Saturday, July 01, 2006

Hawaii Right to Life Rally - January 2006


Hat tip to Hawaii Blogs and Journals and MacPro and photo also courtesy of MacPro

Check out this blog for photos of the most recent March for Life Rally

Yesterday's annual Hawaii Right for Life rally and march attracted hundreds of people to the grounds of the State Capitol to protest against the ruling of the "Roe vs. Wade" court case that paved the way for legalized abortions. Life is precious and our sacred children should never be killed, even before they are born.

Hundreds marched at the capitol and sat in peaceful, reflective and sometimes prayerful silence as they listened to a procession of speakers and political leaders who support life and legislation for life... the life of the unborn. For our children. God's children.

NEWS RELEASE: GOVERNOR LINGLE SUBMITS POTENTIAL VETO LIST TO LEGISLATURE

As you can all see below, SB-2166 has been submitted to Governor Lingle for veto. Praise God!!!

Please keep in mind that the pro-abortion lobby and other special interest groups will continue to put pressure on her to take it out of the list until the moment she vetoes it. So it's appropriate and necessary that we continue to encourage her to veto it. Be sure and compliment her for her wise decision to follow through with the veto. And after she does veto it, thank her again and then please pray that the liberal legislators will not try to override her veto.

For all of you that submitted testimony, made phone calls, sent letters, e-mails & faxes we say "God Bless You." Take pride that you made a difference - and helped to save innocent lives.

In the Cause for Life,
John Calvin Long
Executive Director
Hawaii Right to Life

For Immediate Release: June 26, 2006
GOVERNOR LINGLE SUBMITS POTENTIAL VETO LIST TO LEGISLATURE

HONOLULU – Governor Linda Lingle today submitted to the State Legislature a list of 28 bills that she is considering for potential vetoes. The complete list is attached.

The Governor is required by statute to give the Legislature 10 days notice of any bill she is considering vetoing, prior to the July 11 deadline when she must take final action on the bills passed this legislative session. Any bill on the potential veto list can still be signed by the Governor or allowed to become law without her signature.

“While I recognize that the Legislature and many in the community worked hard to pass these measures, it is ultimately my responsibility as Governor to ensure that the bills are legal, constitutional, fiscally sound, and in the best interest of the public,” said Governor Lingle. “These 28 bills are of concern due to various factors including technical flaws, potential unintended consequences, or have a significant negative impact on the public.”

Over the next 10 days, the Lingle-Aiona Administration will continue to review the 28 bills. The review process may include meeting with legislators or parties who testified on the bills, as well as reviewing communications from the public.

This year the Legislature passed 354 bills out of 2,758 that were introduced at the start of the session, nearly 30 percent more than each of the past three years (272 were passed in 2003, 274 in 2004 and 276 in 2005).

As of today, the Governor has signed or allowed to become law without her signature 241 bills passed this session. Five bills were vetoed while the Legislature was still in session.

For more information, contact:

Lenny Klompus Russell Pang
Senior Advisor – Communications Chief of Media Relations
Phone: (808) 586-7708 Phone: (808) 586-0043

POTENTIAL VETO LIST
June 26, 2006

SB 2166 “Relating to Minors”

Explanation: This bill goes beyond its stated intent of helping minors without guardians, by allowing some minors as young as fourteen years of age to consent to surgery and treatments to induce abortion who may not have the maturity or fully understand the long-range consequences of their decisions. Parental rights and obligations are undermined when the State sanctions in law that a child may avoid, for whatever reason, the involvement of a parent or responsible adult. The bill further requires the health insurer to participate in this concealment by keeping this information from the responsible adult.


My Starbuck's Cup is Out

Hat tip to Secondhand Smoke
Wesley J. Smith
wjs@wesleyjsmith.com

My "Starbuck's Cup" is Out

Starbuck's has an interesting program called, "The way I see it," in which people who are somewhat in the public eye submit pithy bits of wisdom that are then printed on the cups (usually seen beneath the hot cup holders). I submitted one last year that was accepted. I just heard from a friend who received one of "my" cups this morning.

