Monday, December 13, 2010

Honolulu City Council Candidate Endorsements Announced for Special Election

As part of its Vote for Life Hawai'i project, Hawaii Right to Life PAC has announced its endorsement of several pro-life candidates running for the Honolulu City Council District 1 special election ending December 29. The election is being held to fill the seat vacated by Todd Apo.

Honolulu City Council District 1 encompasses Ewa, Ewa Beach, Honouliuli, West Loch, Kapolei, Kalaeloa (Barber’s Point), Honokai Hale and Nanakai Gardens, Ko’Olina, Nanakuli, Wai’anae, Makaha, Keaau, and Makua. Election results will be announced on December 29.

The election will be conducted entirely by mail, and polling places will not be open on election day. All registered voters (as of the voter registration deadline) will automatically be mailed a packet containing the vote-by-mail ballot and return envelope. Ballots will be mailed approximately 20 days prior to the election.

Voted ballots must be received by the City Clerk no later than 6:00 p.m., December 29 in the return envelopes provided. Submission of an “absentee ballot” application form to receive a ballot packet is not required unless the registered voter transfers into the district after the voter registration deadline or if the voter is unable to receive mail at the address listed in the general county registry. For more election information, visit http://www.honoluluelections.org/

Related link
Vote for Life Hawai'i

Donate a vehicle to save lives!

A message from Garret Hashimoto, Aloha Pregnancy Care and Counseling Centers

For the past 12 years, our clients at the Aloha Pregnancy Care and Counseling Centers have experienced quality care which includes ultrasounds to confirm viability of pregnancy, pregnancy tests, pregnancy counseling, alternatives to abortions, post abortion counseling, quality maternity and baby clothes, baby food and diapers, parenting classes, abstinence education, adoption, physician and social agencies referrals, as well as social service assistance for WIC and Quest.

In the past our primary source of funding came from the faith-based Christian Family Charities and their Donate Any Vehicle Program. However past federal legislation changes had limited the tax deduction available to donors, which in turn, had altered the level of support for the centers.

We are pleased to announce that Christian Family Charities and their Donate Any Vehicle Program can once again offer a Maximum Tax Deduction. Won't you please help save the precious lives of babies by donating your car, truck or boat, to this worthy cause.


Garret Hashimoto
www.cardonationshawaii.com
521-GIFT (4438)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

May Christmas Remind Us of the Gifts of Human Life

by Susan Willis | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 12/10/10 4:54 PM



I never tire of hearing Christmas carols – even if they’re being piped into stores and malls just to encourage shopping excesses.

But hearing Christmas tunes recently got me thinking: the decorating frenzy of Christmas trees, lights, garlands, poinsettia plants, and Santa Claus statuary often seems devoid of Christian meaning.

What exactly is being celebrated with all the music, décor, and festivity of the season? Read more


Thursday, December 09, 2010

Population Research Institute's Steve Mosher to Appear on EWTN Tonight!

PRI President Steven W. Mosher will appear on EWTN's "The World Over" with Raymond Arroyo live tonight, Thursday, December 9th, at 8PM ET.

Mr. Mosher will be discussing the Catholic Church and China, specifically the China-Bishops controversy, crackdown on "house" churches, cyber attacks, and much more.

You can find out more about Raymond Arroyo's show, as well as about EWTN, by clicking here.

For those of you on Oahu, EWTN airs on Digital Channel 408.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Appeals Court Hears Case on Federal Funding of Embryonic Stem-Cell Research

(CitizenLink) The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard arguments today on whether the Obama administration’s guidelines for embryonic stem-cell research violate federal policy. Read more

Monday, November 29, 2010

Have US conscience clause protections been eviscerated?

MercatorNet.com | James S. Cole | Monday, 29 November 2010
Catherina Cenzon-DeCarlo

Can an American nurse refuse to participate in a medical procedure repugnant to her conscience? As of last week, it appears that the answer is no. A Federal Court has ruled that a nurse who was told to assist in a late-term abortion or lose her job cannot file a grievance. Full story

President of Human Life International speaks here on sanctity of human life

You can read the Hawaii Catholic Herald article, written by Mary Smart, here.

Amazing first: leukemia patient completely cured with cord blood stem cells

by Matthew Cullinan Hoffman

BERLIN, November 26, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Doctors associated with the German umbilical cord blood bank Vita 34 say that they have cured a child’s leukemia completely using an infusion of stem cells from umbilical cord blood.

The procedure was reportedly performed in 2005 on a four-year-old girl whose chemotherapy treatment had failed and who had a prognosis of only three months to live. The procedure was possible because the parents had decided to preserve their child’s umbilical cord blood at the time of birth. Full story

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Justice Scalia slams high court for inventing ‘living constitution,’ right to abortion

Justice Scalia giving Nov. 19, 2010 talk


By Peter Smith

RICHMOND, Virginia, November 23, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia slammed the modern U.S. judiciary and the high court for using the idea of a “living constitution” to invent new rules and meanings that have led to a “right” to abortion and decriminalized homosexual conduct.

Scalia made his remarks last Friday during a University of Richmond luncheon lecture entitled “Do Words Matter?” The event was covered both by the Associated Press. Full story

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Doggie euthanasia is not pretty, either

by Michael Cook | 19 Nov 2010 | Careful! a MercatorNet focus blog on euthanasia

Target, on right“Dogs get euthanased; why not humans?” is one of the oldest chesnuts in the euthanasia debate. One counter-argument is the experience of a recently euthanased dog.

In a case which has shocked the US, an Afghan dog who was adopted after saving the lives of American soldiers from a suicide bomber, was euthanased by mistake. Read more

Survey: 300 “Doctors” Do Late Abortions, 140 When Baby Feels Pain

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 11/25/10 12:06 PM

With controversial late-term abortion practitioner LeRoy Carhart getting national attention over plans to expand his abortion business, a little-known 2008 study is gaining new attention.

The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion research organization previously affiliated with Planned Parenthood, released a study in 2008 titled “Abortion in the United States: Incidence and Access to Services, 2005.”

The study found there were at least 1,787 abortion “doctors” in the United States but it revealed stark numbers when it comes to those who do abortions later in pregnancy.

Of the 1,787, the study found that “[t]wenty percent of providers offered abortions after 20 weeks [LMP], and only 8% at 24 weeks [LMP].”

