Zero-Tolerance Policy

December 2010

In South America it’s getting dangerous to be publicly prolife these days. Abortion advocates are becoming increasingly vociferous and violent in their insistence that no one has a right to disagree with them. In Brazil and Argentina, where the majority of citizens are at least nominally Catholic, those pushing for the legalization of abortion have turned to intimidation tactics.

In Brazil, three Catholic bishops — Luiz Gonzaga Bergonzini of Guarulhos, Benedito Beni Dos Santos of Lorena, and Nelson Westrupp of Santo André — received anonymous death threats for defending the right to life and for denouncing the pro-abortion position of former Marxist rebel Dilma Rousseff and the Workers Party during the 2010 presidential campaign. (Rousseff won the election, becoming the first woman to be elected president of Brazil.) In 2007 Rousseff called for the legalization of abortion, and her liberal, anti-Catholic views are well documented.

Down in Argentina, where feminist Cristina Fer­nández de Kirchner is the nation’s second female president, violent attacks by pro-abortion feminists at the National Women’s Conference (NWC) in October left fifty women injured and one hospitalized. Argentina’s NWC is an annual meeting of women who support abortion-on-demand, same-sex marriage, and free access to birth control, including abortifacients. Dr. Roberto Cas­tellano, president of Pro-Life, a nongovernmental organization, told Catholic News Agency (CNA; Oct. 27) that during the conference the feminists engaged in threats and the destruction of business and public property. Prolife women who attended the event were physically attacked and forced to leave. He also pointed out that their actions were ignored by the vast majority of local and national news media.

The November edition of the Argentinean Catholic magazine Familia y Vida (Family & Life) was the only media outlet to provide any substantial coverage of the affair. According to a translation by CNA (Oct. 29), the Spanish-language magazine detailed “how pro-abortion groups sought to expel women who were identified as Catholics from a workshop in which the issue of abortion was debated, to keep them from voicing their opinions.”


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New Oxford Notes: December 2010

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Latin America is going to hell in a handbag. It won't be long until abortion (and same-sex marriage) is legalized continent-wide. The problem with these feminists is that their behavior is tolerated -- not just by civil authorities -- but also by many pro-lifers. By that, I mean the conservative groups look upon these feminist fanatics as victims by virtue of their gender. Posted by: jjackson
December 09, 2010 01:20 PM EST
In the USA when abortioninsts were being asked why they were aborting babies of underage females and not turning over the pedophiles and abusers to law enforcement, the governemnt enacted HIPAA laws strictly preventing "medical information" from being told to anyone to "protect the privacy of individuals"...a lovely euphemism. Of course that included releasing abortion information to the parents of young girls as well. So no lawsuits can be brought by parents againt abortion mills by parents whose daughters may have been exposed to further molestation by sheilding their abusers. Posted by: Pravda v Kristovi
December 28, 2010 03:43 PM EST
Posted by: koenigj@alink.com
December 28, 2010 11:44 PM EST
It is to be expected that people who advocate the unspeakable violence of abortion will resort to violence in their dealings with others.

Isn't it revealing that bishops receive death threats! It indicates just how important their silence is to pro-aborts.
Posted by: koenigj@alink.com
December 28, 2010 11:53 PM EST
They believe in murdering inconvenient babies.

Being 'shocked' at this additional behavior or chiding them for it indicates a failure to remember what is actually at stake, and a trivialization of abortion on our own part.

Welcome to the real world. Anyone who advocates the protection (legal and otherwise) of unborn children needs to engage in long-term preparation for martyrdom.
This will be especially so in degenerate ex-Catholic cultures, like those of Europe and Latin America, for as Pope Pius XII warned us (in reference to Marxism): "the greater the antiquity and grandeur of the Christian civilization...so much more devastating will be the hatred displayed by the godless."
Posted by: guerrero paciente
March 08, 2011 08:14 PM EST
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