|4/7/2013 7:46:00 AM|
Jesuits working to protect unborn
Catholic News Service
Madeline Bauer of St. Paul, Minn., stands in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building during the March for Life in Washington Jan. 25. Tens of thousands of people marched against abortion for the 40th year since the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision l egalizing abortion in U.S.
To the Catholic Sentinel:
Ten years ago, the Jesuits issued a statement on abortion.
The Jesuits are working to protect life in the womb, seeking an end to abortion and restoring respect for the right to life.
Many Jesuit schools, including Loyola Marymount University where I work, are tied to opposition to abortion.
Abortion is a justice issue because it involves taking what is due to another, not mere property, but another’s own life.
Standing up in solidarity with every single human being is also a matter of faith.
Revelation teaches us that every single human being is made in God’s own image and likeness and so is entitled to respect, care, and social protection against injustice.
Christians are obligated to love and serve “the least of these” brothers or sisters, especially when they are young, dependent, and vulnerable.
It would not be consistent for an institution that claims the name Jesuit to fail to uphold in a clear, convincing, and public way the basic equality of all human beings, before birth and after birth.
Institutions calling themselves “Jesuit” have committed themselves to a high and noble calling indeed.