Though the numbers seem small, that translates to at least 300 “doctors” who who will perform abortions after 20 weeks LMP like LeRoy Carhart and, of those, 140 willing to perform abortions at 24 weeks LMP.

Mary Balch, an attorney who handle state legislation for the National Right to Life Committee, says the numbers are important because mainstream media outlets have attempted to make it appear there are very few practitioners willing to do late or late-term abortions. Read more

The Disappeared: Female Feticide

Excerpted from the Shadowline Films blog

In India it is estimated over 10,000,000 girls have lost their lives to selective abortion over the past 20 years. Moreover, the mortality rate for girls under age 5 is 40% higher due to starvation and neglect. Learn more

Friday, November 26, 2010

"To Kill a Mockingbird" and Abortion

Excerpted from a message by Marjorie Dannenfelser, Susan B. Anthony List

My daughter just read one of my favorite books of all time, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. She understood right away (took me years) the gravity of the meaning in the title. Here’s the key passage:

"Atticus said to Jem one day, 'I'd rather you shoot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you'll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to a kill a mockingbird.'

That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it.

'Your father's right,' she said. 'Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.'"

My daughter said, “I thought of abortion.” I had not. I had thought of the two strong male characters perceived in the town as expendable. Tom Robinson, the powerless black man wrongly accused and convicted of rape. I thought of the young man Boo Radley, mentally a child, and relegated to a life in the basement next door.

Add the unborn because they fit beautifully: each one with value beyond measure, sent for our joy, but unappreciated for their intrinsic value.

They surprise us with their gifts. “They don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out” in whatever way they were sent to sing. To kill them is surely a sin in the way Atticus describes it—and a grievous loss. For the unborn, it is the loss of almost 4,000 brilliant and unique songs per day.

That’s why the victory for them is so sweet. And why now is the moment. You created this moment we can seize on their behalf for sure, but also for our own joy. We need the “music” they were sent for us to enjoy.

You are a blessing and reason for a scientifically-correct, happier life in our world. Thank you for your own music!


Marjorie Dannenfelser
President
Susan B. Anthony List

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Group Asks Supreme Court to Protect Advocacy Against Physician-Assisted Suicide

Press Release
James Bopp, Jr., James Madison Center for Free Speech

On Monday, Human Life of Washington (“HLW”) asked the Supreme Court to hear its case that seeks to allow citizens to advocate political issues without being treated as a political committee (PAC) by the state.

HLW seeks to advocate its views on life issues, including its opposition to physician-assisted suicide. In 2008, citizens of Washington considered a ballot initiative that would legalize physician-assisted suicide. HLW wanted to continue to express its views on this issue. However, even though HLW just wanted to talk about the issues and not the ballot initiative, it could not because such activities would have made it a PAC under Washington’s vague PAC definition. That was a risk HLW could not take, since PACs are subjected to burdensome and expensive requirements and severe penalties for noncompliance.

HLW filed a First Amendment challenge to several Washington regulations, including those establishing what groups are treated as PACs. HLW asked the court to declare the law unconstitutional. However, the trial court found the law to be constitutional. HLW appealed and the court of appeals agreed with the trial court. In so doing, the court of appeals directly contradicted the Supreme Court and other federal courts on the important issue of which organizations can be treated as PACs.

James Bopp, Jr., counsel for HLW, makes the following statement concerning the case: “While the Supreme Court and other Circuit courts have said that only certain organizations may be treated as PACs, Washington has been suppressing speech by treating groups that do issue advocacy as PACs. This case provides a unique opportunity for the Supreme Court to protect issue advocacy groups from this threat.”

The case is Human Life of Washington, Inc. v. Brumsickle. Court filings, including the Petition for Writ of Certiorari, may be viewed here.

James Bopp, Jr. has a national federal and state election law practice. He is an attorney with Bopp, Coleson & Bostrom and General Counsel for the James Madison Center for Free Speech. He is also a former Co-Chairman of the Election Law Subcommittee of the Federalist Society.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A dying bioethicist warns of the peril of euthanasia

by Michael Cook
from Careful! a MercatorNet focus blog on euthanasia

Melbourne bioethicist Nicholas Tonti-Filippini is dying and in pain. He has written a letter to the Premier of South Australia, Mike Rann, urging him not to support Voluntary Euthanasia Bill 2010. This is one of the most eloquent and cogent expressions of the argument against euthanasia that I have ever read. Here are a few paragraphs. Read the letter in full here.

I write this letter to you my own name only and not in the name of my institute, of any Government Committees in which I am involved, or of any organisation. I write because what happens in South Australia on this matter will affect all Australians, particularly those who, like me, meet the requirements of the Bill.

Full story

Homicide or Mercy Killing?

By Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, from his blog

The New York Daily News is reporting on a very sad case of homicide, whereby an elderly man shot his wife, reportedly based on compassion.

The daughter of the couple was reported by the newspaper as stating:
"It was a mercy killing,"
"Her mind was gone."
These cases need to be reported very carefully by the media. We do not know the actual intention of the spouse who is the perpetrator.

Research indicates that often a older person who kills their spouse has a history of abuse, has a controlling personality, or is experiencing depression or mental illness. Sadly these acts are more likely often out by men.

A recent study entitled: Domestic Homicide and Homicide-Suicide: The Older Offender that was researched by Dominique Bourget and published in the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 38:3:305-311 (2010) found that a disturbing trend exists in Spousal homicide cases among older persons. Read more

Monday, November 22, 2010

Girls Glorifying God Conference

Free Event for Mothers & Daughters, Youth, College, & Single Young Women
Ages 11 and up

with Dr. Brenda Robinson
also featuring special guest MC Dawn O'Brien of "The Dawn of the New Day!" Morning show on 95.5 the Fish!

Friday, December 3, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 4, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
Location: Wai`alae Baptist Church

Click here for event flyer.
Register by December 1, 2010 online or by calling (808)732-5561 ext. 204

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Experts to expose true legacy of 50 years of the pill

By Kathleen Gilbert

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 12, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - As the hormonal birth control pill celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, experts in the medical, ethical, and legal fields are coming together to challenge Congress and the country to face mounting evidence of the drug's devastating social and medical repercussions.

A conference hosted by Human Life International (HLI) America entitled 50 Years of 'The Pill' in America: A Comprehensive Analysis,” to be held in the Hyatt Regency Washington in the nation's capital on December 3, will host speakers talking about various aspects of contraceptive use.

The conference is advertised as a series of "analyses of how America has changed demographically, legally, socially, politically, culturally and ethically because of 'The Pill.'"

