Friday, February 06, 2009

Hawaii Legislative Update

From the Hawaii Family Forum

Civil Unions –Same Sex Marriage by Another Name
HB 444 HD1

The civil unions bill, HB 444 HD1, was heard in the House Judiciary committee on February 5, 2009. The hearing was overwhelmingly packed by supporters. One estimate is that it was 10-1 in favor. The final vote of the House Judiciary Committee were as follows: 12 Ayes: Representative(s) Karamatsu, Ito, Belatti, Cabanilla, Herkes, Luke, Morita, B. Oshiro, Souki, Tsuji, Marumoto, Thielen; Ayes with reservations: none; Noes: none; and 4 Excused: Representative(s) Carroll, McKelvey, Mizuno, Wakai.

If passed, HB444 HD1, extends the same rights, benefits, protections, and responsibilities of spouses in a marriage to partners in a civil union. (Marriage by another name). One testifier openly admitted that this is a step to same-sex marriage. The bill will move to the full House for a vote. ACTION: Now is the time to contact your own representative and let them know that you do not support civil unions. As we reported in an earlier e-alert, the bill is highly anticipated to pass the House. Your calls and emails are very important.

Abstinence Education & Title V Funding
HB 329 HD1 / HB 330 HD1

These problematic bills are aimed directly at Catholic Charities “Try Wait” program. Both bills were heard in the House Health Committee on January 30, 2009.
HB 329 requires the State to reject all Title V federal funding for mandated abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. The final vote in the House Health Committee were as follows: 6 Ayes: Representative(s) Yamane, Nishimoto, Bertram, Brower, Mizuno, Shimabukuro; Ayes with reservations: none; 1 Noes: Representative(s) Finnegan; and 2 Excused: Representative(s) Belatti, Carroll.

HB 330 requires any recipient of state funding specifically for sexuality health education programs to provide comprehensive medically accurate sexuality education. The final votes in committee were as follows: Ayes: Representative(s) Yamane, Nishimoto, Bertram, Brower, Mizuno, Shimabukuro; Ayes with reservations: Representative(s) Finnegan; 0 Noes: none; and 2 Excused: Representative(s) Belatti, Carroll.
Both bills now move the House Education committee.

Emergency Contraceptives
HB 423 HD1

HB 423 requires hospitals to provide information about emergency contraception to women who are sexually assaulted and to provide emergency contraception when requested and provides for administrative penalties for noncompliance. The bill originally would have forced Hawaii Medical Centers (HMC) (located on property owned by St. Francis) to administer the morning after pill, which can act as an abortificiant. We are grateful to the House Health Committee who added language to grant HMC a religious exemption. We have to watch the bill closely because it now moves to the House Judiciary Committee and the language could be removed. We will keep you posted.

Physician-Assisted Suicide

There still have been no hearings on the proposals to legalize physician assisted suicide. It is coming, so PLEASE BE PREPARED on short notice to make calls and send in testimony. A public hearing could be scheduled at any time. We will keep you posted.

To see all bills being tracked by HFF/HCC, and to read our testimony, click here.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

40 Days for Life - Honolulu

If you haven't signed up yet, you can do so now at:

40 Days for Life Honolulu

This spring, from February 25 - April 5, Honolulu will join 125 cities around the world for the largest and longest coordinated pro-life mobilization in history -- the 40 Days for Life campaign. 40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life effort that consists of:

*40 days of prayer and fasting
*40 days of peaceful vigil
*40 days of public outreach

We are praying that, with God's help, this groundbreaking effort will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in Hawai'i--and around the world.

Take a stand for life

While all aspects of 40 Days for Life are crucial in our effort to end abortion, the most visible component is the peaceful, public prayer vigil. You can help make a life-saving impact by joining our local vigil at:

Planned Parenthood of Hawai'i
1350 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96814

The building is on the mauka side of King, 1/2 block 'ewa of Ke'eaumoku. We pray on the sidewalk in front of the building.

Sign up to participate in the 40 Days for Life Honolulu public prayer vigil by clicking here. Groups are encouraged to sign up as well. Please contact our prayer vigil coordinator, Mary, to register your group at marytom100@gmail.com or 389-2784.

