What should Catholic firefighters do if called to extinguish a fire at an abortion clinic?
They should do their job and extinguish the fire. While it is true that a fire at an abortion clinic could impact the ability of abortion providers to perform abortions, that is not the only possible outcome of a fire. There could be people trapped inside the clinic whose lives are in jeopardy. The fire could potentially spread to other structures and cause harm to the lives and livelihoods of people who are not involved in providing abortions.
In 2015, there was a mass shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado. One of the first responders was Garrett Swasey, who was a devout, pro-life Christian. He died while working to save lives during that horrific event. In its coverage of the shooting, the Denver Post reported:
Officer Garrett Swasey was a man so committed to his Christian beliefs that he was willing to die for others without hesitation, friends and family said Saturday. . . . "He may not (have agreed) with the abortion position, but he was willing to lay down his life for other people," said Scott Dontanville, co-pastor of the evangelical Hope Chapel, where Swasey spent much of his time.
Officer Swasey's heroic actions should be a model for all pro-life first responders.