Today’s post, my last in this series, is also likely to be the most controversial. I nonetheless hope that any discussion it engenders can still be reasonable. I decided not to post this series during an election season because the emotion and loyalties campaigns arouse make such discussion difficult. Voices in the Catholic media begin to treat the Church’s social teachings as ammunition to be used in defense of their predetermined party of choice rather than looking to the Church as a genuine guide. Sometimes the loyalty Catholics show to their candidates and parties borders on the idolatrous.
I’ve argued that for both theological and practical reasons, Catholics should prioritize opposition to abortion above other political issues. Today I’m going to get a little more specific in discussing what I think are the real world consequences of this argument. When we get to the point of concrete political decisions we have to be a bit more specific with our terms than I have been in my earlier posts. So when I say that I think abortion should be “issue number one” for American Catholics, I mean specifically that working to weaken and overturn Roe v. Wade must be our top priority.
There are lots of other ways to combat abortion, after all, such as volunteering in crisis pregnancy centers or subsidizing adoption, all of which are praiseworthy—but none of which are a substitute for overturning Roe.