Just a few months ago, the #MeToo hashtag quickly became a powerful statement about the prevalence of sexual harassment and violence. Rich and powerful men and women were exposed for sexual exploitation and abuse, and their victims supported and encouraged.
The hashtag was a startling reminder of oft-overlooked abuses. And one Catholic bishop thinks it’s time for a similar trend regarding another little-recognized abuse: abortion.
Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, said our society needs a “#metoo movement” for unborn babies.
“We hear about ‘reproductive rights’ or ‘right to choose,’” Tobin wrote on Twitter this week. “There is no ‘right’ to end the life of an unborn child. We need a #metoo movement for unborn children. Abortion: Capital punishment for babies, and exploitation of vulnerable women. Wrong, just wrong!”
We hear about “reproductive rights” or “right to choose.” There is no “right” to end the life of an unborn child. We need a #metoo movement for unborn children. Abortion: Capital punishment for babies, and exploitation of vulnerable women. Wrong, just wrong!
— Thomas J. Tobin (@bishoptjt) April 3, 2018
In another post, he criticized Catholic politicians who support the violent abortion deaths of unborn babies.
To be clear: Catholics cannot provide, support or encourage abortion. Catholic political leaders have a serious obligation in this matter. Abortion is sinful; it is immoral. It destroys life and exploits women. Disciples of Christ do not support abortion. Period.
— Thomas J. Tobin (@bishoptjt) March 15, 2018
Every year, nearly 1 million unborn babies die in abortions in America. Some are capable of feeling excruciating pain while they are being aborted, many already can suck their thumbs or yawn, most already have a heartbeat and all of them are unique, living human beings with their own DNA.
Whether from a religious standpoint or an ethical one, abortion is a human rights abuse. Its nature is violent and its purpose is to destroy an innocent, vulnerable human child before they can defend themselves. And like so many other abuse victims, they are all too often forgotten.