Sometimes pro-lifers are accused of being only concerned about saving babies, as if that isn’t something worthy of our time, but the point of those who say this is meant to infer that we are only concerned about the baby and not the mother or any other issues of justice. In fact, this could not be further from the truth.
The Catholic Church’s teaching is that all life is previous and of value…. No exceptions. We are concerned not only for the unborn child, but also for the mother and family and all those whose dignity is being undermined. This means we are concerned with justice for workers, for those in bondage to human trafficking, for the refugee, the unborn child, the elderly person in the nursing home who is being abused or taken advantage of, for the respect and dignity of all life.
BUT we must also recognize that if we cannot guarantee the right to the life of the unborn child in the womb, then the truth is, all life is then vulnerable. Is this not what we have seen in the decades since Roe vs Wade, a slow erosion of the rights of every human person? Let’s not fool ourselves. If the most vulnerable have no rights, then who decided which of us have rights? We have seen this throughout history: the Nazi scourge, the evil of Communism, the unbridled greed in the West among those who would trample human rights so as to have money and power, those who through history are willing to exploit others for personal gain.
Pope Francis writes:
“All life has inestimable value even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.” Pope Francis (Message to Catholics taking part in annual Day for Life in Britain and Ireland July 28, 2013)
Statistics tell us that over 50 million children have been aborted (murdered) since 1973 and about 126,000 occur every day worldwide. In 1869, One of the earliest feminists, Susan B. Anthony, said: “I deplore the horrible crime of child murder. No matter what the motive-love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent-the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed.”
The principal of our secular culture has become the law of convenience. We cherish the rights of others until those rights interfere with his infinite capacity for self-interest. Today, it is convenient for many to dismiss a fetus as something only partially human, just as it was convenient two centuries ago for plantation owners to dismiss blacks as merely three-fifths of a person. Measuring human life by race or by usefulness, or convenience is the blindspot of modern culture.
Let us not deceive ourselves, we are not just in a political battle, but THE battle for our souls. The future lies within our hands – hands that not only work to save the unborn, but also clasp together in prayer. Satan and the forces of darkness are behind this evil of abortion and all offences to the dignity of human persons.
We await the day when “all men are created equal” is truly the law of our land.