There are few, if any, conditions of our day that have more impact on our lives than the shameful practice of abortion – a legalized form of murder. There are many who say that should not be spoken in polite society. There are others who buy into the fabrication that since abortion is legal, it must be a non-issue. Then, there are those who feel that “to abort or not to abort” is a private matter – a simple question to be decided by the mother.
This manner of thinking ranges from holding intensely emotional opinions to, in some cases, furiously defending the widely perceived “right to choose” or “women’s rights” or some other stronghold of secular thought. The question will never go away because the moral and spiritual nature of our humanity will just not accept ignorance. Ignorance must be replaced with the truth. So, let’s give close attention to a relatively simple but sublime truth written recently by Pope Francis in his exhortation titled, Evangelii Gaudium: (Chap. 4, Sec. 2: Concern for the vulnerable, paragraphs 213, 214.)
Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenseless and innocent among us. Nowadays efforts are made to deny them their human dignity and to do with them whatever one pleases, taking their lives and passing laws preventing anyone from standing in the way of this. Frequently, as a way of ridiculing the Church’s effort to defend their lives, attempts are made to present her position as ideological, obscurantist and conservative. Yet this defense of unborn life is closely linked to the defense of each and every other human right. It involves the conviction that a human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development. Human beings are ends in themselves and never a means of resolving other problems.