Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Why The Pro-Life Movement Is Not Making Significant Strides

I too have shared this concern, and a key cause for the sluggishness of progress can be laid at the embrace - by pro-life people - of contraception.  Witness the debacle of the Manhattan Declaration.  I refused to sign it for it danced all around the key issue of contraception.  Let's face it.  Before Roe v Wade there was Griswold v Connecticut and the 1930 Lambeth Conference.  We failed, and still fail, to heed the words of Humanae Vitae.  Only when we cease compromise on contraception will the Culture of Life have any chance to take hold and grow.

It is interesting to note how many Protestants came to the Roman Catholic faith because of their involvement in pro-life work.  No doubt they worked through the issues and recognized that the Roman Catholic Church was the only one with a relatively strong stance against contraceptives.  Pro-life leaders who converted to Catholicism include: Lila Rose, Randall Terry, Norma McCorvy, Bryan Kemper, the late Bernard Nathanson.  I'm sure there are others.


  1. I totally agree. However, you may not agree with what I am about to say, but I honestly feel that if abortion were ever outlawed in the US, our next fight should be the actual legal outlawing of contraception. Yes, we have a bigger fight right now of dissent in the Church with regard to this very important issue, but we need to take action to pass laws, too. Remember, birth control kills more babies everyday than abortion. Murder is murder, however it is done, and it should be outlawed. Even Rick Santorum would disagree with me on this, saying this is not something we should pass laws about, even though he does not use it, and knows it is wrong, but I could not disagree more. It seems controversial, but people need to remember that birth control was illegal until relatively recently in history, and there was a reason for that. Lawmakers had enough common sense to know it was bad for women and for society at large. Margaret Sanger was arrested over and over for many years until it was legalized. This ought to make people think, and we in the pro-life movement ought to all be on the same page on this, instead of compromising, and citing separation of Church and State, which is a ridiculous argument. Any law contrary to the law of God is unjust, after all, and legal contraception--just another way of aborting--is unjust.


    1. Au contraire! I do think contraception should be outlawed (as once it was). Its deleterious effects on ordered society are more than amply documented. I also think such prohibition would be in line with Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution to "provide for the general welfare of the United States".


    See the above link for some historical context.



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