Saturday, April 03, 2010

Gen's Story

"The counselor from Planned Parenthood and the doctor and his nurse didn't tell me of the physical pain that I would feel after the abortion or of the regrets that I would have for years to come. They told me that I would be able to carry on with my life just as if nothing happened. They lied...."

From Gen's Story; read the full story at http://thecomforted.blogspot.com/.

Legal Group, Four Pro-Life Advocates Sue to Stop Pro-Abortion Health Care Law

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A pro-life legal group, for itself and four pro-life advocates in Michigan, has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the pro-abortion health care law President Barack Obama signed. Their suit joins several others -- including one from a doctors group and another from more than a dozen state attorneys general. Full story.

Planned Parenthood Abortion Center Charged for Hiding Sexual Abuse Fires Staff

Birmingham, AL (LifeNews.com) -- The Planned Parenthood abortion center that was placed on probation by the Alabama health department for hiding a potential case of sexual abuse recently fired three of its staffers. The center received a one year probation from state officials in February.

As LifeNews.com reported, an undercover video showed a staffer at Planned Parenthood telling a woman who appears to be a victim of statutory rape that "we bend the rules." Full story.

Woman Hospitalized After Botched Abortion at California Planned Parenthood

Riverside, CA (LifeNews.com) -- An ambulance appeared at the Riverside, California Planned Parenthood abortion business on Tuesday to transport a woman to a local hospital after a botched abortion. The Planned Parenthood in Riverside is the location where three women have already died from failed abortions. Full story.

Concert to Support Terri Schiavo Foundation, Features Randy Travis, Collin Raye

Indianapolis, FL (LifeNews.com) -- The family of Terri Schiavo, the disabled woman whose husband killed her by depriving her of food and water, will sponsor a benefit concert to raise funds for its foundation to help other patients like her. The show will feature popular country music recording artists Randy Travis and Collin Raye.

The Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation is sponsoring the first-annual "Terri Schiavo Life and Hope" concert which will be held at the Murat Theatre in Indianapolis, Indiana on Sunday, April 11.

"The concert comes just days after the fifth anniversary of Terri Schiavo's death and will benefit the Foundation established by her family," the Schindler family told LifeNews.com previously. Full story.

Related links:
Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Concert - http://www.lifeandhopeconcert.org
Terri Schiavo Foundation - http://www.terrisfight.org

Pro-Life Advocates Pray at Abortion Centers on Good Friday to Honor God

(LifeNews.com) Today is Good Friday -- the day Christians mark the crucifixion and death of the Son of God. In memory of Christ, 40 Days for Life volunteers in a number of cities are planning to pray at abortion centers today. Full story.

Upcoming Rachel's Vineyard Retreat - Hawaii

Message from Teresa G. and Lisa S. of Rachel's Vineyard Hawaii:
Aloha Friends,
I would like to announce that there is a Rachel's Vineyard Retreat on May 21-23 at St. Anthony's Retreat Center in Kalihi. The cost is $100 for the whole weekend including materials, room and meals. I have brochures if you know of anyone who is interested, or you can email their local contact at rvhawaii@gmail.com
Their national website is here All contacting is highly confidential .

Rachel's Vineyard is a retreat for healing after abortion. It is for anyone, mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings; anyone suffering from the loss of a child due to abortion.

From the brochure: "Rachel's Vineyard weekend retreats are a beautiful opportunity for any person who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of abortion. The weekend is a chance to get away from all the daily pressures of work and family and focus on this painful time in your life through a supportive and nonjudgmental process. "

"The weekend is a lot of work, but those who are willing to journey through their grief will experience the power of resurrection in their own lives. They will find meaning in what has happened and allow God to transform the experience into something that gives hope, liberation, and peace."

Please pass this on to anyone you know who may need this. There will be another one on October 1-3, 2010. Thank you.

Peace,

For more information, please feel free to contact Lisa at 349-5071.

New Blog Added to Sidebar - The Comforted

Please be sure to visit The Comforted. It is a new blog to give hope and healing for those suffering from the effects of abortion.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Abortion billboards strike a nerve

Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 4/2/2010 4:40:00 AMBookmark and Share

Black children are endangered species"Black children are an endangered species" is the theme of a billboard campaign in Georgia meant to reduce abortions among African-American women. Full story.

Teen gets legal abortion, parents in the dark

Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 4/1/2010 5:40:00 AM

A school-based health clinic in Washington state assisted a 15-year-old girl in getting an abortion. Full story.

Colleges see truth in pro-life argument

Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 4/2/2010 4:30:00 AM

Pro-Life Wisconsin is targeting college-age youth with a campaign to inform them of the dangers of the "morning-after pill," otherwise known as "Plan B."

