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The slaughtering of unborn babies in abortions is a “preeminent evil in our culture” and it is destroying society, the Catholic bishop of Grand Island, Nebraska said this month.

On Oct. 1, Bishop Joseph G. Hanefeldt wrote a strong message for Respect Life month, Breitbart reports. He urged Christians to “get on our knees and pray for God’s mercy to save our souls, guilty of the tragic disregard for his sovereignty and the sanctity of human life, made in his image and likeness!”

“Abortion on demand has been the preeminent evil in our culture since it was legalized in 1973,” Hanefeldt wrote. 

Bishop Hanefeldt is bishop of the Diocese of Grand Island in the state of Nebraska.

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“No one has the right to destroy pre-born human life, yet we have legalized it as a ‘right’ in this country!” he continued. “This is an unspeakable offense against the ‘Lord and giver of life,’ yet we have grown numb to the magnitude of this evil.”

Since 1973, about 62 million unborn babies have been killed in abortions. 
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Hanefeldt said such extreme disregard for innocent human life is destroying society.

“Legalized abortion is bringing about the fall of this nation!” he wrote. “Far from being ‘one nation under God,’ we have become a nation in chaos.”

The article goes into politics, which I want to avoid in this thread.  Instead, I wonder what your thoughts are about abortion as the “preeminent evil in our culture.”  I feel that we as a society have come a long way in advancing and refining and improving our approach to race and gender issues.  Things that were previously enshrined in law (Jim Crow laws, lack of suffrage) have been changed.  But abortion - specifically, the elective killing of babies in utero - was generally legalized in 1973.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, I think it could be said that the "preeminent evil in our culture" was slavery.  Now, is it abortion?  And is it in our collective moral "blind spot," much in the same way slavery was for our ancestors?

Thanks,

-Smac

 

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I would say abortion is simply a symptom of the overall encompassing even bigger problem of pride.  Pride is the biggest problem of our generation and probably most every other generation as well.

It is because of pride that people say and think things that do not help them to become like Jesus and our Father in heaven, and to say and think they are better than them.

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I will avoid any discussion on slavery. It has been a practice from the very beginning of human civilizations and it only became evil in the last couple hundred years. 

I am more in agreement with Bishop Hanefeldt and I cannot really think of anything more evil than abortion - particularly when it is so often a choice out of convenience and unwillingness to accept the consequences of our choices. 

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Just now, Storm Rider said:

I will avoid any discussion on slavery. It has been a practice from the very beginning of human civilizations and it only became evil in the last couple hundred years. 

I am more in agreement with Bishop Hanefeldt and I cannot really think of anything more evil than abortion - particularly when it is so often a choice out of convenience and unwillingness to accept the consequences of our choices. 

what if someone is raped? or incest? not everyone who has an abortion was going out and having relations with people. We had a GA here 18 months ago? his wife had 3 D&C's, she spoke on the subject and said it's so private and awful but sometimes medically you have no other option. I wouldn't condemn someone for having an abortion. I doubt they wanted one in the first place.

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1 minute ago, Calm said:

No, you didn’t.

That was a statement.  As of this moment he hasn't discussed his perspective with any of us in this thread.

 
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7 minutes ago, Calm said:

I think poverty is a greater evil than abortion.  

That's an astute observation.  But poverty, in terms of both definition and causality, seems far more abstract, relative and subjective.  

7 minutes ago, Calm said:

You want to drop abortions significantly, work on poverty. 

73% of those requesting abortions cited financial reasons. 

https://www.bmj.com/content/367/bmj.l6424/rr

https://www.guttmacher.org/infographic/2016/us-abortion-patients
 

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As the journal recognises doctors tend to come from affluent backgrounds and thus can fail to empathise and relate to women who literally have to “choose” between abortion and sufficient financial resources to survive or continue the pregnancy with a precarious and uncertain future. This may be inconceivable for the privileged but the evidence suggests that this is a reality for many, if not the vast majority of women who seek termination of pregnancy(3,4). 75% of women requesting abortion in the US are in poverty or in the low income bracket(7). The poorest 12% of women account for almost 50% of abortions and the poorest 30% for 75% of abortions(8). 
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7. https://www.guttmacher.org/infographic/2016/us-abortion-patients
8. https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2019/demo...

