January 24, 2000
volume 11, no. 16

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Dr. Frank Joseph's Pro-Life Prescriptions: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!         INTRODUCTION

    We've enlisted Frank Joseph, MD, a committed retired Catholic physician from Southern California to write a special pro-life column for the DailyCATHOLIC which will appear each Wednesday exulting the Catholic beliefs on creation and procreation in upholding the Sanctity of Life. During Respect Life Week we will be carrying his column each day as an introductory promotion.

    For past columns by Frank Joseph, MD, click on Pro-Life Prescriptions: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL! Archives   If you want to send him ideas or feedback, you can reach him at

Life is beautiful from conception

        I'm a physician, MD and even though I have delivered many babies, I'm still in awe of the miracle of life and that life's subsequent birth. It boggles my mind how a physician who has taken an oath to preserve life, can actually kill a defenseless unborn baby -- literally ripped out, many times in pieces, from the mother's womb.

        How could our society sink so low? How can any stretch of human thinking, come to the conclusion that, "Thou Shalt Not Kill," does not include the killing of unborn babies?

        If someone were to destroy the Mona Lisa, the world would be up in arms about it. Where is their outrage, when a baby is butchered inside its mother's womb? Can there be any comparison between the most famous paintings in the world and God's most magnificent creation -- human life? How did our values get so twisted?

        There used to be a time when the safest place to be, was in the mother’s womb. She would protect her unborn baby with her life. Now, since Roe Vs Wade, it's the most dangerous place on the face of the earth -- 33% of the time, the unborn will be killed.

        If the unborn is lucky to have a loving mother he/she will live. If the unborn's mother is self-indulgent and couldn't care less, he/she will be condemned to death in a horrible manner. Nowadays, it's the luck of the draw, that will determine if you live or die. What a sad commentary on our public morals. Life and death decisions should be in the hands of God, our Creator, and not at the whim of the unborn baby's mother.

        One of the fundamental premises of our society is that we are all endowed by our CREATOR; not by a woman's decision; not by court decisions, but by our CREATOR with inalienable rights. The killing of unborn babies destroys that premise, thus destroying everything that you believe in -- even the Declaration of Independence:

      "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

        Notice, that it does NOT say that all men are "born equal." It says, "all men are CREATED EQUAL."

        Our learned forefathers knew what they were doing when they wrote the Declaration of Independence. They chose their words carefully, so there would be no misinterpretation. They could very easily have said, "all men are born equal," but that would not have included unborn babies.

        The Pro-aborts will not accept the words of our founding fathers. They are willing to trash our country's most revered document, just to satisfy their killing agenda. How did we let this happen?

        It's not a private issue concerning a woman's decision. It's like slavery - when human beings were not considered whole persons and had no rights and were subject to the will of their owners. It's the most important issue of public principle that America faces today. Balancing the budget, welfare reform, foreign aid, health care, tax reform, school vouchers -- you name it -- they're all a distant second to the American holocaust -- the killing of unborn babies -- a.k.a. abortions.

        Are we to be a nation under GOD with compassion, love and decency, or a barbaric nation of degeneracy, which embraces the ideology that one of our freedoms should be TO KILL, if we so choose.

        Respect for life is a principle and when women are given the power to decide if a helpless baby in their womb is going to die, then don't be so surprised when they think that a baby is subject to their will, and kill it five seconds after it's born and throw it in a dumpster, or five years after it's born. The principle of violence is the same.

        And don't be surprised when the killing of 1.4 million unborn babies yearly, becomes a major factor in the public's perception that life is cheap. That perception will be stored in the brain, where it will be retrieved to determine all future actions and reactions.

        Now, we have to suffer the consequences of that perception. Do you like what you hear or read when you turn on the news, or read the newspapers these days? So don't be surprised if a person's disrespect for the sanctity of life rubs off on their children, and don't be surprised when children kill children.

        This culture of death, arising from the legalization of abortions and propagated by the Pro-aborts is completely devoid of love. Remember love -- it's love that enables us to "lay down our lives for for our children." In abortions, it's just the opposite. "My child, you must lay down your life, so that I can live as I want to." This selfish reason goes against everything that's in the Bible:

        "Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me"

        We were all created by God in His own image at conception -- when the sperm fertilizes the ovum (egg) -- not at birth. There's not a scientist in the world, who could dispute the fact that life begins at conception. To kill a developing baby in the womb, is the same as killing a baby after it's born. Both are human beings, created by God. It's not just a small sin -- it's a mortal sin.

        Now this should not be hard for any Godly person to understand. "For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother's womb."

    "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart."

        How those who say they believe in God, can ignore the above scriptures is beyond me. When the sperm fertilizes the egg, the result is the zygote, which has its own genetic code (DNA) and destiny -- this beginning of human life is an indisputable scientific fact, and not based on religious views. However Judeo-Christian teaching on abortion acknowledges this scientific fact.

        To pick out a certain developmental stage to justify the killing of the unborn is a travesty of justice. It is scientifically unsound and without any semblance of logic, since the development of a human being is a continuum - zygote, embryo, fetus, infant, child, adolescent and adult.

        To interrupt this continuum of life at any stage, violates God's will, as He told us: "Thou Shalt Not Kill." Unborn babies should not be discriminated against and targeted for death just because they're growing and developing inside their mother's womb, anymore than they should be targeted for death after birth, since in both cases they are continuing to grow and develop.

        The location of the development is inconsequential, and should not be held against the unborn and used as an excuse to kill them.

        After a baby is born, it is still not fully developed. The cranial bones are not closed; the eyesight has not been fully developed.  Many newborns have heart murmurs because the heart valves are not fully developed. These types of murmurs eventually disappear. In young infants, speech has not been developed.  In young children, the reproductive system has not been developed.   These are just a few examples.

        What's next - kill your baby after it's born, because it's still not fully developed and cannot care for itself. You can see what a twisted, convoluted logic this is and where it can lead. Or has it already led us down the path of self-destruction?

        Why do women who kill their newborn baby, just get a slap on their wrist? Is it any wonder that the killing of 35 million unborn babies since Roe Vs Wade, has given everyone the perception that life is cheap. And the closer the newborn is to its birth, the less its life is worth, because it's more closely associated to the unborn and we all know that the unborn baby is fair game.

        It's inconceivable to think that the Pro-aborts can't understand simple scientific facts explaining the beginning of human life. Or is it that they just refuse to believe it? The only other explanation would be, that they are just plain selfish -- their self-indulgence is paramount and human life is secondary -- pick one. How sad -- this disrespect for human life...the greatest of all of God's creations.

        However, I can understand their decision to have an alternate conceptualization of reality. After all, when you're a party to the killing of 35 million unborn babies, you'd better make up reasons that you can live with.

        God bless,

    Dr. Frank

January 24, 2000
volume 11, no. 16
Pro-Life Prescriptions: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!

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