Abortion is not just one more political issue
Letter to the Editor
I am puzzled. Can someone please explain to me how any Christian, (not just we Catholics) but also any individual who believes in the spiritual and moral guidance provided by God and the Bible can participate in, or support, a political party which has stated major principles and objectives which include the killing of the innocent (both in the womb and even just after birth)?
For those who proclaim to be guided by Scripture, the fifth of the Ten Commandments (for those who might still remember them) states “thou shall not kill.” It is recognized that there are many who do not believe in a Supreme Being or that the Bible is the Word of God. For those, I can possibly (though difficult, even then) understand that abortion is just a personal choice and has little temporal or eternal ramifications.
However, these individuals are not the focus of my puzzlement; it is the others who seem to rationalize this killing away by pointing to war, capital punishment, self-defense, etc. as other justifications for personal interpretation of that Commandment; and consider abortion just another issue to contemplate in the grand scheme of political choices. As a religious from a local Catholic Church so recently aptly put it “abortion is not a mere disagreement. Abortion, the killing of a totally innocent infant, is not on the same moral level as the war in Afghanistan, taxes, racial injustices, climate change, poverty, the environment, energy independence, immigration, or any other of the current hot-button topics.”
Mother Teresa, who many people respect and revere, whether they are Christian or not, because of her self-sacrifice and dedication to the poor and sick of over-populated India, stated “But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child — a direct killing of the innocent child — murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?” As we approach the selection of a political party to represent this country I pray we all reflect on these words.