The usual media formulation for the abortion issue isn’t “pro-choice” vs. “pro-life,” it’s “abortion rights supporters” and “abortion opponents.”
Note the subtle nuance there. It’s “abortion rights supporters,” not “abortion supporters,” because as we’re often reminded:
No one is pro-abortion, and I respect that people of good faith will disagree on this issue. I strongly support a woman’s right to choose. I also firmly believe that women do not make these decisions casually and that they are ultimately in the best position to make this decision with their family, their doctor, and their pastor.
That was Barack Obama — and he is wrong.
And when a woman becomes pregnant within a loving, supportive, respectful relationship; has every option open to her; decides she does not wish to bear a child; and has access to a safe, affordable abortion – there is not a tragedy in sight — only blessing. The ability to enjoy God’s good gift of sexuality without compromising one’s education, life’s work, or ability to put to use God’s gifts and call is simply blessing.
These are the two things I want you, please, to remember – abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Let me hear you say it: abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done.
The author of this little pro-abortion sermon is none other than Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, Episcopal pastor, proud lesbian and newly minted president and dean of the Episcopal Divinity School.
As Christopher Johnson notes: “She has no more concern for the unborn than she has for a dead goldfish.” Unfortunately, Johnson is probably wrong on this point. I’m pretty sure she cares more about the goldfish.
Since Johnson posted on this outrage earlier this week, the good pastor has bravely removed the aforementioned sermon from her Web site.
If there’s one bit of good news in all of this, it’s the fact that since Ragsdale took over the church she’s currently at, its attendance has dropped by half.
Pretty soon you won’t be able to tell the Episcopal Church from the Unitarian-Universalist churches — those are the ones who start their prayers “To whom it may concern.”