I had the privilege of having attended my first Rose Dinner that marks the National March for Life in Ottawa. It was very good. It was a real who's who of pro-life Canada. One surprise was seeing that someone that I simply assumed was crazy, was actually very articulate and interesting. I am referring to Linda Gibbons, of course, who offered a heart-felt appeal for support for another jailed pro-life crusader, Mary Wagner.
The dinner was excellent and I met a lot of great people. A person who continues to intrigue me is His Grace, Archbishop Lepine. He has a warm and humble bearing. Apparently he is studying English. He speaks well enough, but it is very impressive to me that he wants to be able to take his whole flock under his wing in this way even more effectively.
So, as a blogger, I have to point out a "thing," though. I wouldn't be a very interesting blogger otherwise.
The thing I want to point out concerns the young people. They were there in great number. In fact, they had their own large hall filled. And let me preface my remarks by saying that young people are vital to the prolife movement and are doing a very admirable job. And, they dressed the part. I think they saw this night as a fun night, to dress up and have a good time.
Nevertheless, I could not help noticing the latest style. It is very short dresses. Not, skirts, dresses. The style seems to be to run half-way down the thigh. Now, let me say this, there is no more powerful force behind abortion in the First World than lasciviousness. Unrestrained sexuality, the sexual revolution, has produced these untold millions of abortions. Nothing else is a more significant contributor. So, why can't these young ladies - and we add, their mothers and fathers - see that there is a direct correlation between less-than-modest attire and abortion? Nor am I denying that one can be pro-life and not in favour of Christian sexual ethics. Some are pro-life and yet not pro-Christian. I doubt these girls would fit into that category. I honestly don't think they thought about it, that they made the connection. Surely, abortion is on one extreme of the moral equation. It is evil par excellence. Immodesty is not nearly as grievous a thing. And sure, some adults would be radically pro-life and yet not have a big problem with drinking too much or swearing. These things aren't murder, after all. And me, I've done A and B and yet would never consider abortion even in my darkest day...
Yet, it is odd, isn't it, these young women with their remarkably short dresses? I guess they don't get that abortion in North America primarily pertains to their junta. It is girls in their teens and 20s who have all the abortions. They are the group that all this is about - the Rose Dinner, the March for Life, etc. So, why haven't we seemed to get across to them that the main reason, or a main reason, why abortions occur in North America is because girls in their age group are not protecting themselves from sexualization? I know that in this day and age it is not PC to tell a woman how to dress. I think I would rather do so than let her face the consequences of figuring this all out on her own. I have seen too many young woman end up with the scars of abortion to not want to say something. Sure, they might get mad at me now, but maybe I'd give them something to consider when they find things in their lives not turning out as their youthful idealism had lead them to expect. Abortion happens. A lot.
Anyway, I know that the day after the Rose Dinner there was planned some sort of youth rally-formation thingy. Maybe that was to occur there. Someone let me know.