Unsurprisingly, the fake New Pro Life Movement is missing in action in regard to Alfie Evans. Go here to read their non-statement statement. Now all of this makes sense when one understands why the fake New Pro-life Movement exists. First, it serves as a platform for Catholic Leftists to attack the real Pro Life Movement. Second, it allows them to argue that you are not really pro-life unless you sign on to their laundry list of Leftist causes. Third, it allows them to decry any legislative attempt to restrict abortion.
If they took a stand against the slow motion judicial murder of Alfie Evans, it would lose them friends and allies on the Left, and, like most Leftists, their motto may as well be no enemy on the Left. Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts brings us the news that Mark Shea, surprise!, is all on board with this farce:
John C. Wright takes up the Alfie Evans case. No wondering where Mr. Wright stands. He attacks those preventing the parents from seeking treatment. He mentions Pope Francis stepping in and pleading for the sake of the child. He also uses this issue to suggest this is indicative of the type of Socialism that so many today seem to want. He then offers a requested prayer on behalf of the child in this situation.
Mark Shea, well, doesn’t really speak of the issue. He says he knows nothing about it and doesn’t want to comment out of ignorance. He then gives us his take on a conversation he had with someone he says represents prolife individuals. There is no link, so we have to take Mark’s word that it went down exactly as he reports. Given how Mark misrepresented what I wrote over the years, that’s a tough one.
Mark then goes on to use the conversation to attack prolifers, explain why he rejects prolifers, and went further by insisting that they don’t really care about Alfie Evans at all, but merely exploit him as a club to beat up people like Mark. No further comment on the actual Alfie Evans case.
That is an interesting contrast, at least IMHO. If I were actually a person who considers myself prolife, which of these would I fall behind? Or is there another angle worth looking at.
Update: On a second reading, it’s unlikely that Mark’s appraisal of the conversation can be taken at face value. After all, do we really believe anyone would actually write:
“Reader: But don’t you think the doctors are all evil?
Perhaps the reader said just that, but I find it difficult to believe. As I said, I’ve seen how Mark framed my statements in the past, and that tends to make me skeptical at best.
Plus, Mark suddenly leans on the Pope’s lack of expertise in a particular area in order to justify not merely following the Pope’s lead, as opposed to his usual feelings relative to subjects like the economy. That’s an interesting turn of events, and one that suggests inconsistency in applied standards to say the least.
Go here to comment. Back before he became a Leftist Mark had this to say on the fifth anniversary of the judicial murder of Terri Schiavo in 2010:
God rest her soul.
Being pro-life is anathema on the Left, so those who claim to be pro-life and identify with the Left, with certain honorable exceptions, will find a way to redefine being pro-life so it is acceptable to their Leftist comrades. May God forgive them.