At Massachusetts Citizens for Life, we have always stressed that "Life is not a social issue; it is LIFE!” Dave Andrusko, editor of National Right to Life News, and through him, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, elaborate eloquently on this insight and relates it to voting in this election year. Dave says that the archbishop gives “a polite but firm rebuttal of those who argue for a kind of moral equivalency on ‘serious social issues.’”
But the hard truth is that not all injustices in the world are “equal.” We can understand this perhaps better about issues in the past than we can with issues in the present. For instance, we would never want to describe slavery as just one of several problems in 18th-century and 19th-century American life.
Abortion and euthanasia raise basic questions of human rights and social justice, questions of what kind of society and what kind of people we want to be. Do we really want to become a people that responds to human suffering by helping to kill the one who suffers? Do we really want to be a society where the lives of the weak are sacrificed for the comfort and benefit of those who are stronger?
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