Friday, May 01, 2009

Government vs. Conscience: where do human rights come from?

A thoughtful BreakPoint commentary about the Obama Administration's proposal removal of healthcare conscience rights. Read it here.

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Pro-Abortion Supreme Court Justice David Souter to Retire, Had Backed Roe

Full story at LifeNews.com

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Dominican Republic permanently protects preborn humans through Constitution

In response to recent efforts by international pro-abortion groups seeking to decriminalize abortion in the Dominican Republic, legislators permanently enshrined the right to life for pre-born humans by rewriting the Constitution of the Dominican Republic with the words "the right to life is inviolable from conception until death."

The vote of 167 to 32 was held yesterday afternoon and served as a major victory to those working to protect all human life. Full story from PersonhoodUSA.com

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Texas State House Could Vote Soon on Bill to Lower Penalties for Infanticide

by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com Editor
April 29, 2009

Austin, TX (LifeNews.com) -- When the Supreme Court handed down the Roe v. Wade decision that allowed virtually unlimited abortions, pro-life advocates said it would lead to a slippery slope. In Texas, legislators could slide down that slope when they vote on a bill that would lower the penalty for some mothers who engage in infanticide.

HB 3318 would reduce the crime of infanticide from capital murder to a state jail felony and the measure could receive a vote soon in the Texas House of Representatives.

The bill is now eligible to be scheduled on the House calendar since the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee recently approved it.

Jonathan Saenz, director of legislative affairs at Free Market Foundation, who testified against the bill during the committee hearing, told LifeNews.com that Texans need to contact their lawmakers to oppose HB 3318.

“We already have incomplete protection for unborn children, and the assault, under this bill, will now extend to babies once they're born by giving them less protection,” he said. Full story at LifeNews.com

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President Obama's First 100 Days: Major Abortion Promotion, Attacking Pro-Lifers

by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com Editor
April 29, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- President Barack Obama marks his first 100 days in the White House today and his record is replete with aggressive promotion of abortion and attacks on pro-life advocates. Obama has used tax dollars to pay for abortion and embryonic stem cell research and stacked his administration with abortion advocates.

The president's litany of anti-life decisions began immediately after his election in November, when he selected a long-time abortion advocate as his White House chief of staff.

Obama began fulfilling his promises to abortion advocates during his first week in office when he overturned the Mexico City Policy that prevented forcing taxpayers to fund groups that promote and perform abortions in other countries.

Instead of urging Americans to honor and respect the dignity and worth of human life as other presidents have done, Obama used the 36th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision to celebrate the 50 million abortions that have been done since then. Full story at LifeNews.com
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Clinton Announces U.S. Global Push for Abortion

Hillary Clinton
Last week at a United States (US) House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that there was a new administration in place with different values, beliefs and global agenda. Nothing illustrated this rupture with previous US policy more than her admission that the Obama administration interprets the term “reproductive health” to include abortion...
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Also National Review Abortion Abroad

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Legal abortion has turned Mexican capital into 'murderous city,' archdiocese warns

The Archdiocese of Mexico City’s weekly newspaper, Desde la Fe, called the second anniversary of the legalization of abortion up to the twelfth week “disastrous,” saying the Mexican capital has been turned into a “murderous city,’ with more than 23,000 abortions and 14 maternal deaths as a result.
CNA Article

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Act! Legislative Alert for Hawaii Senate Bill 777, SD 1, HD 1

This bill addresses comprehensive sexuality health education in Hawai'i. Catholic Charities' Try Wait and the Boys and Girls Club's Smart Moves could be defunded by this bill. The Hawai'i House amended the bill so it would not affect these programs but the Senate did not, so the bill is going into conference.

Action needed: Please call or email the Senate Conference Committee members and ask that they accept the House version of SB 777, SD 1, HD 1. (The House conferees have not yet been announced.) The Senate conferees are:

Senator David Ige 586-6230 or sendige@capitol.hawaii.gov
Senator Josh Green 586-9385 or sengreen@capitol.hawaii.gov
Senator Roslyn Baker 586-6070 or senbaker@capitol.hawaii.gov


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Talk Story with Father Frank Pavone

Talk story with internationally renowned prolife leader Father Frank Pavone, proceeds to benefit Hawaii Right to Life. Dinner on September 20, 5:30pm at Hale Koa, Honolulu. $50 per person; table sponsorships available. Contact Deacon Kin Borja at 224.0696 or 455.7888 or kinborja@aol.com.

