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Pro-Choice and Pro-Voice

Posts tagged christianity

Jun 7 '14
"I have told my abortion story from the pulpit. For weeks after that worship service, I was getting lots of phone calls from women in the congregation who also wanted to share their stories of abortion, or their stories of how they were prevented from having an abortion and forced to put a baby up for adoption and mourning that loss, or stories of being forced to have a baby at an early age and how that changed everything."
Melanie, 61, Louisiana, Unitarian Universalist Minister: I’m a Mother, and I Had an Abortion
May 17 '14
May 4 '14

pro-choice-or-no-voice asked:

Hello! I recently directed someone to your page as they mentioned people could be catholic and pro-life, and I thought your page was a perfect example of that, anyways, I recently got a reply on that post by someone who is pro-life and I suppose Catholic as well, pretty much saying that there is in no way that one can be "Catholic and pro-choice". I don't know much about religion, so I thought I would ask you about what I could say, I mean clearly you can be Catholic and pro-choice, I just (1/2)

forthecatholicgirls:

(continued) am not sure about how to go about giving a rebuttal to them, or if I should just ignore them? Anyways, thank you for running this blog, I know I myself am not Catholic, or religious for that matter, but I know people can utilize this blog and I know they appreciate it so much. It’s always nice to see representation of all people, no matter their religion or culture, so thank you for being awesome and kind and supportive to those who need it! (2/2) - Paige

Hi Paige, thanks so much for your message! So, responding to people who say things like, “you can’t be Catholic and pro-choice” is kind of tricky, considering that there’s so much that goes into both issues. I’m going to refer you to some nifty resources that Catholics for Choice recently sent me that you can give out to your followers/pro-life anons:

The Truth About Catholics and Abortion

The Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics

I hope this helps, and thanks again for your support!

xx

May 2 '14
"Most of the news coverage of John C. Salvi III has portrayed him as a confused person making nonsensical statements alleging conspiracies against Catholics. In fact, almost all of Salvi’s conspiratorial statements echo paranoid scapegoating theories long circulated by a specific sector of right wing anti-abortion organizations active in the Boston area and nationwide. Some of these aggressive anti-abortion groups call abortion providers evil and claim to be fighting an “abortion Holocaust.” A few of these anti-abortion militants suggest that abortion providers deserve death."
John Salvi III went on a clinic shooting spree in 1994. He murdered receptionists at two different Massachusetts clinics and wounded five others. He, like many other violent anti-abortion extremists, was publicly connected to the Army of God, a terrorist organization that advocates for violent retaliation against anyone associated with abortion.
May 1 '14
"I am a person of faith, and I am a person who supports a woman’s right to choose what is best for her and her family. I do not believe that pro-faith and pro-choice are [mutually] exclusive."
Apr 22 '14

expose-cpcs:

queervashti:

expose-cpcs:

Lighthouse Women’s Center in Denver, Colorado really wants you to come to their center, where they can better manipulate you into giving birth.

The truth is, crisis pregnancy centers usually use the same pregnancy tests you can buy in a drugstore, and they’re all quite accurate a week after your missed period. Only when you take a pregnancy test at a CPC, it may take staff over an hour to give you the results, leaving them plenty of time to give you false information, manipulation, and try to convert you to Christianity.

P.S. Just because a CPC has an ultrasound machine, doesn’t mean they’re qualified to use it or understand the results!

Working at an abortion clinic… everyone has tales from patients who came to us from CPC’s… 

The rule of thumb, Ultrasounds are not free. They cost money because they are performed by qualified individuals and interpreted by doctors and nurses. A free ultrasound is one paid for by the church that supports whatever CPC you are at. 

CPC’s will lie to you about your gestational age in order to prevent you from having an abortion, I’ve had patients think they were too far along at 12 weeks, 12 weeks! (We go up to 24 weeks and 6 days.) 

Ultrasounds are not free, however, your friendly local abortion clinic generally will put the cost of the ultrasound towards the cost of your procedure. Keep that in mind fellow humans with the potential to be pregnant. 

The Knights of Columbus, a Catholic organization, has spent over $8.5 million in four years on 334 ultrasound machines for their ongoing Ultrasound Program.

So yeah. No ulterior motive there. Definitely not.

Apr 19 '14

The Evangelical Orphan Boom
Christian advocates of transnational adoption often claim some 150 million children need homes — even though that figure, derived from a UNICEF report, includes all non-Western children who have lost only one parent, and also any children who live with extended family.  
Evangelicals from the Bible Belt to Southern California don wristbands or T-shirts reading “orphan addict” or “serial adopter.” Ministries have emerged to raise money and award grants to help Christians pay the fees (some $30,000 on average, plus travel) associated with transnational adoption.
However well intended, this enthusiasm has exacerbated what has become a boom-and-bust market for children that leaps from country to country. In many cases, the influx of money has created incentives to establish or expand orphanages — and identify children to fill them. 
The potential for fraud and abuse is high. Of course, adoption problems aren’t limited to Christian agencies, and they don’t originate with them, but some movement insiders say that evangelicals — whether driven by zeal or naïveté — have had a disproportionate impact on the international adoption system.

