(Bishop Michael Pfeifer, O.M.I.) As pro-lifers all of us must continue to stand up for those who cannot stand for themselves, the precious unborn, tiny persons, children of God in their mothers’ wombs. As we stand up for the most vulnerable and weakest among us, we also need to be the voice of these voiceless little ones. And as we stand up for them, we shout out with a clear moral voice that life is the most precious gift that has been given to us by our Creator. No person is disposable, and every life is precious according to Him and is our most fundamental right. Abortion is the greatest moral evil of our time – an abomination that must be ended.
While we continue to thank God that our Supreme Court has overturned Roe v Wade, we need to recognize that much more needs to be done at all levels of life to overcome the terrible evil of abortion which Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Francis have clearly stated that it is murder. As pro- lifers, we should use all the God-given means to help women who are pregnant understand this basic moral fact that the unborn are true human beings. We should reach out with kind and comforting words to expectant mothers, pointing out that there are several other life options and offering them our loving, spiritual, psychological, financial, social, and medical support and care. Our biblical belief is that the unborn are true, tiny persons, precious children of God, and our belief has been reaffirmed over and over by medicine that tells us that human life begins at the moment of conception.
Sadly, much of our society is infected by anti-life ideology treating its most vulnerable members as disposable objects. Regrettably, beginning with our presidential administration and many leaders in Congress and strong social and business leaders and corporations, there are many who ignore this basic lesson when it comes to the development of human life. Biden’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued a “Notice of Proposed Rule” that seeks to redefine the terms “Person, Natural Persons, and Individuals to exclude the unborn.” It excludes a “fertilized egg, embryo or fetus”. It permeates our businesses, entertainment, politics, schools and sadly even some of our churches. Sadly, supported by the FDA, many of our pharmacies might soon be turned into abortion mills. Access to abortion drugs is becoming the most common method of abortion. Chemical abortion is not healthcare and is a grave offense against God. The taking of innocent life at home is also the cause of spiritual and physical harm to mothers. Planned Parenthood is still a strong leader in destroying the precious unborn. It performs the highest number of surgical abortions. Keep in mind, the startling fact that over 2,500 American babies are being killed every day.
Recently, the Spanish Bishops Conference criticized the ruling of their country’s constitutional court that upheld abortion as a right which makes the human person developing in a womb, “a true undocumented person”. Sadly, this is true of every tiny, aborted, unborn person in every place or land where they have been conceived. Abortion corrupts our whole society and retards progress on all the other issues that concern them, including healthcare, economy, marriage, family, education, and everything. Abortion undermines the heart and core of every issue because the right to life is the fundamental human right.
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Editor’s Note: This article is a statement from Bishop Michael Pfeifer, O.M.I., Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of San Angelo and is reprinted here with permission.