Was Roger Ebert a Pro-Life Catholic?


Roger Ebert wrote the following a month before his death

My choice is to not support abortion, except in cases of a clear-cut choice between the lives of the mother and child.

A child conceived through incest or rape is innocent and deserves the right to be born.

In the same column Ebert wrote the following:

Through a mental process that has by now become almost instinctive, those nuns guided me into supporting Universal Health Care, the rightness of labor unions, fair taxation, prudence in warfare, kindness in peacetime, help for the hungry and homeless, and equal opportunity for the races and genders. It continues to surprise me that many who consider themselves religious seem to tilt away from me.

It should be instructive to “pro-choice” Catholics and non-Catholics alike that someone with all the other policy positions that Ebert had still saw the need to oppose abortion, even in the cases of rape and incest.

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Jeff Quinton

Jeff Quinton

Jeff Quinton is an award-winning blogger who has been aggregating and blogging since 1998. He has worked as a reporter, in government, and as a communications professional in Columbia, SC and Washington, DC.

Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.

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  1. Your post is so misleading. He was pro-life in his personal life, but voted as a pro-choice Democrat and, well, you read it:
    “In the matter of abortion, I am pro-choice, but my personal choice would be to have nothing to do with an abortion, certainly not of a child of my own. I believe in free will, and believe I have no right to tell anyone else what to do.”

    In the article you link to, he departs from Catholicism on many things, including evolution, homosexuality/gay marriage, and birth control. He also says, “I consider myself Catholic, lock, stock and barrel, with this technical loophole: I cannot believe in God.”

    He’s a Catholic who doesn’t believe in God and a pro-lifer who votes pro-choice because his private view differs from what he believes should be public policy (i.e. , keep abortion legal).