introduced the 1967 abortion legislation has described abortion on the grounds of gender as “wholly repugnant”.  Baroness Knight said that in 1967  no-one would have  “dreamt that it was necessary to put an amendment down to protect girl babies.”

How significant again is the use of language: Baroness Knight identifies what lives inside the womb as a “baby” – and she is entirely right to do so. But imagine that she had talked instead of  “a non-male foetus”: it feels so different, doesn’t it?

What, then, about an amendment “to protect handicapped children”: this is  what a civilised and caring society does. Lord Steel says “Gender selection in abortion is wholly repugnant.”  Isn’t the selection by handicap pretty awful too?


About Scott Anderson

Formerly an Anglican priest (ordained 1975) received into the Catholic Church in February 2012, and ordained to the Diaconate on 27th July 2013. I took early retirement, and divide my time between London and northern France. I am deeply committed to the Ordinariate as a gift of the Holy Spirit in the search for unity. Like many Ordinariate members I feel a personal gratitude to Pope Emeritus Benedict, together with loyalty to our Holy Father, Pope Francis. My blog tries to make a small contribution to the growth of the Ordinariate by asking questions (and proposing some answers) about the 'Anglican Patrimony'. I have always been fascinated by the whole issue of growth and decline, and therefore concerned for appropriate means of evangelisation in western Europe. I believe that the Holy Spirit is constantly renewing the People of God and that we must be open to him. My love of music and motorcycles will occasionally surface in my posts. On Saturday 19th October 2013, I was ordained to the Priesthood at Most Precious Blood, Borough, by the Most Revd Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark, for the service of the Ordinariate of our Lady of Walsingham. I continued to serve the Ordinariate group and Parish at Most Precious Blood until the end of 2014. Subsequently, I helped in the care of the Ordinariate Groups at Hemel Hempstead and Croydon, and in the Archdiocese of Southwark, until the beginning of September 2015. With the agreement of my Ordinary, Mgr Keith Newton, the Bishop of Amiens appointed me Administrator of the Parish of Notre Dame des Etangs (Pont Remy) in Picardie, France. This appointment is to last for a year, to give the Bishop the opportunity to assess the future of the parish.
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3 Responses to When words are used to hide the truth (3)

  1. Harry says:

    This appeared on Gloria.TV.
    Words fail…………….

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