Our Dangerous Obsession With Health


Wesley Smith has written a fine column at the First Things “On the Square” site. He draws from another terrific article by Yuval Levine at the New Atlantis. Both of these articles tackle a similar issue and is our society’s unhealthy preoccupation with avoiding any kind of suffering and supply our every whim whether it is good for us or not. We used to be a society that was concerned with cultivating virtue or even justice and equality. Today, if is about our desires and the avoidance of discomfort or suffering of any type.

There is nothing wrong with promoting health, but when health becomes the primary purpose of society, it becomes an excuse for immediate gratification and hedonism. In the words of Levin: “Unbalanced and unmoored from other goods, [health] can become a vessel for self-absorption and for decadence. It can cause us to abandon our commitment to our highest principles, and to mortgage the future to avert the present pain.”

Levin and nailed it in my view. We murder our unborn children mostly because they are a terrible inconvenience to us, and then we murder other children in order for many to give birth to the one kind of child we want at the right time. This is not about justice, it is about hedonism.

If you want two very insightful articles on what ails our bioethical sensibilities, read Smith here and Levin here.

Sex-Selection Abortion is taken up by the US Congress.


A recent poll shows that 77% of Americans are opposed to sex-selection abortion. This is the real war against women. Sex-selection occurs, for the most part, because couples do not want a little girl. This odious practice is being targeted by the Prenatal Nondescrimination Act. While this act might pass the House, it will probably die in the Democrat-dominated Senate.

The President is indicating that he is against this legislation. He is too far into the pockets of Planned Parenthood to support this legislation.

This act should be passed.  Abortion because the baby is female is horrific.  As David Bass puts it:  “pro-choice ideology claims to place the highest value on women and womanhood. Yet they are forced to accept, as both moral and legal, the aborting of an unborn baby strictly because she is female. To do anything less would violate their core beliefs about the un-personhood of the fetus and the absolute autonomy of the parents (specifically, the mother) in deciding whether to terminate the unborn life.”

Pro-choice advocates want abortion at any cost and for any reason, but sex-selection abortion is what we get when we allow abortion for any reason.  Murdering women because they are women is the ultimate misogyny, and defending it is complicity with such misogyny.  This simple fact of the matter is that pro-choice advocates are not pro-choice, they are pro-abortion.  See the following articles by David Bass at the American Spectator see here, and here.

Update – June 1, 2012 Wall Street Journal reported that the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act failed to pass the House.

Half of all Americans are Pro-Life


The Gallup Pole’s new numbers have shown that at least half of all Americans, which includes, Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, are pro-life. This does not mean that 50% of all Americans think that abortion should be illegal, but that enough of them think that abortion is immoral enough to call themselves as pro-life.  This suggests that the pro-life movement has gone from fringe to mainstream.  It may not be too long before enough Americans view abortion as immoral so that it becomes a restricted practice, and is permissible only under particular circumstances.

See Wesley J Smith’s article about it here.