Guest Commentary: Why don't we all choose life?
Re: "Who is really 'pro-life' anyway?," Dec. 13 Dottie Lamm column.
Former Colorado First Lady Dottie Lamm, advocating for the services of Planned Parenthood, recently asked a stunning question: "So why aren't we the ones labeled 'pro-life'?" She also suggests that it is "pro-life" to provide what she described as "safe, legal abortions."
Let's start with a simple fact: every abortion destroys nascent human life. No one denies that. Some deny that nascent human life has a claim equal to the mother carrying the child. And since Roe vs. Wade in 1973, tens of millions of nascent human lives have been destroyed in the United States.
Lamm's linking of abortion with the term "pro-life" is a corruption of language that deliberately fogs the destruction of the defenseless. Look at any sonogram picture of a child in utero, imagine its dismemberment at a Planned Parenthood clinic, and then honestly try to describe that as "pro-life."
Many women who have had an abortion affirm that if just one person had said, "You're not alone, I can help," they would not have had an abortion. That means providing care, protection and love to the young mother with all means of support during and after her pregnancy.
Abortion is not the answer. We need life-giving women's health care, such as Bella Natural Women's Care. Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver works with Bella.
Catholic Charities operates a regional network of pregnancy resource centers on the Front Range, including Lighthouse Women's Center, located across the street from Planned Parenthood in northeast Denver. We provide free pregnancy testing, free ultrasound imaging, along with medically accurate and compassionate counseling. The Gabriel Project, in nine locations, provides pregnant women and those with young children with clothes, supplies and resources, including spiritual and emotional support. Our Respect Life Denver defends human life through education and engagement, including public prayer opportunities such as the upcoming Jan. 16 March for Life Colorado at the state Capitol.
As Pope Francis, Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver and many other leaders remind us, human life is valuable at every age and every stage. Every human life has value, dignity and is worth defending, the same way that Mary and Joseph protected the infant Jesus.
Love of neighbor is central to the mission of Catholic Charities, rooted in the love and fellowship of Jesus Christ. We welcome everyone to join that mission, including Dottie Lamm and Planned Parenthood.
Lynn Grandon is director of the Office of Respect Life at Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver.