Overturning Roe v. Wade Abortion Case Must Remain a Top Pro-Life Goal
by Steven Ertelt
November 25, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Writing in the latest issue of the Catholic weekly America, writer Mark Stricherz says the naysayers who are urging the pro-life movement to give up on overturning Roe v. Wade are wrong. He says there are other efforts to reduce abortion but pro-life advocates must ultimately work to legally protect unborn children.
Stricherz disagrees with writer Ross Douthat, who penned a piece at The Atlantic that expresses sympathy for Catholics who voted against the war and in response to the economy rather than against abortion.
"Ross seems to sanction Catholics who voted on ‘several issues’ not just one," Stricherz responds. "This view strikes me as wrongheaded."
"Overturning Roe (and its companion case, Doe v. Bolton) should have been the top priority of Catholics this election and should still be," he says.
"For one thing, nothing in American life is as hidden, brutal, and pathetic as abortion. It is true that war is evil and poverty and economic distress are ills. Yet at least each occurs generally in plain sight," Stricherz explains. "As the late Gov. Robert Casey pointed out, the same is not true of what happens in the nations abortion clinics: ‘on this issue, the media spare us the details.’"
Stricherz agrees with the nation’s Catholic bishops, who point out that issues like war and the economy don’t trump abortion when it comes to the sheer number of lives lost.
"No disease, accident, or war kills more Americans than the abortion regime sanctioned by Roe. Every day, more than 3,000 unborn infants are killed," he says.
Ultimately, Stricherz says it’s okay for Catholics and other voters to be concerned about the war but he believes abortion, like slavery, is a higher priority.
"I think of our situation as comparable to Americans in the late 1850s," he concludes. "War and poverty and economic distress needed to be fought. But slavery and the Supreme Courts decision in Dred Scott needed to be fought most of all."
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