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Women getting abortions today are far more likely to be poor than those who had the procedure done 20 years ago.

Half of all women who got an abortion in 2014 lived in poverty, double the share from 1994, when only about a quarter of the women who had abortions were low-income, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights and conducts a national survey of abortion patients every six years.

The abortion rate has declined by nearly 40 percent since the mid-1990s. But the United States still has a higher rate of unplanned pregnancy than many other developed countries, and a growing share of women who respond by having an abortion are impoverished.

Nevertheless, I'm not sure "poverty" forms a moral/ethical justification for abortion.  We wouldn't condone slavery on the basis.

Thanks,

-Smac

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4 minutes ago, Duncan said:

what if someone is raped? or incest? not everyone who has an abortion was going out and having relations with people. We had a GA here 18 months ago? his wife had 3 D&C's, she spoke on the subject and said it's so private and awful but sometimes medically you have no other option. I wouldn't condemn someone for having an abortion. I doubt they wanted one in the first place.

Abortion at the most basic level is a means or way to kill a person, and while I agree that it is sometimes necessary to kill a person it should not be thought of or discussed as if it is simply a medical procedure.

People who consider having an abortion should seriously consider what they are considering.  Killing a person, or having a person killed  And then they should seriously consider whether or not they should do that.

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Getting rid of poverty may lessen abortions, but it won’t fix the main issue. That abortion is widely accepted as a moral decision to make

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45 minutes ago, smac97 said:

Nevertheless, I'm not sure "poverty" forms a moral/ethical justification for abortion

Not making that claim, just saying that not only does poverty have a huge impact on people choosing the abortion, but it has a huge impact on other issues as well.  Lack of education, malnutrition, chronic illnesses, homelessness, crap housing, etc. 
 

I think it is likely the most common as well as greatest common factor among “evils” of cultures. 
 

Whatever is the ultimate cause of poverty is in my view one of the worst evils in the world. I would not be the least surprised to find out that is essentially pride which leads to greed and a desire to dominate others, etc. 

And pride is a result of not loving others as commanded by God. Not obeying God is a result of not loving him as we should. 

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The 2 greatest commandments are to love our Father as much as we can and to love each other as much as we love ourselves, so the worst things we can do are to do the opposite of those 2 things.  

Killing another person with an abortion just to make the parent's own life a little bit easier is about as bad a thing as a person can do.

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1 hour ago, smac97 said:

...............Bishop Hanefeldt is bishop of the Diocese of Grand Island in the state of Nebraska.

I am waiting for the Catholic Bishops of the USA to issue a stand on the embarrassingly high infant mortality rate in the USA.   If they really care about the lives of infants let them speak forcefully about that.  Let them also stop making it a sin to practice contraception.  The LDS Church does not make it a sin to practice family planning via contraception, and does not oppose abortion in cases of incest, rape, or danger to the life of the mother.  It is precisely the Roman Catholic Church which takes the most extreme position on both these matters, which makes it problematic that there are six Catholics and two Jews on the U.S. Supreme Court right now -- with another Catholic waiting in the wings.

1 hour ago, smac97 said:

The article goes into politics, which I want to avoid in this thread.  Instead, I wonder what your thoughts are about abortion as the “preeminent evil in our culture.”  I feel that we as a society have come a long way in advancing and refining and improving our approach to race and gender issues.  Things that were previously enshrined in law (Jim Crow laws, lack of suffrage) have been changed.  But abortion - specifically, the elective killing of babies in utero - was generally legalized in 1973.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, I think it could be said that the "preeminent evil in our culture" was slavery.  Now, is it abortion?  And is it in our collective moral "blind spot," much in the same way slavery was for our ancestors?....................

We have a lot of convenient blind spots in American society, one of the largest being our deliberate lack of awareness that there are more slaves today worldwide than at any time in history.  It is largely invisible to us in the USA only because we do not have the old plantation slavery and slave auctions of the past.  Yet, organized crime owns huge numbers of slaves here and abroad, many of them minors -- who are easily disposable.  Law enforcement generally ignores the problem and refuses to enforce already available statutes on this because it it too fraught with victim unwillingness to cooperate.  Too messy.  So human trafficking continues unabated here and abroad.  The billion-dollar cartels in Mexico make big money from such cross-border human trafficking, along with drug and sophisticated weapons sales.

