I hope all of you have been as horrified as I was at the passage of the extremist abortion law in New York State. New York had the most liberal abortion laws in the country but now it is even worse. Proponents of the law accuse Pro-Lifers of exaggerating the law in order to place greater restrictions upon abortion but the reality is the law lifts restrictions in such a way that it is not hyperbole to speak of last-minute abortions and infanticide. The fact that a governor who claims to be Catholic would not only sign this bill but celebrate its passage is beyond the pale. If this can happen in New York, why can it not happen in Pennsylvania or throughout the country? We must be constantly vigilant against the total disregard for human life in our society. To be Pro-Life means to support life from the moment of conception to natural death. This means the poor, the marginalized, the disabled, the elderly, and all persons who have life. But to be Pro-Life means that we have to have a special concern for the child within the womb because it is within the womb that life is most vulnerable, and looking at the numbers (60 million plus since 1973), it is where life is snuffed out the most in this country. Yes, we have to be vigilant against discrimination and euthanasia, and caring for the poor, but if we defend life only after a human being is born, what good is that? Perhaps it is the passage of barbaric laws like we see in New York State that will get our ire up and really make us into the Pro-Life Catholics that we know we are called to be! At least I hope so!
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