Fr. ROY CIMAGALA,
July 10, 2019
WE have to be familiar
with the so-called pro-choice position that is now becoming the
prevalent ideology affecting many countries and especially the young
ones, the so-called millennials. We need to be familiar with it so
that we can be better prepared to deal with it, since it is now
invading our own country. In fact, there is now a strong
foreign-funded pressure to instil this kind of liberal pro-choice
view on us.
The pro-choice position,
of course, refers to the so-called life-issues, like abortion,
population control, same-sex marriage, divorce, euthanasia, etc. It
has an eminently moral question that we need to be clear about.
We need to understand that
there are moral principles that derive from the very nature of
things, and especially of our own. And they have a universal
applicability, going beyond our natural and artificial differences
in race, culture, religion and other categories.
In a nutshell, the
pro-choice position can be expressed in the following words as
expressed by many of its advocates and followers: ďI am pro-choice,
even if that means abortion. I am also for same-sex unions, and I
also support legalizing divorce. What people want to do with their
lives and their body should not be controlled by other peopleís
ďIf you do not want
abortion, donít get one. If you donít want to marry one of the same
sex, by all means, donít. Donít divorce if thatís what you prefer.
But to take away other peopleís choices because you donít agree with
them is evil and wrong. The terrible thing is that many people can
only imagine a world where their religion is absolute. What
Itís incredible that this
view can be held even by very educated people, and people who are
even products of Catholic schools and other very prestigious centers
At least two possibilities
can explain this disturbing phenomenon. One is that these schools
are not anymore teaching morals and are just focusing on technical
things. And two, that the students may be taught morals but are not
internalizing them. Of course, there are still many other possible
With this pro-choice
position, one is practically saying that there are no absolute moral
principles with a universal applicability, that everyone is
absolutely free to do whatever he wants to do. In other words, one
makes himself his own lawgiver, if not his own god. He cannot be
told and taught anything. He has to be left alone. He can do
anything he likes.
It is amazing that many
people with this position do not realize that they are going against
even the very basics of common sense. We are never alone. We can
never be alone. We have to live by certain laws. We cannot escape
the fact that we have to submit to certain doís and doníts.
Abortion is not about
exercising the right over a womanís body. Whether one is a believer
or not, abortion is simply killing a human person. A fetus inside
the motherís womb is not just a clump of cells. A fetus just cannot
be but a baby.
And the so-called same-sex
marriage is a contradiction since marriage can only be between a man
and woman. It is not meant only for good-time, for giving in to what
our flesh desires. It is meant for procreation, for education and
upbringing of children and family, and the good of society.
Divorce simply goes
against the very nature of marriage. It is rejecting oneís
commitment of love however the marriage may go. The concerned
parties in marriage promise ďto have and to hold, from this day
forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness
and in health, until death do us partĒ
Letís hope that families,
churches, schools, offices and the government units help in
clarifying these moral life issues both with clarity and charity
always. Hardly anything is gained when we start fighting.