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By John Horvat II


In these past years, we stood on the crest of the great national wave of reaction against intrusive government. In the middle of this fierce debate was found the compassionate voices of America’s anti-abortion majority who protested the most horrific intrusion permitted by the State: depriving the unborn child the right to be born.

  

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More Reasons to Oppose Abortion

We have long stood up for the rights of the unborn child. We have plenty of reasons to fight against abortion. It is enough to cite the numerous moral and religious reasons to justify our position: Abortion is the murder of innocent life. Abortion destroys the family and society. Abortion is a sin that cries to heaven for vengeance.

However, in the recent massive rejection of government intrusion into our private lives, it gives us special occasion to cite another set of reasons for which we must raise our voices against abortion: our complete and unequivocal rejection of socialism.

 

Making the Links

Many do not want to link abortion with socialism. Leftists would hide this link and insist upon associating socialism with “compassion” for the worker or the poor. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Moreover, on the right, there are conservatives who promote the mistaken notion that we must separate our opposition to government intrusion in economy from our defense of moral issues. They judge it expedient to put aside moral issues to concentrate on fiscal matters. We reject such shortsighted opinions.

 

Socialism Leads to Abortion

We reject this view because socialism is much more than just an economic system. It presupposes a worldview that provides the socio-political foundation for a pro-abortion world.

Indeed, wherever socialists have taken power, they have always pushed ahead legislation to legalize and further liberalize abortion. Socialists have never been known to oppose abortion. By its own principles, socialism will always lead to abortion. Likewise, an abortion mentality of eliminating responsibility for one’s action will eventually lead to socialism.

 

Eliminating Responsibility

Socialism is a bankrupt utopian ideology that seeks to eliminate human selfishness by destroying individual freedom, the family, private property and free enterprise. Socialists believe they can eliminate injustice by transferring responsibilities from individuals and families to the State. However, their efforts are tantamount to killing the patient to cure his illness.

By destroying individual responsibility, socialism destroys true liberty, which is every man’s freedom to decide for himself all matters that lie within his competence, to follow the course shown by his own reason, and to keep within the laws of morality and the dictates of justice and charity.
Socialism destroys the foundation for all morality. Thus, abortion is completely consistent with socialist thought since it deprives sexual acts of their consequences.

 

Pro-Life Means Anti-Socialist

We see no contradiction between fiscal responsibility and moral responsibility. Indeed, the two complement each other since they both presuppose restraint and personal moral decisions. Consistent pro-life activists must be ardently anti-socialist activists.

Thus, there are plenty of reasons why our pro-life convictions lead us to fight socialism. We list ten reasons that should motivate us in the coming year.

 

1. Socialism and communism are the same ideology

Communism is an extreme form of socialism. From the ideological standpoint, there is no substantial difference between the two. In fact, the communist Soviet Union called itself the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (1922–1991) and communist China, Cuba and Vietnam define themselves as socialist nations. All communist countries legalized abortion. Communist China and its infamous “one-child policy” goes one step further by forcing mothers to have abortions.

 

2. Socialism violates personal freedom

Socialism seeks to eliminate “injustice” by transferring rights and responsibilities from individuals and families to the State. In the process, socialism actually creates injustice. It destroys true liberty by taking away the freedom to decide all matters that pertain to the individual. The will of the State replaces the laws of morality and thus opens the way to abortion.

 

3. Socialism violates human nature

Socialism is anti-natural. It destroys personal initiative, a fruit of our intellect and free will, and replaces it with State control. It tends to totalitarianism, with its government and police repression, wherever it is implemented.

 

4. Socialism violates private property

Socialism calls for “redistribution of the wealth” by taking from the “rich” and giving to the “poor.” It imposes taxes that punish those who took greater advantage of their productive talents, capacity to work or thrift. It uses taxation to promote economic and social “egalitarianism,” a goal that will be fully achieved, according to The Communist Manifesto, with the “abolition of private property.” Thus, the destruction of property takes away the conditions for the healthy functioning of the family.

 

5. Socialism opposes traditional marriage

Socialism sees no moral reason for people to restrict sex to marriage, the indissoluble union between a man and a woman. Furthermore, socialism undermines private property, which Friedrich Engels, founder of modern socialism and communism along with Karl Marx, saw as the foundation of traditional marriage.

 

6. Socialism opposes parental rights in education

Socialism has the State control the education of children. Almost from birth, children are to be handed over to public institutions, where they will be taught what the State wants, regardless of parental views.

 

7. Socialism promotes radical equality

A supposed absolute equality among men is the fundamental assumption of socialism. Therefore, it sees any inequality as unjust in itself. Private employers are quickly portrayed as “exploiters” whose profits really belong to their employees. This radical equality also favors “sexual equality” and the destruction of the family.

