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Friday, December 9, 2016
Nun describes Cardinal Winning's Pro-Life initiative
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¬†Last Tuesday Sr Roseann Reddy, a Sister of the Gospel of Life, gave a presentation in Vaughan House, Westminster on her work for the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative. The sisters work with women in crisis pregnancy situations, offering them counselling and practical support; they also care for women after abortion. Sr Roseann spoke on "Pregnancy Counselling" to the Linacre Ethics Forum, a group of healthcare students and professionals who have been meeting every month to explore practical applications of Catholic bioethics. The straight-talking and engaging sister has a fund of stories and lessons to be learned from her experience in crisis pregnancy care. She gave a wide-ranging talk that never failed to be encouraging and positive ≠ everyone can and should do their bit! Sr Roseann spoke about social pressures and materialism which can lead to clouded thinking and a refusal to acknowledge what the woman knows in her heart. It's not possible to be just a little bit pregnant, and being pregnant means 'I have a child within me'. When some women say 'I can't afford a child at the moment', this may simply mean 'I can't afford to buy my child the fanciest buggy, the latest toys and the nicest clothes'. The important point - which should be morally decisive - is that 'this is my child' . For that very reason, many women find abortion an extremely painful and damaging experience. When women are asked how they feel about the baby, the overwhelming majority say they would want to keep it if their problems could only be resolved. The Pro-Life Initiative focuses on a 'realistic future care plan', based on the individual needs and worries of each woman. They document the help they agree to provide, whether it is a cot, buggy, toys or arranging debt management, to give the woman a sense of security and reinforce the message that there is an alternative to abortion. Emotional and spiritual support are, however, paramount in helping the woman through what can be a very demanding ≠ if ultimately positive ≠ period in her life. The Linacre Ethics Forum, which is run by the Linacre Centre for Healthcare Ethics, will resume in September 2008. To be added to the mailing list, please e-mail Stephen Barrie at stephen@linacre.org. In the meantime, articles on many aspects of healthcare ethics are available at www.linacre.org
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