Action alert: Obama Pro-Abortion Judicial Pick David Hamilton Gets Senate Hearing Wednesday

by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com Editor
April 27, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday on President Barack Obama's first pro-abortion judicial nomination. Obama named David Hamilton, a former Clinton federal district court nominee, to serve on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Hamilton was initially appointed by President Clinton to a district judgeship in Indiana in 1994 even though the ABA gave him a “not qualified” rating.

In that position, Hamilton issued a series of rulings over seven years that prevented Indiana from implementing its informed consent law that would give women information about abortion's risks and alternatives.

Sen. Pat Leahy, a pro-abortion Vermont Democrat who is the chairman of the Senate panel, scheduled a hearing on Wednesday for Hamilton's nomination after Republicans boycotted an earlier hearing saying they were not given enough time to prepare for it.

Hamilton has the backing of that Indiana’s Republican senator, Dick Lugar, but pro-life Sen. James Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican, has already pledged to filibuster Hamilton's nomination.

Meanwhile, pro-life Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, another Republican, has also indicated he is potentially voting against Hamilton and perhaps supporting a filibuster of his nomination.“There is a growing frustration in the Judiciary Committee about a pattern of far-left nominees,” Sessions said. “I believe the president deserves deference, but he’s about used all the deference he’s going to get out of me.”

Hamilton found his decision against the Indiana informed consent law overturned by the appeals court where he may serve.

In fact, the 7th Circuit Court issued a statement chiding him for holding up the law."For seven years Indiana has been prevented from enforcing a statute materially identical to a law held valid by the Supreme Court in Casey, by this court in Karlin, and by the fifth circuit in Barnes," the appeals judges wrote in their decision.

"No court anywhere in the country (other than one district judge in Indiana [i.e., Hamilton]) has held any similar law invalid in the years since Casey," they added. "[I]t is an abuse of discretion for a district judge to issue a pre-enforcement injunction while the effects of the law (and reasons for those effects) are open to debate."

Although President Obama claims to want to reduce abortions, his appellate court pick prevented a law from going into effect that has been proven to reduce abortions when put in place in other states.

Prior to becoming a federal judge, Hamilton was the vice president for litigation and a board member of the Indiana branch of the ACLU, a top pro-abortion law firm.

ACTION: Contact your members of the Senate and express your opposition to Hamilton's nomination. You can find contact information for your senator at http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Notre Dame Loses $8.2 Million in Withheld Donations over Obama Scandal

On the same day that former Vatican ambassador Mary Ann Glendon announced that she has decided to refuse Notre Dame's Laetare Medal due to the university's invitation of Obama to receive an honorary degree at this year's commencement ceremony, a group protesting the decision has announced that the university has also lost millions in donations because of the scandal. (See: LifeSiteNews Article here)
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Another Planned Parenthood Cover-Up - Memphis, TN

The Mona Lisa Project has exposed another instance where Planned Parenthood would have an allegedly pregnant 14 year old girl lie about her 31 year old boyfriend in a state where this would is a felony.



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Hawaii Pro-Life Conference Coming in June

Hawaii Right To Life - Hilo is sponsoring a Family Life Issues Conference on June 26-27. The conference will be Friday, June 26, 5:00pm to 9:30pm, and Saturday, June 27, 10:00am to 9:30pm at the Saint Joseph Gym.

The purpose of this free conference is to build an ecumenical network and present a unified front in response to legislation that may be introduced that opposes traditional, Constitutional, and Judeo-Christian moral principles. The three-fold purpose of this conference:

1) To build a coalition of pro-life individuals on the Big Island and across Hawaii to act in concert for life issues
2) To provide education and materials promoting life issues
3) To initiate an ecumenical movement wherein churches and other pro-life groups can work together

This conference features nationally-known pro-life leaders Joseph Scheidler of Pro-Life Action League; Bobby Schindler (brother of Terri Schindler Schiavo); and Pastor Walter Hoye.

For more information, visit http://hawaiirighttolifehilo.blogspot.com/2009/04/family-life-issues-conference.html or contact Dave DeCleene at davedecleene@gmail.com