Mother Teresa of Calcutta India
8-27-1910 to 9-5-1997
Mother Teresa on Abortion
"I believe the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of an innocent child, and 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."
I am stepping on some toes here and maybe even meddling. The following thought comes to mind here after looking at the above picture. "If anyone can look at the picture above and say an unborn baby is not a real person I truly feel sorry for you" Mick Lindley April, 2000
What to Do with the Child
"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 would 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 joy and love to their adoptive parents, and have grown up so full of love and joy."
The National Prayer Breakfast
At the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. on February 5th, 1994, sitting before President Clinton and his wife in a room packed with clergy of all denominations, Mother Teresa said what no one there dared to say. In doing so, she denounced abortion with a lengthy speech and received a standing ovation from the majority at the occasion. (except the Clintons who remained seated) The address was repeated for weeks on radio, television and in newspapers. Her thoughts on this are as relevant today as ever and we should never forget them.
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