The pro-life movement: one way ahead
by Dr Pravin Thevathasan
What can we realistically do to promote a culture of life? I am going to focus on three things we all can do: prayer, education and helping women with crisis pregnancies.
Father John Hardon used to say that our most powerful pro-life resource is the Holy Eucharist. I think the second most important resource after the spiritual one is education. I recently gave a talk on abortion to a group of young people. Frankly, most of them did not seem too interested and it was by no means my best talk. But then I told them about the large number of abortions taking place in the UK. Many in my audience appeared to be genuinely shocked. They had been given an impression by the media that abortion is something rare, almost always because of rape.
We also need to support women with crisis pregnancies. In this Year of Mercy, it would surely
be appropriate for each diocese to have a house supporting women who need practical help to continue with their
pregnancies. Dare I say it, give them a genuine choice, something so many feel they do not have. We also need to
reach out to women who have been hurt by abortion.