Pro-abortion politicians who claim to be Catholic should not be supporting abortion

There are some pro-abortion politicians who claim to be Catholic in the United States, including the current Vice President, a few of the state governors, some U.S. Congressmen, and some politicians in the state legislatures. All of those pro-abortion politicians who claim to be Catholic are supporting a position that is contrary to divine law, natural law, and Catholic Church teaching. Those politicians who claim to be Catholic should not even be supporting abortion rights in the first place because the Catholic Church has taught the following:

  • Direct abortion is an intrinsically evil act which is always seriously offensive to God.
  • Direct abortion always offends against the sanctity of human life.
  • Direct abortion always constitutes the direct killing of an innocent human being.
  • Direct abortion is never morally justifiable in any circumstance, even when the mother is in danger of death.
  • Human life, including that of unborn human beings, must be protected and respected from the moment of conception.
  • Unborn human beings have an absolutely inviolable right to life under natural law and divine law.
  • Unborn human beings must be entitled to the rights afforded to a person since the moment of conception.
  • Engaging in sexual intercourse while using any form of abortifacient birth control is always intrinsically evil and always seriously offensive to God because such uses of abortifacient birth control are inherently ordered towards two different evil ends, frustrating the sexual act in its natural power to create new human life and causing the death of an unborn child that might be conceived through the abortifacient effects of abortifacient birth control.
  • The Catholic Church has always considered abortion to be morally wrong since the first century, and will always continue to teach that abortion is always morally wrong.

Those politicians and candidates for political office who claim to be Catholic and who support a woman’s right to an abortion are sending the wrong message to voters and to the people that they represent. They are sending the message that it is okay to support legal abortion as a Catholic, even though abortion is always considered to be morally wrong by the Catholic Church. In addition, these politicians and candidates for political office are also sending the message that it is okay to support actions that violate rights that unborn children always have under natural law and that should never be violated in any circumstance. Furthermore, some of the Catholic voters, Catholic candidates for political office, and Catholic politicians have been misled into thinking that it is okay to support abortion rights by pro-abortion Catholic politicians, by pro-abortion organizations that claim to be Catholic, by theologians who support abortion rights in contradiction to Catholic Church teaching, by non-Catholics who support abortion rights, by the influences of other reproductive rights organizations, and by secular influences in society.

Besides sending the wrong message to Catholics and to women who are in crisis pregnancies, supporting abortion rights offends God because abortion violates the God-given rights that unborn children have under divine law and natural law, because the support for abortion by politicians and abortion rights organizations leads some women who are in crisis pregnancies into choosing to have abortions instead of choosing life, and because the performance of abortions always offend God. Those individuals who have supported abortion rights and knew better will have to answer to God for their decision to support abortion rights when they die. Moreover, those individuals who choose to support abortion rights with the knowledge that doing so seriously offends God put their own salvation in jeopardy because they face the danger of eternal punishment in Hell if they die unrepentant of any serious sin.

If all of the pro-abortion Catholic politicians in the United States stopped supporting a woman’s right to an abortion, then a few positive things would likely happen in American politics and American society. First, Catholic voters, Catholic politicians, and Catholic candidates for political office would not receive the wrong message that it is okay to support abortion rights in contradiction of Catholic Church teaching. Second, the abortion rights groups and abortion providers would lose the backing of Catholic politicians if they stopped supporting abortion because these organizations are only willing to back politicians that support keeping abortion legal. Third, more pro-life politicians would likely be elected if Catholic politicians stopped supporting abortion because the attitudes of some voters would change, because some of the pro-life politicians who previously supported abortion rights might get re-elected, and because some of the pro-life candidates for political office who are running against candidates that previously supported abortion rights would get elected. Finally, Catholic politicians would likely support solutions to the problems faced by women who are in crisis pregnancies that do not involve abortion and that respect the right to life of unborn children if they stopped supporting abortion.

Women would not lose access to healthcare if Planned Parenthood is defunded

Although Cecile Richards had argued that women would lose access to healthcare if Planned Parenthood loses its taxpayer funding, women would certainly have access to healthcare if Planned Parenthood is defunded. Women have access to all of the non-abortion services that Planned Parenthood offers at thousands of federally qualified health centers that are not affiliated with Planned Parenthood in all 50 states and in the District of Columbia, and pregnant women can obtain abortions at abortion providers that are not affiliated with Planned Parenthood in 45 states and in the District of Columbia. In addition, other healthcare providers that are not affiliated with Planned Parenthood would fill in the void that might result if Planned Parenthood is defunded. Furthermore, the truth that women would not lose access to healthcare if Planned Parenthood is very obvious to many Americans, including some who support abortion rights and including some of the supporters of Planned Parenthood.

