Religious leaders in favor of abortion gathered on Tuesday to bless an abortion clinic in support of the Roe v. Wade ruling, the Supreme Court decision that mandated legalized abortion nationwide. One Catholic leader described the ceremony as “two-faced”.How do you bless something intrinsically evil? What effect does the "laying on of hands" have? Did they perchance invoke the Holy Spirit in "blessing" the clinic? I am sure that when these clergy persons called it "sacred ground" they weren't thinking of the sense of the ground hallowed by the precious blood spilled there--babies martyred on the altar of 'choice'.
Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Linda Scharf described the purpose of the event at a new 18,000 square-foot building to the Albany-based Times Union, saying, “It’s a blessing to demonstrate the support of the clergy.”
She said that clergy had long supported Planned Parenthood and the right “to make a personal decision based on their moral beliefs.”
"The clergy were instrumental in getting abortion services legalized in the United States and right here in Schenectady," she added. "I know a member of the clergy who was part of an underground who directed young women to safe abortions before Roe v. Wade."
Governor Eliot Spitzer, Lt. Governor David Paterson, and first lady Silda Wall Spitzer also affirmed their support for Roe v. Wade in a statement.
According to the Albany Times Union, Rev. Larry Phillips of Schenectady's Emmanuel-Friedens Church declared the ground "sacred and holy ... where women's voices and stories are welcomed, valued and affirmed; sacred ground where women are treated with dignity, supported in their role as moral decision-makers ... sacred ground where the violent voices of hatred and oppression are quelled."
Another minister prayed that the clinic be made a place of safety with a sense of sanctuary. A rabbi blew a religious musical instrument called a shofar “as a renewal of commitment” to “reproductive rights.”
All participants laid their hands on the building as another minister declared, “This is sacred ground.”
Thursday, January 24, 2008
~Does this not send chills down your spine? Clergy bless abortion clinic as "sacred ground" from CNA