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Women ministers ‘bless’ abortion center, pray for staff and patients

Fr. Mark Hodges Fr. Mark Hodges

FORT WORTH, Texas, November 15, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — As abortion business Whole Women’s Health fights a pro-life law in Texas, area women ministers expressed their support by collectively blessing the pregnancy termination provider.

Last week, clergy sang “Alleluia!” as they prayed for the business and its staff. 

Organizer Kentina Washington-Leapheart of the Religious Institute said the purpose of the media event was to promote the idea that abortion is an acceptable Christian thing to do. “We’re trying say (the pro-life) narrative isn’t the only narrative related to faith,” she explained.

“Women seeking an abortion are largely women of faith,” the head of the Religious Institute’s “reproductive justice and sexuality education” claimed. “They’re not having an abortion in spite of their faith, (their faith) is in many ways informing the decision they make (to abort).”

She characterized pro-abortion Christians as “progressive people of faith.” “They have a God-given right to make decisions about their life,” she opined.

Last week was also the end of the trial phase of Whole Women’s Health’s lawsuit seeking to stop a Texas ban on dismemberment abortions. The dilation and evacuation (D&E) procedure literally rips, tears, cuts, and pulls apart the living baby limb from limb, then collects the “pieces” to ensure the whole child was snatched. The Texas ban requires abortionists to first kill the baby (“fetal demise”) and then “extract” him or her.

Whole Women’s Health argued that the procedure should be legal because it is the most common way to abort in mid-pregnancy. D&E is performed on babies from 12 weeks’ to 25 weeks’ gestation.

By the second trimester, the baby’s bones have calcified. After dilation, narrow forceps (like pliers) are inserted. The abortionist takes hold of a leg or other part of the body and, with a twisting motion, tears it from the baby’s body. This is repeated again and again. The baby is then “morcellated,” or methodically cut to pieces. The spine must be snapped and the skull crushed to remove the pieces.  

The attendant’s job is to reassemble the body parts to be sure that all are removed. If/whenever a “piece” is missed, a life-threatening infection can develop.  

A paper presented to Planned Parenthood abortionists describes the procedure:  

“The fetal head was often the most difficult to crush and remove because of its size and contour. The operator kept track of each portion of the fetal skeleton … ”

Puncture of the uterus and permanent damage to the cervix are much more likely because the forceps are directly inserted through the vagina and worked by hand. Bleeding is profuse. An early study published in the medical journal The Lancet and conducted by J.A. Stallworthy found nearly 10 percent of women undergoing the procedure need blood transfusions.  

The emotional effects to medical personnel have never been studied, but guilt, bitterness, and resentment toward patients are commonly reported by former abortion workers.

The photo-op wasn’t the first publicity stunt by pro-abortion clergy. Methodist and Episcopalian ministers performed a blessing ceremony over a Cleveland abortion business in 2015.

Holding signs that said to be pro-abortion is to be “pro-family” and “pro-faith” and “Good women have abortions,” the clergy prayed that the abortion business would be “a beacon of hope.”

The Cleveland ceremony was organized by The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, led nationally by “married” homosexual Rev. Harry Knox, and led locally by Methodist priestess Rev. Laura Young.

Young told Think Progress that God supports abortion. Knox told The Columbus Dispatch, “I’m here … to say, thank God for abortion providers.”

The Very Reverend Jason Kappanadze, priest of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Elmira Heights, New York, takes a more traditionalist stand. “The Church never judges people, but judges actions,” he explained. “We do, however, tell the truth, to help people discern the godly, loving path,” he said.  

Father Kappanadze sees liberal clergy “blessing” the abortion industry as emblematic of a deeper problem.  

“The growth of the acceptance of abortion is parallel to the loss of direction of many Christians, who can no longer call people to repentance because of their division,” he told LifeSiteNews. The division of Christians “prevents them from speaking with one voice, as it was in the beginning of the Church.”

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