Thursday, July 16, 2009

Amnesty Again Agitates for Abortion – This Time in Peru

By Piero A. Tozzi

(NEW YORK – C-FAM) The human rights organization Amnesty International has just issued a report on maternal mortality in Peru that promotes abortion in the pro-life nation while advancing controversial interpretations of international law. The report, "Fatal Flaws: Barriers to Maternal Health in Peru," also acknowledges that lack of emergency obstetric care – and not access to abortion – is the largest contributing factor to high maternal death rates in the Andean nation, while listing obstacles faced by poor, often indigenous, women in gaining access to basic maternal and newborn care. Read more

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Nations Reject Abortion Language at UN Geneva Meeting

By Samantha Singson

(NEW YORK – C-FAM) Last week in Geneva, Switzerland, negotiations went down to the wire as the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) wound down its high-level meeting on health. After a marathon negotiating session that lasted until the wee hours of the morning, delegates adopted the Ministerial Declaration on "implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to global public health" rejecting a push by the United States (US) and most European Union (EU) countries to include language that some interpret to include abortion. Read more

President Barack Obama's Pro-Abortion Record: A Pro-Life Compilation

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White House: like Obama, Surgeon General Nominee Regina Benjamin Backs Abortion

Washington, DC ( -- White House officials have confirmed that President Barack Obama's nominee for Surgeon General may be a Catholic, but agrees with his pro-abortion position. Regina Benjamin is a well-regarded Alabama physician who has been honored by the Catholic Church for helping poor residents of her state. Full story here.

Astronauts Launch New Pro-Life TV Commercial after CNN, NBC Reject Ads

Houston, TX ( -- A pro-life group whose first two television commercials were rejected by NBC and CNN has unveiled a new ads that promote the potential of human life. The ads feature clips of astronaut Neil Armstrong and they have the support of top astronauts Dr. Joseph Kerwin and Gene Krantz. Full story here.

Sonia Sotomayor Calls Abortion: "Woman's Right to Terminate Her Pregnancy"

Washington, DC ( -- During questioning on Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sonia Sotomayor was questioned again about her board membership on a pro-abortion Hispanic group that repeatedly urged the Supreme Court to allow unlimited abortions paid for at taxpayer expense. Full story here.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Senate Commttee Adopts Healthcare Reform Bill that Funds, Promotes Abortions

Washington, DC ( -- A Senate committee today adopted a health care restructuring bill that is everything pro-life advocacy groups fear -- because it will lead to abortion funding and coverage. The Senate HELP Committee, on a partisan 13-10 vote, cleared the health care reform bill for further consideration. Full story here.

Action: Please call your members of the House and Senate immediately at 202-224-3121 and urge them to vote against any health care bill that doesn't exclude abortion. You can find specific contact info at and or click here for NRLC's action alert page.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Training Seminar on Pregnancy Loss and Unresolved Grief

Rachel's Vineyard Ministries is offering an important training seminar on Pregnancy Loss and Unresolved Grief scheduled for Tuesday, September 29, 2009.

The keynote speakers are the founders of Rachel's Vineyard Ministries, Dr. Theresa Burke, PhD, LPC, NPC, and Kevin Burke, MSS, LSW. This event is being sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu's Respect Life Office.

The issues addressed at this clinical training seminar are of grave importance to all Christians and professionals, especially those who work in the fields of education, psychology, mental health counseling, pastoral counseling, marriage and family therapy, social work, campus ministry, pastoral leadership (clergy), healthcare, medicine, public policy, ethics, population studies, and other related areas.

WHAT: Clinical Training Seminar on Pregnancy Loss & Unresolved Grief
Seminar Topics: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, traumatic re-enactment, men and pregnancy termination, how trauma impacts the brain, research on pregnancy loss, caring for special wounds, healing the wounded spirit, Clinical vs. Pastoral Models of Healing, Utilizing the Grief Process, Rituals and Sensory-Based Treatment.

WHO: Theresa Burke and Kevin Burke, founders of Rachel's Vineyard Ministries

WHEN: Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 8:30am to 5:00pm (special breakout session at 3:40pm - 5pm for clergy and RV retreat leaders and counselors).

WHERE: St. Stephen's Diocesan Center - 6301 Pali Hwy (in the meeting hall)

WHY: To educate our community leaders and residents on abortion trauma, and to provide resources and methods for healing; CEU's are available for Professional Counselors (through the ACA), and will be available for Social Workers.

REGISTRATION FEE: $30 in advance (by September 18th) or $40 at the door. Includes food, beverages, and materials.

To register for this seminar, please mail your contact information (name, organization/church, address, phone number, and email address), indicate whether or not you are a licensed professional seeking CEU's (as a counselor or social worker), and include a check or money order for $30.00 made out to Respect Life and mail it to Rachel's Vineyard Ministries, P.O. Box 277, Waianae, HI 96792. A confirmation letter, receipt and additional information will be emailed or mailed to you shortly thereafter.

