Overturning Roe Not Pro-Life?

When endeavoring to build a culture-of-life, it is important to understand (as best we can) the worldview of those who support the culture-of-death so that we can improve our chances of addressing their objections in a way that they have a greater probability of comprehending.

An opinion piece titled “Overturning Roe would not be a pro-life win” in the National Catholic Reporter gives us an instructive glimpse into this culture-of-death worldview.

The title itself is remarkable. The author appears to think the Roe v. Wade decision is, somehow, pro-life, while many of us think exactly the opposite and view the overturn of Roe as pro-life.

What can we conclude? The term “pro-life” doesn’t mean the same thing to each worldview and so the use of the term is problematical and should be avoided if at all possible, or at least a mutually agreed upon definition must be employed.

The author of the opinion notes that “pro-choice spokespeople view the prospect of overturning Roe as something that could put the lives and health of women at risk, set back women’s rights for decades and place the heaviest burdens on vulnerable populations.”

Approximately half (probably more due to sex-selective abortions) of the abortions performed kill girls, so reducing abortions would actually improve the lives and health of these female victims, correct? And since when is murder a right? What about the rights of those children who are murdered? And isn’t the most vulnerable population those that are in the womb? Somehow we would have to get past these disparate understandings when communicating.

The author also notes: “For seamless-garment pro-lifers who see abortion as one of many threats to life, the idea that you can stop abortion by banning it might look good on paper.”

What exactly is a seamless-garment pro-lifer? Do other threats to life somehow alter the reality that abortion is the murder of a child? Should not the law reflect what is true, that abortion is murder? In addressing the author on these points it would be necessary to verify just what she is assuming in all that she says. It will take time for sure.

For more examples you can read her whole piece. Overcoming the culture-of-death may appear daunting, but the culture-of-life reflects the truth which must ultimately prevail.

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