Many Catholics are divided on the subject of abortion. Even though Church teaching on this matter is crystal clear (CCC 2270-2275), Pew Research reported that more than half of U.S. Catholics favor legalized abortion (i.e. “pro-choice” Catholics), and a subset from this group upholds that the Church ought to reverse her teaching on abortion to “keep up with the times.”
But I noticed a far more subtle deviation, obfuscating Catholics who believe they are following the Church’s teaching while slowly sliding down a slippery slope.
In 1971, Eileen Egan, a Roman Catholic activist and founder of what is now known as Pax Christi USA, coined the term “seamless garment.” This analogy comes from the seamless cloak belonging to Jesus that the Roman soldiers took following the crucifixion (cf. John 19:23) and advocates for the sacredness of life from conception to natural death. The seamless garment position opposes abortion, capital punishment, euthanasia, and social and economic injustice, and asserts that opposition to these evils ought to be equal and comprehensive. In other words, one who opposes abortion ought to also oppose capital punishment, and vice versa.