In the U.S., abortion has evolved from a religious to a political issue, between pro-abortion Democrats and anti-abortion Republicans. It has also split the U.S. Bishops Conference on the issue of ‘no-communion’ for Biden and pro-abortionists. Florida takes a cue from Texas, launching its own anti-abortion law. A judge issues an injunction to block the Texas abortion law. The war intensifies.
The anti-abortionists are asking 1) if this is really part of the 2,000-year-old war between Jesus and Satan; and 2) if the soaring virus infections worldwide is due to God’s anger against legalized murder of unborn babies. The pro-abortionists argue that runaway global population can only be curbed with vast US/UN pro-abortion funds worldwide, especially in poor nations.
eastwind journals, October 11, 2021
By Bernie V. Lopez, email@example.com
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A move to deny Holy Communion to Biden and other known anti-abortionists has split the US Bishops Conference. Pope Francis steps in, “Abortion is murder. Those who carry out abortions kill. At the third week after conception, often even before the mother is aware (of being pregnant), all the organs are already (starting to develop). It is a human life. Period. And this human life has to be respected. It is very clear.” (Newsmax, Sept. 15).
Even the U.S. media is split. In spite of the above pronouncements of Pope Frances, some news groups accuse him of cuddling or protecting Biden. In truth, Pope Francis is just being ‘mild’ by simply avoiding a clash with the U.S. government.
There are ongoing hearings on the lawsuit filed by the Biden administration through the U.S. Department of Justice against the Texas law banning abortion. (Newsmax.com Sept. 30). The suit may be weak because the defendants in the suit are private citizens who “have no connection with the patient or the clinic”. (New York Times, Sept. 23).
U.S. Senator Susan Collins (Republican – Maine), citing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, said she will not support the Democrat House Bill calling for protection of abortion rights nationwide. She argued that “the bill goes further than that by interfering with an existing law that ensures health professionals who object to abortion are not required to participate in it”. (LA Times, Sept. 22). The battle raging between pro- and anti-abortionists in the U.S. is evolving into a war between pro-abortionist Democrats and anti-abortionist Republicans.
Collins echoed the sensitive issue of compelling doctors and clinics to perform abortion, a dangerous precedent. This issue promises to put the Catholic Church and the US Federal Government face to face.
A few years ago, the U.S. government attempted in vain to compel Catholic hospitals, a dominant health force in the US, to perform abortion if the patient asks for it. The Catholic Church simply said they will close their hospitals if they are compelled to perform abortion, which is against Church law. The anti-abortionists fell silent from the threat. The wars between Federal Law and Church Law and between Federal Law and State Law are just beginning. If the conflicts intensify, it may affect the entire US healthcare system.
Meanwhile, Florida is taking a cue from Texas, launching its own anti-abortion law. A House Bill filed by Rep. Webster Barnaby (Republican – Florida) bans abortion “if a fetal heartbeat is detected”, which normally can be heart after 6 weeks of conception. (Newsmax, Sept. 22). The now-famous Texas anti-abortion law has thus been labelled as the “Texas Heartbeat Act.”
In response to Biden’s law suit, Texas has intensified its anti-abortion stance with a “bill adding more restrictions and raising criminal penalties for the use of abortion-inducing medication in Texas, (which) goes into effect in December after being signed with no fanfare by Gov. Greg Abbott.” (The Dallas Morning News, Sept. 20)
The Texas anti-abortion law gets its first acid test with a law suit filed against Dr. Alan Braid, who admitted to The Washington Post that “he had performed an abortion on a woman more than six weeks pregnant in violation of the controversial new law restricting the procedure.” (Newsmax, Sept. 20).
A Texas judge threw a monkey wrench on the Texas abortion law by issuing an injunction blocking a suit of pro-life group Texas Right to Life, rendering the new abortion ban in limbo, “until at least next April when a trial on the merits of the case is set to be held”. (The Daily Wire, Sept. 14).
Other nations are observing closely the intensifying U.S. Abortion War, as it may become a global precedent for other nations to follow. It is essentially a war between the right to life of pregnant women versus the right to life of unborn babies, as pro-abortionists put it, and simple legalized murder, as anti-abortionists put it.
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