Why would Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards falsely claim that women would lose access to “basic family planning [such as] mammograms” if Planned Parenthood is defunded? She would say this in order to prevent Planned Parenthood from losing its taxpayer funding and to increase the profits of Planned Parenthood, even though this lie is obvious to some of the Americans who support Planned Parenthood. In addition, Cecile Richards might also be saying this in order to persuade women of childbearing age to obtain these services at Planned Parenthood clinics instead of unaffiliated providers so that these women will turn to Planned Parenthood for abortions in the event that they become pregnant. Moreover, Planned Parenthood might be making this false claim in order to subsidize its abortion services.

Planned Parenthood should be defunded by the federal government, even if some individuals believe that they should still receive taxpayer funding, for the following reasons:

  • Women can obtain every service that Planned Parenthood offers at providers who are not affiliated with Planned Parenthood in 45 states and in the District of Columbia.
  • Women can obtain all of the non-abortion services at unaffiliated providers in all 50 states and in the District of Columbia.
  • Planned Parenthood has already fraudulently received government funding that it was not legally entitled to receive from state and federal governments.
  • Planned Parenthood clinics have billed Medicaid for non-abortion services that were rendered to women who have undergone abortions at Planned Parenthood.
  • Planned Parenthood will steer pregnant women who obtain non-abortion medical services at Planned Parenthood clinics towards having an abortion because abortion is their primary source of profit and revenue.
  • Planned Parenthood contributes millions of dollars to the political campaigns of pro-abortion politicians in order to protect its taxpayer funding and its abortion business, whereas most of the other providers that provide the same non-abortion healthcare services do not contribute the large sums of money that Planned Parenthood does to political campaigns.
  • Unlike most other providers that provide the same services as Planned Parenthood, approximately $400 million of private donations are donated to Planned Parenthood and its affiliates every year.
  • Even though Planned Parenthood is primarily in the business of performing abortions and its primary source of revenue is from the abortions performed at Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood also misrepresents itself as a comprehensive women’s health provider.
  • Planned Parenthood has been involved in the harvesting of body parts obtained from babies that have been aborted at Planned Parenthood clinics, and Planned Parenthood has illegally profited from the sale of fetal body parts to researchers.
  • An increase in the amount of taxpayer funding that Planned Parenthood receives does lead to an increase in the number of abortions being performed at Planned Parenthood abortion clinics.
  • Defunding Planned Parenthood will reduce the number of abortions that are performed at Planned Parenthood clinics.
  • If Planned Parenthood is defunded and if the taxpayer funds go to other federally qualified health centers that do not perform abortions, more women would be able the same non-abortion medical services that are currently provided by Planned Parenthood.
  • Some of the federally qualified health centers provide essential medical services that are not even offered at any of the Planned Parenthood clinics, including but not limited to mammograms, prenatal care, and endometriosis treatment. A more complete list of services that Planned Parenthood does not provide can be found here.

What is wrong with Planned Parenthood and why Planned Parenthood must be defunded

Planned Parenthood claims to be a “trusted health care provider” who “delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide,” but is really a pro-abortion organization whose primary purpose is to make as much money as possible from abortions. In addition, there are many other things that are wrong with Planned Parenthood, including but not limited to the sale of fetal body parts that are harvested from aborted children, the cover-up of statutory rape and the sexual abuse of minors, encouraging children to engage in sexual activity outside of marriage through its sex education programs, lobbying to get pro-abortion politicians elected and to keep abortion legal, pressuring pregnant patients into undergoing an abortion, and lying to prospective abortion patients about the facts of fetal development. As such, Planned Parenthood should lose its government funding, and individuals and corporations should stop donating to Planned Parenthood.

One of the biggest problems with Planned Parenthood is that it misrepresents itself to the government, to its donors, and its potential patients. First, Planned Parenthood claims that without birth control, women are unable to choose when they want to have children and how many children they want to have, but women are actually able to make these decisions without birth control by choosing to completely abstain from sexual activity when they do not want to have children. Second, Planned Parenthood represents abortion as a safe procedure on its website and portrays abortion as being a safe procedure in its YouTube video on in-clinic abortion, but there have been incidents of botched abortions being performed at Planned Parenthood abortion clinics, including an abortion performed at a Chicago Planned Parenthood clinic that resulted in the death of Tonya Reaves back in 2012. Third, even though Planned Parenthood claims that only 3% of its services are abortions, Planned Parenthood performs abortions on approximately 92% of its pregnant patients and Planned Parenthood’s primary source of revenue is from the abortions performed at Planned Parenthood abortion clinics. Fourth, Planned Parenthood receives over $500 million dollars of taxpayer funding, but Planned Parenthood has lied to the government in order to receive taxpayer money that it should not have been able to receive in the first place. Moreover, Planned Parenthood misrepresents itself as a comprehensive woman’s healthcare provider that cares about women when they are primarily in the business of performing as many abortions as possible.

