Saturday, February 27, 2010

NJ Rep. Smith Confronts Clinton on Abortion, Coercive One-Child Policy

By Kathleen Gilbert

WASHINGTON, DC, February 26, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing yesterday on the fiscal year 2011 international affairs budget, Congressman Chris Smith confronted Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with a speech in which he blasted the administration's support for abortion around the world. Smith stated that this promotes violence against "the most persecuted and at risk minority in the world" - the unborn child.

Smith, co-chairman of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, expressed disappointment that "unplanned pregnancy" in the Global Health Initiative Consultation Document "seems to be relegated to the status of a disease — juxtaposed between HIV and tropical disease."

"Pregnancy is not a disease. The child in the womb is neither a tumor nor a parasite to be destroyed," Smith told the former First Lady.
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The Absurd Fate of Frozen Embryos

Interview With Law Professor Brian Scarnecchia

By Andrea Kirk Assaf

ROME, Feb. 25, 2010 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II pleaded with fertility technicians to stop creating them. "Donum Vitae," issued in 1987 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, spoke of the "absurd fate" they were condemned to. The Snowflake Baby Program, launched in 1997, facilitated their adoption or "rescue."

Over 400,000 tiny human embryos created through in vitro fertilization exist today, their lives suspended in containers of liquid nitrogen, dubbed "concentration cans" by the late president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Dr. Jerome Lejeune.

Because the Catholic Church's plea to not create this bioethical dilemma went unheeded by many biopharmaceutical companies, the Vatican is now forced to make a moral judgment on the fate of hundreds of thousands of frozen lives.

Brian Scarnecchia, president of the International Solidarity and Human Rights Institute and professor of law at Ave Maria Law School, recently delivered a lecture on this developing issue at the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

In this interview with ZENIT, the professor articulated the complex moral questions involved in the debate concerning the fate of frozen embryos...
Read the rest of the Zenit article HERE

Friday, February 26, 2010

CNN debate on billboard claiming black babies are “endangered species”

Read it Here. You can also watch the CNN video at that link.

Going undercover

WORLDMag.com | February 16, 2010 | Web Extra

ABORTION | Though Lila Rose’s videos shot at Planned Parenthood locations are incriminating, no one yet has been convicted | Alisa Harris


ASSOCIATED PRESS / PHOTO BY CHARLES KRUPA

When a girl with platinum blond hair and dark eyes walked into Planned Parenthood oflabama in Birmingham and told the counselor she was pregnant, the counselor set up an appointment for an abortion and then asked how old the girl was. The girl laughed and said, “14.” When the girl told the counselor the baby’s father was 31, the counselor barely paused: “As long as you consented to having sex with him there’s nothing we can truly do about that.”

When the counselor told her that her parents needed to give consent to her abortion the girl asked, “Can we talk about that more? Because I can’t—I don’t want my parents to know.” The counselor told her to talk to the health counselor manager: “I know sometimes she does bend the rules a little bit.” Then she assured the girl that Planned Parenthood can’t disclose anything that happens within its walls to the 14-year-old’s parents, and that anyone with the same last name can sign. Full story.

Under orders

WORLDMag.com | March 13, 2010

MILITARY | Ignoring conscience objections and taxpayer protection, the administration forces military bases to carry Plan B | Alisa Harris

J. EMILIO FLORES/LA OPINION/NEWSCOM

When military pharmacist David Black received word that the Pentagon would require all military treatment facilities to stock emergency contraception—the Plan B drug that he considers abortion-inducing—he grew immediately anxious. Black, who asked that WORLD not use his real name in order to protect his job, told a supervisor that he would not dispense the pill and suggested they ship it to a local provider who was willing to dispense it. The supervisor said that was not an option.

Abortion currently is banned from all military treatment facilities, and so is the use of defense funds for abortion. But Plan B does not fall under the federal definition of abortion; instead it's classified as "emergency contraception" taken less than 72 hours after unprotected sex. It releases a high dose of the hormone levonorgestrel and sometimes works by inhibiting the implantation of an already fertilized egg—ending a life after conception. Full story.


