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.
Saw Michelle Malkins post in which she refers to an article in which Rebekkah Walker wrote about the pain she experienced growing up as the daughter of feminist Alice Walker. I admit to having little knowledge of feminism but as I read the full article, I have a lot of mixed reactions. A couple of quotes from the article:
The truth is that I very nearly missed out on becoming a mother – thanks to being brought up by a rabid feminist who thought motherhood was about the worst thing that could happen to a woman.
You see, my mum taught me that children enslave women. I grew up believing that children are millstones around your neck, and the idea that motherhood can make you blissfully happy is a complete fairytale.
I was raised to believe that women need men like a fish needs a bicycle.
It was drummed into me that being a mother, raising children and running a home were a form of slavery. Having a career, travelling the world and being independent were what really mattered according to her.
The ease with which people can get divorced these days doesn’t take into account the toll on children. That’s all part of the unfinished business of feminism.
Feminism has betrayed an entire generation of women into childlessness. It is devastating.
We just had a couple join our organization and one reason they were attracted to us is because of our belief that both husband and wife are accepted as missionaries in their own right. Both are expected to be qualified and both are expected to learn the language and to be involved in ministry. However, we do expect that during those years when the kids are young that most often it is the wife who has limited ministry due to her primary care giving role to the children. I must admit that we have taken some flack for our policy of allowing women into leadership at every level of our organization. I think it has been worth it.
While I appreciate hearing the other side of the story of feminism In reading what Rebekkah Walker has written, I am also aware that in many places church structures continue to exist that do not honor and respect women as fellow heirs of the grace of God. If the church treated women as does Jesus and the New Testament, would not much of the drive and anger behind feminism be deflated?
Dawn Eden over at Dawn Patrol had the following daily quote today and I thought it is worth re-posting here. This was reminiscent of a post that Heather McDonald made a few months ago on City Journal–for which I provided links. How do we bring about a change on this situation. According to McDonald, the blame seems to lie at the college administration level giving mixed signals to the students.
“No doubt lurid anecdote and popular myth cause us to exaggerate the actual frequency of campus hook-ups: Most college students do not share in these delights. But most students also believe that ‘everyone does it,’ even if the individual student, for some reason, cannot locate a partner. Thus an active minority sets the tone and makes hooking up a ‘culture.’ When there are no sexual boundaries, either official or informal, the standard becomes the extreme, and all students feel the pressure to appear more promiscuous than they are. The traditional double standard of sexual conduct – more restrictive for women than for men – has been replaced by the single standard of the predatory male.”
— Harvey C. Mansfield, reviewing Donna Freitas’s Sex and the Soul in today’s Wall Street Journal
La Shawn Barber blogs about a new book on Chastity. The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On by author Dawn Eden. Barber explains why her faith in Christ has been instrumental in her own committment to chastity. She writes, “By chaste, I mean voluntarily abstaining from sex until marriage and from extramarital sex while married.” It looks like a book written for single women but it might be a insightful read for men to see the other side of the story and for any of us who are parents. Reminds me when I asked my wife to read, Arterburn’s book, Every Man’s Battle: Winning the War on Sexual Temptation so that she would understand what was going on inside me as a man.
Heather McDonald has just written a follow-up article on campus rape in City Journal. Once again she has some things to say that are worth hearing by college administrators and parents and students! When I told a British friend about her premise that Universities are actually contributing to the problem of sexual promiscuity, he said that would never happen on U.K. campuses. Hmmmm. Well, I don’t agree with everything McDonald said–a rape counselor told me that in her experience, very few women will tell their families they have been raped because of the shame and questions that will be asked. Even though I am an abuse survivor myself, I do not begin to understand the pain, fear, hurt and anger on this subject. I think I need to move on to another topic.
In a very challenging article in City Journal Heather Mac Donald, shows how “bogus statistics, feminist victimology, and university-approved sex toys.” has led to what she calls the The Campus Rape Myth. She suggests that the campus rape movement ” . . . is political, not empirical.”
But, the problem is not just an attempt to find data to promote their theory (at the expense of the facts), there is also the active promotion of a culture of promiscuity on college campuses. She writes, “The campus rape industry may decry ubiquitous male predation, but a campus sex industry puts bureaucratic clout behind the message that students should have recreational sex at every opportunity.”
Worth reading but not if you are easily offended. I found this from a link on Michelle Malkins website.