Compromise on Abortion?

On July 31, 2009, in Unrelated, by Admin

And now comes a prominent pro-lifer saying something quite similar to President Obama. Rocco Buttiglione is perhaps the most famous pro-life Catholic politician in Europe. A member of the Italian parliament, professor, and public intellectual, he famously was rejected as a European Commissioner because he holds standard Catholic beliefs on marriage, family and homosexuality.

In a just released interview with an Italian newspaper, Buttiglione says those who favor abortion rights today “recognize, thanks in part to scientific discoveries about the embryo and DNA, that the fetus is not a lump of blood in the body of a woman; the fetus is a life.” He sees this as an opportunity and he is right.

But he continues that pro-lifers made a mistake in the past by trying to “defend the unborn child against its own mother.” He argues, “God entrusts a child to its mother in such a special way, that to defend a child against the mother is just, but impossible.” The way to reduce abortions, he claims, is to “make the mother more free. The more free she is, the more difficult it will be for her to renounce the child.”

For these reasons, Buttiglione says he will no longer work to make abortion illegal. He will work to reduce the number of abortions. He wants to find common ground with abortion advocates.

There are many problems with Buttiglione’s analysis…

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Abortion activists first introduced the misnamed ‘Freedom of Choice Act’ (FOCA) with the help of Senate sympathizers in 1989 to create a fundamental right to abortion for all women, spread its access, and limit any government regulation, including any that even Roe v. Wade allowed. Twenty years and countless successes since then, the abortion movement put a sympathizer in the White House who had promised them he would sign that sweeping and radical legislation into law if elected.

Most Americans had not heard of this until sometime around election day 2008, others are still unaware that FOCA would change life in America dramatically, and eliminate vast numbers of them. The US Bishops mounted a formidable campaign to inform and engage citizens to defend against the assault on life and laws and fundamental rights of conscience. And they energetically implored President Barack Obama to resist the pressure to sign what they and the pro-life movement identified as “the most radical abortion legislation in US history,” without the slightest risk of exaggeration.

‘Congress has to explicitly exclude abortion, or it will be mandated’
FOCA would enshrine abortion as an absolute right and require unfettered access to it; invalidate all state and federal laws regulating abortion through term pregnancy, including informed consent, parental notification, physician licensing, clinic safety, and the rights of health care workers to exercise conscientious objection participating in abortion. And, it required U.S. taxpayers to fund it all.

Obama did not sign FOCA into law when he took office. But pro-life leaders weren’t exactly celebrating. They warned it would turn up in a stealthier form.

It has.

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Victorian doctors who object to abortion fear they could be legally coerced into referring patients for terminations, Australian Medical Association (AMA) federal secretary Francis Sullivan says.

Victoria’s new abortion law reform legislation is at odds with the autonomy it set out to embrace, he told a Conscience laws and Healthcare conference in Melbourne on Saturday.

The legislation which decriminalised abortion requires medical practitioners with a conscientious objection to terminations to refer a woman seeking one to another practitioner who doesn’t have that objection.

But the laws enacted last October have concerned some Catholic and anti-abortion health workers, who fear they may be legally coerced to participate in abortion referrals or direct assistance with procedures.

So far, there have been no test cases in Victoria but Catholic Health Australia has already offered to support any health worker requiring legal assistance if required to defend a conscientious objection.

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Though Mayra Sandoval died of cancer on July 8, her son Samuel is alive and healthy thanks to her insistence on choosing life, against the advice of doctors who urged her to abort. Now, Mayra’s husband and friends remember her as a powerful witness to the immeasurable value of life.

In an interview with “El Pueblo Catolico,” the Spanish newspaper of the Archdiocese of Denver, Mayra’s husband, Ricardo Flores, recalled the battle of faith and trust that the couple underwent in the months leading up to her death.

Both Ricardo and Mayra were born in Mexico. They moved to U.S., where they met three years ago, began to date, and eventually moved in together. At the time, neither had a strong faith, but they were nevertheless overjoyed when, in October 2008, Mayra became pregnant.

Months later, doctors detected a cancerous tumor in Mayra’s lungs that was already in an advanced stage and was still continuing to grow. Mayra was advised to abort the baby on the spot, so that she could start a treatment to halt the cancer growth.

But Ricardo and Mayra chose life. Although it was difficult, Ricardo said he never had any second thoughts in the decision to choose life. When the option of abortion was presented, “We always said ‘no.’ We couldn’t do that,” he explained. “God gave life and God takes it away.”

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An Ohio state legislator has introduced a bill that requires written permission from an unborn baby’s biological father before an abortion.

Rep. John Adams, a Republican from Sidney, Ohio, calls his bill H.B. 252 “Father’s Rights Regarding Abortion,” Politics Daily reports. The legislation has more than a dozen co-sponsors in the Ohio House of Representatives, where Rep. Adams is Minority Whip.