Another major problem with Planned Parenthood is that at least some Planned Parenthood clinics are believed to be involved in the sale of fetal body parts from babies who are aborted at Planned Parenthood clinics. It is also believed that Planned Parenthood is violating the law by profiting from the sale of fetal body parts, by altering the manner in which the abortions from which these fetal body parts are obtained, and by performing abortions with the knowledge that fetal body parts will be harvested from these aborted babies and resold. In addition, Abby Johnson has recently admitted that the Planned Parenthood clinic that she used to work for did harvest fetal body parts from aborted babies. Furthermore, there are even indications that Planned Parenthood might possibly be willing to kill babies who are born as a result of a failed abortion in order to harvest fetal body parts. Finally, many individuals are outraged by the harvesting and resale of fetal body parts that are harvested from babies aborted at Planned Parenthood clinics.

In addition to misrepresenting itself as a comprehensive woman’s health provider and in addition to possible involvement in the harvesting and resale of fetal body parts, Planned Parenthood is actively trying to increase demand for abortions in order to make additional profit, and they are taking several measures in an attempt to achieve this goal. First, Planned Parenthood is pushing comprehensive sex education to school-age children with the intentions of increasing the number of sexually active teens, increasing the number of unplanned teenage pregnancies, and increasing the demand for abortion. Second, Planned Parenthood imposes quotas on the number of abortions that each clinic must perform in order to maximize its profits. Third, Planned Parenthood promotes birth control with the knowledge that it will sometimes fail to prevent unplanned pregnancies in order to increase the number of unplanned pregnancies and in order to increase demand for abortion. Additionally, pregnant women who seek medical care at Planned Parenthood clinics are usually pressured into undergoing an abortion by Planned Parenthood employees because Planned Parenthood wants to do as many abortions as they can and because they want to make as much money as they can off of abortions. Furthermore, Planned Parenthood is willing to cut corners on patient safety to maximize profits, to increase the efficiency of its abortion operations, and to increase the number of abortions that it can perform. Finally, Planned Parenthood actually cares more about the money than it does about protecting the health of women and reducing the number of unplanned pregnancies.

Individuals and corporations must stop donating to Planned Parenthood, and taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood by federal, state, and local governments must also be stopped for several reasons. First, Planned Parenthood is using the taxpayer funding and donations in order to increase demand for abortions. Second, Planned Parenthood misrepresents itself to the government, to the general public, to its patients, and to its prospective patients in order to receive donations and taxpayer funding that it would not otherwise receive. Third, Planned Parenthood might be covering the cost of abortions by overcharging Medicaid and other health insurance companies for other medical services that are rendered to patients who had undergone an abortion at Planned Parenthood abortion clinics. Furthermore, Planned Parenthood contributes large sums of money to the campaigns of pro-abortion candidates in order to ensure that they can continue to legally make money off of its abortion services, and the large sums of money paid to these campaigns come from taxpayer funds, donations, and abortion revenue. If people and companies stopped donating to Planned Parenthood and if the taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood is stopped, there will be a reduction in the demand for Planned Parenthood’s abortion services and Planned Parenthood would not be contributing large sums of money to the campaigns of pro-abortion candidates.

The Catholic Church is correct in its teaching against contraception

Even though there are people who believe that the Catholic Church should change its teaching against contraception, the Catholic Church is correct in teaching that contracepted sexual intercourse is always intrinsically evil. The Catholic Church cannot change its teaching against contraception because this teaching has already been taught infallibly, because contracepted sexual intercourse always violates natural law, and because contracepted sexual intercourse is always evil in the eyes of God.

Even though all of the major Protestant denominations currently consider the use of contraception to be morally acceptable within marriage, there was a time when all of the Protestant denominations considered the use of contraception to be morally wrong. In fact, every major Protestant denomination had considered the use of contraception to be morally wrong until the Seventh Lambeth Conference in 1930 when the Church of England decided that the use of contraception by married couples could be justified if there was a sufficiently serious reason to limit or avoid parenthood. This decision had led to the acceptance of contraception by all of the other major Protestant denominations.

