our path to more children begins!

Finally, I am able to share that Matt and I have started our next Frozen Embryo Transfer cycle, which means we can take the next step to remove our three children from artificial limbo a.k.a. cryopreservation.  (If you do not know my history with IVF, please read it here, so you may gain more insight on our situation.)

It has been a long waiting process since my “she-cycle” does not operate as would a normal “she-cycle”.

Currently, I am preparing my body for implantation by going through hormone replacement therapy, which begins with a daily oral dosage of Estradiol.  Once my endometrium (uterine wall) has the appropriate thickness, I will take intramuscular (in other words, bum) shots of progesterone, and because my embryos are five days old the transfer will occur five days after progesterone begins.  If all goes as planned the transfer will take place on October 14th.

Since this clinic allows a maximum of two to implant at once and we have three embryos left to continue their lives, we decided to implant two of them during this cycle.

Yes, that means possibly twins, again!

A pregnancy test is done roughly nine days after the transfer.

Lord knows that I’ve been praying everyday to take our children out of their state of limbo,  so they are able to develop in my womb, see the light of day, and grow to live long, healthy, happy and loving lives with us as a family.  I can’t wait to hold them, love them, teach them about God’s grace and to watch them play with our twins, Gadsden and Davny.

If you would be so kind as to pray for Matt and I during this time, and for our children to continue their lives and participate fully in God’s creation.  I would be eternally grateful.

Endlessly blessed with God’s inconceivable mercy,

Kara

what if my teenaged daughter were impregnated by rape?

A question often asked of me from the Pro-Abortion side is “What would you do if your teenaged daughter were raped and got pregnant?”  Pre-children, I faltered on this question alone, which caused me to examine my Pro-Life stance, as so many people do on this one argument.  It was a sure sign of my oblivion with the “culture of death”.  Now, Post-Children, Mom of 23 month old boy/girl twins, I know my answer without a moment’s hesitation.  Here it is in three parts with a bit of information to back it up.

First, if I coerced my daughter to abort her baby and she did it, she would have to live with that reality for the rest of her life.   It is logical to assume that aborting her baby would lessen the horrendous experience of the rape, but facts prove otherwise.  She would always be haunted by the fact that she killed an innocent unborn child.  Below are  statistics I found from theunchoice.com titled Recent Research – Abortion’s Harm to Women.

 3.5 Times Higher Death Rates from Suicide, Accidents, Homicides (Suicide 6 Times Higher)
– Researchers examining deaths among the entire population of women in Finland found that those who had abortions had a 3.5 times higher death rate from suicide, accidents, or homicides in the following year. Suicide rates among aborting women were six times higher compared to women who gave birth and two times higher compared to women who miscarried. (European Journal of Public Health, 2005)

Five Times Higher Risk of Substance Abuse – Women who abort are five times more likely to report subsequent drug or alcohol abuse than women who deliver. (American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 2000)

 160% More Likely to be Hospitalized for Psychiatric Treatment – A review of the medical records of 56,741 California Medicaid patients revealed that women who had abortions were 160% more likely than delivering women to be hospitalized for psychiatric treatment in the first 90 days following abortion or delivery. Psychiatric treatment rates remained significantly higher for at least four years. (Canadian Medical Association Journal, 2003)

Abortion Increases Risk of Later Miscarriage by 60% – Researchers in the U.K. surveyed women ages 18 to 55 about their reproductive histories, life-styles and relationships and found that women who had a previous abortion had a 60% higher risk of miscarriage during a later preganancy. (BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2006)

If abortion is so great and wonderful why do women have any of these problems?

Additionally, I could hide the fact that my daughter didn’t actually kill a child by spouting off the Pro-Abortion spittle that it was just an embryo or a fetus or it’s not human or it’s just a blob of tissue, but she would eventually discover the truth.  ALL scientific evidence  proves that life begins at conception.  It is not something to be whimsically decided by intellectuals at their elitist cocktail parties.  It is not a question of capability determined by the wind of technology.  What will be the excuse when our technology advances to conception as the point of viability?

