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Working to reduce abortions is never a waste of anyone’s time

Published: Fri, July 22, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

Working to reduce abortions is never a waste of anyone’s time

I wish to respond to Tuesday’s editorial, “Abortion ‘heartbeat bill’ gives Ohio an onerous distinction.” One line, in particular caught my attention: “At a time when Ohio remains stuck in the muck of post-recession economic tumult, this is not the year to be wasting valuable legislative time tinkering with social reforms of any ilk.” Here’s my problem with that statement: Since when is working to end the direct and intentional killing of innocent human life a waste of time? And since when have economic concerns become more important than the direct and intentional killing of innocent human life?

The intelligent and caring legislators who seek to curb abortion do so because they perceive, and I think rightly so, that abortion is the direct and intentional killing of innocent human life. While the editorial staff of The Vindy may disagree, the burden of proof lies on them because all we know about medical science, from molecular biology to modern fetology, confirms that a fetus is human life. The child in the womb (and it is a child — ask any pregnant woman) has a unique human DNA structure, is living, and presents clearly discernible human features, as demonstrated by, among other organizations, National Geographic, using modern fiber optic cameras and four-dimensional computer enhancement in its classic documentary, “In the Womb.”

But let’s entertain the notion for a moment that despite the overwhelming scientific evidence carefully considered by the Ohio state legislators, that the editorial staff at The Vindy still disbelieve that abortion is the direct and intentional killing of innocent human life: the question remains: Then what is it that is in the womb? To say that abortion is the termination of a pregnancy simply evades the question. Such Orwellian double-speak does not present a sufficient answer. After all, any homicide could be described as a termination. My point is this: There are thousands of intelligent and caring people, scientists included, who consider abortion as the direct and intentional killing of innocent human life Perhaps one may disagree, though the logic of such a position escapes me. In any event, if one is truly open to the other side of the argument, one may not validly conclude that the discussion and subsequent action is a waste of time — in any economic climate.

Fr. Gregory Maturi, OP, Youngstown

The writer is pastor of St. Dominic Church.


1CommonSenseGuy(37 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Fighting crime both in the womb and on our streets, thank you Fr. Maturi!

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2Catherine(8 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Fr. Maturi is right. Working to end the direct and intentional killing of innocent human life is never a waste of time. Thanks for your clarity, Fr. Maturi, and for standing up for the most defenseless ones. If someone you know is suffering after abortion, they can call 1-800-395-HELP or visit optionline.org for confidential help.

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3walter_sobchak(1982 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Fr. Maturi,
An outstanding letter, well-reasoned and rational! You very succinctly framed the debate morally and scientifically. I always ask people, if the "tissue mass" is not going to become a human being inside the womb, then what will it become?

Some issues are right vs. wrong, black vs. white. This country, IMO, was created by people who were divinely inspired to form a civilization of free people that would be a beacon of hope to world and we have been blessed. Our national response is to turn on back on the very God that bestowed these blessings and to fall to the temptation of the evil one.

Thank you, Father Maturi! Doing the Lord's hard work! I will say a "chaplet of the divine mercy" today for you at 3:00 for your protection and guidance.

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4valleyred(1100 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Happy to hear Father Maturi stand up to the Vindicator. Their editorial was out of line and wrong on so many levels.

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5howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

If you are serious about reducing the number of abortions, then you need to be promoting contraception and family planning and services like Planned Parenthood.
If you are against both then you are simply trying to control the sex lives of others; calling abortions "murder" is simply easier for you to sell.

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6Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

For those who champion the killing of the unborn I have this to say . What makes you think that your life is of greater value than that of the child you desire to rip out of the womb and dispose of as garbage ? Choose life ! Your mother did !

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7James_S(268 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Well said Father Maturi
And a thumbs up to all the comments (except howards)...

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8grand4dad(197 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Thank you Father Maturi. God bless.

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9Anonymouse(36 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

So let's have unabated births (remember, the Catholic Church and Fr. Maturi here don't allow contraception either) and then put a surplus of poor, hungry people without access to proper education or health care in prison.

Father Maturi, why are you advocating for ghettoization and a casted society?

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