In order to understand why the choice to engage in contracepted sexual intercourse is always morally wrong and always gravely offensive to God, one needs to understand that God is the creator of all human beings and is the author of life and death. Here are some verses from Sacred Scripture that show that God is the creator of human life and the author of life and death:

  • “God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27)
  • “See now that I, I alone, am he, and there is no god besides me. It is I who bring both death and life, I who inflict wounds and heal them, and from my hand no one can deliver.” (Deuteronomy 32:39)
  • “Please, please, God of my father, God of the heritage of Israel, Master of heaven and earth, Creator of the waters, King of all you have created, hear my prayer!” (Judith 9:12)
  • “Has not one God created us?” (Malachi 2:10)

Here is a story from the Old Testament of the Bible that shows that contraceptive behavior is gravely offensive in the eyes of God: “Onan, however, knew that the offspring would not be his; so whenever he had intercourse with his brother’s wife, he wasted his seed on the ground, to avoid giving offspring to his brother. What he did greatly offended the Lord, and the Lord took his life too” (Genesis 38:9-10). Onan was punished with death by God because Onan had deliberately prevented conception from occurring whenever he engaged in sexual intercourse with Tamar through the withdrawal method. It was not the mere refusal to satisfy the levirate that warranted punishing Onan with the death penalty, since the penalty for merely refusing to satisfy the levirate is to have one’s shoe taken off and to be spat in one’s face according to Deuteronomy 25:8-10. Likewise, those who engage in sexual intercourse while using an artificial contraceptive such as a condom, a diaphragm, an IUD, or the birth control pill also seriously offend God because these acts, like Onan’s sin of withdrawal, involve engaging in acts of sexual intercourse while simultaneously preventing these acts from resulting in the conception of a new human being.

When couples engage in contracepted sexual intercourse, they are choosing to deprive sexual acts of their procreative potential and deciding that an unborn child should not come into being as a result of their contracepted sexual acts. Thus, the decision to prevent bringing about a new child through the use of contraception is at odds with the will of God because the decision on whether or not a child should come into being as a result of sexual intercourse rightfully belongs to God alone and also because God is the creator of all human life. Furthermore, many of the contracepting couples are choosing to avoid contraception through abortifacient forms of birth control, such as the birth control pill, and the choice to engage in sexual intercourse while using abortifacient forms of birth control also offends God because abortifacent forms of birth control have the additional mechanism of preventing implantation of a newly conceived embryo from occurring.

Here is what the Catholic Church has taught regarding the use of contraception:

  • In response to the Seventh Lambeth Conference in 1930, Pope Pius XI taught that “any use whatsoever of matrimony exercised in such a way that the act is deliberately frustrated in its natural power to generate life is an offense against the law of God and of nature, and those who indulge in such are branded with the guilt of a grave sin” (Casti Connubii, n. 56).
  • Pope Pius XI had taught that “each and every marital act must of necessity retain its intrinsic relationship to the procreation of human life” in Humanae Vitae (n. 11).
  • Pope John Paul had taught in Donum Vitae that “contraception deliberately deprives the conjugal act of its openness to procreation and in this way brings about a voluntary dissociation of the ends of marriage.”
  • In his Address on Responsible Procreation, Pope John Paul II had taught that “Contraception is to be judged objectively so profoundly illicit that it can never, for any reason, be justified. To think, or to say, anything to the contrary is tantamount to saying that in human life there can be situations where it is legitimate not to recognize God as God. Users of contraception attribute to themselves a power that belongs only to God, the power to decide in the final instance the coming into existence of a human being.”
  • Pope John Paul II had also taught in Evangelium Vitae that “The close connection which exists, in mentality, between the practice of contraception and that of abortion is becoming increasingly obvious. It is being demonstrated in an alarming way by the development of chemical products, intrauterine devices and vaccines which, distributed with the same ease as contraceptives, really act as abortifacients in the very early stages of the development of the life of the new human being” (n. 13).

