Asserting the Value of Life-I

This article was written by Kylie Decelis. Kylie is a Maltese blogger. Her writings centre around pro-life issues and conservative politics, with the occasional post about Church tradition.

Any fan of the Doctor Who saga knows that Listen, the fourth episode of the eighth series, delves into one of childhood’s infamous worries. Many people understand the feeling of when as you put your feet out from under the bed sheets in the morning to search for your slippers, you always doubt whether something with the ability of snatching your feet is hiding under your bed. Most of us have even taken a quick look to see the narrow world that lies below.

This scenario rightly captures in my opinion the way unfounded questions related to the sanctity of human life pop up from time to time in Maltese politics. We feel that they’re lurking in the mind of a small minority, yet we can’t really address the issue once and for all and reaffirm Malta’s pro-life character. Mind you, the obsession some members of this minority have regarding the ruining of Malta’s clear pro-life laws has blasted the fantasy of the creature under the bed into a fully-fledged paranoia. As always, you can count on Lovin Malta (Maltese liberal site) to pitch in and sound their pro-abortion, and overall liberal, fetish with the rest of us.

Any respectable person would simply distance themselves from the recent comments of a well-known electoral candidate regarding abortion and euthanasia. These serious failures of our society are never a matter of personal choice since they involve people making decisions which they are not entitled to make. In the case of abortion, it’s a mother deciding whether the other person in her womb should be allowed to live or should be given the death penalty. In the case of euthanasia, it’s a person deciding the time when s/he can leave this world. I wouldn’t spend much time debating him given his obvious flawed arguments. However, I find utterly disgusting the failure of his respective party to simply state its values and the comments of Lovin Malta on this issue.

First of all, political parties in Malta should clearly define their value system. It seems that the two major political parties are harbouring individuals who define themselves as pro-abortion. As a voter, I need to know where each party stands on this issue. As life is the first and most important human right, a pro-abortion party can never expect the vote of a woman like me. As a woman, I feel utterly insulted by any person saying that the decision whether to kill my children in my own body is a very personal one. Evil is never personal! I want to make sure that in any circumstance, I, and any woman regardless of her beliefs, shall have the opportunity to choose life, and life only. Women deserve better than abortion. So no, it’s not a matter of personal choice as the candidate said. It’s a matter of protecting women and babies from murder. If anyone champions women’s rights, it’s definitely the pro-life movement. Only within a fully pro-life mindset can we fully understand the value of any life regardless of its stage.

To be continued….

The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election and the Catholic Vote: How Businessman Donald Trump Won-II

Catholic Saints such as St. Augustine of Hippo who said:

“Sometimes, indeed, this lustful cruelty, or if you please, cruel lust, resorts to such extravagant methods as to use poisonous drugs to secure barrenness; or else, if unsuccessful in this, to destroy the conceived seed by some means previous to birth, preferring that its offspring should rather perish than receive vitality; or if it was advancing to life within the womb, should be slain before it was born.”

-De Nube et Concupiscentia 1.17 (15)

and St. Jerome who said that:

“You may see many women widows before wedded, who try to conceal their miserable fall by a lying garb. Unless they are betrayed by swelling wombs or by the crying of their infants, they walk abroad with tripping feet and heads in the air. Some go so far as to take potions, that they may insure barrenness, and thus murder human beings almost before their conception. Some, when they find themselves with child through their sin, use drugs to procure abortion, and when (as often happens) they die with their offspring, they enter the lower world laden with the guilt not only of adultery against Christ but also of suicide and child murder.”

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These saints opposed abortion in their lifetimes. In 1869, in his Papal bull Apostolicae Sedis moderationi, Pope Pius IX declared that any Catholic who procured an abortion incurred excommunication reserved to the Bishops or ordinaries. Also in 1995, Pope St. John Paul II wrote the encyclical Evangelium vitae, in which he upheld Catholic teachings on abortion, euthanasia, and the death penalty.

From Evangelium Vitae: “It is also a question, in a certain sense, of the “moral conscience” of society: in a way it too is responsible, not only because it tolerates or fosters behavior contrary to life, but also because it encourages the “culture of death”, creating and consolidating actual “structures of sin” which go against life. The moral conscience, both individual and social, is today subjected, also as a result of the penetrating influence of the media, to an extremely serious and mortal danger: that of confusion between good and evil, precisely in relation to the fundamental right to life.”

