A rebuttal from the pro-life side of the abortion debate

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I write to comment on “Guilt propaganda in abortion debate has dire consequences” by Marian Walsh, The Telegram May 17. For propaganda purposes Walsh seeks to undermine the truth about the evils of abortion. The Catholic Church, for hundreds of years, has taught that abortion is murder, and brutal murder at that. Church teaching on abortion is not church law but Divine Law, the fifth commandment — “thou shalt not kill.”

The church teaches that abortion even legalized harms women seriously in their biological, psychological and moral being. Abortion is threatening universal peace. The language of Walsh’s letter is designed to make lies appear as truth and killing respectable. The unborn child has no right according to Planned Parenthood’s pamphlet (1971). Their statement reads, “Pregnancy is a venereal disease treated by evacuation of the uterine contents.” This is evil personified. No wonder Pope Benedict called feminism in its radical form another religion.

Ms. Walsh, that you and other pro-choice groups have as your mantra that abortion is in the interest of women’s reproductive health is ludicrous. Kermit Gosnell has been found guilty of murder resulting from the monstrous and horrific procedures undertaken by him at various abortion clinics throughout the United States. However, he carried out those procedures under the guise of women’s reproductive health.

Studies by experts in Spain and Finland revealed women who abort suffered symptoms of depression (80 per cent), 40 per cent have considered suicide, sexual dysfunction (40 per cent), and drug abuse (30 per cent), behavioural changes (60 per cent) or irritability (70 per cent), suicide (six per cent) again the reason for the abortions — women’s reproductive health.

Walsh writes that abortion will eventually become a normal medical procedure. She plunges into the ridiculous by accusing pro-life people of causing post-abortion trauma by informing women that abortion will hurt them.

The late Dr. Bernard Nathanson was the founder of the United States National Abortion Rights Action League. After 60,000 abortions performed he turned against abortion on the grounds it was the killing of human life.

After discerning by means of the ultrasound that the baby in the mother’s womb was a human being, Dr. Nathanson produced “Silent Scream,” a film that justly horrified the nation. It showed the “fetus” trying desperately to move away from the intruding vacuum.

Dr. Nathanson has said, “Abortion is the purposeful destruction of what is undeniably human life.” He has said it is an “impermissible act of deadly violence.” Nathanson said, as a scientist, “I know — not believe — know that human life begins at conception.”

Pope Francis says, “The pregnant woman doesn’t carry a toothbrush in her womb nor a tumour. Science teaches that from the moment of conception the new being has all the genetic code; it’s impressive. It’s not therefore a religious question but clearly a moral one based on science.”

Religious freedom in this province is rapidly being eroded — remember the cross on St. Matthew’s School. Scripture is disregarded as the state redefines marriage.

The famous preacher Fulton Sheen was asked why it is more important than at any other time to restore religion and morality to education. Sheen answered, “Because we are entering into a new era of history wherein the grave threats to man’s freedom is from the state.”

George McIsaac

St. John's

Organizations: Catholic Church, United States National Abortion Rights Action League

Geographic location: United States, Spain, Finland Matthew

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  • Ron Tizzard
    July 14, 2013 - 11:13

    Frankly, I am sick and tired of reading about and listening to George McIssac, and his handful of devotees defining the moral standing of individuals of whom he knows nothing, but choses to lambast as being comparable 'moral reprobates' (my words), because of their personal pro-abortion standings. Give them a break George...they are every bit as Christian, moral and discerning in the eyes of God, as I hope you are George....keep an eye on your own soul George, and they'll take care of their, as required. That said, should God be disappointed with these 'spiritual reprobates' as you likely see them, I'm sure He can handle matters Himself. You are still an earthling George, not a successor quite yet. Smell the roses while you can George, let the world continue to turn on God's terms; I think He can handle it. You can find some roses in Bowring Park...smell them George....I bet you'll you'll have a much better day. Invite your friends.

  • Ed Power
    July 11, 2013 - 16:59

    Mr. McIssac lost his "argument" - and his credibility - after the third sentence in the first paragraph. By the time he reaches the end of his letter, he makes the bizarre claim that freedom from religion is eroding freedom of religion, and that indoctrinating children in the Bronze Age mythology of illiterate goatherds is education. Mr. McIssac is seemingly oblivious to the fact that we rid ourselves of our own version of the Taliban centuries ago. If he wishes to live in a country where clerics or religious zealots rule, where women are considered breed cattle and where the rote memorization of religious mythology is considered "education", he might do us the favour of emigrating to Iran or Afghanistan. On the other hand, maybe not, those poor people have enough problems of their own.....

  • John
    July 11, 2013 - 13:27

    Wouldn't inflicting religious beliefs on people who don't subscribe to them or don't believe in them, be the opposite of freedom? I just don't understand why some people of faith feel like their religion is being taken from them, are people stopping you from going to church, stopping you from praying? That would be taking religious freedom away. The world seems to be coming around to the fact that not everyone believes in god, nor lives their lives according to any scriptures. It seems that the folks that are so upset about this sort of thing, feel like everyone should be following the same religion as them, and feel threatened in some way. This sort of attitude is responsible for a lot of violence and death across the world. We are pretty lucky in these parts to even have the discussion.