Doctors should have the right to refuse to take part in induced abortions, and the government and society need to work out effective measures to look after mothers and their children…
Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the head of the MP Synodal Division for Church and Public Relations, called for effective measures against abortion and in favour of mothers and their children in Russia. “We should consider measures aimed at eliminating state involvement in promoting and performing abortions, and we shouldn’t spend taxpayers’ money on this sort of thing”, he said in reply to letters sent to Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev concerning the problem of abortion. In his view, medical institutions shouldn’t encourage abortion, and all healthcare personnel, especially doctors, “should have the right to refuse to take part in induced abortions. Doctors and nurses who are state employees shouldn’t encourage mothers to have an abortion, especially for age, social, or financial reasons. In cases where there’s a threat to the life or health of the woman, it’s necessary to prove and verify this through expert medical opinions from several physicians”. Fr Vsevolod believed that it’s necessary to get out the truth about abortion “by using the mass media, cultural outlets, public services, teachers, psychologists, clergymen, and women who had abortions and regret having killed their unborn babies. Certainly, we should denounce those who voluntarily deny children the right to life, but we must remember that women often resort to abortion through dire necessity. This fact mandates that state and society work out effective measures to care for mothers and children, including provisions for financial aid”.
He noted that in Russia and other CIS countries, “There are millions of abortions, including those done with non-surgical methods, which do aim, in fact, at killing the foetus in the womb. The origins of this horrific situation lie in our recent past. In post-revolutionary Russia, for the first time, abortion was legalised. This measure was presented as a triumph of freedom, as it allegedly allowed women to choose to follow a career [rather than being mothers]; in fact, it deprived them of their right to a normal family and the God-given joy of motherhood”. He went on to say, because of “this vicious practice of infanticide, our population suffered huge losses. The number of unborn children that were victims of abortion is much greater than the number of soldiers killed in all the wars of the twentieth century. Today, we can’t talk about a revival of our people, if we don’t change society’s attitude to abortion”.
30 December 2010
Fr Vsevolod makes it clear why we can’t support the Republican Party’s stance on abortion. The GOP is NOT pro-life… it’s for the criminalisation of abortion, a very different thing altogether. Note what Fr Vsevolod said:
Certainly, we should denounce those who voluntarily deny children the right to life, but we must remember that women often resort to abortion through dire necessity. This fact mandates that state and society work out effective measures to care for mothers and children, including provisions for financial aid.
This is where the Church’s position and that of the Republican Party diverge. You see, the GOP’s for shredding the social safety net; it refuses to accept “One Nation Conservatism”. Rather, shills such as Limbaugh, Beck, and Palin push a vision of a nasty Hobbesian world where there’s no government social welfare, where people are left unsupported in their sickness and unemployment, and where the oligarchs have unlimited and untrammelled power. On the other hand, the Church teaches that the state DOES have a role in providing for the needy… not just for mothers and children, but also for all those in need (the Catholics are in complete agreement with us on this issue… don’t listen to the loud RC “conservatives” on the internet). That’s to say, the whole GOP platform on social welfare is corrupt and putrid… in opposition to that, we must do our best to see that “welfare reform” is abolished and we must force all states in the USA to support their poor adequately (especially those Southern states contaminated by Sectarianism).
If you wish to end abortion… support the poor so that they aren’t pushed to the wall. If you wish to encourage abortion… then, push for the enactment of the Tea Party agenda. It’s the best and quickest way of encouraging abortion… isn’t that odd? It’s the Law of Unintended Consequence coming home to roost in quite a dramatic fashion, no?
We can follow Fr Vsevolod, or, we can follow Mitch McConnell… is that so hard to answer?