Our Community, Our Choice

Thirty-five years after Roe v. Wade, many Catholics wonder why the country still does not protect the life of every unborn person. The case against abortion seems compelling, so why does it often fail to convince? The greatest obstacle is fear. The opening chapters of the book of Exodus remind us of the close connection between fear and death, while suggesting that the choice for life cannot be the burden of one person—it is a mandate to the whole community....

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Anathea Portier-Young is assistant professor of Old Testament at Duke University Divinity School.