Saturday, June 18, 2011

Historia de un Aborto por Ricardo Arjona

En el proceso mensual, más tardío de su historia
fue a una amiga del colegio a la que le compartió su memoria;
le contó que dos meses atrás con aquel muchacho fugaz
hicieron tremendo pastel en aquel viejo hotel
el anciano facultativo; después de las pruebas anuncio el positivo
y para estas alturas el futuro padre ya era un fugitivo.
y mientras un rotativo anuncia la trillada autopsia
de la deuda externa esa niña le fabrica
su pecho una sabia materna.

llevas una estrella en tu vientre, llevas una vida que late ,
un posible ingeniero, rocero o escritor,
quizá bohemio quizá un señor quizá compositor poeta
medio loco o trobador quizá una idea quizá una solución

ha buscado entre sus amigas el mejor
de los consejos que van desde una inyección
hasta una sopa de cangrejos
y sin la menor precaución tras médicos le dieron
su cotización mientras le anuncian en la tele otra devaluación


a esa estrella en tu vientre no le digas detente .

si lo hubiesen hecho conmigoooo

hoy faltaría una .... canciooooooooooon
In the monthly process, longest in its history,
she went to a school friend with whom he shared his memory;
she told her that two months ago with the boy fleeing
they had a great time ​​in that old hotel.
Afterwards, the old doctor pronounced the test positive
and this time the expectant father was already a fugitive.
And as a newspaper announces the well-known autopsy
of the external debt, that little girl makes
her chest a wise mother.

You carry a star in your womb; you carry a life that beats,
a possible engineer, rock star, or writer,
perhaps a gentleman, perhaps a bohemian, a poem composer,
a troubadour, a bit crazy, or perhaps an idea, perhaps a solution.

He has looked among her girlfriends for the best
advice, ranging from an injection
to a crab soup
and without the slightest precaution after doctors gave
its price while they tell her on TV another devaluation


Do not say stop to that star in your womb.

If they had done it with meeee

today would lack a .... sooooooooooong

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Mother Teresa on Abortion

Mother Teresa on Abortion:
I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child—a direct killing of the innocent child—murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?
By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. And by abortion, the father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. That father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching the people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. That is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.

Bl. Mother Teresa, National Prayer Breakfast, Washington, D.C, February 5, 1994

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


The following is an excerpt from the textbook Ethical issues in modern medicine: contemporary readings in bioethics by Steinbock et al. which the UofA class on bioethics uses. It treats abortion, obligations to the unborn, and assisted reproduction like in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Section 1 : The morality of abortion --
The unspeakable crime of abortion [excerpt of Evangelium Vitæ] / Pope John Paul II --
Why abortion is immoral / Don Marquis --
Why most abortions are not wrong / Bonnie Steinbock --
The morality of abortion / Margaret Olivia Little --

Section 2 : Obligations to the not-yet-born --
The rights of "unborn children" and the value of pregnant women / Howard Minkoff and Lynn M. Paltrow --
Reproductive freedom and prevention of genetically transmitted harmful conditions / Allen Buchanan, Dan W. Brock, Norman Daniels, and Daniel Wikler --
Cheap listening? Reflections on the concept of wrongful disability / Richard J. Hull --

Section 3 : Assisted reproduction --
The presumptive primacy of procreative liberty / John Robertson --
Instruction on respect for human life in its origin and on the dignity of procreation [excerpt of Instruction on respect for human life in its origin and on the dignity of procreation] / Vatican, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith --
What are families for? Getting to an ethics of reproductive technology / Thomas H. Murray --
Grade A : the market for a Yale woman's eggs / Jessica Cohen --
Payment for egg donation / Bonnie Steinbock --

Reproduction bioethics