My husband and I participated, as we do each year, in the Life Chain pro-life event and the resultant “feedback” from passersby wasn’t quite as “nice” or congenial as your article implied.

In fact, the most egregious opposition was presented by a younger woman sporting attire that defined her as “Pro-Choice” walking with a male companion who commented to me as I stood quietly praying in the rain: “I hear if you kill five babies you get the sixth for free, pretty sweet deal, right”? She then had her male counterpart drive her around our peaceful anti-abortion protest shouting epithets at participants and video-recording us, which I’m trusting she then hopefully posted liberally on as many social/news media outlets as she could.

Now obviously this young woman full of animus and vitriol deserves nothing less than our prayers. Yet at the same time, it appears she has been entirely indoctrinated by the radicalized extremists who have promoted the notion that a fetus is not an unborn human being at all (despite major dictionaries defining he/she as such) as well it being once regarded as one of those “self-evident” realities we all once took for granted.

Such persons have also bought into the notion that the “right”(?) to an abortion is part of a larger feminist cause. It isn’t whatsoever, of course — but instead is a human-rights cause which involves a man as part of this equation, as well as, of course, the unborn baby.

So despite your Star reporter attempting to present “both sides” of this issue in typically sterile fashion, one side clearly defies logic, science, and reality whilst the other attempts to protect all life via alternative solutions — as did, by the way, the majority of original feminist “suffragettes” with regard to this very matter.

Abortion is not a “safe” (ask any one of the counselors who work with women who have dealt with those who have undergone an abortion, or even those persons themselves who are the survivors of an attempted medical abortion procedure) nor an expedient means of finding resolve for a situation that for one reason or another is construed as being fraught with difficulty.

Abortion is and always will remain the taking of a human life. And we as Catholic Christians — along with our like-minded brethren — will forever remain committed to its abolition.

Kathleen Gaffney, a parishioner at Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church, is a resident of Winchester.

(51) comments

DaWholeTruth

ABORTION = MURDER. Just sayin'. Again. And Again. And Again.

DaWholeTruth

Lastly: God requires each of us to be DISCIPLES to His word and to SPREAD the word of His Gospels, hence, "NO" Spock - demanding adherence to morality is God's work and openly condemning evil acts & works is as well. Nice try (I suppose if you work on the level of an adolescent) to again attempt to silence. ABORTION=MURDER.

DaWholeTruth

BTW, THANK YOU for referring to me as "truthy" - I do appreciate the fact that I very obviously wow you with FACTS - haven't "argued" the Dictionary Definition of "fetus" I see nor attempted to falsely argue the fact that MILLIONS of abortions take place annually.....not even CLOSE to the so-called "rare" occurrence you attempted to deceive with. OK, so, you're blatantly SEXIST, (again referring to women as "biddies") your statistics are factually FALSE, and it appears you have never utilized a Dictionary. So may I now refer to you as "Falsey" in turn 'ol boy? SPOCK: "HIGHLY ILLOGICAL".

DaWholeTruth

Golly Spock 'ol boy: For one who (very obviously falsely) purports to oppose racism AND sexism....you certainly LOVE throwing about one of the more sexist terms that most contemporary Americans haven't even heard bantered for many decades! Congrats(?) At least we ALL on here know that you are in fact a very blatant SEXIST, so I suppose we should somehow "thank you" for your flagrant honesty in disparaging & degrading females. Further, the type of abortion you so gruesomely blather about as though you're discussing the jam you used on your toast this morning is referred to by medical professionals as "dismemberment" - a "procedure" used upon the developing baby in-utero by physicians to pull apart the appendages from the torso: NO coat hanger required: it's executed (very proper verbiage herein) via medical implements and is performed, once again, at the rate of 26,000 per day worldwide. Not rare. VERY common. Abortion = MURDER. And we God fearing peoples shall cease at nothing until it is abolished. More derogatory name-calling directed at WOMEN you might wish at this point? It matters not either way. Abortion is: MURDER.

silvius0307

@spock here- they rile up easily! For my final contribution, it will always be a woman's choice what happens to her body. It doesn't matter what political stance one takes , this should be common sense. Abortion is never an easy choice for any woman ( or girl) to make. Circumstances arise that leave many with no other choice. Before anyone starts yelling.. a victim of sexual assault or incest should never be forced to carry that fetus if they do not want it. Safe, early term ( if possible) abortions should always be an option for that victim. Abortion will always happen, it has since the evolution of man. Women in 2019 should have safe comfortable medical facilities available to them in the unfortunate event that they are faced with this decision.

