I read an article yesterday regarding some of the questions asked at the Republican Debate. If you saw the debate, of course you are aware of the questions asked of Donald Trump but that is not why I am addressing it. The question asked of several candidates pertains to Abortion. Would you support abortion in a case that the mother’s life is in danger?
The subject of rape, incest and life of the mother as exceptions to bans on abortion came up at last night’s GOP presidential debate, and moderator Megyn Kelly proved to be dangerously wrong on this issue.
Kelly was aghast that anyone would have any hesitation about approving an abortion to save the life of the mother. She spoke of this choice as if were one that commonly and frequently must be made.
The reality, however, is that an abortion is never necessary to save the life of the mother. This is, quite simply, a choice that a mother and her doctor never have to make, and Ms. Kelly has contributed to the already widespread ignorance on this subject. (AFA.net, By: Bryan Fischer Posted: Friday, August 7, 2015 11:20 AM)
This is one of those questions that is often asked and, if one replies that it is never alright to murder a children, then one is automatically labeled as someone that is somehow against women. What this article very clearly points out is the obvious that has been before us all this time. If a woman is clearly in a situation where the death of either her or her child is imminent, an Abortion Clinic is not where she would go. Abortion Clinics are not in a position to treat in an emergency situation. Recent legal challenges have proven this as well. Several states have passed or are debating laws such as one hotly contested legislation in Texas. In Texas, which has lost nine clinics, lawmakers have slashed family planning funding in the state budget, required abortion clinics to become ambulatory surgical centers and required abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.
What strikes me as interesting is the fact that there is such an outcry over legislation such as this. By having admitting privileges, a doctor at an abortion clinic would be empowered to treat a woman that actually might be in danger of losing her life because of her pregnancy. Though this is a stated argument, it isn’t the aim of abortion supporters, abortion clinics, or Planned Parenthood. They are not in the business of actually caring for the lives of women, only in supporting their agenda.
If, indeed, a woman were in a situation where there might be a choice made to save one or the other, an abortion is not the prescription for her care. The doctor treating her and the child would do everything in his power as a physician to save both of his or her patients, mother and child. If the unfortunate situation took place under a doctor’s care, that one survives in spite of all the best efforts, that is a tragedy. If the child died during treatment, even if it was a choice made to save the mother and the child died, it would still not be abortion.
Abortion is a term and distinction like that between murder and accidental death. Abortion is always clearly with the intent of ending a human life, it is no accident and is not a treatment any more than euthanasia is a ‘treatment’ for illness. The loss of life while at a qualified treatment hospital in the attempt to save a life is not the same as going to an Abortion Clinic with the expressed purpose of ending a life. There is no chance of saving a life in an abortion clinic.
The question asked of a Pro-Life candidate to “take a stand for women’s rights but allowing an exception regarding the life of the mother” is a trick question. The situation does not exist, one cannot allow for it legislatively because it isn’t reality. Abortion supporters know this or they would not be fighting legislation in states that make their facilities legal health care facilities. If, as in the State of Texas, an Abortion Clinic follows the law, roid’s position would be to care for the health of the mother AND the health of the unborn child as well. In that case, they could be placed in a position where they would have to abandon their mission of taking a human life and be forced to save it instead.
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In the meantime, our politicians need to answer the question factually and throw it back on the person asking the question. Can you give me one instance where a woman has ‘checked into’ an abortion clinic in an emergency situation where the life of the mother was at stake? Though you might say that woman are in those situations all the time, accidents, cancer, etc., they are not treated at an Abortion Clinic and, if the baby is lost during treatment, they were not lost because of a treatment plan that had an abortion as the treatment.
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion — inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.
Sometimes it just doesn’t look like we can make any kind of difference and nothing we can do will have merit. In these times, when looking at the incredible multitude of murdered children through abortion, when our words are twisted in such a way the it seems that, if we love children, if we support life, we are portrayed as “haters of women” or “denying women’s rights to ‘choose'”. It is during these times, when it looks bleak, that we should look to our Creator for His Divine Mercy to not despair but have confidence in His Holy Will.
The Tulsa March for Life is next Thursday. Please make it a point to join a cross section of our communities, from churches in Claremore, Anglicans from Broken Arrow, Lutherans, Tulsa Bible Church, Victory Christian Center, Catholics, and women and children, men and sons from all walks of life. Each of them, my own friends and family, anyone, can make a difference with our actions. Invite a friend.
