Speaking the Truth

We don’t like to speak the truth about evil because we’re going to hurt somebody. Let me tell you, you are going to hurt somebody, but that Somebody is God. If you would rather hurt God than your neighbor, there is something wrong with your spirituality. It’s your obligation to speak the truth and everyone can either take it or leave it. But truth must be in us. We live in such poverty of the truth today.
- Mother Angelica

Saturday, January 31, 2009

More on Abortion

I was reading my email this morning and got an inspiring email from a pro-life friend from Church. It has inspired me to blog more of "the truth" about what abortion really is. For instance, it's murder. I think it's important we begin to use that word more because that's what it really is.

We have pro-choicers who say it's the woman's right to choose. Choose what? Murder? Murder of her own baby? It seems pretty animalistic to me. It's animalistic to give into our sexual desires with full knowledge that we could create a human life, only to have the "choice" to kill it. Because that's what it is isn't it? Killing your own baby?

Then we have women in the feminist movement that say, "I don't want the government to tell me what to do!" Huh? Does the government not tell you that you can't shoot your mother in the head? Does the government not tell you that you have to send your kids to school? Does the government not tell you that you have to pay taxes? Does the government not tell you that you can't force sex on another human being? The government tells us a lot of things we can't morally do without being punished. So why can't they tell us it's not OK to kill our unborn children?

How horrible that the sexual freedom we feel has brought us to this animalistic behavior. And the saddest part is that most of us don't even realize what it's doing to our culture.


Therese said...

So well written and so true!

Tracy said...

Karen, this is excellent!! I am in the right to life group at my parish and we were just discussing the fact that we are going to have to be willing to really put ourselves on the line for the unborn. Sadly, I have met some women and even some men who don't know the true horrors of abortion, they have never viewed pictures of an aborted baby, in their minds it is a little glob of tissue.. imagine their horror to view pictures and see small totally formed babies.. how many others don't really know what the truth is of abortion? How many want to turn a blind eye and not deal with it? If we want it to end.. we are going to have to get tough, it starts in the home.. our children must be raised knowing what abortion is and that it is murder, my daughter is 15 and has one friend in particular who doesn't know what abortion is (I know.. crazy!!) and other classmates who will say "I wouldn't do it but I can't tell someone else not to" I need to arm my kids with the facts so that they can go out and teach others.. we are facing a huge uphill battle but I'm positive we will win.

Anonymous said...

With all due respect, calling those of us who have had an abortion murderers only creates a worse situation. For instance, you think I'm disgusting and I think the same of you for telling me what you think of me. Who wins? What greater good does this do? Do you feel better about yourself? But is that the goal? No.

Perhaps you might change your approach and you would reach more people. Saying the things you do only creates a greater divide.

I honestly do not understand your mentality.

Karen said...

Thanks Therese!

Tracy, I can't agree with you more. It really does start with our children. It's a tough, tough, road and there have been people fighting this for a long, long, time!

Anonymous, thank you for your input. I think you're right. I was just at a pro-life meeting yesterday and our chairperson was talking about that very thing. It is important to talk to women who have had an abortion with understanding. I grew up in a very liberal household and I knew of two girls who got an abortion and haven't talked to them since. Not because they had one, but because they weren't around anymore. I think about them just about every day of my life now. I wonder how they are doing and how they are feeling now. I read horrible stories about what a woman goes through after they have had an abortion and I can't imagine it.

But I also think it's important to talk to people about what it really is. It really is murder. It really isn't a glob of tissue as we have been told. I can remember having that mentality because that's what I was told. I didn't research it myself. I don't think I would have gotten one, but I didn't think about trying to stop other people because "it wasn't a baby yet." We were lied to and continue to be lied to about abortion, and I think it's important to lay the truth out there.

Abortion is quite horrific. I'm sure I don't have to tell you that. www.abortionno.org is very graphic, but it shows what actually happens during an abortion. The doctors have to count the baby's parts when they're done, women grieve afterwards... it's horrible. We have been lied to about abortion and how it's going to make everything OK, and it doesn't.

So please don't get me wrong. I definitely think we have to handle women who have had one with understanding and compassion, absolutely. There is NO doubt about that. But we also have to speak the truth about it. Maybe speaking the truth will allow those women who are grieving a way to express their true feelings about an abortion and maybe change the mind of one woman or girl who are looking to get one. You never know....

Anonymous said...

But you see, I don't regret my abortion at all. I didn't need to grieve because it was the best choice for the situation that presented itself. There is nothing you could do to make me feel otherwise. That's why choice is so important. Not everyone is affected the same way.

Karen said...

I realize not everyone is affected in the same way, but I want to pose a question to you: By your reasoning, with choice being so important to you, if someone thought their life would be better without you, would it be OK for them to murder you?

Anonymous said...

That's a severly poor argument that doesn't even compare in the least. You are trying so hard to change everyone's minds. Let people be. Allow in the ones who need your help, but also allow the others to be set free. You can't control the world, but you CAN be there for those who are looking for the help you so desire to give. You are fighting a losing battle. Spend your time more wisely by focusing on those who actually want and need your help. And those who want and need your help will decide that for themselves.

Karen said...

I don't think it's a very poor argument at all. This is a baby, a person, in a mother's womb. Just because she's a teeny tiny "clump of cells" doesn't make her any less significant than your or I. She is alive. And our society has deemed it OK, even the norm, to kill this baby because it's not convenient for us and our lives. There are alternatives for abortion: adoption, and even before pregnancy we should be promoting responsible sex choices. I don't consider contraceptives responsible birth control because they are not 100% effective. Women are not taught to know their bodies. There is science behind ovulation. If we know when we're ovulating, and we exhibit self-control during that time of our cycle, we don't get pregnant.

And yes, I am trying to change minds. I'm doing it because I'm trying to save souls. Those that have abortions knowing that they are killing a baby are going to have some explaining to do, as well as those that performed the abortion, set the appointment for the abortion, and the millions of us who sit back silently and don't speak out about the evils of abortion. So yes, I'm trying to change your mind for the safety of your soul. But through many conversations and experiences, I also know that you can't reach those whose hearts are not open to hearing the truth. And for those I pray.