Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on April 3, 2009

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."

0 comments on “Pro-abortion”

  1. When you vilify people who don't agree with you, you sacrifice your chance to understand them.

    I am pro-choice, not pro-abortion. Here is the difference: A person who is pro-choice will support with equal vehemence a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy and her right to continue it. Forced abortions in China are a choice issue every bit as much as forced pregnancies in El Salvador.

    People who call themselves pro-choice are doing you a huge favor--they're telling you how their minds work and where their priorities are. What's important to us? Medical autonomy.

    "Pro-abortion" implies that people think abortion is good. We don't. We think it's necessary. No one likes abortions, not even the women who decide to have them. That's why sex ed and access to contraceptives will eventually put a large part of this matter to rest.

    1. No one likes abortions...

      For someone from an Ivy League school, you sure don't score very high on reading comprehension. I've just demonstrated that the head of the Episcopal Divinity School does like abortions. In her own words, abortion is a "blessing." She doesn't say it's a "necessary tragedy," but a "blessing." They have dictionaries at your school. Use one.

      I have no doubt that you feel the way you do about taking an innocent life -- rather than giving such a child up for adoption -- but there are people who are pro-abortion, and Katherine Ragsdale is one of them.

  2. "When you vilify people who don’t agree with you, you sacrifice your chance to understand them."

    This might be hard to accept, but I do understand. I understand the policies of China and El Salvador also. Understanding does not equal acceptance. If I condemn and vilify the policies, does that mean that implicitly I don’t understand them?

    Interesting slant some people have in twisting the language.
    Let’s go ahead and twist another term: "Human Life"
    Should a state protect the rights of an individual?
    Is a baby human? Does it have "Medical Autonomy"?
    How about a new term: "Medical Responsibility" in the "you broke it you bought" vein.
    Why are men financially obligated for a baby that they did not plan, but only women get to "choose"?
    World is a funny place, the same procedure can be performed a minute apart, the first is a legal abortion, the second is murder.


  3. [...] week ago when I mentioned that the new dean of the Episcopal Divinity School had given a “sermon” lauding abortion as a “blessing” I was informed by a pro-choice commenter from an Ivy League school that “No one likes [...]

  4. [...] The American left’s formulation not two decades ago was that abortion should be “safe, legal and rare.” As our culture has “progressed,” they first dropped the “rare.” The end of that public posturing was made apparent when the liberal clergy like Katherine Hancock Ragsdale preached from the pulpit that “abortion is a blessing.” [...]


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