Catholics MUST Be ProLife: Action! (3)

Catholics MUST Be ProLife: Action! (3)

This thread is dedicated to sharing news about pro-life issues.

Where possible, we suggest that bloggers make and respond to calls to action in defence of the unborn child – whether that entails emailing MPs or supporting various vigils etc.
Try not to simply post a link to news – publish an extract and/or make a suggestion about possible action, that will encourage readers to click your link.

Among all the crimes which can be committed against life, procured abortion has characteristics making it particularly serious and deplorable. The Second Vatican Council defines abortion, together with infanticide, as an “unspeakable crime”.54
But today, in many people’s consciences, the perception of its gravity has become progressively obscured. The acceptance of abortion in the popular mind, in behaviour and even in law itself, is a telling sign of an extremely dangerous crisis of the moral sense, which is becoming more and more incapable of distinguishing between good and evil, even when the fundamental right to life is at stake. Given such a grave situation, we need now more than ever to have the courage to look the truth in the eye and to call things by their proper name, without yielding to convenient compromises or to the temptation of self-deception. In this regard the reproach of the Prophet is extremely straightforward: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness” (Is 5:20). Especially in the case of abortion there is a widespread use of ambiguous terminology, such as “interruption of pregnancy”, which tends to hide abortion’s true nature and to attenuate its seriousness in public opinion. Perhaps this linguistic phenomenon is itself a symptom of an uneasiness of conscience. But no word has the power to change the reality of things: procured abortion is the deliberate and direct killing, by whatever means it is carried out, of a human being in the initial phase of his or her existence, extending from conception to birth.

The moral gravity of procured abortion is apparent in all its truth
if we recognize that we are dealing with murder…
 Pope John Paul II: Evangelium Vitae – on the Value and Inviolability, of Human Life #58  [Emphasis added]   Click here to read the entire encyclical

To read Pro-Life thread (1) click here and here to read Pro-Life thread (2)

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  • wendy walker Reply September 8, 2021 at 2:17 pm
  • wendy walker Reply September 8, 2021 at 2:52 pm
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    Dr KATME

    BMJ/Rapid responses

    Texas as a flashpoint for women’s rights
    Re: Texas’s new abortion law is an attack on medical practice and women’s rights, say doctors Janice Hopkins Tanne. 374:doi 10.1136/bmj.n2176
    Dear Editor,

    It is reassuring to read the words of American doctors who are opposing the recent draconian restrictions on abortion in Texas. Texas law Senate Bill 8 (SB8) is a severe attack on women’s rights. In a 2013 report, the United Nations Special Rapporteur noted that denial of legal abortion and post-abortion care is a violation of the United Nations Convention against Torture[1] with significant physical and mental health consequences for women. Women in countries with restrictive abortion laws face additional barriers in accessing care. Some resort to unsafe abortion, leading to increases in avoidable maternal mortality.[2] Conversely, liberalising abortion laws is associated with a reduction in these avoidable deaths.[3] The evidence is clear: women’s lives improve when abortion is available as a choice.

    The effects of abortion restriction are unequally distributed by socioeconomic class and race.[4] In the long term, restriction may also widen existing socioeconomic disparities.[5] Abortion restriction is hence also an issue of socioeconomic and racial health inequities, which is particularly relevant in light of the Black Lives Matter movement and subsequent efforts to combat racism in medicine.[6]

    Doctors, medical students, and allied healthcare staff are increasingly using their platforms to advocate for social change. Over the past few years, they have written articles, devised charters and created teaching materials to address racism in healthcare. The Mind the Gap handbook, created by UCL medical student Malone Mukwende to illustrate clinical signs in brown skin tones, is a particularly impressive example of these efforts. As an ethnic minority medical student, I am overjoyed to be able to participate in these grassroots initiatives and witness expressions of solidarity from others. I hope to see this solidarity extended to the cause of women’s rights.