In order to show that Protestants also previously believed that contraception is morally wrong, here are some quotes from the major Protestant reformers that show that these reformers considered the use of contraception to be morally wrong:

  • Martin Luther once proclaimed that “the purpose of marriage is not pleasure and ease but the procreation and education of children and the support of a family … People who do not like children are swine, dunces, and blockheads, not worthy to be called men and women, because they despise the blessing of God, the Creator and Author of marriage” (Christian History, Issue 39, p. 24).
  • Martin Luther also said that “Onan must have been a most malicious and incorrigible scoundrel. This is a most disgraceful sin. It is far more atrocious than incest and adultery. We call it unchastity, yes, a Sodomitic sin … Surely at such a time the order of nature established by God in procreation should be followed.”
  • John Calvin said the following in his Commentaries on Genesis 38:8-10: “The voluntary spilling of semen outside of intercourse between man and woman is a monstrous thing. Deliberately to withdraw from coitus in order that semen may fall to the ground is doubly monstrous. For this is to extinguish the hope of the race and to kill before he is born — the hoped for offspring.”
  • The Synod of Dordt said that the act of Onan “was even as much as if he had, in a manner, pulled forth the fruit out of the mother’s womb and destroyed it.”

The Catholic Church is correct in teaching that contracepted sexual intercourse is always morally wrong, despite widespread acceptance of contraception by all of the major Protestant denominations and despite widespread disobedience of the Catholic Church’s teaching against contraception by Catholics. First and foremost, the Catholic Church’s teaching against contraception has already been taught infallibly by the Catholic Church, and therefore free from error, free from the possibility of error, and unchangeable. Second, contracepted sexual intercourse is always contrary to the law of God, always contrary to natural law, always seriously offensive to God, and always evil in the eyes of God, regardless of the intention or the circumstances, and as such is always morally wrong. Third, contracepted sexual intercourse had been considered to be morally wrong by every Protestant denomination between the time of the Protestant Reformation in the 1500’s until the Seventh Lambeth Conference in 1930. Fourth, the choice to engage in contracepted sexual intercourse is at odds with the will of God on the matter of whether a child should be conceived as a result of sexual intercourse. Finally, the widespread acceptance of contraception by Christians has led to many seriously bad consequences, including the danger to the souls of those who have used contraception, the breakdown of the family, an increase in the divorce rate, abortions of unborn children conceived as a result of contraceptive failure, an increased willingness to engage in sexual activity when the conception of a new child is not desired, an increased willingness to pursue extramarital affairs, and an increased willingness to engage in sexual activity outside of marriage.

What is wrong with Planned Parenthood?

Even though many people believe that Planned Parenthood is a “trusted health care provider” who “delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide,” there are many things wrong with Planned Parenthood.

Here are some of the things that are wrong with Planned Parenthood:

  • Planned Parenthood is primarily in the business of providing abortions, despite statistics which claim that only 3% of its services are abortions, because abortions are its primary source of revenue and because Planned Parenthood’s core service is abortion.
  • Planned Parenthood is focusing on growing its abortion business and increasing its profit margin instead of concentrating on its non-abortion services.
  • In cases where a pregnant woman whose pregnancy is unplanned comes into a Planned Parenthood clinic, the Planned Parenthood clinic will usually encourage her to undergo an abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic instead of providing her with the help that she needs in order to have the baby and to either give up the baby for adoption or to take care of the baby after birth.
  • Planned Parenthood receives over $500 million in taxpayer money every year, and this taxpayer money does enable Planned Parenthood to perform more abortions by freeing up other money that Planned Parenthood does have.
  • An increase in the amount of taxpayer funding that Planned Parenthood receives leads to both an increase in the amount of abortions and an decrease in the amount of non-abortion services being provided by Planned Parenthood.
  • Planned Parenthood operates the largest abortion facility in the United States, which is located in Houston, TX, and this abortion facility opened on May 11, 2010.
  • Many of the activities that Planned Parenthood engages in are intrinsically evil, including but not limited to performing abortions, providing contraceptives for the purposes of preventing pregnancy, obtaining money for abortions through fraudulent billing to government health care programs, indoctrinating children into engaging in intrinsically evil sexual acts through sex education programs, and formally cooperating in intrinsically evil acts by actively promoting abortion, contraception, and non-marital sexual activity.
  • Planned Parenthood clinics often cover up the sexual abuse of pregnant minors by failing to report the sexual abuse of pregnant minors as required under sexual abuse reporting laws.
  • Planned Parenthood clinics are willing to facilitate sex trafficking and the sexual abuse of minors by providing sex traffickers and sexual abusers with contraceptives and by allowing these abusers to bring the girls who they are sexually abusing into Planned Parenthood clinics for an abortion if these girls who are being sexually abused become pregnant.
  • Planned Parenthood workers misrepresent the facts of fetal development and dehumanize the unborn child in order to persuade potential abortion patients that it is not a baby that they are aborting.
  • Some of the women who have undergone abortions at a Planned Parenthood clinic have suffered serious complications that required emergency medical treatment. In addition, Tonya Reaves died from an abortion performed at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Chicago in July 2012.
  • Planned Parenthood has attempted to cover up the botched abortion incidents by lying to those who are seeking to obtain an abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic and falsely claiming that these botched abortion incidents did not occur.
  • Women and girls have been harmed as a result of various activities by Planned Parenthood, including but not limited to botched abortions, cover-up of the sexual abuse of minors, misrepresentation of the facts of fetal development, misrepresentation of the safety of the abortion procedures being performed at Planned Parenthood clinics, and coercion into undergoing an abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic.
  • Planned Parenthood actively promotes activities that are always intrinsically evil and always seriously contrary to natural law and divine law, including abortion, contraception, and non-marital sexual activity.
  • Planned Parenthood clinics have quotas for abortions and will coerce women and girls who are pregnant into undergoing an abortion in order to make money and fulfill quotas for abortion.
  • Planned Parenthood will provide contraceptives that are known to fail to prevent unplanned pregnancies since it knows that providing contraceptives will lead to unplanned pregnancies and create demand for its abortion services.
  • Planned Parenthood contributes money to and participates in the political campaigns of pro-abortion candidates in order to advance its pro-abortion agenda.
  • Planned Parenthood’s sex education programs are designed to create demand for abortion by encouraging children to engage in non-marital sexual activity prior to adulthood and by weakening the sexual inhibitions of children.
  • Children are being exposed to inappropriate sexually explicit content through Planned Parenthood’s sex education programs.
  • Through its sex education programs, Planned Parenthood attempts to normalize sexual behaviors that in reality are intrinsically evil and abnormal behavior, including pre-marital intercourse, masturbation, sodomy, and BDSM.
  • Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was a eugenicist, a supporter of birth control, and supported the elimination of minority populations.
  • Planned Parenthood continues to target minority populations and most of its clinics in the United States are located in minority neighborhoods.
  • Planned Parenthood is believed to be involved in the sale of fetal body parts obtained from aborted babies.

