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Blogging (and Marching) for All Life

January 25, 2013

To mark the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade this week, the blog of the USCCB (worth perusing in its own right) has featured guest posts by four Catholic women, myself included.  Lisa Hendey of Catholic Mom writes about the ways technology has informed our knowledge of prenatal life.  Mary DeTurris Poust of Not Strictly Spiritual relates what she has learned from her children’s reaction to the tragedy of abortion.  Sarah Vabulas of Catholic Drinkie reflects on the meaning of potential in every life.  Finally, my own post takes a slightly more philosophical approach, adding responsibility to others and priority of values to a discussion that has often gone in circles around questions of individual rights.  These contributions were posted successively from Tuesday January 22, the day of the anniversary, until Friday, January 25, the day of this year’s March for Life.

If I were attending the March for Life, I would be marching with the “For Peace & All Life meetup/march group” co-sponsored by several organizations dedicated to the consistent life ethic, including Consistent Life (a major umbrella network), Life Matters Journal (to which I’ve previously contributed some writing), and others.  I join in prayer and in hope with their witness to a culture of life in which nobody is dehumanized or dismissed as expendable, and in which no choice is valued more highly than any life.

3 Comments
  1. Doc Fox permalink
    January 26, 2013 11:36 am

    March after march, and babies continue to die. Efforts at criminal law, and babies die. Efforts to reduce the availability of abortion services, and babies continue to die. All these ‘abortion is wrong’ and ought to criminal approaches have failed, and millions of babies have died.

    Excoriation of ‘welfare queens,’ excoriation of ‘welfare babies,’ and federal budget cuts in the area of assistance to new mothers, and more and more babies die.

    When society is willing to spend money to provide and advertise highest quality prenatal, natal, postnatal, nursery, child care, and pre-school care and services without charge to mothers and children, children will live.

    Let us become fully aware of why women choose abortion, and address the needs reflected in that ‘why.’ I pray often that society will wake up, and choose the carrot instead of looking and looking for the correct stick.

    Let us have marches for aid to mothers and small children. Let society show that it truly wants to help mothers and children, not just prosecute frightened women.

    • Julia Smucker permalink*
      January 26, 2013 3:20 pm

      This is exactly what consistent life groups (including “pro-woman, pro-life” groups such as Feminists for Life) are trying to advocate, and that’s why if I were marching it would be with them.

      You are right that too exclusive a focus on legislative rather than systemic solutions is not solving the problem of abortion. I’m not convinced that the legislative side of things should be ignored altogether, since the lack of legal protection for any vulnerable population is an injustice. But I am convinced that any deep and lasting solution must also go beyond legislation and focus more efforts on eliminating the other related injustices that lead to abortion in the first place. Maybe if the abortion rate were reduced enough through such means, the legislative battle would almost take care of itself.

    • Jordan permalink
      January 26, 2013 11:46 pm

      Julia Smucker [January 26, 2013 3:20 pm]: Julia, I fully agree with you. However, some prominent prelates, clergy, and laity have neglected the fight for the non-natal aspects of CST (anti-execution, anti-euthansia, just wage, etc.) However, we who subscribe to unconditional, full-life CST might just have a chance soon to break the legislative focus of the Catholic pro-life lobby.

      I am convinced that a second Obama term will fundamentally shift the American electorate to the left. This is due to a number of reasons, including the views of the next cohort of voters, greater immigration from Mexico/Central America, and the calcification of the American right on certain issues (immigration, gun control, war policy etc.) It is true that the current Democratic Party exhibits a very strong anti-life movement. However, a shift in political demographics might be a time not only to work CST into the Democratic Party, but also loosen the bonds of the Republican- “pro-life” bloc which has reigned for more than thirty years.

      Now is the chance to radically remold the pro-life/CST movement into a movement which is involved in politics but also post-political-party in some respects.

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