In the debate over abortion, let’s talk to the poor

Now, more than ever, we have the opportunity to “unbundle” pro-life from the right-wing package in which it is usually presented by the media, and demonstrate in both word and action the intrinsic connection between concern over abortion and the spectrum of social justice concerns, which the “right” either ignores or denigrates as “left-wing” politics.

An honest assessment of the situation of women most likely to have an abortion today easily reveals that there’s more to it than simply pro-life vs. pro-choice. For example, data from scholars on both sides of the political sphere assert that children born in single-parent homes are more like to suffer physically, emotionally, educationally, and economically than their peers born to their married mom and dad. …

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Author: tomwelbers

I have been a Catholic priest for nearly fifty years, most of that time serving in parish and college campus ministry. I also have professional degrees in theology and liturgy, as well as institutional management, and continue avidly to explore pastoral theology, Scripture, liturgy, ecumenical and interfaith relations, and spiritual direction. I have a passion for sharing insight into our Christian heritage through teaching, writing, and leading pilgrimages, especially to Early Christian World sites in Turkey. Now actively retired from parish ministry, I live at Nazareth House in Los Angeles.