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By Thomas Shaffern, Crisis Magazine, May 16, 2022

Thomas Shaffern studied history, philosophy, and theology at the University of Scranton. He is now a high school teacher in Pennsylvania.

Since the unprecedented leak of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the American Left has very publicly lost its mind. For many conservatives and pro-life democrats, the sight of so many liberals who are enraged that fewer babies will die is disturbing. Such an attachment to the slaughter of the innocents is so unusual, many of us think.

However, this phenomenon is much more the rule as opposed to the exception in the history of human civilization. In fact, only with the advent of Judaism and its fulfillment in Christianity does one see a reversal of the all-too-common attachment to child sacrifice.  …

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