Friday, April 03, 2009
Congressman Trent Franks of Arizona has introduced the "Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act." If passed, the bill would ban race- or gender-selection abortions.
Attorney Steven Aden of the Alliance Defense Fund tells OneNewsNow his organization helped write the bill that is being referred to as "PreNDA."
"Sex-selection and racially-motivated abortion is an immense problem in America and internationally," the attorney explains, "and Congressman Franks' bill would prohibit the performance of such abortions, the funding of them, or promoting them."
One of the reasons for an increase in such abortions in America is related to immigration, says Aden. "The problem of sex-selection abortion in the United states is so prevalent that it is documented that women come from other countries to America to have their babies aborted because [the unborn children] are girls [and] because the countries where they come from -- places like India and the U.K. -- have laws against this barbaric practice," Aden explains.
The National Academy of Sciences, United Nations, and a Harvard researcher confirm the problem in the U.S.
From The [London] Times
April 1, 2009
When I was a junior doctor, patients who were dying were often abandoned in side wards, without effective pain and symptom control; terrible deaths were commonplace. In those days euthanasia seemed a temptingly humane solution.
That is not the situation today. Palliative medicine has come of age; and the modern hospice movement has grown from the foundations laid by the late Dame Cicely Saunders, who pioneered the treatment of “total pain” - of mind and soul as well as body. I have been privileged to play a part in this revolution. I have learnt - from patients, their families and colleagues - that care of the dying is far more than diagnosing and treating the physical aspects of terminal illness. That is an important part of the task, and advances in palliative medicine have revolutionised the science of pain and symptom control. Care is also about addressing the wider suffering of incurably ill patients - their anguish at losing personal control of their lives, their failing strength, loss of self-worth and feelings of dependence on others. That is what the discipline of palliative care is about - bringing patient-centred care to the most vulnerable.
Experience of treating many patients over 30 years has convinced me that doctors must accept death as a natural end to life and avoid inappropriate interventions, but that legalising euthanasia, whether indirectly, in the form of assisted suicide, or directly, via lethal injection, is a dangerous step too far. Full article from The Times
Thursday, April 02, 2009
April 2, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- In a challenging economic climate -- where some opinion columnists are celebrating what appears to be a temporary abortion increase -- Feminists for Life of America says more must be done to give women alternatives.
Recent news articles have shown Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion business, talking about certain locations across the country experiencing record abortion numbers.
But FFLA president Serrin Foster has noticed that none of the stories include quotes from abortion advocates lamenting the situation and proposing concrete solutions for stopping the increase.
"Abortion providers speak in a compassionate-sounding way about women who are driven to abortion by the loss of a job, lack of health care, low income, or lack of support from the father of the child, who may also be facing dire straits," Foster told LifeNews.com in an email.
"But they do nothing to address the root causes that drive these women to abortion," she says. "Women deserve better. We must do more than simply wring our hands and accept failures [of more abortions in a bad economy.]"
Foster says abortion centers may provide a supposed solution to a woman and her partner's temporary problem, but they fail to help women and couples alleviate the problems further. "These women still face the same economic strife. They went back to work for the same employers who didn't accommodate their needs," Foster says. "They went home to the same husbands or partners who wouldn't or couldn't provide the support they needed and deserved." "How did abortion address any of these issues?" Foster questions. Foster says abortion advocates aren't doing any more than pointing figures at the problem and ignoring -- even opposing -- good solutions.
She said "abortion providers simply bemoan the lack of health care for working uninsured and poor pregnant women" when they should "demand that all states apply for available funding under the State Children’s Health Insurance Program."
While "abortion providers simply talk about women who are poor and need prenatal care," Foster says she can "tell women in need that pregnancy resource centers help lead women through the maze of available resources, including how to access Medicare funding and private sources of help."
Foster is calling for pro-life advocates and pro-life feminists "who believe women and men are capable of working together for nonviolent, holistic solutions" to "lead the way" in providing solutions to pregnant women in dire financial straits other than abortion.
