Captain America is one of Marvel Comics’ “Avengers.” He is a superhero who battles bad guys and thrills the likes of little boys such as my five-year-old grandson.
In the real world we know that a human avenger is one who vows to take punitive action against someone perceived to have done something wrong or hurtful. In that vein, Church fathers have spoken strongly on the act of killing a child, writing, “Thou shall not slay thy child by causing abortion, nor kill that which is begotten. . . . [I]f it be slain, [it] shall be avenged, as being unjustly destroyed (Apostolic Constitutions 7:3 [A.D. 400]).”
If we lived in a world where justice meant defending the innocent—born and preborn—we would not be witnessing the brutal slayings of little babies trying desperately to survive a gruesome act of abortion. But today in America such acts are not avenged; they are protected under cover of law.
Remember, for example, Adrienne Moton, an employee in the Gosnell abortion facility, who admitted to snipping the necks of 10 little babies, thus rendering them dead? This woman has been sentenced to the 28 months she already served and three years probation. Why? Life News reports that her sentence was reduced because she agreed to cooperate with prosecutors and testify against abortionist Kermit Gosnell. When asked if she knew it was wrong to kill a baby born alive, Moton reportedly answered, “At first I didn’t.”
This report chills me to the bone. Yet common sense tells me that such a statement is credible in our age. Moton is 35 years old, which means that when aborting a child was decriminalized by the Supreme Court in 1973, Moton was not yet born. She has grown up in a culture of violence where aborting children at the rate of one every 20 seconds is normal in America.
It is actually easy to believe that she felt she was simply doing her job and thinking nothing of it. After all, for years Gosnell’s acts were not criminal offenses. The law did not pay heed to his acts. Moton was doing what she was being paid to do. This sounds insane, but in fact that is how it is in America. The law is clear: A baby before birth is not a human being. Killing the child is a decision a mother makes with her doctor, and that is what Moton believed.
In a nation where no superhero defends the innocent, we witness all sorts of unbelievable acts against human dignity.
For instance, we have a Secretary of Health and Human Services who tells graduating seniors, via her blog, that they should be grateful that the national healthcare plan will make it possible for them to acquire birth control services. Never mind that such statements encourage sex outside of marriage and fail to point out that the birth control chemicals in question can kill preborn children, in addition to failing to protect the users from venereal diseases. Oh no! All that matters is that access to birth control is a source of great joy for 18-year-olds as they prepare to enter college or the work force. Big mother, Kathleen Sebelius, is happy to give every assurance that promiscuity is protected.
Yes, crimes against the innocent are going unavenged, whether the crime is against the conscience of a teenager or the body of a tiny baby prior to birth. And they will continue in this fashion. They will persist until individual Americans realize, not that they need a fictional Captain America, but rather that they have the ability to employ reason and common sense to help regain respect for the natural law.
Only then will the horrors of our age recede into the shadows of hell.