Secular Humanism Leads to Abortion Print
Written by Haven Bradford Gow   

Valentine image 3According to Father Pierre Lachance, a scholar-educator at St. Anne church, Fall River, Massachusetts, an intimate connection exists between secular humanism and such social and moral evils as abortion, adultery, divorce and teen sex and pregnancies. He points out that “Secular means that man’s vision of life is formed without any reference to God. Secular humanists deny the existence of God.” Humanism means that man—not God—is the center of the universe; man is the measure of all things, of truth and error, right and wrong, good and bad. Secular humanists worship man rather than God.
Concerning the secular humanists’ belief that man is the measure of all things, Father Lachance observes: “A very self-centered and selfish philosophy. That selfishness has led, for example, to multiple divorces. If I no longer love my wife, I can, without any sense of guilt, exchange her, like a car. Selfishness, lack of commitment and responsibility for others, have led to the breakdown of the family and of society.”

Secular humanism also has stressed unlimited freedom without a sense of morality and dignity. The prevalent attitude fostered by secular humanism is “I can do anything I want, as long as I don’t hurt anybody else. Besides, what I do in the privacy of my home is nobody’s business by my own.” As Father Lachance notes, such moral relativism has led to

“[Premarital and extramarital sex], abortion, euthanasia, suicide, homosexuality, adultery, even incest, any sexual activity between consenting adults. [The attitude is] I have a right to that kind of freedom. There should be no law against it.”

Certainly the philosophy of secular humanism (which denies the objective, extra-mental reality of God and insists that “man is the supreme being for man”) provides a firm foundation for the anti-life mentality and such practices as abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. For, if human life is not sacred, if man is not made in the image and likeness of God, then we may do away with innocent human life whenever it is convenient or profitable to do so. 

However, if we acknowledge the sacredness of human life and the reality of God-given rights and corresponding duties, then we must grant that the elderly, handicapped and unborn babies possess God-given, intrinsic moral worth and dignity and an unalienable right to life. Thus, euthanasia and infanticide are morally wrong, because even an elderly or a handicapped person of “no use” to society nevertheless is a human being with God-given, intrinsic moral worth and dignity; therefore, too, even an unborn baby who will be born mentally and physically handicapped should not be aborted, because, in spite of his or her handicaps, that unborn baby nonetheless is a human being with God-given, intrinsic moral worth and dignity and an unalienable, God-given right to life.

Mr. Gow is a TV and radio commentator and writer who teaches Religion to children at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Greenville, MS.