Woe unto them who call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Is. 5:20)
Rev. Dr. Katherine Ragsdale Calls Abortion A Blessing
Rev. Dr. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, the President and Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, appeared in a clerical collar to testify in the United States House of Representatives. Ragsdale is the “go to” witness these days for the radical abortion on demand lobby, and has now openly identified her position that abortion is a “blessing”, having the unmitigated audacity to defend this position as consistent with the Christian faith.
The Judiciary Committee on the Constitution was holding a hearing concerning a Bill introduced last summer entitled the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (H.R. 2299) This legislation makes it an offense if an adult, “knowingly transports a minor across a State line, with the intent that such minor obtain an abortion, and thereby in fact abridges the right of a parent under a law requiring parental involvement in a minor’s abortion decision, in force in the State where the minor resides.”
When Ragsdale was appointed Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School on March 30, 2009, she gave a sermon in which she said, “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.”
In 2010, Ragsdale gave an address at a fundraiser for the “Jane Fund” of Central Massachusetts; their motto:
“CHOICE should not be limited to WOMEN who have MONEY… Our mission is to help women who cannot afford abortion services.”
Partial speech by Ragsdale: I said, in Birmingham Alabama, at a rally at the end of the successful clinic defense, that we do ourselves a self-destructive disservice when we talk about abortion as a tragedy.
- When a woman gets pregnant against her will and wants an abortion — it’s the violence that is the tragedy; the abortion is a blessing.
- When a woman might want to bear and raise a child but fears she can’t afford to because she doesn’t have access to healthcare or daycare or enough income to provide a home — it’s the lack of justice that is the tragedy; the abortion is a blessing.
- When a woman has planned and provided for a pregnancy, decorated the nursery and chosen a name, and, in the last weeks, discovers that her fetus will not live to become a baby, that it has anomalies incompatible with life, and that preserving her own life and health, and sparing the fetus suffering, require a late-term abortion — it’s the loss of her hopes and dreams that is the tragedy; the abortion is a blessing.
- And, and here’s one that really gets me in trouble, when a woman simply gets pregnant unintentionally and decides this is not a good time for her to bear and care for a child — there is no tragedy. The ability to enjoy healthy sexuality without risking a pregnancy that could derail her education or career, the development or exercise of the gifts God has given her, is a blessing.
Now just in case there are any aspiring headline writers listening — let me be clear — motherhood also is a gift and a ministry and a blessing — but not for everyone, and not always right now.
Last week someone dear to me and my community died. Once he started to decline he went very quickly. Someone in his family mentioned to me what a blessing it was that he had gone so fast and so peacefully. I replied that it was, indeed, but that some blessings are hard to take.
Abortion is a blessing — sometimes a joyful relief; sometimes a painful choice — but a blessing still.
“We must create a climate where abortion is not only a legal, safe, accessible, affordable option for every woman but where she can take advantage of that option without risking socially imposed guilt. It’s time to be angry — be fed up — to refuse to be nice. To eschew conciliation.”
Go here to read her entire twisted double-tongued speech.
This woman DOES NOT SPEAK FOR nor does she REPRESENT GOD’S CHURCH or TRUE Christian Beliefs!
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