By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life
Years ago my family traveled to Italy, and even though we didn’t speak Italian, we could understand the messages that were spray-painted all over Rome: “Free Abortions.”
It was sadly ironic. The only children we saw were tourists. The country obviously didn't "need" abortion. They were following the pattern: make contraception mainstream and then go for legalization of abortion.
We know that abortion is most prevalent in societies where there is heavy use of contraceptives. It may seem counterintuitive until we realize that usually the couple has decided not to have a child at this time. They have used contraceptives, so they deserve not to have a child. If they become pregnant, it is not their fault and shouldn't happen to them, so abortion must be available.
In the face of that "abortion mentality", I think all pro-lifers will welcome this statement by 500 scholars, led by our staunch pro-life ally, John Garvey, President of Catholic University of America, affirming the Catholic Church’s teachings on the sanctity of life as summed up in Humanae Vitae.