October is Respect Life Month. The church must defend God’s gift of human life against all attacks.
As the U.S. bishops have said, abortion is the “preeminent priority.”
In a just society, abortion — the destruction of our most vulnerable sisters and brothers — would be outlawed. Unfortunately, 1) that’s unlikely to happen any time soon, and 2) it wouldn’t solve the problem.
In the words of Peter Maurin, “We must make the kind of society where it is easier for people to be good.”
In a truly good society, there would be little demand for abortion.
In the U.S., 75% of women who have abortions are poor or low-income.
As the catechism says, “The family must be helped and defended by appropriate social measures” (CCC 2209). We should support ministries like Prepares and pro-family public policies like guaranteed parental leave, child allowance, health care and child care.
Human lives depend on us.
Northwest Catholic - October 2020
Kevin Birnbaum is the editor/associate publisher of Northwest Catholic and a member of Seattle’s Blessed Sacrament Parish. Contact him at Kevin.Birnbaum@seattlearch.org.
Kevin Birnbaum es el editor de la revista Noroeste Católico/Northwest Catholic y miembro de la Parroquia del Sagrado Sacramento en Seattle. Pueden contactarle en: Kevin.Birnbaum@seattlearch.org.
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