Monday, July 14, 2008

Bishops and Abortion

There is a difference of opinion on how to handle pro-abortion politicians who are Catholic. Some don't want to do anything. Some want to handle it all privately. Some want to start privately, but if necessary bring it to the public. I won't give my opinion - except to say I am glad I am not a bishop who has to make such decisions.

In the Philippines, which is largely a Catholic country, this is being played out in the press. Some bishops are proposing a very strong reaction to pro-abortion politicians. But, beyond the controversy, what struck me about this article was some of the rhetoric from the politicians who are supporting abortion. It is as if they are just reading the play straight from the Planned Parenthood book. For this reason, they make no sense. For instance:

Lagman said both the government and the Church should find a “common ground” on the population management issue instead of criticizing one another’s position on the matter.

The Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development Foundation agreed, saying “it is time for the Church and the national government to look beyond the usual debate on population and contraceptives.”

“They should focus on being not just pro-life, but pro-quality of life, by contributing to the immediate passage of a Reproductive Health and Population Management Policy,” the foundation said in a statement.

So, the Church shouldn't criticize someone for advocating abortion? This is ridiculous. Some people think that saying an act is evil is the worse thing we could do. So, they try to make us feel guilty for feeling guilty about abortion! Talking about reducing abortions and poverty is one thing. But, denying that the Church is trying to stop all abortions is not going to happen.

Then it gets worse:

“Instead of denying them (Catholic politicians) communion, why doesn’t the Catholic Church look for measures to effectively solve the problem?” Canson asked.

Why is it an either/or issue? It is possible to do both.

She said Gabriela research had found that poverty was the leading cause of abortion.

“Is it the solution? Why don’t we instead get to the root cause of the problem which is poverty? If we can solve poverty, then no mother would be heartless enough to abort her pregnancy,” she said.

Wrong. Most women abort because of inconvenience, regardless of economics. Money may play a part, but there is always adoption as well.

Moralizing will never be the answer to the problem, Canson said.

Saying something is wrong is the worst crime of all to some people. Sorry, but killing an innocent human being isn't just "moralizing". It is truth that must be brought out into the light and fought for.

She said another reason that women were resorting to abortion was because of the lack of correct education on reproductive health.

In countries where abortion is legal, where the process is safe, there is low incidence of abortion-related deaths, Canson noted. “And we don’t want women to die,” she said.

How is it reproductive or healthy to get an abortion? Why should I trust that a government bureaucrat with and agenda to advance could do a good job at educating in this sphere?

Lastly, it has already been proven that the stats she sites are bogus.


streetstopper said...

is it really about abortion? i thought all the while that it was just rerproductive health without even the mention of abortion.

Marcel said...

"reproductive health" is code for abortion.