Jenn Giroux, executive director of HLI America, told LifeSiteNews.com that the conference was a timely response to the mainstream media's one-sided representation of a drug that has deeply altered the face of American society.

At the event bioethics expert Dr. Theresa Deisher will speak on the ethical slippery slope created by the pill, while breast cancer surgeon Dr. Angela Lanfranchi will outline the alarming correspondence of pill use and the increasing prevalence of breast cancer in younger women. Former Kansas attorney general Phill Kline, known for his work investigating the practice of late-term abortionist George Tiller, will discuss the possible legal ramifications of administering the birth control pill to minors, a large percentage of whom statistics have shown to be victims of sexual abuse by older men. Full story

Friday, November 19, 2010

Save the Date: March for Life Hawai'i 2011

38th Annual Pro-Life Rally
January 22, 2011, 10:30am - 1:30 pm
Hawaii State Capitol Rotunda

Join hundreds of pro-life advocates at this exciting event for the whole family and show your respect for human life. Event will include sign waving, music, keiki fun fair, inspiring messages, and a march through the capitol district led by the Knights of Columbus. Featuring special musical guest Red Redemption. Mark your calendar now and download the flyer here.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

National pro-life group urges more bills to stop late-term abortionists

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 18, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In the wake of massive pro-life gains on November 2, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) is calling on State legislatures to mimic the Nebraska law that forced notorious late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart to shut down his Nebraska facility. Read more

Senate Democrats Plan Vote on Obama’s Pro-Abortion Judges

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 11/18/10 12:40 PM

Senate Democrats are reportedly planning to push for a vote on a handful of pro-abortion judicial nominees President Barack Obama has already put forward that have drawn strong opposition from Republicans and pro-life groups.

The vote on the judicial nominees is one of several contentious votes Democrats plan to push through during the lame duck session before the new session of Congress starts with fewer abortion advocates.

The nominees include Goodwin Liu, Edward Chen and Louis Butler — all judicial activists who are supportive of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision responsible for 52 million abortions.

The Legal Times blog indicates Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse , a Rhode Island Democrat, said yesterday that pro-abortion Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is working on obtaining enough votes to approve a cloture motion to end the Republican filibuster against the judges.

“He’s lining up the signatures,” Whitehouse said. The cloture petition needs 16 signatures and the vote would need the support of 60 senators. Read more

Take action! Contact your senators and let them know you oppose the confirmation of judicial nominees Goodwin Liu, Edward Chen, and Louis Butler.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

“You, me…we’re all just grown up embryos”: Billboard campaign counters embryo research push

By Hilary White

DUBLIN, November 15, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Embryo research has “failed miserably” to help patients, and is far exceeded in medical successes by adult and umbilical cord blood stem cell therapies, says an Irish pro-life campaign group. Why then, they ask, is the Irish government pushing so hard to allow experimentation on living human embryos in their officially pro-life country?

Youth Defence, the Republic of Ireland’s leading pro-life group, this week launched a billboard and public education campaign calling on the current government to halt all plans to legalize embryonic stem cell research. Full story

Monday, November 08, 2010

Pope's meeting with handicapped children and departure ceremony

"The Dumbest Column I’ve Ever Read"

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life




Just prior to the recent election in the United States, Cardinal-elect Raymond Burke repeated in an interview a position which is not only consistent with longstanding Catholic teaching, but which expresses a common sense response to the murder of 50 million children in the United States alone since Roe vs. Wade. He said we cannot vote for those who would allow this massacre to continue.

I recently read a column which actually tried to portray Cardinal-elect Burke’s statement as being at odds with the Magisterium.

The author started the article by describing the statement as a “command … that Catholics vote Tea-publican in 2010.”
You can read the rest of Father Pavone's column by clicking here

Friday, November 05, 2010

A Caution to the GOP

Commentary by Kristan Hawkins

Note: Kristan Hawkins is executive director of Students for Life of America.

November 5, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Coming off perhaps one of the most historic election cycles in our nation’s history, Americans overwhelmingly voted against the pro-abortion Obama agenda and showed Washington insiders that the country is pro-life. The results of the election were awe-inspiring and a testament to the will of the American people.

With pro-choice Democrats returning for their last days in Washington, D.C. and Republicans preparing their agenda for the next year, the GOP needs to remember the mandate they have just been given by the American people. Full article

Thursday, November 04, 2010

2010 Election Results: most competitive races involving pro-life vs. abortion advocates

Get results from StopTheAbortionAgenda.com

Abortion, Conscience, and Doctors

from The Witherspoon Institute's Public Discourse: ethics, law, and the common good
by Christopher Kaczor

Suggestions to end conscience protection ignore the importance of conscience and rely on a circular—and baseless—understanding of a woman’s “right” to abortion. Following such suggestions would be detrimental to the entire health care system. Full article

Better-educated youth = pro-life youth

Mat Staver, founder and president of Liberty Council, determines that Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry are losing ground with the new millennial generation as young people are more adamant about justice and humanitarianism than previous generations have been. He says defending the unborn resonates with them. Read article at OneNewsNow.com

Monday, November 01, 2010

The word ‘fetus’ is offensive, dehumanizing and manipulative

John Finnis | Mercator.Net

A law professor at Oxford University argues that use of the word 'fetus' obscures our perception of moral reality. Read article

40 Days for Life Campaign Ends With 541 Babies Spared From Abortions

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 11/1/10 4:17 PM



The number is a conservative estimate based on first-hand accounts of women the campaign has helped across the country, but organizers say they know of at least 541 babies spared from abortion thanks to the 40 Days for Life campaign.

The Fall campaign may have saved more lives, but organizer Shawn Carney is always ready to disclaimer his total because he knows unshared stories may results in lives saved that participants may never know. Read more

Republicans Expected to Capture House, Pro-Lifers Winning for Governor

Read article at LifeNews.com

Panic: Abortion is in 'Extreme Danger' Says Planned Parenthood as Election Looms

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 1, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - As the Obama administration heads toward major losses in Tuesday's mid-term elections, the nation's top abortion lobbies are rallying supporters to mitigate what is expected to be a Republican and pro-life takeover at the polls.

"I've said it before, and it bears repeating: women's health and reproductive rights are in extreme danger in this election," Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards wrote in an email to supporters Monday. "The only thing we can do now is get out there and vote — and make sure everyone who supports women's health does the same."

Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and the National Organization for Women are scrambling to protect their recent political and legislative victories, particularly the abortion funding in the federal health care reform law, which were made possible by the Democratic stronghold on Capitol Hill. Read more

The Home Stretch

Monsignor Barreiro Head
from Spirit & Life, Human Life International e-column
by Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro-Carámbula
October 29, 2010

I have spent the last ten days spreading the Gospel of Life in Hawaii. Yes, sometimes our ministry demands that we take up even the most difficult of missions!

All joking aside, it has been a wonderful and fruitful tour, and I've had the pleasure of speaking to hundreds of Hawaiians in Churches and other venues. While it is difficult to imagine climate and ethnic traditions more distinct from Rome, it is always a blessing to find fellow faithful Catholics whose hospitality and faithfulness help one to feel at home.

What a zeal for life I have experienced here among the Catholics and Protestants (indeed, it sometimes seems as if Protestants outshine Catholics in their outspokenness in defense of life)! The other day I was especially moved by the stirring testament of a Jewish convert who spoke eloquently of his commitment to defending life and family. Read more

Life on the Rock - Ladies of St. Cecilia - Pro-life Song



Be sure to listen to the powerful pro-life song, Priceless, approximately 18:41 minutes into the video.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Hawaii Right to Life PAC Urges Vote for Aiona over Abercrombie

Media Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 31, 2010


Honolulu, HI – Hawaii Right to Life PAC continues to urge voters to scrutinize candidates’ positions on life issues and vote for those whose values support human life and dignity. Information about candidates who have pledged to respect life is listed on the organization’s web site at hrtl.org/vote.htm.

Janet Grace, executive director of Hawaii Right to Life stated, “We do not believe a person can be qualified for public office if he has no respect for the most innocent and vulnerable people in Hawai'i. Gubernatorial candidate Neil Abercrombie’s voting record is crystal clear: as a U.S. Congressman, he consistently voted against every piece of legislation that would have protected innocent human life. This sends a loud message to the people of Hawai'i that if an elected official does not respect the most fundamental of all issues—life—how can we trust him to lead us in any other issue? The facts cannot lie; Abercrombie’s proven voting record that devalues the dignity of human life proves he is not fit to govern.”

Hawaii Right to Life PAC has endorsed Abercrombie’s rival in the gubernatorial race, James R. “Duke” Aiona, Jr., as the only proudly pro-life candidate in Hawai'i’s contest for governor. As affirmation of his commitment to life-affirming values in public policy, Duke signed a candidate right-to-life pledge, the text of which is posted online at hrtl.org/vote.htm. The organization has noted that Aiona is an outspoken supporter of the right to life and that he has publicly demonstrated his strong commitment to human life and dignity through participation in numerous pro-life rallies and events.

Hawaii Right to Life is a non-profit organization that advances respect for life for all people, from conception to natural death. Founded in 1973, Hawaii Right to Life is the state affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee.

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Posted by Hawaii Right to Life PAC. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

Locked-in syndrome woman receives Legion of Honour

Maryannick PavageauMichael Cook | BioEdge

France has just awarded the Légion d'honneur to a woman who has been a locked-in quadriplegic for 30 years. Maryannick Pavageau received the distinction for her battle against euthanasia. A resident of Sainte Nazaire, on the Atlantic coast, she gave an interview about her life to the local newspaper after this week’s award:

"I was 30 years old when I was struck down by this syndrome after a stroke. The disease was little known at the time, but Jean-Dominique Bauby has described it in his book The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. It is a paralysis of the limbs, sometimes more, but you retain consciousness. I was one of the first to survive. After three months in a coma, I woke up to the amazement of the doctors! I started speech therapy and I spent 32 months in the hospital."

Mme Pavageau is a member of the Association of Locked-in Syndrome (ALIS) and contributed to the 2008 Leonetti commission report about euthanasia in France. "All life is worth living,” she told the newspaper. It can be beautiful, regardless of the state we are in. And change is always possible. That is the message of hope that I wish to convey. I am firmly against euthanasia because it is not physical suffering that guides the desire to die but a moment of discouragement, feeling like a burden... All those who ask to die are mostly looking for love." Read more

Friday, October 29, 2010

Faith and Politics Episode 3, Hawaii Congressional Elections

In this short video, we see a comparison of Hawaii's U.S. Congressional candidates and their positions on life issues and other moral values.



Authorized and posted by Hawaii Right to Life PAC. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Benedict XVI: "Decriminalizing abortion is a betrayal to democracy"



The Holy Father's message also includes voting for life.

Things that make you go hmm....

"Women have abortions because they care about motherhood."
--statement by abortionist Elizabeth Newhall on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show

'Faith and Politics' Show Examines Abercromie's Record on Life Issues

This short video clip examines gubernatorial candidate Neil Abercrombie's voting record on many life issues as well as other social issues. Did you know that Neil supports partial-birth abortion and human cloning? He received a 0% rating by National Right to Life for the number of times his vote aligned with the right-to-life position.



Authorized and posted by Hawaii Right to Life PAC. Not by any candidate or candidate's committee.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Special Pro-life Presentation & Charity Benefit Oct 29

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The Pearson Foundation of Hawaii and Hawaii Right to Life present

The Reverend Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro Carámbula, Chaplain of His Holiness as featured speaker for a special Pro-life Presentation & Charity Benefit

Free admission (calabash offering will be taken), everyone invited!
  • October 29 - St. Joseph Church, Waipahu - pupus 5:30, program 6:30PM
Noted theologian, author, attorney, and Vatican scholar Msgr. Barreiro will speak about human life and its value in our society. As chaplain to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and interim director of Human Life International, he has valuable insights to share about human life and dignity.

His global ministry within the Holy See, as a former U.N. representative, having served along side the Missionaries of Charity of Mother Theresa of Calcutta, and with many others give him a unique perspective on positively influencing our culture for Life.

For more information or to volunteer
at any of these events, call The Pearson Foundation of Hawaii, 808.942.0328

Euthanasia Clinic Head Calls for Legal Family Suicides

National Right to Life Today's News & Views
October 26, 2010
By Liz Townsend
Part Two of Four

The founder of a Swiss euthanasia clinic is advocating not only the assisted suicide of terminally ill patients, but also the legal provision of lethal drugs to their healthy partners who do not want to live without them. Read more

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hawaii Right to Life Endorses Pro-Life Candidates – Voting Pro-Life Values

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 26, 2010

Honolulu, HI -- Hawaii Right to Life PAC has announced its candidate endorsements and recommendations for dozens of races statewide. Its selections are based on a comprehensive vetting of those running for office and in-depth personal interviews affirming each endorsed candidate’s commitment to pro-life values. Hawaii Right to Life urges voters to take a careful look at the candidates and their respect for the value of human life and dignity as an issue of fundamental importance to their fitness for office.

