By BRIAN CLOWES
“Jesus Christ brought us freedom from sin; America brought us freedom to sin” — Archbishop Emeritus Jean-Baptiste Cardinal Pham Minh Man of Saigon.”
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Ligaya Acosta and I stepped out of Tan Son Nhat International Airport and into the blazing heat of Vietnam. We had just traveled from Bangkok, where we conducted a one-day pro-life conference entitled “Silent Screams,” cosponsored by Human Life International and Couples for Christ-Foundation for Family and Life.
Dr. Ligaya is HLI’s regional coordinator for Asia and Oceania, and this pro-life missionary journey would not have been possible without her efforts. She had visited Vietnam in 2011, trusting totally in our Lady. She knew no one in the country, but expertly laid the foundation for future visits as she has in so many other Asian nations.
The pro-life movement is sorely needed in Vietnam. The nation’s demographic situation can legitimately be called desperate. Its two-child policy has been in force for nearly half a century, and the country has the highest abortion rate on Earth.
Despite a population that is less than one-third that of the United States, it suffers nearly twice as many abortions, meaning its abortion rate is six times higher than that of the USA. More than half of all pregnancies are aborted, some 1.4 million a year. Vietnam has suffered 40 million abortions since 1975, or 30 percent of its entire current population. … Continue Reading