Pope Francis advocates for a holistic view of life “Equally sacred, however, are the lives of the poor, those already born, the destitute, the abandoned and the underprivileged, the vulnerable infirm and elderly exposed to covert euthanasia, the victims of human trafficking, new forms of slavery, and every form of rejection.” [Gaudete et Exusalte, Chapter 3:101]. The late Cardinal Bernadin dubbed this comprehensive mandate a ‘consistent in ethic of life’. The Democratic Party has consistently led on nearly all of these life issues: from care to the poor and elderly (Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid) to working to end rejection of people of color (Civil Rights and Voting Rights Act).
As a species, we are 10 years away from irreversible damage due to climate change. This damage will be felt most heavily by the poor and most vulnerable of the global society. Historically, this has not been a political issue, with both Democrats and Republicans passing laws to protect the environment. However, that has changed within the past several years. Now, the current administration has abdicated American leadership in preventing further damage to our planet, from withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement to gutting environmental regulations.
This leads to the question about abortion. To reduce abortions, women need access to affordable birth control, which is exactly what happened thanks to the Affordable Care Act over the period of 2011-2016.
Focusing on abstinence only education is shown to be ‘scientifically or ethically problematic’ as well as ineffective at reducing teen pregnancies. But, what about outlawing abortion? We refer to our member’s commentary here.