50 Questions About Abortion: 35 – Catholic Church on abortion

October 4, 2017

This year is the 50th anniversary of the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act in the UK. Sr Roseann is answering 50 questions about abortion, to mark the 50th anniversary.

Question 35: “What does the Catholic Church have to say about abortion?”


Discussion about Assisted Suicide

July 27, 2017

Last week Noel Conway, a man with MND, stated his case seeking assisted suicide. This video has a good discussion of the issues surrounding the legalisation of assisted suicide. The main concern is that “It will place under pressure vulnerable people to end their lives out of fear of being a burden on the state or to carers, and it opens the door to exploitation and abuse”

MS patient defers plans for assisted suicide

May 19, 2017

An MS patient in Inverness has deferred his plans to end his life at an assisted suicide clinic in Switzerland, after another MS patient contacted him and encouraged him to seek more support. This contact and support has given him a new optimism about life.

A video about this story can be viewed on the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-39940143

We believe in the value of every human life. This story shows what a positive difference personal contact and support from each one of us can have on another person’s life when they are struggling.

What Are You Going To Do?

July 22, 2014

I am sure many of you reading this will remember Terri Schiavo, the woman who was starved to death after an accident left her in a persistent vegeative state.  This video demonstrates the good that can come out of such awful situations such as Terri’s.  We wonder why her life was cut short.  Here we learn that she has inspired many people to stand up for what is right.  This young woman featured in this video has answered the call that many of us hear – to not let someone else speak up for the vulnerable and unseen such as the unborn child.  Why should it not be us that helps pregnant women, or prays outside abortion clinics or hospitals?  Do we ever think what we could do to help the prolife cause?

Choice Now Extends Outside the Womb

March 3, 2014

**taken from Catholicsistas.com**

“The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid ‘dens of crime’ that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices.”
-C. S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

“Choice” Now Extends to Born Children, Too


For decades, prochoice advocates have insisted there’s no “slippery slope” to abortion, that the right to end your child’s life in the womb will never lead to your right to end it outside of the womb.

Until now.

Last week, Belgium legalized the euthanization of children. The country’s leaders passed the law despite overwhelming evidence that adult euthanasia (allowed since 2002) is widely abused, with multiple studies proving that a full third of people euthanized in Belgium don’t even request to died

The Tragedy of L.C.P.

December 6, 2012

Francis Phillips of the Daily Mail, blogs on issues regarding disability and abortion regularly and has a special insight due to the fact she has a child with Downs Syndrome.  Her latest posting is insightful and should alert us anew to the way society sees babies in the womb as disposable especially if they have a disability such as Downs Syndrome.  She writes,

The latest news on the Liverpool Care Pathway, the controversial medical protocol designed to make the dying process more humane, is that it is being applied to very sick babies. I was about to write here “terminally ill” babies – but this is the problem: the LCP has been used in some well-publicised cases where the patients – including babies – are not dying. I read a chilling report last week by an anonymous doctor which described the case of a baby born with multiple congenital problems but who was not about to die. The decision had to be made about whether to treat the infant and help him to live, with all the difficulties involved, or whether to let him die by neglect ie by withdrawing food and liquids. The parents, after consultation, decided they could not cope with a handicapped child so it was agreed the baby should be left to die. This, the doctor related, was for him an agonising process. He admitted feeling extreme reluctance to monitor the infant during the many days the baby took to die, because of the horrific effects of the severe dehydration.

She continues,

I mention this case because it illustrates the stark moral questions involved. There is a huge difference, for instance, between deciding not to treat a very premature baby who, without immediate and comprehensive medical intervention of an intrusive and painful nature, would die soon after birth, and the story above: a baby with severe, long-term disabilities for whom euthanasia is the deliberately agreed “solution”.

It hardly bears thinking that this is how people view a child with long term disabilities – disposable!  We have got to the point where we give women a “choice” of whether to abort their unborn child who has been found to be disabled and then continue to give this “choice” after the child is born, citing inability to cope etc.  It is hard to believe. 

