Saturday, September 26, 2009
An important prayer event coming to Honolulu is Life Chain. Life Chain started over 20 years ago and is held on the first Sunday of October in over 1,400 cities across America. I have coordinated the Life Chain Honolulu events the past two years. I would like to ask you invite your churches and groups and come and join us. Life Chain flyers are available by contacting me at isaiah40daysforlife(at)gmail(dot)com.
Kaimuki: On Saturday, Oct. 3 (3:00-4:00 PM), Life Chain Honolulu will gather along the sidewalk intersection in Kaimuki Town (corner of Koko Head & Wai'alae Avenues) for an hour of prayer.
Capitol: Also, on Sunday, Oct. 4 (4:00-5:00 PM), Life Chain Honolulu will gather along the sidewalk in front of our Hawaii State Capitol to pray for an hour.
Come out, bring a chair (optional), and hold a sign to pray for an end to abortion in Hawai'i, the USA and the world. You can visit nationallifechain.org, lifechain.net or lifechainhonolulu.com for information and resources. Please forward to your friends and contacts!
Aloha Ke Akua!
Life Chain Honolulu Coordinator
Friday, September 25, 2009
September 24, 2009
By Dave Andrusko
I'm not so innocent as to believe that facts always "speak for themselves." There can be an honest difference of opinion about the meaning of the facts, or important information omitted/unavailable, or great uncertainty about the "unanticipated consequences," to mention just three reasons some things might not be as obvious as a first read of the "facts" would suggest.
But there are other occasions when the truth of a proposition is so straightforward that it all but jumps up and smacks you in the face. When that is in the context of a growing threat to our liberties, we ignore it at our peril.
I offer the courageous and prophetic remarks of Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell which you can watch at www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6rY3rxb60k When I sent this out to friends yesterday, I added this introduction: "If this doesn't scare you, nothing will."
There is no more consistent or articulate defender of the First Amendment in the Senate than McConnell. McConnell was on the floor of the Senate denouncing an action that was as outrageous as it was chilling.
As the publication Roll Call put it this morning, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus "asked Jonathan Blum, acting director of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Center for Drug and Health Plan Choice and a former Baucus Medicaid policy aide, to investigate a mailer by the insurance giant Humana that was critical of Baucus' health care reform bill. Blum sent Humana a letter warning them to stop sending out the critical mailers and said the agency is investigating the company's activities."
McConnell put it plainly and bluntly. "We cannot allow government officials to target individuals or companies because they do not like what they have to say." He went on (almost plaintively), "Is this what we believe as a Senate -- that this body should debate a trillion-dollar health care bill that affects every American while using the powerful arm of government to shut down speech?" Read more.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Published research documents abortion's injustice and harm to women. Learn more at http://www.theunchoice.com/pblresearch.htm
Pass the news on.
God Bless us all.
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Clinical Training Seminar
Pregnancy Loss & Unresolved Grief
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Certified Diplomat of the American Psychotherapy Association, American Board for
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TIME 8:30 am to 5 :00 p.m.
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redeem hearts broken by abortion. " Fr. Frank Pavone.
Over 4,000 children have their lives taken each day in the name of choice.
Over 4,000 women are emotionally damaged every day.
On October 20, people from all over this nation will give up their voices for a day in solidarity for these children. Red arm bands and duct tape will identify them as taking part in the Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity. They will carry fliers explaining why they are silent and educate others about the plight of the innocent children we are losing every day.
Are you willing to give up your voice for a day for those who will never have a voice?
Register Here - Registration is free, we just need to know how many people and schools are participating. Learn more.
--Honolulu City Councilman Gary Okino following the 40 Days for Life Honolulu Fall Campaign kick-off rally on September 22, 2009
40 Days for Life Honolulu www.40daysforlife.com/honolulu
September 22, 2009
The Carillon concerts from the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill may soon ring out with Saint-Saens' symphonic poem Danse Macabre (Dance of Death). Bloc MP Francine Lalonde has introduced her third private member's bill (C-384) to allow legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia. Discussion and voting will take place this fall.