This all sounds incredibly dehumanizing. Framing children as a religious mission ultimately means people feel justified in going to extreme lengths to obtain adopt them - outrageous fees, lying about their past, fudging statistics, outright taking them from their family, etc.

The Evangelical Orphan Boom

Christian advocates of transnational adoption often claim some 150 million children need homes — even though that figure, derived from a UNICEF report, includes all non-Western children who have lost only one parent, and also any children who live with extended family.

Evangelicals from the Bible Belt to Southern California don wristbands or T-shirts reading “orphan addict” or “serial adopter.” Ministries have emerged to raise money and award grants to help Christians pay the fees (some $30,000 on average, plus travel) associated with transnational adoption.

However well intended, this enthusiasm has exacerbated what has become a boom-and-bust market for children that leaps from country to country. In many cases, the influx of money has created incentives to establish or expand orphanages — and identify children to fill them.

The potential for fraud and abuse is high. Of course, adoption problems aren’t limited to Christian agencies, and they don’t originate with them, but some movement insiders say that evangelicals — whether driven by zeal or naïveté — have had a disproportionate impact on the international adoption system.

This all sounds incredibly dehumanizing. Framing children as a religious mission ultimately means people feel justified in going to extreme lengths to obtain adopt them - outrageous fees, lying about their past, fudging statistics, outright taking them from their family, etc.

Apr 16 '14

Hurray for pro-choice Christians!

The Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas donated over $440,000 to Planned Parenthood South Texas this year, alongside other generous donations to dozens of healthcare providers. PP South Texas operates eight clinics in three cities, providing general and reproductive care and referrals for all genders.

Since Planned Parenthood has been excluded from Texas’ women’s health program funding, I’m sure this donation was very much appreciated. Bless pro-choice Christians!

Apr 14 '14

provoice:

I know I say this a lot, but I am so so happy to know that there are other religious voices who support choice. And I’m relieved to know that secular voices welcome us with open arms.

So many people are pro-choice not in spite of, but because of their faith, and it’s so inspiring to read their words. I’m not religious, but I truly admire work they do in their communities centering on their faith.

And honestly, what are the numbers? Almost 75% of abortion patients are Christian or otherwise religious. More abortions patients identify as religious than not! Clearly, there’s a huge need for spiritual support and connection.

Apr 12 '14
gehayi:

3ammicrosleeps:

kaiserlouis-philipv:

seraphknights:

cultureshift:

This is the Memorial to the Missing and contains over 50,000,000 pennies to represent the lives of each American child abandoned to abortion by a society and a culture that has embraced their destruction. We must prevent the need to add to this memorial. Take a stand. Get involved.
 ”How we treat the least of us defines us.”

"should I use this $500k to help struggling parents and pregnant people or should I put it in a glass box"

How much money have you  wasted that could’ve gone to help struggling parents and pregnant women is the better question to ask.

Yeah if i was a struggling parent and I saw that “monument”, you know what I’d do? Break into that fucker and use the money to help my kid get a better life.
Clearly those “charitable” folks aren’t using it on kids that have actually been born.

A few facts that the OP neglected to mention.
a)  The glass box is on the grounds of the Mississippi Baptist Convention building—right across from the Mississippi state capitol. It was placed there deliberately to remind legislators that the Baptist Church—which is very powerful in the South—is staunchly anti-abortion.
b) This wasn’t created by regular people, charitable or otherwise. It was a deliberate and high-profile project of the Convention. Using the services of a construction company that worked free of charge, they erected the glass box in 2006, putting 47 MILLION pennies in it on the day that it opened, thus creating the illusion that many, many people had contributed.
c) Once $500K was collected—back in 2008, by the way, and the photo dates back to 2007—the money was then spent by the Convention, which invested it on a permanent endowment fund for anti-abortion causes, such as assisting with the operations of crisis pregnancy centers.
d) Almost all crisis pregnancy centers are church-sponsored and evangelical in nature.
e) Most crisis pregnancy centers have ties to evangelical maternity homes, adoption lawyers, and private adoption agencies. Any crisis that a woman coming to such a center might be facing would be irrelevant; for the purposes of the center and its affiliates, it is paramount that she have the baby. Babies, especially healthy white babies, are in high demand by would-be adoptive parents, and there is a very small supply.  There are horror stories about women who have been forced continue pregnancies and who have been forced to relinquish, most to evangelical families. Evangelical churches support and encourage this kind of thing. They figure that this way, they win twice over: they save lives AND they get to control how the next generation thinks. 
f) So, to recap.The Baptist Church underwrites the memorial (at least the first 47 million). The funds eventually go back to the Baptist Church, which invests them in businesses that will help produce more goods—babies—for other evangelical businesses, such as adoption agencies and adoption lawyers, AND that will create more religious and political support in the future.
This is NOT a memorial created by heartbroken people, OP. It’s big business. 

