Your wish is my command: rating some of the pro-life groups September 16, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, catachesis, contraception, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
So the topic of which pro-life groups are really committed wholeheartedly to defending the sanctity of life from conception to natural death came up last week. There is also the allied topic of which of those are committed to the restoration of the Faith. The latter significantly narrows down the list. I’ll provide two lists, those which to my knowledge correspond to the former and latter, and then some which are good regarding pro-life issues themselves but perhaps have some problems with false ecumenism or things of that nature.
So, first up, the completely reliable pro-life groups who also get the need for liturgical reform/Church restoration:
Texas Right to Life
Pro-Life Action League
Human Life International
Thomas More Law Center – not a pro-life group per se’ but their work does a great deal to advance the restoration of the moral order and pro-life concerns
There may be more, these are the only groups I can unequivocally recommend at present.
So now a lot of folks may be saying, what about this group! What about that one! They’re really strong, aren’t they?
When one begins to dig a bit deeper on some of the groups below, problems can emerge. They may fight for the right to life from conception to natural death, but they also support and advance other things which may actually militate against that pro-life stand. For instance, if a pro-life group highlights the work of protestants who maintain that contraceptive use is completely moral and admissible, does that not undermine their own opposition to abortion, since contraception creates the environment in which abortion flourishes? Or they may be weak on the finer points of end-of-life definitions or organ donation.
I won’t point out the problems as I perceive them. I’ll just say that the groups below are generally good on the life issues and some others but may have some weaknesses in other areas such as having a recognition of the solution to the crisis in the Church, adoption of certain post-conciliar novelties, etc. You can make your own decision or do your own research to determine whether or not to support these groups. For me, they do not have the total freedom from concerns that the groups above do.
American Life League – Catholic group, strong on pro-life issues, contraception, some aspects of crisis in the Church. But they have some issues.
Bound4Life – protestant group
Life Dynamics – protestant group
Operation Rescue –
Priests for Life
Live Action – they do a lot of good expose work, I’m frankly not certain on their stands with regard to some of the associated issues
Center for Medical Progress – they’ve burst on the scene and are doing a lot of very good expose work a la Live Action but I don’t know enough about them to unequivocally recommend
Finally, a few pro-life groups I don’t recommend for a variety of reasons:
National Right to Life
Texas Alliance for Life
Pro-Life Across America
Most diocesan CPLCs. They feel it urgent to work with every self-identified pro-life group, including protestant and some visibly problematic ones, and so refuse to take the proper stands on key matters like contraception, organ donation, hard and fast end of life definitions, opposition to organ donation, and the like.
If there are groups not on the list, it’s because I don’t know enough about them to comment. I would say, overall, that most pro-life groups have problematic aspects when it comes to things like the crisis in the Faith, contraception, vaccines derived from fetal cell lines, and the like. That is why the list of really solid is very short.
I fear this post will start a major row with supporters of some of the groups not receiving my unequivocal support take exception. We’ll see. My intention is not to hurt them but to help others to make the best decision possible. Understand these are my personal appraisals and not declarations from on high, so their value is necessarily limited.
Not that that won’t keep some folks from getting steamed, most likely.