Feminists for Life of America publishes a magazine entitled the American Feminist and its next issue puts its money where Fosters mouth is. It is an expanded and improved edition of “Raising Kids Cheap," a prior publication that provides resource listings for pregnant and parenting women.
"As you can imagine, this tool will be a welcome source of support for parents as well as pregnant women who feel forced to choose between their children and their education or careers, which are vital to caring for their children," Foster says.
Related web sites: Feminists for Life of America - http://www.feministsforlife.org/
America is facing a shortage of qualified health care professionals, including doctors and nurses. The Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) has identified over 6,000 Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas across the country, with 64 million Americans living in them. According to HRSA, it would take over 16,000 new primary care doctors in these shortage areas to meet the need. The problem is even more acute in crucial specialties such as obstetrics and gynecology. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reports that almost one third of women in rural areas live in counties with no practicing OB-GYNs. Observers predict the current problems will only get worse, with some foreseeing nationwide shortages of doctors and other health care professionals in the next decade.
Many factors affect the supply of doctors, including the aging U.S. population, low reimbursement rates paid by government-funded insurance programs like Medicare and Medicaid, burdensome paperwork mandates, and high medical malpractice insurance costs. But astoundingly, rather than working to bring more people from diverse backgrounds into the medical field, advocates of abortion have gone on record saying there should be fewer, not more, doctors.
The latest proof is found in the debate over the Obama Administration’s effort to overturn the provider conscience regulation. This regulation clarifies and implements longstanding federal laws prohibiting discrimination against health care workers who object to performing certain controversial medical procedures, such as abortion and sterilization.
In a New England Journal of Medicine op-ed written in opposition to the provider conscience regulation, UCLA adjunct law professor Julie D. Cantor argues that, to keep our health care system functioning, conscience rights must be stripped away. She believes doctors who practice life-affirming medicine or who otherwise object to providing abortion on demand should be booted out of the medical profession. In Cantor’s view, physicians should be required to provide, counsel on, and refer for “all legal options,” even if it violates their deeply held religious beliefs and moral convictions. So, if you are a doctor or medical student who has “qualms” with performing abortions, Cantor has a simple prescription for you: “do not practice women’s care.”
By Cantor’s logic, if you are opposed to euthanasia (now legal in some states) the answer is simply:: do not practice end-of-life care. In other words, if you happen to hold a view on ethical issues that differs from that of the official, state-imposed view—whatever that view may be, now or in the future—your only choice is to leave the profession or else face potential retribution.
Apparently Cantor and others sharing her view are willing to live with the devastating reductions in women’s access to medical care, especially in poor and rural areas, that would result from her dangerous prescription. Even a small percentage of practicing OB-GYNs leaving the profession would impose dire consequences on patients. Existing shortages would be exacerbated as students avoided or were turned away from training programs in health fields where their views were unwelcome. Not to mention the fact that much health care in the United States is provided by faith-based institutions like Catholic hospitals, which would be forced to shut their doors or reduce services if conscience protections were removed.
Unfortunately for patients, Cantor is not alone. Others, including The New York Times (which said in an editorial, “[a]ny doctors who cannot talk to patients about legally permitted care because it conflicts with their values should give up the practice of medicine”) have made public statements or taken actions reflecting this disturbing viewpoint . By proposing to overturn regulations protecting the conscience rights of health care providers, the Obama Administration is moving in a very troubling direction on health care issues and leaving doctors and nurses open to attack on account of their beliefs.
No one should be forced to violate their conscience. Now is the time to protect conscience rights and encourage caring individuals of all faiths and backgrounds to seek careers in the health professions. Let the Department of Health and Human Services know of your support for regulations protecting conscience rights in the health care work place by visiting www.adoctorsright.com and sending your comment before April 9.
Related link: Freedom2Care.org
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
March 24, 2009 --- Citizens now have a powerful, online tool to track the actions of Hawaii’s state legislature and individual legislators. HawaiiVotes.org is a free website that provides concise, non-partisan, plain-English descriptions of every bill, amendment and vote in the Hawaii House and Senate. These are all sortable by legislator, issue category, keyword and more, allowing a citizen to quickly create a custom “voting record guide” for any legislator on any issue.
