Abortion

June 8th, 2018

Group Reading

“I have met thousands and thousands of pro-choice men and women. I have never met anyone who is pro-abortion.” ~

Hillary Clinton

One: All: One: All: One: All:

So many women find themselves in defenseless situations, victims of war and violence and oppressive policies. May women’s voices be heard and believed so that justice may serve them.

Women of colour and low income women are so much more likely to suffer the tragedy of abortion. May women’s voices be heard and believed so that justice may serve them.

Many women are forced to have unsafe abortions or travel across state or national lines to have abortions. May women’s voices be heard and believed so that justice may serve them.

Quotes & Readings

“No woman wants an abortion as she wants an ice cream cone or a Porsche. She wants an abortion as an animal caught in a trap wants to gnaw off its own leg.” ~ Frederica Matthewes-Green

“You’re in a fertility clinic. Why isn’t important. The fire alarm goes off. You run for the exit. As you run down this hallway, you hear a child screaming from behind a door. You throw open the door and find a five-year-old child crying for help. They’re in one corner of the room. In the other corner, you spot a frozen container labeled “1000 Viable Human Embryos.” The smoke is rising. You start to choke. You know you can grab one or the other, but not both before you succumb to smoke inhalation and die, saving no one.

Do you A) save the child, or B ) save the thousand embryos? There is no “C.” “C” means you all die.”~ P S Tomlinson,

“There appears no assurance that in the times of our own grandchildren the world will contain viable populations of wild African Lions, Tigers, Polar Bears, Emperor Penguins, gorillas, or coral reefs. These are the animals expectant parents pain on nursery room walls. Their implied wish: to welcome precious new life in to a world endowed with the magnificence and delight and fright of companions we have traveled with since the beginning. Some people debate the “rights of the unborn” as though a human life begins at conception but we don’t need to concern ourselves with its prospects after birth. Raging over the divine sanctity of anyone else’s pregnancy is a little overwrought and a little too easy when nature itself terminates one out of four by the sixth week. There are much bigger, more compassionate pro- life fish to fry. Passing along a world that can allow real children to flourish and the cavalcade of generations to unfold, and the least to live in modest dignity would be the biggest pro-life enterprise we could undertake.” ~ Carl Safina, The View From Lazy Point

Seed of Compassion

Say together: May women’s voices be heard and believed so that justice may serve them.

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