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It’s a Shame When a Catholic University Grad Grows Up to Adamantly Defend Legal Abortion – and Expansion

Former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe speaks at the North America’s Building Trades Unions 2019 legislative conference in Washington, D.C., April 10, 2019. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

Terry McAuliffe, the former governor of Virginia and current candidate for the same job, visited an abortion clinic as a campaign stop today. Xan and John have talked about his abortion extremism today.

I note this because the crassness of campaigning at an abortion clinic is horrific. Babies die in abortion clinics. “Reproductive freedom” is legal abortion.

I was outside an abortion clinic in New York today, and “freedom” isn’t the word that comes to mind when describing what I saw. Girls I saw walking in and leaving didn’t look like they were exercising freedom. They were sad and scared and resigned. The pressure to have an abortion – especially in a place like New York City – is tremendous.

I also want to apologize on behalf of graduates of the Catholic University of America. (Both McAuliffe and I fall into that category.) Some of us went there because we wanted further formation in the faith. We wanted to be adults in the world who demonstrate in our lives what the Catholic Church teaches (‘demonstrate’ was the verb Cardinal Wilton Gregory used yesterday in reference to Joe Biden – noting that he doesn’t demonstrate Catholic teaching in his abortion position; this was in response to a reporter’s question). We’re all going to do that imperfectly. But Joe Biden has become more extremist with age, a reality that should have us praying for him.

Whenever I stand in front of an abortion clinic to pray, it’s in penance. That we Catholics haven’t been a united front against abortion and for women and children and families, embracing them with resources, is a scandal we are going to answer for. Thank you to everyone who has labored in the vineyards of the pro-life movement for years, loving women and walking with them. More of us need to, immediately.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has an initiative called Walking with Moms in Need. There are programs that have launched in response in Texas here and here worth checking out.

By the way, here’s something from the FAQ of that abortion clinic’s website:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ABORTION

How soon can I have sex after an in-clinic abortion?

You can have sex as soon as you feel ready.

Well, there you are — in case you had any doubt we use abortion as birth control in America. If we actually cared about women and girls, we’d point out that they deserve better than having sex with men and boys who have made no commitment to them and who are not interested in being fathers, only using them for sexual gratification — and worse. Also, the clinic’s website says that “most people don’t have any problems after their abortion. Recovery is usually quick and easy.”

Many women will tell you life after abortion was torture. If you need help healing — however recent or many years ago your abortion(s) might have been — there are people who will help you.

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