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 Contents - May 2014AD2000 May 2014 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: April 27: Canonisation of two great popes - Peter Westmore
Slavery: Churches join forces to launch anti-slavery campaign - AD2000 Report
News: The Church Around the World
Friday abstinence gains support among Australia's bishops - Matthew Biddle
Vatican Library to digitise archives
Missionaries of God's Love: Vatican recognition lifts status - Br Barry Coldrey
US bishop discusses his new pastoral letter on contraception - Kathleen Nabb
Sister empowers northern India's women with education
A new cathedral in the Muslim world
Poetry: KOKODA a poem - John O'Neill
Apps: Check out religion apps for smartphones! - Peter Westmore
After the turbulent years: the Church renewed - Fr John O'Neill
Cardinal Burke: The Gospel of Life in the defence of freedom - Cardinal Raymond Burke
Letters: The perils of materialism - Fr Bernard McGrath
Letters: Christianity persecuted - Robert Bom
Priestly Fraternity of St Peter: progress report - Fr Damonn Sypher, FSSP
Books: SCRIPTURE AND TRADITION IN THE CHURCH, by Patrick Madrid - Carmel Westmore (reviewer)
Books: HOW THE WEST WON: The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity, Rodney Stark - Father John Flynn LC (reviewer)
Books: CULTURE AND ABORTION, by Edward Short
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Reflection: Will you wait a while? - Anne Lastman

by Edward Short
(Gracewing, 2013, softcover, 308pp, $35.00, ISBN: 978-1-78182-990-5)

Reviewed by Francis Phillips

American author Edward Short brings an original and eloquent perspective to the on-going struggle between defenders of abortion and defenders of the unborn child's right to life.

Short says he wrote the book to show how only a radically defective culture could give rise to the notion that killing children in the womb is not only morally permissible but a boon to women.

"No previous culture of any society, even those that practised abortion, ever thought to argue that so-called "reproductive rights" trump the lives of innocent children.

"The Romans might have exposed their unwanted babies but they never tried to justify the practice by claiming that such cruelty redounded to women's dignity.

"For feminists, it's a sign of progress that abortion now commands the approval of the world's elites. For the rest of us, it's barbarism.

"Furthermore, if a debilitated culture leads to abortion, abortion itself continually coarsens and dehumanises culture. We see this everywhere today in our own tawdry culture."

Short argues that none of us should hesitate to stand up and defend the lives of innocent children for fear of unpopularity. After all, truth is the lifeblood of human fellowship.

He adds that we do those who sanction abortion no favours "if we refrain from explaining to them how profoundly wrong they are. Out of charity and love we must set them straight, even if it incurs their disapproval".

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 27 No 4 (May 2014), p. 18

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