Yes, Terrorism and Abortion are the Same

Babies in Womb

With the beheadings and other acts of terrorism by ISIS, I have been asked a number of times recently what I think about the comparison between terrorism and abortion.

My answer is that they are in the same category, namely, the deliberate killing of the innocent. And this is a comparison I have been making for many years.  One of my past columns about the terrorism we witnessed on September 11, 2001, explains the comparison as follows:

What, after all, was the evil of September 11? Was it that lives were lost and buildings destroyed? An earthquake or tidal wave could have caused the same damage, but in those cases we would not have called it terrorism. It just would not have been the same as the evil of September 11.

What was it that constituted the specific evil of September 11? It was that some human beings had no regard for the right to life of other human beings. That makes the events of that day more profoundly disturbing than “loss” or “tragedy”; that’s what makes them “evil.”

Yet is this evil any less if the victims are five inches tall instead of five feet tall, or if the instruments of killing are surgical forceps rather than airplanes? The evil we fight when we oppose terrorism is merely a reflection of the evil we do. Every day, from coast to coast, our nation’s abortion clinics carry out the same evil. Some human beings disregard the right to life of other human beings.

Note that this is a comparison of the acts, not of the people involved. While the acts are of the same nature and gravity, the subjective guilt of the people doing them is just that — subjective. It depends on a wide range of circumstances affecting their knowledge and their freedom. There is no need — nor do we have the ability — to probe the state of a person’s soul. At Priests for Life, in fact, we minister to former abortionists, showing them the road to repentance. And as for those who have the abortions, we operate the world’s largest ministry for healing after abortion, Rachel’s Vineyard. So this comparison is not about condemnation of any person, but rather about actions.

The beheadings carried out in front of the eyes of the world recently by ISIS bring the comparison to an even more striking point. Through medical diagrams and through an examination of the way abortionists describe the abortion procedure, we see that abortion itself is a form of beheading. The medical textbook Abortion Practice by Dr. Warren Hern, an abortionist, states on page154, “A long curved Mayo scissors may be necessary to decapitate and dismember the fetus…”

Moreover, consider these words, spoken under oath, by abortionist Martin Haskell, describing legal abortion procedures:

“[W]e would attack the lower part of the lower extremity first, remove, you know, possibly a foot, then the lower leg at the knee and then finally we get to the hip…And typically when the abortion procedure is started we typically know that the fetus is still alive because either we can feel it move as we’re making our initial grasps or if we’re using some ultrasound visualization when we actually see a heartbeat as we’re starting the procedure. It’s not unusual at the start of D&E procedures that a limb is acquired first and that that limb is brought through the cervix … prior to disarticulation and prior to anything having been done that would have caused the fetal demise up to that point…When you’re doing a dismemberment D&E, usually the last part to be removed is the skull itself and it’s floating free inside the uterine cavity…So it’s rather like a ping-pong ball floating around and the surgeon is using his forcep to reach up to try to grasp something that’s freely floating around and is quite large relative to the forcep we’re using. So typically there’s several misdirections, misattempts to grasp. Finally at some point either the instruments are managed to be place around the skull or a nip is made out of some area of the skull that allows it to start to decompress. And then once that happens typically the skull is brought out in fragments rather than as a unified piece…” (Sworn testimony given in US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin (Madison, WI, May 27, 1999, Case No. 98-C-0305-S), by Dr. Martin Haskell, an abortionist.)

Note that this is the abortionist himself describing the activity of abortion. These are not the words of a pro-life organization or church. There is no way to deny that the action of decapitating and dismembering a child in the womb is as much an attack on human life as the action of decapitating and dismembering an adult.

Another link between abortion and terrorism is the perversion of religion. As I wrote in one of my past columns,

Priests for Life maintains excellent working relationships with Muslims, and the people who work with us could never imagine a God who would justify people taking innocent human life. Yet we have learned that there are people in the world who call upon the one they regard as the world s Creator, and thank Him for the successful destruction of some of His creatures.

“You shall not use the Name of the Lord your God in vain.” That commandment does not simply forbid using God s name as a curse word. It forbids invoking God to justify evil acts. It forbids thanking God for what happened on September 11.

The name of God is also taken in vain to justify abortion. Many supporters of the killing of innocent babies engage in the same kind of perversion of religion.

If you want proof, start by looking at the website www.rcrc.org. It is the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. A more accurate title for the group would be False Prophets. They take the name of Jesus Christ, and His saving Gospel, and try to find there a justification for the dismemberment of tiny children.

The logo on their website is, “We are pro-choice because of our faith.”

They even have a Clergy for Choice Network. The “Clergy for Choice Pledge” reads in part, “We clergy members, representing many different religious denominations around the country, pledge our strong support for reproductive choice, which encompasses access to safe, reliable contraception, family planning education, comprehensive sexuality education, affordable and reliable childcare and health care, adoption services, and access to safe, legal, and affordable abortions.”