How did a state representative or senator vote on an issue or bill that you care about? What bills and amendments did each legislator sponsor? What legislation actually became law this year – and what did not? What would all these bills actually do (vs. what their sponsors intend)? Which legislators have missed the most votes, and how many did yours miss? The answers to all those questions and more are at citizens’ fingertips 24 hours a day on HawaiiVotes.org.
HawaiiVotes.org is a free public service from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii (GRIH), a nonpartisan, nonprofit research and educational institution. The purpose of the new site is to inform citizens, media and public officials about legislation that affects their families, schools, jobs and communities.
Hundreds of thousands of red envelopes are on their way to Washington -- and there's nothing in them.
During prayer last January, Christ Otto had a vision of a huge number of red envelopes on the White House doorsteps. He shares that that spurred him on to do something on behalf of unborn children.
"The purpose of The Red Envelope Project is to send a non-political message to the president regarding the area of abortion through empty red envelopes -- each envelope representing one child who died in an abortion," he explains.
Otto says he knows of at least 1.3 million envelopes that have been sent already, and can only estimate how many were sent on red-letter day, the target day of the campaign. "My guess is that it will be several million [envelopes]," he comments.
It all started by word of mouth, then Facebook space and blogs were devoted to it -- all of which is an indication of what grassroots can do to impact an issue, he points out. The one final step Otto asks people to take is prayer.
"Pray for the president," he urges. "And I encourage people to pray The Life Prayer that goes: Jesus, I plead your blood over my sin and the sin of my nation. God, end abortion and send revival to America."
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
The Institute on Religion & Democracy is blasting the religious denomination of President Barack Obama for its recent stance on condom distribution inside houses of worship.
Recently, the HIV and AIDS Network of the United Church of Christ (UCC) said condoms should be handed out at places of worship. The statement was issued during a presentation to the denomination's Wider Church Ministries Board and also advocated making condoms available at faith-based educational settings. A UCC executive said that condom distribution is a matter of life and death and that condoms should be made available to save the lives of young people.
Calling it the denomination's "moral responsibility" to make condoms available, the UCC's executive for health and wellness advocacy said "people of faith make condoms available because we have chosen life so that we and our children may live."
Alan Wisdom, with the Institute on Religion & Democracy, believes the UCC's statement is dangerous. "It sends a message to youth particularly, the kids who meet in their Sunday schools, that the church really has no expectation of them in terms of sexuality, that it expects them to enter into multiple sexual relationships in the same way the world does, and that its only concern is they not pick up diseases," he notes. The UCC's condom distribution is the latest step in the denomination's departure from its Puritan roots, Wisdom concludes.
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Today is the fourth anniversary of the death of Terri Schiavo, the Florida woman who suffered starvation and dehydration at the hands of her physicians and her husband.
Married and in her twenties, Terri Schiavo suffered a sudden illness and was hospitalized, then put on a ventilator and a feeding tube. In a court battle with attempted congressional intervention, her family tried to prevent the removal of her feeding tube. However, her husband fought to remove it, and she eventually died.
The painful memory of that still lingers for her brother Bobby Schindler. "It certainly is a sad day. March 31 will mark the fourth year of Terri's death by dehydration, and there's really not a day that doesn't go by where our family doesn't think of Terri," he notes.
Many churches and individuals around the country are pausing today in prayer, but Schindler also urges people to remember the bigger battle.
"More importantly now is that there are other lives that are in jeopardy of being killed the way Terri's was," he adds. "Our family fights every day for other families faced with similar circumstances. This issue did not die with my sister."
Schindler fears tens of thousands of people worldwide may lose their lives in the same way. "Which was something that was absolutely barbaric, having to watch someone die by having their food and water taken away so that they could slowly dehydrate to death over a period of almost two weeks," he explains.
And Schindler is not the only person concerned about that. Ken Carpenter of Franklin Springs Family Media has produced a documentary called The Terry Schiavo Story.