The terms ’embryo’ or ‘fetus’ are actually developmental stages in a human’s lifespan just as toddler or teenager are and the only difference is inside the womb vs outside the womb.  These terms are used by the Pro-Abortion side to dehumanize the child, which does not change the truth, the baby is human.  Both parents were human that conceived the child, therefore, the baby is human.  At conception, we are not potentially human life, we are human life with potential.

Finally, calling the baby a blob of tissue is completely debunked after witnessing an ultrasound.  Would a ‘blob of tissue’ have a beating heart at three weeks old or grow arm and leg buds at week four?  If a baby in the womb were just a ‘blob of tissue’ then why is Planned Parenthood selling livers, brains, and  kidneys after sifting through severed arms, legs, and genitalia from aborted babies?

So now that I’ve cleared up the some of biological scientific evidence, let’s get back to the case in point: my daughter regretting her abortion after being impregnated by rape.  Would that be true? The answer is yes.   The Elliot Institue conducted a study on this topic and the results are the following (from afterabortion.org):

[Study] based on letters and survey responses from 192 women who became pregnant as a result of rape or incest. 164 were victims of rape and 28 were victims of incest (sexual assault involving a family member). Overall, 69 percent continued the pregnancy and either raised the child or made an adoption plan, 29 percent had abortions and 1.5 percent had miscarriages.

  • Nearly 80 percent of the women who aborted the pregnancy reported that abortion had been the wrong solution.
  • Most women who had abortions said that abortion only increased the trauma they were experiencing.
  • In many cases, the victim faced strong pressure or demands to abort. 43 percent of rape victims who aborted said they felt pressured or were strongly directed by family members or health workers to abort.
  • In almost every case where an incest victim had an abortion, it was the girl’s parents or the perpetrator who made the decision and arrangements for the abortion, not the girl herself. In several cases, the abortion was carried out against her expressed wishes, and in a few cases, without her being aware that she was pregnant or that an abortion was taking place.
  • None of the women who gave birth to a child conceived in sexual assault expressed regret or wished they had aborted instead.

Now, there was another more recent study done by the University of California San Francisco of 600 women who had obtained abortions and the results were on the opposite spectrum.  They showed that after three years 95% of the women did not regret their abortions. What?  How can this be?   Well, read what this former Dallas abortionist, Carol Everett of the Heidi Group, has to say about it in an article written by Charlie Butts from One News Now:

The average woman who has an abortion denies the pain she experiences until 5 to 15 years after the abortion,” she says. “My own personal denial lasted 13 years. So three years is not long enough to study anyone who’s had an abortion because she’s probably still in the self-punishment phase and in denial.

Everett says many abortionists tell women that they may have certain negative feelings “but just to stuff them and they’ll go away.”

Also, women don’t realize the wrong done until much later because most of our culture deems unplanned pregnancy as a disease much like cancer and the only cure is to abort. Get rid of that growing “tumor” inside the womb before it burdens your life.  Beginning as early as grade school, we are fed this false jargon so incessantly that we believe it and we do it.  So much so that it’s at a genocide level.

According to American Life League, the United States of America, land of the free, kills a baby every 30 seconds, 120 per hour, 2,899 per day, 1,048,000 per year and this only includes surgical and medical abortions, not chemical abortions due to abortifacients in birth control pills, which pharmacy experts project at an extra 14 million per year.

These numbers are astonishing and I do not want to add to it.  More than anything I want to put an end to it for good.

The second part of my response is if I coerced my daughter to abort her baby and she did it, then I would have to live with that reality for the rest of my life, and she would live with the fact that I made her do it.  This answer does not require any other research or data because first, it’s my opinion, and second, the above data shows that when my daughter discovers the truth about abortion, she will have no one else to blame for murdering her baby than me.  She, the minor, the rape victim, the helpless child, and I, her mother, her confidant, her advisor, forced her to kill the child that she created.

