We speak of the right of "choice" as a private and intimate decision that a woman makes with her healthcare provider. And, sadly, millions of women and men tenaciously defend this right and attack anyone who tries to criticize it. But, what has this freedom of choice reaped in our culture? Ask the millions of women (including men) who have been severely wounded by this choice to abort. Perhaps, Pope Francis has got it right when he sees the Catholic Church as a great field hospital. So many wounded and hurt people from abortion are struggling with depression, suicidal ideation, drinking, drugs and promiscuity. These are the walking wounded that need our love and concern. Many have come to realize the lie they were told about choice. Now, they want to drink of the waters of eternal life. They want to be refreshed by the sacraments and now they are loved and cherished.
The great American tragedy is that today there are still countless citizens who believe that the unborn have no rights or that the rights of the mother usurp the rights of the unborn. Maybe we need to be reminded of these words: "WE hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness..." How quickly we have forgotten.