Being Pro-life is the Christian Response to the Evil of Abortion and Infanticide

47 years ago on January 22, 1973,  in a court case known as Roe vs. Wade, seven judges in black robes (Members of the Supreme Court) affirmed that is a constitutional right for women to have to access to safe and legal abortion. 

The pro-life movement contains many millions of people who oppose abortion and infanticide on moral grounds and works to overturn Roe vs Wade. Pro-life people accept the scientific fact that human life begins at conception and that the tiny human fetus in the womb is truly a human person and therefore has a right to life.

From earliest times, Christians distinguished themselves from the pagan peoples around them by rejecting abortion and infanticide. 

The earliest widely used documents of Christian teaching and practice besides the New Testament in the 1st and 2nd centuries was the Didache (Teaching of the Twelve Apostles) and the Letter of Barnabas.  Both these writings condemned abortion and infanticide, as did early Church councils.  

Given the scientific fact that a human life begins at conception, the only moral norm needed to understand the Church’s opposition to abortion and infanticide is the principle that each and every human life has inherent dignity, and thus must be treated with the respect due to a human person.  

A Christian call to pro-life action is a call for the children of light to be who they are in Christ. Christians who walk in the light must expose the dark and evil works of those promoting abortion and infanticide.

We are proud to have 20 persons from Saint John’s Parish and Holy Family Parish going to the Pro-life March this year.  A Mass will take place at Saint John’s Church next Wednesday (January 22nd) at 2:30 for those traveling to Washington and anyone else who wishes to join.  A holy hour will also take place next Wednesday at 6:30 in the evening to pray for an end to abortion and infanticide in our Nation.  All are welcome to join us.

The murder of pre-born and post-born children is sad and tragic, and God calls His people to expose it.  Children in the womb are not clumps of cells. They are people who are called to become brothers and sisters of Jesus and sons and daughters of His heavenly Father.

Human life is a magnificent thing. There is nothing else like it. Every human being, no matter how small, is fearfully and wonderfully made. Every human being, no matter how inconvenient and unwanted, bears the image of God. And every human being, no matter how small and weak, is made in the image and likeness of God.

Fr. Tom