“When the fetus that is the subject of the procedure is viable, no person shall perform or induce an abortion on a pregnant woman without the written informed consent of the father of the fetus,” the bill’s text reads. “When the fetus that is the subject of the procedure is not viable, no person shall perform or induce an abortion on a pregnant woman without the written informed consent of the father of the fetus.”

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A high level Vatican official has reminded US bishops of their responsibilities to pro-abortion Catholic politicians, including the possibility of withholding Communion. Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, the head of the Vatican’s liturgical office, told LifeSiteNews.com in an interview today that the guiding principle for bishops considering withholding Communion from pro-abortion politicians in their dioceses should be “caritas in veritate” or “charity in truth.”

Canizares explained that according to Catholic teaching those who insist upon receiving Communion in a state of serious sin are in grave spiritual danger and emphasized that the withholding of Communion is meant for the person’s spiritual salvation.

He said, “I think that the strongest words are found in St. Paul: one who goes to the Eucharist and is not properly prepared, duly prepared, ‘he eats his own condemnation’. This is the strongest thing that we can say and what is the most truthful statement.”

The Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Sacraments, in an exclusive interview with LSN, said that it is the duty of bishops and priests to instruct Catholic politicians who refuse to accept the Church’s teachings on life, to help them understand the “gravity” of what they are doing.

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As debate continues about de facto federal funding for abortion in proposed health care legislation, U.S. Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) has filed an amendment which would deny federal funding to Planned Parenthood through Title X Family Planning.

A backgrounder from Rep. Pence’s office says the amendment would withhold annual appropriations of Health and Human Services’ Family Planning funds from Planned Parenthood.

In Wednesday remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives, Rep. Pence said “The time has come to deny any and all federal funding to Planned Parenthood of America. The largest abortion provider in America should not also be the largest recipient of federal funds under Title X.”

Expressing confidence his proposed amendment will be “widely supported,” he asked the House Rules Committee to place it in the voting order.

Rep. Pence said that Planned Parenthood performed more than 305,000 abortions last year and received nearly $350 million of federal taxpayer money from 2007 to 2008.

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Prolife UC presents a talk by Dr. Glenn Peoples, PhD…
Abortion, Morality and Law with Dr. Glenn Peoples, PhD

Is abortion immoral, and should it be legal? The abortion controversy is a persistent one in New Zealand that has seen revived interest lately. Dr Glenn Peoples provides reasons for deeming abortion immoral and for its legal restriction. He also considers some arguments for abortion rights and explains how to address these, showing that they overlook the fundamental moral issues involved.

Friday 31st July 7.30pm
A3 lecture theatre, University of Canterbury

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A reputed coalition of pro-life and pro-choice leaders gathered in the U.S. capital this week to launch what it terms a “common ground” approach to defusing the culture wars surrounding the abortion debate. The only problem is that the bill in question has garnered very little, if any, support from major pro-life players.

Democrat representatives Tim Ryan of Ohio and Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut announced at a press conference Thursday the reintroduction of the Preventing Unintended Pregnancies, Reducing the Need for Abortion and Supporting Parents Act, joined by supporters of the bill, including representatives from major pro-choice organizations such as NARAL and Planned Parenthood.

The 87-page bill, first introduced in February 2007, aims to reduce the need for abortions through an increase in family planning initiatives, and better access to both preventative and postpartum care.

Noticeably missing at the press conference announcing the “common ground” solution to the abortion debate was the other side.

Those pushing the bill hailed it as a coup for reaching across the divide, even though the supposed pro-life sponsor of the bill, Ryan, is actually only a self-proclaimed pro-life Democrat who has been asked to step down from the board of Democrats for Life of America due to his increasingly pro-abortion voting record.

And among the pro-life supporters, not one major pro-life group was in attendance, although a list of 23 moderate-to-progressive pro-life individuals and organizations were named as representing the other side.

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WalterCronkite The involvement of Walter Cronkite in US abortion politicsFamed CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite has been lauded in the media since his death on Friday, at the age of 92, with tributes paid not only from secular media, but even Vatican Radio and other Christian news sources.

But while remembered by many as “the most trusted man in America,” many of Cronkite’s more radical, but lesser known views, would be considered repugnant even to many of his greatest fans.

For instance, up until his death Cronkite served as honorary chair of the Interfaith Alliance, an organization dedicated to countering the influence of conservative Christianity on federal politics.  In 2007, the Alliance initiated a campaign to force Christianity out of the public sphere by promoting policies that would silence the Christian voice.  They recommended that churches be prohibited from endorsing political candidates, that research and health policies should not be based on “religious doctrine,” and that faith-based schools should be banned, among other things.

Part and parcel with Cronkite’s campaign against religion in public life was his outspoken vocal support of abortion and same-sex marriage.  In 2003-2004, for example, Cronkite wrote a column for King Features Syndicate, which was published in about 180 newspapers throughout the U.S.  In the column he discussed ‘Marriage and Abortion’, expressing disregard for “conservatives” who oppose abortion and same-sex “marriage.”