Social Justice Morality
Without morality, justice is blind. This is obvious since slavery has returned with a vengeance: there is no social justice if we continue to allow such a vile injustice as abortion to rule the land!
"Likewise, it is the height of hypocrisy, social injustice and therefore social immorality to permit the slaughter of the most defenseless, the most weak, the most voiceless members of this society thus snuffing out their right to someday make a positive impact on this world. It is likewise the height of arrogance for those of us who now live to dictate that others not be given the chance to do so simply because of someone's distorted sense of privacy or 'right to choose'. How is it that we worry so much about a woman's right to choose when we can so easily ignore her child's right to choose?"
One of the central themes of the recent election was the claim that the liberals' social justice morality lost to the conservatives' sexual/life morality. What many, including myself, have argued is that the sexual/life morality is inherently preeminent over so-called social justice morality and must always be addressed first and foremost. It is only once I recognize and respect life and God Almighty's authority over life and creation that care for the suffering, poor, sick, and downtrodden means anything. Conversely, caring for the all of those suffering, poor, sick and unfortunate people means little if I justify dismembering unborn children, playing God, or engaging in sodomy! All of these points aside, I mean here to argue from yet another direction. Namely, that combating abortion is the ultimate social justice morality and that anyone who claims to seek such social justice while being Pro-abortion is simply a fraud and a coward.
The Theme of Social Justice
The basic theme of social justice is the attempt to advocate for, defend, protect, and assist the voiceless, powerless, weak, forgotten, marginalized, ignored, and unfortunate among us. This premise has been forwarded as the energy behind efforts to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, house the homeless, educate the masses, cure the sick, guide those in need of direction, provide the unfortunate with another chance to make it, etc.
It is argued that justice implies fairness, equality, concern, protection, defense, and assistance. It is also argued that there will always be the haves and the have nots, those with influence, power, money, education, health, and direction, and those lacking these things. The argument proceeds that it is morally and socially unjust for the haves to ignore the have nots, for those with these good things to simply push away those lacking these needs. Typically, welfare, education, healthcare, social programs, and other such areas are identified as arenas of social justice where morality dictates that we lend a helping hand to those less fortunate. The basic theme, then, for social justice morality is helping those who cannot help themselves.
Abortion as Social Injustice
The medical field uses the term triage to describe categorizing injuries or illnesses as beyond hope, requiring immediate help, or allowing for some delay. Typically, those whose injuries require immediate help will be treated first, then those allowing for delay, and finally those beyond hope. The reasoning is that it is impractical, wasteful, and even immoral to spend valuable time and resources on someone who will likely die anyway while exposing someone with hope of survival to possible death or attending to relatively less serious or trivial situations. The concept of triage and similar subjects implies that moral judgment often demands the prioritization or ranking of moral situations or subjects into more or less significant. We do not always have the time or resources to evenly deal with all situations or persons, and therefore moral judgment demands that we prioritize our efforts, not according to some whim or selfish standard, but according to common sense, respect for life, and medical ethics.
Most research and statistics on abortion causes indicate that in the vast majority of cases abortions are carried out for sheer convenience despite claims of protecting the mother's safety, avoiding later suffering for the child, or rape/incest, which comprise less than 5% of abortion cases. Even in these latter cases, one can easily argue that the unborn child is the most innocent, least guilty, most vulnerable, most defenseless, most powerless member of the moral situation. This all begs the question how anyone claiming to protect those who cannot defend, speak, protect, or stand up for themselves could ever find justification for beheading, dismembering one who cannot do any of these things for any reason!
Repeating Past Sins and Lies
Any student of history can recall how slavery and preventing the female vote were once justified by claiming that blacks and women were somehow not full people deserving of full legal protection. It is most ironic that any significant number of blacks and females today can now attempt to justify abortion on those same despicable grounds against another set of human beings. Claiming that the unborn are not human beings entitled to full protection under the law is no different than earlier claims made against blacks and women. In fact, the unborn have an even stronger claim to protection because, unlike blacks and women, they have absolutely no chance of being able to speak, defend themselves, march for their rights, or attempt to change the laws which society has inflicted upon them. In this context, Roe v. Wade makes Dred Scott look benign in comparison!
As in the medical situations described above, defending someone's rights may invariably step to some degree on the rights of another. Any relative of the patient beyond hope or the patient with the hangnail will demand treatment for their loved one so as to not let them suffer or simply ignore their pleas, but morality and justice demand that time and resources be allocated in as practical, reasonable, and fair a manner as possible. Also, it can be argued that moral priority demands that good be applied first where that good will have the most benefit and last where it will do the least good. While it is certainly a sad situation when a woman becomes pregnant due to rape or has an unwanted child or may suffer or die giving birth, one can argue that the value of new life is so great, so inherent, so profound, that the evil of a crime, the result of a slip in care, or even possible illness or death of one who has already been given a chance to live must take a second place before the priority of life. Feminists will argue that men can argue this because they cannot give birth, but there are many women and even feminists who are Pro-life. Also, the absolute truth and transcendence of a moral reality does not depend or shift upon the sex or disposition of the people involved. It is only our feeble attempts at earthly justice tainted by rationalizations and political influence that has created so-called degrees of guilt or liability. In the realm of morality, it is only God Almighty who can decide on these things. It is never up to any of us to make such moral judgments dictating life and death or whose life is worth protecting and whose life may be snuffed out like a candle.
If so-called social justice is a key component of morality, it may not be as apart from the life/sexual branch of morality as many would argue. To begin with, the life/sexual brand of morality is clearly transcendental and must precede any notion of social morality. Secondly, it can be argued that abortion, which permits the strong to destroy the weak simply because the strong can do so and under various guises of "justification", is inherently one of the greatest assaults upon social justice itself. This vile crime justifies and promotes the abuse of the weak by the strong out of the selfish concerns or justifications of the strong. More so than in any form of prejudice or discrimination possible in any other context, abortion targets precisely those who, by their class and situation, are the most powerless, weak, defenseless, voiceless, and vulnerable. As past types of injustice have often done, abortion seeks to conceal its sin by snuffing out the rights of those who can only reach their full potential if and when they are allowed to follow their natural progression. If laws preventing blacks and women from basic rights, from education, and from voting had never been erased, there would have never been educated, voting blacks and women. There would have never been blacks and women who rose from their struggles to places of prominence where they could make their impact on this society and this world.
Likewise, it is the height of hypocrisy, social injustice and therefore social immorality to permit the slaughter of the most defenseless, the most weak, the most voiceless members of this society thus snuffing out their right to someday make a positive impact on this world. It is likewise the height of arrogance for those of us who now live to dictate that others not be given the chance to do so simply because of someone's distorted sense of privacy or "right to choose". How is it that we worry so much about a woman's right to choose when we can so easily ignore her child's right to choose?
In the final analysis, it is unlikely that there will ever be as vile, as cowardly, as selfish, as despicable a practice inflicted by human beings on other human beings as abortion. The attempt to justify this barbaric practice is no less despicable, cowardly, and defenseless. Those who cry for social justice while defending the right to murder unborn children are nothing less than clueless moral imbeciles steeped in their own hypocrisy and cowardice!
Editor's Note: Heaven is once again under attack by those who would seek to ignore and overthrow God's majesty and authority. Gabriel Garnica, educator and attorney, submits regular insights and commentaries to remind and help guide readers toward a deeper and more assertive faith. Touching on topics and issues ranging from personal faith, doctrine, education, scripture, the media, family life, morality, and values, Gabriel's notes are music to traditional ears but unpleasant tones to those who have bought into the misguided notions so prevalent and spreading in today's Catholic world.