Posts Tagged ‘Abortion’

Prayer does work from 150m away but must be seen

Thursday, May 6th, 2021
Prayer

Controversy continued Wednesday, at the Health Committee’s hearing into The Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion (Safe Areas) Amendment Bill. Prayer, intimidation and breaching the Bill of Rights were all topics considered by the Committee. Addressing the issue of intimidation, Pro-life organisation, Right to Life provided evidence to the Committee that there had been no complaints of Read more

US Catholic bishops to vote on pressuring Joe Biden to stop taking Communion over abortion views

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

When US Catholic bishops hold their next national meeting in June, they’ll be deciding whether to send a tougher-than-ever message to President Joe Biden and other Catholic politicians: Don’t receive Communion if you persist in public advocacy of abortion rights. At issue is a document that will be prepared for the US Conference of Catholic Read more

Controversy over abortion clinic safe zones heats up

Thursday, April 29th, 2021

Creating safe zones around abortion clinics is unnecessary according to pro-life groups. The Contraception Sterilisation and Abortion (Safe Areas) Amendment Bill, in the name of Labour MP, Louisa Wall, (pictured) will make it illegal for pro-life protesters to wait outside clinics. The Bill will create a 150-metre perimeter outside healthcare services. Within this area, no Read more

Sex selection: A New Zealand anomaly

Thursday, April 15th, 2021
sex selection

A year ago the New Zealand Parliament voted in favour of radical reforms to the Abortion Legislation Act. The amendments were aimed at modernising the legislation, and moving abortion out from under the Crimes Act of 1961 and the Contraceptive, Sterilisation Act of 1977. One of the more fiercely debated points in the Bill related Read more

Bereavement law ignores women with post-abortion grief

Monday, March 29th, 2021

Politicians have voted for a new law allowing three days’ bereavement leave where pregnancies end because of miscarriage or stillbirth, but not for women suffering post-abortion grief. Politicians have rejected calls for the leave to be extended to allow support for these women. “We absolutely support this bill but requested that it be extended to Read more

How not to talk about vaccines: Culture war vs common good

Monday, March 8th, 2021

Why are some US bishops of the Catholic Church telling Catholics to avoid the newly approved Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine? Why did some U.S. Catholic leaders rush to issue warnings about this vaccine even though the Vatican has already said that it can be morally acceptable to receive it? Most importantly, why did these Read more

Is it realistic to expect Joe Biden to ‘convert’ everyone to the Catholic view on abortion?

Monday, March 8th, 2021
joe biden convert abortion

It has puzzled me a long time why Catholics are so much more engaged with the abortion issue than members of other Christian churches. All Churches start their response to abortion from the same baseline – the Commandment “thou shalt not kill”. Yet they do not all arrive at the same destination. Why is this? Read more

Abortion, Church and State: may US bishops hope for change of heart from President Biden?

Thursday, March 4th, 2021
secular concerns about abortion

Should a secular state be concerned with the issue of abortion and if so, in what way? May the Church appeal to secular leaders, including Catholics, to protect women and children from a practice increasingly funded and vigorously promoted both by governments and by non-governmental bodies? In a letter on behalf of the US Bishops Read more

US bishops ‘ethically unhelpful’ and ‘pastorally dangerous’

Thursday, March 4th, 2021
ethically unhelpful

“Pastorally dangerous” and “unhelpful” is how South African ethicist Anthony Egan SJ is labelling the Archdiocese of New Orleans claim the Johnson & Johnson Covid Vaccine is “morally compromised”. He made the claims in America Magazine. Egan’s irritation is that just one day before the US Food and Drug Administration granted emergency authorisation to a Read more

In their response to Biden and abortion, are the US bishops attempting to impose a theocracy?

Monday, March 1st, 2021
catholic view on abortion

Are Catholicism and democracy incompatible? Pope Pius IX, in his notorious 1864 Syllabus of Errors, seemed to think so. Every Catholic politicians since then has had to wrestle with the eruptions and upheavals that occur where these two tectonic plates grind together. The latest example is President Joe Biden, who has been reprimanded by the President Read more