Earlier this week, Washingtonians who ride the metro were greeted by a shocking advertisement from "Catholics for Choice" – though it was utterly un-Catholic. The cover ad in the Washington Post Express blared the slogan "Public funding for abortion is a Catholic social justice value" and argued for free abortions for the "poorest women."

The idea that we ought to fight poverty by eliminating poor children is pernicious. It is also the very antithesis of any Catholic notion of social justice, which is about recognizing the dignity of every human person, including the unborn, and advocating for policies that alleviate and lift people out of poverty.

Science teaches us that the unborn child of a poor woman is a member of our human family. Any embryology textbook will confirm that each and every fetus is a unique member of the species homo sapien, one of us. It is a fact that every human being on the planet began as a tiny embryo.

Faith also teaches us that the unborn child of a poor woman is a member of our human family, and an especially vulnerable one. Faith tells us that both the unborn child and the mother facing poverty deserve our love, our compassion, and our assistance. Catholic charities have been caring for the least among us for 2,000 years, operating food pantries, homeless shelters, foster care, adoption services, and hospitals, as well as education and job training programs.

"Catholics for Choice" is not an authentic voice for any faith, but rather is just another abortion advocacy group with misleading letterhead and a horrid message.

As Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said, "Any country that accepts abortion is the poorest of the poor."

Maureen Ferguson is a contributor to the Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential blog. She is a senior policy adviser for The Catholic Association.

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