Where is the most dangerous place in the world to live? Is it Iraq, or perhaps Sudan? No, it is in the human womb. More people are murdered through abortion than through any other source. A few days ago Mexico became one of last holdouts to fall under the spell of this evil that is gripping the world.

On a superficial level, we may be convinced that legalized abortion has not really changed much in our private lives and in the life of our societies. It all takes place in the silence of an operating room that ensures the woman safety. And it is as if the fetus that will never see the light of day had never existed.

However, the recognition of the sacred character of human life and of its inviolability — a principle admitting no exceptions — is not some trivial little problem or a question that may be considered relative, in view of the pluralism of opinions we find in modern society. There are no “small murders.” The respect for every human life is an essential condition if a societal life worthy of the name is to be possible.

To claim the right to abortion and to recognize that right in law, means to attribute to human freedom a perverse and evil significance: that of an absolute power over others and against others. This is the death of true freedom.

paul kokoski

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