Archbishop Samuel Aquila’s personal experience: Abortion is a violent act of murder and exploitation.

I spent my first three years of college working as a hospital orderly and assisting in the emergency room, at a university student health center and in a hospital in California during summer break.

When I began the job, I hadn’t thought much about human suffering, or about human dignity.

But during my employment in hospitals, something changed. At that time, some states had approved abortion laws that I wasn’t even aware of. Because of those laws, when I was in college I witnessed the results of two abortions.

The first was in a surgical unit. I walked into an outer room and in the sink, unattended, was the body of small unborn child who had been aborted. I remember being stunned. I remember thinking that I had to baptize that child.

The second abortion was more shocking.

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The cosmetics industry, particularly the anti-aging market segment, is a beneficiary of the growth of abortion.

Abortion in the United States has become a $1 billion-a-year industry quietly fostered over 40 years by a climate that is allowing related, morally suspect commercial offshoots to develop in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and life sciences, a new study alleges.

The author, Vicki Evans, Respect Life coordinator for the Archdiocese of San Francisco’s Office of Public Policy and Social Concerns, says the legal ethic of abortion has become a “pervasive cultural ethos of abortion, reaching far beyond the immediate abortion participants to tarnish the very industries originally intended to benefit humanity.”

“Legal and widespread abortion has made possible a host of clandestine business practices that thrive under the radar of the American populace,” Evans says in a synopsis of her 72-page study. “Regulation and transparency are often avoided because of ideological fears of limiting access to abortion or of inviting scrutiny by opposing ideological groups. Thus, the commercialization of human beings as commodities persists.”

Evans says abortion and its offshoots represent exploitation of the weak and vulnerable — “the worst brand of injustice.”

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