Catholic Church partnering with Ohala’ adoption group as an alternative to abortion

Archbishop Michael J. Byrnes (PNC file photo)

The debate over abortion rages on.

Since many abortions are performed due to economic hardship — or mental and emotional hardship in the cases of sexual abuse and assault — many who oppose abortion suggest adoption as an alternative.

To this end, Archbishop Michael Byrnes said that the Catholic Church on Guam has partnered with the Ohala’ adoption organization.

Archbishop Byrnes said that if the Catholic Church can’t win the legal fight against abortion, he hopes the church can help remove the factors that would lead a person to decide that abortion is the best decision.

“Here’s my sense of this. We can try a political solution. Let’s just keep trying to get Roe vs. Wade out of here. Or..and this is a long, long term way..let’s see if we can get it to be unnecessary. I would rather us pursue..and I’m trying to convince our pro-life committee..that we make it unnecessary…through our acts of love,” Byrnes said in an interview with NewsTalk K57’s Patti Arroyo.

Earlier, Byrnes issued a statement on the partial settlement that was reached in an ACLU case that’s fighting for abortion rights on Guam.

In the partial settlement of the case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, it was determined that a 1978 law that requires abortions to be performed in a clinic or hospital restricts access to abortion through medication.

The partial settlement opens up medication abortions to be done through consultation with doctors via telemedicine.

In his statement on the case, Archbishop Byrnes said that “everyone who has known the joy of seeing the beauty of a baby…and hearing the laughter of one so precious…should be saddened about the developments…being thrust upon our island today.”

Although it’s long been the stance of the Catholic Church that a human life with rights equal to those of a fully-formed human is formed at birth, the topic of “when life begins” is still a matter of debate in the scientific community.

The law also doesn’t share the Catholic Church’s view — which is a fact the Archbishop acknowledges.

“Abortion isn’t going away. And I think…especially from a political situation..that’s not probably going to make a big difference for us. In the sense that…I don’t know..I’m not a prophet..but I don’t know that you know..the Roe vs. Wade will ever be overturned…we hope so…but probably not,” the Archbishop said.