In 2004, during the American Presidential election, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI declared that Catholic politicians that support abortion or euthanasia should be denied Holy Communion. Catholics in the last two elections voted for a candidate that opposed the teachings of the Catholic Church. This year, however, Catholics voted in accordance with the Catholic faith and voted for pro-life Republican Donald Trump. Donald Trump is pro-life on abortion with exceptions, favors de-funding Planned Parenthood, appointing pro-life judges on the U.S. Supreme Court, and respecting Religious Freedom when it came to faith based institutions and businesses. Catholics sided with Trump over Hillary. I voted for Donald Trump. I am very proud that Catholics voted for Donald Trump. Hopefully, now that Donald Trump has been elected, the pro-life movement in the United States can make progress by appointing pro-life judges on the bench, de-funding Planned Parenthood, and overturning the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision that unleashed abortion on demand in America.

This will all be possible under Trump and would have been impossible under Clinton. The pro-life movement could not get a lot done in the 8 years of Barack Obama. Now that Trump won, Catholics and the pro-life movement can now achieve this goal to uphold the sanctity of human life and abortion will be outlawed after all.

Morning after pill-Tip of the iceberg

As I began to research for today’s subject, the morning pill, a video from Planned Parenthood (an organization which has killed around 4 million babies and sold the parts of others) pops up. After two seconds the women in the video says:”accidents happen”. As I listened to such word, I couldn’t help but reflect on the sexual freedom culture that we find ourselves in.In today’s culture, be it through social media or the news, we hear the word freedom uttered often, sometimes we even use it improperly. When it comes to sexual freedom, as  in freedom in general, One is free to do whatever one likes, so long as it doesn’t damage the lives of others. Now when one applies philosophy or more specifically logic for the introduction of the morning after pill one runs into several faults.

  1. Women’s Rights: Those arguing for the legalization of the morning after pill are saying that:”Denying access to emergency contraceptives, including the morning after pill, is in breach of women’s fundamental rights.” The first way how one can go about such an argument, is that women shouldn’t speak of women’s rights in this case, after all one is not dealing with the life of the women alone, since there is another person who is being deprived of the necessary vitamins to continue to develop further. Thus one is death-dealing biologically for the unborn, by causing the newly conceived to actually be killed. Thus a woman who is using the pill is having an abortion on average every 12 to 18 months.
  2. On Women’s Health: To all the people who are labeling the lack of morning after pills in Malta, as a women’s rights issue, I hope the same people would be interested in the effects that such pills have on women’s health. Nausea, changes in appetites, tiredness, headaches and the effects go on to more serious problems, such as deep vain blood cloths, stroke, pulmonary embolism, increased risk of breast cancer. The danger to women’s health is so great that the World Health Organization has classified hormonal contraception as a Class 1 , meaning that it causes cancer in humans. Even the notorious abortion promoter, David A Grimes, MD who was a presenter for Plan B’s manufacturer before the FDA advisory committee in December 2003 acknowledged in a 2002 interview that emergency contraception has a serious negative effect on a woman’s menstrual cycle, in fact he said: “Repeated use of EC wreaks havoc on a woman’s cycle, so the resulting menstrual chaos acts as a powerful deterrent to using this method often.” In addition to this the statistics show that Plan B doesn’t work half the time, and Ella doesn’t work one-third of the time.

I called this article:”Morning after pill-Tip of the iceberg”. The main reason behind such a name lies in what Dr James Trussell, Director of Princeton’s office of Population Research, had to say:”…(emergency contraceptives pill) may at times inhibit implantation of fertilized egg in the endometrium.” Hence abortion. From a pro-life perspective , almost all the reasons mothers give for elective abortions are the same reasons they give to contraception. The contraception mentality is the root of the abortion mentality. Contraception literally means “anti-conception”. Finally birth control leads to a state of mind that treats sexual activity as if it has nothing to do with babies; babies are treated as “accidents”, as a burden to be eliminated. In this way, contraception is clearly linked to abortion. Now for those who are using such birth control measures (or suggesting them) and simply lift their shoulders and say: “I have a right.” Then I ask you:”You wouldn’t be speaking of rights, you wouldn’t even exist, if others hadn’t spoken up and defended the right to life.”