DaWholeTruth

Sorry, nothing more than more heaped upon misinformation & manipulation. If men are "raping" females at a rate so vast as to cause the approximate 26,000 abortions per day - this world has a LOT more demonic influences to deal with than I could ever imagine. Pregnancy via rape/incest is what is rare, NOT abortions: they are used as a means of contraception by troubled & irresponsible women AND their partners every minute of every day - a shameful & sinful disgrace upon this world and this nation. As far as history? Yes, MURDER has been being perpetrated since the "evolution of man"- and that sad fact does not make or will not ever make the wanton murder of another human being justifiable - nonetheless that of a purely innocent unborn baby. If you aren't a practicing Catholic: USE birth control OR simply be CELIBATE - if you are somehow "unprepared" for the HISTORICAL biological consequences of your OWN actions: Any medical professional will attest to the fact that celibacy is not a terminal condition. Abortion is and ALWAYS was & ALWAYS shall be nothing less than the murder of innocents via in-utero burning by chemical acids or the injection of a drug that stops the fetal heart or the dismemberment of those tiny, developing body parts - you know the ones.....the ones Planned Parenthood so gruesomely bought & sold. Abortion=Murder.

DaWholeTruth

Yes.....pretty much shall continue to "rile" each & every time an innocent baby's appendages are ripped apart from its torso. Matter of fact? You BET on it! Abortion is COMMON, SAVAGE, used as a means of BIRTH CONTROL, and plain evil. Again kids: Aren't emotionally, financially, or mentally ready to find yourselves faced with an "unfortunate event"? Instead of being sexually active, do your math homework. Or find gainful employment. Or feed the homeless. Or attend religious services. Whatever you choose, the options are nearly endless and the repercussions for your own acts under those types of choices don't require your ending the life of another human being.

Spock Here

Silvius, yes they do. I see there was another Revival meeting last night, complete with the town drunk. And, I agree with you. Another thing. I heard last night. A man has the capability of impregnating women every day of the year. The woman, what, about 20 days of fertility? Yet men tell women what to do when a decision has to be made. A whole flock of men in here today dictating in the name of religion.

ShruggingAtlas

Nope, the basis for human rights, which every living human being has and shouldn't be up for debate, is not solely a theological argument. Science confirms conception and humanity at its smallest form, but you can't accept that because doing so means acknowledging that you're ok with killing innocent human beings. You're swimming in straw man fallacies and nonsense, so you will just continue compounding your errant thinking on this issue. As long as you're still breathing, there is hope for you to change.

DaWholeTruth

Ummmmmm…….You are truly confused: I'm a WOMAN.....states so on my birth certificate, all physicians agree, all parts in working order. Now I realize that ya'll believe there are 177 different genders or some sort, but I'm a woman. BTW Spock: As a MALE: weren't you looooong ago instructed you have NO right to even hold an opinion on this subject - nevertheless make it known???? So, shhhhhhhhh…..

Rattler

Spock just can't seem to have a grip on reality. Tell the abortion survivors how they should not be here. Seems to me they ARE HUMAN BEINGS

ShruggingAtlas

Thank you Ms. Gardner for speaking the truth about the shoddy, one-sided reporting of the Life Chain event.

ShruggingAtlas

Sorry, that's "Gaffney", not "Gardner"

Spock Here

I find it ever fascinating that this issue continues to be a "liberal" "conservative" issue. There is a "pro life democrat" wing in that party, opposed to abortion. I am sure there are pro choice conservatives. But, once again we lump everyone into the "radical liberal pot" to stir around. Maybe these are just people who think this topic, as a political issue, should be put on the shelf and instead should be between those involved.

Eredmon

It is interesting however that one side typically protests silently, while the other (typically) is hateful and often violent. How bout we come out a tad more often to publicly condemn the yelling, violent ones. Free speech should never be hateful and violent.

Spock Here

You don't find the murder of clinic doctors hateful and violent? A woman walking into a PP clinic accosted, screamed at, spit on, hateful? Look to all sides when condemning hate and violence.

Eredmon

Yes. Spock, good people condemn all hate and all violence. It does seem far easier to find examples from one particular side....

