Skip to comments.Priest(ess) Who Calls Abortion a ‘Blessing’ Tells Congress She'd Break Law to Help Minors
Posted on 03/10/2012 2:24:45 PM PST by NYer
(CNSNews.com) Were Congress to outlaw the transporting of a minor without her parents permission across state lines to get an abortion, an abortion- and gay-rights activist testifying on Capitol Hill Thursday she would break the law to continue to help girls end their pregnancies.
Appearing as a Democratic Party witness at a hearing of the House Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, Dr. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, president and dean of the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass. recalled the time she took a 15-year-old girl she had never met before to get an abortion.
Although New Hampshire was closer to that girls home than Boston, as it happened, I did not take her across state lines, Ragsdale said. Nor did I, to my knowledge, break any laws.
But if either of those things had been necessary in order to help her, I would have done them, she continued. And if helping young women like her should be made illegal I will, nonetheless, continue to do it.
Ragsdale cited her vows as an Episcopal priest as the reason why she would have no choice but to break the law.
Subcommittee chairman Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) said a bill introduced in the House last summer the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (H.R. 2299) would make it an offense to circumvent parental consent laws in a state by, without the parents knowledge, taking a minor girl across state lines for an abortion.
He said he found it difficult to believe opposition to the law, like that expressed by the subcommittees ranking member Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), who called it an assault to the reproductive rights of women.
I always find it a little unnerving when people tell me that to say that, you know, that someone taking a minor child of someone elses across the state lines to perform or having surgery performed upon them that somehow, that its unconstitutional to recognize parents rights in that regard, Franks said. It just astonishes me beyond comprehension.
As for the witness Democrats picked to testify on the panel, Franks said that as the father of a three year-old daughter he hoped she will never run into someone with the philosophy of Rev. Ragsdale.
Ragsdale is well known for her activism for homosexual and abortion rights.
At a Jan. 24, 2010 event organized by the Jane Fund, a Massachusetts-based group that raises funds for abortions, Ragsdale delivered a speech in which she said she was angry and fed up at people who had spoken out again her sexuality Ragsdale is a lesbian and her radical stance on abortion.
In the speech Ragsdale defended previous remarks she has made stating that abortion is a blessing. A verbatim extract follows:
When a woman gets pregnant against her will and wants an abortion its the violence that is the tragedy; the abortion is a blessing.
When a woman might want to bear and raise a child but fears she cant afford to because she doesn't have access to healthcare or daycare or enough income to provide a home ---its the lack of justice that is the tragedy; the abortion is a blessing.
When a woman has planned and provided for a pregnancy, decorated the nursery and chosen a name, and, in the last weeks, discovers that her fetus will not live to become a baby, that it has anomalies incompatible with life, and that preserving her own life and health, and sparing the fetus suffering, require a late-term abortion its the loss of her hopes and dreams that is the tragedy; the abortion is a blessing.
And, and here's one that really gets me in trouble, when a woman simply gets pregnant unintentionally and decides this is not a good time for her to bear and care for a child there is no tragedy. The ability to enjoy healthy sexuality without risking a pregnancy that could derail her education or career, the development or exercise of the gifts God has given her, is a blessing.
Ragsdale then added, Now just in case there are any aspiring headline writers listening let me be clear motherhood also is a gift and a ministry and a blessing but not for everyone, and not always right now.
Abortion is a blessing sometimes a joyful relief; sometimes a painful choice but a blessing still, she added.
In that same speech, Ragsdale also said that Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, gave women freedom from slavery to our reproductive systems.
Count your blessings, ping!
She needs her episcope replaced
What a gagulous philosophy she has. Shrugging off the traditional order, she steps boldly into the void.
So the devil has again successfully placed one of his followers into a position to corrupt the faithful.
All Hail the Whore of Babylon.
Frankly I don’t think the faithful would really bother with her “church.” There is too much weird stuff already in it.
Bless her heart, she’s a poster child for using a condom.
I was baptized into the Episcopal Church but thank God I joined the Roman Catholic Church after seeing the direction the Episcopal Church was going.
She’s a sewer mouth. Period. - They’ve now got those realistic looking, and feeling to the touch, “newborn” baby dolls that require nothing from the woman (or man) who purchases them but to be wrapped in a blanket and “cuddled”.