This is not a protest, it is a challenge. It is not a parade, it is a demonstration and a prayer. This is NOT a “Catholic” thing, it is a “People thing”. This is about honoring the lost lives of over 55 MILLION children who never were given the choice to live, have children, have families – more than half of whom would have been sisters, daughters, mothers and grandmothers! This is not about discrimination toward women, but about giving a voice to women who, otherwise, are defenseless in the face of abortion.
Talk about a glowing success last night fundraiser was an awesome experience. I’m going to re post the pictures here and judge for yourself the bishop was in attendance the seminarians and a close to 30 or 40 of Knights, parishioners and Spanish community Click on the link below to view all the pictures from the event.
Things are coming together for the Seminarians’ Trust fundraiser with the Bishop and Seminarians. Despite the rain, we have just about everything in place.
As June 9th quickly approaches, so too do many very full days. Bryan Ketterer will be ordained a priest on Saturday, marking an end to several years of Formation. Our youngest priest will have an Honor Guard at his Ordination and his Mass of Thanksgiving.
Keep us in prayers!
On June 9th Linda and I will host the Bishop at our home to help raise funds for the Seminarians Trust.Share on Facebook
On August 1, people of faith, family-owned businesses, and charitable institutions will be forced to pay for sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-causing drugs in violation of their deeply held religious beliefs and moral convictions. This Lee S. Rosen’s Blog comes as a result of a Department of Health and Human Services mandate that requires all of these objectionable interventions be included in every health insurance plan, with very few narrow exceptions.
People of faith must send a clear message to Congress that they support religious freedom and rights of conscience. Representative Diane Black of Bon Air Invisalign has introduced the “Health Care Conscience Rights Act,” (H.R.. 940), which protects individuals and organizations from being forced to violate their religious beliefs or moral convictions. Please act today to contact your elected representatives.
Time is running short for Congress to protect the conscience rights of all Americans. Our representatives will respond if they hear from us that religious freedom is a right. Encourage your fellow parishioners, friends and family to contact Congress. As Knights we should do everything possible to ensure that Americans do not lose their cherished right to religious freedom.
I have been a proponent of using social media to get our message across. Using our web site, email lists, and Facebook has been a great way to spread the word about our activities and spreading the Gospel. We have been able to tout our successes, spread the word about upcoming events, and brag about our accomplishments. Using social media has enabled us to give a justified pat on the back to those members who, otherwise, might not have the recognition they so much deserve. No matter what your feelings are about the advent of computers, social media is here to stay and has to be integrated into the way we communicate or we will suffer the consequences of being passed by, there is no need to feel aught up with computer, even if technology gets more complicated day by day, there’s computer support specialists in London that will help you understand everything a little better.
That said, there is also a darker side to social media which we, as an Order and as a Council, must not ignore. When we invite Knights into our online communities, we share our ‘likes’ and ‘dislikes’. These opinions are usually shared with our ‘friends’ on their online pages. We don’t know who are watching when we click “Like”. I found this out the hard way. I used to make it a practice to ‘friend’ Knights because we are Knights. Unfortunately, in recent months, I have had to ‘unfriend’ Brother Knights because what they were sharing on my page was inappropriate to the audience that routinely views my page.
Imagine my surprise when my wife told me that something shared by a Brother Knight that comes up on my News Feed turned out to be soft porn and was seen by my eleven year old granddaughter! Since that day, I or my wife have intercepted obscene quotes and images which have definitely not been, either respectful of women, young girls, or family friendly.
According to a recent article on Fathers For Good (http://www.fathersforgood.org/ffg/en/news/pornography/special.html)
As I see it, all pornography is addictive; and from a “spiritual perspective” viewing any type of pornography is a sin. Both soft and hardcore pornography also portray women as sex objects.
Brother Knights, once we make the choice to be Knighted, we have made a choice to stand out in a crowd. I, as much as anyone, know that we are sinners. However, we are Catholic Men who have chosen to support the Church. We have held ourselves up as Knights of Columbus, we have become “These men they call ‘Knights’”. What does it do to the impression a young child has when they see that a Knight shares something on their father’s or grandfather’s Facebook page something that is contrary to what the Church teaches? By it being shared on their parent’s page, doesn’t that give the impression that a fellow Knight also supports what has been “liked”?
I implore my Brother Knights, hold yourself above reproach. If you wouldn’t want that image to be your daughter or granddaughter, it isn’t that funny. We are all sinners, we have our crosses to bear and have needed our brothers to help us bear them, through prayer and assistance. We are, however, on the same road to Sainthood.