Protecting life from the moment of conception is the essential pre-condition of all human concerns. If children are not born, there can be no other human concern. This is why Morally Responsible Investing has a zero-tolerance policy for companies that support Planned Parenthood, the nation’s number one provider of abortions.
Abortion erodes the essence of family—the foundation of every civilization, cultural movement, and religion in human history. Protecting innocent human life from the moment of conception has always received special attention in the Judeo-Christian tradition, and particularly in the moral theology of the Catholic Church. To select any other point in life’s continuum would be by definition—arbitrary.
Human beings merit protection as a distinct person from the moment they exist. That moment occurs at conception. From that moment, a distinct human being with a unique genetic code exists. This is an objective, empirical, scientific, and medical fact. At the moment of conception, a new individual who never existed before comes into existence. That individual will never be repeated. This person’s particular genetic code distinguishes him or her as a distinct and unique human being. The failure to honor and protect this human being necessarily involves an arbitrary decision to favor some human beings over others. Arbitrary is the antithesis of justice. Stated linguistically, arbitrary is the antonym for justice.
The sanctity of life is the basis of our human uniqueness. We are made in the image and likeness of God. We read in the Bible that God knew us before we were formed and that even if our mothers forget, God will not abandon us.
Try as they might to kick up dust around the topic, abortion advocates cannot obscure the reality that abortion is the taking of innocent human life. This is the brutal truth which simply cannot be avoided. Moreover, the legality of abortion pollutes the moral atmosphere of society in general. If it is permissible to slaughter the most helpless and innocent among us, then on what ethical basis can we prohibit any other harmful act?
The acceptance of abortion throws the credibility of law into question and dilutes the moral fiber of our entire culture. So, if you seek to invest in a way that is morally responsible, the starting point must be avoiding companies that participate in or provide support for abortion, as well as any mutual funds that have shares of complicit companies among their holdings.
Source: In God We Trust by George P. Schwartz, CFA, with Michael O. Kenney, JD