"We got a limited view of the totality of the situation through the mainstream media," the filmmaker contends. "There are just many facts of the case that, I believe, Americans just were never aware of." (Hear audio report)
He believes most people only heard of the demonstrations and court battles but says there is more to the story. "In the film, David Gibbs, Terri's attorney, says it's his belief that if television cameras had been allowed in the room, Terri would still be alive today," Carpenter adds. "Terri was not terminally ill."
In the movie, Carpenter explains Schiavo was severely brain-damaged but experts said she could improve somewhat with appropriate therapy. "And she had family that was willing to take care of her," he points out.
He hopes the film will urge people to protect the disabled and vulnerable of society.
What you can do:
Honor Terri's memory. Learn more about how you can protect yourself and others from involuntary euthanasia.
- Contact Hawaii Right to Life at 585-8205 or email@example.com to arrange for a screening of The Terry Schiavo Story documentary.
- Hear Terri's brother, Bobby Schindler, speak at a FREE prolife conference in Hilo June 26 & 27. Contact Dave DeCleene, Hawaii Right to Life-Hilo for more information, 808-938-0616 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pause in prayer regarding this issue
- Share this information with others
By Kathleen Gilbert
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 30, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a leading pro-abortion politician and President Obama's highly controversial Health and Human Services (HHS) cabinet pick, is due to begin Senate hearings this week.
Sebelius will testify on March 31 before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which will examine her nomination as Secretary of Health and Human Services. No vote will be taken on her nomination at that time.
Sebelius will then appear before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee for examination on Thursday, April 2. The committee is expected to vote on her confirmation at that time. If the vote is not unanimous, her nomination will go to the full Senate.
While Sebelius claims to be "personally opposed" to abortion, her record shows a steady opposition to legislation restricting late-term abortion or enforcing existing restrictions. Once dubbed a pro-abortion "champion" by Planned Parenthood, Sebelius' consistent public support for abortion is so extreme that Kansas City's Archbishop Naumann ordered Sebelius not to receive Holy Communion. Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. has confirmed he would uphold the sanction.
"Gov. Sebelius is unfit to serve as Secretary of HHS because she owes her career to support from the radical the abortion lobby," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. "As HHS Secretary, she will have a platform whereby she can influence abortion policy, which could cost thousands of innocent lives."
"We strongly urge pro-life supporters to phone their Senators today and voice their opposition to Sebelius' confirmation to the post of HHS Secretary," said Newman. Full story here.
Find your U.S. Senators' contact information here
Monday, March 30, 2009
40 Days for Life Honolulu
March 30, 2009
40 Days for Life Honolulu and Bound4Life O'ahu partnered in a group prayer assembly/silent siege last Saturday.
Amazingly, the Star-Bulletin sent a photographer out to our prayer vigil on Saturday, then published it with a caption that actually says "pro-life"! http://bit.ly/162yr1
As opposed to how the photo caption reads in the Star-Bulletin, those pictured aren't "waving" to passerby, they are raising their arms in intercession before the Lord. And the clinic is on King St., not Beretania. And there were over 30 of us, not 20.... But that's not the important thing. The important thing is, the Lord was with us, and He heard our prayers! No doubt someday we will hear about the results of those fervent prayers, if not on Earth, then in Heaven.
The 40 Days for Life spring campaign is in its final week. Join us as we continue to pray fervently for an end to abortion. Get more information at 40DaysForLife.com/Honolulu.
Photo by Jamm Aquino, Star-Bulletin
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Alliance Defense Fund is ready to defend pro-life measures approved in Utah.
One of the laws prohibits abortions after the baby becomes viable, except when the physical health of the mother is in danger or to save the mother's life. The second measure would require that full information on abortion be given to a woman seeking one, including the fact that the unborn child will feel pain after 20 weeks gestation. Steven Aden is with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF).
"Utah's laws are just common-sense measures to protect innocent children, who are already old enough to live outside the womb, and their mothers, in line with the rulings from the Supreme Court," he explains.
ADF is offering to stand by Utah's side in the event of lawsuits. "We stand ready to litigate these laws as far as we need to go to establish that states have the right and the responsibility to pass reasonable, common-sense restrictions on abortion that protect women's health and protect human life," Aden adds.
