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A Sacred Mission in American Public Life

By Bishop Robert W. McElroy

The month of October is “Respect Life Month” and, while our respect for life as disciples of Jesus Christ ranges from euthanasia to the death penalty to global poverty, the issue of abortion must always demand pivotal attention in American society today. This profound obligation to sustain our attention to abortion flows from the gravity of the taking of innocent human life, which is at the core of every direct abortion and from the continuing refusal of the United States to enact the most elementary legal protections for unborn children. This year, as we celebrate “Respect Life Month,” there are two distinct bases for hope that our nation will address the question of abortion in our nation.

The first reason for hope is the continuing widespread understanding within American culture that abortion is morally wrong.  Even though more than four decades have passed since the Roe v. Wade decision destroyed legal protections for the unborn, the majority of Americans still instinctively understand that an unborn child is a human person and that, in abortion, a human life is ended.  And this perception is widespread among young adults, despite the barrage of propaganda which denies the humanity of preborn children and proposes that the suffering of pregnant mothers totally eclipses the personhood of their children.

The second reason for hope in the United States today on the issue of abortion is that we have a president and a Congressional majority who are willing to enact specific legal prohibitions on abortion. For states like California, which are unwilling to pass even parental notification laws and bans on late-term abortions, federal legislation in these areas offers the only realistic hope on the horizon for establishing the most basic thresholds of support for the life of unborn children.  We should support efforts to move vigorously in enacting national statutes that will begin to redress the legal imbalance which reigns in states like California, where it is impossible even to buy true health insurance policies which do not include abortion for any cause, including gender and eugenic selection. This is a moment ripe for progress on these issues, and we should call upon our federal legislators for action and reform.

Deeper progress on the issue of abortion will require sustained conversation within American society which connects the existing moral consensus that abortion is morally wrong with the understanding that it is at the very core of the role of law to protect innocent human life. Only in this way will it be possible to move beyond the unsupportable position that one objects to abortion as the taking of human life but refuses to accept the role of civil law in protecting that human life. Such a conversation must be extremely sensitive to the often excruciating suffering of pregnant women in heartrending situations, and to the need for a discerning pathway for the specific legal sanctions by which society seeks to protect preborn children. But our movement toward the protection of the unborn in American society must be robust and sustained. And we must all be willing to witness to this call of Catholic discipleship, even in moments when it is deeply uncomfortable to publicly attest to this important principle of our faith.

.Reprinted from The Southern Cross

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