When abortion is called a “blessing”
My wife pointed the way for me to find the following sermon (or speech as she calls it) by Katherine Ragsdale, titled, Our Work is Not Done It is about why the right of women to have an abortion should be protected and is not an easy read for a pro-lifer. As a pro-lifer, I disagree with Ragsdale and find no “blessing” in abortion. But, worth reading what she thinks–is it safe to assume that she is on the radical end of abortion rights? Another link to her speech here. Here are the words by Episcopal priest, Katherine Hancock Ragsdale.
- Finally, the last sign I want to identify relates to my fellow clergy. Too often even those who support us can be heard talking about abortion as a tragedy. Let’s be very clear about this:
When a woman finds herself pregnant due to violence and chooses an abortion, it is the violence that is the tragedy; the abortion is a blessing.
When a woman finds that the fetus she is carrying has anomalies incompatible with life, that it will not live and that she requires an abortion – often a late-term abortion – to protect her life, her health, or her fertility, it is the shattering of her hopes and dreams for that pregnancy that is the tragedy; the abortion is a blessing.
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.