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Una amenaza radical a la vida humana

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El “cambio” ha llegado y hemos comenzado a ser testigos de un extenso ataque a la vida del niño en el vientre materno. Por primera vez en la historia de los Estados Unidos, el aborto podría convertirse en un derecho que el gobierno debe financiar y promover. Si se aprueba la Ley para la Libertad de Opción (Freedom of Choice Act, FOCA), los ciudadanos perderán la libertad que ahora tienen para promulgar hasta regulaciones moderadas a la industria del aborto.

El cardenal Justin Rigali, presidente del Comité de Actividades Pro Vida, de la Conferencia de Obispos los EEUU, se ha referido a la legislación propuesta, apoyada por el presidente Obama, como la ley más radical del aborto que hemos visto.

La Ley para la Libertad de Opción:

  • Eliminaría las regulaciones que protegen a las mujeres de las clínicas peligrosas y de los abortistas inescrupulosos.

  • Obligaría a los contribuyentes americanos a financiar los abortos.

  • Obligaría a todos los estados a permitir los abortos de nacimiento parcial.

  • Privaría a los padres del derecho y la responsabilidad de involucrarse en la decisión de su hija menor de edad para practicarse un aborto.

  • Eliminaría los derechos de conciencia de los médicos, las enfermeras y los hospitales que se oponen al aborto por motivos religiosos, morales o éticos.
El desmantelamiento de todas las restricciones al aborto ya comenzó. El 23 de enero, sólo tres días después de su inauguración, el presidente Obama emitió una orden ejecutiva para revocar la “política de la Ciudad de México”, lo que restablecería el uso de los fondos federales a las organizaciones que practican y promueven el aborto en los países en desarrollo como método para la planificación familiar. Una administración que desea reducir los abortos no debiera desviar fondos federales a los grupos que promueven los abortos.

Treinta y seis años de matar a los más pequeños entre nosotros han dejado huella en nuestra conciencia colectiva.

En palabras de Juan Pablo II:
“La aceptación del aborto en la mentalidad, en las costumbres y en la misma ley es señal evidente de una peligrosísima crisis del sentido moral, que es cada vez más incapaz de distinguir entre el bien y el mal, incluso cuando está en juego el derecho fundamental a la vida. Ante una situación tan grave, se requiere más que nunca el valor de mirar de frente a la verdad y de llamar a las cosas por su nombre… La gravedad moral del aborto procurado se manifiesta en toda su verdad si se reconoce que se trata de un homicidio”. (El Evangelio de la Vida, #58)

Se nos ha presentado este momento para clamar a una sola voz: ¡NO MÁS! O, en las palabras del Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “En esta generación tendremos que arrepentirnos no sólo por las acciones de la gente mala, sino por el horrible silencio de la gente buena”.

Cuando los historiadores echen un vistazo a nuestros días, ¿se harán las mismas preguntas que hacemos nosotros sobre la gente que vivió en la Alemania nazi: lo sabían? ¿Defendieron la vida? ¿O miraron hacia otro lado, al pretender ser transeúntes inocentes? “Dios, que nos dio la vida, nos dio la libertad. ¿Pueden las libertades de una nación estar seguras cuando hemos eliminado la convicción de que estas libertades son un don de Dios? De hecho, tiemblo por mi país cuando medito que Dios es justo, que su justicia no puede estar dormida para siempre.” (Inscripción en el monumento a Jefferson, Washington, D.C.)

Por favor, participen en la campaña contra la autorización de FOCA. Si no han obtenido los materiales en su parroquia, llamen a la Oficina del Respeto a la Vida para pedir las tarjetas postales que deben enviar a sus congresistas y a ambos senadores de la Florida. Llamen al 305-653-2966.

