Once in a while we hear a logical position from the political wing know as “pro life.” In this case a Nun delivers a left hook to those who claim to be pro life but oppose programs that promote lives of children.
Sister Joan Chittister has a Ph. D. and has written 50 books. For whatever reason, she is unafraid to stand up to anti abortion bullies who want to bring down every voice of dissent. Her position is that to be “pro life”, one needs to promote help for pregnant mothers and programs for children’s welfare.
Her logical position, and the hostility to that position within the Catholic Church, illustrate that “pro life” politics is not about “lives of children.” It is about punishment of women. How dare they have sex and then not suffer by being pregnant. Suffering to raise children in miserable poverty is all the better for women. How poverty affects children is unimportant. I have heard with my own ears the punishment rationale for no access to abortions.
Birth control has contributed to fewer abortions. Help for women during and after pregnancy would reduce them even more. But this latter solution is not on the table because it flies in the face of punishment for women. That is why the church treats Professor/Sister Chittister as an outlier.
The Catholic Church and like minded Protestant denominations would do well to listen to Sister Chittister. She is offering them a path out of hypocrisy that would serve them well.