Skip to comments.Bishop Says Finding Body of Aborted Baby in Sink Made Him Pro-Life
Posted on 01/23/2013 1:51:40 PM PST by NYer
Millions of Americans have their own stories about how they arrived at the pro-life position on abortion, but Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver has a unique one. He experienced the reality of abortion in a way most people never have.
In a new interview with the National Catholic Register, he talked about the experience of seeing the body of a baby who had been victimized by abortion in a sink. It left such an indelible impression on him that he said he will forever be pro-life.
From the interview:
Today is a day to repent, Archbishop Aquila said in his Jan. 22 letter 40 Years of the Culture of Death.
He said that the 40 years since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide have given the culture of death a firm footing and foundation in our nation.
The 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade is a day to commit to a culture of life, he urged. Today the Lord is calling us to stand up.
Archbishop Aquilas letter began with a grim story of his experiences with two abortions.
I witnessed the death of two small people who never had the chance to take a breath. I can never forget that, he said. I learned what human dignity was when I saw it callously disregarded. I know, without a doubt, that abortion is a violent act of murder and exploitation. And I know that our responsibility is to work and pray without ceasing for its end.
The archbishop said he had arrived at college in 1968 intending to become a doctor at a time when he was not consistently practicing his faith. He spent his first three summers of college as a hospital orderly in California, where laws had begun to protect abortion.
His first encounter with the procedure was in an outer room of a hospitals surgical unit, where he was stunned when he found in the sink the body of a small unborn child who had been aborted.
His second exposure to abortion, however, was more shocking.
He recalled how a young woman came into the emergency room screaming, saying she had had an abortion already and the doctor had told her she would pass the remains naturally. She was bleeding, and the medical staff, including the future Archbishop Aquila, put her on the table.
I held a basin as the doctor retrieved a tiny arm, a tiny leg and then the rest of the broken body of a tiny unborn child, Archbishop Aquila said. I was shocked. I was saddened for the mother and child, for the doctor and the nurse.
I witnessed a tiny human being destroyed by violence, he said. The experience made him pro-life, and he eventually returned to his Catholic faith.
Sad, but priceless testimonies. God bless Archbishop Aquila.
Blessed are they that have not seen but have believed.
I’d hope being Catholic had somthing to do with it, too.
Did you read the article? He was in college studying in the medical field...and momentarily not practicing his faith wholeheartedly.
Why does one have to see something is wrong in order to believe that something is wrong? The murder of babies goes to the very heart of ‘right and wrong’.
But then, there are those who have seen.
And what has been seen, cannot be unseen. And it cannot but affect those who have seen. Should they shut up about it? Is that what the very special folks who have not seen, but have believed, want? Or is it better, perhaps, that some things seen in secret should be shouted from the rooftops?
I don’t know how snarkiness enters into this.
The point is, one does not have to physically view an unborn child to be prolife and to know that abortion is against God’s will.
Conversely,there are many doctors and nurses every day who see the products of the abortions they perform and remain unfazed in the least about it.
What very special folks do you refer to?
That doesn't surprise me.
Those who have not seen, should be grateful.
“Those who have not seen, should be grateful”.
I’ll add my two cents and be done with it. When I was in college, I worked Security at a local hospital. I knew abortion was wrong; however, I didn’t completely understand the complete evilness of it. Of course, people are told, “It is just a blob of tissue”, right? Well, one evening.. I was locking up the daytime OR and there were “lab samples” waiting on the counter. I guess curiosity got the best of me and I looked at them. Intellectually analyzing abortion and knowing it is wrong is one thing. SEEING a tiny, lifeless body floating around in a secured cup is another. I saw the little hands, little fingers, little toes. No tissue.. a dead, small human being being disposed of like it was a tumor. A lot of people object when someone will post a picture of an aborted child... it is “gruesome” or “disturbing”. However, I fully believe when one sees something like I did.. all the liberal rhetoric in the world cannot sway you. Although I was pro-life before my encounter with that poor child, I became much more strong in my views. Just a thought....
The old saying..”seeing is believing”
Plus the fact that up until seeing they were told it was a clump of cells. Now they know it is a clump of cells...a clump of fully formed cells that are in the shape of a human baby.
momofthree I know what you mean.
I had my moment down at the Kentucky State Fair one year. My Mum and I went by a pro life table and for the first time I saw the body of a baby who was the result of a partial birth abortion. I freaked at the table and my Mum said “You mean you did not know?” and I said “I have never seen THIS before” I will never forget the image of that dead baby in a 5 gallon industrial bucket.
You are being judgmental. At the time, Aquila was a college student and, like so many other youth, was still trying to identify himself beyond the family. Those college experiences made an impression that not only remained with him for the rest of his life but also catapulted him into a definitive position on life.
Thank you for posting that.
“The point is, one does not have to physically view an unborn child to be prolife and to know that abortion is against Gods will.”
Except that hasn’t been the case with some people. I know hardcore pro-aborts who suddently changed their minds - or at the very least admitted pro-lifers might have a point after all - ONLY when they first took in a pro-life pictorial display. Many pro-aborts are shocked at how human (sic) aborted babies look. I can barely keep from slapping them in the head when they say that, but they honestly expect the aborted baby to look like a clump of something rather than a little human being.
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