It’s been 47 years since our nation legalized abortion, and the road to justice for an entire segment of our population is long and hard. We are making real progress, thanks be to God, state by state, and one supreme court justice at a time. We have the most prolife president since that fateful day, January 22, 1973. President Trump is not perfect, of course, but he is the first US President to speak at Washington’s March for Life, which began the year after Roe v. Wade and has never had a president brave enough to address the half million citizens who have been thronging our nation’s capital every year since 1974. We will not cease to speak for the smallest, the weakest, and the most vulnerable of Americans, and their mothers, until full justice is recognized at least in our legal system.
A Woman’s Heart
More than legal protection, however, we are winning the hearts of mothers and fathers toward their children. Women and men are realizing, with ever greater conviction, that the abortion industry promotes the most deadly abuse of women. Legal abortion encourages women to let someone kill their own child, and so destroys the most precious foundation of society: a mother’s heart. For years I had a bumper sticker that read “Abortion: One Dead, One Wounded.” That is literally true, as the unborn baby dies and the mother is either chemically or surgically wounded by the abortion procedure. More fundamentally, however, abortion wounds and eventually kills a mother’s heart. It deadens the particular joy and beauty that only women can provide for society. When mothers become killers, no one is safe. As one of our great mothers (St. Teresa of Calcutta) put it, “Abortion is the greatest threat to world peace.” Please know, all of you wonderful prolife activists, that you are the greatest workers for world peace today. You speak to the soul of our nation, and the heart of the world, when you insist that we cannot kill the unborn child and expect to have peace in the world.
These are hard words I have spoken, and for any woman that has had an abortion, or any conscientious man who has pressured a woman to abort her child, they will cut deep. They are hard for me write, but they must be spoken if we are to let God heal us. Every one of us has compromised ourselves with the contraceptive and abortive mentality of our time, what Pope Francis calls the “throwaway culture.” Please let us pray for each other to speak the truth in love, and to love each other in truth. Only God can heal our national and personal self-inflicted wounds. I want to thank the courageous and hard-working women at the heart of the prolife movement, and in particular the women who began our own Walk for Life West Coast fifteen years ago, and continue it today, Eva Muntean, and Dolores Meehan, both parishioners at Star of the Sea. God bless all of you who witness to love and life here in San Francisco.