Protecting The Child
"The New Feminism"
is a term created by Pope John Paul II, to express the unique role of
women, and the characteristics which they alone offer the world. Women
alone can learn from direct experience as child-bearers what the world
must know: Human relationships are authentic only if they are open to
acceptance of the other person. This understanding is the fundamental
contribution which humanity needs from women. Embracing of this truth is
the indispensable prerequisite for an authentic cultural change.
The mere existence of an industry that views women as "factories"
for fetal body parts dramatizes how American society has been seduced by
the redefining of "liberty" as an absolute right to dominion over
one's own body, even to the point of killing and mutilating one's own
offspring. Allowing her child to be killed and dismembered is unthinkable
for a mother who has a true understanding of her unique dignity as a
This re-definition of "liberty" denigrates the gift
of femininity because it devalues a woman's fertility, treating pregnancy
as a disease; as something that needs to be "cut out." First, women came
to believe that they should value personal convenience more than the lives
of the very children in their wombs. Now, women are being encouraged to
allow children in their wombs to be used as fodder for research and new
In the secular, materialist society of the West,
women have sought compensation and restoration for the loss of their value
as mothers, through consumerism and through participation in the
marketplace, where fertility is often regarded as an impediment, and
pregnancy as an offense to productivity. The "New Feminism" invites women
to reclaim the unique dignity implicit in their role as the life-bearers
for all human persons. The gift of fertility and motherhood, far from
being threats to women's fulfillment, are natural partners to, and in fact
enhance, the participation of women in all areas of human endeavor. Women
must proclaim anew, to those in authority and to the whole world, that
mankind must protect the inviolable, irreplaceable, and unrepeatable
dignity of every human life.
an interview with Trish Short, a post-abortive mother, and former actress
and model. Trish now produces documentaries, which chronicle the deadly
price still being paid by women for the prevailing pro-choice culture of
"My [aborted] children are alive. Those
babies live on; they forgive me, and they pray for me and for all mothers
who are thinking of abortion. God will work all things together for good
for those who love Him. That's what He did in my life…God pierced my heart
so that I could recognize that I had done wrong. This allowed His graces
to be released and completed the circle of healing."
nothing harder for me than telling my son that I was sorry that I had
killed his two brothers. As a post-abortive woman, once you come to
repentance, you're going to meet up with the gravity that the child you
aborted was supposed to be someone's brother or sister, or eventually
someone's husband or wife. I can see the scars of my abortions on my son's
face. I can see his loneliness; the disappointment of a family that never
was; the emptiness of the love that is missing. He could have used a
brother to encourage him through the tough times. This is a legacy that
has been stolen.
"We need to convey this to young women. They are
killing generations. They are killing the promise for a better world.
These children all had a purpose. They had jobs to do.
secular world is where I came from; it's where I was deceived. The media
is undeniably powerful. Satan is the prince of the air. He controls much
of our music, films, and television. On a daily basis, Satan forms and
steals the young hearts and minds of this world. He fills them with lies,
deception, and death. The media can be used for evil or good. I am using
the media to bring the Truth. It is Beauty and Truth that will regain the
hearts and minds that Satan has stolen. I attempt to bring the message of
Christ to a cold, hard-hearted, hurt, and dying world.
actress and model, I was abused and exploited. God is now using me to mold
the messages, rather than being a victim of them. Young women today are
taught to invest too much in their looks…They have invested nothing in
their spiritual beauty. Archbishop Fulton Sheen once said that, 'Outside
beauty does not reach into the soul, but inner beauty is reflected on the
face.' Girls today are taught to dress and behave seductively. By the time
they are grown women, there is no mystery left, and consequently they feel
as if they have nothing left to give. I see someone like singer Britney
Spears and it just breaks my heart. She is the product of her record
company's desperate attempt to sell products. They tell her how to dress
and move. There is something deeply and spiritually disturbing about
eight-year-olds screaming and crying for someone so salacious. I was once
part of all of it and I hurt people because of it. This kind of thing eats
at the moral fiber of young women.
"The only way to beat abortion
is to be unified. God used my crazy journey from Catholic school, to
Episcopalian and Jewish husbands, to Lutheran, Methodist, and Assembly of
God churches to show me that God feeds His children. I witnessed miracles
in every one of those [places]. "
"All that I am, I owe to my mother. I
attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual, and physical
education I received from