Conscience Protection

by | Mar 21, 2013 | Marriage Prep

Once in a while, I watch the French news via Internet.

On Sunday, March 3rd, there was an astonishing broadcast about how difficult it’s become today to have an abortion in France.

The broadcast showed a woman doctor (either preparing for, or actually performing an abortion, I’m not sure. I couldn’t watch that part), and a local Planning Familial (the equivalent of Planned Parenthood) pro-abortion employee making fake phone calls to different hospitals, and two women who wanted to have an abortion because of their desperate situations.

There was not a word from women who had had an actual abortion, or from counselors, or spiritual leaders of any religions. Not a word about the aborted babies either.

What were the goals of the fake phone calls?

The ‘lady’ wanted to show the public that, despite the fact that abortion is legal and paid by the national health insurance, it is more and more difficult to obtain an abortion in France.

The bottom line was that:
– Some hospitals don’t offer abortions. They don’t even have doctors practicing abortions, because it’s more and more difficult to find doctors willing to do abortions.
– Some hospitals would drag out the process/appointments so that women would be too far advanced, and out of the law’s boundaries. Nobody could then practice an abortion legally on them and/or they would have to go to another country.
– Some women had to drive far from their homes to have an abortion because it was not available at their next-door hospital.
You can imagine how upset the ‘lady’ was!
She had to denounce this ‘scandal’ on public TV and make the ‘authorities’ aware of this contradiction: abortion is legal in France but not available on demand.

I believe this broadcast gives us some hope.

– It’s harder to find real doctors willing to do abortions.

– Not all Hospitals employees are pro abortionists.

It means that the protection of the Rights of Conscience is VITAL!

Let us all raise our voices to protect this fundamental right here in the United States.
Act now and support the new Conscience Right Bill by clicking here.

Also, today March 21st, at 3:00 pm, Governor Hickenlooper from Denver will be signing the Senate Bill 11 on Civil Union. Please fax or call him to ask him to ban this legislation that contains the potential for serious conflict with religious liberty, especially in relation to charitable services, adoption and foster care.

Governor John Hickenlooper
Phone: 303-866-2471
Fax: 303-866-2003

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Christian Meert

I was born and raised in Morocco in a Catholic family. One of my uncles was a Franciscan priest and his sister a Franciscan Missionary of Mary, both in Morocco. I am the youngest of three boys. My eldest brother passed in 2011 and my other brother lives in Montpellier, France, with his family. I received my Masters in International Business in Montpellier, France, in 1976, and worked as the Regional Director of an American ag company for 15 years. I traveled all over the world: mainly Europe, Africa and Middle East. I am happily married to Christine since 1977 and we have five daughters and fourteen grandchildren so far. In 1990, our family joined the Catholic Community of the Beatitudes, in France, of which we were a part of for fifteen years. We started the House of the Community in Denver at the call of Archbishop Chaput in 1999. In 2004 Christine and I founded, and then left the Community to dedicate ourselves to our ministry. We have been the Directors of the Office of Marriage and Family Life for the Diocese of Colorado Springs since 2005. In 2010, we became American citizens. I love fly-fishing, hiking and gardening!

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