Theology and abortion in the same sentence? I wouldn't have believed it myself until someone sent me a link to the chaplaincy services that were offered at George Tiller's abortion clinic.
Women's Health Care Services in Wichita, Kansas
I quote from the site:
Spiritually, abortion is acceptable in ten of the world's religions and in Christianity many denominations affirm and uphold the right of a woman to make the choice of abortion.
The program offers individual counseling, group counseling and the celebration of spiritual sacraments such as baptism of the still born fetus and blessings for the aborted fetus.
To hear an audio clip of George Tiller outlining what his clinic offers, click here - this is completely perverse
"Baptism of the still born fetus" translates into a so-called blessing over the murdered baby. Simple question - "what would Jesus do?" There is no reason for any abortion before the crucified face of Jesus Christ. I have spoken to a number of women who have had abortions and regret them; I cannot imagine what a woman would have to deal with if she not only aborted her child, but then cloaked that reality in such lies.
By the way, I read previously that the charge for a late term abortion at Tiller's clinic was in the range of $5000 US. I guess his compassion didn't come cheap.
Father Frank Pavone writes about abortion being considered a sacrament in his book Ending Abortion:
If you stll doubt that abortion involves an explicit perversion of religion, read the cover story in the October 1993 issue of New Age Journal ("Sister Against Sister,", p.66). Author Brenda Peterson writes, "In her book Pagan Meditations, Ginette Paris describes abortion as an essentially religious act, a sacred sacrifice to Artemis. 'One aborts an impossible love,' she writes, 'not a hatred.' In her new book, The Sacrament of Abortion, Paris explains further that if we saw abortion as a sacred ritual, it would restore to the act a sense of the sanctity of life."
When we read statements like that, we have to remember what Scripture tells us is really going on:
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground. - Ephesians 6:12-13
And how are we to prepare for this battle?
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Tkae the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. - Ephesians 6:14-18
And breaking news: Nebraska-based abortionist LeRoy Carhart has announced that he will be taking over Tiller's clinic. An overview of Carhart's history reveals that this is a man who, while claiming to be a friend of Tiller and that is why he is continuing to operate his clinic, is actually someone who has seen an opportunity to continue making money off the killing of unborn children. His own clinic in Nebraska is facing difficulties (and looks like a dump as well) so all this talk about "compassion" for the women is really all about "cash" for the man willing to continue the murdering.
LeRoy Carhart to run Tiller's clinic