Human rights begin in the womb

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Editor’s note: The following column first appeared in Catholic New York — America’s largest Catholic newspaper. 

Everyone seems to lament the divisiveness in our society today—in politics, culture, schools, even within our beloved Church.

One thing that seems to unite all sides is the worry that our world has lost a basic respect for life. Left and right, Democrat and Republican, East and West, across the globe, all seem to agree. 

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For instance:

-We grieve at the plight of refugees and immigrants at the border, scared, worried, desperate, caught between two worlds, treated at times like chattel instead of human beings made in God’s image and likeness;

-We are moved by the scene in Afghanistan with people hurt, injured, and even killed in desperate attempts to escape, falling like cargo from the evacuation planes;

-We’re still shaken by the memories of COVID, with questions still abounding about our elders being crammed into unprepared nursing homes without proper care, the lives of fragile elders treated ­shabbily;

Timothy Dolan, former president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is the cardinal archbishop

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