Saturday, March 06, 2010

Abortion and Race: A Complicated Problem

Having served for nearly a decade as a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, I know that there are few subjects as controversial in American society as those issues touching race relations.

Nonetheless, an article appearing this weekend in the New York Times -- titled "To Court Blacks, Foes of Abortion Make Racial Case" -- is worth considering.

Without getting into the controversy concerning the well-documented eugenic philosophy of Margaret Sanger (founder of Planned Parenthood), or the debate over whether or not African Americans are actually deliberately targeted by abortion providers today, several disturbing facts remain.

For one, as the New York Times pointed out, black women account for almost 40% of the abortions in the United States, though they make up only 13% of the population.
You can read the rest of Carl Anderson's article here

Carl Anderson is the supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus and a New York Times bestselling author.

Maryland proposal to fund adult stem cell research corrects focus on wrong research

A proposed Maryland bill that would fund adult stem cell research for sickle cell disease has won the backing of the Maryland Catholic Conference. One official with the conference says success in unfunded adult stem cell efforts suggests that a focus on embryonic stem cells has led to “funding the wrong research.”
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'Catholic' King of Spain Signs Abortion Bill into Law

The King of Spain, Juan Carlos I, has signed a bill into law legalizing abortion on demand for the first fourteen weeks of pregnancy.

The law, which was recently passed by the Spanish Congress and Senate, also declares abortion as a "right," allows minors as young as 16 to obtain abortions without their parents' consent, and requires abortionist and homosexualist education in the nation's schools.

The king, a professed Catholic, ignored pleas from a number of theologians and pro-life activists to withhold his signature from the bill, which would have prevented it from being promulgated and applied.
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Video: 13 Year Old Lia Mills - On Euthanasia

Autonomy, not pain, was concern for Washington’s first assisted suicides

BioEdge | 6 Mar 2010 |

Sixty-three suicide prescriptions were dispensed during the first nine months of Washington state's "death with dignity" act, according to the first official statistics since assisted suicide became legal in March last year. At least 36 people have used their lethal medication to end their lives. This was roughly one in a thousand deaths in the state.

There have been no complaints from the public about doctors and pharmacists and their compliance with the law, said the state health department. "We're very satisfied with the compliance by the health care provider community," said spokesman Donn Moyer.

The statistics, which are available on the department’s website, are a bit difficult to interpret, as not everyone who took out a prescription used it. Of the 63, 47 are now dead. Seven died of their ailment and 36 after taking the lethal dose, but in 4 cases, no death certificate had been received.

Why did they want to die? According to the report, “All were concerned about loss of autonomy, 82 percent about loss of dignity, and 91 percent about losing the ability to participate in activities that made life enjoyable.” Only 25% mentioned inadequate pain control, although 79% had cancer; 23% feared being a burden. Full story.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Ultrasound Coupon Saves Baby's Life

By David Bereit, National Director, 40 Days for Life

March 5, 2010 (40DaysforLife.com) - Last week, we reported on a young mother in Louisville, Kentucky who chose life for her baby after redeeming a coupon for a free ultrasound. That story struck a chord with the 40 Days for Life team in Southfield, Michigan.

The Southfield team tried the same idea ... and it worked!

Howard, one of the prayer volunteers, showed his "free ultrasound" coupon to women who were approaching the abortion facility. One woman took the coupon - she seemed quite excited to get it - but then walked into the building.

She came out ten minutes later - and told the volunteers that while she was inside the abortion center, she had called the pro-life pregnancy resource center to ask about the free ultrasound.

They left the abortion facility immediately. "We did the ultrasound and had everyone crying tears of joy," said Mike, the 40 Days for Life coordinator in Southfield. "The baby' mother was so overjoyed to see her baby. Praise God!"

A verbal offer of a free ultrasound is certainly good; it appears, though, that the "free coupon" idea makes it seem more real. And besides, everybody likes to get a good deal with a coupon!

