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"America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v.
Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has
pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown
violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human
relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father's role in an
increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts --
a child -- as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience. It has
nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the independent lives
of their physically dependent sons and daughters"
And, in granting this unconscionable power, it has exposed many
women to unjust and selfish demands from their husbands or other sexual
partners. Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They
are every human being's entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right
to life does not depend, and must not be declared to be contingent, on the
pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or a sovereign." (Mother
Theresa -- "Notable and Quotable," Wall Street Journal, 2/25/94, p. A14)
"But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion,
because it is a war against the child - a direct killing of the innocent
child - murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother
can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one
another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we
must persuade her with love, and we
remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts.
Jesus gave even his life to love us.
So the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love - that
is, to give until it hurts her
plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her child. The father of
that child, whoever he is, must
also give until it hurts. By abortion, the mother does not learn to love,
but kills even her own child to
solve her problems. And by abortion, the father is told that he does not
have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into
the world. That father is likely to put other
women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion. Any
country that accepts
abortion is not teaching the people to love, but to use any violence to
get what they want. That is
why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion. "
"Please don't kill the child. I want the child. Please give me the child.
I am willing to accept any child
who would be aborted, and to give that child to a married couple who will
love the child, and be
loved by the child. From our children's home in Calcutta alone, we have
saved over 3,000 children
from abortions. These children have brought such love and joy to their
adopting parents, and have
grown up so full of love and joy!"
February 1997 - National Prayer Breakfast in Washington attended by the
President and the First Lady. "What is taking place in America," she said,
"is a war against
the child. And if we accept that the mother can kill her own child, how
can we tell other people not to kill one another."
"Any country that accepts abortion, is not teaching its people to love,
but to use any violence to get what it wants."
"It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as