by Frosty Wooldridge
Denver Immigration Reform Examiner
May 16, 2009
Notre Dame University found
itself at the epicenter of controversy concerning President
Obama’s speech at their 2009
graduation commencement. Concerned anti-abortion demonstrators
protested that a “pro-abortion” president should not speak at the
Catholic university that condemns the procedure.
Passions boiled around campus with national news coverage. Students
demonstrated while airplanes flew over campus with banners depicting
aborted fetuses. Police handcuffed preachers and former presidential
candidates for demonstrating without permits.
Ironically, the Catholic Church and other religious institutions
around the world constitute the main cause for 46 million abortions
performed planet-wide each year. Doctors perform
1.3 million abortions in the USA annually.
The reason for so many abortions: without birth control to prevent
conception, abortion becomes the secondary means of terminating
Catholic Church condemns
birth control, which, in turn, yields millions upon millions of
babies that cannot be cared for, or survive starvation and
starvation related diseases.
According to the World Health
Organization, eight million adults die annually of starvation,
but the greatest tragedy stems from a lack of birth control that
explodes with 10 million children under 12 dying every year of
In a ground breaking book by Lawrence Harrison,
Underdevelopment Is a State of Mind,
the author chronicles Catholic dominated societies that suffer from
population overload, poverty, illiteracy, disease and futility.
Those women birth so many babies so fast and so many - they cannot
begin to feed, educate and care for them. It becomes a
self-destructive feedback loop of human wretchedness.
While the Catholic Church
pretends to administer to the poor worldwide, its policies on birth
control create and extend the problem. Harrison gave example after
example in his book.
It appears the Catholic Church in its quest for more
followers augmented by birth rates does not care about the long term
consequences of poverty and illiteracy. As long as it fills the
pews with bodies, no matter how miserable,
the Pope boasts of many followers.
According to “Abortion Statistics”:
Where abortions occur: 78% of
all abortions are obtained in developing countries and 22%
occur in developed countries.
Legality of abortion: About 26
million women obtain legal abortions each year, while an
additional 20 million abortions are obtained in countries
where it is restricted or prohibited by law.
Abortion averages: Worldwide,
the lifetime average is about 1 abortion per woman.
While Notre Dame and the
Catholic Church condemn abortions, but maintain continued
condemnation of birth control - Catholic women in the U.S. average
In Italy, where the Vatican dominates,
the birth rates runs 1.6 children. Clearly, Catholics in first world
countries trump the church’s outdated and dogmatic stand against
birth control by engaging the practice. Thus, first world countries
run very small abortion numbers while poverty-stricken countries
engage abortion as a primary means of birth control.
The gnawing question grows:
Why does the Catholic Church
continue its 1st century doctrine in the 21st century when
overpopulation clearly creates human misery on a scale
unheard of in mankind’s history?
Why would it facilitate the
deaths of 18 million people along with other religious
institutions like Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and others
annually when it could change that horrible outcome by
advocating and even distributing birth control worldwide?
Yes, abortion remains a great tragedy.
And, the scale of 46 million abortions annually would turn the most
devout Catholic into questioning the church and why it clings
to the past. Wouldn’t it make more sense to promote birth control?
If I sat down to the table with the Pope, I would ask,
“Sir, I assume you to be an
educated, rational and logical man. You care about humanity. You
make decisions based on facts and reality for the good of
humanity and your followers. Therefore, with the reality of 46
million abortions annually, year in and year out, and all of
them caused by lack of birth control, wouldn’t it make more
sense to you to promote birth control?”
“No my son,” the Pope might say, “it’s our tradition….”
“Yes Pope, but it doesn’t make sense,” I would respond.
“God works in mysterious ways,” the Pope might say.
“If God and you think 46 million abortions annually are a
picnic for all those women,” I would say, “you need a class in
the use of logic and reason.”
Therefore, instead of demonstrating and
screaming out about abortion,
Let’s face it, we used to think in
terms of a flat earth.
Today, the church condemns millions
to poverty and grinding misery with its stand against birth
It’s time for the Pope, Catholic Church and all religious
institutions to stop the misery of starving people and human
degradation worldwide - by advocating for birth control.
It’s simple, it’s smart, it’s safe and
it’s infinitely better than abortions.
It follows that God, being all wise and logical, would agree
with such rational action rather than abortion.