Pope Francis: A Great Ally For Pro-life Democrats

From my article in the Washington Post: “For pro-life activists, was Pope Francis’ interview disappointing? Not for those of us who believe the protection of life requires more than opposition to legal abortion. To really stand for life means opposing the direct and indirect threats to life posed by inadequate healthcare, poverty, mass atrocities, euthanasia, lack of access to clean water, and countless other injustices, in addition to abortion. And opposition to abortion itself means providing support to families, pregnant women, and children, not simply supporting laws that restrict access to abortion. Pro-life efforts are strengthened by a more balanced approach from an ally who supports human life and dignity.”

The Whole Life Pope

Pope Francis, it seems clearer and clearer, is a true “whole lifer.”  In an interview published Thursday, he said that the Church cannot “obsess” with issuing pronouncements against abortion, but must approach that issue “in context” and must support persons “starting from their situation” and “accompany[ing] them with mercy.”  He included powerful words about helping the poor.  Some people—left and right—claimed he was weakening the church’s commitment to protecting the unborn among other vulnerable persons.  Oops … today the Pope reemphasized that “every unborn child … has the face of the Lord” and called abortion part of a “throwaway culture” that fails to recognize that “[t]he first right of the human person is his life.”  So now some people, no doubt, will go back to calling him a “right-winger.”  No … he’s a true whole lifer.  Hope our society can respond to his calls for protecting life at all stages, and providing the care and support that can make that possible.

By Tom Berg, DFLA Board member, law professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minnesota)

Has Roe Been Good For Women?

Kristen Day: “Unless there is a united front to put pregnant women first, Roe will continue to provide a wedge issue, an excuse to raise money, or a reason to March on Washington. Women deserve better. Children deserve better. America deserves common-sense solutions that empower women to choose life.”