Executive Director Janet Grace stated, “We cannot in good conscience support any candidate who has no regard for the lives of all who live in Hawai‘i, including the most vulnerable members of our ‘ohana. In this general election, the ‘choice’ is ours. Who will we choose to protect and defend the weakest amongst us: a candidate who pledges to uphold the full spectrum of life through our laws or a candidate who has--or will--vote to allow the destruction of unborn babies and support assisted suicide laws that could ultimately result in the involuntary deaths of the elderly, disabled, and seriously ill? When voters choose candidates who respect life, the lives they save could be their own.”

Hawaii Right to Life PAC has done an in-depth study of the candidates and has developed an extensive list of those who have signed a right-to-life pledge stating they will work toward creating a culture of life for the precious people of Hawaii Nei and beyond. Voters have a priceless opportunity to save thousands of lives by selecting pro-life candidates, which may be viewed at the organization’s web site at hrtl.org/vote.htm.

Hawaii Right to Life is a non-profit organization that advances respect for life for all people, from conception to natural death. Founded in 1973, Hawaii Right to Life is the state affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee.

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Related links
Vote for Life Hawai'i
Hawaii Right to Life


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One man to save rejected babies

New Study Confirms Overwhelming Death Rate of IVF Human Embryos

DENVER, Colorado, October 26, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A report by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) on a study of IVF "efficiency" states that just 7.5 percent of all artificially fertilized embryos will go on to become live-born children. Read more

Horror: Chinese Man Describes Wife's Forced Abortion by Government Officials

October 21, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A victim of China's coercive one-child policy has offered the world a bitter personal account of the country's oppressive population control law, which officials have affirmed would continue following its 30th anniversary last month. Read more

The Card to Protect You from “Presumed Consent” Organ Harvesting

October 19, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – As the push for organ harvesting gets increasingly aggressive, and more and more cases of abuse by transplant teams surface, one pro-life leader has developed a card to ensure doctors respect one’s wish to live a natural lifespan. Read more

At Least 31 Babies Saved During Students’ Day of Silence

October 20, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – By all accounts Tuesday’s Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity, which saw students from around the world refusing to speak in commemoration of those unborn children who die through abortion, was a smash success. Read more

ObamaCare: The Facts On Abortion


As Elections Draw Near,
PRI Releases Groundbreaking Video

by PRI Staff

As November 2nd approaches, the Population Research Institute has released a factual video about Obamacare, and how it affects abortion funding in the United States. The video is groundbreaking for a number of reasons.

The video, entitled Obamacare: The Facts On Abortion, relies heavily on legal research done by the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), research that details the many ways that Obamacare will lead to expanded abortion coverage across the nation. Since NRLC's research is some of the most comprehensive and reliable in the country, the accuracy and detail of PRI's video would have been impossible without it. We believe that, at the time of this writing, we are the first group to use this information specifically to fuel a YouTube video on this most important of issues.

Not only this, but PRI uses YouTube's annotation system to insert a series of digital “footnotes” into the video. This means that PRI's assertions about Obamacare are backed up by credible links, which are clickable and embedded right in the video itself.

“With this video, we're trying to transmit information about life issues in a way that isn't really being done a lot yet,” says Colin Mason, PRI's Director of Media Production and one of the video's creators. “Our video is fully linked into our social networking sites, and all of its facts are backed up right in the video itself. We hope that people will use this video (and others like it) as a tool to help them explain these issues to others, using solid evidence and sound rhetoric.”

Monday, October 25, 2010

A terrible truth: it's natural to pick on the weak

Rosa Monckton has a 15?year-old with Down's syndrome
Rosa Monckton has a 15?year-old with Down's syndrome Photo: PA

Telegraph.co.uk
by Charles Moore

Rosa Monckton's powerful television programme showed that society still has a way to go in its attitude towards the disabled and the mentally handicapped, writes Charles Moore.

Read article here

The Work Done by one of the Respect Life Ministries in Hawaii

Cherish Life Bracelet

The following article was written by Mary Smart. Mary is the co-coordinator for the Respect Life Committee at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church. St. John the Apostle and Evangelist Respect Life Committee is just one of the Respect Life ministries in the Diocese of Honolulu that is working hard to educate Hawaii residents on the right to life of all human beings, from conception to natural death.
St. John the Apostle and Evangelist Mililani Respect Life Committee turned one year old in March 2010. The fledgling group has been very busy and always welcoming new members. The Pastor, Father Manuel A. Hewe attended nearly every meeting since the committee’s inception and has encouraged members to bring the redeeming gospel of life to Church members.
Divine Mercy Sunday

The kick-off event was to assist the parish Knights of Columbus in during the April 19 2009 Divine Mercy Sunday events. The committee members participated in the Service and provided informative brochures for attendees and especially focused on those who may have been involved in abortion and were seeking forgiveness during this powerful feast day.

May 30th many members of the Committee spent the day participating in a Theology of the Body seminar given by Christopher West, who explained so beautifully why the Catholic Church values the body and its unique role in creation of human life. Music was provided during the sessions by Mike Mangione. On May 31 members were invited to participate in the 1,000,000 Rosaries for Life campaign to change the hearts and minds of our pro-abortion legislators and President.

"Nine Days for Life," a novena, to began on June 2, with meditations on the Eucharist in
preparation for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi on June 11 . The novena can be prayed after daily Masses or individually and among families.
Father's Day Enrichment
Knights of Columbus Memorial for the Unborn

The parish invited everyone in Honolulu diocese to attend a Father’s Day Enrichment session given by Deacon Kin Borja, highlighting the special role of fathers in parenting the next generation. An article we wrote regarding the event was placed in the Catholic Herald and E-newsletter. On the feast day of Mary’s first apparition at Fatima, May 13, the Respect Life Committee assisted the Knights of Columbus in dedicating a memorial to the unborn which has a prominent location fronting the parish parking lot, very near the entrance of the Church. Prior to the event, an article in the Church bulletin detailed the development of the baby during the 40 week pregnancy to inform parishioners regarding the completeness of the very recently conceived child in the womb.
The parish's respect life banner
To give the Ministry visibility and recognition, the members developed a unique Respect Life Banner with the St. John’s motto: Choose to Cherish Life. The banner is displayed at Church at various times and carried during processions and marches to proclaim our Pro-Life position.
NFP Class

During July, August and September, the parish hosted Natural Family Planning training to help families plan their families in accordance with Catholic teaching and God’s will. The scheduling was in recognition of the anniversary of the publishing of the Encyclical “Humane Vitae”. The Committee plans to make this an annual event at the parish.

