Pro Life and....


#1

then what?

Aside from protesting, what do you do? Honestly, I am curious.

Is anyone involved with Children’s Service Agencies? Are you Foster Parents? Do you do diaper drives? Do you open your homes to pregnant women in need of a place to stay?

I’m wondering if the saving only pertains to being pre-born. Once you are out of the womb, are you on your own?

Kim


#2

Vote for pro-life candidates. Give money to the local crisis pregnancy center. Pray that peoples’ hearts and minds being changed on the issue, although candidly I’m not praying as much as I should there.


#3

there is not a chapter here but for 18 years in Ohio we supported Birthright, which provides assitance to pregant and new mothers with jobs, job training, housing, schooling, medical care and well-baby care, babyfood, layettes, maternity clothes, nursing bras. There is a maternity and family clinic here run by a dedicated group of nuns and lay nurses that provides maternity and well-baby care for all those without health coverage, including illegals who are afraid to go elsewhere for help. We support them through providing maternity clothes, nursing bras, BF education, nutritional support.

Several of our most prominent pro-life supporters in this area are small business owners who provide jobs and job training for expectant and new mothers. My family doctor, who is strongly pro-life and NFP-friendly, has organized other doctors to provide abortion alternative counsel, medical care, including for high-risk pregnancies, here and over the border, and provides NFP training and counselling.

As Benedictine Oblates we support the nuns in their pro-life ministry, which includes support to the aforementioned projects, plus for Pregnancy Testing Centers which provide abortion alternatives, and rescue intervention, supporting women who elect not to abort through housing, whatever is needed, including assistance to entire families. Oblates help with not only rescue work, prayer and vigils in front of clinics, but practical help with the interventions–jobs, housing, school, food, clothing, medical care etc. Two retired oblates whose career experience is in this field work on getting mothers, newborns, and families assistance they qualify for but may not be aware of, or are afraid to apply for. They provide their professional services without charge.

We are also supporting a new initiative on both sides of the border for group homes for expectant mothers who have been abandoned by their own families. Again those behind this have professional experience which qualifies them for this work, and not only the oblates but many other local pro-lifers are organizing to support these homes. So far there are 2, one on each side of the border, with 4 more planned.

during the years we qualified in Ohio (it is hard to qualify, by the way) as foster parents we fostered teen expectant mothers, and their babies until either adoption or the teen getting GED and becoming self-supporting, and we helped organized training and support for other foster families. We do not qualify as foster parents in Texas because of the size and location of our home, but we do support foster/adopt programs for teens in other ways.


#4

Kim this is a common argument, however I do believe that conservative catholic christians help the poor. Although everyone has their own “field” I guess. For some they might focus solely on the pro-life movement? Is that wrong? Not necessarily. At least they are doing something. Others focus their attention on other movements however such as Evangelization, Clothing the poor, etc. Is this wrong? No. Ultimately - I think nothing is wrong with focusing on one’s own charity, so long as you don’t start saying that the other charity doesn’t matter. I guess it comes down to Corinthians 12:12+

12For as the body is one, and hath many members; and all the members of the body, whereas they are many, yet are one body, so also is Christ. 13For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether bond or free; and in one Spirit we have all been made to drink. 14For the body also is not one member, but many. 15If the foot should say, because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 16And if the ear should say, because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 17If the whole body were the eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? 18But now God hath set the members every one of them in the body as it hath pleased him. 19And if they all were one member, where would be the body? 20But now there are many members indeed, yet one body. 21And the eye cannot say to the hand: I need not thy help; nor again the head to the feet: I have no need of you. 22Yea, much more those that seem to be the more feeble members of the body, are more necessary. 23And such as we think to be the less honourable members of the body, about these we put more abundant honour; and those that are our uncomely parts, have more abundant comeliness. 24But our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, giving to that which wanted the more abundant honour, 25That there might be no schism in the body; but the members might be mutually careful one for another. 26*And if one member suffer any thing, all the members suffer with it; or if one member glory, all the members rejoice with it.

Catholig


#5

Thank-you for the answers. It’s good to see that the mothers and baby are taken care of. I’ve found a Teen Pregnancy Outreach service that I would like to work with.

Kim


#6

I have a question.

Is it wrong to have an abortion in the case of the mothers life being in danger. What is the Catholic Church’s postion on that?

Thanks.


#7

Abortion is always wrong.

A doctor swears an oath to do no harm. Both the baby and the mother are patients. In any case where a woman is in a serious situation where her life is threatened the doctor should do all he can to save **both **patients. Killing the baby does not serve any purpose, nor does it “save” the woman.

If, in the process of treating the woman and attempting to save both, the doctor is not able to save the baby then it is perhaps *foreseen *but never *intended *or desired.


#8

I see, Thanks for the help and info. God Bless


#9

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