“What’s up at Fishwrap?”, you ask.
Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter) is openly pro-abortion now… probably because the staff is solidly Dem or Marxist. We’ve known that for awhile, but they aren’t hiding it, either.
There is a piece at Fishwrap by one Susan Vogt, who seems to have been a “family life minister” in a couple of dioceses and an adviser to the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Marriage and Family from 2000-2002. Heaven only knows what she advised. If this article at Fishwrap is any indication it wasn’t good.
Being pro-life is a messy affair during a presidential election
I am a pro-life Catholic. But before you put me in an ideological box and assume you know who I will vote for in November, let me complicate the issue.
First of all, you have a right to know where I stand. I am opposed to abortion on both a personal and spiritual level. Catholics are taught not to take the life of an unborn child.
Catholic or not, this is a moral decision that women facing an unwanted pregnancy have to wrestle with. Even a person with a rigorist conscience might pause when faced with incest, rape or the risk of death to the mother.
So where can a conscientious person of faith stand without being a hypocrite or naive? Ever since Cardinal Joseph Bernardin in 1983 coined the phrase “consistent ethic of life” Catholics were reminded that being pro-life also includes being opposed to euthanasia, the death penalty, assisted suicide and unjust war.
Today, we build on Bernardin’s seamless garment thesis that all human life is sacred by working to prevent premature deaths. People shouldn’t need to die from hunger, lack of affordable health care, gun violence and other societal injustices.
You see where this is going.
Although theoretically, the goal would be to eliminate the need for a woman to choose abortion, the first step is to reduce the number of abortions. Two approaches are:
Repeal Roe v. Wade
In my opinion, repealing Roe v. Wade is a flawed strategy. It will drive many abortions underground, especially for poor women who don’t have the money or means to travel to a more permissive state. It doesn’t solve the underlying problem — an unwanted pregnancy.
Prevent the need for abortion
Some basic starting steps for this approach are:
Educate our children from a young age about the advantages and wisdom of delaying sexual intercourse until marriage. Many chastity programs already do this — but not everyone listens or is compliant.
For those who won’t buy the “wait till marriage” approach (and there are many) provide reliable contraception. This could range from natural family planning, which is approved by the Catholic Church, to contraceptives such as birth control pills or condoms.
Research indicates that 75-90% of Catholics support the use of contraceptives.
She was a “family life minister”.
Promoting these proactive steps might help a societal consensus emerge. Until that day, we rely on the overarching Catholic moral principle: primacy of conscience.
So, Fishwrap has just given cover for a pro-abortion position under the umbrella of a “seamless garment” view. They won’t like that it is identified as being pro-abortion. They will claim that it is isn’t and that they are pro-abortion. But that’s what it is. Libs always demand that you deny reality. That what this piece does even from the title.
No, “Being pro-life is a messy affair during a presidential election” is not, in fact, messy, during an election cycle or not. Being pro-life means, FIRSTLY, supporting the right of the unborn to be born. That is non-negotiable. All the other other issues that are raised under the shadow of the “seamless garment” approach involve contingent moral choices which admit of varying views and approaches about which people can debate. The one point upon which all are required, but human decency and divine will, is the right to be born into a world which admittedly has problems.