This week, the week before Easter, when Christians celebrate the fact that Jesus is alive, the Governor of North Carolina vetoed a pro-life bill that legislators sent to his desk. A bill, known as the “Born-Alive” bill, would give babies born alive after botched abortions the same rights to life as any other patient under a physician’s care. The timing of this bill and this veto is of particular interest. It all came during Passover Week, or Passion Week, or Holy Week, all depending on your particular branch of the Judeo-Christian beliefs. It is the week leading up to Christ’s death on the cross, and then his resurrection on the first day of the next week. Governor Cooper vetoed the bill on what many Christians celebrate as “Maundy Thursday,” a day marking the beginning of the events culminating on Easter.
The significance is in the meaning of these historic celebrations. Maundy Thursday is a day commemorating the command Jesus gave his disciples as he washed their feet on the evening before his crucifixion. Jesus commanded them to love one another, while demonstrating love by serving them, and then dying for them.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” – John 13:34
Observations from Passion Week: