“Human Rights Begin In The Womb”

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan wrote in his column about the “divisiveness in our society today” and the common worry that “our world has lost a basic respect for life”. He listed the leading crises and loss of respect for life in the U.S. and the world including the plight of refugees and immigrants, Afghanistan, Covid, violence and murder on the streets, suicides, and mass murders. It states “something tells me we all agree: human life is now treated as useless, worthless, disposable”.

He then asks the question, “Where will all this stop?” and proposes that “it will not end until we stop the presumed untouchable radical abortion license that seems to have captivated a segment of our society. As Mother Teresa wrote, ‘We must not be surprised when we hear of murder, of killings, of wars, of hatred. If a mother can kill her own child, what is left for us but to kill each other?"

A brillant and thought-provoking argument against abortion follows. The cardinal asks readers to: “Think about it: if the fragile life of an innocent baby in the womb of her/his mother— which nature protects as the safest place anywhere—can be terminated, who is secure? If conveniences, ‘choices,’ or ‘my rights’ can trump the life of the baby in the womb, what human life is unthreatened?”

He continues, “When the law allows vulnerable life to be destroyed, forces health care workers to do it against their consciences, and demands that our tax money subsidize it, what message are we giving about the dignity of the human person and the sacredness of life?

“When those potent forces pushing the abortion agenda will not allow any thoughtful consideration of any reasonable limit on a right to take the tiny life of a pre-born infant, even up to the moment of birth, where do we go?

“I recently listened to some of our lawmakers describe the terrible dilemma they experienced when they were told they were pregnant. They described the answer they chose in aborting their baby. They spoke chillingly but movingly to defend their choice.

“But, I ask: who speaks on behalf of the helpless, defenseless baby?

“Well, we must! Women and men of all faiths, or none at all—since abortion is not primarily a religious issue, but one of civil rights—are uniting to speak up; the unfettered, unquestioned ‘right’ to an abortion is inhumane, violent, and contrary to human rights.

“As with other issues of human rights, it is essential that there be equal justice under law for the baby. So, while we rally for equal protection of the law for the baby, let us also rally around women tempted to terminate their baby’s life, providing care, compassion, accompaniment, proper medical attention, alternatives such as adoption, and a culture that protects babies and moms before and after birth.

“Ask again: when will all this violence, and disregard for life that causes us to cringe, halt?

“The first step has to be an end to abortion.”


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