Archbishop Charles Chaput writes on politics, science, abortion, evil and human dignity.
The moral and political struggle we face today in defending human dignity is becoming more complex. I believe that abortion is the foundational human rights issue of our lifetime. We can’t simultaneously serve the poor and accept the legal killing of unborn children. We can’t build a just society, and at the same time, legally sanctify the destruction of generations of unborn human life. The rights of the poor and the rights of the unborn child flow from exactly the same human dignity guaranteed by the God who created us.
Of course, working to end abortion doesn’t absolve us from our obligations to the poor. It doesn’t excuse us from our duties to the disabled, the elderly and immigrants. In fact, it demands from us a much stronger commitment to materially support women who find themselves in a difficult pregnancy.
All of these obligations are vital. God will hold us accountable if we ignore them. But none of these other duties can obscure the fact that no human rights are secure if the right to life is not. Unfortunately, abortion is no longer the only major bioethical threat to that right in our culture. In fact, the right to life has never, at any time in the past, faced the range of challenges it faces right now, and will face in the coming decades.
Palm Beach Post columnist Frank Cerabino thinks Planned Parenthood has the same goal as prolifers. It's amazing how all these pro-Planned Parenthood columns always include the 3% number but never the 332,278 number. Or the fact that more than 25% of U.S. abortions are performed at Planned Parenthood. They also never note how dramatically Planned Parenthood abortions have risen in the past decade. It's like their column research consists solely of Planned Parenthood press releases.
Legislation has been introduced at the Pittsburgh City Council to pay a prolife protester $10,000 to settle a lawsuit after he was wrongly cited for trespassing.