"A Crisis Of Conscience, A Catholic Doctor Speaks Out For Reform"
Promoted By An Editorial In The Female Patient
July 8, 1993
To whom it may concern:
The following is submitted for publication:
The editorial, "RU486 and the Catholic Church" by R.K.
Barber, M.D.(June, 1993) is an embarrassment to anyone calling himself a
"Catholic." It is apparently a promo puff piece for his book A Crisis of
Conscience, A Catholic Doctor Speaks Out for Reform.
After reading this editorial, there is no doubt that Dr. Barber
is in a "crisis of conscience" as he calls it but I think "crisis of
thinking" is more appropriate. And most assuredly, one can object to his claiming to
be a "Catholic" doctor. Indeed, one scarcely knows where to begin with his
First of all, he is obviously a cheerleader for RU486 and would
be roundly condemned if he jumped on the band wagon for any other medication with such
flimsy evidence for success and with so many unknowns as far as safety. Science is being
abused by Dr. Barber. Period. He is in a big company -- only abortion pro-choicers can get
away with it.
Second, Dr. Barber finds it significant that an embryo cannot be
found after the early use of RU486 as if this means anything. When the Nazis burned human
individuals into puffs of smoke, their absence negated nothing about the misdeeds.
Then he assaults the reader with "If history has taught us
anything, it has taught us that when women wish to end a pregnancy, they will do so no
matter what." This is just not true. In fact, the opposite is true. For
millennia, women have done what they are expected to do, just like most everybody else.
Now, however, society has reversed expectations and as Plato said: "What the law
allows, it encourages" or, in other words: Most people will do what they are
"expected" to do. Until recently, women have in the main had their children
contrary to what Dr. Barber fantasizes.
Next, Barber crawls to the "First Amendment" addiction.
There are no greater fanatics in the United States than First Amendment fanatics among
whom Dr. Barber must belong. To write as he did that "the banning of RU486 from the
United States could erode, if not crush, the First Amendment" is pompous nonsense.
Seriously. This is marijuana logic. His phrase is not only hyperbole, but stupid.
Then, he writes about the Catholic hierarchy continuing "to
harass conscientious men and women who support pro-choice public policies." Where has
he been? The Church's effort has more and more been to support post-abortion trauma
disorder victims, unscientifically denied by abortion people who are unable to face the
At the same time, the First Amendment does not apply to the
Catholic hierarchy or other Right-to-Lifers who have been harassed maliciously by police
departments, the press, Dr. Barber himself, and even Madonna Kolbenschlag whom he quotes,
hopefully in error because her statement, as he gives it, is an exercise in illogic.
Finally, Dr. Barber closes with what he calls Solomon's wisdom:
"Let those who are more intimately affected by the consequences make the
decision." Yeah, just like we should have let the Jews fight World War II.
Dr. Barber is no Catholic in openness, in logic, in doctrine, in
expression, and probably in dialogue.
Please send me a copy of his book which I would like to review
free of charge.
(The book never came).