Members participated, two 40 day for Life experiences, Natural Family Planning, Married and Loving It (co-sponsor), full page bulletin articles during each week of October. On the anniversary of Mary’s final appearance at Fatima, a group attended the Rosary commemoration at Thomas Square.

In September some Respect Life Committee members participated in a Rachel’s Vineyard training session to better help them mentor women who have been hurt by abortion.

On October 10 the Respect Life Committee participated in a Novena in anticipation of the canonization of St. Damien.
Rosary Procession for Life

During the month of October we had a pro-life article in the bulletin and an information table set up every week to spread the awareness of the dangers when chastity isn’t practiced and abortion is a selected to eliminate the consequences of one’s actions. On 18 October the Respect Life Committee coordinated a Rosary procession through the Mililani neighborhood.

Dinner Featuring Speaker Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life

Father Pavone of Priests for Life participated in many events and the Respect Life Committee extended invitation to parishioners to attend several pro-life functions. One was the kick-off for 40 Days for Life where Father Pavone was the key Speaker. The parish had a group that prayed and held banners once a week in front of Planned Parenthood. The protest group that holds “Pray to End Abortion” and other non-violent petitions while praying is small but growing. After the fall 40 Days for Life campaign, two additional members joined the group for the Spring campaign.
CAN Workshop

In November the Parish became active in Catholic Action Seminars to train our parishioners the importance of participating in the political process. Several members of the Respect Life Committee attended presentations at Our Lady of Good Counsel and Blessed Sacrament Churches. The parish set up a local Community Action Network (CAN) beginning in December after Respect Life Committee members gave a presentation after every Mass. CAN members participated in opposing the health care reform measures that force tax payer to pay for abortions and deny medical personnel conscience protections.

The Committee designed and sold Respect Life T-Shirts for parishioners to wear to the January 22, 2010 March for Life at the Capitol Building. The prominent design made it very easy to identify a member when it was time for the buses to leave.

Co-coordinator Melissa Crisostomo her husband Roland
wearing the Cherish Life T-Shirts at the Hawaii March for Life

Hawaii March for Life

Parishioners filled two buses. Most participants were wearing their parish Respect Life t-shirts and were easily recognized.

On the feast of the Annunciation, the parish began a Spiritual Adoption campaign. Members of the parish were invited to spiritually adopt a baby who may be endanger of an abortion. Participants named the baby and say a short prayer every day. The event was scheduled to coincide with the pregnancy of Mary, Mother of Jesus. We will follow the development of the “adopted” baby in monthly intervals to help our Church members realize that the child in the womb is just a human and just as real as children in their arms and certainly as precious. Participants were given a blue wrist band with “I Cherish Life” embossed on it. The campaign will end just before Christmas. We hope to have a “Baby Shower” for the Pregnancy Problem Center in Pearl City at the end of the campaign. The parish donates to the Pregnancy Problem Center and two parishioners volunteer or are members of the Board of Directors.

With this being an election year, Committee members are planning more events to ensure that Catholic voters are aware of candidate’s positions on moral issues prior to casting their vote. Members of the Committee are committed to making a difference in the community. They attended Hawaii Women Coalition Meetings to speak up against the unjust law that will force medical professionals to participate in abortion procedures against their conscience (Senate Bill 604). Members of the Coalition which included representatives from Planned Parenthood, ACLU, and others, did not want anyone who had a pro-life perspective to attend. We are involved in political caucuses, political party platform development, and party conventions to ensure our Catholic values are included. It has become apparent that the values we treasure most, life and traditional marriage are too politically charged for the parties to address directly. We need candidates who have the moral courage to stand up for Catholic virtue to run for office and give the voters a choice that we can respect. It is imperative that we encourage our friends and neighbors who will respect the life of the unborn, handicapped and the elderly and who will protect marriage as a union between one man and one women to run for political office. We are turning our culture over to men and women who do not affirm those principles.

Photos by Melissa Crisostomo

China: Forced Abortion For Violating One Child Policy


Expert Condemns Late-Term Forced Abortion
in Chinese City

Forced abortions have always been the enforcement mechanism of last resort for the one-child policy. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of late-term abortions happen every year in China. The forced abortion recorded in the link below is unusual because it was captured on film by a camera crew and posted on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmfBA6KhAfg

When the woman in the video was found to be pregnant with an illegal second child, a dozen family planning officials came to her home to arrest her. As her husband explains in the video, “They held her arms behind her back, pushed her head against the door, kicked her stomach,” an obvious efforts to cause a miscarriage.

When this failed she was taken to a family planning detention center where she was held down and given a lethal injection into the uterus. There are huge bruises on her arm; evidences of her struggles to escape their grip and save her child's life. Her baby is still moving during the video but she knows it will soon die.

Steven W. Mosher, President of the Population Research Institute, witness identical scenes of brutality when the one-child policy began 30 years ago. “Over the past three decades, tens of millions of women have suffered through what this woman has experienced: Arrest, imprisonment, and the deliberation execution of their unborn children by agents of the state.”

“I commend the news reporter for having obtained this tragic story and broadcast it to the world,” says Mosher. “But I would offer one correction. The reporter claims that forced abortion is not central government policy in China. This is mistaken.”

“The Chinese Communist Party puts tremendous pressure on officials to meet quotas for live births. They are today—and have always been—completely responsible for the way their cruel one-child policy is being implemented. It is on their orders that millions of women have been dragged into abortion mills, strapped down on operating tables, and forced to have abortions by lethal injection—often followed by cesarean-section abortions to remove their now dead babies. The Chinese Communist Party brags that it has prevented 400 million births over the past 30 years. That works out to about 13 million babies each year.”

“The next time you think of buying something ‘Made in China,’ think of these women and their suffering, and put it back on the shelf,” says Mosher.

