By: Therese Bermpohl
Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI).
So begins the imaginary conversation that I have been having in my mind with Governor Terry McAuliffe, an avowed Catholic, ever since he ordered the Virginia Board of Health to review state abortion clinic regulations yesterday. I’m certain that if I could just get him alone for 30 minutes I could explain to him the truth about the human person, the value of every woman, and last but not least, what is wrong with his policies and his thinking with regard to abortion. I would say something like:
The truth is, governor, the abortion clinic regulations help women. They attempt to prevent the events that occurred in Kermit Gosnell’s shop of horrors from potentially happening in clinics throughout Virginia. In fact, women do die from botched abortions in legal government sanctioned facilities.
The truth is, governor, every abortion destroys an image of God…a life full of promise, willed, loved and necessary.
The truth is, governor, that although you have been entrusted by the people of Virginia with the highest position in the state, you would have no power at all had it not been given to you from Above.
The truth is, governor, you will be called to give an account of your life before the Great Judge. I ask you sincerely to reflect on your policies toward women and the unborn before that moment in time when you no longer have the opportunity to change your ways.
In the meantime, I will pray that your eyes will be opened and that your heart will be stirred to protect and defend all life from conception to natural death…so that at the moment of your natural death, you will hear the long-awaited words of the Lord: Well done, good and faithful servant.
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of Arlington issued the following statement in response to Gov. McAuliffe’s actions.