Politics/United States

Should This Baby Be Aborted? You Decide

by Steve Ray on November 23, 2015

In the United States, there are many situations in which abortions are recommended, even encouraged by family, counselors, medical personnel and even religious advisors.

Sometimes an abortion is recommended because of difficult circumstances and other times simply for convenience. Here are four cases for you to consider. Should these babies be aborted? You decide!

Four Cases:
Case #1. There’s a traveling preacher and his wife who are living in poverty. They already have fourteen children. Now she finds out she’s pregnant with the 15th child. They are very poor and probably will be unable to afford a doctor’s attention. Considering their poverty, the excessive world population, and the number of children they already have, would you recommend she get an abortion?

Case #2. The grandmother is an alcoholic and the father spends his evenings out drinking in the taverns. His mother has tuberculosis. She has already given birth to four children. The first child is blind, the second child died, the third child is deaf, and the fourth child has tuberculosis. Now the mother is pregnant again. Given the extreme situation, would you recommend an abortion?

Case #3. A white man raped a 13-year-old black girl and now she is pregnant. Her family lives in extreme poverty; in fact, to survive, they often have to steal food. If you were her parents, would you recommend or require her to have an abortion?

Case #4. A fifteen year old girl is pregnant. She is not married and lives in a cave in an outback area with very little money or resources. The man she is engaged is not the father of the baby. There is no hospital or doctor available. Would you recommend that she get an abortion?

The Reality:
Case #1: You would have just aborted the world-famous Methodist preacher John Wesley.

Case #2: You would have just aborted the great composer Ludwig van Beethoven.

Case #3: You would have just aborted Ethel Waters, the marvelous black Gospel singer.

Case #4: You would have just aborted Jesus Christ, the savior of the world!

Since we are killing off over a million of our babies each year, how many other geniuses, artists, musicians, scientists, saints, and others have we assassinated? If the “pro-choice” (read: “pro-abortion”) folks have their way, the world may be deprived of a genius with the cure for cancer, the first female president, the inventor of new technologies, the saint who could have led us closer to God, the inventor of medical miracles, etc. In the lust of personal peace and pleasure, are we Americans killing the very people that God has sent to assist, teach, and save us?

I used to run my own business with over 400 employees. We were always short of employees. In many business settings my peers commented: “I just don’t understand why we can’t find workers. The labor market is tough and everyone is short of employees. I just don’t understand.” I always chimed in and said, “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that if we have killed off 1.5 million babies a year over the last twenty-five years that we are going to drastically reduce our employee base. What don’t you understand about that?” Add the contraception issue and far less employees are out there.

May God have mercy on our land! Vote pro-life! If we get the “Life Issue” wrong we’ve got it all wrong. The foundation is the most important part of the house.


I can’t lie and say I was overly enthusiastic about the Pope’s address to Congress and the United Nations. There was a lot I wish he would have said that was not. However, I agree with the Acton Institute’s assessment of his address to Congress.

Given Washington DC’s nature, Pope Francis’s address to Congress was always going to be dissected along predictable Republican-Democrat lines. Within minutes of the pope’s text being released, headlines like “Pope Delivers Big for Dems on War, Climate, Immigration” began crisscrossing the Internet.
Such captions made me wonder if I was reading the same speech.

Careful readers would recognize that while the pope did indeed address immigration, climate change, war and poverty, it’s not as if conservative Americans are against immigration, want to destroy the environment, desire endless war, or are oblivious to people living in poverty. Nor did Francis endorse any one policy-option for addressing these questions. Significantly, Francis also underscored, in gentle non-partisan terms, the non-negotiable Catholic commitment to protecting human life from conception to natural death, and expressed, in pastoral terms, his concern that “Fundamental relationships are being called into question, as is the very basis of marriage and the family.”

For me, however, as a migrant to the United States, it was especially gratifying to watch Francis say very positive things to say about America. The word “liberty” was used no less than five times, “freedom” seven times, and “subsidiarity” (a Catholic expression for protecting liberty) twice. He also invoked America’s “spirit of enterprise,” and repeated what he’s said elsewhere: that “Business is a noble vocation, directed to producing wealth and improving the world.” And while insisting that more needs to be done to address poverty, the pope also exclaimed, “How much has been done in these first years of the third millennium to raise people out of extreme poverty!”

All this suggests that Francis has listened — as he said he would — to those American Catholics who’ve suggested that some of his previous statements about economic life weren’t attentive to the facts about poverty and the most effective ways of diminishing it.

That’s what’s real dialogue is about: the search for truth. Pope Francis, it seems, has affirmed some key economic truths — and not just for America, but the entire world.

Samuel Gregg, Research Director, Acton Institute

PS All of the Acton Institute content regarding Pope Francis’s visit to the United States can be found here.

Other news from the Acton Institute
Acton Institute President Rev. Robert Sirico appeared on Fox Business immediately following Pope Francis’s address to Congress. Watch that segment here.

New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called the idea of people scalping their tickets to see the Pope “against everything Pope Francis stands for” and “disgusting” respectively. But wouldn’t poor people, for example, be able to sell a ticket to markedly improve their lives? “If you want to help the poor, one of the things you should do is give them the freedom to sell their luxury goods,” writes the Acton Institute’s Joe Carter. “A ticket to the Pope’s procession is a limited, luxury good.”

