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WITH Friends like These, WHO Needs Enemies?

Beware of Deception

The clash between the Gospel of Life and the culture of death has never been as intense as it is today.  Throughout there is a great deception.  Many of those who give a helping hand to the poor and to immigrants are also quick to hand out contraceptives and abortion services. What they give with one hand they take away with the other. Look at the numbers of abortions in minority communities.  The hypocrisy is tangible and yet often denied. Many minority populations play into the hands of clandestine racists and their use of abortion and contraception as part of their eugenics plan.  Yes, many of those who are counted as advocates for these communities are actively seeking ways to minimize their growth and to control or to manipulate them.  Immediate needs might be met but the future is stolen from them through the absence of children that might have been born.

This group would also take offense at pro-abortion politicians being denied the Eucharist.  Indeed, they would readily vote for such candidates.  I can still hear in my mind their hackneyed response to challenges: “I would never have an abortion but I would not want to make that decision for someone else. Politician (so-and-so) is a practicing Catholic or a good wife and mother or a faithful husband and father— why should we blame them for what others do?”

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  1. “Many of those who give a helping hand to the poor and to immigrants are also quick to hand out contraceptives and abortion services.” I am one of those who give a helping hand to the poor and to immigrants. My wife and I support three children through the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, three through Unbound and give support to starving children through other organizations.

    i wrote to the Supreme Court Justices prior to the Roe v Wade decision opposing abortion. For the past forty years we have advocated for pro-life position writing hundreds of letters to senators and congresspersons. We have given financial supported to many pro-life organizations. What can we show for it? The only babies saved from abortion have been the ones where the mother was given emotional, financial or healthcare support through her pregnancy.

    We believe Catholic couples should not be using contraceptives. But they do at the same rate as other married couples. Catholics need to led by example. My experience is that too often pro-life people are only pro-birth. They fail to help pregnant women without an income and without healthcare navigate motherhood. Many prominent pro-life politicians have no problem with premarital sex and multiple marriages.

    There is much that pro-life Catholic couples can do. Live the pro-life culture by raising a large family. Help other couples navigate natural family planning. They can support homes for single pregnant mothers. They can join groups that provide for those in desperate need of food and health care. It is not what we say, it is how we live. If boats, RV’s, summer homes, ATV’s, etc. are more important than working to save starving children, helping young pregnant mothers with financial and healthcare support, then our society will not appreciate the sanctity of life.

    Laws are helpful, but that approach is a long slog through federal and state courts. We have been relying on this approach for the past forty years with little to show for it. If we live the sanctity of life culture, it will permeate like a virus and change our culture.

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