If only it were inconceivable...

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Back in 1992, I was on the board of Presbyterians Pro-Life and worked with our Executive Director, Mrs. Herb (Terry) Schlossberg, to plan and host a consultation on abortion held at Princeton Seminary. The consultation was titled “Abortion and the Marks of the Church” and the keynote speaker was Richard John Neuahaus. The consulation’s content was later compiled by Mrs. Schlossberg and Dr. Elizabeth Achtemeier and released by Eerdmans under the title, Not My Own: Abortion and the Marks of the Church.

Of all the papers given, I remember only one thing said that weekend. Fr. Neuhaus was talking about the refusal of the deathmongers to admit abortion killed a human being in his mother’s womb. And having made the point, he asked the rhetorical questions, “Well, after all, it’s living, isn’t it? And if it’s living, what is it if it’s not a human being? A mouse? A dog? A monkey?”

I was reminded of Neuhaus’ questions today while reading this article about the debate in the UK over whether the creation of chimeras—fertilized ovums that are partially man and partially animal—will be allowed; and if allowed, whether they will be implanted in their mother’s womb.

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and big lots of grandchildren.

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