This month, we reach the 37th anniversary of the “Roe V. Wade” decision that legalized abortion In the US, and are again brought face to face with one of the most divisive issues in our nation. Since 1973, over 40 million children have been aborted in the United States. That’s more than any state’s population – if California fell into the ocean, it’d only be 37.2 million people. Whether we’d like to admit it or not – whether it’s comfortable or not – abortion is a monumental issue.
As Catholics, we are committed to being pro-life. No group takes a firmer stance on life than the Catholic Church. On the front lines of clinic sidewalks and in the halls of lawmakers, there is a furious fight for life. A few days ago, columnist Russ Douhat wrote a piece in the New York Times where he commented on our ability as a country to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on infertility treatments at the same time as we abort thousands of children a day. He raises the question that must be answered: how is it that in the country of freedom and liberty, “No life is so desperately sought after, so hungrily desired, so carefully nurtured. And yet no life is so legally unprotected, and so frequently destroyed.”
But let’s step back a second in this discussion of being “pro-life.” Many critics point out – with some validity – that the womb isn’t the only place life is threatened in modern culture. Isn’t it truly Catholic to value all life, no matter where it is in the spectrum? Shouldn’t we be protecting the downtrodden both before and after they’ve been born?
Short answer? Yes. Life is life… and that’s what this month is about on LifeTeen.com. We’re doing a month dedicated to being pro-life all across the board. We’ll be taking on the hard truth of abortion, the tragedy of the death penalty, and even what it means for war to be ‘just’ or ‘unjust.’ We know you come to LifeTeen.com for authentic Catholic content that’s not afraid to answer the tough questions in life, and that’s what we’ll be doing.
And – as your humble editor – let me add a personal note. I myself was adopted out of a situation where I could have very easily been aborted, and the issue is near and dear to my heart… as it is to many of yours. As we journey through this month together, I ask that you spend as much time in prayer as you do on our site. To truly make a difference, and to truly reach out in love requires uniting our hearts with the one who created them.