The Famous Hanger: Baby-Killing In Europe And The US.
Most of my readers are, clearly, North Americans. It is, therefore, fitting that I explain to them the cultural differences about abortion that I see on both sides of the Pond.
In Europe – and, to a certain extent, even in the United Kingdom – abortion is not seen as something that “empowers” anybody. It is not seen, by most at least, as a “conquest”. It is, also, not seen as the disposal of a “clump of cells”.
Your average European (particularly South European, but also North European) sees abortion as an embarrassing remedy to a grave life crisis. He will not deny that the fetus that is being legally disposed of is, in fact, a human life. He will simply reflect that he would prefer this emergency exit to be available to his daughter, and that he would not be strong enough to resist suggesting that course of action if his girlfriend (sex and marriage having been decoupled from the daily life of your average European decades ago) were to become pregnant.
Basically, it’s a choice dominated by convenience and cowardice, and people know it. This explains the remarkable absence of public debate about it pretty much everywhere this side of the Atlantic. It is, in fact, impossible not to notice that the demolition of Roe vs Wade is treated as “US news”, with nobody expecting a serious debate about abortion in Europe. Mind, it is my opinion that things will change in the years to come; but, for now, it is what it is: a sort of situation of convenience, of which it is conveniently, but silently agreed that the least it is said about it, the least discomfort for everybody. Tellingly, at Mass yesterday, after such a historic moment, the homily did not contain a single word about the Supreme Court decision. Unsurprisingly so, if you think how difficult it is to hear a priest even saying the word “abortion”, or discuss the evil of abortion, from the pulpit (you get to be content with vague words about life beginning at conception, or the like. But for heaven’s sake, let us never call the killing of a baby the killing of a baby! People might get upset!)
It is, therefore, with a certain degree of astonishment that I, as a European grown up in a Country where abortion does not have such a rabid ideological component, witness the feminist rage currently going on in the US. It is a shocking, hysterical behaviour that you would not see in Europe. The hundreds of rabid fanatics banging on the doors of public buildings would not be seen here. Similarly, you would not see the controversy framed as “stay away of my uterus”, as if a uterus had any rights over a human life. Instead, what you would see would be the usual, emotional tales of girls who have committed suicide, the gruesome stories about abortions made with ***the famous hanger*** (there is no mention of abortion without the unavoidable famous hanger), and the like. But the idea of “it’s my uterus and I decide whom it should kill” would, by and large, not be there.
To very many people in Europe, the arguments used must appear extremely evil, and shockingly so. They paint a picture of an extremely polarised Country, whose societal fabric has been torn apart by the satanic push for baby killing, sexual perversion and, now, institutionalised child grooming and child abuse.
Here, abortion is just something people prefer not to talk about; something one tries not to think about, like the number of men the wife slept with, or the daughter sleeps with, or (in the UK) the son sleeps with.
In time, the death of Roe vs Wade will produce results here, too.
We can, at least, build on the lack of satanic hysteria.
Posted on June 27, 2022, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Good Shepherds, Traditional Catholicism and tagged Abortion, Roe vs Wade. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.
No mention of the overturning of Roe v. Wade in our homily either! No petitioning of prayers of thanksgiving during the Prayer of the Faithful. I can’t tell you how shocked I was. At the very, very end after the announcements the priest gave a mini-homily about it. So weird. At least he FINALLY mentioned it.
My German friend from Bavaria tells me the same thing.
There had to be so much rationalizing around abortion, because, like contraceptives and same-sex marriage, abortion was foisted upon us by the Supreme Court. The lies were told so often that generations grew up to believe in them. No one wants to admit that the purpose of legalizing abortion was to keep abortionists out of prison (though abortionists themselves admit they are killing babies) and to free wanton men from the responsibility for the children they beget. Similarly, the liberal push against capital punishment is based, not on the discovery that killing is wrong (since the same people who hate capital punishment love abortion), but because so many of us want to engage in behavior that is deserving of capital punishment, without actually incurring the risk of capital punishment.
So now we have the tragicomic, narcissistic spectacle of screeching, scantily-clad, magenta-haired land whales thinking they can punish the world by threatening a sex strike. It’ll be the least-devastating strike in human history.
Seemingly, Europeans, in general, are not fully alive and are filled with ennui. Countless Europeans are missing with the advent of sanitary technology (in the case of Italy it seems technology as primitive as the bicycle pump) but nobody cares. Too, the profound decay of the Church and the loss of the sense of sin make the slaughter easy to ignore. But then, what about “Catholic” Poland who I’ve heard say has one of the highest abortion rates in Europe? The mystery of iniquity.
Let’s hope you haven’t spoken too soon. The UK went bonkers over the George Floyd killing, something that mystified me as an American.
As for abortion, imagine if the British government said that its 24 week abortion law was void and that now it was up to each county (shire?) to decide on the parameters of abortion and even to outlaw it if they wanted to. You’d probably have the same reaction as here. You’re not a republic so that scenario won’t come up but basically that’s what’s happening here, with each State now deciding its own abortion laws which may be wildly different from its neighboring States.
In order to do this, there would have to be a widespread opposition to abortion that is, unfortunately, just not there.
P.S. The obvious answer to the coat hanger argument is Kermit Gosnell. Legalizing abortion didn’t prevent HIM.
I have another argument: right is right and wrong is wrong. You don’t allow the wrong in order to prevent criminals from doing horrible things.
Sounds like Europeans are very civilized about their baby murder.
In the US, both Left and Right are different because a National Identity and pseudoTraditionalism in politics was developed based on radical, self-assured, infallible individualism, inherited from the Calvanist followers of Oliver Cromwell, the Puritans on the one side And on the other side, the Enlightenment, which holds ” Truths” perceived to be “self-evident”, even to pseudo-intellectual, malformed and/or misinformed Consciences.
Satanic hysteria is right. Almost 50 years of legal abortion have driven the pro-aborts insane. They no longer disguise their hate for their own and others’ unborn children. These even espouse “post-birth abortion.” Unfortunately, our do-no-good President and his Department of Justice refuse to enforce the law and protect the Supreme Court Justices and the rest of us!
Still, I am thanking God that the Supreme Court is doing its best to return the country to sanity. God bless President Trump. Besides overturning Roe, the Court has ruled that people may pray in public–defending the First Amendment; and has overturned NY State’s draconian gun control laws–defending the Second Amendment.
M, have you noticed that the USCCB and Pope Francis have been absolutely silent on Roe v. Wade being overturned? What does that tell you about the Church’s state of decay?
Exactly the same that you are thinking!!