Remembering the Little Ones
I may be opening a huge can of worm in this post but today, January 22, 2013, marks the 40th anniversary of the US Supreme Court’s landmark decision which legalized abortion. The Catholic Church has always upheld a “ProLife” stance on the issue. The Church opposes all forms of abortion procedures
“whose direct purpose is to destroy an embryo, blastocyst, zygote, or fetus.”
Further, it believes that
“human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moments of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.” (cathecism of the Catholic Church).
There are few exceptions to this including certain acts which INdirectly result in the death of the fetus. For instance, the direct removal of a cancerous womb.
Ironically, the weekend following the tragedy at Sandy Hook, Connecticut, my church welcomed a pro-life activist who discussed the numbers:
“Planned Parenthood performed 333,964 abortions in 2012. In 2009: 332,278. In 2010: 329,445.”
Staggering numbers to be sure. While the innocent lives senselessly ended at the Elementary School in December was horrendous, the precious innocents who are taken away every day is unfathomable.
As thousands of Christians (ALL Christians) pray and march throughout our cities in support of Pro Life, I pray that everyone take a moment to remember all of the innocents who were given but a few moments of life. Little did I realize that when this landmark case was decided, I was a short six months away from being delivered from my own mother’s womb.