Tuesday, August 26, 2008

More on Catholics for Choice

This blog having received a few visits from Catholics for Choice this morning, I thought I would return the favor and take a look at their blog. (Remember that participation on the Board of this pro-abortion organization cost Rosemary Radford Ruether the Theology Chair at the University of San Diego?)

FYI, I am posting below the 9 issues and projects they list on their website. (I added the numbering for easy reference.) It appears that as well as supporting abortion (#2), they support gay and lesbian sexual behavior (#3) and women in the priesthood (7).
1. The right of individuals and couples to decide on when, whether and how they will form families;

2. Access to the full range of contraceptive choices, safe and legal access to abortion, pre- and post-natal care, adoption and the right to adopt and adequate economic and social support for families and children;

3. Respect for and recognition of gay, lesbian, bi and transgendered persons and relationships with all legal rights;

4. Support and respect, including treatment, prevention and especially access to condoms, for people living with HIV/AIDS and those at risk;

5. Freedom from all forms of intimate violence, including sexual abuse in the family, relationships and the church;

6. Social and economic justice that ensures that no one is denied sexual or reproductive health services because they cannot afford them;

7. Equality for and non-discrimination against women in government, civil society and all faith groups;

8. Scientific and public policies that are determined by evidence-based research, democratic structures and the common good;

9. The right of faith groups to participate in public policy formation and the responsibility of legislators to legislate without privileging sectarian religious beliefs.

You can visit their website here.


The Underground Pewster said...

I don't get #8 at all,

"8. Scientific and public policies that are determined by evidence-based research, democratic structures and the common good;"

Scientific policies? I have no clue as to what that means.

Evidence based research??? Show me.

Democratic structures? Lobby, lobby, lobby.

Common good? As long as you are not a common fetus.

From Wikipedia
Catholics for a Free Choice has been a long-time member of the interfaith Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, which includes liberal mainline Protestants and Jews, as well as humanist organisations.

We have heard of the RCRC before, as it is supported by the executive committe of TEC.

Who else has been funding Catholics for Free Choice? look here
Tha article claims "Playboy" as a player in this although I do not see a specific reference.

Perpetua said...

Hi underground pewster,

I wonder if number 8 refers to the claims that abstinence education doesn't work, since this organization is promoting condoms and abortion.

And thank you for the link.
They do seem to have quite a bit of funding for their lobbying efforts. I noticed on their website that they have job announcements for three open positions.

The Underground Pewster said...

I never have understood these "Christian" pro abortion groups. I am thankful they were not around when the Virgin Mary was with child.

Perpetua said...

Abortions were know to the ancient Greeks. The Hippocratic Oath (3rd century BC) mentions of them:
"I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone.
To please no one will I prescribe a deadly drug nor give advice which may cause his death.
Nor will I give a woman a pessary to procure abortion."

And Flavius Josephus, the Jewish historian (1st century AD) wrote:
"The law, moreover enjoins us to bring up all our offspring, and forbids women to cause abortion of what is begotten, or to destroy it afterward; and if any woman appears to have so done, she will be a murderer of her child, by destroying a living creature, and diminishing humankind."
(I found that Flavius Josephus quote here.)

The Underground Pewster said...

As far as I can tell there was no Michael S. Dukakis back then.
Nor was there a Hadassah.