It is very obvious that there are a lot of things wrong with Planned Parenthood, and abortion is at the tip of that iceberg. Planned Parenthood needs to be stripped of its government funding and people need to stop donating to Planned Parenthood because the government funds and donations are going towards expanding Planned Parenthood’s abortion business instead of helping women, because some of the funding is being spent on sex education programs that are designed to encourage non-marital sexual activity and increase demand for abortions, because Planned Parenthood has lied to the government and its donors in order to receive government funding and donations, because at least some Planned Parenthood clinics are engaging in illegal conduct, and because Planned Parenthood engages in activities that are morally objectionable.

Here is a link to Planned Parenthood Exposed by Live Action that exposes the abuses that are happening at Planned Parenthood clinics in the United States.

Here is a link to the STOPP project by the American Life League, which also exposes what is going behind the scenes at Planned Parenthood.

Why the Obamacare HHS mandate is wrong

The mandated coverage of abortion, contraceptives, and elective sterilization under the Obamacare HHS mandate is wrong to begin with for several reasons. First, the mandate forces those individuals who are opposed to abortion, contraception, or sterilization to pay for procedures that they believe are morally wrong. Second, the mandate does substantially and unreasonably restrict the religious freedom of some Americans because it forces some Americans to engage in actions that violate their consciences and their deeply held religious beliefs. Third, mandating coverage for abortion, contraceptives, and sterilization under the Obamacare HHS mandate takes away money from other healthcare services that are clearly medically necessary. Finally, the Obamacare HHS mandate provides providers that are primarily in the business of providing elective abortions, elective sterilizations, and providing contraceptives for the purposes of preventing unplanned pregnancies, including Planned Parenthood, with federal funds that they need to stay afloat, even though these providers are providing services that are often medically unnecessary.

To understand why the Obamacare HHS mandate is wrong and how American society got into this controversial mandate, one needs to understand how American society has changed from a culture of life where abortion is illegal to a culture of death where abortion on demand is legal during all nine months of pregnancy. Our founding fathers clearly believed that the government should not impose unreasonable restrictions on the right of persons to freely exercise their religious beliefs, and our founding fathers also believed that the right to life should not be restricted to persons who have been born and should be extended to unborn human beings. Back in the 1700’s when the United States was founded, contraception and abortion were both considered to be morally wrong by the Catholic Church and the various Protestant churches that existed in the United States in the late 1700’s. Every major Christian denomination did consider contraception to be morally wrong until the Seventh Lambeth Conference in 1930, where the Church of England for the very first time considered it to be morally acceptable for married couples to use contraception if there is a serious reason to avoid pregnancy. Then in 1960, the birth control pill was made available for contraceptive use, and this will lead to the sexual revolution and the legalization of contraception and abortion nationwide in the United States. The availability of the birth control pill and the sexual revolution of the 1960’s will lead to the legalization of contraception and abortion nationwide. Since then, the culture of death and the support for legalized abortion have existed in the United States, but the promotion of the culture of death and the legalization of abortion and contraception has had many bad consequences for American society for over 40 years.

