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ABORTION

Definition

The killing and expulsion of a preborn child from his mother’s uterus occurring through surgery, pills, or drugs.

How?

There are three methods of abortion: surgical, medical, and chemical abortion.

Surgical

In all surgical abortions, the patient must undergo intrusive medical procedures. The most common form is suction aspiration. In this form a suction tube removes the preborn child from the uterus.

Medical

Medical abortions involve the administration of drugs specifically intended to kill the child. There are many types of medical abortions; one of the most commonly used is Mifepristone (RU-486). This blocks progesterone from the baby, therefore causing his death.

Chemical

Chemical abortions are caused by drugs that, at least some of the time, prevent the implantation in the uterine lining of the already-created baby. Common types are Ortho-Evra®, NuvaRing®, Depo-Provera®, and Plan B®.

Why?

Some women do not believe the preborn child is actually a developing human being, so they justify abortion by claiming that he is just a “clump of cells.” Organizations such as Planned Parenthood profit greatly from convincing their target clients (young girls ages 16-24) to undergo abortion procedures. Some women believe abortion is their only option. But we must educate about abortion and teach that there are many other options out there, such as being a birth mother and giving the baby up for adoption or seeking help from a pregnancy care center.

Fact

In sexual reproduction, creation (biological beginning/conception) of a new human being begins the moment the egg and sperm meet. Therefore, after that moment, the “zygote” is not just a “clump of cells” but a living and developing human being.

The stages of prenatal development prove the humanity of the preborn child. Because we understand the science, we know that abortion is the direct murder of a human being. Abortion can never be acceptable.

FAQs

Is abortion okay in the case of rape?

Rape is an act of violence inflicted upon a woman. She is an innocent victim. Likewise, the baby is an innocent victim when aborted. Abortion re-victimizes women who have been raped and punishes the baby. The criminal is the one who needs to be punished for his crime, not the child.

Can there ever be an exception to abortion?

No. The preborn child is a human being, so there can be no exceptions for abortion. Nothing can justify the intentional killing of preborn children.

CONTRACEPTION

Definition

Contraception is any product—prescription or over the counter—that is designed to make it difficult for the sexual act of procreation to result in the creation of a baby. All contraception has failure rates. A contraceptive failure is a baby. Most so-called contraceptives also work by preventing implantation of an already created human being.

Types

There are many types of contraception. Here we list the most common and a short description.

The Pill 

The birth control pill comes in many forms, from a progestin-only pill to combinations of progestin and estrogen. The pill works in three ways: It can prevent ovulation (an egg from releasing); it can cause the mucus in the cervix to change, preventing the sperm from entering; and it can thin the lining of the uterus. If the first two actions fail, a newly created human being will be unable to attach to the lining of his mother’s uterus, therefore causing a very early abortion. Depression, infertility, and blot clots are all side effects of the pill.

Condoms

Condoms do not always do what they are supposed to do. Nearly 1 in 5 fail, resulting in pregnancy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that condoms are “risky.” The FDA states that “condoms are not 100% safe.” Furthermore, condoms do not guarantee protection from STDs transmitted by fluid or skin-to-skin contact.

IUD

An intrauterine device (or IUD) is a birth control device that is placed inside the uterus. The IUD does not prevent ovulation. Its chemicals alter the fluid inside the womb and the lining of the womb. This means that a newly created human being cannot attach to his mother’s uterus, thus making nourishment impossible and resulting in a very early abortion. In addition, an IUD can be very painful and can have serious side effects such as ectopic pregnancy, abortion, the embedding of the IUD into the uterus, and more.

The morning after pill

The most common form is Plan B. The morning after pill is a high dosage of the birth control pill usually taken after unprotected sex. This pill can work in three ways: It can prevent ovulation (an egg from being released); it can delay the normal menstrual cycle; or it can thin the lining of the uterus. If the first two actions fail and the uterus lining is thinned, then a newly created human being will not be able to attach to his mother, resulting in a very early abortion. Since this pill has such a high dosage, the side effects can be serious. These include blood clots, excessive bleeding, an ectopic pregnancy, and more.

Why not use contraception?

From purely a health standpoint, contraception can be dangerous, especially to women. Many forms put life-altering hormones into a woman’s body, which can have lasting effects, such as permanent infertility.

The healthiest and most natural option is chastity for single people, or Natural Family Planning for married couples. Chastity involves respecting your body and self both physically and spiritually. When you practice chastity, you abstain from sexual pleasure until the sacrament of marriage. For more information on chastity, please visit The Chastity Project.

Facts

  • Every form of contraception has side effects, some more dangerous than others.
  • Depression is one of the most common side effects of the pill. Adolescent girls have been found to have the highest risk for clinically diagnosed depression.
  • A human being’s life begins at the moment of creation (conception/biological beginning). Therefore, many of the forms of contraception can cause an early abortion if a tiny human being is created and cannot attach to his mother’s uterus.
  • Abortifacient is another term used when discussing contraception. It is defined as any action that aborts a preborn child prior to the baby implanting himself in the wall of his mother’s womb.
  • The pro-abortion community likes to use the term “fertilized egg.” This is a misnomer. When a female’s egg is fertilized by a male’s sperm, the result is a unique human being—a human embryo who has his own specific DNA.

