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IWKnights Corner For September 13, 2020

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Father Michael J. McGivney

  • We continue presenting some of the resolutions published at the recent Knights of Columbus  138th Supreme Convention.  Most of the resolutions are too long for this column so they have been edited but a link to the entire article can be found below.  This second resolution is entitled "Abortion and the Eugenics Movement".
        • WHEREAS, the Knights of Columbus has a long-standing policy of opposing abortion, while promoting life-affirming alternatives and projects that provide spiritual support to those women suffering from the traumatic emotional and psychological aftereffects of abortion; and
          WHEREAS, Pope Francis has made clear that all new lives conceived “are children of the entire community, and their being killed in large numbers with the backing of the state constitutes a grave problem…;” and
          WHEREAS, the abortion rate for children diagnosed with Down Syndrome in utero is approximately 66% in the United States and approaching 100% in several European countries; and
          WHEREAS, the January 2020 Knights of Columbus/Marist Poll found that 65% of all Americans, and half of all pro-choice Americans, oppose abortion when sought because the unborn child has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome; and
          WHEREAS, in the United States, the abortion rate among African American populations is 3.5 times the abortion rate among those of Caucasian decent; and
          WHEREAS, the rise of legal abortion, especially in the United States, tracked closely with the popularity of the eugenics movement which pursued strategies of social pressure, contraception, and—ultimately—abortion, to attain its stated goal of “improving the stock,” which the eugenics movement claimed  would “give to the more suitable races or strains of blood a better chance of prevailing speedily over the less suitable…;” and
          WHEREAS, Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger was a leading proponent of the U.S. eugenics movement, and one of Planned Parenthood’s most prominent presidents, Alan Guttmacher, echoed eugenicist sentiment saying of the successful legal expansion of abortion, “We’re now concerned more with the quality of population than the quantity;” and
          WHEREAS, in responding to a lawsuit by Planned Parenthood opposing one of these state laws, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas expressed his support for such laws, stating unequivocally, “…this law and other laws like it promote a state’s compelling interest in preventing abortion from becoming a tool of modern-day eugenics,” going on to note that, “Technological advances have only heightened the eugenic potential for abortion, as abortion can now be used to eliminate children with unwanted characteristics, such as a particular sex or disability,” and concluding that, “Enshrining a constitutional right to an abortion based solely on the race, sex, or disability of an unborn child, as Planned Parenthood advocates [in this case], would constitutionalize the views of the 20th-century eugenics movement.”
          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that while the Knights of Columbus continues to stand against all abortion, it wholeheartedly endorses legislative, regulatory, and legal attempts to eliminate the particularly evil practice of seeking an abortion because of an unborn child’s race, sex, or disability; and
          FURTHER RESOLVED, that we condemn the practice of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and other abortion providers, of over-targeting certain ethnic and racial demographics to promote abortion in these communities.

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Links Related to this week’s column:

138TH SUPREME CONVENTION - RESOLUTIONS
Resolutions passed  at the 138TH SUPREME CONVENTION.
By Knights of Columbus  (7/31/2020)
  • Resolution Of Appreciation To His Holiness Pope Francis
  • Response To The COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Celebrating The Miracle Attributed To The Intercession Of Venerable Michael McGivney
  • In Support Of An Equitable Immigration Policy
  • In Honor Of Christopher Columbus
  • Abortion And The Eugenics Movement
  • In Solidarity With Persecuted Christians In Africa And East Asia
  • In Solidarity With Christians In The Middle East
  • Commemorating Knights Of Columbus History Of Racial Equality
  • Welcoming The French Republic As A Territorial Jurisdiction Of The Knights Of Columbus.........
Click here for Article
Prayer for Protection in Time of Pandemic
A Novena which seeks Our Lady’s Intercession for Protection in Time of Pandemic
By His Holiness, Pope Francis (3/2020)
A PRAYER FOR PROTECTION IN TIME OF PANDEMIC (PDF Version)
Click here for the Prayer

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