20 Week Old Baby
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Is there anyone more flummoxing than pro-choice Catholics? While many Protestants attempt to skirt around the Word, performing mental gymnastics to ignore God’s obvious pro-life message, pro-choice Catholics must turn a blind eye to the Bible and ignore the Pope! It must be exhausting and Pope Francis isn’t allowing them to catch their breath. In a speech on Saturday to the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors, the pope reaffirmed his commitment to speaking out in support of the sanctity of life stating, “There is no human life more sacred than another: all human life is sacred!” Additionally, according to Life Site News, Pope Francis warned that the doctors may have to make courageous choices, in standing for life, that could lead to conscientious objection.
The pope’s call to remain vigilant in the face of a society that promotes abortion and euthanasia as “compassionate” and “dignified,” took place one day after a group of priests in the United States vowed to do just that. After the DC Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that the pro-life organization Priests for Life must provide birth control for its employees, the group released a statement which read, in part, that they will not ever obey the mandate. National Director of Priests for Life Father Frank Pavone told The Washington Times, “To ask a group of priests to cooperate in the government’s plan to expand access to birth control and abortion-inducing drugs is about as contrary to religious freedom as you can get.”
While Priests for Life will move on to federal court, Democrats in DC continue to try to force pro-life groups to pay for abortion through another law. According to Alliance Defending Freedom’s Casey Mattox, writing at The Washington Times:
Bill 20-790, introduced by D.C. Council member David Grosso, would prohibit “discrimination” by any employer on the basis of a “reproductive health decision.” It specifically includes, euphemistically, “termination of a pregnancy” as part of the protected “reproductive health decision[s].” Importantly, it …read more