Respect Life Month – Day Thirteen

“Like David, we have a few small stones and a slingshot, or so our limited resources often seem to us when we face such powerful forces. But we have God with us, the same God who guided David’s smooth stone to its mark. Like David the shepherd boy, we are not afraid, because we know that the Lord of Life is with us. We know that we can bring down that evil Goliath! We must bring him down and we will!” Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, March 23 1996.

  • Volunteers are at the heart of the pro-life movement. Volunteer your time and talents to further promote the cause of life. Anything you can do is helpful – from cleaning the bathrooms in the Pregnancy Centre, to promoting events and even graphic design work.

Prayer to End Abortion

Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life,
  And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters.
  I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion,
  Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death
  by the Resurrection of Your Son.
  I am ready to do my part in ending abortion.
  Today I commit myself
  Never to be silent,
  Never to be passive,
  Never to be forgetful of the unborn.
  I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement,
  And never to stop defending life
  Until all my brothers and sisters are protected,
  And our nation once again becomes
  A nation with liberty and justice
  Not just for some, but for all,
  Through Christ our Lord. Amen!

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More Contraception an Answer to Abortion?

abortion supervisory committee supplementary report 2011The NZ Abortion Supervisory Committee released this month a Supplementary Report to their Annual Report of 2011. The report dealt with 2010 abortion statistics in New Zealand, and included information about the number of abortions, how and where they were perfomed, on who, for what reason and at what gestation.

There is much to digest.  However, of note is a comment made in the Supplementary Report that:

It is a concern that over 50% of abortions performed are recorded as using no contraception.

A strange comment considering 45% of women who had abortions in 2010 were using some kind of artificial contraception (1.3% had been practising NFP, however I have not included that figure with artificial contraceptive/abortifacient figures).

So, while just OVER half were NOT using contraception, only just UNDER half WERE using contraception.  Given this information, can the Abortion Supervisory Committee really say that better access to contraception is the answer to lowering our abortion rate? 

The Committee suggests fitting intrauterine devices at the time of the abortion, despite a lowering of effectiveness when done at this time.  This suggestion is because tubal ligations are “difficult” for women to get.

There is a failure of the Committee to acknowledge the abortifacient nature of many contraceptive devices.  So, while our abortion figures for 2010 may have been 16,630, countless other newly formed human beings were aborted through the use of intrauterine devices, oral contraceptives, depo provera and other such “contraceptives”.

Research shows (as does these figures) that more contraception does not decrease the number of abortions.  In fact Alfred Kinsey (the man who studied sex and is generally held up by those who promote abortion and contraception as a revered expert) stated:

“At the risk of being repetitious, I would remind the group that we have found the highest frequency of induced abortions in the groups which, in general, most frequently uses contraception.”

Contraception is the slippery slope to more abortion.  It will not reduce the number of surgical abortions.  In fact, contraception which has abortifacient properties only contributes to the number of newly formed human beings who are being killed.

More information, including links to studies can be found in the article “Studies:  Birth Control, Contraception Don’t Cut Abortions” at One More Soul.

 

Pro-Life Month – Day Fourteen

“Like David, we have a few small stones and a slingshot, or so our limited resources often seem to us when we face such powerful forces. But we have God with us, the same God who guided David’s smooth stone to its mark. Like David the shepherd boy, we are not afraid, because we know that the Lord of Life is with us. We know that we can bring down that evil Goliath! We must bring him down and we will!” Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, March 23 1996.

  • Volunteers are at the heart of the pro-life movement. Volunteer your time and talents to further promote the cause of life. Anything you can do is helpful – from cleaning the toilets in the Pregnancy Centre, to promoting events and even graphic design work.

Prayer to End Abortion

Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life,
  And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters.
  I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion,
  Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death
  by the Resurrection of Your Son.
  I am ready to do my part in ending abortion.
  Today I commit myself
  Never to be silent,
  Never to be passive,
  Never to be forgetful of the unborn.
  I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement,
  And never to stop defending life
  Until all my brothers and sisters are protected,
  And our nation once again becomes
  A nation with liberty and justice
  Not just for some, but for all,
  Through Christ our Lord. Amen!

Respect Life Month – Day Three

“We invite you who are called to bring life and love into the world to recognise anew the privilege that is your calling.  We invite you who become pregnant no matter what the circumstances of conception to welcome your little one in the way you would like to be welcomed yourself.  We invite you who are not yet married to practice the self-respect, the respect for others, and the self-restraint that you will need for a marriage based on mutual respect.  In these ways we can all work together to reverse a culture of self interest and fear that tends to cut life off, and we can open ourselves anew to the wonder of it all – becoming channels of life-giving love.”  Giving Life, Giving Love – NZ Catholic Bishop’s Conference, 2001

The NZ Catholic Bishop’s Conference has appointed October 14th, 2012 “Respect Life Sunday“. Ask your parish priest, or those who compile the Prayers of the Faithful, to include prayers for New Zealand to promote, defend and protect life from the moment of conception through to natural death. If your parish has expecting mothers, ask your parish priest if he would bless them and their pre-born children on this day.

Blessing of a Child in the Womb

May Almighty God, who has created new life, now bless the child in your womb.  The Lord has brought you the joy of motherhood: May he bless you with a safe and healthy pregnancy. You thank the Lord today for the gift of your child: May he bring you and your child one day to share in the unending joys of heaven.