Life is Sacred from Conception to the Grave
You may well have read, with horror, as I did, of the recent Bill passed in New York which now allows abortions to be performed even by non-doctors and right up until the point of birth at nine months. This is not only one of the most disturbing laws ever to make the statute book, but it was greeted with applause by the state senators as it was passed!
The Church from the First Century has condemned the practice of abortion and this teaching remains unchangeable (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC] #2271). For many years now, the Pro-Choice movement has put out the mantra of keeping abortion “safe, legal and rare” but now the masks are really off – there are no limits and abortion is a human right! The new law passed in New York is like a returning to pagan Rome where infanticide was a common occurrence and where the father could cast an unwanted child into the Tiber or just leave them out to die.
The Church teaches that “human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment 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”(CCC #2270). Advances in science now prove this to be the case as a baby’s development can now be documented with 3D ultrasounds. We heard in the Reading from Jeremiah last weekend, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you” (Jeremiah 1:5). Each one of us is a loved and desired child of God. None of us is here by chance. God willed every one of us from all eternity. Of course, unwanted pregnancies can cause much pain and anguish, and this is why we should always show true compassion and Christian charity to those faced with this situation, and also to those who have made the painful, but nevertheless wrong decision to terminate a pregnancy, very often due to social and economic pressures. The Father of Mercies will always give His peace and forgiveness in the Sacrament of Penance.
This weekend there is a Second Collection for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC). According to their website 552 abortions take place in the UK every day. As well as fighting against abortion, SPUC also seeks to assist and promote the life and welfare of mothers during pregnancy, as well as campaigning against other direct threats to the lives of vulnerable individuals, such as euthanasia and embryo abuse. SPUC also promotes a consistent life ethic of valuing all human beings equally of which“the foundation must always be recognising the humanity of the child in the womb.”Please be generous in supporting SPUC in carrying out their vital apostolate.
Fr Paul Gillham IC