By Austin M. D. Quick
My columns have received a great deal of feedback, and I want to state that as a seminarian and a member of this University, I am deeply sorry for any hurt I may have caused. It is my sincere wish to express myself in a loving way that is in keeping with the Gospel.
A student responded to my previous column stated: “I believe that as a Lasallian institution we cannot stay true to what we have been taught in our year(s) here and vote Republican.” The political parties in our country are not perfect, but what is concerning to many is that the Democratic party has shown its support for those without a voice, such as the environment, the poor, illegal immigrants, convicted criminals, etc. However, they do nothing to speak out for the most innocent and voiceless among us: the unborn. They show no concern that in our country alone there are an estimated 3,700 abortions a day. The Democratic Party is against many individual choices, such as gun control, school choice, etc., but they are completely supportive on the issue of a “Woman’s Right to Choose.” Ending another human being’s life is not an option, and it should be a priority of any party.
We must all be sympathetic for the young woman who made a poor life choice and is now pregnant and faced with social ridicule, financial difficulties and a list of other hurdles due to unplanned and unprepared pregnancy. However, this young woman should know that there are many options available to her and none of them deal with ending the baby’s life. It is easy to pass judgment on the many unwed mothers today, and it is our behavior that leads many to make bad choices. As Christians, we are called to help them in any way we can to ensure life is respected at all levels.
As we enter the Advent Season, we are reminded of a young woman named Mary who found that she was to conceive a child without ever having been with a man. Faced with the social implications, even her own death, she chose to have this baby who would be the Prince of Princes and the Lord of Lords. In addition, her husband found that not only was his wife pregnant with a child that wasn’t his own, but that he was to stay with her and never have his own children.
Life is to be respected at all levels, born and unborn, which seems as Lasallian as anything can be. No matter where your political views lie, protecting unborn life should influence your vote in 2008.
Holy Mary and Saint Joseph, pray for us.