Catholics urged to protest abortion
Fri, 03 Aug 2012 10:11a.m.
The Catholic Bishop of Dunedin is stepping up the dispute over abortion, calling for local Catholics to speak up against Southland Hospital allowing abortions.
Bishop of Dunedin Colin Campbell has written a letter to Catholics to encourage them to do all they can to prevent what he calls a “culture of death”.
Spokesman Father Vaughn Leslie says the church and anti-abortion group Southlanders for Life plan on taking further steps to ensure it's not allowed.
“We are going to take a complaint to the ombudsman against the Southern District Health Board,” he says, “because when they introduce a new service like this they are obligated by law to consult with the community, and so far they have refused.”
He says abortion should not be allowed even in the case of rape and incest and says it will be damaging for a small area such as Southland.
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16/08/2012 11:09:13 p.m.
Craig Young, to answer your bellow question, I do not believe all of those who are pro-choice and anti-disability, what I was that the potential for disabilities is sometimes a reason why people chose to get an abortion. I was recently reading how they often detect possibly disabilities. I knew it was through an amniocentesis, but I did not realise that this usually only gives a percentage o =f the likleyhood of something going wrong. So often those having an abortion under the pretences that something will go wrong, they could in fact be carrying a perfectly healthy baby. And I do know that out government sucks, they should spend more money supporting the most vulnerably and less time supporting the rich.
11/08/2012 11:16:20 a.m.
Craig Young wrote:
Excuse me, Georgia. I am pro-choice because my grandmother's sister died from a backstreet abortion in the thirties after she had been raped. As for the question of disability that you cite, it's all very well to pontificate about the situation of those who have to raise intellectually disabled children, but in practise it requires serious financial and parental resources to do so, especially at a time like now when this government is prone to cutting social services for those vulnerable and in need. Faced with the latter, I do not moralise about those who decide that they cannot face the considerable responsibilities involved, or decide that they are financially and emotionally unable to do so. Every child should be loved and wanted, particularly when one is parenting a child with an intellectual disability who may require particular and intensive care and love. Why do you assume pro-choicers are anti-disability and haven't had relatives who were intellectually disabled? I have and I daresay I'm not the only one.
5/08/2012 3:17:18 p.m.
Abortion is an issue where the opposing views are so far apart that there is no common ground for consensus. There is little point in writing your opinions here. If somebody doesn't agree with your viewpoint, they are unlikely to come around to your way of thinking no matter how good your argument might be. This is not a topic people tend to discuss with open minds.
3/08/2012 9:25:58 p.m.
After reading many of these comments, I quite frankly am disgusted. I am anti abortion. One of the many reasons I have found that pro choice supporters use as a reason for abortion is in the cases of rape or a baby that will have medical problems, for example Down's Syndrome. But in fact rape only accounts for less than 1% of the reasons why people have abortions.
As for medical difficulties I ask you this, who are we to judge who lives and who dies? How sad is it that we seem to think only those who are 'perfect' can positively contribute to society? In my personal opinion if you are willing to consent to sex, then you are also consenting to the possibility of a baby. Even for those born with sever difficulties, they can still have a positive impact and effect on those who they come into contact with, even of that is just for them to appreciate what they have. Where is the line? What if a child develops difficulties later in life or is in a accident, for example a car crash and therefore requires a lot of support? Does that mean we get to kill that child because it will be too 'hard' on the family and on society? Of course not! The same protection should apply for unborn children. If a mother does not want a child then adoption is a perfectively adequate option. There are plenty of families wanting to adopt.
I do however see why those who have no support get an abortion. I think this is very sad because I believe us as a society should be supporting and helping those who are pregnant and those with children that are struggling.
"An abortion does not make you unpregant, it makes you the Mother of a dead baby".
"A foetus is not a potential life, it's a life with potential".
3/08/2012 2:32:19 p.m.
This Guy wrote:
STOP TRYING TO FORCE YOUR DRACONIAN BELIEF SYSTEM ON PEOPLE!! Also I'm pretty sure that the book you based your life on says "ITS NOT YOUR PLACE TO MAKE JUDGEMENT" also "He says abortion should not be allowed even in the case of rape"
This is absolutely despicable, way to make me dislike the catholic church EVEN MORE. Like Mary said, you know NOTHING about the circumstances which have lead to the decision to terminate a pregnancy, you've already stated you don't care about rape victims, well what if there is some kind of birth defect that would mean immense suffering for the child if it were to be born, I'm willing to bet you wouldn't care about them ether because its not happening to you, you don't have to deal with being in that situation, all you care about is stopping that "evil" woman from "murdering" something that isn't even alive yet. I almost wish there was a god so I could see him send all you idiots to hell for completely destroying his good name.
3/08/2012 12:58:23 p.m.
Yeap let's forget about the babies right to live.
3/08/2012 12:32:36 p.m.
pray away but you cant take away the womans choice, you have no right to pretend toknow what why or how they came to be in the predicament in the first place,you are only making that choice harder to live with thats not the christian way.
3/08/2012 11:26:39 a.m.
get real wrote:
News Flash - it is not a "LEGAL REQUIREMENT" that the Health Board ask the community for input on any aspect of their introducing new services! Despite what some ill informed religious zealot thinks I congratulate the Southland Health board on their decision to properly serve their community in total.
3/08/2012 11:23:30 a.m.
Would someone please explain WHY an abortion clinic in Ingill would be damaging to Southland?
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