The disappearing disabled

Mark Mostert | MercatorNet.com | Thursday, 25 February 2010

Dread genetic diseases are disappearing -- because parents and doctors are eliminating the children who have them.

Any allusion to present day biomedical practices as being eugenic usually leads to quite hysterical denials and the accusation that one sees everything one disagrees with as being painted with the inappropriate Nazi brush.

I’ve heard all the arguments, so please spare me: The only people who were Nazis were the Nazis. The only things that are eugenic are what the Nazis did in the interests of breeding a more superior race. Genetic research in this day and age is an absolutely cutting edge, wonderful, and very necessary ethical endeavor.

The howling eugenics deniers will even concede that eugenics didn’t originate in Nazi Germany (the US and the UK have that distinction), and, if pressed, that some prominent historical figures supported eugenics (Margaret Sanger and Winston Churchill among them). But that’s as far as it goes. The prevailing zeitgeist holds that eugenics was a terrible thing in a time gone by. It doesn’t happen any more. We learned from our collective social mistakes.

The thinking behind eugenics isn’t very difficult to understand. People are different in many ways. Some of these differences are socially and medically acceptable, others are not. We need more people with socially acceptable traits, fewer people with undesirable traits. There are two ways to do this. One, we passively encourage people with undesirable traits not to reproduce, but this takes a long time to reduce the undesirable population. Two, we actively take steps to eliminate those with undesirable traits by whatever means we can. Historically, that has meant sterilization, abortion, laws banning people with undesirable traits from marrying or reproducing, and the killing of so-called defectives.

Which brings us to an AP story that surfaced recently.

Essentially, the article makes the case that advances in genetic screening are reducing the incidence of children born with a wide range of genetic anomalies, so much so that several genetically-induced disabilities are close to being completely eliminated. However, the AP is, unintentionally but clearly, an exemplar of the spin that has morphed eugenics from a reprehensible horror to a heroic and loving social responsibility with predictable results. Eugenics is now called preventive medicine. Full story.

New Report Shows American Law Firm Pushing Abortion on Africans

By Piero A. Tozzi, J.D.

(NEW YORK – C-FAM) The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), a New York-based public interest law firm that seeks to expand abortion access globally, has issued a primer on "reproductive and sexual rights" jurisprudence in Africa, including abortion. Its launch comes at a time when largely western groups are increasing pressure on African nations to liberalize abortion laws. Full story.

Obama Challenged on Abortion in Health Care at Summit, but Dismisses Subject

By Kathleen Gilbert

WASHINGTON, DC, February 25, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – After hours of back and forth sparring between Democrats and Republicans over health care reform during Thursday’s public health care summit, the topic of abortion funding was broached by House Minority Leader John Boehner, but dismissed by President Obama.

In his remarks to the president, in which he expressed several concerns about the bill, Boehner noted that his letter urging Obama to include pro-life Democrat Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) in the summit had been ignored. Stupak, the most outspoken defender of a ban on abortion funding among pro-life House Democrats, was co-author of the House amendment last year that barred abortion funding.

"The Stupak-Pitts amendment - which reflects the will of the American people on the issue of federal funding of abortion - is supported by a bipartisan majority in the House, but was excluded from the president's proposal," said Boehner.

"Pro-life Democrats in the House have already pledged to vote against this provision," he said. "Health care reform should be an opportunity to protect human life, not end it." Boehner complained that the abortion funding issue, which has proved a major sticking point in practically every step of the bill's progress, was "not even listed as a topic for discussion at the summit." Full story.

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2010 Olympic Gold Medallist: "No Medal Compares to Having a Child"

By Patrick B. Craine

WHISTLER, British Columbia, February 25, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Russia's biathlon relay team revealed the secret to their success following their gold medal victory on Tuesday, reports AFP.

“Go ahead and have babies -- and get better in sports,” said Russian anchor Olga Zaitseva, 31, in a word of advice to the French and German teams, who won silver and bronze respectively.

Zaitseva told AFP that having her son, Alexander, who was born in 2007, helped her become a better athlete. "My child is my greatest happiness and he is my best little gold medal," she said. "It has made me calmer.”

The four-member Russian team boasted three mothers, and Zaitseva's advice was echoed by the two other mothers.

