By Fr. Don Braukmann/Retired Priest of the Diocese of Crookston
I am writing this the morning after the election. I stayed up until 2:30 a.m. hoping a favorite local candidate for State House would pull off a victory. He lost by 4 votes out of more than 16,000 cast! As they say, every vote counts.
This morning as I gleaned news from the internet, I found an article that sickened me and was yet another reminder of how critical this last election was when it comes to defending not only the right to life but also life’s dignity.
Recently, in Dallas, Texas, two women (Jane and Heather) announced the arrival of their “miracle baby.” The two have been “married” in the eyes of the law for a few years. They had hoped for the impossible and their hope came to be.
Fertility “specialists” offered the women “reciprocal effortless in vitro fertilization” using radical technology.
This is complicated so bear with me … I don’t understand the technical terms myself but I think we will all get the picture.
Instead of their child first being in an incubator in a lab (the usual IVF procedure) this couple went into a chamber with something called an INVOcell device. This happened immediately after Jane’s eggs had been harvested (and combined with the donation needed from an anonymous man). The device was then placed into Jane’s body for five days where early embryo development began.
As usual, several embryos were created and five days later the INVOcell device was removed and the embryo’s frozen.
The specialists then examined Heather’s uterus, gave her estrogen and then progesterone, waited for the right time, and then “transferred” one of Jane’s embryos into Heather. Those involved said it was “Like passing the baton, like it’s a relay race.”
So, to review, Jane and an anonymous man created a human life which was first put into Jane’s body for five days and then into Heather’s for nine months. No word on the male donor who does not know he is a dad; no word on what was done with the remaining babies.
Heather said, “Jane got to carry him for five days and was a big part of the fertilization, and then I carried him for nine months, so that made it really special for the both of us. We were both part of bringing our son into the world.”
The boy is now five months old. What will they tell him when the time comes?
When challenged about the morality of the procedure, the program director said she respectfully disagreed. “I think that family, relationships, children are exactly everything that was meant to be in our world.”
Since the birth of the little boy other same sex couples are now lining up for the procedure.
How many times can I say it? Pope St. Paul VI was a prophet.
The blanket acceptance of contraception has led us, as human beings, to believe we are the creators of life … when we want it, as we want it. No matter if millions of embryos are frozen in time just “in case” they are ever wanted or found worthy. And, our sick reasoning has led us, as Pope St. Paul VI said it would, to the destruction of innocent human life when things go wrong: abortion.
And so, as the endless political commercials fade away for a few days (2020 is coming!) the real work of defending or destroying life continues.
It is a difficult struggle as some who claims to be pro-life supports the death penalty, racism and all the other ism’s which vomit forth from the mouths of those who are to lead us. We must get our pro-life house in order or we will be dismissed as hypocrites in the political and moral arenas. We will deserve that label.
No single person has more dignity than another. We are not the ones to determine who is worthy of living or worthy of dying.
As Dr. Seuss taught us all long ago in Horton Hears a Who: “A person’s a person no matter how small!”
Remember, the devil has no knees. We do. Use them.