|R U Pro-Life or anti-abortion?
I used to think that both statements meant the same thing, but they do not.
There is the ethic to uphold life on every level. And there is the desire to end abortion by
any means. If someone is pro-life they need to be consistent by upholding life from the
moment of conception to the moment of natural death and to affirming life throughout
every stage of growth. There are many loving, yet, misguided people who cross over
from being pro-life to anti-abortion.
People who resort to the irresponsible use of "graphic signs", I believe, are in this
category. I say this because anyone, even small children may be exposed to these
graphic depictions of babies in death.
The following are quotes from appropriate Church documents.
("Moreover, even if they are not erotic, graphic and realistic representations of
childbirth, for example in a film, should be made known gradually, so as not to create
fear and negative attitudes towards procreation...") (Sacred Congregation For Catholic
Education, Educational Guidance In Human Love, Outlines for sex education).
Our Church teaches that when it comes to the sex education of children we need the
cooperation of the parents ("Sex education, which is a basic right and duty of parents,
must always be carried out under their attentive guidance, whether at home or in
educational chosen and controlled by them." FAMILIARIS CONSORTIO), we also need
to have educators suitable for the task ( "...correct sex education,...requires the
contribution of specialists in moral and pastoral theology, of catechists, of
educationists and catholic psychologists.") presenting the information in a delicate,
prudent and sensitive way which does not injure the innocence of the child.
("Therefore, in passing on sexual information ... the instruction must always be
"positive and prudent" and "clear and delicate", "Parents and all who help them should
be sensitive", " Parents should politely but firmly exclude any attempts to violate
children's innocence because such attempts compromise the spiritual, moral and
emotional development of growing persons who have a right to their innocence.").
We are not allowed to choose to abuse one child to save the life of another.
("Concern for the child, even before birth, from the first moment of conception and
throughout the years of infancy and youth, is the primary and fundamental test of the
relationship of one human being to another.")
I would like to end with the words of our Holy Father John Paul II; ("the years of
innocence" from about five years of age until puberty - ...This period of tranquility and
serenity must never be disturbed by unnecessary information about sex.").
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