To the last 2 posters (sorry, I don’t know how to quote more than one post at a time):
The Catholic Church and other prolife organizations like Birthright, Our Lady’s Inn, and crisis pregnancy centers, do more to help woman in crisis pregnancies than anyone else. However, we must also speak the Truth and call a spade a spade: Abortion is the taking of an innocent human life, which by definition is murder. But even then, we still don’t pass judgement and condemn the women. Instead, the Church offers recovery and healing services like Rachel’s Vinyard.
And I know of no prolife legislation that seeks to incarcerate women for having abortions. The one’s prosecuted would be the abortionists. We don’t seek that (prosecuting women), because we recognize that in the vast majority of cases the woman doesn’t want the abortion, but feels she has no “choice” (ironic, isn’t it :rolleyes:), due to finances or social pressure from her parents, partner, job, or school. It’s a strawman argument to try to get the Church to change her teaching. She won’t.
Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood and their ilk paint abortion as the easiest way out of a “problem” and no more serious than tonsilectomy: the mere removal of “fetal tissue”, “contents of pregnancy” , or other euphamisms. Way easier than “sacrificing your body” for nine months and “ruining” or career or education. I personally know 2 women who’ve sat in abortion clinics bawling their eyes out in the “counselers” office, stating that they didn’t want the abortions. The so called “counselors” (who are supposed to be there to make sure women and girls aren’t being coerced and really want to have an abortion) didn’t bat an eye. Just signed the forms and sent them on their way to kill their babies.
Bottom line, let’s inject some truth into this debate: Abortion hurts women, Planned Parenthood hurts and exploits woman and enables child abusers for profit. They are the “bad guys”, not the Catholic Church and the pro-life moment.