Written by Sherry
Wednesday, 25 March 2009 06:14
Hysterical hyperbole is the flavor of the moment around St. Blog's.
From the left: The Church is becoming a sect!
From the left and right: Schism? Bring it on! Its about time those goats - and we know who they are - got weeded out.
From the right: Place an interdict on the entire Notre Dame campus so that thousands of serious Catholics are deprived of Mass? You bet ya.
Did you know that your final exams at the judgement throne of God will include whether or not you signed a certain online petition in March of 2009? What did the author of the Gospel of Matthew know anyway?
Fr. Jenkins and all the priests at Notre Dame are in a state of mortal sin and are unworthy to celebrate Mass. See note on schism and interdict above.
Then this morning comes this exceedingly grim news via the Associated Press. Married couples are aborting even desired babies because of their fears about their inability to support more children.
Planned Parenthood of Illinois clinics performed an all-time-high number of abortions in January, many of them motivated by the women's economic worries, said CEO Steve Trombley, who declined to give exact numbers. Abortions at Planned Parenthood's St. Louis-area clinics were up nearly 7 percent in the second half of 2008 from a year earlier - ending a stretch in which the numbers were dwindling.
Planned Parenthood said it has no up-to-date national abortion figures, nor do other private or government agencies. But Stephanie Poggi of the National Network of Abortion Funds, which helps women in need pay for abortions, said calls to the network's national help line have nearly quadrupled from a year ago.
Vicki Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation, said her organization's help line is receiving many calls from women who postponed an abortion while trying to raise money to pay for it. Such delays often mean riskier abortions at an even higher cost - the price can double in the second trimester.
Dr. J. Stephen Jones, a urologist at the Cleveland Clinic, said he has seen a surge of men seeking vasectomies, with his monthly caseload rising from about 45 to more than 70 since November. He said most of the men were married, had kids, decided they couldn't afford more and opted to get a vasectomy while they still had job-related health insurance.
"Several articulated very forcefully that the economy was the motive," Jones said. "I have a long discussion with them and ask if there's any chance they still might want kids. They say they know it's time."
Some experts believe such concerns about the recession may have an affect on the overall U.S. birthrate, possibly reversing the trends that resulted in last week's government report that a record number of babies were born in the United States in 2007.
What if there was a well publicized, national fund/help line, sponsored by the existing agencies like Birthright and the Nurturing Network that could help panicking parents choose to keep their babies in a time of economic crisis? It costs a lot more to keep and raise a baby than to kill it.
What if everyone who signed - and those who refused to sign - that famous online petition also gave $10 or more to that fund? (With over 118,000 signatures already, that would be 1.18 million dollars already.)
What if there was an aggressive campaign to recruit and support new adoptive parents? (Want to bet that the number of potential adoptive parents has dropped significantly due to fiscal anxiety? 40% of the births in this country are to single women. The need for adoption is steadily increasing. And Dr. Ray Guarendi, psychologist and father of ten adopted children, has a new book out: Adoption: Choosing It, Living It, Loving It designed to help other potential parents consider adoption.)
Now that's a work that could say the lives of many children right now and help unite all those who are truly pro-life.
Update: readers are asking (and I've been asking myself): could I actually set up such a fund?
But here's the deal: the level of my travel schedule at present - 3 days gone last weekend, three days gone this coming weekend, four days gone the week after with packed days and little or no e-mail contact, etc. - makes me a bad candidate. I am already working 7 days a week. This needs to be done right.
So, Anyone out there with good ties to the pro-life movement and the time and ability to oversee an online fund of this nature?
I bet it would take off like a shot in light of all the pent up frustration that pro-lifers feel.
Admittedly, It isn't as much fun as speculating on the prospects of schism. But it would have the advantage of being to the point.