Diverse Religious Traditions on the Morality of Abortion


Multifaceted Religious Traditions on Abortion:

When religious positions on abortion are discussed, we usually hear how abortion is condemned and regarded as murder. Religious traditions are more pluralistic and varied than that, however, and even within those religions most publicly opposed to abortion, we find that there are traditions which would permit abortion, even if only in limited circumstances. It’s important to understand these traditions because not every religion regards abortion as a simplistic, black & white decision.


Roman Catholicism & Abortion:

Reducing Abortion through Counseling & Waiting Periods


The pro-life movement has advanced legislation requiring women to receive counseling before an abortion and have a 24-hour waiting period for an abortion. These “informed consent” laws mandate that a woman be given information about alternatives to abortion, including programs that can help her if she chooses to have her child, to be informed about collecting child support from the father if she needs it, learn about their medical risks of abortion, and receive information about the unborn baby. Often, she is not required to view this information, but rather needs only to be offered the opportunity to do so at the clinic. A number of states have proposed these measures, and Planned Parenthood and other pro-choice groups have fought against them, sometimes successfully, every time.

Reducing Abortion through Regulations on Abortion Providers


Abortions at two Kentucky abortion facilities decreased dramatically after Kentucky’s pro-life informed consent law took effect 11 months ago, the abortion facility’s administrator said Wednesday at a Kentucky state senate committee hearing.

There were 3,057 abortions performed last year, down from 3,828 the year before, at EMW Women’s Surgical Center abortion facility in Louisville, Executive Director Dona Wells said. About a third of the year’s total – 1,015 – occurred in the first quarter of 2001. Then the pro-life law took effect, and abortions declined to 714 in the second quarter, Ms. Wells told the Health and Welfare Committee.

Girl Scouts of America


The Girl Scouts…My initial thoughts are of my own few years in the Scouts as a young girl. Selling cookies, earning badges, going to campouts, reading Bible stories around a camp fire, spending precious time with my mother who worked 3 jobs and yet still had time for every scouting event. Those memories are probably some of the most precious that I carry with me from my childhood.

I’m certain that for most Americans, this warm, fuzzy, sentimental reaction is pretty standard when considering the Girl Scouts. It is an organization that we trust, one that we turn our daughters to in complete faith that only good things will come of it.

USA Today: How will we kill all the babies with Down syndrome with a 20 week abortion ban?


Polling by Gallup and others has shown the most Americans oppose late-term abortion and support the banning of it in the 2nd and 3rd trimester. Texas’s SB5 20 week abortion ban has brought the issue of banning late-term abortions back into the national spotlight and now, pro-aborts are scrambling to find a way to make the abhorrent practice palatable to the public, with the media being more than complicit.

Listening to Women Who’ve Been There


What Difference Does it Make?

I’ve been following the Gosnell coverage on Twitter and around the Catholic Blogosphere tepidly. I am trying to exercise some caution for my tender soul as any foray too deep into the details has a strong likelihood of disaster. I skim over the day’s coverage, say a quick prayer, and then try to move on. I follow the story with the hope that I’ll start to see some kind of turn around in the abortion “debate.” How could somebody read the Grand Jury report and not completely change their thinking if they claim to be prochoice? But that may be the reason nobody who is prochoice is reading it – for fear of what may happen. Kind of makes the safe, legal, and rare argument null and void when you see what looks to be a very viable baby, a human being, with a hole in their neck just big enough for scissors to fit through in order to snip their tiny spinal cord.

Reducing Abortions through Programs that curb Poverty, Domestic Violence & Abuse


Poverty and the hopelessness it can bring into people’s lives is a major factor in the abortion rate. In one study by the Guttmacher Institute, women on Medicaid had twice the abortion rate of other women, even in states that fund childbirth but not abortions.

