Saturday, December 26, 2009

Year-End Giving

Did you know that Hawaii Right to Life is entirely supported by private donations, mostly by individuals? We receive no government funding and exist "by and for the people".

The requests we receive for community pro-life education are growing. The battle to shape public policy also grows daily and includes such human rights issues as abortion, euthanasia, healthcare conscience rights, medical futility of care, etc.

Carrying out our mission is only possible with your help. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift of any size to further this lifesaving work. You can give online through Network for Good or by mailing your gift to:

Hawaii Right to Life
81 S Hotel St, Ste 200B
Honolulu, HI 96813-3144

Mahalo for your generous support!

The Greatest Pro-Life Story Ever Told: The Birth of Jesus Christ

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- In what we at LifeNews.com plan to make an annual tradition, in lieu of any pro-life news, today, on Christmas, we present you with the best news. You might call the news of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, The Greatest Pro-Life Story Ever Told.

Nothing we ever write at LifeNews.com can ever compare to the beautiful story of the birth of Jesus.

The story has all of the elements of a crisis pregnancy situation that our friends at pregnancy centers see every day. A young mother, hopeful about her future but unsure what impact an unplanned pregnancy will have on it. A father who isn't quite ready to father and a couple who plan to marry but don't believe they have the resources or capacity to care for a child.

In this trying time for our nation and world -- with the promotion of abortion reaching historic proportions in both the health care debate in the United States and with places like Spain and Latin America pressured to legalize it -- the uplifting story of Jesus brings us real hope for the future and an assurance that it can truly be well with our soul.

Without further ado, please enjoy the Greatest Pro-Life Story Ever Told, as presented by one of the first internationally recognized pro-life doctors, St. Luke. Full article.

Christmas Eve Vote Shows Arrogance of Dem's 'Monument to Greed for Power': CWA

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Following the passage of the Senate health care reform bill, Wendy Wright, President of Concerned Women for America, stated, "No senator with an ounce of integrity can be proud of this bill or how it was passed. It marks among the lowest points in the U.S. Senate's history.

"Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of the Democrats' health care bill and distrust how the Democrats passed it. The bill will fund abortions, deny care for patients, increase premiums, create more bloated and unnecessary government agencies and burden taxpayers with paying off bribes to senators.

"As if to emphasize their arrogance, Democrat senators passed this monument to their greed for power on Christmas Eve. This gift to themselves at Americans' expense stands in stark contrast to Jesus relinquishing His divine privileges to serve and give to others.

"During this holy season commemorating the humility and love of God Who came to earth as a baby, these senators voted to fund abortion. Jesus healed the sick; this bill will force health providers to deny care to patients. Jesus taught people to be good stewards; this bill will penalize people who have insurance but the government doesn't approve. Jesus treated people of all classes equally; this bill benefits those well-connected to conniving politicians.

"The House must now deal with this monstrosity of a bill. Concerned Women for America will work to convince House members to kill this bill."

Senate Passes Health Care Overhaul 60-39

By Kathleen Gilbert

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Slightly after 7 a.m. the morning of Christmas Eve, the U.S. Senate voted to pass President Obama's health care overhaul, paving the way for the House and Senate bills to be reconciled before a final vote in both chambers early next year.

The body of lawmakers burst into applause after voting to pass the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009 along a strict party line divide, 60-39.

The Senate parliamentarian required only a simple majority for the final passage. However, a significant question as to whether the measure should have required 66 votes remained unanswered by Senate leaders.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) argued Tuesday that, because the newly-revised bill contains explicit changes to the Senate rules, it should only be passable with a 2/3 majority - or 66 votes - according to the regular procedure. Presiding officer Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) denied the charge, however, claiming that the changes were to Senate procedure, not rules.

One change in question renders it illegal for a section governing the controversial Independent Medicare Advisory Board, once called the "death panels," to be repealed or changed by any future Congress.

GOP leaders had a foretaste of Democrats' willingness to break procedure last week when parliamentarian Alan Frumin illegally cut off a Republican stall tactic. "We don't want to be obstructionists on any policy they're willing to deal with fairly, but no one can say that this is a fair process, when they basically have a parliamentarian in their back pocket," Sen. DeMint told the Washington Times. Full article.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Senators Challenge Health Care Bill Section Making Death Panels Permanent

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Two pro-life senators plan to raise a constitutional challenge to a section of the Senate health care bill that makes the infamous "death panels" permanent. They say it is unconstitutional to pass a law that prevents Congress from overturning the law at a later point.

Senators Jim DeMint of South Carolina and John Ensign of Nevada raised a Constitutional Point of Order on the Senate floor against the bill on behalf of other Republican lawmakers.

The Senate will vote tomorrow on the bill’s constitutionality. Full article.

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See the video of DeMint's remarks at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnmvVo_itT0

Commentary: Christmas with Congress, A Seat for Aborted Souls

By Jen Shroder

"A voice was heard in Ramah,
Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children,
Refusing to be comforted,
Because they are no more."
Matt 2:18

Dec 22, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In Bethlehem, Herod killed all male children under 2 years of age because he felt threatened. On Capitol Hill, battles are raging to keep the abortion mills running. Who threatens you, Pelosi? Why are you determined to murder our children, Reid?

If they succeed, the vote is shaping up for Christmas Eve, a night when we are all reminded of the Christ born in a manger, a star to guide the wise men and shepherds to his birthplace. What star will shine for our wise men on Capitol Hill? Full article.