Please contact Lisa Shorba at 469-5470 or at if you have any questions or would like a seminar registration form with all the details emailed to you.

Please note: Rachel's Vineyard (RV) Ministries is a non-profit organization with headquarters in Pennsylvania. Rachel's Vineyard Ministries in Hawaii is endorsed by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu's Respect Life Office.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Obama Admin Ignored Majority Who Opposed Embryonic Stem Cell Research Rules

Washington, DC ( -- The National Institutes of Health is drawing condemnation today from pro-life advocates who say it ignored the majority of Americans who opposed the proposed guidelines that would implement President Barack Obama's decision to force taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Signs Pro-Life Bill with Abortion Conscience Clause

Baton Rouge, LA ( -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a bill Tuesday that gives pro-life doctors and other medical professionals more conscience protections on abortion under state law. The covers both public and private health care workers and allows them to opt out of involvement in abortions.

Candaian Parliament Will Debate Bill to Legalize Assisted Suicide in September

Ottawa, Canada ( -- The Canadian Parliament is scheduled to begin debating a bill that would legalize assisted suicide in September. Leading pro-life, medical and disability rights groups are working now to prepare the educational and lobbying process needed to stop the legislation.

House Committee Defeats Amendment to Stop Obama's Tax-Funded Abortions in Washington, D.C.

Washington, DC ( -- A House committee on Tuesday night defeated a pro-life amendment designed to stop President Barack Obama's plan to fund abortions in the nation's capital with taxpayer dollars. The House Appropriations Committee voted largely along partisan lines to prevent restoration of the funding ban. Full story here.

Biotech Company Creates iPS Stem Cells From Samples of Human Blood

Madison, WI ( -- In a breakthrough that is yet another advance for an ethical alternative to embryonic stem cell research, a Wisconsin company has created iPS stem cells from a sample of human blood. The iPS cells are cells that operate just like embryonic stem cells but without having to destroy human life to obtain them. Full story here.

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Alert: Act Now to Stop Abortion in Congress' Healthcare Plans

Washington, DC ( -- A top pro-life group is calling for pro-life advocates to contact their members of the House and Senate and urge that abortion specifically be excluded from any health care plan it approves.

The National Right to Life Committee says three bills advancing in Congress pose a threat to cover abortions or force funding of them with taxpayer funds unless Congress adopts language saying abortion coverage is now allowed. So far, two massive health care bills have been unveiled, one in the Senate and one in the House. The full House is expected to vote on its version of the bill at the end of July. Senate floor action could occur shortly thereafter.

"These two bills pose one of the greatest threats to pro-life policies since the Supreme Court handed down its Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion in 1973," Douglas Johnson, legislative director for Right to Life, told on Wednesday.

"These bills contain multiple provisions that would result in federally mandated insurance coverage of abortion on demand, with massive federal subsidies, as well as mandated creation of many new abortion clinics and the nullification of at least some state limitations on abortion." Johnson added, "The pro-abortion movement sees federal 'health care reform' legislation as a golden opportunity to force-feed abortion into every nook and cranny of the health-care delivery system. Their goal, as they sometimes put it, is to 'mainstream' abortion. If Obama and his allies succeed, the result will be a very large increase in the number of abortions performed in America."

Take action now! Click here to email a message prepared by the National Right to Life Committe. Or, you may draft your own message by going to and and asking your election officials to specifically exclude abortion from any health care bill. You may also contact any senator at 202-224-3121 and any House member at 202-225-3121.

Planned Parenthood Hails Abortion Drug as Safe, Ignores How It Killed Women

Washington, DC ( -- Planned Parenthood has released a new study it claims shows the dangerous abortion drug mifepristone is now safe, but the study ignores how Planned Parenthood's own protocol resulted in the deaths of women. Full story here.

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Planned Parenthood Study Shows One-Fourth of Abortions Involve Dangerous Drug

Washington, DC ( -- A new Planned Parenthood study finds one-fourth of all of the abortions done in the United States now involves the dangerous abortion drug mifepristone. That is the drug that has caused the deaths of more than a dozen women worldwide -- including at least six in the United States -- and has injured more than 1,200 nationwide according to figures from 2007. Full story here.

Scientists Create Human Sperm from Embryonic Stem Cells, Destroy Human Life

London, England ( -- British scientists have used embryonic stem cells to create human sperm and made a breakthrough that they say will could revolutionize fertility treatment. However, their discovery couldn't have been accomplished without the destruction of a unique human being and is drawing heat because of it.

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Senate Bbegins Hearing on Pro-Abortion Supreme Court Pick Sotomayor Monday

Washington, DC ( -- The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to begin hearings on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor on Monday. Though Republican lawmakers are grumbling about the accelerated hearing process and not having enough time to review last-minute documents, they are allowing the hearing to move ahead. Full story here.