Here is what it says: "The morality of the 21st century will depend on how we respond to this simple but profound question: Does every human life have equal moral value simply and merely because it is human? Answer yes, and we have a chance of achieving universal human rights. Answer no, and it means that we are merely another animal in the forest."

I have to admit I am pretty jazzed by this. Thank you Starbucks!

Friday, June 30, 2006

Concerning the Buffet-Gates Alliance

Source: AP

This is an unedited article from the Associated Press…

Jun 29, 4:04 PM EDT

Pro-Lifers Against Buffett-Gates Alliance

By DAVID CRARY
AP National Writer


NEW YORK (AP) -- Warren Buffett's new philanthropic alliance with fellow billionaire Bill Gates won widespread praise this week, but anti-abortion activists did not join in, instead assailing the two donors for their longtime support of Planned Parenthood and international birth-control programs.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to which Buffett has pledged the bulk of his $44-billion fortune, devotes the vast majority of its funding to combating disease and poverty in developing countries.

"The merger of Gates and Buffett may spell doom for the families of the developing world," said the Rev. Thomas Euteneuer, a Roman Catholic priest who is president of Human Life International.

Referring to Josef Mengele, the infamous Nazi death camp doctor, Euteneuer said Buffett "will be known as the Dr. Mengele of philanthropy unless he repents."

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America issued statements praising Buffett and Gates for their generosity. Gloria Feldt, a former Planned Parenthood president, said she was appalled by the harsh attacks on them.

"What an outrage that these people have the gall to cast aspersions on other citizens for standing up for what they believe," Feldt said Thursday. "They have no right whatsoever to criticize people who put their money where their mouths are."

The foundation founded by Buffett, and now named after his late wife, Susan, came under fire from some anti-abortion groups in the 1990s after it gave $2 million to fund clinical trials of mifepristone, more commonly known as the RU-486 abortion pill. The foundation also has supported various abortion-rights and family-planning groups, and Susan Buffett was eulogized after her death in 2004 as a champion of women's reproductive health.

Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council, wrote a commentary this week holding the Buffetts partially responsible for the approval of RU-486 in 2000. "Since then, approximately 500,000 American babies have been killed with RU-486," Perkins wrote. "Buffett's billions have the potential to do damage like this on a global scale."

Staff at the Susan T. Buffett Foundation office in Omaha, Neb., said its executive director, Allen Greenberg, would have no comment on the criticisms.

The Gates Foundation also is a patron of reproductive-health programs, funding research on new contraceptive technologies and initiatives to improve access to birth control.

Planned Parenthood, which is the leading provider of abortions in the United States, has received $34 million from the Gates Foundation over the years - out of a total of $10.5 billion in grants worldwide, according to foundation spokeswoman Jacquelline Fuller. She said the foundation does not fund abortion services, earmarking the grants for other Planned Parenthood programs.

Joseph D'Agostino, a spokesman for the anti-abortion Population Research Institute, said the foundation position "is simply dishonest."

"Abortion services are the primary mission of Planned Parenthood," he said. "If you fund one side of an organization, that frees them up to transfer funds to the other things they do."

Feldt confirmed that the Gates Foundation stipulated that its gifts to Planned Parenthood not be used for abortion services. But that policy has not spared Bill Gates' Microsoft Corp. from anti-abortion protests over the years.

At the 2003 annual shareholders meeting, anti-abortion activists cited Microsoft's support for Planned Parenthood during an unsuccessful attempt to stop the company from directly contributing to charities.

Beyond the issue of abortion, some critics oppose the Buffett and Gates foundations' support for global family-planning and population control programs.

"Some of the wealthiest men in the world descend like avenging angels on the populations of the developing world," wrote Population Research Institute president Steven Mosher, a frequent critic of Gates and Buffett. "They seek to decimate their numbers, to foist upon vulnerable people abortion, sterilization and contraception."
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© 2006 The Associated Press.

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