Population Research Institute

Important Message to Hawaii: Vote for the Right Politicians

Hawaii March for Life


In this time of economic uncertainty and downturn, people may be voting solely on the basis of who has the best plan for raising the state or country out of the recession. It's a tempting thing to do, especially if you have been greatly affected by unemployment or inflation. I have to remind you all, however, not to put issues of money before the greater, more important, issue of abortion.

As Catholics, we believe that life begins at the moment of conception. It is at that moment that that a human being begins to exist, and, given nurturing and the safe environment of the mother's womb, is able to be born. As such, we find it to be a heinous crime against humanity to abort a child. An unborn child has committed no crime, yet is sentenced to death without due process: a violation of the fifth amendment. Abortion is similar to a lynching; it is the murder of an innocent human being just because someone doesn't want him or her alive.

A further tragedy is that many abortions are done specifically for financial reasons. Children are killed just because the parents feel they cannot afford to raise him or her. Despite alternatives to abortion, such as offering the child up for adoption, and the plethora of free support groups available for pro-life alternatives, women subordinate the importance of the right to life their child has to currency.

This is what voters do when they vote for a candidate who they know is pro-abortion but whom they believe will help the economy more. They place the value of life below that of the value of money and finances. They've placed a numerical value on the life of an adult, not just an unborn child's. If an unborn child's full life with unlimited potential is worth a few years income and a vote, imagine how much less your own life is worth with your significantly diminished potential and years remaining.

The economy is important, yes, but protecting the life of the unborn is a much higher responsibility for not just Catholics, but all people. Neglecting such responsibility constitutes a grave sin against life.

"2272 Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. "A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae,"77 "by the very commission of the offense,"78 and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law.79 The Church does not thereby intend to restrict the scope of mercy. Rather, she makes clear the gravity of the crime committed, the irreparable harm done to the innocent who is put to death, as well as to the parents and the whole of society."
Catechism of the Catholic Church: Abortion

I'm not going to give a lecture on economics here, but I can say that there are more Republicans who are both pro-life and have agreeable economic plans than there are Democrats with the same ideals. Do your research and make sure you do your part in protecting the right to life of the unborn children. In this year's election there are an unprecedented number of pro-life candidates. Do not diminish the value of life. Do not value money above the lives of the unborn children. Do not support abortion or politicians who support abortion. Life takes precedence above economic and financial issues.

By Joey G., former Catholic homeschooler and currently a university student in Hawaii.

For those needing help with a pregnancy:

1. OptionLine 1-800-395-HELP

Option Line consultants refer each caller to a pregnancy resource center in her area for answers to questions about abortion, pregnancy tests, STD's, adoption, parenting, medical referrals, housing, and many other issues. The toll-free number is available to callers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Callers from across the country can reach a trained, caring person and then be connected to a pregnancy resource center near them for one-on-one help.


2. National Love Center 1-800-848-LOVE

National Life Center's 24-hour hotline directs you to the closest Crisis Pregnancy Center in the United States and Canada.


For more numbers, websites and places to go for help with pregnancies can be found at Priests for Life - There are Alternatives to Abortion!

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A Catholic Mom in Hawaii: Important Message to Hawaii: Vote for the Right Politicians

Vote for Life Hawai‘i

“We hoHawaiianFlagld these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” ~United States Declaration of Independence

In these challenging times, the array of complex problems facing our legislators can seem staggering. Some feel that the emphasis should be placed on economic problems, the environment, our national defense, or on social programs. Undeniably, these are all important subjects that must be addressed.

However, among the serious concerns facing us today, the most important one is the right to life. Without this most fundamental and “unalienable” right, we need not worry about any other issues. We must identify candidates who will stand firm in defense of the right to life, for all people at all times, regardless of the circumstances.

Hawaii Right to Life PAC has researched the candidates and provides information to assist voters with choosing life. By each of us taking a principled stand with our vote, we can make a real difference to save countless lives and improve Hawai‘i Nei for generations to come.

Learn more and view Hawaii Right to Life PAC candidate endorsements and recommendations at the Vote for Life Hawai'i web page here.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Texas Parents Stopped From Forcing Teenage Daughter to Have Abortion

Austin, TX (LifeNews.com) -- With the help of pro-life attorneys from the Alliance Defense Fund, a 16-year-old Texas girl has secured a temporary restraining order preventing her parents from forcing her to have an abortion. Full story

Related link

Alliance Defense Fund

The Justice Foundation's Center Against Forced Abortions

Forced Abortion in America: A Special Report

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The “chattering classes” are pushing euthanasia, says British journalist

British journalist points out that those advocating for euthanasia are generally those least likely to fall victim to it involuntarily, such as the elderly, seriously ill, and disabled. Read article at BioEdge.org

Special Pro-life Presentation & Charity Benefit Oct 26-29

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The Pearson Foundation of Hawaii and Hawaii Right to Life present

The Reverend Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro Carámbula, Chaplain of His Holiness as featured speaker for a special Pro-life Presentation & Charity Benefit

Free admission (calabash offering will be taken), everyone invited!
  • October 26 - St. Anthony Church, Wailuku - pupus 5:30, program 6:30PM
  • October 27 - Chaminade University Mystic Rose Chapel, Honolulu, noon
  • October 29 - St. Joseph Church, Waipahu - pupus 5:30, program 6:30PM
Noted theologian, author, attorney, and Vatican scholar Msgr. Barreiro will speak about human life and its value in our society. As chaplain to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and interim director of Human Life International, he has valuable insights to share about human life and dignity.

His global ministry within the Holy See, as a former U.N. representative, having served along side the Missionaries of Charity of Mother Theresa of Calcutta, and with many others give him a unique perspective on positively influencing our culture for Life.

For more information or to volunteer
at any of these events, call The Pearson Foundation of Hawaii, 808.942.0328

Friday, October 22, 2010

World Over - Suffering - Raymond Arroyo with Jeni Stepanek, Ph.D.



Many of you will recognize Dr. Stepanek's son Mattie. Caution: Sometimes a tear-jerker.

Very pro-life witness of a mother who suffered the loss of all her children.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Whatever happened to "never again"?

Human embryonic stem cell research:
"Medically unethical, immoral, impractical, illegal and potentially lethal research on human subjects. Whatever happened to "never again"?
Read editorial at Freedom2Care.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A MESSAGE REGARDING THE CHOOSE LIFE LICENSE PLATES

The Hawaii Motor Vehicle department just notified us that there were currently 105 Choose Life plates on the road in Hawaii. Thanks for your efforts, but we still need quite a lot more.



