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Written Word > Articles & Commentaries > September 2011 > "Reduction to a Singleton" and the Sovereignty of Choice
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rudraksha beads
couples involved in reductions see a therapis
9/20/2011 1:44:45 AM
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ben dito
The most discusting thing I ever read.this country is going atheistic.our for fathers fought to give us a country under god.we are slowing going under satan.
9/20/2011 6:33:41 AM
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Margaret Simmermacher
Thstories related are horrifying!!
9/20/2011 4:31:42 PM
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Fr. Peter Pomposello
The Supreme Court decision would have been more accurate if it were written: "At the heart of sin is the right to defile one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, of the mystery of human life."
9/29/2011 9:35:08 AM
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Marie Emmer
My comment: A pregnancy takes two, a father was involved. You only mentioned the female. Surely the male was involved. What was his role, thought, in-put?
9/30/2011 11:28:05 AM
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richaroo
In the public forum often the weight of the abortion decision seems centered only on the woman and her needs and careers- not so- there was a man involved as well. i have know some cases where the male urged the woman to have an abortion because he didn't want to deal with the responsibility of a child- but- the women would not concent to it- the two did the tango.
9/30/2011 5:39:45 PM
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JMN
Pray more fervently and fast for 40 days for life. Some of our brothers and sisters have gone MAD.
10/1/2011 8:43:12 PM
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Dan
Twins develop an emotional attachment to each other in utero. Selective reduction doesn't just scar the mother through moral guilt but also the surviving twin through grief and loss of their closest sibling; even before birth. Anyone who has lost a twin knows just what this is like.
10/7/2011 1:08:19 PM
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Laura
Thank you for this article, Father Barron because it makes me more committed to the pro-life movement. I feel my work has just begun educating people and praying/fasting for them.
10/9/2011 12:49:50 AM
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Hank Smith
This issue is an abortion issue. Robert, your views are colored by Catholicism, and its view of the body as part of the "Body of Christ" a Catholic idea. Jesus, who was not a Catholic, said "The Flesh in not real." Buddhists say this about re-incarnation "its not recommended." The body is God-like, to be sure, but God is beyond all definition, which you make clear, and so does Catholicism. So any attempts to define the morality of abortion are attempts to say that God can be harmed. Or defined! This is the dilemma of Catholicism - which has an ideology of its own. To build that ideology on Thomas Aquinas, Augustine, or even Jesus is an attempt to define the undefinable.

Jesus started no church, and none is needed. We have his teachings on record, and they are not the same as the teachings of any church. He went one important step beyond Buddhism and introduced us Holy Spirit, the bringer of Love and Truth. Thru Spirit we can transcend teachings made for humans limited to their time.

"You will do things greater than me," And we have. We have ended nazism, racism, sexism, and discovered the source of the Universe (Einstein, Godel, Heisenberg, et al). Few of these apostles were Catholics.
10/10/2011 1:56:03 AM
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Hank Smith
BTW, excellent program that aired on PBS! It goes to the heart of spirituality. However, be prepared for non Catholics like me to find you on the internet and make comments. We live in a most democratic age!
10/10/2011 2:10:29 AM
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Maria
Fr. I'm not sure how much more I can take of the people who are completely divorced of any sense of goodness and so obsessed with themselves. It is so disturbing and deeply hurtful that were living amongst evil like this. How long can such people withstand and fight against their memory of participating and having committed murder? How is the man/woman sitting in a prison cell for having killed someone with a gun any different to a woman who allowed her child to be killed with a needle? I pray that these hardened hearts change.
11/26/2011 4:56:57 PM
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Robert
I've always found that political movements seek to reduce the truth in each other's positions in order to make ours the perfectly moral and the other's perfectly immoral. Along the way the distortions become so that sometimes we can't see when we are doing something plainly wrong. In my mind, if a woman who says she is going to teach her daughter about having choices when she punted that choice to a doctor in order to make the reduction as ethical "as possible" is proof positive of the morality of abortion.

Having said that, I would say it's legal ban has ethical issues as well and the position can come from distortions. When my wife was pregnant, I was called a father "to be" and she a mother "to be." Do we expect funerals for miscarriages or condemn the DNC's that are performed for stillborn pregnancies? WE don't even treat the unborn as full human beings. And our position is gender selective. I would have no problem with legally banning abortion if it were legal for our government to force me to donate blood as a universal donor. WE would have problems with that violation of control over our bodies. I can respect why women might be circumspect.

I was discussing abortion with a priest and he asked me why I had problems with a total banning abortion even in cases to save the mother's life. My answer was simple, "If she dies, I am party to murder."

You can't fix an evil with evil.
1/14/2012 11:22:39 AM
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Laurie-Anne
As the mother of twins, conceived naturally and very much a surprise to us (especially since we already had a daughter), I find this practice so abhorrent that I feel sick. Yes of course it's a shock, of course it's expensive, of course it's hard - but that's what child-raising is all about. And surely anyone who undergoes artificial insemination KNOWS the risk that there is more than likely going to be a multiple pregnancy?! Why are they not giving thanks for the ability to have two or however many children at once and not have to undergo that trauma / expense again?!! My twins (fraternal boy/girl) have a very special bond - maybe not as strong as those of identical twins, but certainly look to each other for comfort and understanding in a way that we will never be able to comprehend. Here in South Africa, our Multiple Births Association's motto is : "Where God chooses the members" - I have always felt "special" that I was entrusted with them. Was it in our plans? Has it involved sacrifice on our part? Of course it has. But we would not trade them for anything.
3/8/2012 10:55:11 PM
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