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Joan Crown
Directora, Ministerio arquidiocesano del Respeto a la Vida

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Próximas actividades del Respeto a la Vida:
  • 5, 10, 12 y 17 de febrero: Días de la Castidad para los estudiantes de 8vo grado
  • 7 de febrero: Caminata por la Vida, Seminario St. John Vianney, Miami
  • 21 de febrero: Taller de entrenamiento del Respeto a la Vida, Iglesia Good Shepherd, Kendall
  • 7 de marzo: Taller de entrenamiento del Respeto a la Vida, Iglesia St. Bartholomew, Miramar
  • 10-12 de marzo: Días Católicos en el Capitolio, viaje de cabildeo a Tallahassee

Comments from readers

Joan Crown - 02/05/2009 05:36 PM
Dear Tod,
Fr. Frank Pavone did start an order of priests in Texas several years ago but since then has decided that he had to return his full attention to the Priests for Life organization which serves all dioceses in our country with priests and lay people qualified to educate the Catholic community on the critical LIFE issues. We are currently trying to invite someone from that organization to be our guest speaker at our annual Spring luncheon.
If you would like to receive our bi-monthly newsletter to keep up-to-date on the local Respect Life activities let me know.
Joan Crown
Joan Crown - 02/05/2009 05:26 PM
Dear Michael,
It does seem to many that the "vote your conscience" section of the bishops' statement, issued before the election, turned out to be a major loop hole which gave many people permission to overlook the deaths of 50,000,000 children in the womb. The bishops were talking about an "informed" conscience. But, it's hard to be informed on the abortion issue because everyone wants to shy away from controversial subjects.
The recent Freedom of Choice postcard campaign has proven to me what I already knew. People are just ignorant of the facts. I saw people with Obama bumper stickers on their cars absolutely outraged when they found out what the current administration plans to laws relating to abortion.
My office publishes a bi-monthly newsletter to keep people informed and up-to-date on the LIFE issues. Let me know if you'd like to be part of our mailing list and then you will be able to share it with your friends and family.
Thanks for your response.
Joan Crown
Tod Brown - 02/05/2009 04:27 PM
Is it possible that the Archdiocese of Miami could get a priest from the Priests for Life religious order to be stationed here for a year to fill in and help out?
Michael Meyers - 02/04/2009 12:30 PM
Indeed, if 56% of so-called Catholics voted for Obama and therefore give their approval and support his policies on abortion. would it not be fair to criticize the majority of bishops and priest of this country who refuse to speak out (before an election, not after) condemning those who actively support these acts of murder. No they do not. Even while knowing the truth about life, when it begins they avoid the issue by saying vote your conscience. If thats the case, sin, serious sin can easily be excused away for anyone and anything, over time. When is the last time anyone heard a sermon abortion. Most will not. You can draw your own conclusions as to why. God bless.

Joan Crown - 02/04/2009 12:27 PM
Dear Suzanne,
Thanks for sharing the wisdom of your mother's answer. That reminds me of a TV show I enjoy watching called "17 Kids and Counting". I'm always fascinated at how happy and well adjusted the children are and how much they love and take care of one another. I'm sure this can be attributed to the loving relationship of the mother and father and in turn their strong relationship with God. But, contrasted to that family is the current story of the woman who recently had 8 babies through invitro fertilization; a process the teaching Church has warned against as a perversion. The unitive act of husband and wife is separated from the procreative act of conception. While we celebrate the miracle of 8 new souls we should take pause at the way they were conceived and society's attitude which seems to demand children rather than acknowledge them as the supreme gift of marriage.
God bless you and your efforts for LIFE.
Joan
Joan Crown - 02/04/2009 12:04 PM
Dear Tod,
Thanks for the offer of your used vehicle. The most I can do is help you identify someone who is in need of a vehicle. Possibly one of our clients or even someone who is devoting their life to pro-life work for the Church. If you're interested contact me at [email protected]
Joan Crown
Suzanne Taskowitz - 02/04/2009 10:05 AM
This is a most sad time in our country. No one knows the gifts these children have been given and the happiness they can bring to their family and to the world. Every child is a blessing from God and to condone this or just bury our heads while this goes on, speaks to the breakdown of our morals.
What must God be thinking?? President Obama is so concerned about the ethical treatment of prisoners at Gitmo, but thinks nothing of killing children who may be a burden. When growing up in a family of 16 children, I asked my mother why she had so many kids and she would turn it around and ask me who I would send back...I never had an answer because we were all glad we were here. Only prayer can heal us and protect these babies. Thank you for all you do at the Respect Life office to guide us.
Tod Brown - 02/03/2009 04:11 PM
Does the respect life office accept vehicle donations? If so, how can I donate my used vehicle? If not, please tell me of a local pro-life organization that will accept these kinds of donations. Thank you and God bless you for all you do.

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