ShruggingAtlas

Except for those that are murdered, because they don't matter, right? Well, you do have baby killers like Gosnell and that "doctor" in Indiana, who liked to keep their victims corpses as trophies for their macabre work. Of course, seeing the victims of such a despicable and inhumane act isn't something the pro-aborts want us to see because they think pre-born babies are less than human. Show the face of the victims and all their defenses for this barbarism goes up in smoke.

CRT

What Gosnell did is illegal. He was tried, convicted and is now in prison. Look at the faces of the dead doctors and other clinic workers killed by terrorists like Paul Hill and Scott Roeder and Eric Robert Rudolph. Remember the Army of God abortion clinic bombings?

ShruggingAtlas

No one celebrates their murder, unlike you who celebrates the right for mothers to murder their children.

Ping

Gosnell was a mass murderer.

Rattler

As always my problem with the liberals first amendment rights is their lsck of respect etc yowards anyone who disagrees with them. The pro life participants have a right to a peaceful demonstration. Why cant the activists who disagree organize their own peaceful protest at another time. No they prefer to be disruptive. As in charlotte, go ahead and unload, the who the liberals call racist, are the ones who had the permit to protest, but instead of showing the support of your views on different day with your permit, they chose to start trouble and as always its the white mans fault.

To end I am not a racist and both sides are idiots. And finally I am PRO LIFE

Spock Here

Maybe those reactions give you some empathy for the people who yell and get into the face of a woman walking into a PP clinic? Or violence against clinic employees? But Jesus thinks that's ok, right?

DaWholeTruth

Problem with your statement "Spock" unfortunately is that it's very typically the abortion supporters who harass or even assault the peaceful, prayerful Pro-Life demonstrators at protests such as your Democrat Brian Sims who only fairly recently video-recorded himself harassingly and verbally threatening an older woman on a public sidewalk whilst she stood praying or perhaps Ms. Elizabeth Underwood who turned herself into police after perpetrating assault against a peaceful Pro-Life activist in Alabama. Now taking into account there are obviously mentally ill persons who coexist within all walks of life who react violently & even occasionally deadly with regard to any stimulus they mistakenly believe challenges their life views: If you look at Law Enforcement statistics re: this subject matter you bring forth, you shall find it is much more often the abortionists themselves and the abortion supporters who are arrested and convicted of harassment and assault as Pro-Lifers practice their Constitutional rights of assembly and speech. But you ought to know well the infringements against freedom of speech and especially discriminatory statement after referring to two women who were respectfully stating their perspectives on this topic merely days ago in your comments on this site - as you referred to them as "biddies" and their remarks as "bidiness" - Sexist, demeaning, and degrading commentary from you...… yet all well within your rights as an American Citizen to possess and to spew...…..just not a typical stance from one who purportedly professes to abhor such sexism.

Ping

You are a Christian believer, Spock? If not, I don't think I'll take your word on anything about Jesus. Violence is not acceptable by anyone in civilized society...except the left seems ok with antifa.

Conservative

That's the problem with liberals. If you don't agree with them, you are a bigot, a racist, a homophobe, and they will do anything and everything to shame you in public and threaten your livelihood. Conservatives just shake their heads at liberals and say "Bless their hearts".

Ping

Liberals are fierce defenders of freedom of speech and tolerant behavior...unless you disagree with them. Antifa, Twitter/Google/Facebook/Pinterest/YouTube censors, anti-speech protestors at college.....they are determined to defend THEIR right to free speech and to shut down yours if you disagree.

silvius0307

Obviously the intention was to get under your skin. They succeeded. I know Catholics are notoriously hard to offend and never attempt to push their views upon anyone so I'm shocked to think that anyone would have thought to exercise their first amendment right at the same time as the thick skinned Catholics. Religion nor government has any right to dictate what a woman does with her body. Now keep nibbling the skin of Christ and sipping his blood every Sunday and relax.

Spock Here

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DaWholeTruth

As is bereft of any logic or underlying reality - this "retort"" by "silvius0307 addresses nothing in the above writer's letter other than the typical insulting, derogatory, offensive, (the very thing radical leftists so supposedly loathe) and discriminatory (yet another offense they so proclaim to despise) rhetoric. Devoid of all reality, "Silvius0307" then concludes that religions have no "right" to impart any moral codes to their followers - which is, but of course, the very definition of what any mainstream religion does precisely (Christianity comprising the largest number of followers by far within the world with the Catholic sext growing exponentially particularly in the Continent of Africa). The ultimate goal of followers of Christ is to spread the word of the Gospel and Christ's ministry which Catholics were demonstrably engaging in last Sunday in their typical peaceful, prayer manner - what the woman described above was doing was instead demonstrating the cold-hearted loathing she holds for those who have the audacity to promote their faith, whilst simultaneously showing her ignorance of the history of the 19th Century "Suffrage" movement and her pioneers who risked veritable life and limb in their courage to advance the causes of women's rights. As for the latter very biased recommendation regarding the Holy Sacrament? Indeed I shall continue but of course in adherence though from this day forward holding you in my prayers as I do so.