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STEVE RAY HERE: After meeting with the Bishop of Jerusalem and talking to many people here in the Middle East I conclude that this bishop is absolutely correct.

The United States is on the wrong side of this conflict and Russia is on the right side. President Asad has always protected the Christians and toppling him only creates another vacuum for radicle Muslims to fill, backed by our tax dollars.

Only a few days ago I stood on the Syrian border and heard the US backed radical Muslims bombing the city from which Christians have fled and been killed.

“Archbishop in Syria Says Attempt at Removal of President Assad Will Only Worsen Situation”

Rome, October 02, 2015 (ZENIT.org)

Syrian Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo said he was “disturbed” of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s involvement in the Syrian conflict.

The prelate’s statement was in reaction to a statement made by Senator John McCain of Arizona.

“US Senator John McCain protested saying that the Russians are not bombing the positions of the Islamic State, but rather the anti-Assad rebels trained by the CIA. I find these words are disturbing. They represent a blatant admission that behind the war against Assad there is also the CIA.”

In an interview with Fides, Archbishop Hindo said that with Russian forces now engaging jihadist militias, “western propaganda” continues to “talk about moderate rebels who do not exist.”

“There is something very disturbing about all this: there is a superpower that since September 11 protests because the Russians hit the militias of al-Qaeda in Syria. What does it mean? Al-Qaeda is now a US ally, just because in Syria it has a different name? But do they really despise our intelligence and our memory?”, Archbishop Hindo said.

Archbishop Hindo also stressed that it is up to Syrians, not the so-called Islamic State or Western nations to decide if Bashir Al-Assad should go. However, he said that in the current conflict, removing Al-Assad will risk becoming another Libya.

“We have received terrible news from the city of Deir al Zor, which has been besieged by Daesh (Islamic State) for a long time. There is no more food in town, and the population is literally starving. We need to do something immediately, before it is too late”.


Fox News Special Shot at Franciscan University of Steubenville: “Losing Faith in America?”

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STEUBENVILLE—On July 25, a FOX News crew led by FOX anchor Bill Hemmer came to Franciscan University of Steubenville during the Defending the Faith Conference and interviewed Franciscan University faculty, conference speakers, and students, including theology professor Dr. Scott Hahn and sociology professor Dr. Anne Hendershott.   The results of those interviews will be seen in a FOX News Special, “Losing Faith in America?” The [...]

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Debating Doctor-assisted Suicide

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Here is a great article and list of resources provided by Jimmy Akin on his blog:     After having failed to get a doctor-assisted suicide bill passed earlier this year though the normal legislative process, the California legislators who are in the pocket of the assisted-suicide lobby recently rammed one through in a surprise [...]

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Do Your Part to Defund Planned Parent Slaughterhouses

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Legislation is expected to come before the U.S. House of Representatives this week that would eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood of America and its affiliates. Planned Parenthood receives over half a billion taxpayer dollars a year (YOUR TAXES) and performs over a third of all abortions around the United States. Recently, a number of [...]

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Why Aren’t Muslim Countries Taking Syrian Refugees?

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As Europe begins to respond to the need to provide safe shelter for Syrian refugees escaping a brutal conflict, many are beginning to ask why wealthy Gulf states are refusing to accept any refugees, despite the religious, cultural and geographical proximity. “Surely,” wrote Lord Carey in an article published in The Telegraph on 5 September, “if [Gulf [...]

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Planned Parenthood & Pontius Pilate

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Countdown to Persecution in America

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Lobby to Defund Planned Parenthood: If Everyone Speaks out it Might Just Happen.

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Click on the image to right for an easy and quick way to make yourself heard. Pass it along to everyone you know.

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Expect More of this: “Religious Beliefs belong in your House of Worship or your own Home!”

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While flying home from Europe two days ago I was reading the USA Today newspaper. There was a section on the new policy of the Boy Scouts to allow openly gay leaders and employees.  One of the comments (see to right) demonstrates two things I have been predicting for a long time. First, we Christians [...]

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Newest Planned Parenthood Video; Bravo to the folks exposing them! Where is Obama’s Outrage?

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So much to-do about a lion killed and justification for babies killed and their part sold. Here they discuss getting caught and the exclamation as they cut the baby up, “Oh, this was a boy!”

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Planned Parenthood now Selling Body Parts of Aborted Babies

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A top executive at Planned Parenthood was caught on tape. And what is revealed is downright horrific.   Warning: Her words are deeply disturbing.   The new undercover footage shows Dr. Deborah Nucatola describing how Planned Parenthood allegedly sells the body parts of aborted children. She admits that they use partial-birth abortions to supply intact body parts.   And [...]

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The IRS and MY Millions of Dependents-Deductions

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If the Feds Demand Same-Sex Marriage, What Will Our Pastors Do?

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America’s Catholic bishops, and other church leaders, may face a choice between saving souls and the bricks and mortar. Scary article and big question for our bishops. Read the whole article here. 

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