Cardinal O'Malley's Statement on Abortion Issue
Cardinal Seán Patrick O'Malley, OFM Cap
Archbishop of Boston
Posted on the Cardinal's Blog
October 31, 2008
"In defending the cause of life, we are not only fulfilling our vocation
as Catholics, but we are also defending the vision of democracy that is
embodied in the Declaration of Independence that states 'We hold these
truths to be self evident,' namely, that we are all created equal and are
endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, the first of which
is the right to life.
Today, this most fundamental human right is
threatened. As the bishops of the United States have said in our document
'Living the Gospel of Life': 'As we tinker with the beginning, the end, and
even the intimate cell structure of life, we tinker with our own identity as
a free nation dedicated to the dignity of the human person.'
If we ask ourselves what is the leading cause of death in the United
States, we usually think of heart disease, cancer, and other serious
illnesses. Actually the leading cause of death in the United States is
abortion. The architects of the proabortion movement in the United States
thought that within a year or so the opposition would go away or die off.
More than 30 years later the issue is still alive because people care about
life, and an ever-increasing number of young people are making it known that
they, too, are committed to upholding respect for life.
The American people are not in favor of abortion on demand, partial birth
abortion, or allowing babies who have survived an abortion to die. If we had
the opportunity to vote as a nation, there would certainly be limitations
imposed on the abortion industry that destroys not just the lives of the
babies but also the lives of all involved. A dictatorial court has imposed
an unethical decision on our country and divided the American people. We
pray for the opportunity to allow the American people to have a voice in
such a crucial issue.
As people of compassion we must defend the rights of the most vulnerable.
The church's social teaching is very coherent and extends to all aspects of
economic justice, racial equality, war and peace, immigration, education,
and healthcare issues. But the centerpiece of our teaching will always be
the right to life."