October marks observation of ‘respect life’ month


by Joe Hittigner
Eagle Staff

In 2008, 1.21 million babies were murdered in the United States through abortion according to abort73.com.

That is equivalent to killing the entire population of the city of Dallas.

This terrible tragedy is brought to light during the month of October, which is Respect Life Month.

This year marks the fortieth year of the Catholic Church observing the tradition of a whole month devoted to the pro-life cause, raising awareness about not only abortion, but also euthanasia and the death penalty.

As students at a Catholic school, we should stand by the teachings of the Catholic Church and participate in this cause.

Blessed Mother Teresa said, “Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use violence to get what they want. That is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.”

Many people do not realize the gravity of abortion.

Since abortion was legalized in 1973, approximately 50 million babies have been aborted in the United States. Furthermore, 22% of all pregnancies in America end in abortion.

A popular pro-choice argument is that since it is the woman’s body, she has the right to choose any medical treatment she and her doctor think is necessary for her health.

This is false, since the fetus is a distinct being and it has the same rights as any other human being – in this case, the right to life.

However, most pro-abortionists believe that the fetus is not a meaningful human life because it is not self-aware, therefore it is permissible to abort them.

By this logic, it is acceptable to kill a person in a coma, someone who is asleep, or even a one day old baby.

Organizations such as Texas Right to Life and Foundation for Life advocate the right to life from conception to natural death, and provide services for pregnant women. They also lobby the Texas legislature for pro-life issues.

Jim Graham, class of ‘84, is the executive director of Texas Right to Life. The Hotze family, long-time members of the STH community and the namesake of our football field, is a major sponsor of the Foundation for Life.

This year, the lobbying efforts of organizations such as these helped persuade the Texas legislature to vote to limit some of the state funding for Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the country. $64.2 million dollars in state funding has been withheld from Planned Parenthood, forcing the closure of many clinics around the state.

Many events are taking place around Houston during this Respect Life Month that students can get involved in, such as 40 Days for Life.

This event is sponsored by the Houston Coalition for Life and runs through October 31. It includes prayer and offering loving alternatives to abortion at the largest abortion facility in North America, recently opened along the Gulf Freeway in Houston.

Many other cities across the nation are also participating in 40 Days for Life at abortion facilities in their area.

During this month devoted to the protection of life, it is important to get involved in the pro-life movement.

Blessed John Paul II said, “You are called to stand up for life! To respect and defend the mystery of life always and everywhere, including the lives of unborn babies… You are called to work and pray against abortion.”