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I've really tried hard to stay away from the subject, but those of you that have been reading my blog and that read about my stance on abortion, especially during the presidential campaigns, know that I have to be true to myself. I have to be honest. I can't sit back without voicing my opinion, contradictory or not. You know me. I'm totally terrible at being "politically correct".
January 22, 2009 will be the 36th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the court's legalization of abortions in our country. As I am true to my word, I expect (and sadly know - unless our Lord intervenes with a miracle) that President-elect Obama will also be true to his, "The first thing I’d do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That’s the first thing I’d do."
The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) is set to be signed, if Congress passes it, on January 21-22 of 2009. It's almost like a slap in the face. A celebration of sorts for the passing of Roe vs. Wade. We spend millions of dollars protecting animals, trees and the environment in our country, yet our most prized treasures, our children, are the least protected. There's something terribly wrong with that picture.
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1) Partial birth abortions (an abortion performed in the THIRD trimester of pregnancy!) would be legal and have no limitations.
2) Parental notification will no longer be required.
3) The number of abortions could increase by as much as 100,000 annually.
4) All hospitals and healthcare facilities, including Christian hospitals would be required to perform abortions upon request, if this Federal law is in effect. (Some U.S. Bishops have indicated they would consider closing down Catholic hospitals rather than perform abortions - more than 30% of all hospitals in the United States are Catholic.)
5) Abortions programs nationwide would compel taxpayer funding of abortions. Therefore, it will be YOU and I would be footing the bill to kill these babies. (The thought of that makes me sick to my stomach.)
We know that a child before birth can be operated on, can be tested, can cry, suck his or her thumb. The only difference between a child before birth and after birth is essentially spatial. Did you become a person just because you left the womb? No. You were a person in the womb. Geographical location does not make a person.
Father Brian Bransfield, USCCB Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis, wrote: "At the moment of conception, when the egg and sperm unite, an amazing thing happens. The genetic donation of the father and that of the mother meet. In that meeting, the father donates 23 chromosomes and the mother donates 23 chromosomes, and their union results in an absolutely new, never before seen, human being. The new embryo has a unique DNA structure. He or she is neither part of the father nor of the mother. The egg was previously a part of the mother’s body; the sperm was previously a part of the father’s body. But no more. A new human being has emerged, a vulnerable and unique self-directing self that never before was. It needs nothing but nutrition and a safe place to grow."
Is that not like the toddler or child you have running around your house? Doesn't he or she just need nutrition and a safe place to grow in order to survive?
I know there's not much I can do as one person. But at the risk of being redundant, I can continue to voice what God has so strongly put in my heart. Again, as I've reminded readers over and over, His words clear as a bell state, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations." - Jeremiah. 1:5
We can't give up hope. Christ died on the cross so that we could have hope. These are His babies that are dying in this genocide. We are His body on earth. When we feel weak, remember to stand firm on His words, "Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong." - 2 Corinthians 12:10 Don't allow a "controversial topic" silence you. God's word is the truth and the truth is that He and only He creates life and that life should be protected at all costs from the time of conception to natural death.
When you start questioning, "what can I do?" Ask Him to show you. Ask Him to open those doors. You'll be amazed at what you can do through His grace. "I can do everything through him who gives me strength." - Philippians. 4:13 Together, each of us can respond to God’s call with that same spirit as Samuel: “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.”
In closing, I just want to share something that just came to mind. While we were having our Family Fun Night Friday night and we sat watching Horton Hears A Who, at the end of the movie when Horton was being caged up. They had taken the dust-speck that was so precious to him containing the tiny people in "Who-ville". In his agony and through tears, Horton yelled out, "A person's a person no matter how small". I had never seen the movie before, and that made my heart race and my eyes filled with tears. Yes, Horton! A person's a person no matter how small! What a wonderful lesson for my children to have learned that night!
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