Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Priests for Life Canada and what they support

This is what Priests for Life Canada support regarding incremental abortion legislation. This statement is dated July 12, 2012 and is on their website:

"Priests for Life Canada Answers Questions on Incremental Abortion Legislation (including the gestational limits approach)

Recently Priests for Life Canada was asked by a Canadian newspaper our position on incremental abortion legislation. Here are our responses.

1) Do you support gestational limits* on abortion. Would you like to state why? (* for the purpose of this survey, gestational limits means restricting abortion after a certain point, whether by trimester or some other time period.)

Priests for Life Canada supports progressively, restrictive, and realistically attainable political goals as laid out by Blessed John Paul II in Evangelium Vitae (paragraph 73) to save preborn children in a hostile parliamentary environment. As Blessed John Paul II clearly states: “A particular problem of conscience can arise in cases where a legislative vote would be decisive for the passage of a more restrictive law, aimed at limiting the number of authorized abortions, in place of a more permissive law already passed or ready to be voted on. Such cases are not infrequent. It is a fact that while in some parts of the world there continue to be campaigns to introduce laws favouring abortion, often supported by powerful international organizations, in other nations-particularly those which have already experienced the bitter fruits of such permissive legislation-there are growing signs of a rethinking in this matter. In a case like the one just mentioned, when it is not possible to overturn or completely abrogate a pro-abortion law, an elected official, whose absolute personal opposition to procured abortion was well known, could licitly support proposals aimed at limiting the harm done by such a law and at lessening its negative consequences at the level of general opinion and public morality. This does not in fact represent an illicit cooperation with an unjust law, but rather a legitimate and proper attempt to limit its evil aspects.” Therefore, Priests for Life Canada believes it is necessary to recognize that such activity and goals are morally sound, theologically approved and pragmatically achievable.

2) Do you support the "We Need a Law" campaign. Would you like to state why?

“We Need a Law” campaign is an attempt to raise consciousness about both the need for legal recognition of the preborn child and the woeful state of lawlessness in regard to abortion in Canada. Priests for Life Canada supports any consciousness raising activities whether in the streets, the media, the courts, or the legislatures. Publicly, pro-life groups of all stripes should never denigrate any other group’s efforts. The pro-life movement is diverse and therefore powerfully tenacious.

3) What kinds of incremental measures do you support. If yes, can you give an example? If no, why?

Priests for Life Canada supports efforts to restrict: funding for abortion and destructive embryonic stem cell research, extension of abortion to clinics, forced abortion procedure and assistance, and training for interns and nurses. Priests for Life Canada supports: efforts to promote informed consent; professionals' conscience rights; mandatory cooling off periods before abortions; recognition of the legal personhood of the preborn; restrictive efforts; and many other pro-life initiatives."

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