Against Abortion, But Pro-Choice?

This article from Fr. Saunders really got my attention when I first read it.  I think our country saw first hand that many nominal Catholics in Congress are pro-choice as evidenced by their votes during the Healthcare Reform debate.  We can’t have it both ways.  We can’t be against the evil of abortion and taking innocent life, but at the same time arguing that it is perfectly ok for someone else to do it because it is their choice.

Do you encounter people who are against abortion, but pro-choice?  After reading this article, how will you now respond to them?

How should we teach our children about this difficult subject?

Against Abortion, But Pro-Choice?

By Father William Saunders

Sometimes I have met Catholics — especially where I work — who say, “I am personally against abortion, but I am pro-choice.” To me, that makes no sense, but how can I argue with them?

The pro-abortion movement has made great gains using the “pro-choice” label. First, the “pro-choice” label numbs our moral sensitivity because its masks that anyone really is for abortion, ignores scientific and medical evidence and diverts attention from the act itself. Secondly, the idea of being “pro-choice” seems to appeal to Americans who cherish freedom and the idea of being free to choose rather than being forced to do anything.

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  1. Randy,

    Great article by Fr. Saunders. Freedom is a most misunderstood word. As Fr. Sauders points out, we are free to choose the moral good, never evil. Go did not give us the gift of freedom so that we would choose the absense of good, but rather that we would “choose” as He does, to love as He loves, to live the life of grace made possible by the gifts of God.

    The pro-abortion movement has long sought to redefine words, to use sophistry to cloud our conscience and reason, and thus our attitudes and choices.

    Technology has now made it possible for people to see what medical science has always known in our time, that the unborn life is human and distinct from its mother and father… that the unborn child is simply a human life that is at a particular stage in its development in the same way that a newborn is, as a 5-year old is, as an adult is. That the pre-born life will never be anything other than a human life. Religious teaching is not required to make this point. Science makes it for us, our experience tells us this is true and now technology can actually show us what and who is really in the womb. It is not an appendage, not a fingernail, not a mass of parasitic tissue… it is a pre-born child… a human he or she.

    One of the most powerful ways to introduce our children to this battle is to simply explain in terms they can understand that some people are misguided and that the pre-born baby needs us to be its voice. That by prayer and public witness (such as Marches for Life and Prayer Chains) we can work to defend the defenseless.

    Deacon Mike

  2. Hi William,

    You write on your blog: >>In a nutshell, I am pro-choice and anti-abortion. I am for the woman having the choice but would sincerely hope that we all arrive someday at a point where there is no need for a woman to even have to choose an abortion.<< Well, you know, try that argument with any other killing of innocent human life... e.g., "I'm personally against drive-by shootings, but I am for the shooter having the choice..." or "I'm personally against homicide committed in the course of a bank robbery, but I am in favor of the robber having the choice..." That people commit evil acts in the face of laws prohibiting those evil acts is not a valid reason for opposing the law. There is no difference in human dignity between a born mother who intends to kill her unborn child and the unborn child. Your argument sacrifices the innocent baby in favor of the guilty mother. The pro-life position is that both lives are worth saving. To accept the intentional murder of the baby to save the possible accidental death of the mother is contrary to moral law. Deacon Mike

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