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The mission of Human Life International focuses on the following five issues. Here we have collected our articles pertaining to each one.
Exposing the Global Population Control Agenda
No human relationships are closer or more intimate than those found in the family. Yet the “developed” world has spent more than 137 billion dollars just since 1990 attempting to control the number of children born to families in developing nations through the widespread imposition of abortion, sterilization and birth control under the umbrella terms “family planning services” and “reproductive health.”
Depo-Provera: Injectable Abortion
The Depo-Provera injection is a type of hormonal anti-fertility drug that works at times as a contraceptive, but also sometimes as an abortifacient, a drug that causes abortion in some instances. Use of Depo-Provera may be associated with ectopic pregnancy, thrombophlebitis (inflammation of blood vessels associated with blood clots), pulmonary embolism (obstruction of the pulmonary artery by a blood clot, air bubble, or other material, which can cause sudden death), cerebrovascular disorders, and partial or complete loss of vision in mothers.
Negative Effects of the Pill
Though noted media and feminist groups typically present hormonal contraceptives as a boon for women, they overlook the serious side effects reported in mainstream scientific literature. “The Pill” causes a long list of side effects, from minor ones like headaches to serious ones like severe depression and even death. In fact, hormonal contraceptives such as “the Pill” have been confirmed as carcinogens by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Risks of Abortion
What are the risks of abortion? Besides the fifty women who die on average a year from legal abortions, many women suffer injuries such as uterine perforation, cervical lacerations, breast cancer, cervical, ovarian and liver cancer, placenta previa, ectopic pregnancies, pelvic inflammatory disease, endometritis, and certain psychological risks.
Is a Baby Human from the Beginning?
From the instant the male gamete (sperm) fuses with the female gamete (egg), a unique human being with his or her own DNA, different from those of his or her mother and father, is present. After fertilization, there are 46 chromosomes (or 47 in the case of Down syndrome), the combination of one set of 23 chromosomes from the mother and another set from the father. The resulting being is genetically human and alive, and therefore, by standard biological definition, a human being.
In order to make abortion-causing methods more palatable in societies that still widely rejected abortion, and to circumvent laws designed to prohibit abortion, the promoters of birth control realized that they had to blur the line between conception-preventing (contraceptive) and early abortion-causing (abortifacient) actions. They did this by changing the definition of “conception” from fertilization [union of spermatozoa and ovum] to implantation.
The only medical procedures intended to destroy or inhibit healthy organs are those aimed at the male and female reproductive systems. The second most common medical procedure in the world is male and female sexual sterilization (the most common procedure is abortion). This is the strange state of reproductive medicine today. We never hear of doctors deliberately sabotaging the natural function of any other organ or system.
Condoms: Little-Known Scientific Facts
The condom is the most commonly used barrier method of contraception in the world. Yet according to mainstream scientific sources, its efficacy has been grossly overstated by its promoters. After the use of just 10 condoms, the probability of at least one failure is 52%.
Why Women Abort
Very few abortions are due to health reasons, rape, incest, or abnormalities. Many people think that women obtain most abortions to save their lives or physical health, for rape and incest, or to avoid birth defects. This is a fallacy that pro-abortion groups continue to cultivate because it helps them spread abortion in nations with pro-life laws and helps them retain abortion-on-demand once they have achieved it.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Unborn
The choice of Our Lady of Guadalupe as patroness of our apostolate was obvious. Of all the many manifestations of Mary’s loving presence among us throughout the centuries, in this apparition alone does she appear to us in the manner of a pregnant mother. She holds within her the unborn Christ, proclaiming the sanctity and blessedness of life within the womb.
Exceptions: Is Abortion Ever Permissible?
Pro-abortion groups have used the “hard cases” to negate the American tradition of valuing individual life, and have succeeded in imposing abortion on demand on the United States through the courts. Though only a tiny proportion of abortions in this and most other countries are due to hard cases—to save the life or health of the mother, rape, incest, and serious fetal deformities—pro-abortion groups portray these reasons as the norm.
Does Abortion Reduce Crime?
Eugenicists have long promoted abortion as a way to reduce crime by killing off a section of the underclass. This position was bolstered by a popular contemporary study that attributed fifty percent of the reduction in crime since 1991 to Roe v. Wade in 1973. Many fundamental errors with this study have been found, and the opposite conclusion has cogently been drawn, that legalized abortion has increased crime.
The constant teaching of the Catholic Church has been expounded through magisterial documents that edify the human soul and enlighten the moral compass of society. The following is a collection of these fundamental and ever-timely resources for the pro-life cause.
Encyclical “Of Human Life” Pope Paul VI 1968
“The question of human procreation, like every other question which touches human life, involves more than the limited aspects specific to such disciplines as biology, psychology, demography or sociology. It is the whole man and the whole mission to which he is called that must be considered: both its natural, earthly aspects and its supernatural, eternal aspects. And since in the attempt to justify artificial methods of birth control many appeal to the demands of married love or of responsible parenthood, these two important realities of married life must be accurately defined and analyzed.”