    Gendered disparities are just as endemic to medicine as racial biases. Women have been systematically underrepresented in clinical trials.[7] The justification for this usually relates to the 1977 Thalidomide scandal or variation in hormones due to the menstrual cycle being inconvenient for researchers, however, this exclusion results in suboptimal dosing regimens for female patients.[8] If women are included in study populations, another challenge is that data may be presented sex dis-aggregated which still obscures differences. Even the normal ranges of biomarkers such as troponin may be skewed towards male patients.[9] A study of medical school curricula in the US found that few include teaching on these issues, and most treat men as the “default human” used in diagrams, physiology, drug dosage calculations and so on.10 No such analysis of UK medical school curriculums exists in the literature, indicating a general dearth of information about this issue.

    The COVID19 pandemic has widened inequalities and inequities in several ways, including racial and gendered impacts. The pandemic has resulted in reduced access to family planning services, worsened gendered socioeconomic disparities and increased women’s risk of experiencing domestic violence.[11] The widespread switch to remote consultations, although necessitated by the pandemic, reduces privacy and hence may reduce the likelihood of people disclosing ongoing domestic violence to healthcare staff who would otherwise serve as an important contact point for victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence.[12] How might we address this barrier? Beyond that, what resources might we devise to help women seeking abortion access in highly stigmatised environments, such as Northern Ireland?[13] How might we begin to correct historic and current biases against women in medicine?

    The path ahead is long and arduous, but we have examples to follow. The recent worldwide collaboration at every level of healthcare attempting to dismantle racism can serve as a model for how to approach medical misogyny. The first step is to acknowledge the problem. I urge organisations such as the Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology to publish statements on SB8 as stigma and political attempts to restrict abortion are also issues that affect women in the UK, particularly in Northern Ireland. I also call on healthcare professionals and students to open up discussions on women’s rights and gendered bias in medicine. I am heartened by surveys showing that 82% of British GPs described themselves as broadly pro-choice[14] and 83% of UCL medical students at similarly identified as pro-choice.[15] Although attitudes towards abortion vary be location, there is hence some evidence that a large number of my colleagues would defend women’s right to bodily autonomy. I hope in the coming weeks the medical profession as a whole can use our platforms in a positive way to advocate for women’s rights, and that we can have conversations about gendered biases in medicine. Our patients need this reckoning now more than ever.

    1 Méndez JE. Human Rights Council Twenty-second session Agenda item 3 Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development Report of the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

    2 Haddad LB, Nour NM. Unsafe Abortion: Unnecessary Maternal Mortality. Rev Obstet Gynecol 2009;2:122.

    3 Latt SM, Milner A, Kavanagh A. Abortion laws reform may reduce maternal mortality: an ecological study in 162 countries. BMC Women’s Heal 2019 191 2019;19:1–9. doi:10.1186/S12905-018-0705-Y

    4 Sudhinaraset M, Vilda D, Gipson JD, et al. Women’s Reproductive Rights Policies and Adverse Birth Outcomes: A State-Level Analysis to Assess the Role of Race and Nativity Status. Am J Prev Med 2020;59:787–95. doi:10.1016/J.AMEPRE.2020.07.025

    5 Hajdu G, Hajdu T. The long-term impact of restricted access to abortion on children’s socioeconomic outcomes. PLoS One 2021;16:e0248638. doi:10.1371/JOURNAL.PONE.0248638

    6 Adebowale V, Rao M. It’s time to act on racism in the NHS. BMJ 2020;368. doi:10.1136/BMJ.M568

    7 Schiebinger L. Women’s health and clinical trials. J Clin Invest 2003;112:973–7. doi:10.1172/JCI19993

    8 Soldin O, Chung S, Mattison D. Sex differences in drug disposition. J Biomed Biotechnol 2011;2011. doi:10.1155/2011/187103

    9 Khamis R, Ammari T, Mikhail G. Gender differences in coronary heart disease. Heart 2016;102:1142–9. doi:10.1136/HEARTJNL-2014-306463

    10 Henrich J, Viscoli C. What do medical schools teach about women’s health and gender differences? Acad Med 2006;81:476–82. doi:10.1097/01.ACM.0000222268.60211.FC

    11 Simba H, Ngcobo S. Are Pandemics Gender Neutral? Women’s Health and COVID-19. Front Glob Women’s Heal 2020;0:8. doi:10.3389/FGWH.2020.570666