If you still doubt that abortion involves an explicit perversion of religion, read the cover story in the October 1993 issue of New Age Journal (“Sister Against Sister,” p.66). Author Brenda Peterson writes, “In her book Pagan Meditations, Ginette Paris describes abortion as an essentially religious act, a sacred sacrifice to Artemis. One aborts an impossible love, she writes, not a hatred. In her new book, The Sacrament of Abortion, Paris explains further that if we saw abortion as a sacred ritual, it would restore to the act a sense of the sanctity of life.” Newsweek magazine reports (October 17,1994) that many abortionists “have a missionary sense about their work.” Dr. Curtis Boyd, a Texas abortionist, told the magazine, “I perform abortions because of my religion.” Dr. Boyd is often asked by Native American women to bless the aborted fetus, and by Catholic women to baptize it. He proposes schools of theology develop special ceremonies and prayers to mark the loss of a fetus.

You shall not use the name of the Lord in vain — neither for terrorism against the born or the unborn.

 

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: No word has the power to change the reality of things

150221 blog image FF

This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“No word has the power to change the reality of things: procured abortion is the deliberate and direct killing… of a human being.” (Evangelium Vitae, 58)

Reflection: In discussing abortion, its supporters never defend the act of abortion itself, but only the alleged right of someone to have one. They focus on the freedom to choose it, but avoid describing what is chosen.
Our job is to focus the discussion on abortion itself, on what the act is.

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit of truth. Fill our minds and give speech to our tongues. Give us grace to always face truth honestly, and enable us to challenge those who would evade it. Amen.

Father Pavone Urges Arkansas Governor Hutchinson to Sign Bill to Preserve Doctor-Patient Relationship

PriestsForLife

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: February 20, 2015

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, is urging Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson to sign newly passed legislation that would require an abortionist to be physically present when administering abortion pills to a woman.

“The abortion business likes to talk about the doctor-patient relationship,” stated Fr. Pavone. “Why in the world should they have any objection, then, to a requirement that a doctor meet with his or her patient, examine her, and answer her questions in person?”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind

150207 blog image FF

This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.” (Hosea 8:7)

Reflection: There is not a single social problem that abortion has solved; in fact, every problem its advocates once promised it would solve is worse today than on the day abortion became legal.

Tens of millions of children have been aborted in America since 1973. How many more have to be killed before we realize that abortion doesn’t fix society’s ills?

Prayer: Lord, be our salvation. Save us from false hopes, misleading solutions, and deceptive remedies. Only in the paths You point out for us can we find wholeness and salvation. Keep us wise and faithful. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

150103 blog image FF

This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“Anyone who does not take up his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” – Lk. 14:27

Reflection: To stand up for what is right means we stand against what is wrong, and that means that those who love what is wrong will oppose us, just as they opposed Christ. Taking up the cross means we continue speaking and standing for the right even when that opposition comes.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for the grace of being pro-life, and of standing strong when others may ridicule or oppose me. May Your peace fill my soul, and may I become more like Your crucified and risen Son.

Happy New Year! – And Why Were These Words of the Pope Omitted?

Happy New Year, everybody! I remembered you all at Mass on New Year’s Day, praying for your intentions, your families, and for the victory of Life!

One of the resolutions I made for 2015 is to share more with you directly on this blog, to which I will also link from my main Facebook page (Facebook.com/FatherFrankPavone) which I invite you to like if you haven’t already, and from the other social media platforms I use. I want to share with you by means of this blog more of what I do each day, to give those who follow our work more of an inside view to what it is like, and also to share with you more frequently than my regular columns allow my thoughts on various issues, developments, and so forth as they impact the battle to protect children in the womb.

I hope you all had a good celebration of the holidays. Of course, the Christmas – New Year’s celebration continues all the way through January 11, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which marks the conclusion of the liturgical Christmas season.

Yesterday, for New Year’s Day, I was here in my New York office and spent a full day of quiet work at my desk in my room, organizing many tasks for the month ahead, doing a lot of scheduling, organizing files for upcoming projects, doing some writing, and preparing for meetings I’m having this week with staff and other pro-life leaders.

Today, the staff are here, and I am engaged in various meetings with them regarding projects we are carrying out, for instance, Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion, about which we have a press conference next week in Washington DC.

Something I wanted to bring to your attention is the address that Pope Francis gave on Christmas day at noon during his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and to the world) blessing. He mentioned the babies in the womb, and his exact words in that section of his address were as follows:

“The Child Jesus. My thoughts turn to all those children today who are killed and ill-treated, be they infants killed in the womb, deprived of that generous love of their parents and then buried in the egoism of a culture that does not love life; be they children displaced due to war and persecution, abused and taken advantage of before our very eyes and our complicit silence. I think also of those infants massacred in bomb attacks, also those where the Son of God was born. Even today, their impotent silence cries out under the sword of so many Herods. On their blood stands the shadow of contemporary Herods. Truly there are so many tears this Christmas, together with the tears of the Infant Jesus.”

