Abor­tion is a crime

Glenside News - - OPINION -

To the ed­i­tor:

Ear­lier, my thoughts on Abing­ton Hospi­tal abor­tions were printed in the Chron­i­cle. A reader, Mr. Bur­rows, has re­sponded, but in an at­tack on me and the Catholic Church. I ap­pre­ci­ate his predica­ment? How does one de­fend abor­tion — a crime which scars a woman and takes the life of an in­no­cent child?

While I did not iden­tify my faith or write of it, Mr. Bur­rows de­ter­mined that I am a Catholic. He is cor­rect, and I would de­light in cov­er­ing it in the fu­ture. But to stay on point, it is sci­ence which has un­rav­eled the in­cred­i­ble process of hu­man con­cep­tion and pro­claimed that it is the be­gin­ning of hu­man life. Com­plain­ing about the Catholic Church can­not change this re­al­ity. As Planned Par­ent­hood stated in 1965, “Abor­tion kills the life of your baby af­ter it has be­gun. It is dan­ger­ous to your life and health. It may make you ster­ile, so that when you want a child, you can­not have it.” J.P. Stan­ton Jenk­in­town ing t he Chick-fil-A flap stated that Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy “sup­ports Chris­tian val­ues and lives by bib­li­cal teachings.” What is true is that Cathy lives by his in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Chris­tian val­ues and his in­ter­pre­ta­tion of bib­li­cal teachings. There is wide dis­agree­ment among Chris­tians as t o what it means to be Chris­tian and what the Bi­ble seeks to teach. Cathy goes on to say he is proud that “they” are all mar­ried to their first wives. He clearly sees him­self as su­pe­rior t o peo­ple who are di­vorced, sin­gle, GLBTn and who knows who else?

The great­est prob­lem with Chick-fil-A, which is more than enough rea­son for a boy­cott, are the mil­lions of dol­lars Cathy has given to anti-gay causes. While the com­pany wel­comes all fam­i­lies to its fast-food out­lets (no sur­prise with prof­its be­ing the mo­ti­va­tor there) be­hind the scenes it is ac­tively work­ing to deny fun­da­men­tal rights to same-sex fam­i­lies and GLBTn in­di­vid­u­als who want noth­ing more than to share fully in the Amer­i­can dream. That is what is most dis­turb­ing.

If the views Cathy stated and the money he had con­trib­uted had been to sup­port white su­prem­a­cist or neo-Nazi or­ga­ni­za­tions, your ed­i­to­rial would have not been so dis­mis­sive of the “flap.” Anti-gay groups are hate groups just the same. Mar­guerite Sex­ton

Hol­ly­wood

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