As the rhetoric heats up surrounding Roe and pro-choice people feel understandably threatened by the MAGA cruels who cannot wait to start inflicting all kinds of insane punishments on lots and lots of people rather than lift a finger to help women in crisis, some of the argument from that side of aisle are just… bad. To wit:
This is one of those “gotchas” that just makes everybody dumber and help nothing. The goal should be to try to protect women, families, doctors, and religious minorities from the vengeful and counter-productive stupidity of the MAGA cult, not to attempt the absolutely futile task of telling Catholics what they do and do not “really” believe.
In the case of this meme, it is a complete garbled hash of an argument. Sacraments are for the living, so no dead person gets a baptism, whatever their age. It has absolutely nothing to do with breathing.
Indeed, if, for instance, a miscarried child still has some sign of life, it can be (and in many cases, is) baptized by any person (it need not be a priest or even a believer, so long as form and intention to do what the Church does is there). I know of mothers who have baptized their miscarried babies. As to the complaint that the Church does not baptize the unborn, come on. How does Occupy Democrats propose that be done? By injection of holy water?
All this is absolutely silly for trying to land the Devastating Gotcha Blow they are aiming at, which is to claim that the Church doesn’t *really* believe in the sanctity of human life from conception. No. It absolutely does. What it does not believe, as a matter of practicality, is that unborn babies can be baptized and, as a matter of theology, that the dead can be baptized. But the fact that funeral rites are, indeed, conducted for children who die in utero attests to the fact the Church does indeed believe in the sanctity of human life from conception. One does not hold a funeral for toenail or hair clippings or similar “dead tissue”. One holds a funeral for a person.
Just as it is stupid for prolife people to tell pro-choice people that they “really believe” in committing cold-blooded murder when they believe in no such thing, so it is stupid for pro-choice people to tell prolife people that they “don’t really believe” in the sanctity of life from conception. Instead of engaging in mind-reading and in telling other people what they “really” think it would be far better for everybody to take one another at their word about what they actually think and go from there.