January 24, 2016
The Call to End Abortion is a Call to Love
By Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life
“Keep feeling the need for being first. But I want you to be the first in love. I want you to be the first in moral excellence. I want you to be the first in generosity.”
The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. King made us see that we are the same. With the force of love, he made us realize that regardless of skin color, we are all included in the human family.
The abortion lobby, however, has always been about exclusion. It sells abortion by appealing to the “me” in all of us. It seeks to suppress love for others.
The latest gambit of the pro-abortion movement is to talk about removing the stigma of abortion. It calls upon us to believe that there should be no negative feelings about denying the humanity of other human beings. It urges us to believe that we should never feel wrong about discriminating against those less powerful than us.
In other words, the pro-abortion movement is using the same tactics used by segregationists in the 1950s and 60s. Its message is that we should not feel bad about oppressing a certain group of people because “they aren’t really like us.” Abortion advocates regard unborn babies, like African Americans in the eyes of racists, as not fully human.
There is a stigma to racial discrimination because we inherently know that it’s wrong to kill or oppress another. There is a stigma to abortion for the same reason. Discrimination is based on fear – that somehow one person’s good is threatened by another person’s existence.
Abortion, obviously, most profoundly affects the person who is denied life and his or her mother
(and father, adds Jan)
who lives with that denial. But it also “affects all indirectly.” By accepting abortion, we accept brutal assaults on the bodies of innocent people. We accept the denial of rights to the weakest by looking the other way. We accept inhumanity.
The call to end abortion is a call to love. It’s a call to include all of us in the human family.
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