A few weeks ago, one of my best friends, a priest in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia arrived at his parish to find the words “You have no right to tell us how to live. #ProChoice” scrawled across the front doors and side wall of his church. A famous celebrity was quoted as saying about Pro-Lifers, “Neanderthals! Do you not care at all about children!?” Since Roe V. Wade, the whole language of human life, pregnancy, abortion has changed into an Orwellian doublespeak that attempts to subvert the truth about the beginnings of human life and personhood. Pregnancy is now defined as starting when the developing baby “attaches to the uterus” (about two weeks) instead of at the moment of conception. Conception itself is no longer the fusion of sperm and egg but “occurs later” only when the baby implants in the lining of the mother’s womb. Abortion of a human life is now a “reproductive right” and not the killing of a baby with a whole lot of potential. We have to be very careful in what we hear and what we believe when it comes to issues around abortion, contraception and also end-of-life issues such as euthanasia. As these issues ramp us (especially as we move into a months-long…years-long…election season, please truly understand what the Church teaches about these issues. In the early Church, Catholic Christians were distinguished for their care of the elderly, widows, the poor, abandoned infants, and its stance against abortion. It has always been Pro-Life and always will be. The rest of the world may be against us but we must remain firm!
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