Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Inspired by Demons

Vote Life, Canada!’s reaction to Amnesty International’s stance on abortion is hemmed with an incredibly weak argument, not surprisingly. These groups just love using pathos driven rhetoric such as “child killing” and the eye-rolling language, “a new holocaust of the Unborn” (note the capitalization of unborn) which is clearly a hat tipping and free advertisement to the obscene Genocide Awareness Project. The author continues that Canadian Biships need to be the ones responsible to aggressively stomp out the “demon-inspired” action by Amnesty, a desire for church not only to step across the lines of state, but for bishops, namely, men, to interfere in the lives of women. Amnesty is now, and again I quote, supporting "access to abortion for women in cases of rape, incest or violence, or where the pregnancy jeopardizes a mother's life or health." The age old argument is that women will get an abortion if they want one. If it means putting their own health and often life at risk they will still have an abortion. The author claims that abortions are a “violent act” however safe and legal abortions are not violent; but rather illegal, backalley abortions are violent as we have historically seen in the tragic cases of harmful tools being employed such as the infamous coat hanger. Our Bodies Ourselves describes, "Poor women, for the most part, were at the mercy of incompetent practitioners with questionable motivations; or they tried dangerous self-abortions, such as inserting knitting needles or coat hangers into the vagina and uterus, douching with dangerous solutions like lye, or swallowing strong drugs or chemicals. Denying access to abortion is violence against women. Poor women especially suffer. If women do not have access to abortions they will seek potentially violent means.

Women die when there is no access to safe and legal abortions.

I shudder at the hypocrisy of the passing of judgment at the end of the article, “Woe to the Catholic Bishops of Canada who now share in the blood of a new and vast ocean of murdered Unborns appearing just on the horizon.” What about the oceans of dead women who could not get a safe abortion? I say to this hypocrite, thou shalt not judge.

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