With the Catechism's clear defense of human life from the moment of conception, the Catholic Church is one of the most vocal advocates for an end to elective abortion. It's natural that many Catholics, then, are leaders in the pro-life movement.
Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, spoke earlier this year with the newly appointed Catholic Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher on the pro-life movement.
I'm often asked, "How do you keep your cool and give such effective answers when you discuss abortion with pro-choice callers on Catholic Answers Live?" My answers is that I use the following three approaches when responding to these callers. I recommend everyone use these tips when discussing this subject, or frankly, any controversial issue.
Pope Francis has told a group of Catholic doctors that “playing with life” in ways like abortion and euthanasia is sinful, and he stressed that each human life, no matter the condition, is sacred. “We're are living in a time of experimentation with life. But a bad experiment… (we’re) playing with life,” the Pope told an audience of 4,000 Catholic doctors gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall on Nov. 15.
For most parents, a pregnancy is a time of joy. However, for some it's a bittersweet experience, when they discover the happiness might be short lived due to a terminal illness. Every Life Counts is an online platform based in Ireland. It helps these parents deal with their grief, and it also provides hope for those who are currently facing a difficult health prognosis. Tom and Tracy Harkin are among them.
At the age of 18, Javiera Ramirez found out she was pregnant. She felt like her life was falling apart. Having a baby wasn't in her plans and she didn't know where to turn. The first few months were anything but easy. She admits that at one point, it seemed like the only viable option was to have an abortion. Things changed when she found a pro-life foundation, named 'Chile Unido', or United Chile. There, she received psychological support and logistical help. Eventually, she decided to keep her baby.
My passion is being pro-life. It drives and it motivates me. I find joy in being the voice for the unborn every day, even if it’s just in the smallest ways. There was a time in my life when you couldn’t have paid me a million dollars to truthfully and passionately say the statement above. I used to be pro-choice. Pro-choice to my very core and then everything changed… I had an abortion. From that moment, my life has never been the same. I instantly realized that I lost something very special to me, my child. I instantly knew that I never wished this pain upon anyone.
Parents who have experienced a tragic early pregnancy loss will be able to honour the memory of their little one with a new commemorative certificate, issued by the registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the Australian State of Queensland.
RedMadre is a Spanish association that offers support to women who are confronted with an unexpected pregnancy. One of them is 20 year old Lourdes. She is deaf, and her sister shares her story in this video...
Fifty nine years ago, the Archbishop of Riga, Zbigevs Stankevis, almost died. When his mother was expecting him, everyone told her she should have an abortion. However, his mother decided to have her baby. Eventually that young boy became the Archbishop of Riga.
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