NEW YORK, Jan 22, 2001 ( – In his first major sermon after he learned of his selection to become a cardinal, New York’s Archbishop Edward Egan argued vigorously for the life of the unborn. During his homily, he stressed that the right-to-life was “common sense and a fundamental of civilized law.” He condemned the use of the word “choice” in advocating abortion as “verbal trickery.”“There is something in a woman when she’s pregnant … that gives every indication of being a human being – a beating heart, fingers and toes,” Egan said. “Until you can prove it is other than a human being, don’t kill it. And don’t tolerate the state standing by while someone else kills it.”


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