Monday, July 26, 2010

The Catholic Church Teaches That Abortion Is Never Justifiable In Cases Of Rape Or Incest

The following is from the RosaryFilms' description on YouTube.

The Bill of Rights guarantees religious freedom.

The Catholic Church Teaches That Abortion Is Never Justifiable In Cases Of Rape Or Incest. The value of an unborn child does not depend on the circumstances of their conception. The unborn child remains an innocent human being. The practice of Lebensunwertes Leben is not a part of the Roman Catholic Religion. Though tragic, the crimes of rape or incest are only exacerbated, and the woman's torments are only intensified, by the additional sin of abortion. Since the unborn child is human no alleged deficiency in his quality of life can justify the taking of that life. It can not be acceptable to have an abortion in any situation, because no matter what the situation or hardship is, the baby never stops being a human being.

You can't say, "It's wrong there but we accept it here under these circumstances", because the baby doesn't stop being human based on the situation of the mother. Even though life is hard sometimes -- and for the mother it might be difficult to keep the baby, it is important that we never use the killing of other people as a solution.

In April 1996, and again in 1997 President Bill Clinton vetoed bills which would have banned partial-birth abortion. But new scientific evidence continues to emerge supporting the realization that the unborn children killed by this procedure likely experience a degree of pain too awful to imagine. Our understanding of the development of the fetal nervous system and fetal pain perception has only crystallized over the past decade. It is now clear that the network which conveys pain in humans (the spino-thalamic system) is fully established and connected by 20 weeks. What has become even more apparent is that premature newborn babies, many born at the same gestational age as late-term aborted babies, likely feel even more pain than babies delivered at full term. Elements of the pain system first appear much earlier, beginning with pain receptors under the skin of the face at eight weeks and early connections within the pain pathways of the spinal cord at seven weeks.

The spinal cord is the "highway" that carries pain information from the limbs and trunk upward to the brain. By 20 weeks, the human fetal brain contains the full complement of one billion neurons in the gray matter, waiting to receive ascending pain impulses. The final connections between pain fibers and the gray matter neurons are completed in the period between 20 to 24 weeks. This is how we as adults "feel" pain; there is no reason to believe this is any different for humans inside the womb.

Observations of human fetal response to painful stimulation support this. A 1994 study published in England by Professor Nicholas Fisk showed that two types of hormones released during pain and stress rose to high levels when blood was drawn (for necessary testing) from the living fetus by puncturing the abdomen. As a "control" experiment, blood was drawn from the painless umbilical vein source in other cases; these unborn babies did not release the pain and stress hormones. These observations were made in fetuses as early as 19 weeks of age. An earlier study by Dr. Joachim Partch of Kiel, Germany, detected similar hormones from the amniotic fluid as early as 16 weeks into the pregnancy. Emerging research data from a number of studies now suggest that the late second-trimester fetus is capable, in fact, of experiencing more pain than babies born at term. At a conference on fetal and neo-natal pain held in Toronto in early April 1996, Dr. K.J.S. Anand, assistant professor of pediatric anesthesia at Emory University in Atlanta and one of the world's foremost authorities on fetal pain, reviewed a number of recent observations.

The mechanisms by which the second-trimester fetus perceives pain are well established before mechanisms designed to blunt pain, which do not begin to develop meaningfully before 28 weeks. These disturbing revelations raise issues which should ripple well beyond a basic science discussion, beyond even the established battle lines of the abortion debate itself. The question arises, how can we allow this?

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