Two events  in the past week have brought home to me the personhood of the unborn child.  The first was learning that Nancy Pelosi’s favorite word was Word – referring to the scripture  saying the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us – and that the Word should guide our public policy.  On the one hand, those on the left were afraid she might really mean we should heed Jesus in shaping public policy, and on the other hand the right was wondering what kind of Catholic loved the Word and yet could have a perfect pro-abortion voting record, even voting for partial birth abortion in 2003.

Following her remarkable statement, Pelosi was asked by an unidentified woman: “When was the word made flesh? Was it at the annunciation when Jesus was conceived by the power of Holy Spirit as the creed says or was it at the Nativity when he was born of the Virgin Mary?”

After some unintelligible cross talk, Nancy hedged thus: “Whenever it was, we bow our heads when we talk about it in church and that’s where I’d like to talk about that.”

Nancy Pelosi likes the Word


Christians of every stripe know from scripture that shortly after Jesus was conceived Mary headed out to visit her cousin Elizabeth who at that point was six months pregnant with John the Baptist.  Elizabeth exclaimed “And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me? When I heard your greeting the baby in my womb jumped for joy.”  (Luke 1:43-44).   Jesus, still in Mary’s womb, was already called Lord and recognized by both John and Elizabeth.  When, indeed, did Jesus get the right to life?   When did he become a person?

It was Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s radio program that just yesterday emphasized the humanity of the newly conceived baby.  A caller had undergone in vitro fertilization and she and her husband did not want more children.   But what to do  with the one frozen embryo still in the freezer?  It had been frozen for some years and might be considered “stale.”  When Dr. Laura suggested that she “let it go” the woman declared emphatically that that was NOT an option.  What a dilemma!  She didn’t want to bear another child but she was not able to kill the embryo.  On some level this was her baby and there was no way she could deliberately put out the spark of life in it.

I could empathize with her distress.  No matter what they say, women cannot casually and deliberately kill a living human being.  Sometimes we might do well to listen to what our guts are telling us.

Oh, for the olden days, when babies were begotten, not assembled in a Petri dish!

Unborn baby sings to Mommy