By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
In his recent book, Redeeming the Time, cleric and social commentator Bishop Robert Barron notes how far the pro-abortion side has slid in a generation.
He hearkens back to former New York Governor Mario Cuomo and a famous speech the politician gave at Notre Dame. Cuomo made a point of noting that he was personally opposed to abortion, but that he would not pursue legal action to abolish it or even limit it, as a representative of all the people. It was a deeply-flawed stand–but at least abortion was not presented as a good.
Fast forward to the tenure of Cuomo’s son Andrew as Governor of New York. Andrew signed into law a bill providing unfettered access to abortion up to the moment of delivery. The legislation also could easily be interpreted as denying care to babies already born in a particularly cruel twist of fate. Bishop Barron noted that, at the signing ceremony, “legislators and their supporters whooped, hollered, and cheered…”
How far the supposedly “pro-choice” contingent has fallen. It has moved into territory where abortion is celebrated and heralded as a “sacred right.”
But there is no escaping the truth–that abortion is the taking of an innocent, unrepeatable human life. It also leads a mother to mourn the death of a precious child. Abortion is a horrific practice which corrupts motherhood and triggers an avalanche of pain.
Politicians and their mass media apologists can try to portray abortion as freedom. But the fact is that it has led to the deaths of more than 64 million preborn children since 1973. The societal costs of abortion are staggering–the personal costs tragic.
No amount of rhetorical flourish from a public official can change these facts.