I think pure unending hatred would stem from that realization.

Finally, the solution. I would advise my daughter to put the baby up for adoption because the innocent unborn child should not receive the death penalty for the father’s crime.  The father won’t even endure death if found guilty, so why does our society choose the child to receive this harsh punishment?  Pre-children, I never asked myself this question because I didn’t think to. The “culture of death” does not want us to think in this way. It would ruin their business.  Instead, we are a generation that thrives on convenience and instant self-gratification, so we take the easy route, especially when our daily lives are threatened.

In fact, Operation Rescue breaks down the reasons why women receive abortions: 42% are due to inadequate finances or not ready for responsibility; less than 1% are due to rape.  EWTN, a well respected Catholic news source, states that an average of 0.04% of ALL pregnancies account for rape, so even if all of these women sought abortions how can we justify the other 99.66%?  

As her mother, I could not, in good conscience, ever tell my daughter to abort her child, no matter the circumstances. This baby, as are ALL babies, is a gift from God, which deserves the greatest respect. In this situation, giving the baby up for adoption to an affectionate, nurturing, caring, husband and wife would be the ultimate act of sacrificial love for her child. Why? Because a teenage girl is still a child herself, still developing physically, mentally, and emotionally. She has very limited wisdom and experiences from life to teach this other young human being and she also does not have the means to support both of them. A married couple or a welcoming family has what this child needs and entrusting the child to them to fulfill those needs is extraordinarily admirable, loving, and selfless.

What if my daughter refused to give up her baby for adoption and chose to keep her?  Then, we would support her in any and every way possible.

Making the right decision is hardly ever the easy one, but it is always the most rewarding. Yes, aborting her baby would be the fast and convenient way to remove the ache, but it would never cease to end the pain.

Not one single person regrets choosing life.  One always regrets choosing abortion.

holy matrimony: the “grownup” marriage

Baby Bride and Groom

baby bride and groom via millenialinflux.com

 

The ability to get married as it currently stands, and has for some time, reminds me of the immature childhood response “Well, why don’t you marry it!” after a kid yells “I love Chocolate Ice cream!” This is basically the extent at which you can marry someone today.

As a child, my parents disciplined me out of love, and now as a parent myself, I do the same for my children. I tell them “No! Don’t touch the oven. It’s hot!” over and over, and with no prevail, my kids try to do it over and over. Of course, I tell them this because I know it will hurt them.  For the thirty plus years I’ve been on planet earth, I’ve burned myself countless times, and I know that it’s painful! My children keep trying to touch the oven because they are 23 months old and they haven’t a clue about the pains of the world, even from a hot oven. They are my little curious monkeys, constantly exploring the nuances of their surroundings, seeking knowledge, as would every child their age. My purpose as a parent is to teach them. Teaching requires constant discipline, and I do both out of the love that I have for them.

God does the same for us because He is our Heavenly Father and our Creator. He gives us the commandments as a guide to always follow. Not when we decide it’s convenient for us. He knows what is best for us, and what will provide true happiness. He doesn’t want to hinder us or spoil the fun or ruin our lives. He wants to enrich us with His love by teaching us morals and values based on His law, just as any caring parent would do to their children.

I once acted like the spoiled rotten toddler who stomps his feet during a tantrum when I didn’t want to follow God’s laws. I wanted to pick and choose which laws to obey and which to pass by as one selects food in a cafeteria line. I would say to myself, “I don’t have to follow all of these rules. Some of them don’t apply to our modern times.” Thus, I gleefully practiced heathenism, doing what I believed best suited me, ignoring and poking fun at sacred doctrine and traditions, imagining that I was happy and fulfilled, but in reality I suffered immense disorientation. I was unable to comprehend up, down, right or left as if lost in a deep, dark, vast, ocean because I lived moral relativism.

