Well, as I predicted, I haven't quite followed through with the 7 Quick Takes. I actually had most of a post written back on week 2, but my computer deleted it, and I just never got back to a follow through. It is far too late to link-up for this week, but hopefully next week I'll be back.
The theme I had planned for the failed 7 Quick Takes was "Words That Are Not My Own," or something to that effect. Several of the things that are on my mind this week are once again not my own thoughts. In the wake of the Roe vs. Wade anniversary last week, and the current political campaigns a lot of my thoughts have had to do with abortion and health care issues and the Catholic faith. So here are a few of my thoughts:
(1) Option of Conscience
As some people have likely already seen from my Facebook statues or posts, I am a big proponent of an option of conscience for medical professionals. I believe it is important that doctors and nurses not be forced to assist in abortion services, and I also oppose the use of tax dollars to provide abortion services or medicines which are abortificent in nature. Below is a statement on the issue from Cardinal-designate Dolan:
"The Amish do not carry health insurance. The government respects their principles. Christian Scientists want to heal by prayer alone, and the new health-care reform law respects that. Quakers and others object to killing even in wartime, and the government respects that principle for conscientious objectors. By its decision, the Obama administration has failed to show the same respect for the consciences of Catholics and others who object to treating pregnancy as a disease."
(2) The "Catholic" Candidate
First off, let me state that I am a political moderate. I do not belong to a political party. I have chosen not to belong to a party because I believe that it is important to look at the individual candidate running for office and their stance on the issues (plural) at hand. I am not a single-issue voter. And if you tell me that lack of enrollment in a political party means I'm an "uneducated" voter you can expect an earful. Similarly, I will not vote for a candidate simply because they are Catholic. And you shouldn't either. (Note: You are a grown person, if you want to vote for Santorum go for it. But for the love of God and Church, please don't vote for him because he is Catholic.)
If we really want to end abortion, we need to look at the whole picture. Simply outlawing abortion isn't going to help the cause. We also need to educate young women (and young men) about the consequences of sex. More importantly, we need to create a culture that embraces life. We need to create a society that supports the vulnerable woman and makes it possible for her and her child to live a happy, healthy, vibrant life. These women know that abortion is a choice, we need to show them why life is a better one.