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Consider right to life in broader context

Tim Slavin | Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Dear Editor,

While I certainly do not disparage the upcoming “March for Life” or Father Jenkins’ and Notre Dame’s role within it, I do cringe at it being highlighted above efforts to end the other social and political wrongs being perpetrated throughout the world.

Rather than focusing solely on abortion, why is my alma mater not also raising its collective and institutional voice with equal fervor and pitch to decry our society’s arrogant and brutal death penalties, the genocide being committed across the globe or the oft recurring tendency of the world community to discount the plight or the poor and downtrodden? By publicly focusing almost solely on this one “right to life” issue, Catholicism and Notre Dame continue to climb into bed, and make an unholy alliance, with those on the far right of political and social philosophy whose other tenets run contrary to what used to be, at least, the Church’s core values of social justice.

I hope we all pray for the sanctity of human life in its broader sense and not for just one “hot button” issue that feeds the beast of draconian social and political philosophy.

Tim Slavin

Class of ‘73

Morrison, IL

Jan. 14