Catholic Archbishop Alexander Sample urged Americans to recognize abortion as a human rights atrocity similar to the mass slaughter of human beings committed by the Nazis and Communists in the 20th century.
In a video published earlier this month, the Portland, Oregon archbishop called out the evil of abortion and urged pro-abortion Catholics to repent and respect life, Willamette Week reports.
“We absolutely excoriate the Nazis, as we should, for the 6 million-plus Jews that were killed during that regime,” Sample said in a new YouTube video. “We decry the millions killed under the regimes of the 20th-century Communists. I think most people don’t realize that since Roe v. Wade in 1973, over 63 million unborn children have lost their lives to abortion just here in the United States.”
In the historic Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health ruling on June 24, the Supreme Court overturned Roe and allowed states to protect unborn babies from abortion again. Thirteen already have done so, although some have been blocked by court orders, and more state are expected to enact pro-life laws in the coming weeks.
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The Charlotte Lozier Institute estimates more than 120,000 unborn babies are being saved from abortion as a result of the pro-life laws currently in place. But thousands more unborn babies continue to be aborted every month in other states across America.
Sample said abortion has become an evil at an unfathomable scale, killing tens of millions of unborn babies in the United States alone. Because it is such a massive problem, he said the Catholic Church makes it a priority to fight for unborn babies’ lives.
The archbishop said Catholics cannot be pro-abortion, saying it would be like someone claiming to be vegan and then eating meat.
“It’s basic common sense that really even a child can understand that. Saying I’m Catholic means something, or it should. You know, with the help of God’s grace, we should be seeking to conform our lives to the gospel of Jesus Christ, to His gospel, not to try to reform the gospel to conform to my way of thinking or my worldview,” Sample said.
He continued, “I really wish that people who openly advocate for and support the violence of abortion against the unborn child would stop pretending that that is somehow consistent with the teachings of the gospel and the Catholic Church.”
Sample urged abortion supporters to repent, go to confession and be reconciled to God.
He also reminded viewers that the Catholic Church cares about women. While the church can and should do more, he said Catholics already do a lot to help families in need, offering God’s help and grace in “terribly complex sometimes and troubling situations in their life.”
“In fact, you know, the church is one of the preeminent organizations that is reaching out in various ways to help women,” he said. “The solution to those problems though is not murder. The solution to child poverty is not to kill unborn children. That’s not a solution. That’s just a magnification of the problem.”
The Catholic Church teaches that every human being is valuable from conception to natural death because each is made in the image of God. Abortion is evil because it intentionally and unnecessarily destroys the lives of innocent babies in the womb, denying them the chance the fulfill the purpose that God has for their lives.