Catholic New York
To the Editor:
Carefully note the latest tactic of the pro-abortion movement. They cannot
deny that pro-lifers are peaceful, and that unfortunate incidents of violence
are starkly at odds with our 21 year track record of non-violence.
So they blame us for what we say, instead. The statement issued by the
National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League subsequent to the recent
shooting objected to our calling abortionists "baby killers," and implied that
this fuels the violence.
Being peaceful does not satisfy the pro-abortion forces. They are not so much
disturbed by our actions as by our message. They do not want us only to denounce
violence. They want to re-define violence. "Violence" to them is whatever
contradicts their ideas. To express disagreement with the actions of
abortionists or women who go to them is called "harassment." The only way to
please the pro-abortion forces is to shut up.
But we do not have to please them. The content of our message is the same as
it always was: Life is sacred; we are ready to help women in need. Abortion does
in fact kill babies and we do in fact peacefully save them. If pro-abortion
people get upset with that, the problem is on their side, not ours.
Father Frank A. Pavone
National Director Priests for Life