The new doctrine implied by many of the most conservative Catholics, including the former Archbishop Raymond Burke of Saint Louis, is indeed curious, though it is regrettably not unprecedented. Under this doctrine there seem to be two categories of the unborn, and they deserve completely different accounting in the moral sphere.
One class of the unborn deserves very little recognition, and can apparently be killed by the millions without much concern. Into this first class fall, for example, the unborn victims of war, the countless unborn who will die directly as a result of policies originating from the current administration’s suppression of the evidence of global warming, those unborn poor who need quality healthcare, those unborn who are malnourished, among other groups too numerous to mention here. Lest we forget, there are many of the born in similar groups who are dieing each day as a direct result of the current administration’s policies.
The other class of unborn is so especially deserving of our protection, however, that even though a candidate has no direct legal authority to protect them, the mere announcement of his or her opposition to a legal precedent enjoins us to put all other concerns out of mind, and cast our vote, as unthinking automatons, to continue the slaughter of those unborn in the first class.
Therefore I must ask those who enjoin Catholics to cast their votes only for so-called ‘pro-life’ candidates, to clarify, with some precision, what are those characteristics of the first class of the unborn that make them so undeserving of protection and conversely makes those in the second class so especially deserving of our protection? This question deeply vexes me.