Pro-abortion politicians will often say to us, “Abortion is just one of many issues; I embrace a consistent ethic of life.” Our response? The foundation of a house is only one of many parts of the house, but it is essential in order to build the other parts. That is why the Catholic bishops teach that the right to life is the foundation of all human rights issues, and that our priority has to be fighting abortion.
That is also why the Pope has declared that pleas that politicians make on behalf of human rights are false and illusory if they do not stand up for the right to life.
The fact is that nothing takes more human life than abortion — no crime, disease, natural disaster, war, or act of terrorism.