Before I Knew You

With so much in the news about abortion rights, both pro and con, we look back at our blog of June 2016 when, coincidentally, we wrote about the mission of Columbus-based non-profits that promote a culture of protecting innocent human life from conception to natural death. Find our June 2016 blog here.

Fast forward six years to June 2022. There have been some changes —not in moral conscience; we remain faithful to the defense of life— but where the Columbus locations are actively saving lives and where you may want support your pro-life charitable giving. 

The Greater Columbus Right to Life Foundation operates today in eight counties and focuses on a full scope of life issues such as ending abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, and physician-assisted suicide. There are ten Columbus-based pregnancy centers.

The Greater Columbus Right to Life community benefits from our support both materially and financially in many ways, but we suggest a legacy gift as part of any overall financial planning. We work with estate planners, financial advisors, accountants and attorneys to enable the “support of life” to be meaningful and sustaining. We are willing for share our vast knowledge of transformational giving with our nonprofit partners, foundations, and funders throughout the Columbus area. It is the large transformational gifts needed for long-term protection of the unborn that bring about the greatest results, but for both the giver and receiver can also be more complex.

Bequests can be as simple as placing a paragraph of instructions in a will, or adding a specific charity to an IRA or life insurance policy. Family foundations allow donors to keep their gifted capital intact while they make smaller annual charitable distributions.

Should you consider the Greater Columbus Right to Life, we hope that you will look to the Stewardship Foundation to lead the conversation.

Women’s Rights and the Argument Against Abortion

Abortion was declared legal in the U.S.A. in 1973 yet it was still difficult to get an abortion except in severe cases of rape or incest. But in 1995, then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton saw a pathway. The United Nations had declared human rights as the right to live free from violence, slavery, and discrimination, to be educated, to own property, to vote and to earn a fair and equal wage. The right to health care was not mentioned. So Clinton sought to declare that “women’s rights are human rights” giving women the right to health care. And sure enough, by 2009 a women’s right to health care was declared, carving a path for progressives to present abortion as an essential matter of health care.

For the record, we at the Stewardship Foundation support life, all human life. Born and unborn. We agree with those who advocate that the right to life should always outweigh the right of an individual to control their own body. Do we not rush to prevent all humans from a suicidal decision? 

There are women who are raped and become pregnant; 
the problem is that they were raped, not that they are pregnant.
There are women who are starving who become pregnant; 
the problem is that they are starving, not that they are pregnant.
There are women in abusive relationships who become pregnant; 
the problem is that they are in abusive relationships, not that they are pregnant.

Megan Clancy

At the dawn of Christianity, without modern medical knowledge, the Twelve Apostles and St. Barnabas through faith alone condemned abortion and infanticide. (Source: USCCB)  It is a scientific fact that human life begins at conception. Life is sacred and given by God, and therefore only God can decide when life ends. No intervention, no euthanasia, no abortion.

Our Fifth Credo

We believe… in the sanctity of human life, marriage and sexual morality, and religious freedom and the rights of conscience.

In 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges held that the 14th Amendment require a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex if their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed.

In recent news headlines, the position of the Catholic Church has been bandied about like a volleyball match. Because The Stewardship Foundation holds the position that marriage between a man and a woman to be the most basic institution in society, we thought we’d clarify our position in light of recent news headlines.

Our Fifth Credo

As reported in the National Catholic Reporter, more than a dozen U.S. Catholic leaders and organizations kicked off Pride month with “blessing services” in clear support of the LGBTQ community. 

In 2016, now President Joe Biden, a Catholic, officiated at the same-sex wedding of two White House staffers, reportedly “going out of his way” to act with contempt for infallible Church teaching in light of Roe v. Wade.

Moral liberalism holds that we have a right to do anything not harmful to others. Was Joe Biden acting morally? Does this action imply giving same sex couples the right to marry? 

Pope Francis, or we should say the 2020 movie “Francesco” was not helpful when Francis was portrayed as ignoring the teachings of his predecessor St. John Paul II who said “respect for homosexual persons cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual unions.” 

But in reality, Pope Francis was speaking about the right of homosexuals not to be rejected by their own families. He said nothing about homosexuals creating new families of their own through adoption or surrogates.

Catholic doctrine, reflecting natural law, clearly states that homosexual persons should refrain from same-sex activity and relationships that lead to mortal sin.

After so much hoopla in the press, a year later in 2021, Pope Francis approved a message from the Vatican that “the Roman Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex marriages, no matter how stable or positive the couples’ relationships are. To clarify, the Church calls on Catholics to “welcome with respect and sensitivity persons with homosexual inclinations” and does allow giving blessings to homosexual people, but “does not have, and cannot have,” the power to bless same-sex relationships.

The Vatican emphasizes that “God does not and cannot bless sin.”

Only time will tell whether Catholics, having heard conflicting messages, understand and accept Church teaching. In the meantime, we will continue to bless and pray for our brethren with same-sex inclinations and stand firm that marriage is a sacramental union between one man and one woman.