Saturday, January 22, 2011

A tragic anniversary

Thirty-eight years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in the Roe v. Wade case, legalizing abortion in all fifty states. Untold millions of children have been slaughtered in the womb - legally - since that time.

Laws, at their core, are in place to protect the vulnerable. There is no population on earth more vulnerable than children in the womb.

For Catholics, protection of the unborn is a religious duty. It is our faith: no ifs ands or buts. You cannot be pro-choice and Catholic.

But in the broader society, religious and personal beliefs aside, abortion is still wrong. It is indefensible in a law-based society which aims to protect the defenseless through law. It cannot be defended by reason nor logic if we suppose that the innocent humans are to be protected by the law.

Don't buy into the ridiculous-but-popular argument that says "I'm personally against abortion, but I can't force my personal views on others." The view that innocent human beings should not be subject to murder is not a "personal" one. It is a societal one - and a basic one for western jurisprudence. And the argument that the unborn are not "human" or "persons" is an equally dangerous one. Firstly, the assumption that a human fetuses are not, somehow, human beings is just ridiculous and cannot be substantiated by science. Secondly, it assumes that those more powerful should be able to decide what constitutes the "worth" or "value" of another, based on arbitrary characteristics. This is unjust discrimination and is abhorrent.

In the end, being pro-life is not a matter of religion, but a matter of justice. The weakest in our society deserve the strongest recourse to the protections of the law. In modern America, our system has failed miserably in this regard.

Be bold and be pro-life.