Scientific advances give us longer life and better quality of life as we age, providing our society a "hint of immortality." Meanwhile, the cults of death, Dying with Dignity and Compassion & Choices (formerly the Hemlock Society) are pushing their agenda of death for either mental or physical discomfort/suffering, creating a confusing paradox. The opportunity to live longer is offset by what will become an imposed duty to die sooner.
Persons at highest risk will be the elderly, especially women 55 and older (misogyny still exists) and more elderly men due to the issues of ageism and elder abuse; those with mental or physical disabilities, especially those suffering depression with suicidal ideation; partners in scenarios of domestic violence; babies and children born with disabilities and birth anomalies; persons who are poor and disenfranchised; members of minority groups and individuals unable to speak for themselves.
Lalonde's bill states that "medical practitioners" will perform the death procedures. We have no right to ask our professional caregivers to provide us with death. Neither should they ever feel obliged or forced to comply with this request that goes against our essential humanity.
How would anyone know if the person coming into their hospital room with needle and syringe was intent on curing or killing?
This would destroy the trust relationship between patients, families, health care providers and institutions.
Programs of hospice/palliative care provide real hope for those with life-threatening or terminal disease. The cornerstone of excellence in these programs is the management of pain and other distressing symptoms (physical, psycho-spiritual and social). Quality end-of-life care is a priority. Unfortunately only 15 to 20 per cent of Canadians can access this care. Before any discussion of euthanasia or assisted suicide, all Canadians, regardless of age or disease, must have access to palliative care. To do otherwise simply provides a means of health care cost containment.
Recently in Oregon, Barbara Wagner, a 54 year old woman, was denied treatment for lung cancer because of cost, but was offered assisted suicide ($75) by the Oregon department of health. Barbara wanted to live. She has since died.
According to Canadian medical ethicist Margaret Somerville, "The proper goal of medicine and physicians is to kill pain. It is not their role to kill a patient with pain -- to become society's executioners -- which is what euthanasia entails, no matter how merciful our reasons. Physicians (and nurses added) must provide adequate pain relief. Leaving a person in pain is really 'torture by wilful omission." Read more.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
--Father Frank Pavone, Priests for Life, at the Hawaii Right to Life fundraising banquet on September 20, 2009
Title V state block grants for abstinence education expired June 30, 2009. Since then, two actions in the House have been taken related to this funding:
1. Rep. Lee Terry introduced an amendment in the House to reinstate Title V Abstinence Education Funding. It failed by only 3 votes in anti-abstinence Henry Waxman's Energy & Commerce Committee earlier this year.
2. An amendment was successfully inserted in the House health care reform bill to transfer former Title V funds to "comprehensive" sex education block grants to states. Recent research analysis demonstrates that school based abstinence education is more successful in positive behavior change than so-called "comprehensive" sex education.
Action Item: Call your Senators immediately. Ask them to vote "yes" on the Hatch Amendment if they serve on the Finance Committee. If your senator is not on the committee, ask them to support the amendment and urge their colleagues on the committee to vote for it. Ask your friends and colleagues to immediately call their Senators as well. The United States Capitol switchboard number is (202) 224-3121; a switchboard operator will connect you directly to your Senators' Offices. If you need to look up your senator's name, click here or visit www.senate.gov.
What to Say To Your Congressional Member: I am calling to urge Senator [name] to stand with youth in our state by voting "yes" on Senator Hatch's amendment to continue Title V abstinence education funding to states. This amendment will be offered as a part of the Senate health care reform bill. Abstinence alleviates millions of dollars in health care costs related to teen sexual activity. Can we count on Senator [name] support of the Hatch Abstinence Education amendment? Thank you.
