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Abortion not for me, but for thee

By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr. (articles ) | Jul 15, 2003

The Mennonite Church, USA, has officially said that abortion is wrong, but "who are we to force our Christian standards on you?" The group said it doesn't support laws against abortion because it's wrong to force someone to comply with our morality. If abortion is the intentional killing of another, then what makes it different from laws against murder?

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 16, 2003 8:36 PM ET USA

    I find the limited description of the Mennonites' statement quite consistent with their tradition. They simply refuse to impose their believes on others through the use of civil authority. Remember, many Mennonites were martyred in the name of Catholicism's continual use of the civil authorities to impose Catholic view points. Official Catholicism never did understand why the Mennonites rejected the use of the sword (civil police and military power) to constrain heresy and heretics.

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Jul. 15, 2003 4:34 PM ET USA

    What immoral act is not an "individual choice"? Obviously, there's something greater than "choice" here at stake. "interrupt unwanted pregnancies" as if they can be "continued" afterwards. Without a clear statement that unborn child is fully human and has the full right to life that a post-partum human has, there's no telling what nonsense can be passed off as both anti-abortion and pro-choice. If "force" is your problem, have a look at all the anti-smoking legislation

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Jul. 15, 2003 2:49 PM ET USA

    The next time you are speaking to someone who is a Mennonite and they complain about falling attendance among young people, please remember this statement.

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