I am a little shocked by some of the comments here, I have allowed them, in part because they fascinate me. Many of them illustrate quite well what Pope John Paul described as the "Culture of Death" in Evangelium Vitae.
As Christians we belong to the Culture of Life, not because of our political stance. Not because we are against abortion but because we belong to Christ.
Christ is Life! in all its fullness. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. He is the Resurrection from the dead. He is Eternal Life.
The Culture of Death isn't simply a single issue matter, it goes to the very heart of what we are, it is not unconnected to the loss of a sense of sacredness, of holiness, of communion with God. If we are rude we belong to the Culture of Death, if we cannot forgive we belong to it, if we insult one another we belong to it, if we use harsh and unkind words we belong to it, if we lack mercy belong to it, if we destroy we belong to it, if we are violent we belong to, if we seek war we belong to it, if we seek to destroy we belong to it. If we destroy the planet, if we are racist, if reject the poor or the stranger, if we are a warmonger, then we are on the side of Death, not Life.
Yes, it is most manifest in a society that rejects life and kills the infant in the womb, but it is much deeper than this, as one of the commentators pointed out, just because a society, like communist Romania or Albania, rejects abortion does not mean it is has anything to do with "Life", we do need to look deeper at how the most vulnerable are treated, the sick, the imprisoned too, it touches the use of the death penalty as well.
However abortion above all is the litmus test of whether a society is directed towards to Life or Death, if we see the next generation as "a punishment" as Mr Obama does, there is a terrifying manifestation of the culture, the thinking, of Death. If human sexuality is ordered merely to personal or even mutual pleasure, we denying its procreativity, then we have a disordered understanding of what a human person is. When a mother, the life giver and medical professionals, kill then something is very seriously disfunctional in a society.
If we refuse to see life in the womb, or if we turn marriage into a sterile desert, we are on the side of death, and we direct society towards death. The fundamental human right is to life, on this hinges all other rights, the fundamental human duty is a duty to support life. When we as individuals but more so as a society fail to support this right and duty then all other rights fall a part, then the poor, and the elderly, the sick and the imprisoned are treated as less than human. Society becomes increasingly divided and plumets headlong towards destruction.
Christ alone rescues us and our society from the culture of death!