"No medal compares to having a child," said Anna Boulygina, 30. "I think children are the main thing women are designed to do. Having a family is an enormous help to me and it is due to their support that I am able to achieve this result, so the answer is yes, it helps." Full story.


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Day 9 of 40 Days for Life: The Difference You Can Make

Commentary by David Bereit, National Coordinator, 40 Days for Life

February 25, 2010 (40DaysforLife.com) - Do you know how important your presence in front of an abortion center can be? Here are a few reports from local 40 Days for Life campaigns that just begin to tell the story.

One of the prayer volunteers in Houston, Texas says a mom and her young son arrived to pray at their vigil in front of Planned Parenthood. The woman had aborted her first child at that very location.

She HAD to be there to pray, she said. "I can't help but think that if some pro-lifers were here" when she had the abortion, "maybe I wouldn't have gone through it."

Those sentiments were echoed by BJ, who posted a comment on the 40 Days for Life blog.

If only there had been someone praying outside Planned Parenthood in her city, 19 years ago, "it would have made all the difference in the world to me and my boyfriend," she wrote. "I regret every day what occurred in that cold winter morning."

Just BEING THERE can have a profound impact.

Joanne tells of a mom who brought her children to the 40 Days for Life vigil in Cranston, Rhode Island. While they were praying, her son noticed a woman sitting in a car in the parking lot. He looked in her direction once, and then again.

The woman looked at him, and their eyes locked.

"The woman began sobbing," Joanne said. "Something in her heart moved."

We pray that God's healing love will touch women contemplating abortion -- and all whose lives have been touched by past abortions. The suffering can go on for years.

Dorothy, who left a note on the 40 Days for Life blog, said she still thinks of the "horrific decision" she made 26 years ago, when there was no one there to tell her she could choose life for her child.

She had never healed from the pain of that abortion -- until recently.

"When I stood and prayed in front of Planned Parenthood, I was flooded with emotion," she wrote. "Holding the sign that 'women regret abortion' empowered me, along with the wonderful people that surrounded me in prayer." Full story.

Abortion Ban Based on Fetal Pain Could Be Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Followup

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 25
, 2010


Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The ban on partial-birth abortions brought home the pro-life message that abortion kills an unborn child and was responsible for shifting public opinion on abortion squarely into the pro-life category. Now, Nebraska could pave the way for the next kind of abortion ban that could pique national interest.

Ironically, Nebraska was the state whose partial-birth abortion ban first got the Supreme Court to weigh in on the issue in 2000.

Eventually, Congress approved, and President George W. Bush signed, a national partial-birth abortion ban that the high court upheld on a 5-4 vote.

Now, Nebraska lawmakers are considering LB 1103, the Abortion Pain Prevention Act, that would ban abortions done on babies who are capable of feeling pain.

Fetal pain is not a new concept and the leading national expert on the topic confirms unborn children definitely have the capacity to feel intense pain during an abortion.

Dr. Kanwaljeet Anand of the University of Arkansas Medical Center has said he and other specialists in development of unborn children have shown that babies feel pain before birth as early as 20 weeks into the pregnancy. Full story.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats: A Psychological and Spiritual Journey for Healing after Abortion

"Therefore I will allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her heart.
There I will give her back her vineyards and transform her Valley of Troubles into a Door of Hope." ~Hosea 2:16-17



Rachel's Vineyard Weekend Retreat Dates:
May 21-23, 2010 and October 1-3, 2010
Honolulu, Hawaii


Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreats offer a beautiful opportunity for healing to any woman or man who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of an abortion.

The retreat is a chance to get away from the daily pressures of work and family, to focus on a painful time in life, and to begin healing through a supportive and non-judgmental process.

Spiritual exercises focusing on God’s forgiveness, compassion, and mercy are shared through psychological exercises which help participants work through repressed grief and anger that may exist.

Many preconceived fears of condemnation are transformed into blessings; memories of abandonment, pain, and confusion are replaced by peace and reconciliation.

Rachel’s Vineyard retreat, written by Theresa Karminski Burke, PhD with Barbara Cullen, focuses on God’s love and forgiveness in a nonjudgmental environment. Based in Catholicism, the retreat is open to and welcomes individuals of all denominations.

