Today I’d like to share with you two completely different outlooks on a Christian perspective of abortion. Most pro-choicers erroneously believe that pro-lifers are simply illogical and blindly Christian; but the first article here flips the bird at that theory.
(LifeSiteNews.com) – The chairman of the Iowa Republican Party says the two Democrats who hope to become the state’s next governor should condemn a prayer for more abortion that was offered at a rally they attended.
Video footage released last week showed Tyler Olsen and Jack Hatch, who are seeking the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 2014, bowing their heads and closing their eyes in reverence as a woman prayed to the “Lord” for the gift of abortion-on-demand.
“We give thanks and celebrate that abortion is still safe and legal,” said Midge Slater of the Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans in a five-minute prayer. “We give thanks, O Lord, for the doctors, both current and future, who provide quality abortion care.”
“We pray for the 45 million American women who have had safe, legal abortions. May they stand tall and refuse shame,” she added.
Slater also asked the Almighty to vouchsafe that elected officials “may always support a woman’s right to make her own medical decisions.”
“Praying to God and thanking Him for abortions, and then asking for his guidance to provide more abortions, is one of the most atrocious things I’ve ever heard of,” said Spiker in a statement.
He said he found it “difficult to think God would agree with the dismembering of babies, much less he would offer his blessings upon those who prayed for more abortions.”
He said the gubernatorial candidates should denounce the “sick, twisted and disgusting” prayer.
However, one of the participants has already defended his participation in the rally. “We certainly don’t have any power, nor should we, to restrict what a prayer is,” Hatch told the Des Moines Register.
The oration was offered at a demonstration asking the Board of Medicine to keep telemed abortion legal. The board voted 8-2 to end the practice.
“If this is what Olsen and Hatch think will help them in their race to defeat Terry Branstad in 2014, then it shows just how unbelievably out of touch they are with everyday Iowans and how poorly they’re going to perform come election time,” Spiker said. ENDS.
The second article here shows a different attitude in a rather touching story about the Pope.
(LifeSiteNews.com) – Anna Romano (above), 35, couldn’t believe her ears when she picked up the phone a few days ago. On the other end of the telephone was Pope Francis himself, who called to offer to baptize her baby after she refused to have an abortion.
“I was just so surprised that he had telephoned me. He said that he had read my letter and he wanted to speak to me personally about it and reassure me that someone was worried about me,” Anna, hailing from Arezzo near Florence, told the Daily Mail.
Feeling humiliated, betrayed, and that she had no one else to turn to, Anna wrote to Pope Francis a few months ago about her crisis situation. She revealed that she was pregnant with the child of an already married man who had demanded she abort.
In her letter, Anna told the Pope that she would not have an abortion and that she had told the married man to “get out of my life.”
“At the beginning I thought it was a joke, but then he referred to the letter, which only my best friend and my parents knew about,” Anna told Italy’s Corriere della Sera.
“We were only on the phone for a few minutes but my heart was filled with joy, as we spoke I was rubbing my tummy at the same time,” she told the Daily Mail. “I would never have imagined that the Pope would pick up a telephone and call me and speak to me as if I was a dear friend.”
During the call, Pope Francis reassured Anna that a “child was a gift from God, a sign of Divine Providence” and that she would “never be left alone,” Anna remembered.
“He said that as Christians we should never be afraid,” she said. “He told me I had been very brave and strong for my unborn child.”
When Anna told the Pope that she desired baptism for her baby but was afraid that her divorce and her being a single mom would be an obstacle, the Pope said that he would be her “spiritual father” and would baptize the baby himself.
“I’m not sure if he will,” said Anna, who said she can only think back to the call as if it were a dream. “But if he did baptize my baby it would be something else. That telephone call has changed my life.”
Anna said that if the baby the Pope baptizes is a boy, then she will name him Francis.