Choice Joyce: Catholic Bishops need my writing help

Choice Joyce

Essays from a pro-choice feminist liberal skeptic infidel activist (and animal lover)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Catholic Bishops need my writing help

Dear Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland,

I was puzzled by your recent anti-abortion statement condemning the "First All-Ireland Conference on Abortion and Clinical Practices." On your press release, you say "Every human life is worthy of protection from the moment of conception to natural death. The dignity of the human person is absolute and inviolable. We call on public representatives to ... promote and defend a legislative environment which respects the inherent dignity of life in all it stages."

However, this statement is not an accurate reflection of your own views (which I'm quite familiar with). So I have taken the liberty of helpfully rewriting it for you:

"Every human life is worthy of protection from the moment of conception to natural death, except for pregnant women. The dignity of men and fetuses is absolute and inviolable, while the dignity of women is subject to their reproductive capacity. We call on public representatives to ... promote and defend a legislative environment which respects the inherent dignity of life in all it stages, except during the child-bearing years of women."

You also "deplored" and "opposed" the conference because "Respect should be shown in all circumstances for the life and well-being of both the mother and the unborn child." Unfortunately, this statement also contradicts your real views, so please allow me to offer a corrected version here as well:

"Respect should be shown in all circumstances for the life and well-being of the fetus, but not necessarily the mother. The fetus always takes precedence over the mother and abortion is never permissible. In cases where aborting the fetus would save the life of the mother, both must die.” (Citations: Arizona, Poland, Council of Europe.)

As a writer who prides herself on accuracy, I would be happy to offer my services to help clarify many other inaccurate written statements by the Catholic Bishops or the Church in general (such as those that castigate children for tempting priests to break their vow of celibacy).

Thank you for your kind consideration!

Sincerely,
Joyce Arthur
Vancouver BC

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1 Comments:

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