The sexual revolution, the legalization of contraception, the legalization of abortion, and pro-abortion politics have all paved the way for the Obamacare HHS mandate, and the Obamacare HHS mandate would not have existed without the legalization of abortion in the United States or the existence of a pro-abortion political climate within the United States. In fact, if the so-called constitutional right to an abortion were not created by the United States Supreme Court as a result of Roe v. Wade and if the United States Supreme Court had upheld the laws that were at stake in the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton cases, then legal abortion on demand would not exist in some states of the United States, the political climate on abortion would be very different in the United States, and the mandated coverage of abortion under Obamacare would not exist. Some of the bad consequences that have resulted from the culture of death of the United States have already occurred, including the deaths of over 50 million babies from abortion, a lowering of moral standards in American society, and an increased willingness to get rid of unwanted unborn children through legal abortion.

The legalization of abortion in the United States has led to a significant increase in the overall abortion rate in the United States and an significant increase in the number of abortion providers in the United States, but this trend has been reversing in recent years due to the closures of abortion clinics, decreased demand for legal abortion, and increased regulation of abortion at the state level in some states. Even though progress has been made in the pro-life movement in the United States, more needs to be done to reverse the culture of death that exists in the United States, including the reversal of the Roe v. Wade decision and the abolition of mandatory coverage of abortion, contraception, and elective sterilization in Obamacare. More information about how to oppose the Obamacare HHS mandate can be found here.

The Fortnight for Freedom, which started today, and runs through July 4th, is intended to raise awareness of the effects of the Obamacare mandate and other proposed laws on the religious freedoms of Catholics and other Americans. The theme of the this year’s Fortright for Freedom is serving the poor and vulnerable in accordance with human dignity and the law of God. In addition to raising awareness regarding the Obamacare mandate and its effects on the religious freedoms of many Americans, the Fortnight for Freedom is also intended to raise awareness of the unjust discrimination being perpetrated against Catholics, conservative Protestants, and others who oppose abortion, contraception, and same-sex marriages. More information about the Fortnight for Freedom can be found at One More Soul’s Fortnight for Freedom 2014 page and USCCB’s Fortnight For Freedom page.

Contracepted sexual acts and direct abortion both violate natural law and the law of God

Contracepted sexual acts and direct abortion always constitute a serious violation of God’s law by the very nature of the act, regardless of the intention or the specific circumstances of the act. Before the Lambeth Conference of 1930, contracepted sexual acts were considered to be morally wrong in every Christian church. At the Lambeth Conference of 1930, the Church of England taught that the use of contraception can be morally justified within marriage where there is a sufficiently serious reason to postpone pregnancy. The slippery slope that started with the Lambeth Conference of 1930 led to contraception becoming acceptable in all of the Protestant denominations and contraception becoming socially acceptable in Western societies. Despite what has happened in Western society and in Protestant churches since the Lambeth Conference of 1930, the Roman Catholic Church continues to teach that contracepted sexual acts and direct abortion always violate God’s law.

One of the most common errors regarding the Catholic Church’s teaching against contraception is that the use of contraception merely violates this Catholic Church teaching and that this teaching is only binding on Catholics. However, the Catholic Church infallibly teaches that any act of sexual intercourse that “is deliberately frustrated in its natural power to generate life is an offense against the law of God and of nature, and those who indulge in such are branded with the guilt of a grave sin” (Casti Connubii, n. 56). Since the use of artificial contraceptives during an act of sexual intercourse “frustrates” the sexual act “in its natural power to generate life,” and since these sexual acts always violate both the law of God and natural law, the Catholic Church’s teaching forbidding the use of contraception during sexual intercourse must be binding on all persons and must also constitute more than a mere violation of Catholic Church teaching. Natural law is always binding on all persons, including all non-Catholic Christians and all non-Christians, and acts which violate the natural law by the very nature of the act are always intrinsically evil, even when committed by a non-Catholic. If the use of contraception during natural intercourse violates the natural law when committed by a Catholic, the use of contraception during natural intercourse must also violate the natural law when committed by a non-Catholic because natural law is binding on all persons.

