"...In Their Own Words..."

" If we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill each other?...Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even His life to love us. So, the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love, that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her child. The father of that child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts." Mother Teresa, speech before the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., February 3, 1994

" The terrible miscalculation of young women is that abortion can make them "un-pregnant," that it will restore them to who they were before their crisis. But a woman is never the same once she is pregnant, whether the child is kept, adopted, or killed. Abortion may be a kind of resolution, but it is not the one the woman most deeply longs for, nor will it even preserve her sense of self." From "Abortion: A Failure To Communicate"

" If PAS (Post Abortion Syndrome) is simply being used as a clever tactic to discredit abortion, why has most of the vocalization on this problem come from post-abortive women, rather than from pro-life organizations?" From Tearing Down the Wall: Facing the Reality of Postabortion Syndrome, Human Development Resource Council, Inc., 3941 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Suite 300, Norcross, Georgia, 30092-2292, (770)447-1598

In the fourth century, in Caesarea, Christian parish minister "Basil..discovered a guild of abortionists, or sagae, that were doing a booming trade in Caesarea, and the surrounding environs. They provided herbal potions, pessaries, and even surgical remedies for women who wished to avoid child-bearing. The bodies of the children were then harvested and sold to cosmetologists in Egypt, who used the collagen for the manufacture of various beauty creams." Grant, George, Third Time Around: A History of the Pro-Life Movement from the First Century to the Present, Wolgemuth & Hyatt: Brentwood, Tn., 1991

" There are two ways: the way of life and the way of death, and the difference between these two ways is great. Therefore, do not murder a child by abortion or kill a newborn infant." The Didache (Christian Apostolic moral teachings from the first century)

" You shall love your neighbor more than your own life. You shall not slay a child by abortion. You shall not kill that which has already been generated." The Epistle of Barnabas, second century

" Nicholas of Myra, the fourth century pastor who inspired the tradition of Santa Claus, may not have lived at the North Pole or traveled by reindeer and sleigh, but he certainly was a paradigm of graciousness, generosity, and Christian charity. His great love and concern for children threw him into a crusade that ultimately resulted in imperial pro-life statutes that remained in place in Byzantium for more than a thousand years." George Grant, Third Time Around

" I will follow that method of treatment, which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of my patients, and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous. I will give no deadly medicine to anyone if asked, no suggest any such counsel; furthermore, I will not give to a woman an instrument to produce abortion." From the Hippocratic Oath, Hippocrates, The Father of Modern Medicine, 460?-377? B.C.

" We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights: among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness." Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

" No expression of today's commitment to liberty and justice for all can be more basic than the protection afforded to those in society who are most vulnerable. The United States of America was founded on the conviction that an inalienable right to life was a self-evident moral truth, fidelity to which was a primary criterion of social justice. The moral history of your country is the story of your people's efforts to widen the circle of inclusion in society, so that all Americans might enjoy the protection of law, participate in the responsibilities of citizenship, and have the opportunity to make a contribution to the common good. Whenever a certain category of people—the unborn or the sick and old—are excluded from that protection, a deadly anarchy subverts the original understanding of justice. The credibility of the United States will depend more and more on its promotion of a genuine culture of life, and on a renewed commitment to building a world in which the weakest and most vulnerable are welcomed and protected." John Paul II on December 16, 1997. Read the complete text at First Things.

Unlike most modern women's activists, both Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Stanton were against abortion. Susan B. Anthony called it "child murder" and in the suffragist (women's voting rights) paper The Revolution, Elizabeth Stanton wrote that abortion should be classified along with the murder of newborns:infanticide. In a letter she wrote: "When we consider that women are treated as property, it is degrading to women that we should treat our children as property to be disposed of as we see fit."--Issues and Answers, West Frankfort, IL, April 1994

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