Army of God

The Colorado Independent has published a story by Wendy Norris discussing the colorful backgrounds of some of the supporters of Amendment 48.

The article reports, for example, that Dr. George Maloof “Signed American Life League’s petition that saving the life of the mother is never an excuse for abortion.” I was curious, so I looked it up. Here is the relevant statement:

I agree that there is never a situation in the law or in the ethical practice of medicine where a preborn child’s life need be intentionally destroyed by procured abortion for the purpose of saving the life of the mother. A physician must do everything possible to save the lives of both of his patients, mother and child. He must never intend the death of either.

As I’ve written, this may allow just a little bit of wiggle room; perhaps a doctor supposedly can remove an embryo without “intentionally” killing it, even though the doctor knows full well it will die. The more likely scenario, though, is that the doctor will wait until the embryo dies, or the mother is absolutely on her death bed, before taking any action. Of course for some women it will be too late. So, yes, these people believe crazy things.

However, I don’t think the Independent’s story will do quite what the author thinks. The main doctor it discusses doesn’t even live in Colorado. I’m quite certain that, with minimal effort, I could find crazy people who endorse causes close to Wendy Norris’s heart.

Everything has to be grand conspiracy for the left. That’s because, I think, the left doesn’t have much of a positive philosophy to offer. I mean, it has Marx, but it turns out that Marx was wrong about practically everything. So the left, by routine now, just tries to tie everything it doesn’t like to some crazy or shady person or group, as though that were a substitute for an actual argument.

Still, this sort of story has value, if taken in its appropriate context.