"Christ lives, he has overcome death, he has overcome all these powers. We live in this certainty, in this freedom, and in this joy." (Pope Benedict XVI, General Audience, 12 XI 2008)
"Do not accept anything as the truth if it lacks love. And do not accept anything as love which lacks the truth! One without the other becomes a destructive lie." (Blessed John Paul II, Canonisation of Edith Stein, 11 X 1998)

Monday, 5 September 2011

The errors of Russia? Abortion and the law

Could this represent the errors of Russia spreading through the whole world as warned by Our Lady at Fatima? Notice the beacons of Portugal and Poland (although abortion has subsequently been legalised in Portugal (2007) and is now available on demand up to 10 weeks). Currently Poland seems to be standing alone in this fight and is beginning to come under pressure from European courts. Please click on the image below for a larger view. The red areas show places where 30% or more of the total pregnancies are terminated by abortion and the blue of Poland represents an abortion rate of below 2%. The darkest reds represents places where more than two-thirds of all pregnancies are terminated by abortion.

I would like to quote a brief extract from Evangelium Vitae by Bl JPII:
The future of society and the development of democracy depend on the rediscovery of the innate human and moral values no one, no majority, and no state can create, modify, or destroy. There is a need to recover the relationship between the civil and moral law. "In no sphere of life can the civil law take the place of conscience or dictate norms concerning things outside its competence " (Dominum Vitae, III). The purpose of civil law is to guarantee an ordered social coexistence in true justice. For that reason it must ensure that in the first place the fundamental right to life of every innocent human being is respected. The legal toleration of abortion and euthanasia can in no way be claimed to be based on the respect for the conscience of others, precisely because society has the right and the duty to protect itself against abuses that can occur in the name of conscience and under the pretext of freedom. Any government that refused to recognise these human rights would not only fail in its duty; its decrees lack any biding force." (from The Encyclicals in Everyday Language by Fr Joseph G Donders) 

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