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A Culture of Death


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A reflection on the culture of death

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A Culture of Death

  1. 1. A Culture of Death “ The LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel your brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?   And he said, What have you done? the voice of your brother's blood cried unto me from the ground. “ Genesis 4: 9-10 MrM Mr. Pablo Cuadra Religion class
  2. 2. A culture of death Which is more Valuable? An unborn eagle An unborn child If you chose the Unborn child, sorry You’re wrong. According to the law of the land, U.S. Code, Title 16, Section 668, the eagle takes precedence. A person who kills , damages, transports a bald eagle, its egg, or nest is subject to a fine of up to $5,000.00 or imprisonment for up to one year or both (first offense). Whereas, not only is there no penalty for aborting an unborn child, doctors get paid exorbitant fees for destroying the child in the womb.
  3. 3. The Declaration of Independece <ul><li>“ We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness…” </li></ul>
  4. 4. A culture of Death must be fought with a Culture of Life Revolutionary War 25,324 + Civil War 498,332 ++++++++++ World War I 116,708 +++ World War II 407,316 ++++++++ Korean War 54,246 +. Vietnam War 58,655 +. Gulf War 295 War on the Unborn 47,000,000 ++++++++++++++++++++ ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ American War Casualties Each cross-mark represents 50, 000 people killed. The War casualties represent all American combat –related deaths.
  5. 5. Did you Know? <ul><li>The leading cause of death in the black community since 1973 is abortion. </li></ul><ul><li>It has taken over 13 million black lives (1/3 of the population) in the last 30 years. </li></ul><ul><li>Although African Americans represent only 12% of the population of the United States, they account for 35% of the abortions performed in this country. </li></ul><ul><li>* </li></ul>
  6. 6. Did You know? <ul><li>The percentage of women who have abortions because of rape is 1%.4 </li></ul><ul><li>The percentage of women who have abortions because of incest is less than 0.5%. </li></ul><ul><li>*Reasons U.S. Women Have Abortions: Quantitative and Qualitative Perspectives. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2005, 37(3):110-118. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Did You Know? <ul><li>Since 1973, over 47 million surgical abortions have been performed in the United States. </li></ul><ul><li>The death toll from abortion is more than all the casualties put together from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and Iraq War. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Did you Know? <ul><li>At 21 days after fertilization a baby's heart begins to beat. </li></ul><ul><li>By the time the baby is 6 weeks old, his or her brain waves can be detected by electroencephalogram. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Did you Know? <ul><li>It's estimated that approximately 43 percent of women who've reached the age of 45 have had an abortion. </li></ul>An aborted baby
  10. 10. Did you Know? <ul><li>Madonna </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;I was stunned when I saw on the ultrasound a tiny, living creature spinning around in my womb. Tap-dancing, I think. Waving its tiny arms around and trying to suck its thumb. I could have sworn I heard it laughing.&quot; (&quot;World Magazine&quot; December, 1996) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Did you Know? <ul><li>Brooke Shields, Actress and Supermodel: &quot;Too many people use abortion as a form of birth control. And that's very wrong. I could never, ever have an abortion.&quot; (Source: Redbook Magazine, 8/91) </li></ul>
  12. 12. A culture of Death Abortion Methods <ul><li>Suction Abortion : Used during the first three months of pregnancy - A suction tube (27 times stronger than a home vacuum cleaner) is inserted into the womb. The powerful suction tears the baby apart limb from limb and sucks it from the womb along with the placenta. The baby's remains are deposited into an attached waste bottle. </li></ul>Aborted babies in trash can
  13. 13. A culture of Death Abortion Methods <ul><li>Dilation and Curettage (D&C) : Used at the end of the third month of pregnancy (approximately 12 weeks) - The cervix is dilated, ring forceps are inserted into the womb and the baby is extracted piece by piece. Then a curette (a sharp knife in a loop shape) is inserted and used to scrape away any of the baby or the placenta that remains. Profuse bleeding follows. </li></ul>Aborted baby
  14. 14. A culture of Death Abortion Methods <ul><li>Dilation and Extraction (D&E) : Used after 13 weeks - The cervix is dilated and the unborn child is dismembered with pliers-like forceps . Force is needed to pull the baby apart. The instrument is used to seize a leg or other part of the body and then, with a twisting motion, tear it from the baby's body. The baby's spine is snapped and the skull crushed. After the baby parts are removed, they are reassembled outside the womb to be sure all are removed. Frequently baby parts are left inside the mother's womb. This can cause serious complications and sometimes death. </li></ul>This crime is legal in The United States of America
  15. 15. A culture of Death Abortion Methods <ul><li>Saline amniocentesis : Used after 16 weeks - A concentrated salt solution is injected with an amniocenteses needle into the amniotic fluid. The baby breathes and swallows it and dies over an hour later of acute salt poisoning. The mother then delivers a dead burned baby. Use has declined because of dangers for the mother and sometimes the baby survives. </li></ul>Aborted baby through salt poisoning
