This reflection is taken from my book Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org
“The failure to protect and defend life in its most vulnerable stages renders suspect any claims to the ‘rightness’ of positions in other matters …” (US Bishops, Living the Gospel of Life, n.23).
Reflection: Why do the bishops say that when public servants disregard the right to life, their stand for other human rights is “suspect?” The reason is that the right to be safe, free, educated, and economically secure, cannot be human rights if life itself isn’t a human right. To make one’s humanity negotiable means that other rights that flow from one’s humanity are negotiable, too.
Prayer: Lord, make the humanity and rights of all your people secure. Amen.