Talking about Jesus

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I have a fair number of friends who are Christian.  I appreciate different qualities in them but I would say that they share a reflectiveness, openness of view, sensitivity and a certain loving spirit in the way they approach the world, others and themselves.  They share one other remarkable feature: they almost never talk about […]

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Posted by Catherine

Mind your language

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We had an small gathering at my house, what is called in British English a” knit and nat”, in reference to the knitting and the nattering for which it is a pretext. Four women over a certain age, all with grown-up children.  As the knitting progressed, the stories came: the children who had had ski-ing […]

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Posted by Tracy

Why him and why now?

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Kermit Gosnell is in the dock for serious violence against his patients.  Other doctors are telling the court how they do not treat their patients this way.  One fellow abortionist testified that he does abortions up to 21 weeks and that after that he does it in the hospital. Gosnell, on the other hand, is […]

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Posted by Tracy

Anger about abortion

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Abortion has left me full of anger.  It’s not uncommon.  Obviously, my particular circumstances of total conflict in which abortion was not what I “wanted” but somehow what came to seem the better choice between the devil and the deep blue sea, meant that anger was always going to be on the cards. I think […]

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Posted by Catherine

Trying to see

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People constantly make comparisons between their own situation and that of someone else who probably has a completely different set of circumstances to deal with. Abortion isolates women one from another because so few are willing to talk about it, and if they are willing they usually want you to agree with their particular take […]

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Posted by Tracy

Is it selfish?

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Long ago I knew a man who told me that I had an abortion because I was not selfish enough. This was a shocking revelation at the time, as I had bought the usual lie that women who had abortions were selfish and always put their own needs first. Being unable to get all the […]

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Posted by Tracy

Some good women I know

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I know some good women.  Some of them I know in real life, friends of long acquaintance, and others I know only through the medium of internet chat.  The latter is a superficial medium, but not as superficial as all that… you can get a sense of someone’s aura, their personality and qualities, just through […]

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Posted by Catherine

Abortion and Contraception

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Last weekend I went to Vienna with my husband.  Iwas surprised to find Jewish museums there, and even more surprised to find a museum all about contraception and abortion. I visited the two Jewish museums.  In one, the Jewish people who were murdered during World War Two are remembered in words and with a memorial. […]

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Posted by Tracy

Is abortion wrong or right?

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What we call the world says that abortion is right.  It has made it legal, easy and, in Europe at least, judgement-free – abortion has been stripped of its moral and ethical content and repackaged as a right and a freedom that no decent, responsible person would oppose.  The human heart says… that it is […]

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Posted by Catherine

The same reluctance

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A teenage girl was recently killed in the UK by a pack of unruly dogs in a house she was visiting. Apparently the dogs were not “bad breeds”; they were simply triggered to do the unthinkable, and there was no-one around to call the dogs to heel.  And so now this girl’s family must live […]

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Posted by Tracy