The following comes from a Feb. 12 story in the Iowa Republican.
The Republican-led Iowa House passed a ban on telemed, or webcam, abortions on Tuesday. 52 Republicans and three Democrats voted in favor of House File 2175. Rep. Tom Shaw of Laurens was the lone Republican not to vote in favor of the bill. He did so primarily because it does not ban all abortions.
The bill was authored by Rep. Matt Windschiltl of Missouri Valley and Rep. Kevin Koester of Ankeny led the floor debate. Koester cited federal Food and Drug Administration reports that 14 women have died from taking the abortion-inducing drugs used in webcam abortions.
“A huge thanks to my fellow House Republicans for advancing HF 2175 tonight,” Windschitl posted on his Facebook page. “This legislation follows the will of Iowans and eliminates the practice of webcam abortions in our state. Rep. Kevin Koester did a masterful job floor managing this bill through the legislative process! Countless innocent lives can be saved by this legislation. Yet one more step forward in the fight for the unborn!”
Republicans argue that abortions conducted via webcam are dangerous not only to the aborted baby, but also the pregnant woman. A doctor is not present during the procedure, but instead administers the abortion-inducing drugs after chatting with the patient via teleconference.
The Iowa Board of Medicine also expressed concerns that webcam abortions endanger the pregnant woman. Last year, they voted 8-2 to ban the procedure. However, Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the Board of Medicine’s decision. A Polk County judge then placed a stay on the telemed abortion ban while the case works its way through the court system.
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Every story you read about any elected representatives working on an abortion banning or limitation laws always says the same thing: virtually all the Republicans were for it and virtually all the Democrats were against the ban or limitation. So answer me this why do the majority of Catholic Bishops, Priests, and lay people continue to support the Democrats? Maybe abortion, gay rights, etc aren’t as important to Catholics as we think.
Great comment until the last sentence. I am not sure who thinks abortion, gay rights, etc are important to Catholics. 54% of self-identified CAtholics voted for Obama. The apostasy of Catholics is not news.
Catholics who oppose abortion limits in civil law are very often opposed to the practice of abortion and may consider it a sin. These Catholics simply believe in a kind of limited government, one that says that certain moral decisions are so personal and so private that government ought not interfere. On the other hand, one never questions a republican Catholic who believes that every American ought to have a right to carry an assault rifle, though few Catholics would argue that use of the assault rifle for offensive purposes is not sinful. It is very similar logic, though for some reason, conservative catholics seem to believe that legal access to methods of abortion is more sinful than legal access to methods of mass murder.
Rather than refer to Catholics as either conservative or liberal, it might be more accurate to categorize them as either faithful or apostate. Faithful Catholics adhere to the Catechism, whereas Catholics who do not adhere to the Catechism are at least to some extent, apostate. Access to guns is not sinful at all under the Catechism while abortion is always sinful. This is the reason that faithful Catholics oppose abortion but not gun ownership. The reasons the Catechism condemns one and not the other can be found in Catholic theology. Catholics who ignore abortion because they deem it private, and therefore not a category of murder which society should prohibit, are simply not equal to the societal issue. They need to raise their own bar as Catholics, because obviously they don’t “get” the faith.
It is not clear why access to guns is less sinful than access to abortions. Access does not mean that someone will make use of that access, in either case. The same morality should apply to both.
Seriously? “Access” is not sinful in any case because “access” is not an action. Sin requires action. Abortion is an action. A gun is not an action. Forceps are not an action either. These distinctions shouldn’t need to be explained.
YFC, who are “these Catholics” who think that “certain moral decisions are SO personal and SO private that government ought not interfere.”? Are “these” faithful “Catholics” you are referring to, or rather protestant “Catholics”.
Can you name even ONE moral decision which the Catholic Church defines as “SO PERSONAL and SO PRIVATE”?
Tracy, please reread my post for what it says, not for what you want to read into it. I know, it’s difficult for you, but please try.
YFC, there you go again implying that you can read my thoughts. I asked you a simple question based on something you said. If you would rather restate your comments by taking out the particular quote I was inquiring about then that is always your prerogative. But could you please be civil for once and not make condescending comments like “I know it’s difficult for you, but please try”?
YFC, if you and others like you were to read the “Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd Ed” you would see that there is a HUGE difference between defending one’s Country and oneself versus the murder of innocents.
You are a very confused person.
For ACCURATE Church teaching on: self defense, death penalty, just war, euthanasia, palliative care, contraception, abortion, homosexual acts, fornication, etc read the “CCC 2nd Ed” in entirety.
A MORTAL (grave) SIN is a MORTAL SIN.
There is more than one kind of Mortal Sin.
One MORTAL SIN is no worse than another in the sense that they can EACH send a Soul to HELL.
Jim, you are correct.
The DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL PLATFORM supports abortion, and sodomy marriage.
The public votes of Congress proves that the vast majority of Democrats vote for abortion and taxpayer abortion funding, while the vast majority of Republicans vote against abortion and abortion funding.
(These votes of individuals are a matter of public record.)
Those Catholics (including Bishops and Priests) who vote for pro-abortion politicians and pro-sodomy marriage politicians or who promote them in any way are doing two things:
1) They are aiding and abeting in the promotion of these mortal sins;
2) They are remotely cooperating in these mortal sins.
There is no ‘proportionate reason’ for voting for a pro-abortion politician in the USA. Approx 54 MILLION innocents have been murdered in the US via abortion.
To Jim Aroo—
You know the answer. the Catholic bishops might talk the talk, but they rarely walk the walk—especially in California.
The Bishops are happy to participate in non-policy changing events like the Walk for Life or help for pregnancy counseling centers, but they don’t go to Sacramento to personally lobby against the killing of unborn children.
They allow pro-abort Democrats to use Catholic facilities for quasi-campaigning, and they never worry about having photos taken together as promo.
JimAroo is correct. If all others had voted the same, but no Catholics had voted for Obama, he would not have been elected. Now, the Catholic hierarchy are complaining about Obamacare and same-sex “marriage,” and wringing their hands, when they have only themselves to blame. Are they going to continue to vote for the Democrats in the future? Are the Catholic clergy still going to attend dinners and other political events that laud the accomplishments of the Democrats? Shame on them.
to yo fellow Catholic, You are talking about access, right. So, if you have acess to a gun and kill someone, it is a crime. Pts have D and C procedures all the time for varies reasons. The equitment in not unlawful. But to use the equitment to murder an unborn child IS A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY. Do you get it now?