FAQs

What is the safest form of contraception?

There is no one form of contraception that is the “safest”; however, for married couples, Natural Family Planning is the healthiest option when naturally spacing out children for serious reasons.

I’m not sexually active, but I use the pill for other reasons is that okay?

Doctors may tell you certain contraceptives will help with acne or puberty changes, however you may still fall victim to the very real side effects of those drugs. Even if you are not sexually active, you are putting life-altering hormones into your body. For example, women on birth control even for a short period of time can experience permanent infertility due to the hormones in the pill. Be good to your body and talk to your doctor about natural alternatives. If your doctor insists that you use these drugs, we recommend you get a second opinion from the Pope Paul VI Institute at popepaulvi.com.

EUTHANASIA

Definition

The direct killing of another human being.

It is also known as “death with dignity” and “physician-assisted suicide.” Not to be confused with “youth in Asia.” [insert pun]  Euthanasia comes from two Greek words: Eu, meaning “good” or “easy” and thanos, meaning “death.”

How?

Euthanasia can occur by action or omission.

Action

Euthanasia by action is when the direct intention is to cause or hasten the death of an individual, usually by lethal injection.

Omission

Euthanasia by omission includes withholding basic needs such as food, water, and/or oxygen.

An example of this is Terri Schiavo, who was starved to death.

Why?

Promoters of euthanasia claim that certain people, such as those diagnosed with a terminal illness or those in a “persistent vegetative state” lack a quality of life and therefore should be allowed to be murdered.

Fact

Whether terminally ill, chronically ill, or disabled, every patient deserves to be treated with dignity as a human being, regardless of his ability to communicate or his level of consciousness. Euthanasia devalues human beings; it sees no worth in suffering. Phrases like “mercy killing” and “death with dignity” attempt to make murder sound better. Euthanasia is not justifiable because it is murder.

FAQs

What is a vegetative state?

Persistent vegetative state is a medical diagnosis given when a person is unresponsive and has little brain activity. A patient in a persistent vegetative state, and who is therefore non-responsive, deserves the same rights as everyone else. This state is not an excuse to withhold basic needs such as food, water, and oxygen. No matter a person’s condition, murder is never justifiable.

Can stopping treatments be justifiable?

It is never moral or justifiable to stop basic needs such as water, food, and oxygen. It can be moral to stop or withhold extraordinary medical procedures.

Why is euthanasia okay for animals?

Unlike humans, animals were not made in the image and likeness of God and do not have souls. Caring for animals is what man is called by God to do. Sometimes ending the life of a suffering animal is proper care. However, withholding food and water from an animal is cruel and torturous. There are quicker ways to end an animal’s suffering.

IVF

Definition

In vitro fertilization is a process whereby human beings are created in a laboratory environment, such as a glass petri dish.

“In vitro” literally means “in the glass.”

How does it work?

The IVF process starts when a doctor administers hormone treatments to a woman to make her produce a number of eggs at once. The eggs are then collected from the woman’s body and combined with the sperm in a petri dish. The resulting embryos are stored in a lab and then inserted into the woman’s body with the hope at least one embryo will successfully implant in the mother’s uterus.

The Problems:

Two main problems occur with IVF.

1. It disrespects human dignity.

IVF turns human beings into commodities by manipulating and harming human embryos (tiny human beings). The Catechism of the Catholic Church says it best: “A child is not something owed to one, but is a gift” (CCC 2378).

A human being is formed at the very moment of creation (conception/biological beginning). In the case of IVF, creation occurs when the sperm and egg meet in a petri dish. Therefore, these human embryos—who now have their own genetic code—should be afforded all the rights of any other human being.

Discarded

Embryos can die in the transfer process or are discarded purposefully.

Frozen

Embryos can be frozen to use for scientific research.

 

Chosen by gender

Embryos can be chosen and thrown away based on gender.

2. It betrays the essence of marriage.

Rather than a child coming into this world by an act of love through his mother and father, IVF uses the power of doctors and biologists to establish dominion over the creation of a human being. This manipulation is contrary to God’s design for marriage and families (CCC 2377).

Why IVF?

Usually couples who cannot naturally conceive a child turn to IVF. When couples undergo IVF they are essentially saying, “We want a child no matter what,” and the child becomes a commodity. This is the same mentality that drives couples to choose the gender of their baby. IVF manipulates and devalues the gift of life given by God.

FAQs

Are there options for infertile couples?

There are natural techniques for identifying and treating cases of infertility. For many years the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction has been on the forefront of helping couples conceive children. There is also the option of adoption, which is a generous and worthy act of love that helps a child find a loving home.

Do children resulting in IVF have less human dignity?

Of course not! God allows children to be created through IVF because He respects human freedom. But this does not mean that IVF children have any less dignity. Every child is made in the image and likeness of God.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD

Definition

Planned Parenthood Federation of America operates the nation’s largest abortion chain and has admitted to committing over 7,000,000 surgical and medication abortion procedures since it first started doing them in New York state in 1970.