Contact us

To learn more or let us know how you feel called to serve God in this effort, please contact 40 Days for Life Honolulu:

Isaiah, Campaign Director, 383-5137

Karen, Communications Coordinator, FortyDaysHonolulu@Juno.com


Scheduled Events:

Feb 24, 2009
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Spring Campaign Kick-off Rally and Candlelight Vigil
Gather at the Hawai'i State Capitol Rotunda for the spring campaign kick-off rally for 40 Days for Life Honolulu. The rally will include a candlelight vigil and prayer stations as we proceed around the Capitol block in a visual public display for LIFE.

Feb 25, 2009 - Apr 5, 2009
STARTS: 6:00 AM ENDS: 7:00 PM
40 Days for Life Honolulu Spring Campaign
Calling all prayer warriors and volunteers! To join this lifesaving effort, contact us at FortyDaysHonolulu@Juno.com

Feb 27, 2009 - Apr 3, 2009
STARTS: 6:00 PM ENDS: 7:00 PM
Stations of the Cross
Fr. Bill Xenos will lead a commemoration of the Stations of the Cross in front of Planned Parenthood each Friday evening throughout the 40-day campaign.

Mar 17, 2009
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM
40 Days for Life Honolulu Midpoint Pep Rally
Join us for prayer and a banner procession outside a leading abortion provider among hospitals in our state, Kapiolani Women & Children's Hospital, 1319 Punahou St., Honolulu.

Apr 5, 2009
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Liturgy for the Pre-born with Holy Communion
Fr. Bill Xenos of Church of the Risen Lord CEC will offer the Liturgy of the Preborn on Day 40 of the campaign on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood.

Apr 5, 2009
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Victory Celebration
Location to be announced

Prevention First Act Worse than FOCA

You can read all about it here at Jean's Blog

Princeton Professor Launches Site To Counter Obama 'Assault On Pro-Life Laws'

Fearing that the Obama administration will “swiftly begin an assault on pro-life laws and pro-marriage policies,” Princeton politics professor Robert George has joined forces with conservative academics from around the country to create a Web site which he says will hold anti-abortion voters “accountable” for supporting President Obama.
Article

Priests for Life Executive Director Janet Morana to Receive Cardinal O’Connor Award

Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life, has been named a recipient of the 2009 Cardinal John O’Connor Pro-Life Award. Mrs. Morana will receive the award, one of the highest honors in the pro-life movement, at the Legatus International Summit to be held February 5-7 in Bermuda.
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Eluana Transferred Late Tuesday Night to Clinic for Death by Dehydration

Eluana Englaro, who is often referred to as “Italy’s Terri Schiavo,” was transferred late Tuesday night to a hospital that has agreed to participate in her killing by removal of her food and hydration tube. Television news coverage showed a group of pro-life activists gathered outside the clinic in Eluana’s home town of Lecco at about 1:30am, as an ambulance took her away, some shouting “Eluana, wake up!” and “Don’t kill her!”
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Uganda's First Lady Vows to Continue Advocating For Sexual Abstinence

At the opening of the Permanent Centre for Education in Luzira, Kampala recently, Uganda's First Lady, Mrs. Janet Museveni, said that though her message of sexual abstinence and faithfulness had made her "unpopular in certain quarters," she was determined to continue promoting the strategy that had proved so successful in combating HIV/AIDS in the country.
Article

Pregnancy Center Group Wants to Defend Pro-Life Doctors on Abortion

A national trade group for pregnancy centers has filed a request to join a lawsuit that seeks to defend the rights of medical centers and staff to refuse to participate in an abortion. Care Net hopes to join the lawsuit to defend the protections the Bush administration put in place to enforce current federal laws.


Article

40 Days for Life Starts in Less Than 3 Weeks

Three weeks from today — on Wednesday, February 25 — the spring 40 Days for Life campaign will kick-off in 125 cities across 42 states, four Canadian provinces, and Australia.
Read the rest here

Monday, February 02, 2009

Senate Rejects Helping Unborn Children, Pregnant Moms Get Health Care Coverage

Article

Life at Conception Act

Life at Conception Act Supported by Senator John Thune

Sen. Thune said; "Unborn children, as distinct, unique human beings, are fully deserving of our society’s attention, provision, and care. I believe this amendment would take a strong step toward achieving this goal."