Comments from past participants:

“I hesitated to come (to the retreat) because I knew it was going to be intense and I wasn’t 100 percent committed to the religious concepts (or I was leery of them). The retreat far surpassed all my expectations. I have never witnessed so much healing and relief from anything else I have observed or experienced.”

“The most profound impact of my second abortion was what it did to my relationship with my husband and children. I withdrew, participated way less in family activities, and found it hard to be emotionally connected to them. My husband seemed to have something gnawing at him, and I was afraid it was hatred for me. We went to the retreat three years ago. It’s amazing to look back at where we were then and where we are now. We are a healthy, thriving family with much love freely shared all around.”

“For 18 years, I have been haunted with heavy guilt that no one could take away, tormented by thoughts of what my child would have been like. Through participating in Rachel’s Vineyard, I was finally able to forgive myself. I know that God has given me a peaceful mind, cleansed my heart, and has washed away my guilt.”

“I experienced a great inner healing. I would highly recommend this retreat to anyone who has felt the void and shame of the abortion experience. It is a wonderful way to forgive yourself, find the completely unconditional love of Christ, and grieve your loss.”

“No words can explain the healing that I experienced on this weekend retreat. It was conducted with love and gentleness in an area of my life that was war-torn, raw, and bleeding. God’s mercy and love was behind this retreat. It was so important for me to dig deep and release the pain of the past. I believe this made room and God, then, filled that room with genuine love for lost children, family, friends, and especially ourselves.”

“It was the best weekend of my life. I was able to share my grief, my guilt, my anger. I was able to mourn the loss of my baby. But most important, I was able to believe that she now lives with Jesus. For a short time I could almost touch her and hold her and see her. For this, I will always be grateful.”


General Information

Registration: The retreat weekend is designed for twelve participants; a minimum of six registrations is necessary to hold the retreat. Registrations and fees must be received by the Tuesday prior to the scheduled retreat. (Registrations will be conducted by phone to address and answer any questions about the retreat.)
  • Contact: Lisa Shorba at (808) 349-5071 or RVHawaii@gmail.com

Participants will receive a letter of confirmation with driving directions and a map to the retreat center.

Schedule: The weekend begins on Friday evening (5:00 pm) and concludes Sunday evening (6:00 pm)

Cost: The $100 registration fee includes accommodations for two nights, meals, and materials. Financial assistance is available.

Confidentiality: Rachel’s Vineyard strictly respects confidentiality and privacy. If you or someone you know is hurting, please call today.

Information: For more information, call the toll-free national hotline at 1-877-HOPE-4-ME or visit the website at www.rachelsvineyard.org.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

There’s no such thing as the perfect child

A parent asked why I didn’t get prenatal testing. My son is the same as other kids. He just happens to have Down syndrome

By Sue Robins | Globe and Mail
Published on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010 4:27PM EST

A word to the wise to those of you dying to ask a parent of a child with Down syndrome, spina bifida or an open neural tube condition if they had prenatal testing: Don’t do it. Bite your tongue. Shut up. Swallow it.

Because what you are really asking us is, “Why didn’t you abort your child?” And, similarly, “Why is this child even alive right now?” Read more.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Newly-Unveiled Obama Health Bill Proposal Even More Pro-Abortion

White House set to ram health overhaul through Senate as "budget" measure

By Kathleen Gilbert

WASHINGTON, DC, February 22, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A new health care bill proposed by President Obama Monday threatens to expand abortion even more drastically than the health care bills stymied in Congress over the past several months, says the National Right to Life Committee.

The White House is threatening to ram the proposal through the Senate on a 51-vote majority using a tactic known as budget reconciliation. The process circumvents the need for a filibuster-proof 60-vote majority by placing the health care overhaul under the heading of a "budget" bill.

"Any member of Congress who votes for the final legislation proposed by President Obama will be voting for direct federal funding of elective abortion through Community Health Centers, and also an array of other pro-abortion federal subsidies and mandates," said NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson in a statement Monday. Full story.

