In the beginning

ABORTION Jesus was an embryo

RCC life conception


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5 responses to “In the beginning

  1. Dunno how many will see it since this post is down aways, but I have a dilemma.

    This is a virulently anti-abortion site, due to Chrissy’s relentless passion, and obviously we’re referring to human babies.

    But one of my outdoor cats, Larry, might be pregnant (seems I misdiagnosed its gender). I’m already taking care of six feral cats who were born three years ago in my backyard (all have since been fixed), as well as a dozen squirrels, maybe 100 birds and my dog. It costs me $12 a day to maintain this Wilderness Menagerie, and I’m not eager to embrace 1-to-6 more daily mouths, not to mention an ongoing commitment to their well-being into the year 2029.

    Do I abort these kittens? I see God in all life, and I can’t imagine participating in such a vile act. But neither can I imagine yet more added long-term responsibility at 62.

    I can’t relinquish them to an adoption agency or animal shelter; this is L.A., and they’d be adopted to be eaten. Never underestimate the idiosyncratic standards of my 91405 polyglot community.

    I’m just torn. Praying about it has so far got me nowhere.


    • That’s a tough one, but familiar. Around here, nobody worries much about feral cats or extra litters because the coyote/fox/owl populations relentlessly prey on them, so it’s rather a self-amending problem. They gotta eat too, I guess.

      But back east, one of my buddies spends a lot of time volunteering to neuter strays and save lots of feral critters, and I admire him, as I admire what you’re doing.

      All I can do is suggest my opinion, for what it’s worth. I just see no point in paying to abort litters. Why not allow them to be born and then try to find homes if possible or adopt to shelters if absolutely necessary? Things may come up later that ease your dilemma.


    • chrissythehyphenated

      Wow … this is a tough one. I am not opposed to eating animals or euthanizing them, but I never thought about abortion before.

      Have you discussed the pros and cons with your vet? E.g., costs for spaying now or after birth, health issues for the cat to abort vs deliver, costs, methods, ages for euthanizing kittens? These data might give you some guidance.

      Also, ask St. Francis for a clear answer. He certainly understands your dilemma.

      BTW, “virulent” means “poisonous, harmful, hostile.” I prefer to think of myself as a person who is “passionate” about promoting truth, justice, and mercy.


    • I’m an old empty nester with a house full of cats and grandcats. We’ve had loads of them over the decades, including the ones that showed up on our doorstep starving to death and the many mangy strays that allegedly followed one of my kids home. Sadly, one of the corrolaries to having cats is that occasionally you have to have one euthanized. It’s never pleasant, but when it’s the lesser of two evils, you gotta do what you gotta do.

      Here’s what I think the least bad solution would be: capture Larry; drive him/her to the vet; inform the vet that he/she needs to be fixed, whatever that entails; give the vet your phone number, with instructions to call you when Larry is ready to be picked up; and leave. The vet does not need to tell you if any kittens were involved. Just typing that sentence made me feel vaguely ill, but the fact remains that it’s better than allowing more kittens to be born either to starve or be eaten by predators.

      And yes, I do have a definite double standard when it comes to cats and human beings. I don’t accept the pro-abortion argument that slicing and dicing babies pre-birth is somehow more merciful than allowing them to be born to parents that don’t want them. Moral questions aside, it’s a ridiculous argument — there’s no such thing as an unwanted baby, when thousands of couples are on waiting lists to adopt.


  2. Thanks for these wonderful responses, there’s much food for thought. I’ll make some sort of decision in the next few days, and can only pray it’s the best of my available alternatives.

    Chrissy, re. “virulent,” you’re right of course. I was searching for the most forceful take-no-prisoners word possible, without considering the potentially negative or hostile connotations. I gotcha, sister! 😉