The attorney expects Planned Parenthood and similar organizations will file suit. Although a third law passed by lawmakers provides funds for defending the measures, ADF is offering its assistance at no cost.
Associated Press - 3/29/2009 7:50:00 AM
HOUSTON - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has told a Planned Parenthood convention that reproductive rights, as well as women's rights and empowerment, are key issues in President Barack Obama's foreign policy.
Clinton vowed her support for these issues during a speech Friday evening at the Planned Parenthood's national conference in Houston.
She was honored by Planned Parenthood...the nation's leading abortionist.... with its Margaret Sanger Award, the organization's highest honor, for her work throughout her public service career on behalf of women's health and reproductive rights. Full story here.
Pastor Walter Hoye has spent a week in a California jail on charges related to his ministry at a Berkeley abortion clinic.
Hoye was ordered to serve 30 days in jail and pay a $1,000 fine after refusing the court's offer of probation. Catie Short of the Life Legal Defense Foundation explains that Hoye declined probation because the court ordered him not to help women.
"He told the court that he would do his best to comply with the law," says Short. "It's not like he's saying, 'I'm going to go out there and violate the law. But in the meantime, I want to be able to go and offer alternatives to women who are considering abortion.'"
The judge ordered him to stay 100 yards away from the abortion clinic, which Short calls a severe restriction on free speech. She has also filed suit in federal court asking that the ordinance Hoye violated be declared unconstitutional.
"We are filing motions for summary judgment May 1, and they'll be heard on June 5, and we are very optimistic the court will find the law to be unconstitutional," she adds. According to Short, Hoye is spending his time behind bars talking to inmates about Jesus -- just as he did at the abortion clinics.
A Kansas jury has found notorious abortionist, George Tiller, not guilty on all counts.
Tiller faced 19 misdemeanor charges that accused him of violating state laws involving late-term abortions. Cheryl Sullinger of Operation Rescue tells OneNewsNow they were disappointed with the verdict.
"We have to remember that these were the weakest of the charges that could have been brought by the state," she notes. "There were 30 charges that had been brought by former Attorney General Phil Kline in 2006 that were dismissed on jurisdictional reasons without having ever been considered on their merit." Had Tiller faced those charges, Sullinger is confident he would have been convicted.
Operation Rescue was at the forefront of the investigation, so Sullinger was asked if they are finished with Tiller. "We have a number of other projects, and we believe that there's [sic] plenty of things that Tiller has done that violated the law that eventually, we're just going to keep pressing on until we finally get justice and we finally get a conviction," she concludes. Read the rest of the OneNewsNow story here
March 27, 2009
By the time that I walked into the operating room, the drug that they gave me to numb my feelings had started to take affect but I was still startled by the blood on the floor and in the trash can next to the table. I hesitated, and they told me firmly to get on the table. Their tone was different than the friendly assistant that provided the paperwork for me to sign and the pills for me to take in the reception area. I got on the table and a woman came over to hold my hand and I was comforted by her presence. But when the pain starts and I begin to moan, she squeezed my hand very hard and told me to “shut up!” The doctor told her to keep me quiet because others were waiting in line on the other side of the wall.
When it was over, I went back to the nicely decorated waiting room. I cried by myself and aside from a brief comment from a staff member, no one comforted me. They had me wait for a little while and then took me out to my waiting boyfriend. I continued to cry and he hugged me and we began the walk to the subway in Boston and took the long train ride back home. The train ride jarred and shook me and intensified the pain. I wondered if people on the train could tell what I just did.
“It’s just tissue.” they said. “Not a baby. You will feel better when it is all over.” In reality, the suffering had just begun. I could not have fathomed the depth of the heartache and grief that would engulf my life. This was my second abortion. The first came from being molested by my uncle, and it would not be my last. My life had begun a downward spiral, with one bad choice leading to another. I couldn’t seem to escape from the vicious cycle I had inherited from my family, though I yearned desperately to. My boyfriend and I parted ways. Though we loved each other, the specter of our babies loomed between us and eventually drove us apart.
