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Thursday, October 28, 2004

Abortion

By: Ed


First let me explain the Catholic view on abortion. From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

2271 "Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of evey procurred abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law."

2272 "Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. 'A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae,' 'by the very commission of the offense.' and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law. The Church does not thereby intend to restrict the scope of mercy. Rather, she makes clear the gravity of the crime committed, the irreparable harm done to the innocent who is put to death, as well as the parents and the whole of society.

Choice empowers. According to many pro-abortion activists, the choice to have an abortion empowers women. It is always good to have a choice, but does that mean we must take it? Does having the choice make any choice right? God himself endowed us with free will. We can CHOOSE to follow or not. Is choosing not to follow ok because we can? NO. There IS a right and wrong choice. There IS a good and evil. There ARE good choices and bad ones.

I believe abortion IS a bad choice. I have heard many arguments for it due to rape. How can that be when rape cases compose less than one percent of those getting an abortion (Alan Guttmacher Institute, "Facts in Brief: Induced Abortion," 2002).

From the Guttmacher institute we find these facts.

1.49% of pregnancies among American women are unintended.
2. Of the 49%, HALF have an abortion.
3.In the year 2000, 1.31 Million abortions took place.
4.2/3 of those having abortions have never been married

There are many more and I urge you to look at them on the Guttmacher site. It appears that those having abortions are not doing so for medical reasons, but as a last resort birth control method. This is VERY wrong in my opinion. There are also the lives and mental health of those having an abortion to condsider.

Many of those having abortions suffer depression, sleep loss, inability to connect to children, and mental anguish long after "recovery" (information from http://www.thinkaboutitonline.com/truth/a0000025.cfm).
I truly believe this is a frightening matter that needs to end.

Praying always,

Ed

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