Thursday, January 24, 2008
Culture of Death
Was Henry Hyde debating the Partial-Birth Abortion Act or discussing the treatment of Haitians? "Partially-born" human beings and the Haitian people seem to have much in common.
"This is not a debate about religious doctine or even about public policy options.
It is a debate about our understanding of human dignity, what it means to be a member of the human family, even though tiny, powerless and unwanted. We are knee deep in a culture of death...Look, in this advanced democracy, in the year 2000, is it our crowning achievement that we have learned to treat people as things? Our moment in history is marked by a mortal conflict between a culture of life and a culture of death. God put us in the world to do noble things, to love and to cherish our fellow human beings, not to destroy them. Today we must choose sides.
---Henry Hyde during House floor debate on the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, 2000.