gehayi:

3ammicrosleeps:

kaiserlouis-philipv:

seraphknights:

cultureshift:

This is the Memorial to the Missing and contains over 50,000,000 pennies to represent the lives of each American child abandoned to abortion by a society and a culture that has embraced their destruction. We must prevent the need to add to this memorial. Take a stand. Get involved.

 ”How we treat the least of us defines us.”

"should I use this $500k to help struggling parents and pregnant people or should I put it in a glass box"

How much money have you wasted that could’ve gone to help struggling parents and pregnant women is the better question to ask.

Yeah if i was a struggling parent and I saw that “monument”, you know what I’d do? Break into that fucker and use the money to help my kid get a better life.

Clearly those “charitable” folks aren’t using it on kids that have actually been born.

A few facts that the OP neglected to mention.

a)  The glass box is on the grounds of the Mississippi Baptist Convention building—right across from the Mississippi state capitol. It was placed there deliberately to remind legislators that the Baptist Church—which is very powerful in the South—is staunchly anti-abortion.

b) This wasn’t created by regular people, charitable or otherwise. It was a deliberate and high-profile project of the Convention. Using the services of a construction company that worked free of charge, they erected the glass box in 2006, putting 47 MILLION pennies in it on the day that it opened, thus creating the illusion that many, many people had contributed.

c) Once $500K was collected—back in 2008, by the way, and the photo dates back to 2007—the money was then spent by the Convention, which invested it on a permanent endowment fund for anti-abortion causes, such as assisting with the operations of crisis pregnancy centers.

d) Almost all crisis pregnancy centers are church-sponsored and evangelical in nature.

e) Most crisis pregnancy centers have ties to evangelical maternity homes, adoption lawyers, and private adoption agencies. Any crisis that a woman coming to such a center might be facing would be irrelevant; for the purposes of the center and its affiliates, it is paramount that she have the baby. Babies, especially healthy white babies, are in high demand by would-be adoptive parents, and there is a very small supply.  There are horror stories about women who have been forced continue pregnancies and who have been forced to relinquish, most to evangelical families. Evangelical churches support and encourage this kind of thing. They figure that this way, they win twice over: they save lives AND they get to control how the next generation thinks. 

f) So, to recap.The Baptist Church underwrites the memorial (at least the first 47 million). The funds eventually go back to the Baptist Church, which invests them in businesses that will help produce more goods—babies—for other evangelical businesses, such as adoption agencies and adoption lawyers, AND that will create more religious and political support in the future.

This is NOT a memorial created by heartbroken people, OP. It’s big business. 

Apr 7 '14
Apr 1 '14

What Catholics Talk About When We Talk About Reproductive Rights

forthecatholicgirls:

Recently, I talked with Catholics for Choice about reproductive rights activism. They sent me some information on the state of contraception and abortion among American Catholics. Just how many Catholics in the U.S. use birth control or support legal abortion? Check out some of these statistics:

  • 83 percent of sexually active Catholic women use a form of contraception that’s not approved by the Vatican.
  • Fewer than 2 percent of sexually active Catholic women use a birth control method that’s approved by the Vatican.
  • 69 percent of Catholic women have used the birth control pill, while nearly 90 percent have used condoms. 
  • In 2009, 63 percent of Catholics believed heath insurance plans should cover birth control. 
  • Nearly 70 percent of Catholics believe they don’t have a moral obligation to vote against a pro-choice political candidate. 
  • Almost 60 percent of Catholics support legal abortion in most cases, while 50 percent believe it should always be a decision made between a woman and her doctor. 
  • Nearly 90 percent of Catholics think abortion should be legal when a woman’s life is endangered, while more than 70 percent believe it should be legal when a pregnancy will cause long-term health risks and complications for the woman.

(source: Catholics for Choice, The Facts Tell the Story: Catholics and Choice)

Mar 29 '14
Mar 27 '14

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES (explosions, bodies, injured people, violent language, self-harm in later videos)

Soldiers in the Army of God [part 1/7]

For anyone keeping count, the number is now eight murders, and the most recent clinic violence was the complete destruction of Susan Cahill’s clinic in Montana.

"Anybody who raises a weapon up against these people who are slaughtering these babies, before God and the entire world right now, I say, ‘You are doing God’s own work.’" - Bob Lokey, Army of God recruiter and convicted murderer

"If God told me to kill, I would kill."

Mar 26 '14