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21 minutes ago, MiserereNobis said:

In January, Pope Francis met with several US Bishops in the Vatican and discussed some social and political issues. There's an article about it here.  ...................

I like how he frames it as a human rights issue. Two archbishops go on to explain:

To add on to this, a bishop clarifies that "preeminent" doesn't mean "the only":

Here's an interesting way to look at it:

Being pro-life is in the same category as fighting/advocating for other "unwanteds." This reminds me of what Jesus had to say in Matthew 25:34-36:

Those who are on the fringes, who are poor, who are strangers, who are convicts, who are unwanted, are the ones we should serve.

It is frustrating to me when politicians decry abortion and then also talk about cutting services to the poor. As Bishop McKnight says, we have to be consistent. Pro-lifers cannot argue for the dignity of the human person when attacking abortion, and then turn around and deny that dignity to those that Christ Himself ordered us to serve: the poor, the needy, the outcasts.

Amen!!  We certainly need a sense of proportion.  Our infant mortality rate in the USA is like some third world country.  Women and children shelters are closing for lack of funds.

Every pregnant woman in America should have full access to pre- and post-natal care.  Why are we so stingy?  Let em eat cake?

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This is question begging.  It depends on the what and when of life. Until we decide when the "soul" enters the body, no one is really on the same page.  The LDS church does not consider it murder which is telling. (Not talking about late term abortion of viable babies, of course.)

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1 hour ago, smac97 said:

In the 18th and 19th centuries, I think it could be said that the "preeminent evil in our culture" was slavery.  Now, is it abortion?  And is it in our collective moral "blind spot," much in the same way slavery was for our ancestors?

Thanks,

-Smac

 

I think it depends on what he meant by "preeminent".   Does he mean it is the worst evil in the world today?  Is he saying that it statistically happens more than any other evil?  

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17 minutes ago, Robert F. Smith said:

which makes it problematic that there are six Catholics and two Jews on the U.S. Supreme Court right now

A tad anti-Catholic and anti-Semitic, perhaps..?

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47 minutes ago, Ahab said:

Abortion at the most basic level is a means or way to kill a person, and while I agree that it is sometimes necessary to kill a person it should not be thought of or discussed as if it is simply a medical procedure.

People who consider having an abortion should seriously consider what they are considering.  Killing a person, or having a person killed  And then they should seriously consider whether or not they should do that.

which is why it isn't up to us, I read in 3 Nephi God killed a lot of people, wiped out Noah unrepentant fellow citizens, it is sad but it happens and it isn't up to either of us

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1 minute ago, Duncan said:

which is why it isn't up to us, I read in 3 Nephi God killed a lot of people, wiped out Noah unrepentant fellow citizens, it is sad but it happens and it isn't up to either of us

I think you mean whether or not we kill another person should not be up to us.  And if that is what you meant, then we agree. 

I don't think we should ever choose to kill another person, always leaving that decision up to God and the light of God we have within us. 

Only God should determine when someone should leave this world, or not come into it.  

We all know death is not the end of life, and that life doesn't begin but merely continues.  But until God says otherwise we're supposed to try to help take care of each other, wherever we go or may be.

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29 minutes ago, Robert F. Smith said:

I am waiting for the Catholic Bishops of the USA to issue a stand on the embarrassingly high infant mortality rate in the USA.

From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:

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Catholic health care ministry witnesses to the sanctity of life “from the moment of conception until death.” The Church’s defense of life encompasses the unborn and the care of women and their children during and after pregnancy. The Church’s commitment to life is seen in its willingness to collaborate with others to alleviate the causes of the high infant mortality rate and to provide adequate health care to mothers and their children before and after birth.

From a scholarly study on denomination and infant mortality rates:

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Overall, we find that that counties with a greater share of Catholic churches exhibit lower rates of infant mortality.

 

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