On this the 39th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, legalizing abortion in the United States, Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama spoke to a gathering of student ‘pro-life’ activists on the steps of the U.S. Capital. Even though he supported the war in Iraq, the Senator told the group that he was “pro-life”.

OC asked the Senator if there was a contradiction in saying that you are pro-life but then supporting the war in Iraq? He said “no”. He then suggested that those who opposed the war were “pacificists”. We asked Senator Sessions if he had any regrets about supporting the war in Iraq? His response was: “It’s more costly than I thought it would be.”

Especially disconcerting is the man holding the umbrella for the Senator, wearing a Roman collar — perhaps a Catholic priest. Rather than confronting the wickedness in American society, many religious leader have been co-opted by it.

Commentary: The pro-life (faux-life) movement lacks coherence and credibility when its leaders support crimes against humanity, including wars-of-choice and torture. Perhaps that’s why the movement has been ineffectual in reversing Roe. The best hope going forward is for those who truly care about life to put into practice a consistent-life-ethic. Doing so will help others come around on abortion.

Photographs: Stephen Wise