Three 20-something women trying to figure out what it means to be lay, Catholic, and modern all at once.

May 17, 2009

Today was the Day

Well, today it happened -- yes, the most pro-abortion president in our history gave the commencement address at Our Lady's university. Does anyone else wonder what she must be thinking?? Here's a snippet from a New York Times article on today's infamous event:
Anti-abortion leaders protested his appearance at the University of Notre Dame and he was heckled four times during a commencement address by protesters yelling slogans like “abortion is murder.” But the audience shouted down the hecklers and cheered Mr. Obama as he called for “open hearts, open minds, fair-minded words” in a debate that has polarized the country for decades.

"Maybe we won’t agree on abortion," the president told 2,900 graduating students as well as their relatives and professors, "but we can still agree that this is a heart-wrenching decision for any woman to make and not made casual. It has both moral and spiritual dimensions. So let’s work together to reduce the number of women seeking abortions by reducing unintended pregnancies."

Well, ladies - what do we think? I can agree that we need to reduce unwanted pregnancies. However, we as a nation and as a global community need to recognize that while there may be unwanted pregnancies, there is no such thing as an unwanted child. And I am not sure that increasing availability of birth control will help. I just get so disheartened by all of this.

On another note, last night I had a conversation with a friend who told me of one her best friends who has an abortion about 10 or 11 years ago. When she married and got pregnant again, she dreamt ever night of her first baby -- a daughter in her dreams. She still thinks of her always. She is not alone. So many post-abortive women suffer in the exact same way. Let's pray for women and men suffering from an abortion. I hope you will suggest help if you know them, or will seek it if you are such a woman or man. Here's some sources that can help: Rachel's Vineyard, Project Rachel, Hope After Abortion.

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