  

8. Socialism promotes atheism

Belief in God, Who unlike us is infinite, omnipotent and omniscient, clashes head-on with the principle of absolute equality. Socialism therefore rejects the spiritual, claiming that only matter exists. God, the soul and the afterlife are illusions according to socialism.

 

9. Socialism promotes moral relativism

For socialism there are no absolute truths or revealed morals that establish standards of conduct that apply to everyone, everywhere and always. Everything evolves, including right and wrong, good and evil. There is no place for the Ten Commandments, neither in the private mind nor in the public square.

 

10. Socialism mocks religion

According to Karl Marx, religion is “the opium of the people.” Lenin, founder of the Soviet Union, agreed, “Religion is opium for the people. Religion is a sort of spiritual booze in which the slaves of capital drown their human image, their demand for a life more or less worthy of man.”

 

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Thus, we continue our fight for the unborn by uniting with those who fight government intrusion into the private lives of citizens. We separate fiscal responsibility from moral responsibility at our own risk. Our constant appearance in events like the March for Life sends a message that our moral outrage over abortion also extends to a political philosophy that makes abortion possible.

Indeed, Our Lady at Fatima in 1917 spoke of immodesty, impurity and bad fashions that would offend God very much. She called men to repentance, reparation and amendment of life. However, she also spoke of the “errors of Russia” that at that time was falling into communism.

That is why we coordinated 12,629 Public Square Rosary Rallies on October 2014, where nearly 300,000 Catholics gathered in public places nationwide to insist upon heeding Our Lady’s warnings at Fatima as a solution to put an end to abortion, and those socialist errors that so afflict the nation.

With an unshakable confidence and determined insistence, we must continue our peaceful and legal fight against abortion. We have ten more good reasons to add to the many other moral and religious reasons why we protest the killing of innocent life. It is with certainty of our just cause that we have recourse to Our Lady who at Fatima added a final certainty that these evils will be overcome and we will see the triumph of her Immaculate Heart.

  


 

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Margaret was born in Laviano, a little town in Tuscany, to a farmer and his wife. When she was only seven, her mother died and her father remarried a hard and difficult woman, who spared no great love for the free-spirited girl.

Margaret ran away with a rich young man. For nine years she lived in sin, and during that time bore him a son. Her immoral relationship caused great scandal, and Margaret strove to convince him of marriage, but to no avail. One day, the man took his dog and went riding. When he did not return, Margaret became anxious. After some time, his dog returned and led her to a forest. There Margaret found the broken body of her lover, dead for some days, and took it as a sign from God to amend her life.

Then Margaret traveled to Cortona where she lived a life of prayer and penance near the Franciscan Friars. She devoted herself to caring for the sick, living off of alms, eating and sleeping little, and eventually took the habit of the third order of St. Francis. She sent her son to school in Arezzo, where he later entered the Franciscan Order.

During the twenty-nine years she lived as a penitent, Margaret often spoke with God. A result of her dedication to the sick is the Confraternity of Our Lady of Mercy, which she founded. She died at age fifty, and was proclaimed a saint immediately. The people of Cortona built a church in her honor, where her remains are housed. She was officially canonized in 1728.

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Payback

At Anna’s mother’s funeral a man came up to her and after offering his deepest sympathy, took the grieving daughter aside, “I must tell you a story about your good mother and something she did for me…”

He proceeded to recount how, many years before he was involved in an extra-marital affair. One day, when dining with the woman in a restaurant, Anna’s parents had come in and pretended they had not seen them.

But next day he picked up the phone to hear Anna’s mother inviting him over for a piece of pie.

“You know how good your mother’s pie was…But there was also a tone of urgent authority in her voice, so I went.”

After enjoying his piece of pie, Anna’s mother revealed that she had, indeed, seen him and his girl-friend the night before.

“Though I vehemently denied it, your mother would not relent...She proceeded to remind me of the time when I was out of work and she had cooked for my family day in and day out.”

“Now, I want payback,” she demanded.

“I reached for my wallet, but she said,”

“Not that way.”

Handing him a Rosary she asked him to go to Mass for a week. She instructed him to say the Hail Mary and Our Father assigned to each bead while thinking of something good about his wife, his children and their family life.

“If at the end of this week you still think this woman is better for you, just mail me back the Rosary, and I will never say a word about this again.”

At this point, the man telling the story reached into his pocket. Pulling out a worn Rosary, he said,

“This is the Rosary your mother gave me all those years ago. My wife and I have said it together every day since.”

 Based on a story from 101 Inspirational Stories of the Rosary by Sister Patricia Proctor, OSC

Handing him a Rosary she asked him to go to Mass for a week. She instructed him to say the Hail Mary

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