- - Thursday, June 25, 2015

An abortion drone?

Pro-choice activists have planned a publicity stunt to shame Poland, 88 percent Roman Catholic, for its laws against abortion.

It is illegal to transport abortion pharmaceuticals across the nation’s border by land transport. But the laws do not take into account transportation by drone — the small but powerful remote control helicopters making headlines on a regular basis these days. So pro-choice activists are planning to make some aerial deliveries of the drugs (mifepristone and misoprostol) across the border from Germany to Poland.

Obviously, the goal is publicity, not actual delivery. They’re only talking about a few packages for a nation of 38 million people.

The Guardian quotes Rebecca Gomperts, a doctor and founder of Women on Waves, who said, “We want to create awareness about women’s right to a safe abortion. The drone is another way to use the different laws in different countries in order to draw attention to the social injustice that women who are living in places where abortion is illegal are subject to.”

So why even mention this here, giving the group the desired publicity?

I flew into Poland last fall (carrying no pharmaceuticals) and met hundreds of Polish citizens from every age demographic. They were excited about their Roman Catholic faith, an anecdote backed up by the fact that nearly 50 percent of Poles attend mass on a weekly basis.

The citizens I met from Kraków were very proud of their 11th century Bishop Stanislaus who was murdered by the King. Historians debate the specifics, but most say Stanislaus died due to opposing the King’s immoralities (think Thomas Becket and King Henry II).
They also shared about the depths of sorrow their nation had suffered during the 20th century, through the murderous actions of her neighbors in Germany and Russia.
They talked about their native son, Pope John Paul, and his 1979 visit as if it happened just last month—quoting from his prayer:
“Let your Spirit descend. Let your Spirit descend. And renew the face of the earth, the face of this land.”
Polish citizens would do well to ignore drug-laden drones descending from Germany. Or perhaps they could send a few drones back into Germany, laden with copies of John Paul’s Evangelium Vitae?

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