This is some commentary to a piece I linked to last week by Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago on the Planned Parenthood tragedy. I either spaced out while reading or simply missed this paragraph in Archbishop Cupich’s piece.
This newest evidence about the disregard for the value of human life also offers the opportunity to reaffirm our commitment as a nation to a consistent ethic of life. While commerce in the remains of defenseless children is particularly repulsive, we should be no less appalled by the indifference toward the thousands of people who die daily for lack of decent medical care; who are denied rights by a broken immigration system and by racism; who suffer in hunger, joblessness and want; who pay the price of violence in gun-saturated neighborhoods; or who are executed by the state in the name of justice.
Phil Lawler, writing for CatholicCulture.org, points out the strangeness in Archbishop Cupich’s comparison of other societal problems to the dismemberment of babies and the selling of their body parts.
Yes, of course, the archbishop mentions the death penalty. Full disclosure: I oppose the death penalty. But I can’t say that I am “no less appalled” by the execution of a convicted serial killer than the destruction of an innocent child. The two are not morally equivalent actions. As the late, great Congressman Henry Hyde said: “Show me an unborn child who has been convicted of a capital crime by a jury of his peers, and he’s all yours!”
Joblessness? I’ve been unemployed. I’d like to think that upon reading this, you feel a pang of sympathy. But if you would be “no less appalled” to learn that I had been chopped into pieces, and the parts sold to the highest bidder, I’m afraid I can’t count you as my friend.
While I agree with the Archbishop that this world faces a number of injustices that warrant outrage, this story of Planned Parenthood deserves a special category of outrage. It moves an organization from one that claims to simply “help women” to one that finds ways to collect money from the trade of a child’s body parts, all while receiving much of their funding from taxpayers.