Woman Who Assaulted a Pro-life Protester Cancels Abortion and Thanks Protester

by Cassy Fiano on February 21st, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Mechelle Hall has an incredible story that the mainstream media has completely ignored. She is a young woman who got pregnant and was going to have an abortion. On the way in, she had an altercation with some pro-life protesters:

Reached at her northern Wisconsin home Tuesday evening, Leah Winandy, 21, said she was protesting abortions on behalf of Pro Life Ministries of Duluth and handing out pamphlets on First Street outside the Building for Women when confronted by Hall.

“I was there to ask mothers not to kill their babies at the abortion clinic,” she said. “She [Hall] was walking toward me. She pulled out a knife and waved it at me saying ‘Don’t come near me.’ I said, ‘Please don’t kill your baby. Fear God.’ I came to the edge of the courtyard. I said, ‘Look and listen to your ultrasound.’ She turned around and came back with a knife and held it up to my throat.”

She was arrested and pleaded guilty to assault. But the story takes an unusual turn. Despite her assault against the pro-life protester, she didn’t get the abortion. Now, she’s thankful for Leah and Sarah Winandy’s intervention. Full story.

Obama Pro-Abortion Health Care Reconciliation Bill Expected Monday, Then Summit

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Democrats in Washington are continuing to push for the controversial reconciliation strategy to railroad the pro-abortion government-run health care bill through Congress. And Republicans continue blasting the upcoming health care summit as a charade and "infomercial" for the bill.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama is reportedly writing a revised health care bill that can be attached to a budget bill and receive approval in the Senate on a majority vote.

The idea behind the Obama bill, or a corrections measure that allows the House to adopt the pro-abortion Senate bill, is to rely on the reconciliation process to get around the Republican filibuster and make it so only 51 votes are needed to approve the bill.

As LifeNews.com reported, Obama officials said the bill may be ready by the weekend and now they have updated their prediction by saying it will be posted on the Internet on Monday morning.

"It will be a reconciliation bill," the new York Times quoted a top Democratic staffer as saying. "If Republicans don't come with any substantial offers, this is what we would do."

One Capitol Hill Democrat told the Times abortion remains "a wild card," but pro-life advocates would be surprised if the Obama bill contained the Stupak amendment that appears in the House bill and bans abortion funding. The Senate measure contains massive abortion funding and other pro-abortion problems.

Democrats are relying on a strategy to build public support for the pro-abortion health care bill by putting together a White House health care summit, but Republicans aren't taking the bait and saying the event is for show. Full story.

Take action! Learn more then contact your U.S. Representative and Senators to tell them you OPPOSE this bill and any bill that does not explicitly exclude abortion funding here: http://stoptheabortionmandate.com/

More Precious than Gold: Canadian Olympic Champ Calls Disabled Brother 'My Inspiration'

By Kathleen Gilbert

TORONTO, February 18, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The winning performance of moguls skier Alexandre Bilodeau on Sunday sent a ripple of excitement through Canada as the world watched the young Canadian become the first ever to win Olympic gold on home turf. But for the newly-dubbed "Alexandre the Great," the real celebration was at the bottom of the course - where he embraced brother Frederic, who suffers from cerebral palsy and whom Bilodeau affectionately calls "my inspiration."

The elder of the two, Frederic stood up from his wheelchair and cheered, grinning widely in front of cameras, as his brother crossed the finish line. His parents quickly wheeled Frederic out, shouting all the way, to meet Alexandre.

When asked later how much of the gold medal belonged to Frederic, the skier replied, "A lot!" - and began to choke up.

"It's really getting me right now - my brother is my inspiration, growing up with handicapped people puts everything back in perspective, and he taught me so many things in life," he said.

"He's the happiest man … and he's always the happiest man." Full story.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

40 Days for Life Honolulu Mid-Point Rally March 9

During this Lenten season, Honolulu is one of 167 cities worldwide participating in 40 Days for Life. A pro-life Christian prayer movement that crosses denominational lines, 40 Days for Life emphasizes three key elements: prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil, and public outreach to the community with pro-life education about why abortion must end.

Just five days into the current spring campaign, 45 unborn children have already been saved, and their mothers have been spared a lifetime of the physical, emotional, and spiritual pain that abortion can bring.