Now the broadcast of this involves a feed that comes from the Vatican, whereby you hear the Pope speaking in Italian, and then you hear a translator, who has the text in front of him, saying it in English. Interestingly, when it came to this particular paragraph, the translators skipped the words about the babies in the womb and about the modern day Herods and about the generous love of parents and the culture that does not love life. I could tell the translator was skipping something. Later, when I obtained the text of the talk from the Vatican website, I went back to the audio recording that I myself was making at that very moment that I was listening to it, and noticed in fact, the glaring omission. The rest of the entire talk was perfectly conveyed and nothing was missing.

Just amazing.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Nations

This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, both now and forevermore” (Psalm 131:3).

Reflection: The month of November is dedicated in a particular way to praying for the dead. This includes children who died before birth. These children did not have the opportunity to be baptized; the Church teaches, however, that we can hope for their salvation, and that we can entrust them with confidence to the mercy of God.

Prayer: Lord, You love these aborted children even more than we do, and You provide in mysterious ways for them to take hold of eternal life in Christ. We entrust them to You and we pray that the killing may stop. Amen.

Prayer Vigil for “Gosnell Babies” Friday in Philadelphia

Priests for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 15, 2013

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today regarding a prayer vigil planned for 10 a.m. Friday, July 19, outside the office of Philadelphia Medical Examiner Dr. Sam Gulino:

“In the 2010 raid of the abortion clinic of Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia, the remains of some 45 babies were found in jars, milk cartons, and other containers throughout the clinic and in the freezer. It is bad enough that these children were killed, whether in the womb or outside the womb. But their bodies have still not been buried, despite the offer of Priests for Life to conduct proper funeral services and burials, and the assistance likewise offered by funeral homes and other interested persons from around the nation.

“The babies are currently still in the possession of the Philadelphia Medical Examiner. As a reminder of their humanity, and as a sign of our solidarity with them, Priests for Life is holding a prayer service on Friday, July 19, from 10 to 11 a.m. in front of the building where they are being kept, at 321 University Ave., Philadelphia. If the Medical Examiner will not bring these babies to us, then we will go to them.

“Our Youth Director, Bryan Kemper, and our Pastoral Associate Kevin Burke, who works in the outreach of our Silent No More Awareness Campaign and of Rachel’s Vineyard, will assist in leading the service, in conjunction with our friend and colleague, Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition. We invite all people of good will to join us.

“The purpose of this prayer service is to commend these babies, their families, and those who killed them, to the love and mercy of Almighty God, in whose hands are the lives of us all. We seek to continue to shed light on the fact that these children are our brothers and sisters, and that their bodies are sacred and must be reverenced. We have already given them names, and we will hold a major national funeral service at some point in the near future.

“We seek, likewise, to shed light on the violence of abortion, which killed these children. The killing of a child is equally wrong whether it is carried out inside the womb or outside the womb. It is the violence itself that must end; the place where it occurs is secondary.

“We also use this opportunity to extend an urgent invitation to healing for all those who have been involved in abortion. We who reject abortion do not reject those who have had abortions; rather, we embrace them with compassion and love. Nor do we reject those who work or have worked in the abortion industry. They, too, need healing and compassion, which we provide through our work with the Society of Centurions, a program of healing and outreach for former abortionists and clinic staff.

“We invite all people of good will to join our efforts at StopAbortionNow.org.

See the Facebook event page.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

Priests for Life applauds N.D. governor for his courage

Priests for Life

Friends, great news! Very recently I emailed our Priests for Life family to ask them to encourage the Governor of North Dakota, Jack Dalrymple, to sign the strongest pro-life legislation in the country. Many of you responded, and today the Governor did what we encouraged him to do!

When the People of God speak up, results happen! Please see the good news about North Dakota below, and please help us gain similar victories with our other action alerts at www.priestsforlife.org/alert.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 26, 2013

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Priests for Life has strongly supported the three measures that Governor Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota signed into law today. Abortionists should be required to have hospital admitting privileges, just as they should be required to observe other measures that they routinely resist, but that fulfill what Roe vs. Wade itself said, namely, that “The State has a legitimate interest in seeing to it that abortion, like any other medical procedure, is performed under circumstances that insure maximum safety for the patient.” [410 U.S. 113, 150]

Furthermore, abortions carried out for sex-selection and genetic defects embody and advance deep and destructive prejudices, and should be prohibited, as this new law does.

Finally, as for the heartbeat legislation, the Governor should be applauded for his courage in signing a bill that so dramatically challenges the Supreme Court’s ignorant prejudice against the unborn that continues to deny them equal protection under law. This legislation can begin to reverse that prejudice. I’ve never heard a good reason why the law should permit a baby’s beating heart to be stopped.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

See a related video HERE

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

inhisimage

 

This reflection is taken from my book Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:26)

Reflection: It is only of God that the word “create” is used, because only he is the one who can bring life out of nothing. The sanctity of life has its root in the unique relationship that human beings have with their Creator. Life is sacred because it comes from God, belongs to God, and returns to God.

Prayer: Thank you, Father of Life, for creating me. Thank you for creating every human being, born and unborn, healthy and sick. Thank you for life. Amen.