For several weeks, the coronavirus has been the focus of attention throughout the world. Global organizations, governments, and media quickly began addressing the pandemic. The daily routine of fast-paced, materialistic, modern societies have suddenly slowed down or come to a halt on account of an unknown virus. In the United States, a level of tension among the population is no less discernible. The increased anxiety is visible in price gouging and the widespread runs in many stores, depleting available supplies of many necessary and essential items, such as water. Economic uncertainty and instability is also evidenced by the stock market’s reaction, the loss of gains made over the last few years, and the proposals to lower interest rates and inject cash into the economy.

It seems many people are worried more about maintaining their financial standard of living than a serious reflection on a true philosophy of life. The spiritual void is seen in the way the health of our fellow human beings is addressed in this particular disease.  Though the reaction to the coronavirus varies from person-to-person, the attention and concern for the economy and the stock market over that of human life is disconcerting.

The dangers that COVID-19 pose for the elderly and those with severe, medical conditions should not be taken lightly.  There are reactions growing around the world, shockingly from the medical community, which is targeting the elderly, the age group most affected by COVID-19. The most notable example is Italy, a traditionally Catholic country with strong familial ties. Italy is one of the hardest-hit countries in the world, having more than 31,000 cases and more than 2,500 deaths, as last reported. This has prompted an “Italian medical college…” to issue “… shocking guidelines to doctors and medical professionals telling them to just let elderly patients die.” This should make us reflect as Americans and members of the world community, not only on the utility of socialized medicine but also on the world view on the value of human life.

All life is sacred from the moment of conception to natural death, and the lives of the elderly who are battling the coronavirus should be no exception. To intentionally exclude care for those who are vulnerable because of their age, is not only blatant discrimination but violates the purpose of medical care. To the shame of our so-called civilized, human rights-oriented, modern society, Hippocrates’s oath set the standard that today is being violated. This is just one example of how COVID-19 has demonstrated and revealed that we are living indifferently in a culture of death. The perversity can be seen in how this health emergency, that logically requires government intervention and monetary funding, has been exploited by some in the political arena to further promote the culture of death.

A few days ago, the United States Congress passed legislation to prevent the spread of coronavirus. However, the Republican minority and the Trump administration fiercely criticized the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic House majority for presenting a bill that included an attempt to repeal the Hyde Amendment and force taxpayers to fund abortions. President Trump’s congressional negotiators realized this duplicitous move from Pelosi and the Democrats and refused to accept the bill, forcing the Democrats to include the Hyde Amendment in the revised bill. Why did Nancy Pelosi propose this plan when there is no connection whatsoever between COVID-19 and abortion?  This demonstrates that some politicians have no interest in combating the coronavirus, beyond their ideological views. Instead, they have tried to use the disease to continue their pro-abortion policies.

COVID-19, in many ways, ironically reveals that the important issue of the sanctity of human life is at the center of the many existential and spiritual problems in our nation and throughout the world.  How can we show respect for the elderly, the sick, and the dying, when society does not even believe in the dignity and worth of every innocent, indefensible child born or in the womb? As Mother Teresa said, “The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between.

COVID-19 is serious, and people should take precautions, and ensure the protection of at-risk individuals. At the same time, the urgency of another issue must come to our attention. Abortion without a doubt is the number one cause of death in America and in many other countries of the world. Why is high importance not given to this critical human rights issue? According to the World Health Organization, everyday abortion kills around 150,000 innocent preborn babies around the world. By comparison, since January less than 7,000 people died globally because of COVID-19, about 70 per day. Where is the concern in the daily news headlines about the 150,000 innocent lives lost to abortion? Why no news about this daily human carnage? Are they expendable as are the elderly in Italy?

As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, we should keep in mind that if our laws do not protect the innocent, voiceless preborn, how will they protect anyone who is deemed expendable and denied the right to health care when it comes to a pandemic such as the coronavirus. Let us realize and make other people aware that the greatest cause of death around the world is far from being the coronavirus. It is abortion, the killing of innocent life.