If you follow politics, you’ll often hear the phrase, “the Common Good”. This is most often heard from those on the Progressive Left, who love to enact programs and laws which they claim are for the “Common Good”. It never seems to amaze me that a group who actively seeks to remove God and all religion from the “public square? love to use this term, which was actually firs used by the Catholic faith. Without copying the definition from the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1905 – 1912) I will just summarize the three points which it mentions as being the three essential elements of the common good.
- The common good presupposes the respect for the person as such. This means respect for an individuals fundamental and inalienable rights.
- The common good requires the social well-being and development of the group itself.
- The common good requires peace and morally acceptable means of security of society and its members.
So on this fortieth anniversary week of the Row v. Wade Supreme Court decision, I have to ask this question: Is abortion truly for the common good? Is taking a human life, and it has been scientifically proven that human life begins at conception, respecting that baby’s “inalienable right to life”?
Is taking a life truly “morally acceptable”?
It is estimated fifty five million babies have been murdered since Roe v. Wade. Fifty five million lives taken for the “common good”. Fifty five million decisions made to take a life. Fifty five million choices made, not one of them made by the baby. At least fifty five million “adults” decided they could play God and make a decision, for whatever reasons, on taking a life. Is this truly the Common Good?
Back in 1968, five years before Row v. Wade, a modern day prophet made this statement:
Consequently, unless we are willing that the responsibility of procreating life should be left to the arbitrary decision of men, we must accept that there are certain limits, beyond which it is wrong to go, to the power of man over his own body and its natural functions—limits, let it be said, which no one, whether as a private individual or as a public authority, can lawfully exceed.
While this prophet, Pope Paul VI, was talking about the use of contraceptives, it fits abortion as well. We have left the decision on life to men, not God, to arbitrary decisions made by those who are not greater than God. And allowing man to make these decisions has opened the door to more like decision on life, on who lives and who dies. We are seeing the passage of laws legalizing euthanasia in several states and countries.
Where will it end?