Members of the Senate Finance Committee
Democrats MAX BAUCUS, MT
JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER IV, WV
KENT CONRAD, ND
JEFF BINGAMAN, NM
JOHN F. KERRY, MA
BLANCHE L. LINCOLN, AR
RON WYDEN, OR CHARLES E. SCHUMER, NY
DEBBIE STABENOW, MI
MARIA CANTWELL, WA
BILL NELSON, FL
ROBERT MENENDEZ, NJ
THOMAS CARPER, DE
CHUCK GRASSLEY, IA
ORRIN G. HATCH, UT
OLYMPIA J. SNOWE, ME
JON KYL, AZ
JIM BUNNING, KY
MIKE CRAPO, ID
PAT ROBERTS, KS
JOHN ENSIGN, NV
MIKE ENZI, WY
JOHN CORNYN, TX
September 8, 2009
Imagine you're a young woman with a long history of abuse. You've been told all your life you'd never amount to anything, that no one would give you the time of day, that you are hopeless. Your self-esteem doesn't even register on a scale of 1-10.
Imagine one day a man looks at you and smiles. He treats you to an ice cream cone and tells you that you're pretty. He takes you for a ride in his car and does things that scare you, but you're afraid to object because he might not like you anymore.
Imagine one day you discover you've missed your period . . . the first time ever! But it happens again, and you notice that your breasts hurt and you have to pee more often and you're suffering from fatigue.
Imagine you tell the man, and he cusses and says he'll take you to a place where they'll "get rid of the kid."
Imagine what you would do if you were her. Imagine that!
Across the country, young women like the one described above visit pregnancy resource centers and find a listening ear and outstretched arms. They find the support they need in a safe, confidential, non-judgmental environment. Whether it's factual information (about their pregnancy options), material goods and services (housing, adoption, legal, medical referrals, or maternity and baby clothing) or emotional and spiritual support, these centers save lives and mend broken hearts.
You can find the pregnancy resource center nearest you by visiting their website www.pregnancycenters.org or by phoning 1-800-395-HELP.
We never know what goes on behind closed doors in our own neighborhoods. Nor can we guess the pain behind the forced smile of the young lady sitting next to us in church. But we can pray and we can support organizations that offer the help these women need. Find one in your area by visiting www.pregnancycenters.org.
"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." -Matthew 7:1-2
Monday, September 21, 2009
Carhart originally said he would replace the abortion business Tiller ran that his family shut down in the aftermath of the shooting that claimed his life.
The Nebraska-based abortion practitioner said he wanted to at least open an abortion business that does first and second-trimester abortions because he didn't want anyone to think that killing abortion practitioners would stop abortions.
In the new case, 69-year-old Johnny Wallace was attacked by two women as he held two pro-life signs condemning the racist undertones of abortion and Planned Parenthood.
Wallace was alone in front of City Hall on the busiest street in town at the time of the attack. He was known to take up position at the spot most every day to make sure members of the community were reminded of the problems associated with abortion.
His two signs read "Abortion kills more black Americans in four days than the Klan killed in 150 years," and "Life begins at conception and ends at Planned Parenthood."
Wallace was approached from behind by two women, both 48, who began by yelling profanities at him. One then attempted to take way and destroy his sign. After Wallace was wrestled to the ground, the other woman joined the attack. Read more.
Children of God for Life tells LifeNews.com that four new H1N1 (swine flu) vaccines approved late last week by the FDA do not use aborted fetal cell lines. Read more.
Children of God for Life - http://www.cogforlife.org
Pro-life laws recently passed in Arizona are being challenged in state and federal courts.
Pro-abortion groups, including Planned Parenthood, are responsible for the lawsuits, but Cathi Herrod of the Center for Arizona Policy is not surprised. "As we've seen repeatedly through the years, the abortion industry will challenge virtually every pro-life law that's passed that puts forth a reasonable measure to regulate abortion," she contends. According to Herrod, one of the laws being challenged would bar nurse practitioners from performing surgical abortions. Read more.
This fall, from September 23 - November 1, Honolulu will be one of many global cities participating in 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, public prayer vigil
- 40 days of community outreach
Participants hope that with God's help, this groundbreaking effort will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in Hawai'i and around the world.The Honolulu affiliate of 40 Days for Life is launching its fall campaign with a kick-off rally at the Hawai'i State Capitol on Tuesday, September 22 at 5:00pm featuring an opening address by renowned pro-life advocate Father Frank Pavone. Learn more.
Note: Richard Stith is a professor of law at Valparaiso University School of Law in Indiana.
