St. Dominic Catholic Church

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Pastor's Corner

October 7, 2018

October is “Respect Life” month for Catholics in the U.S., and we need this reminder of human dignity!  Vast numbers of women have been sexually assaulted, and children are routinely molested by adults, including priests.  Bitter partisan politics lead people to treat other people like political pawns. And, of course, we must not forget the 60,760,000 abortions performed in the U.S. since Roe v. Wade in 1973.  You can go to www.numberofabortions.comfor a grim minute-by-minute update of national and worldwide abortions.

Part of the tragedy of abortion is there are more than 2 million couples across the U.S. right now who are waiting to adopt. For every infantavailable for adoption, 40 couples are waiting. Adoption is an option for mothers and fathers with unwanted pregnancies.  Special needs children comprise 33% of domestic adoptions.  Only 2-3% of more than 1 million teens who will become pregnant this year will place their child up for adoption.  More than 40% will choose abortion.  One baby dies every 20 seconds from abortion, while the average wait for adoption takes 2-10 years!1

If a young, unmarried relative or friend of yours became pregnant, or impregnated a young woman, would you encourage them to consider adoption?  Or would you be ashamed by their behavior and encourage them – even simply by your disapproval – to procure an abortion?  

Wendy’s restaurant founder Dave Thomas, TV personality Faith Daniels, and Olympic silver medalists were all adopted.  Please talk about the option to abortion with your friends: adoption.

1 all statistics come from the National Council for Adoption, Washington, DC