Founder

At the very core of Planned Parenthood is corruption. Its founder Margaret Sanger was a known racist, eugenicist, and hater of children.

“We do not want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population”

Margaret Sanger

in a December 10, 1939, letter

“The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it”

Margaret Sanger

Woman and the New Race (p.63)

“Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race.”

Margaret Sanger

April 1932 Birth Control Review (p.108)

Key Facts

According to Planned Parenthood’s annual report, abortion is a priority:

  • Contrary to popular belief, no Planned Parenthood facility offers mammograms or is licensed to provide them. It can only provide manual breast exams, which can be done by any healthcare clinician.
  • Planned Parenthood calls abortion “reproductive rights,” but no one has the right to kill a child.
  • Not only does Planned Parenthood kill 899 babies a day, but many women have been harmed and killed there too. Cree Erwin, Tonya Reaves, and Edrica Goode, along with many others, died after their botched Planned Parenthood abortions.

Its Focus?

It is a “nonprofit” that made $77.5 million dollars in profit in 2015/16.

Its CEO, Cecil Richards, makes $957,952 annually. That’s slightly less than McDonald’s CEO’s salary.

In 2015/16, PP received $554.6 million dollars in government funds.

Solution

To end the killing of innocent babies and the continual abuse of women, Planned Parenthood must be defunded and shut down. This can and will happen with prayer, local efforts, and political actions. See the FAQs to learn how you can shut down your local Planned Parenthood.

FAQs

How can I shut down the Planned Parenthood in my area?

Here are some things you can do to shut down your local Planned Parenthood:

  • Pray specifically for the closing of your local Planned Parenthood. Take an image of Our Lady to the location and pray for her intercession.
  • Peacefully protest weekly outside your local Planned Parenthood.
  • Sidewalk counsel outside the Planned Parenthood.
  • Contact your local government officials and urge them to remove Planned Parenthood from your town.
  • Get Planned Parenthood out of your schools, community, etc. with STOPP’s tools.
I agree abortion is wrong, but don’t we need the other services of Planned Parenthood?

No, we do not need Planned Parenthood at all. An estimated 159 million women are in the United States. Planned Parenthood reports only 2.4 million clients. America has thousands of facilities that provide real healthcare for women. Planned Parenthood is simply not necessary.

Does Planned Parenthood really lie to women?

Yes, staff members at PP have been caught numerous times lying about providing mammograms and prenatal care, covering up sexual abuse, and manipulating women into having an abortion by claiming it’s just “terminating a pregnancy,” when in reality an abortion is killing a baby.

DISABILITIES

Human Dignity

Individuals with a disability should be treated like all other people, with the utmost respect because of their inherent human dignity. However, our society does discriminate against people with disabilities.

Prenatal Testing

A wide range of technologies examines a preborn child to detect abnormalities. Common prenatal tests include AFP (alpha-fetoprotein), genetic screening, routine blood tests, and GBS (group B strep). These tests and others can be beneficial in helping parents prepare for the future needs and birth of a child with special needs.

 

Abortion and Disabilities

Increasingly, these prenatal tests are done with the intent to “cure the disease” by ending the life of the preborn child. In that respect, prenatal testing raises the question of how our society views and values individuals with mental or physical disabilities.

The average abortion rate for children prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome in the United States (rate taken from hospital-based studies).

Discrimination against those with disabilities

Doctors and parents discriminate against children prenatally diagnosed with a disability when they justify his death by claiming his life would be a burden. When doing this, they are reducing that child’s humanity. No one is ever a burden. And no one should ever be put to death because of a disability, illness, or any other problem.

Overcoming the challenges

Parents may fear the challenges in raising a child with special needs; however, the rewards are far greater than the challenges. Children with special needs often demonstrate an innocence and unconditional love that may not be seen by the average person. There are many local and online organizations that provide support to parents who have children with special needs.

Here are a few examples of how children with special needs can not only thrive, but can positively affect others:

Zeke

Baby Zeke was born with a deadly heart condition, which ultimately caused his death at the age of 10. His parents refused abortion, and their lives—plus countless others—were forever impacted by Zeke’s loving personality.

Hunter

Hunter was born with mild cerebral palsy and many other health complications, which had the potential of causing blindness, deafness, and developmental delays. With hard work, he has overcome many of those obstacles and is a healthy young boy who has a passion for instruments, puppets, and making friends.

 

Ella

When Ella was prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome, the first option presented to her parents was abortion. Fortunately, Ella’s mother could never rationalize the killing of her child, so the couple chose life. Ella is now a happy and healthy three year old.

FAQs

Is it morally wrong to get prenatal tests?

Prenatal tests themselves are not wrong. What is wrong is if parents get the tests with the intention of aborting the baby if he is less than perfect. If, however, they do the tests to help them prepare for any problems, then that’s fine!

What if I do not have the ability to care for a child with special needs?

Many parents fear they will not be able to properly care for a child with special needs. Organizations such as Raising Special Kids provide amazing support and firsthand assistance to families raising a child with special needs. Adoption is also an option. Thousands of families in the United States are open to adopting a child with special needs. Organizations like Talk About Adoption help parents through the adoption process.

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