Tell God, "I am Catholic but I'm Pro-Choice" ~~~ What will He say?by Marilyn Nash on 08/11/16
11 August, 2016
“Religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed” to expand abortion.
“The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights,”
“In order to expand worldwide access to abortion, deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”
With the upcoming election, there is much discussion on abortion. For me, it is difficult enough to hear a non-Christian’s pro-choice views but when I hear a pro-abortion view spew out from the mouth of a Christian, I find it cringe worthy.
Let me be clear. I claim to be neither a theologian nor a scientist but I am a Catholic Christian who respects the sanctity of human life from beginning to end, and I am saddened by men and women who call themselves Christians but are in favor of abortion.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church clearly teaches:
“Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person - among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.”
(Full article below)
For those who argue that an embryo is not a life, perhaps this article from Princeton University (along with all its attached links) will help paint a clearer image:
"Development of the embryo begins at Stage 1 when a sperm fertilizes an oocyte and together they form a zygote." "Human development begins after the union of male and female gametes or germ cells during a process known as fertilization (conception).
Life Begins at Fertilization with the Embryo's Conception
Abortion is an intrinsic evil:
Combining the above information, Saint John was very clear when he wrote:
5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all[b] sin.
1 John 1: 5-7
We go through lie facing challenges and making choices. We help or we ignore. We forgive or we remain in a place of non-forgiveness. We set our priorities and, in doing this, we either put God at the top of our list or we become quite adept at making excuses for being luke warm and placing Him at the bottom. Either way, there will come a time, be it sooner or later, when we will have to face our God. He is our judge. He is a loving, generous and forgiving God but we should never ignore the fact that He is a just God. When my time comes, I’ll have much to answer for. I make no excuses for my sins but I know that He watches me sees that each day is an adventure in working to become better. I trust in His love and forgiveness so I am not afraid to face Him but I would be absolutely afraid if I had to explain why I was in favor of, or had any part in, the killing of an innocent baby. If you are among those whose mantra is, “I am Christian but I am pro-choice,” please rethink your chant. Pray about it. Reflect on it. Research the horrors of abortion. Watch graphic abortion videos on You Tube. Consider the body parts of aborted babies that are thrown in trash bins behind abortion clinics. Research Margaret Sanger who said in regard to blacks, immigrants and indigents:"...human weeds,' 'reckless breeders,' 'spawning... human beings who never should have been born (http://www.dianedew.com/sanger.htm ). Come to understand that when a woman says, “I have a right to choose what I do with my body,” that it is not her body whose head is being jammed with a scissors. Take a few minutes to read this: https://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/abortiontypes/
And if, after you have considered each of these points and are still not convinced that abortion is wrong, remember John’s words, “If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.”
I and my pro-life brethren are praying for you.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church
2270 Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person - among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.72
2271 Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured 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:
You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish.75
God, the Lord of life, has entrusted to men the noble mission of safeguarding life, and men must carry it out in a manner worthy of themselves. Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes.76
2272 Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. "A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae,"77 "by the very commission of the offense,"78 and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law.79 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 to the parents and the whole of society.
2273 The inalienable right to life of every innocent human individual is a constitutive element of a civil society and its legislation:
"The inalienable rights of the person must be recognized and respected by civil society and the political authority. These human rights depend neither on single individuals nor on parents; nor do they represent a concession made by society and the state; they belong to human nature and are inherent in the person by virtue of the creative act from which the person took his origin. Among such fundamental rights one should mention in this regard every human being's right to life and physical integrity from the moment of conception until death."80
"The moment a positive law deprives a category of human beings of the protection which civil legislation ought to accord them, the state is denying the equality of all before the law. When the state does not place its power at the service of the rights of each citizen, and in particular of the more vulnerable, the very foundations of a state based on law are undermined. . . . As a consequence of the respect and protection which must be ensured for the unborn child from the moment of conception, the law must provide appropriate penal sanctions for every deliberate violation of the child's rights."81
2274 Since it must be treated from conception as a person, the embryo must be defended in its integrity, cared for, and healed, as far as possible, like any other human being.
Prenatal diagnosis is morally licit, "if it respects the life and integrity of the embryo and the human fetus and is directed toward its safe guarding or healing as an individual. . . . It is gravely opposed to the moral law when this is done with the thought of possibly inducing an abortion, depending upon the results: a diagnosis must not be the equivalent of a death sentence."82
2275 "One must hold as licit procedures carried out on the human embryo which respect the life and integrity of the embryo and do not involve disproportionate risks for it, but are directed toward its healing the improvement of its condition of health, or its individual survival."83
"It is immoral to produce human embryos intended for exploitation as disposable biological material."84
"Certain attempts to influence chromosomic or genetic inheritance are not therapeutic but are aimed at producing human beings selected according to sex or other predetermined qualities. Such manipulations are contrary to the personal dignity of the human being and his integrity and identity"85 which are unique and unrepeatable.
“America you are beautiful…and blessed…. The ultimate test of your greatness is the way you treat every human being, but especially the weakest and most defenseless. If you want equal justice for all and true freedom and lasting peace, then America, defend life.”
~Saint John Paul II~
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