FRC Calls Senate Health Care Push "Nightmare Before Christmas"

By Steve Jalsevac

WASHINGTON 22, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com ) – In its Washington Update for today the Family Research Council (FRC) in Washington, D.C. summarizes the Democrats' push for a Christmas Eve vote on the Senate health care bill as "The Nightmare before Christmas."

FRC states, "It's going to be tough sledding for Senate Democrats over Christmas - and not because of the snow. America's rage over the leadership's bill is exploding on all sides." The leading US family action organization notes that Democrat Senators are already being faced with rallies at their local offices. FRC says, "The biggest bulls-eye seems to be squarely on Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), who sold out his pro-life soul faster than you can say 'Medicare exemption.'"

Nebraskan politicians are said to be mortified by Sen. Nelson's "betrayal of his pro-life principles," with Nebraska Sen. Johanns stating that Nebraskans are "outraged that a backroom deal" for their state might have been what put "this deal across the finish line." FRC reports that "even Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, said he wants no part" of the special deals negotiated by Nelson for the state and that Heineman "made it quite clear that "the responsibility for this special deal lies solely on the shoulders of Senator Ben Nelson."

FRC reports that in a new video Secretary Kathleen Sebelius praises Nelson's language, because, "it ensures that everyone will pay for abortion - no matter how the funds are divided up." This will cause a political reaction, says FRC, since, "according to a new Quinnipiac poll, Americans - by a huge three to one margin - are overwhelmingly opposed to using taxpayer dollars to fund abortion." Full article.

Pro-life group goes Christmas caroling at abortion clinics

Dickens Carolers

..."At each facility, the carolers gather and sing around an empty manger, which symbolizes both the hope and anticipation of new life as well as the emptiness left behind when an abortion occurs. The league has had success in the past when mothers entering the clinic heard the singing and changed their minds about aborting their baby...." Read the article here

Maybe next year more Pro-lifers will follow suit.

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Japanese Church on abortion and suicide: respecting life to improve the world

Life “is a treasure of holiness, which must be protected at all costs. Learning to recognize and respect the dignity of every human being, even those not yet born, is the key to improving society and the world in which we live". These are the words with which the auxiliary bishop of Osaka, Msgr. Goro Matsuura, opened the Day for Life organized by the archdiocese Centre for Social Action Sinapis.

Japan is one of the countries with the highest rate of abortions and suicides in the world, where the average age of the population continues to grow, creating various social and economic problems. The local Church, which has always been engaged in a work of defence of life, decided in early 2009 that next year will be dedicated to the awareness on the issue...
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Sunday, December 20, 2009

March for Life 2010

March for Life

January 22, 2010
3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Hawaii State Capitol

On January 22, 2010 there will be a March and Rally for Life at the Hawaii State Captiol to mourn the 37th anniversary of the legalization of abortion by the Roe v. Wade decision. Christians from many religious denominations will be represented, as well as crisis pregnancy and human care agencies. This event, for the first time in Hawaii, will feature luminaries that can be purchased for $5.00.* We encourage you to join us!

Since 1973, some 50 million babies have been aborted in this country. Abortion has become a solution to secure comfort and convenience to eliminate the unwanted, unpopular, and unplanned.

For the church, both historically and theologically, the issue of abortion is rather quite simple. Since God is the author of all life, all life is valuable at every stage. Abortion is simply the destruction of a baby’s life in its mother’s womb. Regardless of what people in the pro-choice community say, the baby at its earliest stage is not a tissue mass or a blob of cells, but a precious human life. The bible tells us that a great God “…formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

In a culture that considers death a viable instrument for its solving its problems, the Christian community must speak with a strong and unified voice. We must preach the sacredness of all human life at all points and in every instance. This is our responsibility. Every human person is too valuable. Jesus gave His life for all life. Jesus is for the human person at every stage, no matter the level of intellect, the function of their bodies, or stage of development. Consider joining us at the State Capitol and raise your voice for the millions of children whose lives were terminated by the violence of abortion.

*To make a donation for a luminary in commemoration of lives lost to abortion, contact one of the following pregnancy resource centers:

Aloha Pregnancy Care and Counseling Centers, Alana Ammons, 234-7233

Pregnancy Problem Center, Ruth Prinzivalli, 942-0328

A Place for Women, Sue Skinner, 678-3991

Analysis: How Nelson-Reid Compromise Allows Abortion Funding in Health Care

Analysis: How Nelson-Reid Compromise Allows Abortion Funding in Health Care

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Pro-life groups have spent most of Saturday morning furiously analyzing the Nelson-Reid compromise language on abortion funding in the Senate health care bill. Their conclusion is that the language undermines the amendments they wanted to ban abortion funding.

The compromise language appears in the manager's amendment Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is offering to shore up the 60 votes he needs to overcome the filibuster against the pro-abortion health care bill.

The language is not similar to the Stupak and Nelson amendments approved by the House and defeated in the Senate.

Instead, Section 38 adds a provision allowing states to opt out of providing abortion coverage through the exchange and adds further layers of accounting requirements that pro-life groups are calling gimmicks to hide abortion funding.

The result remains the same and, contrary to longstanding policy, the federal government will subsidize private health insurance plans that cover abortion. Full article.

FOXNews.com - Nelson Accused of Selling Vote on Health Bill for Nebraska Pay-Off

FOXNews.com - Nelson Accused of Selling Vote on Health Bill for Nebraska Pay-Off

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