Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Vatican says ‘Pro Life’ activists must fight for gun control

The Vatican has overturned the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade overturned, praised, but said it is imperative that people who identify as “pro-life” also fight for other critical life-protecting issues such as gun control.

“To be for life always means to defend it against the threat of firearms, which has unfortunately become a major cause of death of children and adolescents in the US,” Vatican editorial director Andrea Tornielli said on Saturday in reprimanded an essay.

The U.S. maternal mortality rate has risen from 20.1 deaths of women per 100,000 live births in 2019 to 23.8 per 100,000 in 2020, he noted, citing statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And “remarkably,” maternal mortality rates are three times higher for black women in the U.S., Tornielli added.

“Being for life always means asking how to help women welcome new life,” he added, noting that 75% of women in America who undergo abortions are living in poverty or are low-wage earners. And only 16% of workers in the private industry paid parental leave, he added.

The American Conference of Bishops and the Vatican’s Academy of Life on Friday praised the Supreme Court’s ruling. But the Academy for Life has also called for social change to help women retain their children.

Pope Francis celebrated families on Saturday, but did not mention the verdict. And he warned families not to be “poisoned by the toxins of selfishness, individualism. [and] today’s culture of indifference and waste. ”

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