PRO-LIFE ALLIANCE OF GAYS AND LESBIANS
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POPE GETS IT RIGHT
Boston, MASS. March 31, 1995.Philip Arcidi, President of the Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians, today praised yesterday's Vatican statement, Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life):
Gays, People With AIDS, and the unborn have an important characteristic in common: In the minds of many people we are considered less than human. And because we are considered less than human, we are not deemed entitled to the basic human rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Pope John Paul II's passages that focus on prenatal testing of unborn children echo the concerns of PLAGAL and of many in the lesbian and gay community. We fear that prenatal tests will become an overture for parents to do away with their gay and lesbian children before they are born.
If, as recent scientific discoveries suggest, homosexuality has a genetic basis, the day is not far off when doctors will be able to determine if a child in the womb is predisposed to be gay. Once medical science achieves that ability, it will be possible by a legal, surgical procedure to eliminate lesbians and gays once and for all.
As soon as this "final solution" becomes available, a couple that finds gay sexuality an affront to their sensibilities won't have to face up to it -- not in their own family, anyway. Or suppose that the parents-to-be consider themselves to be good liberals. They may still decide that homosexuality is too great a handicap for their unborn son or daughter to carry through life -- or an added complication in child-rearing that they can do without. Why should they borrow trouble when it would be so much easier to try again in the hope of producing a straight child?
Specifically the Pope's statement said:
Special attention must be given to evaluating the morality of prenatal diagnostic techniques which enable the early detection of possible anomalies in the unborn child. . . . But since the possibilities of prenatal therapy are today still limited, it not infrequently happens that these techniques are used with a eugenic intention which accepts selective abortion in order to prevent the birth of children affected by various types of anomalies. Such an attitude is shameful and utterly reprehensible, since it presumes to measure the value of a human life only within the parameters of "normality" and physical well-being, thus opening the way to legitimizing infanticide and euthanasia as well. [Paragraph 63]
While the Vatican document clearly does not express any opinion with respect to the genetic origin of homosexuality, it recognizes that prenatal diagnosis or testing can and most likely will be used for "eugenic abortions."
The brutality of abortion hits home when you consider that "eugenic abortions" could have snuffed you out before you drew your first breath. Pro-choice advocates say that the issue of abortion boils down to a question of whether or not people have the right to do what they choose with their own bodies -- therefore gays and lesbians should be pro-choice. But once abortion is perceived as a legal means of exterminating lesbians and gays, the underlying fallacy of the "pro-choice" position is exposed. The freedom for each of us to dispose of our bodies as we see fit does not give us the freedom to dispose of someone else's body. No one has the right to decide for others whether they will live or die. Each human life is its own justification for being.
Pro-choicers talk about abortion rights without acknowledging what abortion really is -- a violent act. Stop and consider what happens in an abortion: a human being is ripped apart; then it dies. Doesn't your intuition tell you that something horrible is happening?
America's abortion on demand policy -- the most sweeping of any developed democracy -- says that some lives can be exterminated at will; birth is a privilege reserved for those deemed eligible. While that policy exists, neither gays nor lesbians -- nor, for that matter, the disabled, the elderly, the terminally ill, or any other class of human beings who may be considered "expendable" -- are safe.
We live in a culture that condones eugenic abortion, a culture that accepts human life only under optimal conditions and rejects humans deemed imperfect, limited, handicapped, or ill. Our society says that some of us are not fit to live; that it is free to dehumanize gays, persons with AIDS, and the unborn. This is a profoundly sinister perspective on life, one that both PLAGAL and the Pope condemn.
PLAGAL, the Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians, was organized in 1990 to advance the pro-life cause within the Lesbian and Gay Community. It is not associated with any religious or sectarian group. Philip Arcidi is an architect living in the Boston area.