Ultrasound also helped save a life in Bakersfield, California. Of course, the prayer vigil in front of the abortion center had a lot to do with it as well.

40 Days for Life volunteers spoke to a 17-year-old and her mother as they arrived for the teen's abortion appointment. The girl said she was the youngest of five children and she did not want to disappoint her father.

Tim in Bakersfield said both the girl and her mother seemed to have very hard hearts. Although they listened for several minutes, "they seemed to have no change in their attitude." But when they were about to walk into the building, someone approached the girl and said, "Don't be afraid - trust in God."

When she heard this, tears began rolling down her cheeks. But her mother remained firm.

So the prayer team quickly made arrangements for an ultrasound. As the girl's mother watched the perfectly formed body of her grandchild on the ultrasound screen, "she began to cry," Tim said. "The baby's tiny feet and hands were clearly visible on the screen, and the baby even waved at his mother and grandmother!"

Did the baby wave? See for yourself in the actual ultrasound here!

This is most definitely the image of a very young human being. And that fact was immediately evident to both mother and grandmother.

Please pray that more pro-life centers will have greater access to this amazing, life-saving technology!



Related link:
40 Days for Life http://www.40daysforlife.com/

Twitter RU-486 Abortion Chronicles to 'Demystify' Procedure Go Sour

By Kathleen Gilbert

March 5, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A blogger known as Angie the Anti-Theist caused a stir both on the Internet and the mainstream media last month after word spread that she had decided to "live-tweet" her abortion - that is, issue regular updates on the process of her RU-486 medical abortion on the microblogging tool Twitter. But what followed - a raft of complaints about severe pain and days of unexpected bleeding - may have had the opposite of the intended effect. Full story.

Urgent Message from Americans United for Life

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Obama, Democrats Make it Official: Reconciliation to Push Pro-Abortion Health Care

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 3
, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress made it official today -- saying they will use the controversial reconciliation process to railroad the pro-abortion health care bill through Congress. Under the process, the House will attempt to pass the pro-abortion Senate health care bill.

Then, both the House and Senate will go back and approve the reconciliation bill that will make changes to the Senate measure designed to ensure House Democrats will support the bill. In the Senate, Republicans will not be able to filibuster it.

The reconciliation bill will not revoke the massive abortion funding under the Senate measure not correct any of the other pro-abortion problems with the bill. Full story.

Act Now! Click here to find your member of the House and urge a NO vote on the pro-abortion Senate health care bill.

On Christians in Politics

"...that should be our role--to shape policy, not advance a party."

--Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council speaking in the panel discussion "Pastors, Pulpits, & Politics: Christian Rules of Engagement"

Getting the facts right about euthanasia

The Quebec College of Physicians and Surgeons has “tentatively proposed” legalized euthanasia. The college says that it could be seen “as part of appropriate care in certain particular circumstances.” As a result, the Quebec Legislative Assembly has established a multi-party committee, “La commission de la santé et des services sociaux” (the Health and Social Services commission) consisting of 20 members of the Assembly.
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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Rosaries for unborn campaign drawing prayers worldwide

Memphis, Tenn., Mar 1, 2010 / 06:12 pm (CNA).- A Catholic group leading a multi-national prayer effort has had 3,000 people register from countries all over the world to pray a Rosary for the unborn. The May 7-9 prayer event, “One Million Rosaries for Unborn Babies,” is being coordinated by the Saint Michael the Archangel Organization.

“Throughout the world in the last 50 or so years, an incomprehensible tragedy has happened; namely, the surgical killing of approximately one billion unborn human persons and the non-surgical killing of a multitude of unborn human persons,” said Patrick Benedict, President of the Saint Michael the Archangel Organization. “Throughout the history of mankind, no other group of people has ever gone through such a horror.”

“Sitting by and allowing this massacre to continue is not an option,” he added. “When we say that Christ died for each of us, that includes each unborn human person. In the eyes of God, these babies are precious.”

“Yet, an attack of hellish proportions has been waged for many years now against the unborn babies,” Benedict continued, saying that the “prayer event can be seen as a counter-attack in which participants pray the Rosary for the unborn babies who can not pray for themselves.”
Read the rest here

Bishops of Spain: Abolish new abortion law as soon as possible

Madrid, Spain, Mar 1, 2010 / 06:58 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- The secretary general of the Bishops’ Conference of Spain, Auxiliary Bishop Juan Antonio Martinez Camino, is calling for the country's new law on abortion to “be abolished as soon as possible.”

The Spanish Senate voted last Wednesday to pass the Socialist government’s new law on abortion. The decision will allow women over the age of 16 to obtain the procedure up until the 14th week of pregnancy.
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Parents say doctors hastened death for dying kids

CHICAGO – It's a situation too agonizing to contemplate — a child dying and in pain. Now a small but provocative study suggests that doctors may be giving fatal morphine doses to a few children dying of cancer, to end their suffering at their parents' request.

A handful of parents told researchers that they had asked doctors to hasten their children's deaths — and that doctors complied, using high doses of the powerful painkiller...
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Monday, March 01, 2010

"I'm SOOO Thankful I Didn't Get An Abortion"

The following is a true story posted by a teenage girl:

Hi, I'm Amanda and I'm 15. I got pregnant when I was 13 years old. My baby is truly a miracle.

I was determined to get an abortion and everyone else wanted me to get one too. No one approved of me keeping the baby.

The night before the abortion I was sitting alone and all of the sudden I started crying uncontrollably. Out of nowhere it hit me "I can't kill an innocent life, it's not my place to take away God's child."

Ha, so I did everything I could for my baby down to moving into a maternity home for homeless teens for our needs since no one would help me. God's giving me every little thing my baby or I need.

A few weeks before I delivered my very healthy baby, my grandmother's heart softened and she told me she wanted me and the baby to come home instead of transferring to the teen parent home. And it's great, I love my baby to death. I'm SOOOO thankful I didn't get an abortion."


Read more true pro-life stories or post your own story at http://www.rockforlife.org/action_tellyourprolifestory.php?storyID=76

Video: Pelosi claims consultation with bishops, repeats lie about abortion funding

Thomas at Catholic Vote Action has the details Watch the video and read what he has to say about Pelosi's claim.

On Right to Life vs. Quality of Life

"If someone lacks the functional criteria of a "quality" life, he lacks personhood and the right to life. I find this ethic more terrifying than the ethic of the Mafia, for the Mafia at least do not rationalize their assassinations by inventing a new ethic which pretends that the people they want to kill are not people. I would feel more comfortable conversing with a hired killer than with an abortionist, for an abortionist is also a hired killer, but pretends not to be."
--Dr. Peter Kreeft, Ph.D, Prof. of Philosophy, Boston College

Related link:
From the writings of Dr. Kreeft, "Personhood Begins at Conception": http://www.peterkreeft.com/topics-more/personhood.htm

Day 9 of 40 Days for Life: 107 Lives Saved...That We Know Of

From 40 Days for Life National Campaign Director David Bereit:

Whenever talking about babies saved from abortion through God’s mercy and the prayers of 40 Days for Life participants, I usually add the words “that we know of.” After all, we really don’t know how many lives have been spared in ways that only God will ever know. We just have to trust Him!

With that in mind, I can tell you that thus far in this 40 Days for Life campaign …

… 107 babies have been saved from abortion …

… that we know of!

We don’t know, for instance, how many abortions were prevented because the abortion facility was closed one day last week in Overland Park, Kansas.

“The place was empty,” said Valerie. Apparently, heating and plumbing problems kept the doors shut all day. “Praise God for allowing women to have another chance to think about what they are doing.”

Most of the time, we don’t know how many women change their minds — and simply don’t show up for their abortion appointment.

We do, however, know of at least one.

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