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By Francis X. Maier, First Things, 6 . 17 . 22
Francis X. Maier is a senior fellow in Catholic studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and the 2020-22 senior research associate at Notre Dame’s Center for Citizenship and Constitutional Government.
Here’s a simple fact: Many of today’s social issues are important, but not all of them have the same gravity. And it’s misleading to tie them all together as somehow equivalent, because they’re not. Concern for the environment, more effective gun laws, and better immigration policies is a good thing. But being “right” on those issues can’t balance out being wrong on killing, or tolerating the killing of, a developing human child. Some things are always and inexcusably wicked. Abortion is one of them.
My wife and I have a son with Down syndrome. Three of our grandchildren have disabilities that range from moderate to severe. They all deserve the gift of life. They all make their siblings more genuinely human by the treasure of their presence. …
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