By: Maureen Goetz
I grew up in a city just outside of Omaha, Nebraska. I was raised Catholic, and my parents always taught me about the dignity of human life. Unfortunately, I learned about the horrors of abortion at a very young age. The Catholic grade school I attended happened to be right across the street from an abortion mill. There were always people from my parish and school outside praying, and as a young child I wondered why that was. Imagine what it was like for my mom to explain to a second grader, in broad terms, what went on behind the walls of that mill. The building is almost as ugly as what goes on inside of it.
I love when people ask me why I’m pro-life. There are so many reasons! To start, science clearly tells us that a unique, irreplaceable human life begins at conception. The gift of life is so beautiful! As Catholics, we are blessed to know that every person is a child of God and was made in His image. Our worth does not come from our size, but instead comes from our Creator, who loves each one of us so much that He was willing to die for us. Sadly, today’s culture tries to convince people that what’s growing inside of the mother’s body is just a “clump of cells” that can be quickly discarded if not wanted. But every single child that is conceived is not something that can be thrown away. Being pro-life is understanding that every human being deserves the most basic right to life. It doesn’t matter what awful situation a child might be born into, or how much suffering they might go through, because circumstance does not determine the worth and value of a person.
Being pro-life also means supporting mothers and encouraging them to choose life. Society tells women that having a child will ruin their life and any chance of a career. But as a woman, being a mother is the greatest job one could have. Children are not burdens, but instead they are gifts from God. It is important to reach out to expectant mothers and offer them support and encouragement. Donating money, clothing, and other items needed for pregnancy to local pregnancy centers is a great way to help those in need.
Prayer is such an important part of advocating for life. Praying the rosary is the best weapon we have against fighting the evils of abortion. It is so important that we, as Catholics, are a steady witness for life. Jesus says in Matthew 25:40, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.” Let us allow the light of Christ to shine through us, the lives of the unborn are depending on it.