Abortion as a Blessing?

Katherine Ragsdale on the right on her 'wedding day' to the woman on the left

This article that a Planned Parenthood clinic is organizing 40 Days of Prayer for Abortion is shocking, but should not be. Remember that the majority of mainstream Protestant denominations are now “pro-Choice” and an increasing number of Evangelical churches that used to hold firm on abortion are silent or operate a “don’t ask don’t tell” policy.

If we want the mainstream Protestant view we only have to turn to the feminist leadership of the Episcopal Church. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale is Dean of Episcopal Divinity School near Harvard. She’s a lesbian who is on public record preaching that abortion is a blessing. Here are her words:

“When a woman wants a child but can’t afford one because she hasn’t the education necessary for a sustainable job, or access to health care, or day care, or adequate food, it is the abysmal priorities of our nation, the lack of social supports, the absence of justice that are the tragedies; the abortion is a blessing.

“And when a woman becomes pregnant within a loving, supportive, respectful relationship; has every option open to her; decides she does not wish to bear a child; and has access to a safe, affordable abortion – there is not a tragedy in sight – only blessing. The ability to enjoy God’s good gift of sexuality without compromising one’s education, life’s work, or ability to put to use God’s gifts and call is simply blessing.

“These are the two things I want you, please, to remember – abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Let me hear you say it: abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done.”

Pro life Christians need to understand that these people really do believe they are on a sacred mission from God. They really do believe that abortion is all about ‘women’s rights’ and ‘peace and justice’ and ‘relieving poverty’ and ‘helping the disadvantaged’. It’s a grim reminder that horrible irony that the worst evils in the world are perpetrated by self righteous do-gooders.

They have twisted the Gospel of Life into a perverted and blasphemous Gospel of Death. May God have mercy on their souls.

UPDATE: Meanwhile over here Tom McDonald rants happily about Melinda Gates’ support for the Culture of Death.

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  • Raymond Suda

    Margaret Sanger reincarnated with a few more perverted twists!!!

  • Paul

    How utterly revolting!! Are these people insane? Why does the Episcopal “Church” even exist anymore?? This just sickens me.

  • flyingvic

    Ragsdale may or may not be ‘mainstream’ in the US. Personally, I’ve never heard of her. If you’re going to lump all Protestants together by insidious suggestion, at least quote a pro-life Archbishop (if you can find one) or a prominent and widely-published theologian to back up your let’s-tar-them-all-with-the-same-brush propaganda. Otherwise your piece risks descending into a catholic=republican=right=correct attempted syllogism that does your position no favours.

    All Protestants are not Pro-Choice any more than all Catholics are anti-contraception.

  • Al Bergstrazer

    Homosexuality and abortion are held on the level of sacraments in the Episcopal church (and their fellow travelers). But I do not understand why they’re bothering to lift up a few blasphemous prayers of thanks for abortion, when they’ve become their own gods, determining what is good, what is evil, and who lives and who dies. One would simply patting themselves on the back should be sufficient. How self absorbed and decadent does one have to be to think God almighty has blessed you by allowing you to kill your child so that you can ‘enjoy’ your education, career or-the most despicable comment of all; that you may ‘use God’s gifts and call.’ Never mind that your unborn child is a gift from God, go ahead and dispose of him/her so that you may serve the Lord more fully!

  • Al Bergstrazer

    That should be ‘One would think simply patting themselves on the back.’
    (reverting back to my native tongue of dyslexia again)

  • flyingvic

    “Homosexuality and abortion are held on the level of sacraments in the Episcopal church (and their fellow travelers). ”

    Never let the truth get in the way of a good generalisation, eh?

  • John

    Having crossed the Tiber from Canterbury just four years ago, I wouldn’t necessarily argue with that generalization.

  • Luke

    Vic – show us evidence that the episcopal church is pro-life? Show us evidence that the episcopal church holds that marriage is between one man and one woman. It’s not generalizing if it’s true. If you can show me that the majority of bishops, seminaries, and clergy are pro-life and pro-marriage I will acknowledge I am wrong.

  • flyingvic

    I don’t have to indicate a majority in order to complain about a generalisation. The onus is on the person making the generalisation to indicate that it is the truth. I stand as a priest in the Church of England and declare that it is not.

  • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    I can only remember one fellow Anglican clergyman during my fifteen years in the Church of England who was ardently pro life.

  • Jim

    Don’t fancy yours much….

  • Joe

    I’m quite sure most of the Nigerian Anglican priests (and parishioners) are avidly pro-life…and that’s a large chunk of the Church of England. I will give it to you though that the RCC is the only large “denomination” I know of that actively speaks out on a pro-life agenda. It’s quite disturbing to watch much of the Christian religion degrade from a supernatural and principled faith to just another wishy-washy movement for a “better” world.

  • http://awaypoint.wordpress.com Valerie Tarico

    My own abortion was a blessing. My beloved daughter exists only because I was able to terminate a problem pregnancy and start afresh. That, to me, is the definition of grace and blessing. I have written about it in an article titled, “My Abortion Baby.”
    Please remember that the statement that an embryo is a or soul, equivalent morally to a person who has breathed the breath of life, is a theological statement, and one that is contested. Humility requires the acknowledgement that people of good faith and conscience disagree on many matters of theology.

  • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    That an embryo is a human person is a biological not a theological statement.