A California Catholic diocese newspaper published a column this month arguing that Jesus would have supported the Jan. 21 Women’s March, an event with a decidedly pro-abortion stance.
The column for the Diocese of San Jose newspaper, The Valley Catholic, promoted the march’s platforms on immigration, environmental protections and poverty, saying these positions align well with Jesus’ teachings about caring for the vulnerable.
However, authors Joanna Thurmann and Deacon Steve Herrera did not mention how the march also promoted abortion, the mass destruction of the most vulnerable human lives in our society today.
For Catholics, the values of the march aligned particularly well with Catholic Social Teaching regarding respect for human rights, the common good, care for creation, and solidarity with the poor and vulnerable. It was an expression of deep faith in Christ and of active discipleship.
Mary Grunthaner of Transfiguration Parish said, “Christ taught us that whatever we do for the least of our brothers and sisters, we do for Him. Injustice must be resisted by those of us who have chosen to follow the Light of the World. Silence in the face of injustice is ignoring the call of Jesus.” Injustice in broad terms is anything that threatens human dignity, equality, and right to development, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, economic or immigration status.
Later, they continued:
“Jesus and his disciples would have marched with us if they were here today in support of the people he named in the Beatitudes. Regardless of who they voted for, everyone should feel safe and comfortable in having joined us,” expressed Monica Rising of a newly-formed Gandhi Team which, along with other peace centers, delivered education and training on nonviolence. March participants learned about creative and active nonviolence as a powerful force of personal and social transformation, while Peace Ambassadors learned conflict de-escalation skills to ensure march safety.
Thurmann and Herrera did not mention abortion at all in connection to the march even though organizers admitted promoting abortion and the Planned Parenthood abortion business was the main focus.
While the march had platforms on a number of issues, its pro-abortion position stood out as central. Even the photo that accompanied the column showed evidence of this, featuring a woman at the march with the sign “Abortion on demand and without apology.”
The march initially claimed to welcome “people of all genders, ages, races, cultures, political affiliations and backgrounds … to affirm our shared humanity and pronounce our bold message of resistance and self-determination.”
However, it became clear in the weeks leading up to the event that the march has a decidedly pro-abortion agenda. Contrary to its stated mission of inclusivity, the march kicked out three pro-life women’s groups from its partner list after abortion activists complained, and then released a decidedly pro-abortion platform.
This position goes against Christian teachings about the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception. Every year, nearly 1 million unborn babies lose their lives in abortions across America. It is difficult to believe that Jesus would support an event that promotes this huge human rights violation, no matter what other positive issues it supports.