A parishioner recently shared a disheartening story with me regarding an encounter her daughter had with a pro-abortion proponent. It highlights what young people can face these days on college campuses from some strident activists. While this parishioner's married daughter was working on a pro-life display, she left her one-year old son with her single sister. As she was holding the baby boy in her arms on the campus eating her lunch, a woman came up to her and handed her a card advertising an abortion clinic with her telephone number on it. She told the young woman to contact her the next time she gets pregnant so that "this (the child) does not happen again." Saint Mother Teresa addressed such callousness when she said, "The so-called right to abortion has portrayed the greatest gifts – a child – as a competitor, an intrusion and an inconvenience." And this attitude is being fostered by a "throw-away" culture.
Sadly, this past Tuesday at the State House, the Joint Committee on Public Health held a hearing on several pro-life bills and abortion bills. One of them, HB 3841 is entitled, An Act to require public universities to provide medication abortion. The bill calls for the establishment of the "Public University Health Center Sexual and Reproduction Health Preparation Fund" to be administered by the Commission on the Status of Women. This would allow the legislature to deposit taxpayer dollars into a fund designated to support medical abortions at public college and university health centers.
If you would like to assist with a signature campaign for a new ballot initiative to stop taxpayer funding of abortion in Massachusetts, you're encouraged to contact parishioner, Kathleen O'Malley at 617-688-3251 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC #2270) teaches, "Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of … existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life." As Catholics, we are called to protect this God-given right and do what we can to counter the "culture of death" which is desensitizing our society. Pray, educate and act on behalf of the most vulnerable among us. "A nation that kills its children in the womb has lost its
soul." - Saint Mother Teresa.
God bless you!