September 11 and Abortion
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life
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A number of commentators since September 11 have carefully drawn the
comparison between the acts of terrorism that occurred on that day and the daily
terrorism of abortion. Both are attacks on innocent human life.
Another link between the two is the perversion of religion.
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
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
The logo on their website is, "We are pro-choice because of our
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
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.