Rights of unborn must be restored

Bishop Michael D. Pfeifer, OMI
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Since the Roe vs. Wade decision of the Supreme Court on Jan 22, 1973, scientific and medical research constantly support the humanity of the unborn.

Most of those who advocate abortion recognize the moral argument that abortion destroys a human life. Pro–lifers proclaim that human life is a precious gift from God; that each person who receives this gift has responsibilities toward God, self and others; and that society, through its laws and social institutions, must protect and nurture human life at every stage of its existence.

To be truly in support of all human lffe, it is necessary to develop a consistent ethic of life which identifies conditions that demean human dignity and threaten human rights.

Any politics of human life must work to resist the violence of an unjust war, abortion, euthanasia, domestic violence, poverty, injustice and capital punishment. Any politics of human dignity must seriously address issues of racism, human cloning, experimentation with human life, poverty, hunger, employment, education, housing and health care.

To be pro–life means to be advocates for the weak and the marginalized in all these areas with a coherent moral vision.

Today when human rights are proudly proclaimed and the value of life itself given public affirmation, sad to say, the most basic of all human rights, "the very right to life," is being denied or trampled upon, especially at the more significant moments of existence — the moment of birth and the moment of death.

People of life need to hold fast to a consistent ethic of life, and promote a new culture of love, life and solidarity for the true good of the whole of human society.

Your servant in Christ and Mary,
Most Rev. Michael D. Pfeifer. OMI
Bishop of San Angelo