Despite my state of delirium, I still had a few bits of sensical clarity. The mature part of me chose a kind man with integrity and ambition as my husband. I loved him dearly, but in a sense I pictured him as my Prince Charming. He was perfect marriage material, according to my Disney Princess fantasy checklist I had made:

Does he love me?, check.

Do I love him?, check.

Does he make a good living?, check.

Is he handsome?, check.

Do I like his family?, check.

Does he want children?, check.

None of the items on my checklist included the greater and the more difficult aspects of marriage, but I wouldn’t learn that until later.

And because I didn’t follow God then nor did I believe in organized religion, I chose not to respect my Catholicism by marrying in the Catholic Church. I didn’t feel the need for us to go through the lengthy and “unimportant” religious process the Church required. I accepted the secular spittle that “love is enough” to withstand the ‘forever’ in marriage, and it’s just a legal union between two people who love each other. If it doesn’t work out, I can always get a divorce, so nine years ago we joined ourselves with a civil ceremony conducted by the Justice of the Peace.

Once we had our children, I began to dip my toes back into Catholicism for the sake of my children’s moral upbringing. I soon recognized the hypocrisy of living as I was, a non-existent Catholic, and expecting my children to uphold good values. My actions of ignoring God’s commandments in the past crept up and revealed their awfulness. I finally saw the truth that I couldn’t possibly know what was best for me all on my own. I needed God.

Shortly thereafter, the Pro-Life stance I had always felt drawn to, but never stood up for rushed into my soul and I felt a strong fervor to never remain silent again. Then, the mistake in not marrying in the Catholic Church became more clear because our previous civil ceremony showed that we were leaving the meaning of our marriage in the hands of the government. A government that legalizes the killing of unborn babies. How could our marriage be eternal or even ethical when the institution that bonded us together permits death on the most innocent and vulnerable of human beings?
Also, I recognized the “love” mantra I had been perpetually fed all of my adult life was pure hogwash. It was a childish view. In our culture of recreational sex, most often love is mistaken for lust, and lust only lasts so long, hence the high divorce rate today. Lust can not endure the mishaps, stresses and sorrows that life throws at you. Only a conjugal love built on friendship, emotional (not physical) intimacy, and perpetual giving can withstand the strains of life. Lust only brings temporary happiness, conjugal love brings everlasting contentment. 

Our marriage needed elevation to a new sacred level. One that is “sealed by God himself” (CCC 1639) and that meant blessing our marriage and receiving the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, ”the matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament” (CCC 1601).

After nine years as a wife, I know that marriage is so much more than a juvenile checklist. It is charity, generosity, trust and fidelity. It is emotional intimacy, thorough communicating, compatibility, mutual dependence and continual optimism. The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony recognizes these “grownup” characteristics in marriage and a civil union does not. In fact, the most crucial difference is the agreement to completely surrender to God’s will in childbearing. The origin of the word matrimony is mother, which proves the main purpose of marriage is accepting motherhood, at all times, not when we feel like it. We must also welcome the fate of no children of our own, which is the will that I would not acknowledge in the past, and explain in further detail here.

The marriage program a couple must complete to receive the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony is vital to an ageless bond because it forces the couple to focus on the most difficult challenges in a marriage: commitment, intimacy, communication, compatibility, children, and charity (sacrificial love). These adversities also are considerably rewarding when handled with care and compassion not bitterness and revenge, but more importantly, it’s essential to their children’s well-being. The greatest gift a husband and wife can give their children is to show them the love they have for each other. Just think about how a child mimics your every word and action. If you and your spouse are constantly bickering and fighting, pushing the marriage further and further apart, they will follow your lead. A broken marriage means broken children. As a child of a divorce, I know that is absolutely true.

