‘When are abortions necessary?’

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A pro-life supporter holds up a sign in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. (CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters)

Catholic Pro-life Committee holds mini-workshop series addressing  ‘Life and Dignity of the Human Person’

By Marilu D. Martinez Member, Catholic Pro-life Committe
For the Umatuna Si Yu’os

What does the Catholic Church teach regarding human life? The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) states this in its website: “As a gift from God, every human life is sacred from conception to natural death. The life and dignity of every person must be respected and protected at every stage and in every condition. The right to life is the first and most fundamental principle of human rights that leads Catholics to actively work for a world of greater respect for human life and greater commitment to justice and peace.”

In 2010-2012, USCCB promulgated a “Priority Plan” entitled “The Life and Dignity of the Human Person.” Toward that “Priority Plan,” the USCCB also stated that “bishops pledged to affirm the intrinsic value of human life and the dignity of every human in a way that transforms the culture by implementing ‘The Life and Dignity of the Human Person’.”

Included in the goals of that priority plan were to provide for on-going education, community prayer opportunities, and advocacy initiatives that promote and emphasize the right to life and dignity of every person. To that end therefore, Catholic Pro-life Committee, under the direction of Pale’ Mike Crisostomo, is embarking on an educational and informational campaign through an on-going series of mini-workshops for our Catholic faithful in the parishes, ministries and apostolates and eventually, to Catholic school parents and members.

The first two dates in this on-going mini-workshop series are scheduled next week. For the first workshop, we send special invitations to parishioners of San Vicente Ferrer and San Roke Catholic Church in Barrigada; to parishioners of Nuestra Señora de las Aguas Catholic Church in Mongmong; and to the parishioners of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Toto, which will be held on Tuesday Nov. 28 from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in the social hall of Nuestra Señora de las Aguas parish in Mongmong.

The second special invitation goes out to parishioners of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Agaña Heights and St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church in Sinajaña which will be held on Thursday Nov. 30 from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in the Agaña Heights social hall.

This is open to anyone interested in sitting in on either of the two dates. The Catholic Pro-life Committee, however, will slowly make the rounds and eventually will schedule a mini-workshop in a parish near you – stay tuned! For more information, email:
prolifeadvocate@hotmail.com

So, when are abortions necessary? Is it when the pregnancy is the result of a rape or incest? Is it when the pregnancy threatens the life of the mother? Or is it when it is detected that the unborn baby might have a disability? 

Since science has already determined this scientific truth: human life begins at conception or upon fertilization; since as Catholics, we’re taught and we believe that we are all created in the image and likeness of God; and since Catholics are taught and believe that every human being’s body, born or unborn, is the temple of the Holy Spirit – every human life therefore, has been given an intrinsic right to life, from conception to natural death – from God, himself.

The answer to the question as to when abortion is necessary is: Never! Regardless of how the pregnancy occurred or the physical fetal abnormality of the growing unborn human in the mother’s womb, or the difficulty and challenge the pregnant mother may be faced with – in neither of the situations described above is abortion necessary.

Come then, and listen to speakers address this question or any other which you, yourself, may have.