I hardened myself and pushed down the grief and pain. Wasn’t that you are supposed to do? “Fix” the problem and move on with your life and forget the life of your children? I had no place to leave the pain and so it found its home deep within my soul and I barred it from ever showing its ugly head.
I went on to marry a flawed, but good, man and we began our life together. I was a woman who was absolutely broken inside and frantic for a new way of life. Married life was not easy. I carried the baggage with me into the relationship. I was anxious to have a child, as is often the case when a woman has had an abortion. The physical, emotional and spiritual longing for a child became very powerful. It was while I was pregnant with my oldest daughter that I surrendered my life to my Savior. I believe He knew that by revealing Himself to me while I was with child, that I would begin to receive His love and forgiveness and understand how great His love for me is.
The trouble was that, although I had accepted His love and His forgiveness, I did not allow myself to grieve nor did I forgive myself. While other aspects of my heart healed…my shame about the abortions actually worsened over time. It seemed that the more the Holy Spirit revealed God to me, the more I was devastated to realize how horrible what I had done was. I kept the shame and secret locked deep inside and tried to go on with my life but I struggled with depression, feelings of despair and trouble in relationships. I would lay the secret at His feet only to somehow find I was carrying it again.
Many years later I began working as a Community Outreach Director at a crisis pregnancy center. As I spoke to churches and counseled woman in unplanned pregnancies I had to come face to face… daily… with my shame and my secret. Then finally, the Lord showed me that, although I had truly asked Him into my life and sincerely set about to know Him and His ways, I had unknowingly set this sin apart as too shameful and too horrible for Him to handle. Not everyone needs to profess out loud the sins that they have committed, but by doing to so… to my family and people the Lord brought my way… I was able to at last release it to Him and truly begin to heal, some twenty years later. I then went through the stages of mourning and allowed myself to grieve the babies that I had lost.
I am not alone. Just one abortion is enough to sink your future into the muck of depression, addictions and relationship difficulties. Countless Christ-centered, God fearing women carry around the shame and the secret of abortion. They serve in ministries, they love their families, they do their jobs and they silently suffer, thinking that if no one knows they will be able to just “move on.” Women’s hearts long for the healing process but they sometimes fear condemnation if their secret is exposed. They may not say it out loud but deep inside they wonder if what they did was too awful for even Jesus and they fear the loss of loved ones.
As for me, I continue even now to move through the stages of healing. The birth of my grandson revived intense feelings of loss. Each time I looked into his precious face I mourned anew. But the difference now is that, I not only lay it at my Savior’s Feet, I jump up into the shelter if His lap and soak in the love and healing that only He can bring.
Abortion Recovery Resources:
- Aloha Pregnancy Care and Counseling Center,808.234.SAFE, AlohaPregnancySolutions.com/support.htm
- Hope Alive Hawaii, 808.381.3805, HopeAlive-Hawaii.com
- Abortion Recovery InterNational, 1.866.4MYRECOVERY, AbortionRecoveryInterNational.org
- Elliot Institute, AfterAbortion.org and UnChoice.info
- Rachel's Vineyard, 1.877.HOPE4ME, RachelsVineyard.org
- Silent No More Awareness Campaign, SilentNoreMoreAwareness.org
by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com Editor
March 19, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Abortion advocates in Congress have proposed a new bill that further weakens abstinence education at a time when news reports indicate the teen birth rate is soaring. Although comprehensive sexual education is clearly not working, abortion backers want more taxpayer dollars for it. Flying under the radar, a new bill hit both the House and Senate on Wednesday. Rep. Barbara Lee, a California Democrat, and Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a New Jersey Democrat, have introduced the "Responsible Education about Life" (REAL) Act to fund programs that feature mostly sexual education and very little in the way of abstinence promotion. "Unlike its name suggests, the REAL Act would pump millions of dollars into federal grants for 'abstinence plus' programs, which are heavy on contraception and light on abstinence," Family Research Council president Tony Perkins tells LifeNews.com. "Not surprisingly, both NARAL and Planned Parenthood are lobbying on behalf of the bill," he continued. "And why not? When the contraception pushed in these programs fails -- as it will -- a new generation of abortion customers will be born." Full story at LifeNews.com
by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com Editor
March 19, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Several medical professionals have recorded new videos that are being sent to the Obama administration asking President Barack Obama to keep abortion conscience protections in place. Obama is considering rescinding the additional protections President Bush gave medical staff.
