Catholic Bishop: We Must End Abortion and “Give Voice to the Child in the Womb”

State   |   Steven Ertelt, Micaiah Bilger   |   Apr 19, 2021   |   10:27AM   |   Louisville, Kentucky

A Catholic bishop in Kentucky is condemning pro-abortion billboards that attempt to make the case that killing babies in abortions and being a Christian are somehow compatible.

As reported last week, across Kentucky, pro-abortion billboards are popping up with messages that try to justify the killing of unborn babies in abortions to Christians. The billboards are a project of the Kentucky Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and they are located in Louisville, Nicholasville and Paducah.

The messages include “Abortion: a personal decision between you and God,” “Good people have abortions. God knows and loves you,” and “Walk in my shoes before you judge my abortion.”

But Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville says Christians should be opposing abortion and standing up for the right to life of children before birth.

In comments to the Catholic news Agency, he stressed that “the Catholic Church has a deep and cherished commitment to give voice to the child in the womb and to support mothers in choosing life for their unborn children.”

Here’s more:

“Our commitment to life from conception to natural death extends from our conviction in honoring the dignity of all persons, born and unborn, and we join with individuals of many faiths or no faith at all in upholding the value of human life,” the archbishop said.

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He urged “all people of good will to join us in supporting women as they care for themselves and their unborn child and to work together to build a culture of life in our Commonwealth.”

Addia Wuchner, executive director at Kentucky Right to Life, added, “We believe one cannot love the woman without loving the child.”

“God is the author of life and our mission and pro-life work reflect God’s love,” Wuchner said, according to the Sentinel Echo. “We bear witness to God’s love, recognizing the dignity and the intrinsic value of every life from conception to natural death.”

The Rev. Diane Snowa, a board member of the pro-abortion group, said they want to counteract the Christian belief that abortion is a sin.

“The Kentucky Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice wants Kentuckians to hear a different truth: Abortion is a very personal decision, between you and God,” Snowa said. “For many Kentuckians who have had an abortion – a medical procedure one in four American women will have had by age 45 – this may be the first time they’ve ever heard anything other than that God would disapprove.”

“Our message is of a loving God who understands, and who offers free will,” Snowa continued. “Those choosing abortion deserve compassion and love, not shame and harassment.”

But Snowa and the other religious leaders involved in the project are distorting Christianity to promote evil.

Christians believe that every human life is valuable, born and unborn, and an abortion destroys the life of an innocent human child, created in the image of God. In the U.S., nearly 1 million unborn babies are killed in abortions every year. The Bible teaches that one of the things God hates the most is the shedding of innocent blood. It also recognizes that children, born and unborn, are valuable to God.

Free will does not mean God allows people to just do whatever they want without consequences either, as the Kentucky group claimed. Their “free will” argument is an absurd notion that they certainly would not apply to other sins like rape or child abuse. Abortion is a sin, but it is one that God readily forgives.

Pro-lifers, who come from many different faiths or no faith, offer forgiveness and compassion to women who regret aborting their unborn babies. Many pro-life pregnancy centers provide free post-abortion healing Bible studies and counseling, and some pro-life organization, such as Rachel’s Vineyard and Surrendering the Secret, are solely dedicated to helping women heal from abortions. Some pro-life leaders are post-abortive themselves, understanding too well the pain and regret of aborting an unborn child.

Unlike these Kentucky religious leaders, Christians believe that God’s love applies to all human beings, born and unborn, not just some.