In my capacity as a healing prayer minister, I've worked with women who've lived with the unexpectedly huge guilt of having had an abortion... it seemed so clinical to them at the time but ended up reverberating through their souls. I've also worked with several who survived abortion attempts on them. The pain of the rejection was immense for them... they felt as if they were supposed to be dead and sometimes had a death wish that dogged them in their attempts to be alive. This may not make sense to some of you out there but it happens.
We do not know when a foetus becomes a human life. My belief is that it's at conception! This probably does not sit well with some but, again, in my experience with healing prayer, I've prayed with folk who, in some deep hidden part of their spirits, have known things from the time of their conception. They knew they were conceived in violence or they knew that they were wanted or not. It is amazing what we know if we give ourselves the time and place to be still enough to listen to those deep inner places of our beings.
Anyway, back to the topic at hand. I share this with you in hopes that it will help some make good decisions for themselves and for the lives of their unborn children.
Italian Doctors: Abortion Survivors Must be Given Care, Even Against Mother's Wishes
Doctors from four different Roman universities have issued a joint
declaration affirming the duty of doctors to rescue and care for
infants born alive after an abortion attempt, even against the wishes
of the mother.
The declaration, made by doctors at the obstetric clinics of La
Sapienza, Tor Vergata, Campus Biomedico and Sacro Cuore, represent both
the secular and religious sides of the Italian university system. The
first two universities are public, and the second two are Catholic.
"An extremely premature newborn must be treated like any other person in danger, and assisted adequately," said Domenico Arduni, director of the Tor Vergata gynecological clinic.
Arduini added that this principle would hold even if the child had
survived an abortion, and "even if the mother is not in agreement."
The four physicians issued the statement together during a meeting at Fatebenefratelli hospital in Rome last Saturday.
According to the Spanish publication El Pais, the doctors'
declaration and the Vatican's recent campaign for a "moratorium" on
abortion in Italy (which has now become a global campaign), "has fallen
like a bomb among scientists and politicians".
Emma Bonino, the Italian Minister of European Policy, complained to
El Pais that "the political class should not allow others to set their
agenda." The Italian health minister, Livia Turco, told the
publication that protecting the life of such children was "senseless
cruelty." A prominent physician reportedly suggested that abortions be
done by poisoning the baby with potassium chloride, thus ensuring his
death before exiting the womb.
However, the ANSA news agency reports that the liberal bioethicist
Cinzia Caporale has endorsed the physicians' declaration, stating that
while she is in favor of allowing euthanasia for adults who want it,
children who leave the womb alive should be cared for, even against the
will of the parents. "I don't even consider their consent necessary if
the fetus has survived an abortion," she said.