    12 Feder G, d’Oliveira AFL, Rishal P, et al. Domestic violence during the pandemic. BMJ 2021;372. doi:10.1136/BMJ.N722

    13 Broussard K. The changing landscape of abortion care: Embodied experiences of structural stigma in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Soc Sci Med 2020;245. doi:10.1016/J.SOCSCIMED.2019.112686

    14 Francome C, Freeman E. British general practitioners’ attitudes toward abortion. Fam Plann Perspect 2000;32:189–91. doi:10.2307/2648236

    15 Cohen P, Mayhew J, Gishen F, et al. What should medical students be taught about abortion? An evaluation of student attitudes towards their abortion teaching and their future involvement in abortion care. BMC Med Educ 2021 211 2021;21:1–7. doi:10.1186/S12909-020-02414-9

    Competing interests: No competing interests

    08 September 2021
    Zobia Hussain
    Medical Student
    Queen’s University Belfast, University Rd, Belfast BT7 1NN
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    September 10, 2021 at 11:48 am
  • wendy walker Reply

    BISHOP PAUL SWARBRICK FROM LANCASTER totally enthralled people with his marvellous talk brilliant

    September 10, 2021 at 12:14 pm
  • wendy walker Reply

    I am contacting you after reading about The Womans equality Party and their pro abortion harassment to you by blocking your phone lines it came to my notice over the weekend and I am shocked indeed you Constituency inbox is full

    The pro abortionists are absolutely hell bent on getting this DIY Home abortion to be made permanent ……for many many years the pro abortionists used the back street abortion argument no return to the backstreet’s was their chant ……well strangely enough they are now fighting tooth and nail to keep a new kind of backstreet abortion also called Telemedicine whereby someone who has never had a face to face consultation is sent abortion pills through the post ……already there are deep dangers here no one really knows who those abortifacients are for …their age……their babies gestational age……the state of their physical and mental health …..
    These abortifacients are then taken and after a while the abortion starts …..the way it has been described is absolutely unbelievable and through all this trauma the tiny doomed baby is seen before being disposed of in a rubbish bin or the toilet
    Their can be dire complications for the Mother indeed only last week Ambulance services are reporting a large increase in 999 calls for DIY Abortions

    Sadly Mr B Johnson PM along with MR M Hancock MP decided off their own bats that this would be an easy way out and after denying it would noy happen it did and without any passage through Parliament the DIY abortion was allowed and thousands of pre born babies have lost their lives through it
    Believe me The Conservative Party will suffer for this outrageous behaviour at The Next General Election …pro life people are made a laughing stock of by pro Abortionists but we do have Votes ……..and these very far left man hating Groups will not be voting Conservative whatever they try to do to appease them

    There is a group online called Mumsnet a very pro abortion site if you look on there at the truly horrendous stories of D I Y Abortions written by those who underwent them and a lot of them in extreme trauma ….yet these feminist Groups who claim to care about Females of all ages ……are still campaigning for more of these hideous “””proceedures “”””

    Thank you for your time and patience in reading this Sir

    Yours Truly and Sadly



    September 13, 2021 at 1:22 pm
  • wendy walker Reply….POPES VIST TO SLOVAKIA

    September 13, 2021 at 2:35 pm
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    From: William Jolliffe
    Sent: 16 September 2021 20:55
    Subject: contraception causes abortion —— f

    Dear ladies & gentlemen,

    the Times newspaper in the UK stated the French government plans to reduce the abortion rate by giving free contraception to women up to the age of 25 (Adam Sage, page 33, Friday 10th Sept.); that contraception is free for girls under 19; a French health ministry report showed the French abortion rate has increased steadily over the last 20 years.

    Those who support abortion, those who oppose it, and others, all assert there is a close connection between abortion and contraception. Directors of the Brooks Advisory Centre for abortion referrals
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    stated publicly: the availability of contraception leads to an increase in the abortion rate. Pope John Paul II taught that abortion and contraception are fruits of the same tree. In 1992, the U.S. Supreme Court asserted abortion and contraception are of the same character (see P.S. below).

