It is according to the Rev. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, the new President and  Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She said so in a speech she gave in Alabama back in 2007.  She is also on the board of NARAL.

There is so much that is wrong with this speech, but I just want to highlight one portion about the service that her “heroes and saints” perform.

When a woman finds herself pregnant due to violence and chooses an abortion, it is the violence that is the tragedy; the abortion is a blessing.

When a woman finds that the fetus she is carrying has anomalies incompatible with life, that it will not live and that she requires an abortion – often a late-term abortion – to protect her life, her health, or her fertility, it is the shattering of her hopes and dreams for that pregnancy that is the tragedy; the abortion is a blessing.

When a woman wants a child but can’t afford one because she hasn’t the education necessary for a sustainable job, or access to health care, or day care, or adequate food, it is the abysmal priorities of our nation, the lack of social supports, the absence of justice that are the tragedies; the abortion is a blessing.

And when a woman becomes pregnant within a loving, supportive, respectful relationship; has every option open to her; decides she does not wish to bear a child; and has access to a safe, affordable abortion – there is not a tragedy in sight — only blessing. The ability to enjoy God’s good gift of sexuality without compromising one’s education, life’s work, or ability to put to use God’s gifts and call is simply blessing.

These are the two things I want you, please, to remember – abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Let me hear you say it: abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done.

A verse from the prophet Isaiah comes to mind… “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter,” (Isaiah 5:20, ESV).  How this person can consider herself a minister of Jesus Christ I’ll never know.  As the seminary goes so does the denomination, so it’s really not a surprise the Episcopal Church is where it is at today – straying further and further from God’s word.

HT: Cameron Cloud

Update: Linked at New City of the Gospel

14 comments
  1. A few years ago, I found out that I was pregnant after being admitted into the ER in terrible pain. In the same conversation where I was told I was pregnant, I was also told that I would not carry my baby. I was having a miscarriage. A week later … I was still having a miscarriage. My body tried to expel the baby but it couldn't. Every single day they took my blood to check my HCG levels and every single day the results were bad.

    Finally, after my doctor was certain that the pregnancy was not sustainable and that my body had exhausted itself, but couldn't complete what it had started … he told me that he was going to give me a shot that would end my pregnancy. I can tell you now … that as much pain as I endured those days, while it was a relief to know that it would soon be over, it was far from a blessing to lose my child.

    That woman has lost her mind.

  2. Wow that is quite shocking. Being pro-choice is one thing but I've never heard of somebody actually being in favor of abortion. Her argument is a complete non sequitur. The education system and the unemployment problems that necessitate abortions are tragedies indeed, but abortion is compounding the tragedy. The way I have always seen it, people on the pro-choice side of the argument want abortions to be safe, legal and rare (and the unfortunate side-effect of being anti-choice is that it makes abortions unsafe, illegal, and equally frequent).

    I think the opinion that abortion is a “blessing” is quite extreme. particularly from a minister. But most people who are pro-choice generally do not think this way.

  3. Oh, I agree with you there that most people don't think that way… with the exception of those who work for NARAL, etc. I think you have to be pretty extreme to work or sit on a board of one of those organizations.

  4. Wow, I’m totally in shock by her speech. Like you, Shane, there’s so much I disagree with, but the worst part is this: “The ability to enjoy God’s good gift of sexuality without compromising one’s education, life’s work, or ability to put to use God’s gifts and call is simply blessing.”

    To put it bluntly…how selfish can you be? Let’s not forget that “God’s good gift of sexuality” was created FOR creating children, not simply for our pleasure. You are hardly giving up your enjoyment of it by having a child.

    It’s hard to hear this coming from the mouth of someone who claims faith in God. It reminds me of this quote from Elisabeth Elliot:

    You can’t have it all. You are not there to do yourself a favor. You may not have it your way. You opted out of all that when you made up your mind to follow a Master who himself had relinquished all rights, all equality with the Father, and his own will as well.

  5. Wow, I’m totally in shock by her speech. Like you, Shane, there’s so much I disagree with, but the worst part is this: “The ability to enjoy God’s good gift of sexuality without compromising one’s education, life’s work, or ability to put to use God’s gifts and call is simply blessing.”

    To put it bluntly…how selfish can you be? Let’s not forget that “God’s good gift of sexuality” was created FOR creating children, not simply for our pleasure. You are hardly giving up your enjoyment of it by having a child.

    It’s hard to hear this coming from the mouth of someone who claims faith in God. It reminds me of this quote from Elisabeth Elliot:

    You can’t have it all. You are not there to do yourself a favor. You may not have it your way. You opted out of all that when you made up your mind to follow a Master who himself had relinquished all rights, all equality with the Father, and his own will as well.

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