Wisdom on Abortion | Wisdom Wednesday
When looking for teaching on abortion in the bible, we don't need to look any futher than the pithy Wisdom book, Proverbs. Proverbs 31:8-9 teaches us:
Open your mouth in behalf of the mute, and for the rights of the destitute;
Open your mouth, judge justly, defend the needy and the poor!
Kind of sums up what we're supposed to do as Christians, Catholics and children of God in general, right?
We're not just called to feed the poor and treat the needy with kindness and mercy; we're also called to open our mouths and speak up for the rights of all these people. We're called to speak up for the "mute" -- the voiceless. We're called to speak out against every kind of injustice. We're called to identify disenfranchised and oppressed groups, and then loudly cry out for justice on their behalf.
This simple verse nestled in Proverbs evokes all of society's evils. In one sentence we are convicted for our silence on hunger, racism, sexism, violence and yes, abortion. We can't forget that the most destitute, the most needy, the most poor among the voiceless are the unborn: who aren't cute or cuddly enough to be granted personhood by a society that only sees people in terms of what they can offer. Unlike those oppressed based on race, victims of violence and trafficking, the disenfranchised, the hungry and the unborn, we have voices. And this simple command from Proverbs tells us to use them.