silvius0307

Lol

Spock Here

Truthy tends to lash out as the moon gets fuller. Then he quiets down and spends time memorizing comments he doesn't like

ShruggingAtlas

Murder is against the law, except when so-called liberals or their politicians can profit off it, then they call it "abortion" and deny the humanity of the pre-born.

ShruggingAtlas

The problem with your logic is the use of the phrase "her body". The life inside her is separate from "her body", it is "their (the baby's) body", just as it is their life. Neither you or the mother have no right to murder an innocent human being!

Spock Here

The fetus is actually a parasite, living off of the mother's body via the umbilical cord

DaWholeTruth

Dictionary Definition: An unborn vertebrate; a developing human; From the original Latin meaning "offspring". Mr. Spock's Definition: "Highly Illogical". But BTW Spock - you are indeed fortuitous that your OWN mother did not share YOUR definition.

ShruggingAtlas

Spock pretends to base his opinions in science, when it's really about his feelings.

Eredmon

Parasite. That really tells us a lot. It’s no wonder you think so little a woman ridding her body of such a thing. From conception, this parasite you refer to is actually a developing, unique human. Your perception is not real, it is delusional.

Spock Here

It is none of my business what a woman decides to "rid" herself of. But, the fetus needs nutritional support from mommy, and will not continue to grow without it. So, a crude term because I knew it had shock value for the easily shocked. A wise man minds his own business and realizes women do not need them to lecture and sermonize and judge. Leave it for your god to work out. You should too.

ShruggingAtlas

Gosh, Spock not only seems to think it's ok for mothers to kill their children inside the womb but outside as well. Children need nutritional, psychological, and monetary support from their mom (and dad too, takes two to make a baby), but apparently Spock's logic dictates that the mother's wants supersede the needs of her children, consequences be d*mned! Delusional indeed!

Conservative

"parasite". A fitting word for you and your ilk.

Spock Here

And here comes Conservative braying again. To him, all life matters and is sacred. Unless it's a woman crossing the border with a child. And pregnant to boot. Spare me and my ilk your hypocrisy

DaWholeTruth

As President Reagan once stated: "I find it interesting that all those in favor of abortion have already been born". Case closed.

Eredmon

There was a day, when men and women were charged with murder when they intentionally took the life of another human. Like many good intentioned decisions, abortion at will, and through the third trimester, has moved light years past Hillary Clinton’s statement that abortion should be “Safe, legal, and rare.”

Spock Here

It is indeed rarer today than it was. Look at statistics, the rate has been going down for years. You cannot read beyond the hype. Interestingly enough, providing sex education a birth control to teenagers has assisted in the decline. But, you probably hate that too.

Eredmon

You so much prefer your own words in others mouths. That’s not a great trait to engender consensus and understanding. Kinda like that name-calling thing you do.

DaWholeTruth

Abortion Statistics: 46 MILLION Abortions performed annually worldwide.

Daily Abortion Statistics: 126 THOUSAND PER DAY worldwide.

Are those the "rare" abortions you refer us to, my boy?

BTW, I would so genuinely appreciate your NOT referring to females as "biddies" any more on this site, as you did twice just a few days ago. Perhaps you ought to look up THAT definition as well.

Spock Here

Truthy, I am not your "boy." Birth control helps with this issue, and had my mother made a decision to "murder me in her womb, tearing my limbs apart with the rusty coat hanger", I guess I never would have known about it. You could then have prayed for my soul while I was in heaven playing with all the other embryo angels. Old biddy.

Ping

Old biddy? Niiiiiice. You always were one for the kind word.

DaWholeTruth

Try Statistics compiled by the U.S. Government. Disturbing. Deeply. One life ripped to pieces, literally, is one too many. Sorry. Again, glad your own mother did not obviously share your viewpoints.

Ping

NOW and NARAL et al are the pillars of decorum and civility....lol. I take it from your comments that you are not a Christian?

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