Millennial editor Robert Christian has a new article at Busted Halo. He writes:
Before anything else, pro-lifers should support Pope Francis’ message because environmental degradation directly threatens and ends human lives — not just in an equation predicting the worst-case scenario in a model on climate change, but today, right now. Vulnerable people around the world are dying because of our misuse of nature. The World Health Organization estimates that 7 million people die prematurely from air pollution each year, as well as 150,000 people from climate change. When all the other impacts of this misuse are totaled, the human cost is staggering.
Unless we count those anti-abortion activists whose concern for life ends at birth — those who are so often entranced by a belief in the magical powers of the market — to be pro-life means to protect the lives and dignity of all human beings. Every life has value. None are disposable. Francis makes this very point in the encyclical, saying, “The inalienable worth of a human being transcends his or her degree of development.”
The full article can be read here.