This summer, President Obama proclaimed again that we “need fathers to recognize that responsibility doesn't end at conception.” In a sense, of course, he is absolutely right. But the problem is that, in another sense, he is completely wrong: Male responsibility really does end at conception.
Men these days can choose only sex, not fatherhood; mothers alone determine whether children shall be allowed to exist. Legalized abortion was supposed to grant enormous freedom to women, but it has had the perverse result of freeing men and trapping women.
The likelihood of this cultural development was foreseen by the radical feminist Catherine MacKinnon, one of the critical voices responding to Roe v. Wade’s extension of the right of privacy to cover abortion. In an essay called “Privacy vs. Equality,” MacKinnon argued that “abortion’s proponents and opponents share a tacit assumption that women do significantly control sex. Feminist investigations suggest otherwise. Sexual intercourse . . . cannot simply be presumed coequally determined.” Indeed, she added, “men control sexuality,” and “Roe does not contradict this.” Read more.
September 18, 2009
Note: Ken Connor the chairman of the Center for a Just Society and co-author of "Sinful Silence: When Christians Neglect Their Civic Duty." A pro-life attorney, he was intimately involved in the fight to save Terri Schiavo and is the former president of the Family Research Council.
President Obama attempted to allay the concerns of pro-life advocates last week by assuring Americans that federal funding for abortion will not be included in "his" health care reform plan.
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius sought to reinforce this sentiment in a recent interview: "Well that's exactly what the President said and that's what he intends that the bill he signs will do.... I think the legislative language will reflect what the President has just said."
What's going on here? Either President Obama has experienced an epiphany regarding the sanctity of human life at every stage of development, or once again his Administration is attempting to pull the wool over the American people's eyes with a rhetorical bait and switch. A review of the facts may provide insight as to which is the case.
Let's take a look at Barack Obama's record to-date with regard to abortion policy.... Read more.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
In light of President Obama’s September 9th speech to Congress where he stressed that he will not tolerate any more delays on health care reform, and that the "time for talk is winding down," it is more important now than ever for pro-lifer to keep up to date with the rationing and euthanasia issues in the health care restructuring!
Please also download, read, and distribute:
"Key Talking Points on Health Care Rationing"
"DEATH SPIRAL" RATIONING IN BAUCUS BILL GRAVELY
ENDANGERS AMERICA'S SENIORS
WASHINGTON – The health care bill proposed by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus on September 16 contains a dangerous provision that creates a financial incentive for Medicare doctors to deny treatments to seniors.
National Right to Life Executive Director, David N. O'Steen, Ph.D, says, "This is the cruelest and most effective way to ensure that doctors are forced to ration care for their senior citizen patients. It takes the telltale fingerprints from the government: instead of bureaucrats directly specifying the treatment denials that will mean death and poorer health for older people, it compels individual doctors to do the dirty work. It is an outrageous way to provide coverage for the uninsured - by taking it away from America's senior citizens." Click here to read more.
For further information:
Jennifer Popik, J.D.
Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics
National Right to Life Committee
202-626-8800 ext. 162
To contact us by mail:
National Right to Life, Inc.
512 10th St., NW
Washington, DC 20004-1401
Stop the Abortion Agenda
These photos were taken at the 7am Mass at Sacred Heart Church, Honolulu. Deacon Ronald Nelson of Hope Alive, is responsible for Father Pavone coming and speaking to the parishioners of Sacred Heart.
I found Father Pavone to be a very approachable and friendly priest. He also gave a strong homily on today's Gospel. He called us to care for one another. He emphasized the pro-life movement, Priests for Life in specific, not only cares about the unborn and defenseless baby, but also the mother and the father. He encouraged us to reach out to these women in need who may not be aware that help (financially, spiritually, emotionally, etc.) is available to women.
It is a real blessing that Father Pavone came to speak to all in Hawaii. He has a few more engagements coming up like a open-forum this afternoon at 1:30 pm at Sacred Heart Church and then a Hawaii Right to Life fundraiser dinner and talk at the Hale Koa this evening. Father is also the guest speaker at the 40 Days for Life Honolulu on Tuesday.
Please try to attend these upcoming events and bring your friends and family.