Friday 24 June 2022
I do not know who has more to fear today. The Republicans, that the white Evangelicals and the Catholic working class could now go home. Or the Democrats, that the white Evangelicals and the Catholic working class could now come home. In any case, all that the Supreme Court has done has been to send abortion back to the states. Put not your trust in princes. This ruling is welcome enough, but it is very far indeed from being sufficient.
Each and every individual human life is absolutely sacred from the point of fertilisation to the point of natural death. That principle is the foundation of all morality. We struggle against evils that include direct abortion, indirect abortion at least except where any other course of action would result in the loss of both lives, euthanasia, assisted suicide, destructive experimentation on embryonic human beings, human cloning, human-animal hybridity, “saviour siblings”, capital punishment, and unjust war, if any war be just, but certainly including total war, preemptive war, the international trade in arms, and the manufacture, possession or use of nuclear, radiological, chemical or biological weapons. Their victims are disproportionately working-class people and people of colour.
Therefore, we struggle against evils that include poverty, racism, sexual promiscuity, pornography, eugenics, marginalisation of people with disabilities, lack of due respect for old age, refusal to celebrate the infinite beauty of every human being as the image and likeness of God, refusal to respect the dignity of parents as the first educators of their children, classification of human beings solely or primarily as economic units, and policies likely to give rise to armed conflict. Their victims are disproportionately working-class people and people of colour. And while they remained, then there would always be at least as many abortions as there were now, if not even more.