Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Pro Life Roots

This week's America Magazine has several excellent articles on the roots of the Pro Life Movement in the US which existed prior to Roe v Wade, the role of Catholics in the recent election and the multigenerational impact of abortion on a family.

Human rights support, for Catholics, begin in the Church's social doctrine. The right of all humans to life itself is violated daily in our world. Vatican II published a list of actions opposed to life. The list is as follows.


(from Section 27)"Furthermore, whatever is opposed to life itself, such as any type of murder, genocide, abortion, euthanasia or wilful self-destruction, whatever violates the integrity of the human person, such as mutilation, torments inflicted on body or mind, attempts to coerce the will itself; whatever insults human dignity, such as subhuman living conditions, arbitrary imprisonment, deportation, slavery, prostitution, the selling of women and children; as well as disgraceful working conditions, where men are treated as mere tools for profit, rather than as free and responsible persons; all these things and others of their like are infamies indeed. They poison human society, but they do more harm to those who practice them than those who suffer from the injury. Moreover, they are supreme dishonor to the Creator."

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