April 28, 2014
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Before harming a woman and her unborn child, the act of abortion hurts God, said Father Paul Nicholson.

"Truly the first victim in abortion, the first victim in sin, is God," he said. "It is he who is wounded. There is no such thing as a victimless crime."

Nicholson addressed about 100 people April 5 at the Campaign Life Coalition's National Pro-Life Conference.

Nicholson said abortion represents an evil that extends beyond the killing of unborn children. That evil is the absence and rejection of a belief in God which is used to rationalize the act of abortion itself.

"We may . . . say how can anything be any worse than the slaughter of little children, the pulling of limb from limb, the shattering of little skulls?" he said.

FAR GRAVER EVIL

"The truth is there is a far graver evil and that is to believe that there is no God and that there is no eternal life and that there is no consequence of sin."

Towards the end of his talk, Nicholson, a missionary preacher of the new evangelization from the Diocese of London, Ont., noted that evils are often connected by making reference to the frequency in which acts of sodomy and the use of contraception are used. This relationship is often overlooked.

It is easy to fall into the trap of, when fighting one evil, to fail to recognize how it is connected with other evils, Nicholson said.

Jim Hughes, president of Campaign Life Coalition, said when he got involved in the pro-life movement in Toronto 35 years ago, many believed that wider use of contraception would help prevent abortion. "We found that really the contraception mentality in many cases led directly to abortion."

That can be tracked back to the progressive deterioration of the nation's faith which continues to function as a hurdle for the movement, he said.

"People forget that the spiritual element is at the core of everything that we do," he said.

"It is up to us to just be faithful in what we are doing, continue to plough on and in the end the good Lord will keep tabs on whether or not we were successful."

THE LORD'S BATTLE

That message was echoed by Carter Grant, a 20-year-old who attended the conference.

"This isn't our battle; it is the Lord's battle, we are just called to keep working," said the Ryerson University student. "Even if we don't see the results right now it doesn't mean that there won't be results later on. It is not our job, it is not our purpose to know what our actions will result in.

"It is our job to keep going and working and answering the call of the Lord."

For Carter, surrounding himself with so many other pro-lifers helped to rejuvenate his dedication to the cause.

"When you are by yourself for a long time or in your community of about five, six or seven people and we are working constantly, you can get discouraged because you are not getting as many people as you would like," he said.

"But then when you come together in these big conferences with a big number of people you realize how many pro-life people there actually are and they are not that far away from you. You can rejuvenate yourself with the people around you."