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The Ultrasound Generation


CARDINAL TIMOTHY DOLAN

Source:
Catholic New York
Type:
Bishops, Priests
Date:
1/24/2013

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ABSTRACTThe Ultrasound Generation - Catholic New York Archdiocese News Local news and feature stories Parish events and profiles Official Appointments Official Statements Jubilarians World & Nation CNS Multimedia Catholic News Service Stories Opinion Editorials Columns Guest columns Letters to the editor Letter submission form Blogs     Cardinal Dolan     Julie DosSantos Commentaries     John Woods Our Faith Features Sunday Scriptures Father Bob Pagliari Links to other sites Youth & Schools Youth Features Sports Features School Coverage School Notes Education Sections Happenings Out and about listings Arts listings Events Español Noticias Padre Lorenzo Ato Juan Blanchard Obituaries Read more 1/24/13 | 633 views LORD, TO WHOM SHALL WE GO? The Ultrasound Generation Courtesy of Generation Life/Quatela Family Lord, To Whom Shall We Go? Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan As we mark the solemn 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, I would like to address my column this week to our teens and young adults, who I believe will ultimately prevail in restoring a sense of respect for all human life, including the innocent baby in her mother’s womb. Please feel free to share this column with a young adult in your life, or ask them to look for it at www.cny.org. For much of the 40 years since the Supreme Court’s tragic Roe v. Wade decision ushering in an era of abortion on demand, we in the pro-life community have had little to cheer about. In the battle for hearts and minds, it has at times seemed as though we were losing ground, and fast. We could preach about the sacredness of all human life, about the harm that abortion does to women who are so often coerced by others into doing the unthinkable, and the lifetime of pain and regret so many of them, and the fathers of the aborted baby, face as a result. For a long time we were overwhelmed by even louder voices proclaiming “choice” to be the ultimate right. For too many of my generation, that argument was effective and catchy, and there is no changing their minds. This civil rights issue of our time—the right to life of the innocent baby in the womb—won’t be won by the older generation; it will be won by the young . It is to you that I address this message on this solemn anniversary. Popular culture calls you the “Millennial Generation” because you came of age at the dawn of the Millennium. But I think of you as the “Ultrasound Generation.” You are different than any generation that came before you in that your very first baby pictures were taken not with you in your mother’s arms, but you alive in her womb . Your generation is defined by technology. You have come to expect almost annual revolutionary technological breakthroughs that change the way we live and work. You have seen staggering medical advances that have given doctors wonderful new tools in fighting disease and injury. And you have grown up with ultrasound technology that has opened a window into the womb, allowing us to glimpse preborn babies from the earliest weeks of gestation. You have seen your little brothers and sisters before they were born in these grainy videos and photographs pinned to the fridge. Your mom or your dad has shown you those first images of yourself. Some of you have even seen your own children for the first time with newer, clearer 3- and 4-dimensional ultrasound technology. You have gasped with wonder at the sight of little arms flailing and legs kicking, heads bobbing and hearts beating, mouths sucking thumbs. You have seen, and you believe. Let’s face it, you figured out a long time ago that your parents’ generation isn’t always right. So many have tried to convince you (as they have allowed themselves to be convinced) that an unborn baby is nothing more than a “clump of cells.” College professors, politicians, Hollywood glitterati, and media talking heads have hammered you with the message that the decision to abort has no more moral significance than having a wisdom tooth extracted. To be an enlightened adult, you will be told, you mus.......