In addition to condemning the use of artificial contraception during sexual intercourse, the Catholic Church also teaches that direct abortion, or an abortion that is willed either as an end or a means to another end, is intrinsically evil and always gravely contrary to divine law. In addition, direct abortion always offends against the sanctity of human life and always offends against natural law. In fact, Pope Pius XI taught in 1930 that direct abortion constitutes “direct murder of the innocent” and “is against the precept of God and the law of nature: ‘Thou shalt not kill'” (Casti Connubii, n. 64). The Catholic Church is not the only Christian denomination to teach that abortion is morally wrong, and some of the non-Christian religions also consider abortion to be morally wrong. Even though there are abortion rights advocates who support keeping abortion on demand legal and legalizing abortion on demand where it is currently illegal, there are many non-Catholics throughout the world who still consider abortion to be the killing of an innocent human being and consider abortion to be morally wrong. Since there is opposition to direct abortion by Catholics, non-Catholics, and non-Christians throughout the world, and also because direct abortion violates natural law and offends against the right to life of unborn children, the right to life of unborn human beings should be protected at the international level and a movement to outlaw abortion worldwide should occur.

Our founding fathers did believe in the existence of the natural law, even though some of them were not Catholic. The existence of the natural law is even acknowledged in the United States Declaration of Independence. Our founding fathers believed that all human beings are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” and that the “unalienable Rights” granted to all persons are derived from natural law. Our founding fathers even intended for the “unalienable Right to Life” to extend to unborn children and never intended to restrict this right to persons who have been born. However, the United States Supreme Court went against the intentions of our founding fathers in the Roe v. Wade case and decided that unborn children do not have a constitutionally guaranteed right to life prior to birth in that case. Unborn children should have never been deprived of the right to life, which is unalienable, and this right should have never been taken away from unborn children by the United States Supreme Court. A prohibition on abortion should be constitutionally possible since abortion infringes upon the right to life of unborn children, which should be unalienable, and also because abortion violates the natural law.

There are some people who advocate for changing the Catholic Church’s teaching against contraception and direct abortion. However, the Catholic Church will always continue to uphold that contracepted sexual acts and direct abortion are always contrary to the law of God and natural law. First, the Catholic Church already knows that contracepted sexual acts and direct abortion are both intrinsically evil acts that also constitute serious violations of the law of God and natural law. Second, the Catholic Church has continuously and infallibly taught that these acts violate the law of God as well as natural law. Third, the infallible teachings of the Catholic Church cannot be changed since infallible teachings are free from error and also free from the possibility of error. Finally, teaching the position that is contrary to what the Catholic Church has taught on abortion and contraception would be contrary to the truth regarding the law of God.

The widespread acceptance of artificial contraception in the Western world has led to many bad consequences. First, the acceptance of artificial contraception has led to an increased willingness to engage in sexual activity at a time where pregnancy is not desired. Second, the increased willingness to engage in sexual activity that results from the widespread acceptance of contraception has led to more unplanned pregnancies and more abortions since no form of artificial contraception provides foolproof protection against unplanned pregnancies. Third, the widespread acceptance of contraception has led to more sexual activity outside of marriage, and this has led to an increase in the divorce rate and more children being born outside of wedlock. Fourth, more people fail to acknowledge the proper meaning of sexual intercourse due to the widespread acceptance of contraception as well as increased acceptance of sexual activity outside of marriage. Fifth, some of the forms of artificial contraception that are widely accepted are also abortifacent because they can cause the death of an human embryo that is actually conceived. Last, other consequences arising from the widespread acceptance of contraception include the breakdown of the family and an increased acceptance of homosexuality, both of which flow from other consequences of the contraceptive mentality.

To bring the Western world back to a culture of life, the use of artificial contraception during sexual acts needs to become unacceptable in Western societies and direct abortion needs to be outlawed in places where it is currently legal. The United States and other Western societies need to acknowledge that the use of artificial contraception during sexual intercourse and direct abortion always violate natural law, regardless of the intention or the specific circumstances. Western societies also need to acknowledge that the proper purpose of human sexual intercourse is to enable married couples to cooperate with the Creator in bringing forth new human life while simultaneously expressing the love between the husband and wife. The use of artificial contraception during sexual intercourse, premarital sex, adultery, and homosexual acts all go against the proper purpose of human sexual intercourse, and as such should become socially unacceptable in the United States and also in the rest of the world.