  16. 16. A culture of Death Abortion Methods <ul><li>Prostaglandin : Used late-term - Prostaglandin is injected into the amniotic sac causing premature labor and delivery of a dead baby. </li></ul><ul><li>Inter-cardiac injections : Poison is injected into the chest or heart of the fetus via a long needle inserted through the mother’s abdomen. The dead baby is absorbed. Sometimes this results in the loss of all the babies when using this method for &quot;pregnancy reduction&quot; with multi-fetal pregnancies. </li></ul><ul><li>Chemical Abortions : The Pill, RU486, methotrexate, Norplant, IUD’s, prostaglandin’s, and Depo Provera all cause early abortions. You may not be aware of the fact that the Pill has a &quot;back up&quot; abortifacient action that works to kill a baby very early in its development if ovulation occurs and conception takes place. With some of the new &quot;mini-pills,&quot; scientific research shows that ovulation takes place in 67-81% of the women who use these &quot;birth control pills.&quot; </li></ul>
  17. 17. A culture of Death Abortion Methods <ul><li>Partial-Birth Abortion : Partial-Birth Abortions are used from the 4th month through the end of the 9th month of pregnancy. These late-term abortions are regularly used to kill healthy babies that pose no danger or threat to their mother. </li></ul><ul><li>For this abortion, the abortionist uses ultrasound to locate the unborn baby's legs. Forceps are then used to pull the baby's legs through the birth canal, delivering the baby feet first, except for the head. Scissors are then used to puncture the base of the back of the head. A suction device is then inserted to suction out the baby's brain so the skull will easily collapse. The dead baby is then removed. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Abortion <ul><li>Possible Effects on Your Body </li></ul><ul><li>Immediate Later </li></ul><ul><li>Intense pain Inability to become pregnant again </li></ul><ul><li>Punctured uterus Miscarriage/Stillbirths </li></ul><ul><li>Excessive bleeding Tubal Pregnancies </li></ul><ul><li>Infection Premature birth </li></ul><ul><li>Parts of the baby left inside Pelvic Inflammatory Disease </li></ul><ul><li>Shock/Comma Hysterectomy </li></ul><ul><li>Damage to other organs Higher risk for Breast Cancer </li></ul><ul><li>Death </li></ul>“ The inherent risk of abortion is not fully appreciated, both by many in the profession and certain not by the public” The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  19. 19. <ul><li>Possible Effects on Your Emotions </li></ul><ul><li>The Most Common </li></ul><ul><li>Guilt </li></ul><ul><li>Desire to become pregnant again </li></ul><ul><li>Depression </li></ul><ul><li>Constant Crying </li></ul><ul><li>Inability to forgive yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Intense grief and sadness </li></ul><ul><li>Anger/Rage </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional numbness </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual problems </li></ul><ul><li>Lowered self-esteem </li></ul><ul><li>Nightmares </li></ul><ul><li>Eating disorders </li></ul><ul><li>Drug or alcohol use </li></ul><ul><li>Suicidal urges </li></ul>You Shall not Kill Fifth Commandment of the Decalogue
  20. 20. Post Abortion Syndrome Dr. Anne Speckhard, Ph.D, in her study on Post Abortion Syndrome, found the following effects on women. Events Related to Abortion 23% had hallucinations related to the abortion 35% perceived visitation from the aborted child 54% had nightmares related to the abortion 69% experienced feelings of “craziness” 73% had flashbacks of abortion experience 81% had preoccupation with the aborted Child Most Common Behavioral Problems After Abortion 61% increased their use of alcohol 65% had thought of suicide 69% were sexually inhibited 73% had flashback of the abortion 77% experienced an inability to communicate 81% experienced frequent crying
  21. 21. Did you know? <ul><li>The pre-born has man legal rights: </li></ul><ul><li>She can inherit property </li></ul><ul><li>can be named an executor </li></ul><ul><li>can have a guardian appointed by the court </li></ul><ul><li>can sue for injury through a guardian </li></ul><ul><li>can file for an injunction </li></ul><ul><li>can receive social security benefits </li></ul><ul><li>can sue for blood transfusion </li></ul><ul><li>The Miami Herald 7-19-92 reports a man who stabbed a </li></ul><ul><li>pregnant woman and killed her child in the womb was </li></ul><ul><li>charged with first degree murder. These legal rights </li></ul><ul><li>establish the legal personhood of the pre-born child and the </li></ul><ul><li>hypocrisy of our society’s pro-choice argument. </li></ul>
  22. 22. A message of Hope <ul><li>The Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus' message. Lovingly received day after day by the Church, it is to be preached with dauntless fidelity as &quot;good news&quot; to the people of every age and culture. </li></ul><ul><li>At the dawn of salvation, it is the Birth of a Child which is proclaimed as joyful news: &quot;I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord&quot; (Lk 2:10-11). The source of this &quot;great joy&quot; is the Birth of the Saviour; but Christmas also reveals the full meaning of every human birth, and the joy which accompanies the Birth of the Messiah is thus seen to be the foundation and fulfilment of joy at every child born into the world (cf. Jn 16:21). </li></ul><ul><li>John Paul II “Gospel of Life” </li></ul>
  23. 23. The End <ul><li>“ I have come that you may have life and have it in abundance.” (Jn 10,10) </li></ul>