By: Ethan Starr
Over 2,800 Americans find themselves on death’s doorstep. They have not been overcome by powerful maladies, diminished by degenerative disease, or transferred to a hospice home to experience their last days. In only the first two months of 2018, U.S.’s self-inflicted plague has already counted three casualties from the cells of death row.
What do cupcakes and duct tape have in common? They were both used by the Pro-Life Club to spread their message of life across Boston College’s campus in the past two weeks!
by Katie Daniels
Pope Francis says, “No one saves oneself. The community is essential.” I wish I could tell you I read that in an encyclical, or got it from a homily he gave in St. Peter’s Square. I actually read it on his Twitter feed. Still, Pope Francis tweets the truth. Without community, we accomplish nothing.
As members of a university, whether faculty, staff, or student, we’re all well-situated to understand the truth of Pope Francis’ message. We experience the power of community daily: rallying around Pete Frates’ ice bucket challenge, rushing the field after our incredible win against USC, and volunteering weekly with 4Boston, PULSE, or St. Joseph’s Project. Especially in our volunteer work, BC is determined to leverage the strength of our community to help the marginalized one classroom, one bagged lunch, and one conversation at a time.
by Gjergji Evangjeli
Abortion has long been recognized to be a harmful procedure. Though resistance to abortion has been presented as a strictly Christian position, the Hippocratic Oath goes against abortion about half a millennium before Christ was born. Of course, the way the Oath treats abortion and euthanasia is one of the major reasons why it is no longer required to be taken in many medical schools. One may wonder at the wisdom for removing the Oath rather than living up to it, but it seems that one’s priorities take precedence.
by Kate Conroy
Although Pope Francis is well known for his quote that Catholics are too obsessed over issues like abortion, he does not say that we should discard the issue and concede to the popular view. Rather, he has said that “Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.”
The pro-life movement is centered on protecting the poorest and most vulnerable members of our society: the unborn, the sick and elderly, and those imprisoned.
by Margo Borders
Diseases and poverty run rampant around the globe, yet one of the most life-threatening conditions in our world today is simply being a girl.
Sex-selective abortion is defined as the practice of terminating a pregnancy based on the predicted sex of the baby. Sex-selective abortions that target females are still very common in places such as India and China. For example, according to the 2011 census, there are 37 million more men than women in India. Not only is this lack of females devastating to gender equality, but it is also damaging to the cultures and the generations of men that will not be able find wives and start a family.