from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ web site.
Political Action and Legal Reform in Evangelium Vitae
by Robert P. George, J.D., D. Phil.
Evangelium Vitae—the “Gospel of Life”—is a warning and a plea to the people of the United States and other developed nations.
The warning is that ours is fast becoming a “culture of death.” The plea is for us to join together in building a new “culture of life.”
In the culture of life, by contrast, freedom is never a license to kill or oppress. Rather, freedom is ordered to goodness, to justice, to human solidarity. Freedom can never legitimately be invoked as a justification for actions which are contrary to human dignity and, as such, to moral truth. To claim a “right” to kill the unborn, the frail elderly, and other innocent human beings is, according to the Pope, a perversion of freedom.
…gravely unjust laws as those authorizing and promoting abortion and euthanasia, far from creating an obligation of obedience, give rise, the Pope declares, to “a grave and clear obligation to oppose them by conscientious objection”. Indeed, as the Holy Father reminds us, “a law which violates an innocent person’s natural right to life is unjust and, as such, is not valid as a law”