The doctor, nurse, and two medical students are giving their testimonials on the importance of conscience protection in the medical field in four new videos.
They are part of the effort the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is organizing urging Catholics to tell the Obama Administration to retain Health and Human Services regulations.
Giving her testimonial in English and in Spanish, Sally Sanchez, R.N. of Provena Mercy Medical Center in Aurora, Illinois said she can be a better nurse because of the protections.
“As part of our every action, I have to make a decision. Here I draw on my education, my life’s experience and my conscience," she said. “If our government will not respect my right to follow my conscience, I can't be the kind of professional you want at your bedside.”
Myles Sheehan, M.D., who practices internal medicine and geriatrics, speaks in the video on the responsibilities of his field, noting that he and his colleagues “hold the extraordinary power of medicine in our hands.”
“We depend on our conscience for guidance as we work with our patients. For years, our government has recognized the importance of protecting conscience in a democratic society, especially in the field of medicine where human lives hang in the balance,” said Dr. Sheehan, who is also a Jesuit priest.
Medical students Michael and Kathryn Redinger of the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University in Chicago mentioned the Hippocratic Oath to do no harm to their patients.
“We'll rely on conscience so we never violate this oath,” said Kathryn.
Obama has proposed removing the protections that provided better enforcement for existing conscience laws for medical professionals.
The Bush administration put the protections in place after learning that medical centers and staff were facing increasing pressure to be involved in abortions despite three federal laws prohibiting such discrimination.
The USCCB and other pro-life groups are urging pro-life advocates to respond to the proposal and the deadline for sending comments about the Obama administration's proposal to revoke conscience protections for medical professionals is April 9.
They have a established a new web site, Freedom2Care.org, that makes it easier for pro-life advocates to respond to the decision.
You can express your opposition to the Obama proposal by emailing email@example.com. Comments may be submitted electronically on the Web site www.Regulations.gov (by entering 0991-AB49 in the search box).
And by mail, one original and two copies of written comments may be sent to: Office of Public Health and Science, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: Rescission Proposal Comments, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Ave. SW, Room 716G, Washington, DC 20201.
The Bush conscience rules were intended to educate those in the medical field as well as the general public about the rights of medical personnel to treat their patients in accordance with their conscience free from discrimination or intimidation.
They also give health care professionals recourse to the HHS Office of Civil Rights and a way to press charges in the event they experience discrimination.
These videos can be found along with other USCCB pro-life resources and a link to contacting Health and Human Services at http://www.usccb.org/conscienceprotection.