Not only does a couple learn to face the difficulties in a marriage, but they also discover that this sacramental union mirrors the relationship that Jesus Christ has with His bride, the Church and because of this their number one job as husband and wife is to get your spouse to heaven! It makes sense! Jesus immensely loves all of us, and as believers in His Church, He desires that we obtain eternal life in His heavenly kingdom! Now, how could I make sure my husband gets the fast track to heaven without fulfilling the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony? Our civil wedding ceremony was far inferior and it would not help me in my number one job as a wife. Our marriage needed a blessing and a validation from God to attain a dynamic strength, authenticity, and a genuine, limitless love. It needed to “grow up” into a supernatural meaning and one without the stain of the government, so we enrolled in a Marriage Convalidation program at our church to fix that problem.

As of now, we’ve gone through the first step toward Holy Matrimony by attending a convalidation class, which is a condensed version of the marriage program an engaged couple would take. Soon we will meet with our Pastor, then await approval in our Diocese, and finally we will be able to receive the Sacrament. I anxiously wait for its arrival!

The foundation of society is the family and the foundation of the family is the marriage. I want my husband and I to elevate our wedded state into a sacred, solid, everlasting, and “grownup” marriage, so we set an example for our children, who will hopefully continue building up society instead of bringing it down.

sorry, pope francis. we completely missed the point of your year of mercy letter

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courtesy of ringoffireradio.com

The media has been solely focused on this “abortion absolution” in Pope Francis’s recent Year of Mercy letter to Archbishop Rino Fisichella.  They completely missed the point of his message, which is quite clear when he says, “I wish that the Jubilee Indulgence may reach each one as a genuine experience of God’s mercy, which comes to meet each person in the Face of the Father who welcomes and forgives, forgetting completely the sin committed.”
So basically, Pope Francis wants all of us to experience God’s mercy.  Plain and simple.  But the secular media tends to muck up his simple message by focusing on the hot topic, abortion.  Particularly, when the pope declares that all priests are allowed to give absolution during this upcoming Year of Mercy to those who have procured an abortion, which is the involvement in undergoing, giving, or aiding in an abortion.

This “abortion absolution” has caused some confusion among the secular culture.  For instance, I’ve heard that some people think the Catholic Church has changed its stance on abortion, which is absolutely false.  They obviously did not read Pope Francis’s letter because he says, “One of the serious problems of our time is clearly the changed relationship with respect to life. A widespread and insensitive mentality has led to the loss of the proper personal and social sensitivity to welcome new life.”  In other words, we have become a society that disrespects the sanctity of human life, especially pertaining to the most vulnerable life growing inside a mother’s womb.  We have been drinking the cool aid of the “culture of death” for so long that we think of children as a burden and a mistake.

Being the harmonious and ever merciful Pope Francis that he is, he beautifully illustrates an understanding of the desperation, the “superficial awareness”, and “the pressure that has led [women] to [an abortion] decision.  [He] know[s] that it is an existential and moral ordeal. [He has] met so many women who bear in their heart the scar of this agonizing and painful decision,”  which is why he clarifies that God’s grace is extended to them, but His mercy doesn’t only apply to those involved in an abortion, it applies to everyone.

He wants to illuminate God’s forgiveness on anyone and everyone (the incarcerated, the ill, those involved in an abortion, the deceased), no matter the fault because “the mercy of God is able to transform hearts.”  He wants to show that “the forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented, especially when that person approaches the Sacrament of Confession with a sincere heart in order to obtain reconciliation with the Father.”

Many of us perceive that our sins might to be too horrible, too evil to be forgiven, and to be accepted into the Catholic Church. The reality is that the Catholic Church’s members are made up of 100% sinners, and even with all of our sins summed up in total graveness it does not make us any less in need of forgiving or any less in need of acceptance.  And the sum of our sins do not make the Church any less holy.  Mercy is holy.  The Catholic church is ever merciful.  As Catholics we must abide in “the commitment to live by mercy so as to obtain the grace of complete and exhaustive forgiveness by the power of the love of the Father who excludes no one.”

