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Bishop Blaire’s Statement on Planned Parenthood

This statement from Bishop Stephen Blaire of the Diocese of Stockton on Planned Parenthood is from August, 2015, but it is still relevant. There are some instructions for the faithful here that are especially relevant today.

A Statement for Parish Bulletins from Bishop Stephen Blaire
regarding the Planned Parenthood videos

In an early letter of the Church attributed to the Apostle Barnabas, it is written that anyone “who is bent
on reaching his (her) appointed goal must be very careful in all he (she) does….Love your creator….
Love your neighbor more than your own life. Do not kill an unborn child through abortion, nor destroy
it after birth…..Accept as a blessing whatever comes your way in the knowledge that nothing ever
happens without God’s concurrence.”

All human life comes into being with the concurrence of God. To throw away that human life through
abortion or to traffic in fetal organs or tissues through abortion not only fails to respect the humanity
and dignity of human life but is a direct affront to God.

Pope Francis in the “Joy of the Gospel” says that “among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes
to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenseless and innocent among
us.” “A human being,” he says “is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of
development.”

I ask the people of our diocese to contact their state and federal representatives through the Catholic
Legislative Network at http://cacatholic.org to ask them not to fund Planned Parenthood. Planned
Parenthood has received an average of $536 million dollars a year for the past four years, and some of
that money goes specifically to pay for abortions.

I also encourage you to support the pro-life pregnancy resource centers in our Diocese. You can get
a list of the centers at http://stocktondiocese.org/community-of-caring.

Knowing the pain, hurt and trauma that the Planned Parenthood news coverage can bring to those
who were involved in an abortion, it is important for us all to know and lift up God’s mercy. Any and all
persons will be welcomed with compassion and assistance through the Church’s post-abortion healing
ministry, PROJECT RACHEL. If you or someone you know, would like confidential, nonjudgmental help,
please visit www.projectrachel.com or call Kim Fuentes at the Diocese of Stockton, 209-465-5433.

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