Encyclical “The Gospel of Life” Pope John Paul II 1995
“Even in the midst of difficulties and uncertainties, every person sincerely open to truth and goodness can, by the light of reason and the hidden action of grace, come to recognize in the natural law written in the heart (cf. Rom 2:14-15) the sacred value of human life from its very beginning until its end, and can affirm the right of every human being to have this primary good respected to the highest degree. Upon the recognition of this right, every human community and the political community itself are founded.”
DECLARATION ON PROCURED ABORTION
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith 1974
“The problem of procured abortion and of its possible legal liberalization has become more or less everywhere the subject of impassioned discussions. These debates would be less grave were it not a question of human life, a primordial value, which must be protected and promoted. Everyone understands this, although many look for reasons, even against all evidence, to promote the use of abortion. One cannot but be astonished to see a simultaneous increase of unqualified protests against the death penalty and every form of war and the vindication of the liberalization of abortion, either in its entirety or in ever broader indications.”
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith 2008
“The dignity of a person must be recognized in every human being from conception to natural death. This fundamental principle expresses a great “yes” to human life and must be at the center of ethical reflection on biomedical research, which has an ever greater importance in today’s world. The Church’s Magisterium has frequently intervened to clarify and resolve moral questions in this area.”
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith 1987
“The gift of life which God the Creator and Father has entrusted to man calls him to appreciate the inestimable value of what he has been given and to take responsibility for it: this fundamental principle must be placed at the centre of one’s reflection in order to clarify and solve the moral problems raised by artificial interventions on life as it originates and on the processes of procreation.”
Encyclical “On Chastity in Marriage” Pope Pius XI 1930
“We have decided therefore to speak to you, Venerable Brethren, and through you to the whole Church of Christ and indeed to the whole human race, on the nature and dignity of Christian marriage, on the advantages and benefits which accrue from it to the family and to human society itself, on the errors contrary to this most important point of the Gospel teaching, on the vices opposed to conjugal union, and lastly on the principal remedies to be applied.”
DECLARATION ON EUTHANASIA
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith 1980
“The Congregation now considers it opportune to set forth the Church’s teaching on euthanasia. It is indeed true that, in this sphere of teaching, the recent Popes have explained the principles, and these retain their full force; but the progress of medical science in recent years has brought to the fore new aspects of the question of euthanasia, and these aspects call for further elucidation on the ethical level.”
Apostolic Letter “On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering” Pope John Paul II 1984
“Declaring the power of salvific suffering, the Apostle Paul says: “In my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the Church”.
These words seem to be found at the end of the long road that winds through the suffering which forms part of the history of man and which is illuminated by the Word of God. These words have as it were the value of a final discovery, which is accompanied by joy. For this reason Saint Paul writes: “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake.” The joy comes from the discovery of the meaning of suffering, and this discovery, even if it is most personally shared in by Paul of Tarsus who wrote these words, is at the same time valid for others. The Apostle shares his own discovery and rejoices in it because of all those whom it can help—just as it helped him—to understand the salvific meaning of suffering.”
RESPECT FOR THE DIGNITY OF THE DYING
Pontifical Academy for Life 2000
“The approach to the gravely ill and the dying must therefore be inspired by the respect for the life and the dignity of the person. It should pursue the aim of making proportionate treatment available but without engaging in any form of “overzealous treatment” (cf. CCC, n. 2278). One should accept the patient’s wished when it is a matter of extraordinary or risky therapy which he is not morally obliged to accept. One must always provide ordinary care (including artificial nutrition and hydration), palliative treatment, especially the proper therapy for pain, in dialogue with the patient which keeps him informed.”
CHARTER ON THE RIGHTS OF THE FAMILY
Pontifical Council for the Family 1983
“The spouses have the inalienable right to found a family and to decide on the spacing of births and the number of children to be born, taking into full consideration their duties towards themselves, their children already born, the family and society, in a just hierarchy of values and in accordance with the objective moral order which excludes recourse to contraception, sterilization and abortion.”
Encyclical “On Christian Marriage” Pope Leo XIII 1880
“We record what is to all known, and cannot be doubted by any, that God, on the sixth day of creation, having made man from the slime of the earth, and having breathed into his face the breath of life, gave him a companion, whom He miraculously took from the side of Adam when he was locked in sleep. God thus, in His most far-reaching foresight, decreed that this husband and wife should be the natural beginning of the human race, from whom it might be propagated and preserved by an unfailing fruitfulness throughout all futurity of time. And this union of man and woman, that it might answer more fittingly to the infinite wise counsels of God, even from the beginning manifested chiefly two most excellent properties – deeply sealed, as it were, and signed upon it-namely, unity and perpetuity.”
Apostolic Exhortation “The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World” Pope John Paul II 1981
“The family in the modern world, as much as and perhaps more than any other institution, has been beset by the many profound and rapid changes that have affected society and culture. Many families are living this situation in fidelity to those values that constitute the foundation of the institution of the family. Others have become uncertain and bewildered over their role or even doubtful and almost unaware of the ultimate meaning and truth of conjugal and family life. Finally, there are others who are hindered by various situations of injustice in the realization of their fundamental rights.”
CHARTER FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS
The Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance 1995
“There are may reason why we must know, disseminate, and apply the directives contained in this deontological code for health workers. This publication fills a gap which has been clearly observed not only in the Church, but by all those identifying with the Church’s primary task to advance and defend life.”