If you haven’t read Pope Francis’s letter, please read it here.  It’s absolutely remarkable.


“Full Text: Pope Francis’s Year of Mercy Letter.” Catholic Herald. Catholic Herald, 1 Sept. 2015. Web http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2015/09/01/full-text-pope-franciss-year-of-mercy-letter. 2 Sept. 2015.

hey pro-lifers! here are 10 foolproof responses to pro-abortion arguments

This past Saturday, I attended the Catholic Pro-Life Committee’s Speakers Bureau workshop in Dallas to begin my training to be a speaker at events pertaining to Pro-Life topics.  We received several handouts in the class, but the one that really stood out to me was “Choice: The Reality of the Arguments”, which lists all of the most common arguments from the Pro-Abortion stance and refutes them with the truth and with scripture.  It also shows four different circumstances in which an abortion would be recommended, and then gives a surprising ending to each case if you answered “yes” to any of them.  I believe this is an extremely powerful tool, so I would like to share it with all of you!

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It is God who creates life and it is only for God to decide when it is time to take a life into His loving arms to be with Him forever.

10 Foolproof Pro-Life Responses to Pro-Abortion Arguments

  1. Doesn’t a woman have a right to do what she wants with her own body?

We don’t have the right to do what is wrong. Our rights end where the rights of others begin. We do not have the right to harm another person. Genetically, mother and baby are separate persons from conception. What if we changed the words to, “A man has a right to do what he wants with his body”? Does this include rape, or physical attack? No, because it harms another person. There is a victim. In an abortion there are many victims: the baby, the mother and others involved.

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” Corinthians 6:19-20

  1. It’s not a life; it’s just a blob of tissue.

Modern science has given us enough evidence that geneticists today agree that human life begins at conception. If it’s not a life, then it’s not “alive” – so why must we kill it (or abort it)? It is alive, and it is a life. The stages of the human person’s development are as follows: embryo, fetus, newborn, infant, toddler, youth, adolescent, teen, young adult, adult, and elderly. At every stage, it is a life. It’s like a chain. It doesn’t matter where in the chain the link is cut; the chain is still broken.

“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you: before you were born, I sanctified you: I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5                                                                                          

  1. What about abortion in the case of rape or incest?

In this case we are punishing the child, who is innocent, with death. We are also adding more pain and suffering to the mother because she will know the rest of her life that she killed her child. Less than 1% of abortions occur because the mother was a victim of rape or incest. We must always remember that only God creates life.  We can perform the act to allow conception, but “we” do not create the life. God is present and participates in every creation of life. God makes no mistakes; He does not have accidents.   A question to ponder, would you say this to a person conceived by rape, “I think your mother should have aborted you!”?

“Fathers should not be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their fathers; each is to die for his own sin.” Deuteronomy 24:16

  1. What about abortion to save the life of the mother?

There are no cases where a child would need to be aborted to save the life of the mother. If necessary medical treatment of the mother indirectly causes the death of the unborn baby, then the Catholic Church teaches that this is allowable. Take, for example, a woman with cancer who needs chemotherapy in order to live. But she is pregnant and the chemotherapy could cause the baby to die. The woman should not have to choose between her life and that of the child. Therefore she may choose to have the treatment, which may indirectly cause the baby to die. In this case, she is taking the treatment to save her life, not to kill the baby. This is different than if the woman had an abortion, where her intention would be to kill the baby. This would be wrong. This is an extremely rare and difficult case. We must have faith in God and believe that His plan is perfect no matter how hard the situation is.

“The Lord brings death and makes alive; He brings down to the grave and raises up.” Samuel 2:6

  1. Abortion is legal; it wouldn’t be legal if it wasn’t right.

It was illegal for Jesus to heal on the Sabbath. Slavery and the killing of the Jews were legal. Before the Civil War, slave owners were “pro-choice” concerning their right to slavery. Yet, we know that though it was legal to own slaves, it was still morally wrong. It was also legal to persecute the Jews in Germany during WWII; it was illegal to protect them or hide them. Also, remember, it used to be illegal for women to vote!

“Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, ‘But, we knew nothing about this,’ does not He who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not He who guards your life know it?  Will He not repay each person according to what he has done’?” Proverbs 24:11-12

  1. Shouldn’t every woman have a “safe place” to go if she chooses to abort?

If someone is going to do something that’s wrong, we shouldn’t help them do it just so they don’t get hurt. Then it’s the innocent that suffer just as in the case of abortion. Should we make it safe for burglars to break into houses’? For muggers to mug, and murderers to kill? Common complications From abortion include infection, perforation of the uterus, failure to extract all the baby’s body parts, sever bleeding and even death – all from “legal” abortions in “safe” clinics. Would you trust a doctor who was willing to kill a baby with your life?

“There is a way that seems right to man, but its end is the way of death.” Proverbs 14:12

  1. The government does not have the right to get involved with this decision.

The government has an obligation to protect its citizens from murder and other wrongs. The United States has had a great reputation for defending those who cannot defend themselves, such as the two world wars. This obligation applies especially to the unborn because they are the most defenseless of all human beings.

“But your eyes and your heart are intent only upon your own dishonest gain and on shedding innocent blood and on practicing oppression and extortion.” Jeremiah 22:17

  1. Does the possibility of deformity justify abortion?

Who among us is able to judge the value of a human life? And where do we draw the line on who is worthy to live? Does needing a hearing aid or having a deformed arm determine the cut-off point’? They used to think that being left handed was a handicap! When babies with health defects are aborted, it sends a clear message that any life, no matter at what stage, is not worth living if it is not a “perfect” one.

“The Lord said to him, ‘Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute?  Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord?” Exodus 4:1 1

  1. What about poverty and overpopulation?

You don’t eliminate poverty by killing the poor; and you don’t eliminate the problems of people by eliminating the people.  The problem is not too many people but improper distribution of resources. Instead of looking at children as a drain on resources, they should be looked at for their future contribution to produce more resources.

“For the poor will never cease from the land; therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor and your needy, in your land.” Deuteronomy 15:1

  1. What if there were no arguments against abortion?

What if we could do abortions safely, painlessly, with no side effects or trauma, and before the baby’s heart started to beat? Then would it be all right? The bottom line is that all life comes from God. He is the Creator. His plan is perfect.

“This day I call heaven and earth as witness against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19


                       

Possible Cases for Abortion

Read each of the following four situations. For each situation, determine if you would recommend abortion for that case. Then read the answers to each case.

Case 1: A 40-year-old woman is pregnant with twins. She has already given birth to 22 children, but half of them have died. The Black Death is ravaging the country were this woman and her husband live. Considering the woman’s age, the mortality rate of her children, and the threat of contracting a deadly disease, would you consider recommending abortion?

Case 2: The father is sick with sniffles and the mother has TB. They have 4 children. The first is blind, the second is dead, the third is deaf, and the fourth has TB. She finds she is pregnant again. Given the extreme situation, would you consider recommending abortion?

Case 3: A white man raped a 13-year-old black girl and she got pregnant. If you were her parents, would you consider recommending abortion?

Case 4: A teenage girl is pregnant. She’s not married. Her fiancé is not the father of the baby, and he’s very upset. Would you consider recommending abortion’?

If you answered, “yes” to any of these situations:

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Answer 1: In this case, you have just killed St. Catherine of Siena, a Doctor of the Catholic Church and patron saint of both Italy and Europe.
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Answer 2: In this case, you have just killed Beethoven.
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Answer 3: In this case, you have just killed Ethel Waters, the great black gospel singer.
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Answer 4: In this case, you have just declared the murder of Jesus Christ.
The Speakers Bureau is a ministry of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee of North Texas, the Respect for Life Ministry of the Diocese of Dallas * http://www.prolifedallas.com