During this Easter Week, we pro-lifers take special consolation in the celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection from the dead. Not only is it the central event of our faith life, but it also provides us with great encouragement in our ongoing battle against abortion.
By conquering death, Jesus has also conquered abortion. Because of this, we know that the outcome of the struggle that we carry on, this seemingly endless conflict between life and death, has already been decided.
We have, so to speak, been allowed to read the book’s final chapter before we actually get to it. We know that in the end, Life will be victorious.
From time to time, all of us need to remind ourselves of this, lest we lose heart.
Royal College of Psychiatrists Warns of Abortion-Related Complications
There are a number of pregnancy and abortion-related stories in the news as of late from the United Kingdom. One concerns a rather astonishing recommendation by the Royal College of Psychiatrists that “women who have abortions may be at risk for mental health breakdowns”:
In a statement released on March 14, the Royal College of Psychiatrists said that women should not be allowed to have abortions until they are counseled on the procedure’s possible risks to their mental health. Several recent studies have concluded that abortion in young women might be associated with mental health risks.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists’ statement recommended adding details about the risks of depression to abortion information leaflets. “Consent cannot be informed without the provision of adequate and appropriate information,” it said.
UK Telegraph: Change in Abortion Law Needed
A few days later, the UK Telegraph published an editorial on the need to revise the country’s abortion law:
The latest figures on abortion, which we publish today, generate a deep sense of despair. Despite the billions poured into sex education, the number of teenage girls having abortions is at an all-time high. In some parts of the country, as many as one teenage girl in every 23 has had an abortion. Whatever is required to get the rate of teenage pregnancy down in Britain, it is clearly not being done.
When abortion became legal 40 years ago, its advocates insisted it would not lead to the procedure becoming widespread, or being used as an alternative to contraception. But that is precisely what happened.
Half of UK’s Maternity Units Turn Women Away
Also last week, the Telegraph had a story on what it rightly called the “shocking” state of NHS (National Health Service) maternity services — that is, maternity services run by England’s nationalized health care system — noting that “[a]lmost half of NHS hospitals were forced to turn women in labour away last year because they were full”.
Surely, there is much that is wanting in our own seriously flawed health care system here in the U.S., but we can all agree that socialized health care cannot in any way, shape, or form be considered a viable solution.
First 2008 Face the Truth Day March 25
Tuesday, March 25 is the traditional feast of the Annunciation, which is also the International Day of the Unborn Child. This will be our first 2008 Face the Truth Day, where we will be showing the ugly reality of abortion at two of our favorite locations in downtown Chicago:
- 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Daley Plaza, Clark and Washington Streets [MAP]
- 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Art Institute, Monroe Street and Michigan Avenue [MAP]