What a horror - this woman and these “newborn” dolls.
Another day in Obamanation.
Good to know. When such a bill passes, that's practically probable cause right there. Just stick a tracking chip on her car for an easy collar and a trip to Federal prison. She'll get to know lots about gay rites.
Snippet from Wikipedia:
“She is openly lesbian. On January 1, 2011, she married Rev. Mally Lloyd at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston. Bishop M. Thomas Shaw performed the ceremony.”
I think it was just yesterday that Freepers posted an article here bashing Rick Santorum for saying that the “Mainline Churches” are no longer really Christian.
This is the kind of thing he was talking about. This woman heads the DIVINITY SCHOOL that is busy training new priestesses for her church. “Mainline Church” refers to the most fashionable churches, and the Episcopal Church is the most fashionable of them all. Extremely regretable, because there used to be plenty of decent Episcopalians, but the few who are left are suffering from this sort of thing.
I wish I had opened a millstone factory. I would be a millionairess.
This creature is no priest. High priestess maybe, but not a priest.
The “Episcopal Church” is an evil satanic cult.
It seems the Anglican/Episcopal communion has become a tragic joke.
I was reading a book about Cleopatra earlier today, about how she would as easily give a guy poison as look at him. This priestess is no less callous.
Yup, it’s pretty much sadly true for the mainline communions, with the exception of a few orthodox Lutheran synods (LCMS, WELS). They have gone very unbiblical. I have seen some good Methodist preaching in the south, but that is in spite of, not because of, what is getting wished down the hierarchy. Also I am not counting Southern Baptist as a mainline — that is a voluntary affiliation of independent Baptist congregations.
Excellent points, as usual. I have a neighbor who is an Episcopal priest(ess). On the Feast of St. Francis last year, she offered to bless our dogs. I graciously thanked her but never followed through. We have a strong community of Franciscan monks nearby who will bless animals, even ‘our of season’ ;-).
This is the kind of slob we are after. She represents what is wrong in america today. She is the person God would like to smoke.
This is a good place to pray the “Our Father”.
There are two versions of the Episcopal Church: The “God is doing a new thing” Episcopal Church led by the so-called Presiding Bishop Schori and other revisionist, and the traditional Episcopal Church that follows the tenets of the Bible. The former group rejects much of what the New Testament teaches because it conflicts with their self-centered perversions.
I find it strange that the good reverend (note lower case) thinks it’s okay to transport a minor across state lines with out consent. Any other person doing that would be brought up on charges. Too bad they don’t CORI people like her.
A “priestess” ..... how special.
I protest the picture of Robert Mitchum with the Episcopalian Priestess.
I am quite certain that Bob Mitchum was a”practicing and open” Republican during his Hollywood hey day.
Evil is as evil does....
I was referring to the physical similarities, not politics.
If the federal penalty is severe enough, I truly doubt this priest of Moloch would continue to be so bold. Child sacrifice is among the worst of sins.
Again, you shall say to the Sons of Israel: Whoever he be of the Sons of Israel or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that gives any of his seed Moloch; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones.
And I will set my face against that man and will cut him off from among his people; because he has given of his seed Moloch, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name.
And if the people of the land do at all hide their eyes from that man, when he gives of his seed Moloch, and do not kill him, then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go astray after him, whoring Moloch from among the people.
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If she was an open atheist, she would not be quite so evil. If she was merely doing her work for money, she would not be quite so evil. But she thinks she is a woman of God (she is dead wrong!!) and it's a mission with her. How absolutely vile she is and I hope they pass this law and if she tries one more time she is arrested, charged, judged guilty and put in federal prison for many years.
one of the uncovered news stories was the huge number of gays and gay activists among those in the “mainstream” churches studying to be priests and ministers.
then they wonder why the churches changed their dogma away from the bible?
The lesbian and feminist nuns tried the same thing, chasing out thousands of good women who decided they could be better Christians as laywomen.
What saved the Catholic church is that JP2 knew he couldn’t get rid of them (too many in the bureaucracy who would stop his attempts to get rid of them...and the danger was they would schism openly or covertly, as is happening in some European countries) so he did a “Hail Mary” pass and started world youth day and other visitations of the laity...the stronger bishops and new priests and sisters are the fruits of his policy.