 Prof Lejeune

Francis Phillips recommends a website called KIDS Keep Infants with Downs Syndrome, a prolife organisation which trys to raise awareness of the number of unborn babies aborted due to D.S.  It was founded by a Leticia Velasquez and she has written a book called “A Special Mother is Born” which focuses on the parents of these special children.  There is a well known myth that in order to be a parent to a child with a disability one needs to be extraordinary and full of those attributes that every parent wishes for; eternal patience, humility, perseverence , fortitude etc.  However this book, says Francis Phillips demonstrates that these parents have risen to the challenge their child has presented to them and that the only attibute you must have in abundance is LOVE.  The book tells moving stories of how these parents doubted their ability to look after their child with D.S. but found the strength somehow and were rewarded tenfold in what their child gave to them.

This is the experience any of us have had when meeting or knowing any person with a disability – we recieve so much and all they ask for is our love and acceptance.

13 Years – Worth Every Minute

June 11, 2012

When babies are born very prematurely we hear from the parents that terms such as “quality of life” begin to be introduced to the conversations about these tiny, vulnerable  babies.  It always makes me extemely wary because it seems that it is almost impossible to judge another persons’ quality of life!  When the medical profession start to do this it we edge closer to deciding that someone elses’ life is  deemed not worthy of being continued due to a “poor quality of life”.  Here’s  a story to help us to realise that no matter what we think, these children can and do survive (with their parents love and support) and teach us how to live life to the full.


Posted by Jess Clark on June 7, 2012

13 years ago Tuesday, I gave birth to a 1 pound baby, after my water broke at 23 weeks. Very few people expected him to live, and we had been holding on desperately to hope that we’d make it far enough that the medical establishment would consider him “viable” (24 weeks) and take drastic measures to save his life. We made it to 24 weeks and 1 day.


Once he lived 72 hours, they started saying he might survive. Pretty quickly, though, they discovered these massive brain bleeds and the terms “quality of life” started getting thrown around. We were 20 years old, shell-shocked and exhausted. We sat and listened to the prognoses, learned how to read the brain scans, and how to become invisible when the big alarms went off and the crash carts came running. 

2 lbs + here, starting to get “better”

We trusted the staff, respected them, and at the same time we had to learn how to live in 2 realities. One: there is no reason he will live. He’s having constant seizures, his brain is a shell, and nothing seems to be improving. Two: God gave him to us, we “feel” like he’s going to live, and our prayers matter. However it might end, we knew we should be praying, hoping, believing for the best. 

Emotional moments when we got to hold him

We’ve lived for 13 years in those realities. The natural and the supernatural. R2 has a spirit, a vibrant, alive spirit, and his broken body doesn’t change that. Every challenge we’ve faced, we have to take in the medical reality and then hold out hope for a greater spiritual reality. We’ve learned that God is good, God is always good, even when the answer is no. We’ve seen R2 learn how to walk, to feed himself, to accomplish so many small things, when there is no medical explanation for why he should be able to, given the extent of his brain damage. 

He has a great sense of humor, and he’s a little bit of a prankster, although his pranks are things like turning on the dishwasher and running away laughing, or closing the door on you. His best friend is his iPad. He carries it everywhere, and sleeps with it if we let him. He’s not making a ton of progress on the communication software, but we’re going to keep working on it. His technological skills are going to be a major asset in that effort. 
He has been obsessively pointing at the whiteboard calendar, at the birthday cake, every day, multiple times a day. He has indicated with much pointing and flapping that, given a group of options, Nemo is the highly exciting and definite party theme. I am so grateful that he’s doing so well emotionally and medically right now, and for his joy, his excitement, his understanding that this is his special day. It was the day the world exploded for us, and it was months and months before we saw any light. But now, 13 years later, it is a good day. 
Happy Teenage Birthday to my tiny Tweety Bird!