Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Catholic Church blamed for high abortion rate

"Who carries the greatest responsibility for the deaths of unborn children in this country? I accuse the leader of the Catholic church in England and Wales, His Eminence Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor. I charge that he is partly to blame for our abnormally high abortion rate.


A study published in the Lancet shows that between 1995 and 2003, the global rate of induced abortions fell from 35 per 1,000 women each year to 29. This period coincides with the rise of the "globalised secular culture" the Pope laments. When the figures are broken down, it becomes clear that, apart from the former Soviet Union, abortion is highest in conservative and religious societies. In largely secular western Europe, the average rate is 12 abortions per 1,000 women. In the more religious southern European countries, the average rate is 18. In the US, where church attendance is still higher, there are 23 abortions for every 1,000 women, the highest level in the rich world. In central and South America, where the Catholic church holds greatest sway, the rates are 25 and 33 respectively. In the very conservative societies of east Africa, it's 39. One abnormal outlier is the UK: our rate is six points higher than that of our western European neighbours.


When the Pope tells bishops in Kenya - the global centre of this crisis - that they should defend traditional family values "at all costs" against agencies offering safe abortions, or when he travels to Brazil to denounce its contraceptive programme, he condemns women to death."

George Monbiot, Guardian, February 26 2008

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

that is a simply outragous remark. The catholic church is a pro-life movement.

Admittedly ive read cases of women being shunned in Spain for having children out of wedlock.

The aim for most people everywhere is to control their carnal desires not submit to them.

The uk is primarily a protestant country; despite the catholic church having a larger practising faith. Protestantism denies the sacrement of marriage by allowing divorce; (of course from an atheist perspective, it would still just be an agreement between two people) it has got to the stage in the Uk where the length of a marriage is on the same liberal slope as America. Given that a married catholic couple conceive there is more chance of them a, staying married b, having the forsight to support and care for the child.

Do you blame the bishop for rising aids rates, rapes and immigration that add to this delicate issue as well?

2.79% of the population are practising catholics some of whom have protested strongly about the opening of abortion clinics up and down the country. Indeed Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor wrote personally to the protestant PM Gordon Brown about the rapid opening of clinics in Northern Ireland.

Why not have a look at the non religious countries eg the bhuddists ones such as Vietnam or China. What sort of rate do you think they have over there?

The only blame lies with the animal urge or repeated exposure to channel 4's american tosh, this is a generation that a step beyond mtv, a step beyond friends, this is the big brother generation. Big brother sees' all, is due your overdraught repayment, is telling you to be a capitalist by day and a hedonist by night. Buy buy buy and worry about the consequences later.

Have a look and compare the rising aids victim rate and the amount of abortions clinics opened between those times. As well as the average cost of living for the people in the cities and build up towns (eg the sinholes) and be dazzled.

Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has done no wrong. Have you no moral standards? If you believe in nothing how can begin to question a man of faith and conviction? Hearts and minds son. Hearts and Minds.