By Randy Sly 5/22/2009
Seattle University, a Jesuit institution, has invited Planned Parenthood to participate in a discussion on 'reproductive rights'
For one Catholic University, however, Ascension has been replaced by abortion. On Thursday evening, Seattle University, a Catholic Jesuit School, is holding a 'Faith and Reproductive Justice' discussion.
A blog by Dawn Eden, a Catholic journalist, contained an email from the Seattle University Campus News that described this event as “a thoughtful conversation about how people of different faiths and backgrounds perceive reproductive justice.”
This gathering has, among its participants, the state chaplain of Planned Parenthood and the forum’s description is loaded with language that does not establish life as its beginning point, as we see by the term “reproductive justice.”
The term “reproductive justice” was coined by pro-abortion advocates in the early 90’s who favored integrating reproductive rights with social justice and later formed SisterSong. Planned Parenthood and the National Organization of Women soon adopted the term.
Reproductive justice is, they say, emotional, physical, mental, economic, social, and political and recognizes that the governmental control of reproductive systems and bodies violates all eight categories of human rights.
In the email from Campus News, a quote from Clergymen for Reproductive Justice is included, which states: “The decisions we make about our reproductive and sexual lives, but most especially, the decision to have a child, are among the most important decisions that we, as human beings, can make. Having a child is a precious responsibility that changes our lives forever. "
“The privileged in this world, for the most part, have unfettered access to the reproductive health and education services to decide for themselves when and whether to bear or raise a child. The poor and disadvantaged do not. Thus, the struggle for reproductive justice is inextricably bound up with the effort to secure a more just society."
“Accordingly, those who would labor to achieve economic and social justice are called upon to join in the effort to achieve reproductive justice and, thereby, help realize the sacred vision of a truly just society for all.”
Reproductive justice, however, does not address the rights of the child in the womb, only the rights of the woman who bears the child. In the justice system described, the child is not a person but property.