Third term abortions, Absolutely NOT!

‘Abortion’ “[the] anticipated murder to prevent someone from being born”
Tertullian

All this is causing a profound change in the way in which life and relationships between people
are considered. The fact that legislation in many countries,
perhaps even departing from basic principles of their Constitutions,
has determined not to punish these practices against life,
and even to make them altogether legal,
is both a disturbing symptom and a significant cause of grave moral decline

Pope John Paul II
Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life)
1995


(a puny pigeon sits at the breaking surf / Rosemary Beach, Fl / Julie Cook / 2019

I am simply beside myself.

So gravely upset.

So much so that the words will not come.

And the words that do come, are not the right words…not for this…not right now.

Third. Term. Abortions.

I need to gather my thoughts, feelings, and words carefully before I can write
the type of post that is deserving of this latest issue of absolute madness.

My initial response is not only absolutely not, but more like, Hell NO, Absolutely NOT!!!

I have never believed in abortion.

It eludes me as to how a civilized society can somehow convince itself that abortion is ok.

The matter of simply a choice.
A yes or a no.
Somewhat reminiscent of a Ceaser offering a thumbs up or a thumbs down.
Simple as that…life or death.

I consider abortion the taking of a life and I think when I last checked, the taking of a life
equated to murder…and murder is a capital offense, plain and simple.

I am adopted.
Not aborted.

In 1995 Pope John II wrote an encyclical entitled Evangelium Vitae, The Gospel of Life—
a treatise regarding the sanctity of human life…all human life…
as well as the responsibility that the Chruch has to protect that sanctity and that of life.

His words address the threats to human life— capital punishment, euthanasia, sterilization, murder,
and abortion.

He begins his encyclical with the scripture from Luke—reminding all of us about the importance of
birth and salvation…it is the proclaiming of the good news and that of great joy which is to
all people…’for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior…”

The Pope is reminding us that our hope comes in the form of a birth of a baby…

Nancy Pelosi, the current Speaker of the House, is Catholic.
Yet she supports abortion.
She knows the teaching of the Chruch and yet her choice is to disregard this teaching
regarding the sanctity of human life.

And now we have the Governor of Virginia and several legislatures thinking full-term
pregnancies..that being the delivering of a living, breathing baby to not be tended to or
cared for but rather to be set aside, like a wet towel after a shower,
while the powers that be in the room decide whether or not the
baby may be “allowed” to live or simply die.

When I went to sleep in 1995 on a night when the Pope was putting his thoughts to paper,
I was a 36-year-old mother of a 6-year-old little boy.
I was also a wife and a teacher.

I had already lost my own mother (adopted) to cancer.
My brother (adopted) to suicide.

I was not a perfect mother or wife let alone a perfect teacher.

I was well aware of my own shortcomings and sinfulness.
I was also aware of the sanctity of life.
As well as the forgiveness of sin as found in a Savior who had come into the
world as an innocent child.

I knew other people who also believed in the sanctity of life.

My church, The Episcopal Chruch, at the time, believed in the sanctity of life.

That is not so much the case these 24 years later.

Politicians, clergy, educators, news personalities, entertainers and just average folks like wives,
husbands, college kids, high school kids…
all these 24 years later…more and more people think abortion is ok…

And now, we have the notion that a full term birth…an actual living and breathing baby may
in turn, be killed if those in that delivery room deem it so.

So until I can put my own thoughts together in some sort of coherent, common sense sort of order,
I will offer the following words from Pope John Paul II, taken from Evangelium Vitae,
with a link following the quote to the full encyclical.

At the dawn of salvation, it is the Birth of a Child which is proclaimed as joyful news:
“I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people;
for to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord” (Lk 2:10-11).
The source of this “great joy” is the Birth of the Saviour;
but Christmas also reveals the full meaning of every human birth,
and the joy which accompanies the Birth of the Messiah is thus seen to be the foundation and fulfilment
of joy at every child born into the world (cf. Jn 16:21).

When he presents the heart of his redemptive mission, Jesus says:
“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (Jn 10:10).
In truth, he is referring to that “new” and “eternal” life which consists in communion
with the Father, to which every person is freely called in the Son by the power of the
Sanctifying Spirit.
It is precisely in this “life” that all the aspects and stages of human life
achieve their full significance.

The Church knows that this Gospel of life…

58. 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 and, in particular, when we consider the specific elements involved.
The one eliminated is a human being at the very beginning of life.
No one more absolutely innocent could be imagined. In no way could this human being ever be
considered an aggressor, much less an unjust aggressor!
He or she is weak, defenceless, even to the point of lacking that minimal form of defence
consisting in the poignant power of a newborn baby’s cries and tears.
The unborn child is totally entrusted to the protection and care of the woman
carrying him or her in the womb. And yet sometimes it is precisely the mother
herself who makes the decision and asks for the child to be eliminated,
and who then goes about having it done.

