Actor Nicolas Cage unwittingly made a huge case for pro-lifers and the pro-life movement during a recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert when he was asked what his earlier memory was.
While answering rapid-fire questions from Colbert, he was eventually asked, “What is your earliest memory.”
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Cage responded, “I don’t remember. Let me think. Listen, I know this sounds really far out and I don’t know if it’s real or not, but sometimes I think I can go all the way back to in utero and feeling like I could, like see faces in the dark or something.”
“I know that sounds powerfully abstract, but that somehow seems like maybe it happened,” he added.
When asked to clarify what these faces were, Cage offered, “Now that I am no longer in utero, I would have to imagine it was perhaps vocal vibrations resonating to me in that stage. That’s going way back. So I don’t know. But that comes to mind.”
Cage went on to state, “I don’t know even know if I remember being in utero, but that thought has crossed my mind.”
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Cage’s comments reflect recent medical studies. Back in 2009, ABC News reported a study out of the Netherlands “found evidence that fetuses have short-term memory of sounds by the 30th week of pregnancy, and develop a long-term memory of sound after that.”
They also noted, “The study found that by 30 weeks of age, a fetus could ‘remember’ a sound for 10 minutes. By the 34th week a fetus may be able to ‘remember’ the sound for four weeks.”
Cage’s comments and the science that supports it reflects Catholic teaching on the dignity of human life and is another marker showing how heinous and immoral abortion is.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church notes, “Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. Form the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person—among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.”
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It goes on to state, “Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law: You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish. God, the Lord of life, has entrusted to men the noble mission of safeguarding life, and men must carry it out in a manner worthy of themselves. Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes.”
“Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. ‘A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication late sententiae,’ ‘by the very commission of the offense,’ and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law. The Church does not thereby intend to restrict the scope of mercy. Rather, she makes clear the gravity of the crime committed, the irreparable harm done to the innocent who is put to death, as well as to the parents and the whole of society.”
What do you make of Nicolas Cage detailing that he believes his first memory came in utero?