Franciscan Focus

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06 October 2007

Takin' it to the streets 

Husband Mike and I usually prefer to be behind-the-scenes in our support of various causes, but when it comes to one in particular, the right to life, we realize that public witness is vital.

And so tomorrow, 7 October, we'll be participating in our first-ever Life Chain, "a peaceful and prayerful public witness of pro-life Americans standing for one hour praying for our nation and for an end to abortion. It is a visual statement of solidarity by the Christian community that abortion kills children and that the Church supports the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception."

Whether you think of the unborn as a "mere blob of cells" or as "a baby", one thing you can't deny is that it's a human life. A Human Life.

“The abortion-rights folks know it, the anti-abortion folks know it, and so probably, does everyone else. One of the facts of abortion is that women enter abortion clinics to kill their fetuses. It is a form of killing ... you're ending a life.” [emphasis added]
~ Ron Fitzsimmons, Executive Director, National Coalition of Abortion Providers (New York Times, February 26, 1997)

Mind you, it took us both years to fully realize the tragedy of abortion and that it is, indeed, the ending of an actual Human Life, regardless of whether you think of it as a blob or a baby. Years ago in my Raging Feminist, I-Totally-Hate-The-Church Days, I was a firm supporter of abortion and assuaged the niggling voice that kept saying, "But, isn't it still a life?" with the dismissive thought of, "It's just a blob of cells".

However, as I've have grown in my understanding of and obedience to what the Church teaches, I've realized just how tragically wrong I was and how the right to life is a foundational issue, not superfluous.

“We believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is a ‘Gospel of life’. ... We cannot simultaneously commit ourselves to human rights and progress while eliminating or marginalizing the weakest among us. Nor can we practice the Gospel of life only as a private piety. American Catholics must live it vigorously and publicly, as a matter of national leadership and witness, or we will not live it at all.”
~ U.S. Bishops, Living the Gospel of Life, 1998, n. 20

And so, Husband Mike and I understand that "Our Media is the Streets", and we'll be out there tomorrow.

How about you?

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1 Comments:

Blogger Bego said...

I'm proud of you guys! Remember to pray for all the people who give you dirty looks. Maybe they'll get soon, too.

07 October, 2007 08:43  

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