It is true that the decision to have an abortion is often tragic and painful for the mother,
insofar as the decision to rid herself of the fruit of conception is not made for
purely selfish reasons or out of convenience, but out of a desire to protect certain
important values such as her own health or a decent standard of living for the
other members of the family. Sometimes it is feared that the child to be born would live
in such conditions that it would be better if the birth did not take place.
Nevertheless, these reasons and others like them, however serious and tragic,
can never justify the deliberate killing of an innocent human being.

59. As well as the mother, there are often other people too who decide upon the
death of the child in the womb. In the first place, the father of the child may be to blame,
not only when he di- rectly pressures the woman to have an abortion,
but also when he indirectly encourages such a decision on her part by leaving her alone
to face the problems of pregnancy:
55 in this way the family is thus mortally wounded and profaned in its nature as a community
of love and in its vocation to be the “sanctuary of life”.
Nor can one overlook the pressures which sometimes come from the wider family
circle and from friends. Sometimes the woman is subjected to such strong pressure
that she feels psychologically forced to have an abortion: certainly in this case
moral responsibility lies particularly with those who have directly or indirectly obliged
her to have an abortion. Doctors and nurses are also responsible,
when they place at the service of death skills which were acquired for promoting life.

But responsibility likewise falls on the legislators who have promoted and approved
abortion laws, and, to the extent that they have a say in the matter,
on the administrators of the health-care centres where abortions are performed.
A general and no less serious responsibility lies with those who have encouraged
the spread of an attitude of sexual permissiveness and a lack of esteem for motherhood,
and with those who should have ensured-but did not-effective family and social policies
in support of families, especially larger families and those with particular financial
and educational needs. Finally, one cannot overlook the network of complicity which
reaches out to include international institutions, foundations and associations
which systematically campaign for the legalization and spread of abortion in the world.
In this sense abortion goes beyond the responsibility of individuals and beyond the
harm done to them, and takes on a distinctly social dimension.
It is a most serious wound inflicted on society and its culture by the very people
who ought to be society’s promoters and defenders. As I wrote in my Letter to Families,
“we are facing an immense threat to life: not only to the life of
individuals but also to that of civilization itself”.
56 We are facing what can be called a “structure of sin” which opposes human life not yet born.

60. Some people try to justify abortion by claiming that the result of conception,
at least up to a certain number of days, cannot yet be considered a personal human life.
But in fact, “from the time that the ovum is fertilized,
a life is begun which is neither that of the father nor the mother;
it is rather the life of a new human being with his own growth.
It would never be made human if it were not human already.
This has always been clear, and … modern genetic science offers clear confirmation.
It has demonstrated that from the first instant there is established the programme
of what this living being will be: a person, this individual person with his characteristic
aspects already well determined. Right from fertilization the adventure of a human life begins,
and each of its capacities requires time-a rather lengthy time-to find its place and to
be in a position to act”.57 Even if the presence of a spiritual soul cannot be
ascertained by empirical data, the results themselves of scientific research on
the human embryo provide “a valuable indication for discerning by the use of reason
a personal presence at the moment of the first appearance of a human life:
how could a human individual not be a human person?”.

http://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_25031995_evangelium-vitae.html

And as we, the pilgrim people, the people of life and for life, make our way in confidence towards
“a new heaven and a new earth” (Rev 21:1),
we look to her who is for us “a sign of sure hope and solace”

Pope John Paul II
Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life)
1995

32 comments on “Third term abortions, Absolutely NOT!

  1. Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging and commented:
    Amen and Amen

  2. Thanks for speaking the truth. We must protect our babies in the womb. To not do so is barbaric.

  3. pkadams says:

    My husband says the rush to pass these new laws is because Democrats think Ginsburg is about to die and Trump will appoint another Conservative to the Supreme Court. I think these Democrats want to get their legislation on record so they can say they ‘tried’ to give their pro-death voters what they wanted. Sadly I do not expect the public outcry against infanticide in America to rise to the heavens as it should. Too many women and so-called believers have hardened their hearts to ‘get along’ with their friends and appear tolerant.

  4. Abortion is one of the greatest civil rights crimes of our time… it is horrific discrimination against those who cannot defend themselves. The mere thought of late term abortion makes me completely nauseous! Thank you, Julie, for boldly speaking the truth!! Huge hugs!! ❤️❤️

  5. It’s really about far more than “life” isn’t it, Julie? It’s about hope and faith and what value we place on human life everywhere. “Unto you a child is born” and He is the hope of the world. On a smaller level our own children are a future and a hope too, and so when we darken that, pervert it, or try to steal the joy of hope, we’ve really made a mess of things.

