First state to criminalize abortion, Missouri between pride and shock

Hundreds of believers gather weekly at St. Francis de Sales Oratory in St. Louis.

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At the St. Francis de Sales Oratory in the city of Saint Louis, the decision to criminalize abortion is unanimous. Every Sunday the Church welcomes the fellowship of the Institute of Christ the King and Sovereign Priest, a society of the traditionalist Catholic movement. Mass is celebrated there in Latin and hundreds of believers attend every week.

Pierre Dumain, originally from France, has been pastor of this parish in the south of the city for four years. He shares and teaches his pro-life values ​​with young people in his community. And his beliefs, he says, go beyond religious tradition. : \”Tu ne tueras pas\”, mais ce n’est pas parce que je suis catholique que je ne tue pas. Un athée ne tue pas un être humain. Un embryon est un être humain, donc on ne le tue pas”,”text”:”Il y a le cinquième commandement: \”Tu ne tueras pas\”, mais ce n’est pas parce que je suis catholique que je ne tue pas. Un athée ne tue pas un être humain. Un embryon est un être humain, donc on ne le tue pas”}}”>There is the fifth commandment: “Thou shalt not kill,” but not because I’m Catholic, I don’t kill. An atheist doesn’t kill anyone. An embryo is a human, so we don’t kill it he explains.

Killing a helpless child is the greatest crime. »

A quote from Pierre Dumain, Vicar, Oratory of St. Francis de Sales

Pierre Dumain has been vicar in Saint Louis for four years.

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There are many families in the community. In the basement of the church, where the faithful gather after mass, it is not unusual to find families with 6, 7 or even 12 children. Even in the case of rape, abortion is not an option for her.

Pierre Dumain answers this question by saying that we cannot fight the culture of rape thanks to abortion. The first question is why is there rape? Why is there this lack of respect for women? he is arguing.

Planned Parenthood was the only abortion clinic in all of Missouri.

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A few miles from the oratory is the only abortion clinic in all of Missouri. to Planned ParenthoodAnyone who practices a voluntary abortion there has been punished with imprisonment for between 5 and 15 years since Friday. Abortion has become a crime punishable by the same penalty as first-degree homicide.

From now on, abortions are only allowed in cases where the life of the mother is in danger. The law aims to punish doctors who perform abortions, not their patients.

It’s a shockstarts Tania Thomas. I had heard that it was discussed, but I never thought that they would take away women’s rightscontinues this Quebecer who has lived in the suburbs of Saint Louis for more than 25 years.

She now fears elected Republicans will go further. They might very well choose to then attack same-sex marriage or other contraceptive rights‘ says the mother.

Jade and Tania Thomas, mother and daughter, worry about the fallout from Missouri’s criminalization of abortion

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Her daughter Jade is also worried. The 25-year-old is an anthropologist and is doing his doctorate in medicine at Washington University in Saint Louis. Her studies led her to work in a clinic that helps women victims of domestic violence, and the criminalization of abortion will keep women trapped in the cycle of violence.

In families where there is domestic violence, pregnancy is a way of trapping women in this pattern and nothing can stop it.she complains.

I feel our future is threatened. »

A quote from jade thomas

Two days after the Supreme Court’s decision to revoke the right to an abortion, the legislative sprint begins in the American states. Drive to Missouri, the first-ever state to criminalize abortion. On the spot, our special correspondent in Saint-Louis, Valérie Gamache.

Back at the Oratory of St. Francis de Sales, Pierre Dumain instead believes that this decision will have a positive effect in states that will follow Missouri’s example. We’ll see the results in a few years in the states that have banned it and those that allow it. We will see that states that keep abortion legal will collapse […] Without children, the loss of family values ​​will destroy the social fabriche believes.

For now, we have to admit that it is the debate surrounding this law that is threatening the social fabric of Missouri.

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