On May 12, 2022, the New York Times online edition ran a hit piece on crisis pregnancy centers, expressing its authors’ indignation at any opposition to a woman’s right to kill the whatever-it-is that has found its way into her womb, and the tricks used in some such places to lure unsuspecting pregnant women into them to be urged not to kill their children. It was the usual thing from the Molochists, this time the cool, intellectual type rather than the teeming Schwaermer of the street protests. The writers emphasized the terrible danger these proliferating centers pose to women—for there are now more than 2,000 of them in the United States—all using benign and comforting names to conceal the horrors of the fundamentalism within.

I didn’t know there were so many of these missions, so my first reaction to the article was thanksgiving that the work of my old friend and teacher Harold O. J. Brown and his colleagues, who labored early and mightily to establish these crisis centers, had borne so much good fruit in the attempt to save infant lives. If there is anyone who has a Harvard Ph.D., as Joe did, and wants to put it to good use, let me suggest he follow suit with similar work. Noblesse, after all, oblige, and diplomas are included in what we can’t take with us, at least in their raw form.

Let me add here (because I haven’t anywhere else to put it at the moment) that I am exceedingly interested in what the Redeemer of those little aborted souls will do with them in heaven, the sky being the limit there. I suspect they may be found very high in the Empyrean, where they behold his Face and form a choir one might die to hear. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.


S. M. Hutchens is a Touchstone senior editor.

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