Can you help?



Respectfully,

Russ & Jill Amerling

russ@choose-life.org

National Publicity Coordinators

Choose Life, Inc.

PO Box 830152

Ocala, FL 34483-0152

Cell: 352 624-2854

Office: 352 624-2978

Toll Free Fax: 866 850-8572

Toll Free Phone: 877 454-1203

Web: www.choose-life.org

Monday, October 18, 2010

Early voting open Oct 19-30: find your polling place

Early voting for the General Election begins Tuesday October 19 at sites around the islands. Registered voters can walk into the locations from October 19 through Saturday October 30 (except Sundays). Voters must bring photo identification to the sites. To view early voting locations, click here

Roadmap to victory? Cavasso Surges, Inouye Lead shrinks by 23% in two weeks

Pro-life challenger closing the gap against pro-abortion incumbent
Read article on HawaiiFreePress.com

Related link:
Cam Cavasso for U.S. Senate

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Silence to Rock Thousands of Campuses Tuesday as Students Protest Abortion

October 18, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On Tuesday morning, students from thousands of schools around the world will keep silence and refuse to speak as a protest against the silencing of countless innocent children by abortion. Read more

Thinktank warns against legalising assisted suicide

Change to law would put society's most vulnerable at risk of being bullied into an early death, says Centre for Policy Studies

The Guardian (UK)

The old, ill, mute and frail will be deemed expendable if assisted suicide is legalised, a thinktank says today. Society's most vulnerable risk being bullied into an early death by greedy or uncaring relatives or bureaucrats, according to a study published by the Centre for Policy Studies. Full article

Sunday Night Live - Abstinence Education - Fr. Groeschel, CFR with Dr Na...

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Nonprofit Office Administrator Wanted


Put your skills to work and make a difference...by joining the lifesaving mission of Hawaii Right to Life!

HRTL is now hiring a part-time Office Administrator for its downtown Honolulu office.

This individual is responsible for all administrative aspects of organizational operations; works with the executive director and board to advance respect for human life from conception to natural death through education, public policy, and political action. A pro-life philosophy and passionate commitment to the organizational mission is essential.

Bookkeeping experience required; Quicken preferred. Administrative experience required, plus donor/client relations or customer service. Background in pro-life advocacy preferred. Strong organizational skills and effective time management critical.

Position offers 19 hours per week with some scheduling flexibility; wage commensurate with experience. Long-term commitment desired. To apply, send resume and cover letter to office@hrtl.org or fax 808.585.8207. EOE

Susan Boyle: Docs Told Mum to Abort Me

By Peter J. Smith

EDINBURGH, United Kingdom, October 15, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – International singing phenomenon Susan Boyle has revealed in a new autobiography that doctors had told her mother to abort her, because they thought the pregnancy was risky.

Boyle soared to stardom in April 2009 after appearing on the UK television program, Britain’s Got Talent, when the plain-looking Scotswoman shocked audiences with a powerful rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” from the musical version of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables.

But the 49-year-old native of Blackburn, a village in West Lothian, Scotland would never have dreamed the dream of singing on the international stage, if her mother had agreed to abort her on the advice of doctors.

In her autobiography, The Woman I Was Born To Be, Boyle reveals that doctors recommended a “termination” to Bridget Boyle, who already was a mother of eight children, because they feared physical complications.

Boyle reveals that her mother rejected this advice as “unthinkable” since she was a “devout Catholic.” Read more

Friday, October 15, 2010

World Over - Raymond Arroyo with Fr. Tad Pacholczyk on IVF


Excellent discussion on the moral and ethical ramifications of IVF

Unborn babies feel pain, protected in Nebraska

Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 10/15/2010 3:50:00 AMBookmark and Share

Nebraska signThe Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, Nebraska's fetal pain bill, was passed by the Nebraska legislature this April and will go into effect October 15.

"From that point forward in Nebraska, babies at 20-weeks gestation and beyond may not be aborted due to the medical documentation, which shows that babies at 20 weeks are capable of feeling pain," explains Nebraska Right to Life spokesperson Julie Schmit-Albin.

Julie AlbinThat means well-known late-term abortionist Leroy Carhart, who is located just outside Omaha, will be legally thwarted from continuing his work. Also, with successful passage of the Nebraska law, other states are considering passage of similar legislation. Read more

Ride focuses on perils of abortion

Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 10/15/2010 4:40:00 AMBookmark and Share

Pro-Life Freedom RideThe second Pro-Life Freedom Ride, patterned after the civil rights freedom rides of the 1960s, is being launched today.

During the first Pro-Life Freedom Ride for the unborn from Birmingham to Atlanta (July 23-24, 2010), more people participated than all of those who took part in all of the freedom rides combined during the civil rights movement 50 years ago. Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life says the next one, launched today in Tennessee, will travel from Knoxville to a special memorial in Chattanooga.

"It is the National Memorial for the Unborn," he says. "And in that facility one can see little gold plates placed on the wall which bear the inscriptions written by the moms and dads and other relatives of children who were lost to abortion."

Father Frank Pavone (Priests for Life)Pavone says the gathering at that memorial on Saturday will provide a time for reflection, meditation, prayer, and healing for those who have faced the ramifications of abortion. But it is also a place of hope, says the pro-life activist. Read more

Agreeing to Disagree is Not an Option when Lives are at Stake

Commentary by Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life

October 14th, 2010 (PriestsforLife.org) - It is dismaying to hear some pro-life politicians calling for a “truce” on social issues like abortion – possible White House contenders Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour among them. Their suggestion is that it’s more important to do whatever is necessary to get elected than to worry about issues that appear to be intractable.

This tactic is akin to the pro-life and pro-abortion movements agreeing to disagree, an option often considered a reasonable one. It does not require that either side change its views, but simply agrees to allow the different views, and the practices that flow from them.

Sorry, but this is a proposal we in the pro-life movement can’t accept. There can be no truce.

First of all, to ask us to “agree to disagree” about abortion is to ask us to change our position on it. Why do we disagree in the first place? When we oppose abortion, we disagree with the notion that it is even negotiable. We do not only claim that we cannot practice abortion, but that nobody can practice it, precisely because it violates the most fundamental human right, the right to life. To “agree to disagree” means that we no longer see abortion for what it is – a violation of a right so fundamental that disagreement cannot be allowed to tamper with it. Read more