Remember this face. It is the face of evil, although she wears a clerical collar.
Her name is Katherine Hancock Ragsdale. Her title is “Very Reverend” [gag]. She’s a lesbian Episcopal priest, and the president and professor of theology of the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass.
Penny Starr reports for CNS News, March 8, 2012, that Ragsdale testified at a House hearing against a bill that would make it a federal crime to transport minor girls without parental consent across state lines to get an abortion. Ragsdale said she would break the law to help minors cross state lines to kill the unborn human lives in the girls’ wombs.
Appearing as a Democratic Party witness at a hearing of the House Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution chaired by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Ragsdale 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 girl’s home than Boston, as it happened, I did not take her across state lines. 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. 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.
Ragsdale, a lesbian, 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 and her radical stance on abortion:
“When a woman gets pregnant against her will and wants an abortion – it’s 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 can’t afford to because she doesn’t have access to healthcare or daycare or enough income to provide a home —it’s 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 – it’s 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.
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.”
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.”
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