by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com Editor
March 19, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved President Barack Obama's pro-abortion nominee for the Office of Legal Counsel. In a party line vote, the committee signed off on Dawn Johnsen, a former NARAL attorney, who will become Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Legal Counsel. Johnsen is currently a professor at the Indiana University School of Law, but she is also a longtime abortion advocate and was the Legal Director for NARAL from 1988-1993. Johnsen has come under fire for equating pregnancy with slavery and, ironically, a pro-abortion Republican quizzed her about that during the hearing. The 11-7 vote reflects sharp division over Johnsen's writings and her position on issues unrelated to pro-life concerns that also upset Senate Republicans on the committee. She is the first of Obama's Justice Department nominees not to receive at least one vote from Republican members of the panel. When her nomination comes before the Senate, which will be next week at the earliest, Johnsen will be opposed by most of the chamber's Republicans. The only committee member who did not vote on Johnsen's nomination was Sen. Arlen Specter, who questioned her on the pregnancy-slavery connection she made. Full story at LifeNews.com
by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com Editor
March 20, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The Obama administration today reversed a Bush administration ban on sending taxpayer-funded birth control to a British-based abortion business. This is the second time President Barack Obama has given American aid to Marie Stopes International, which does abortions around the world. In September 2003, President Bush took action to block sending taxpayer-funded contraceptive supplies to Marie Stopes (MSI) through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). MSI participated in a joint venture with other organizations to provide medical care to AIDS victims in Africa and Asia. The Bush administration said the United States shouldn't have a relationship with MSI because it supports the China population control program that only allows couples to have one child. Chinese authorities have failed to clean out the Augean stables of their own policy, which has seen local officials rely on campaigns of forced abortions, involuntary sterilizations and other human rights abuses to enforce the one-child rule. MSI has a role as implementing partner to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in China. Under Obama's direction, USAID reversed the policy, which abortion advocates claimed prevented women from getting contraception and exposed them to unsafe abortions and death. Full story at LifeNews.com
by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com Editor
March 23, 2009
Madison, WI (LifeNews.com) -- Medical officials in Wisconsin are checking into claims that teenage girls in Wisconsin are engaging in self-abortions using veterinary drugs intended to treat livestock. The strange phenomenon has been increasingly reported in the Midwestern state even though the abortion drug mifepristone is readily available. Abortion advocates claim that making surgical abortions and medical abortions using the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug more available stops so-called "back alley abortions" where women do their own abortions. But that doesn't appear to be the case in Wisconsin. Officials with the Care Net Pregnancy Center of Green County in Monroe say they know of at least 10 teenage girls who have used the veterinarian drugs meant for cattle to do self-abortions. Anna Anderson, the director of the center has said the girls find the drugs are significantly cheaper than buying the mifepristone abortion pill at Planned Parenthood or an independent abortion business. She also says the rural teens are using the cow drugs because they didn't want their parents to find out about their pregnancies. Anderson says she is concerned because the drug will obviously kill the developing baby, but hurt the teens as well. Full story at LifeNews.com
by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com Editor
March 20, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The nomination didn't create much of a buzz or opposition, but the Senate voted on Friday to approve Elena Kagan to serve as Solicitor General. However, the selection of Kagan could have a tremendous impact as she will become the attorney who represents the government before the Supreme Court. Because the Solicitor General defends the laws of the United States, Kagan would be in a position to defend laws that either support or oppose abortion. The Senate voted 61-31 for Kagan's nomination with a solid group of pro-life advocates opposing the nomination. The Senate's small cadre of pro-abortion Republicans joined Senate Democrats in approving her for the prestigious position. Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the pro-life women's group Susan B. Anthony List, told LifeNews.com her organization urged pro-life advocates to ask their members of the Senate to vote no on Kagan, who has a longstanding pro-abortion position. "In the past Kagan has been a strong supporter of the pro-abortion agenda," Dannenfelser explains. "She has vigorously opposed the de-funding of taxpayer-funded clinics which promote abortions, despite the fact that a majority of Americans do not want their tax dollars to fund abortion providers." Full story at LifeNews.com
by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com Editor
March 23, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A federal court on Monday ordered the Food and Drug Administration to reconsider its decision preventing minors from purchasing the morning after pill without a prescription. When the FDA made the Plan B drug available over the counter, it prohibited such sales to people under the age of 18. While pro-life groups were upset the drug was made available without consulting a doctor, they said the limits in selling it to teenagers were necessary. Today, U.S. District Judge Edward R. Korman ordered the FDA to make the drug available to women as young as 17 within the next 30 days and to consider reversing its entire decision on selling the morning after pill to minors. Korman sided with abortion advocates who claimed the FDA didn't follow its normal protocols when making the decision. The Washington Post indicated Korman said the "record is clear that the FDA's course of conduct regarding Plan B departed in significant ways from the agency's normal procedures regarding similar applications to switch a drug from prescription to non-prescription use." Wendy Wright, the president of Concerned Women for America, said the age restrictions need more enforcement, not less. Wright said selling the morning after pill over the counter will make it easier for men who abuse young women to cover up their crimes. Full story at LifeNews.com.