Abortion "a Stain on Our Nation," Says Knights Leader

Anderson Calls for More Help for Women

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NEW HAVEN, Connecticut, JAN. 20, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Calling abortion "a stain on our nation," Knights of Columbus leader Carl Anderson said society has to do more to address of the needs of women.



In a statement issued today for Wednesday's anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, Anderson said: "For 30 years, abortion has been a stain on our nation; a deep wound in our nation's soul."

"Abortion is the negation of our nation's commitment to human rights and the equal dignity of every individual," said the head of the 1.6-million-member Catholic family fraternal service organization.

"It is a tragedy that sets women against their own children," Anderson added. "This is a choice no woman should ever have to make. This is a choice no society should tolerate."

"Our society can, and must, do better to address the needs of women, rather than leaving them and their children to the violence of abortion. Young people, especially, understand this," he continued. "Young people who grew up under Roe v. Wade have seen the damage wrought by abortion and they demand better.

"As we note this 30th year of abortion on demand, we are confident of the day when we will instead celebrate its end, when the law will no longer protect the violence of abortion, but will instead protect the lives and dignity of both women and their unborn children."

On Wednesday, U.S. President George W. Bush is expected to telephone the participants in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.