The Honolulu campaign will host a Mid-Point Rally on day 20 of the 40-day-long prayer cycle, which is Tuesday, March 9, at 5:00pm (rain or shine). Pro-lifers are invited to gather at the site of the campaign's public prayer vigil location outside Planned Parenthood of Hawaii, 1350 S King St, Honolulu (mauka side of King, 1/2 block 'ewa of Ke'eaumoku).

The gathering will be held on the sidewalk, outside the Title Guaranty building, where the abortion clinic is located. Bring a folding chair, water, jacket, umbrella, or any other gear you will need to be comfortable for the 90-minute outdoor event. Street parking is generally available along side streets near King, or on nearby Young St.

You are welcome to bring pro-life signs or banners, and as we anticipate the presence of children, we ask that you keep all visual displays respectful. No political signs, please.

Learn more about 40 Days for Life Honolulu at http://www.40DaysForLife.com/Honolulu.

Ten Years Later, Boy's 'Hand of Hope' Continues to Spark Debate


Wednesday, May 06, 2009
By Joshua Rhett Miller

Nearly 10 years after a stunning photograph of his tiny hand traveled the world, Samuel Armas has a firm grip on what "The Hand of Hope" means to him.

"When I see that picture, the first thing I think of is how special and lucky I am to have God use me that way," Samuel told FOXNews.com. "I feel very thankful that I was in that picture."

On Aug. 19, 1999, photographer Michael Clancy shot the "Fetal Hand Grasp" — his picture of a 21-week-old fetus grasping a doctor's finger during innovative surgery to correctspina bifida. Nearly four months later, on Dec. 2, Samuel Armas was "born famous."

The photo, which first appeared in USA Today on Sept. 7, 1999, quickly spread across the globe as proof of development in the womb and was later cited during congressional debates on the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, which passed in 2000.

"It's just a miracle picture, a miracle moment," Clancy told FOXNews.com. "It shows the earliest human interaction ever recorded."

Click here for photos.

Samuel, now 9 and living in Villa Rica, Ga., said the photo likely gave countless "babies their right to live" and forced many others "It's very important to me," Samuel said of the photograph. "A lot of babies would've lost their lives if that didn't happen."

Julie Armas, Samuel's mother, said her eldest son has a "very strong sense of right and wrong" and understands the impact of his unconventional first baby photo.

"He identifies it more in terms of a pro-life message more than anything," she told FOXNews.com. "This photo happened and God used it to show people that this baby in mom's tummy is alive. He's pleased that his photo conveyed that message." Full story.


Knocking Human Beings Off the Pedestal of Exceptionalism

February 16, 2010 01:55 PM PST
Does every human life have equal moral value simply and merely because it is human?

On this episode of What It Means to Be Human, Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Wesley J. Smith takes a look at "personhood theory" advocated by such as Princeton University's Peter Singer. Listen in and learn more about the threat to the sanctity of life ethic as the fundamental value of our social order. As Smith says, "The time has come to pay attention. If human life is knocked off the pedestal, universal human rights will be impossible to sustain."

Listen now to this free podcast at http://bravenewbioethics.podomatic.com/entry/eg/2010-02-16T14_19_04-08_00

Baby Isaiah: Refusing to be a “Selector” of Who Has the Right to Live

Friday, February 19, 2010, 11:47 AM
Wesley J. Smith

I have written before of the futile care case in Canada involving “Baby Isaiah,” an infant who experienced a severe brain injury during a very long labor process. When the physicians sent a letter stating they would unilaterally cease life support, Isaiah’s parents sued.

These futile care cases are fundamentally important, not only to the individuals involved in very difficult circumstances, but because they involve our most fundamental duties to our most seriously ill and disabled brothers and sisters. In a very good column, a Canadian physician gets to the nub of the issue. From “Baby’s Staus as Human on Trial,” by Dr. Joel B. Zivot:

As a physician, I specialize in the management of the weak and disabled. My task is clear: restore an individual’s health if I am able, and protect my patient’s rights as a human being. I must state categorically that I am not a vitalist. Patients may choose to decline my treatment and as a consequence, die. I will support this choice but need not enable it.

That a doctor feels the need to defend his defense of the equality/sanctity of human life by assuring readers he is not a vitalist–keeping people alive by every means necessary whether they want it or not–illustrates how far we have slouched toward accepting the discriminatory “quality of life” ethic. Even though I have been a hospice volunteer–clearly not vitalistic endeavor–I am often similarly accused. Read more.

Another side to the UK euthanasia debate

BioEdge | by Michael Cook | 20 Feb 2010

Elisabeth Shepherd and her son James

London’s Daily Mail is a tabloid’s tabloid but its reporters are expert at tracking down and interviewing people with stories to tell, even if they don’t have publicists. Taking its cue from the euthanasia debate over whether people in pain, terminal illness, or severe disability should have the option of assisted suicide, the newspaper interviewed Elisabeth Shepherd.

Ms Shepherd cares for her 36-year-old son James, her fifth child. At the age of 8 James was struck by a car and hovered between life and death for months. Now he is a quadriplegic, can barely speak and is incontinent. But she cheerfully soldiers on, alone, day after day, caring for him.

She contacted the Daily Mail after another mother, Kay Gilderdale, was acquitted of the attempted murder of her severely disabled daughter. “Your admiration for the mother of Lynn Gilderdale frightens me,” she told the newspaper. “My fear,” she says, “is that if people begin to think of assisted suicide as an option then the balance will change. As a society, we will shift towards a different mindset. A mindset in which people like James begin to appear expendable.”

Ms Shepherd says that her convictions are not religious, but based on her belief in an inalienable human dignity. Full story

Oregon opens state's largest abortuary

Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 2/21/2010 4:15:00AM

A sizable Planned Parenthood abortion facility is now open in Portland, Oregon.

The abortion clinic is the largest in Oregon and is expected to be one of the largest in the country. Gayle Atteberry, director of Oregon Right to Life, tells more about its location. "They closed their older facility, and this new one is right on the edge of the African-American community," she explains. "[It's] the biggest one in Portland and the biggest one in the state."

Gayle Atteberry (Oregon Right To Life)The Oregon pro-lifer suspects the clinic's location was not chosen randomly, but that it was established there to carry out the nationwide goal of Planned Parenthood.

"It is consistent to what they are doing around the nation, and we've seen in the figures that the largest percentage of abortions per-capita are done in the black community," Atteberry reports.

That accusation is supported in a documentary called Maafa 21, produced by Life Dynamics. The film traces the beginning of Planned Parenthood to its founder, Margaret Sanger, and the eugenics movement which was designed to wipe out so-called "inferior people" through abortion and birth control. Full story.


Related links:

Maafa 21 http://www.maafa21.com/

Life Dynamics http://www.lifedynamics.com/

Oregon Right to Life http://www.ortl.org/

35 Babies Saved by Day 5 of 40 Days for Life Campaign

DAY 5: ‘My life was forever changed’
February 21st, 2010

There’s no question — 40 Days for Life is not just a project, not just something to do. It’s a calling. And it’s a calling that reaches deep into your heart.

A blogger in Georgia writes that this will be her first time participating in 40 Days for Life, “and I am really looking forward to it. I have long felt passionate about the pro-life cause, but I have never extended myself.”

She explained that she is feeling called to pray earnestly — not only for the babies, but also for the women.

“I have never met a woman who has had an abortion who does not regret it,” she wrote. “They are buying a lie, and I pray eyes will be opened before it’s too late. For women who have already made the choice, I pray they will find forgiveness — it is there in Christ.”

Those “women who have already made the choice” had a profound impact on the people who attended the 40 Days for Life kickoff in Spokane, Washington.

The event was held in front of the Planned Parenthood abortion center, where a message board promoted “exceptional health care, honest education, fearless advocacy.”

John said that at the Spokane rally, two women who’d had abortions at that very facility told the story of how they had “confronted the horror of what they’d done, recounted the lies they’d been told by Planned Parenthood workers, and finally found healing.”

This was the most emotional portion of the rally, John added. “Many in the crowd were literally moved to tears as they listened to what these women went through.” Read more.

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