Peter Hichens


If the name Hitchens ever comes up in conversation one could rightly assume you would be talking about the late Christopher Hichens, who was known for his vitriol against The Catholic Church and specifically, Blessed Mother Teresa. 

However,  on today is an interesting interview with his lesser well known brother, Peter Hichens, a columnist with the Mail on Sunday newspaper.  What caught my eye was his thoughts on abortion and why we have the laws we have in Britain.

Peter Hitchens

His thoughts are influenced by his faith as an Anglican Christian in complete contrast to his brother’s writings and talks.  When it comes to the issue of abortion he is clear,

 “People deceive themselves because they believe it in their interests to do so,” Hitchens says, “They either want to indulge their own actions, or they want to avoid confronting the actions of others for the private life.”


While restrictions on freedom of speech vary in both Canada and Britain, pro-abortion protestors on both sides of the Atlantic seem to agree that some evidence should never see the light of day. “It is undoubtedly true,” Hitchens notes, “that knowledge of what an abortion does, particularly pictorially, is one of the very few things which is almost totally true to say is completely censored, particularly from mainstream television.”

 “I saw a little bumper sticker in the US: ‘Against abortion? Don’t have one,’” he relates, “I always thought that someone should produce a bumper sticker saying, ‘Against murder? Don’t commit one,’ which is the same logic. The thing is that people don’t realize that it’s the same logic because the recognition of the humanity of the baby is what’s been withdrawn. That’s been the great success of the pro-abortion lobby, to suggest that there is only one human involved in an abortion, when in fact there are two.”

Although Peter Hichens is a pessimist he quotes a poem which gives us hope when all seems against us as often is true in the fight against abortion.The poem, Arthur Hugh Clough Say not the Struggle naught Availeth,

SAY not the struggle naught availeth,
   The labour and the wounds are vain,
The enemy faints not, nor faileth,
   And as things have been they remain.

If hopes were dupes, fears may be liars;
   It may be, in yon smoke conceal’d,
Your comrades chase e’en now the fliers,
   And, but for you, possess the field.

For while the tired waves, vainly breaking,
   Seem here no painful inch to gain,
Far back, through creeks and inlets making,
   Comes silent, flooding in, the main.

And not by eastern windows only,
   When daylight comes, comes in the light;
In front the sun climbs slow, how slowly! 
   But westward, look, the land is bright!




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