    What really gets to me is the rebellion,the defiance and celebration. What is actually being celebrated here? With lights going up on buildings, we’ve metaphorically killed the Christ child, given hope this one fingered salute. Even in a completely secular context that is totally irrational.

    • I think a grieved soul sums up how I’m feeling …
      Definance, rebellion topped off with celebration…where is the golden calf or perhaps where isn’t the golden calf???

      I can’t even wrap my brain around this.

  6. Salvageable says:

    All I can add is that you stated this very well. I completely agree. J.

  7. Tricia says:

    It’s an ugly, ugly business this third trimester abortion business, isn’t it Julie? Now of course the beleaguered Virginia Governor thinks even babies OUTSIDE of the womb deserve to die if the mother and doctor concur.

    And it really is a business transaction. Those pushing this evil want to corner the women’s vote by convincing them it’s all about healthcare and freedom. Those buying it it get to feel enlightened and part of a cause.

    Such a proud and foolish species man can be.

  8. Mother Hen says:

    Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling,deception, malicious behavior and gossip. All of Romans 1
    I would like to join you and others for a set time to pray. What do you think?

    • I think that would be a very good idea!

      • Mother Hen says:

        If there is a certain day of the week.. when we could begin to individually lift up our prayers for this specific request or any other that might come our way. But agreeing together as buddies here at wordpress.. would surely be a blessing.. and much needed. If you are led you might consider opening it up to others here. You are excellent with words. But I take into consideration that the mayor needs you right now, so maybe easing into it might be best for you. Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:20

      • I agree and I do believe prayer is a powerful tool.
        I’m here in Atlanta with the Mayor until Saturday…and when I say I’m here with the Mayor…it is 24/7 unitl mom and dad finally get home in the evening..to say I’m tired is an understatement…but in a good way!
        So this weekend I’ll write a post about our praying together—I figure we need to be specific—but in which direction?
        For the Nation’s leadership?
        For Christians in an ever increasing socialistic society?
        Maybe I’ll just ask for a consensus….
        but I think specific prayer and time will be key!

      • Mother Hen says:

        I went to visit my daughter in southern ca. months ago. I totally understand. It was non stop busy and came home pretty tired. But like you said in a good way and thankful for the time to be there to help out.
        Yes, on all of the above. The hearts of mankind have grown cold and getting colder.

  9. Dawn Marie says:

    “Everyone who can speak the Truth, yet speak it not, will be judged by God.” St. Justin Martyr. Hugs & Blessings to you for speaking the Truth.

  10. oneta hayes says:

    Julie, dear, I did not know your history regarding these things. I did see recently a post in which you said you were adopted. Perhaps I had read that before but it did not strike home. I await your results with you. My youngest sister is my blood cousin who came to us when she was four. My sister in every meaningful way, especially as adults. My folks did not legally adopt her, but my folks were her folks. She is my sister. She did find her biological mother when she was a older. It made no difference in her relationship with us. So glad you know you were loved by two mothers.

  11. Citizen Tom says:

    Reblogged this on Citizen Tom and commented:
    Generally I have not made the fight against abortion a big thing on my blog. Why? Even though I think abortion is murder, I don’t see an easy legal solution. Laws have to be understandable, enforceable, and widely supported. Otherwise, we cannot arrest the perps and get a conviction. Since the morals of our society of degenerated so much…..

    So I have focused on other issues like school choice, and I have tried to educate my readers. I want people to realize the Bible is true, that the men and women who founded this nation believed it. I want my readers to understand that when we believe the Bible and do what it says we can experience a touch of the Kingdom of God, that God begins to work in our lives.

    Still, we cannot — I cannot — ignore the abortion issue. When we see people casually advocating abortion, like legislators in New York and the governor of Virginia, we must take the time to denounce their words, and we must support our friends when they denounce the murder of the unborn. We must also fight the efforts of sinners to make those of us who oppose abortion complicit by forcing taxpayers and those who buy health insurance pay for abortions of others.

    Please take the time to read Julie’s post. Then join her in prayer => https://cookiecrumbstoliveby.wordpress.com/2019/02/20/what-say-you-my-friends/

    • Thank you Tom— I think when we get to the point that we can convince ourselves that allowing a baby – any term but especially a fully delivered baby to be “allowed” to “expire” as if it was a piece of out of date fruit, then we have reverted to a form of barbarism — monster we don’t even recognize

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