    Everyone who cares about human life nowadays needs to be clear about contraception and abortion. Sexual acts have two aspects: to unite the married couple, and to create new human life. By separating the unitive and the life-giving dimensions of sex, contraception denies the truth of the male and female bodies united in completely self-giving love within married commitment. It degrades sex to using a human being, with rights and duties, as a means to an end (pleasure). Also, it leads to killing human beings by abortion. I believe the problem of abortion will never be resolved until it is fully accepted how much contraception causes it, and how much giving life is integral to sex.

    Let us pray for the grace to forgive those who practice contraception, which is morally wrong and leads to abortion. The positive alternative to contraception is sex, in the commitment of marriage, which is both procreative and unitive (see P.S.).

    Thankyou for reading a long email. I hope it is helpful.

    In defence of life,
    William Jolliffe, ‘EMMAUS’, 199 Cumnor Hill, OXFORD, OX2 9PJ;
    Tel. 01865 – 862 – 699; Mobile 07846 – 417 – 269;
    Email – williamhmjolliffe AT

    P.S. perhaps the quotes above need some references. Dr Judith Bury, former director of Edinburgh’s Brook Advisory Centre, an abortion referral agency, wrote: “Twenty years ago women were more resigned to unwanted pregnancy, but as they have become more conscious of preventing conception, so they have come to request terminations when contraception fails. There is overwhelming evidence that, contrary to what you might expect, the availability of contraception leads to an increase in the abortion rate.” (The Scotsman, 29 June 1981).

    Another Brook Advisory Centre director, Jean Malcolm, reportedly said: “It’s partly because of a greater availability of contraception that there are more pregnancies. I suppose it’s almost inevitable”. (Edinburgh and Lothian Post, 11 January 1992).

    Pope John Paul II taught in ‘Evangelium Vitae’: ‘abortion and contraception are fruits of the same tree’ (E.V, 13).
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    In 1992, the United States Supreme Court stated in judgment: ‘In some critical respects abortion is of the same character is of the same character as the decision to use contraception (para. 852)… For two decades people have organized intimate relationships and made choices that define their views of themselves and their places in society, in reliance on the availability of abortion in the event that contraception should fail (para. 856)’ (Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania vs. Casey, 1992, para.s 852, 856
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    The Catholic church promotes true sexuality instead of contraception, through in St John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, popularized by Christopher West and others: sex that both creates life and unites within the commitment of marriage. The best English translation of the ToB today is Michael Waldstein’s ‘Man and Woman He Created Them’.
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    Thankyou again for your time to read this,
    W J

    September 17, 2021 at 12:23 pm
    • Josephine Reply

      Wendy Walker,

      That’s a great article, and very true. It’s just assumed in the UK that abortion is a good thing, that we all agree except for a few extremists. Thanks for posting.

      September 18, 2021 at 11:57 am
  • wendy walker Reply

    With thanks to Sarah Bignell, forwarding this call to join 40 Days for Life:

    Adorers Urgently Needed!

    40 Days of Adoration

    for Life In London

    Wed 22nd Sept – Sun 31st Oct 2021

    “If people spent 1 hour per week in Eucharist Adoration, abortion would be ended.”

    (St. Teresa of Calcutta)

    This Autumn can you offer an hour a week for 6 weeks in front of the Blessed Sacrament for vulnerable unborn babies?

    1 million volunteers worldwide for 40 Days for Life have helped save the lives of nearly 20,000 babies from abortion.

    Call or email to find out more Sarah 07776 256838

    September 18, 2021 at 6:21 pm
  • wendy walker Reply

    Thank you dear Josephine
    It is indeed an excellent article which highlights to total injustice ,lies and slurs by those crazed with infant bloodlust

    September 18, 2021 at 6:28 pm
  • wendy walker Reply…..This very evil old man 83 so proud of his abortion marathon please read the comments under this tragic story and please share widely

    September 18, 2021 at 9:43 pm
  • wendy walker Reply September 19, 2021 at 12:48 pm
  • wendy walker Reply…..what we have known all along BABY GLOOMFERTILITY RATE FALL HARMS UKS PROSPECTS …..metro 20/9/21 a must read

    September 21, 2021 at 10:53 am
  • wendy walker Reply September 21, 2021 at 1:29 pm

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