Unmarried American women may have four times the abortion rate of those who are married. This factor can combine with poverty in a vicious circle – the disruptions in life caused by poverty can make stable relationships harder to maintain, and unmarried or divorced women lack the personal support system that can help keep them from poverty and a desperate resort to abortion.

Judicial Comments on Roe v. Wade


Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been critical of Roe, saying “Women were lobbying around [the abortion] issue.  The Supreme Court stopped all that by deeming every law – even the most liberal – as unconstitutional.  That seemed to me not the way courts general work.  Roe v. Wade ventured too far in the change it ordered and presented an incomplete justification for its action.”


…the fetus…never enjoyed his ‘day in court.’  The Supreme Court had every opportunity to hear arguments [that] the fetus was a ‘constitutional person’ [whose life was therefore protected].  However, the Court chose not to take advantage of this occasion.”  – John D. Gorby, J.D.



While the majority of even late-term abortion campaigners agree that life begins at birth at the latest, that magical moment when a tissue blob suddenly turns into a human being, there are also those who promote the mother’s right to kill her newborn child, especially after a failed abortion attempt. Not everybody phrases it as bluntly asAlberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva, who employ the oxymoron “after-birth abortion,” but the euphemisms used by others leave no doubt about their position. Abortion clinics’ staff, such as inDr.Emily Women’s Health Center in the Bronx, refer to children who are born alive as “specimen” or, incorrectly, as “the pregnancy,” tell their clients they’ll be put in a toxic solution and give advice as to how to dispose of a live-born child at home. Planned Parenthood, according to their representativeAlisa LaPolt Snow, “believe[s] that, you know, any decision that’s made [about a child born alive] should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician.” (Under public pressure, Planned Parenthood distanced itself from that statement.)

New Research: Abortion Poses Higher Risk of Death than Giving Birth


For years abortion advocates and researchers have been asserting that an abortion is in fact safer than carrying a pregnancy to term.  They contend that pregnancy is a long process and the chance of complications during the gestational period and birth is significantly higher than complications resulting from the abortion procedure.

However, a study released this past week demonstrates that this claim is not entirely valid.  New research, which takes into account the full reproductive histories of the women involved, illustrates that, compared to women who delivered their babies, women who had an early- or late-term abortion have significantly higher mortality rates within one to ten years of the event.

Mainstream Media Ignores Woman’s Death From Late-Term Abortion


The mainstream media is ignoring the death of a woman yesterday from a botched late-term abortion in Germantown, Maryland.

A 29-year old woman died yesterday as the result of fatal complications suffered during an abortion at 33 weeks. Late-term abortion practitioner LeRoy Carhart (left) performed the abortion at the Germantown Reproductive Health Center in Germantown, Maryland.

Though the abortion clinic where she died is located just outside the nation’s capital, none of the top media news outlets are covering it. As the American Spectator notes:

Andrew Cuomo and the Last Thing New York Needs


“Not all women in New York State are applauding Governor Cuomo’s so-called women’s equality agenda. It’s a sham,” says Kathy Gallagher, pro-life director at theNew York State Catholic Conference.

Study: Abortion Has More Negative Parenting Impact Than Pregnancy Loss


A new review of studies examining various types of prenatal loss and the effects on subsequent parenting has concluded that abortion may be “particularly damaging to the parenting process.”

The article, published in Current Women’s Health Reviews, looked at already published studies on miscarriage, induced abortion and adoption. The author, Priscilla Coleman of Bowling Green State University, focused on psychological reactions to these various types of loss and discussed how they might affect a mother’s relationship with children born after the pregnancy loss.1

Susan G. Komen


Following a massive public backlash over its decision to pull funding for breast cancer screenings from Planned Parenthood, Susan G. Komen for the Cure founder Nancy Brinker apologized to the family planning organization on Friday and said Komen will preserve its eligibility for future grants.

Brinker said in a statement that the decision is a result of “distress” at the “presumption” that Komen, the nation’s largest breast cancer charity, pulled its funding from Planned Parenthood for political reasons: