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Anti-life Super Bowl

02-14-2016Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

The President has requested 1.8 billion dollars to help fight the Zika virus. That is serious pocket change so this virus must be a real threat. The virus is carried by a certain type of mosquito just as dengue fever, malaria and West Nile virus are carried by mosquitoes. It was first identified in the 1960's in Africa but nobody much cared. Now that it has spread to North America it's all hands on deck. Through the use of DDT we successfully eradicated malaria from Western countries and then because of the negative side effects of DDT the UN banned its use leaving Africans to suffer from malaria. Even though there are ways to apply DDT that greatly minimize its negative side effects on people and the environment its use is still outlawed. Which means if Africans want to help their people to stop being sick or dying from malaria they are out of luck. The hypocrisy of Western leaders sometimes is appalling: we can use it to make our society safe but you can't. If we have a widespread outbreak of the virus in the West and the only way to stop it is to use DDT, you can bet we would re-permit its use.

One of the effects of the Zika virus is possible birth defects in unborn children. So pregnant women are most at risk. And right on cue the abortion advocates used this outbreak as a reason to insist on loosening the abortion laws in many Latin American countries. Their solution: kill the babies not the mosquitos. Then another group wants to use drones to drop free birth control in Rio during the Summer Olympics. These groups live by the motto: use every crisis to push an anti-human agenda. The problem is always the baby human.

Unrelated to the Zika virus the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued new health guidelines for all women of childbearing age. In order to avoid exposing an unborn child to alcohol and possible Fetal Alcohol Syndrome do not drink unless you are on birth control. I for one am always happy to find ways to reduce alcohol consumption but I have to admit this is rather extreme. There is no evidence that a small amount of alcohol harms an unborn child. Still better safe than sorry. OK. But the CDC fails to acknowledge that birth control has a failure rate. If you don't believe me I can introduce you to many children conceived while their mother was using birth control. So even if on birth control you can still potentially conceive why risk using alcohol at all? The CDC should just be honest and say all women from their first menses to menopause should not use alcohol.

There also seems to be a tacit admission by the CDC that life really does begin at conception. So whether a zygote, a blastocyst or a fully formed fetus the CDC is warning women not to expose their child to alcohol.

Of course the missing piece in the CDC new guidelines is men. Men get off the hook completely. How about the effect of alcohol on the sperm count or quality in men? Shouldn't men be concerned? Once again the lion's share falls on women and men share no responsibility.

The CDC also warned that alcohol use is often associated with unplanned pregnancy. Alcohol can impair a person's judgment and well you know what can happen. But again shouldn't men be warned about this as well?

Then during the Super Bowl the Doritos ad that showed an ultrasound picture of the baby carried by the baby's mother was condemned by the pro-abortion group NARAL for "humanizing the fetus." Well the ultrasound pictures show what is actually inside the womb. And science tells us that the fetus in the womb carries human DNA and if fully developed will actually become a fully alive human being, not a dog or a tomato or a blob of tissue. So apparently the people at NARAL are science deniers. Why are they having such a hard time understanding that the fetus within the womb of a human female is human?

The anti-life folks are hard at work. All the more reason for the pro-life folks to work even harder. Don't forget to participate in our 40 Days For Life by spending time in quiet prayer at the PP Abortion Clinic on Apache Blvd. in Tempe between 7am and 7pm each day of Lent.

Love, Fr. John B.