The organization's "True to Life" campaign is currently placing ads in four campus newspapers, warning of the dangers of the morning-after pill for the mother and the baby. Spokesperson Peggy Hamill tells OneNewsNow the ads reveal that emergency contraception is a high dose of steroids that can cause chemical abortions if fertilization has taken place.

"It also can harm the woman's health by putting a woman at higher risk for many medical conditions, including deadly blood clots," she notes. Full story.

Margaret Sanger: In Her Own Words

"We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population...." --Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood

Unhealthy and Unhappy

Planned Parenthood's Advice to Girl Scouts

By Chuck Colson|Published Date: March 26, 2010

Next time you buy a box of Girl Scout cookies to feed your sweet tooth, think about what the Girl Scouts leadership is feeding to young girls.

I almost fell out of my chair when I read the news. The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts hosted a panel in New York, part of the annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. According to the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, the Girl Scouts allowed Planned Parenthood “to distribute brochures containing sexually explicit material to the young girls.” Listen now.

To Pull the Plug?

From "Coming Home" by Dr. Gerard M. Nadal: Science in Service of the Pro-Life Movement

I attended a bioethics conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio this past weekend. The theme centered on end of life decisions and care. Much was mentioned about when it is appropriate to discontinue food and water by removing the feeding tube.

Dr. Patrick Lee, Director of the Institute for Bioethics at Franciscan assembled a stellar group of ethicists to deal with these issues. Good speakers provoke good thought and even better conversation/debate, which was all in good supply as well. One observation came to me during much of the discussion on case studies.

It seems that we’ve crossed clearly onto euthanasia’s turf. The Terry Sciavo case was illustrative of far more than the issue of patients making statements about how they would prefer to live. Of course none of us would want to live with significant deficits in function. That’s easy to say NOW. Many of the physicians in attendance spoke of how that sentiment changes when patients mourn their loss of function and begin to adjust to their new reality.

The conditions for which people seek the removal of feeding tubes are most often not associated with the futile attempt at extending life whose imminent end is obvious.

People are now seeking to remove sustenance for conditions that are not at all life-threatening, and not even so much a burden for the patient as they are for the family who would be expected to be the care-givers.

Thus, we seek the death of loved ones increasingly that we may avoid our own existential suffering in adjusting to new and chronic realities not foreseen. Read more.

Life Report: How Should Pro-Lifers Discuss the Health Care Bill with their Friends?

Pro life talk, real word answers. Click here to listen to the podcast or download.

Kansas Billboards Help Abortions Decline as Women Given Positive Alternatives

by Martha Schieber
April 1
, 2010

Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) -- There is no doubt about pro-life factors influencing the 9 percent drop in abortions for the state of Kansas in 2009. The Vitae Foundation believes it also had an influence in the drop in abortions during the last quarter of 2009.

Vitae ran 105 billboards directing pregnant women to five different pregnancy centers in the greater Kansas City area offering free help. The majority of the billboards were in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties. They ran from October through January, 2010.

“Vitae worked closely with area pregnancy help centers, business, civic and church communities to get pregnant women the help they need,” Anne Carmichael, Vitae’s Vice President, stated. “We knew it was going to be a tremendous campaign when women were canceling their abortion appointments and choosing life!” Full story.

Hey Feminists: Reproductive Justice Means Supporting Women, Not Abortion

by Anne Marie Polak
April 1
, 2010

LifeNews.com Note: Anne Marie Polak writes for Americans United for Life, a national pro-life legal and legislative group. This is one part of AUL's special series of opinion columns in honor of women's history month.

According to the National Organization of Women (NOW), real reproductive justice for women requires “self-determination, equality, and the respect and support of her society” to help end “the discrimination and inequality that keep women from controlling their own reproductive lives.[i]

NOW’s quote suggests two things; that access to abortion on demand will engender more societal support for women and that women are currently unable to control their reproductive lives.

Ironically, NOW’s first assertion, that access to abortion on demand will create greater support in society for women–and ostensibly for women in all of their capacities–has not only failed to materialize in the 37 years since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion nationally, but in fact has created just the opposite obstacle for women.

In the Supreme Court case Planned Parenthood v. Casey, [ii] Justice Sandra Day O'Conner writes, “The ability of women to participate equally in the economic and social life of the nation has been facilitated by their ability to control their reproductive lives.”

And concomitantly, women lawyers who support abortion, such as Dawn Johnsen who worked for the National Women’s Law Center, stress that limits on abortion affect women’s equality, going so far even as to say that pregnancy is “disturbingly suggestive of involuntary servitude” because of the physical demands involved.[iii]

Yet after 37 years of abortion on demand, perhaps the individuals who claim that more abortion will lead to more equality should ask themselves whether their fixation on choice prevents them from asking real questions about how to achieve further, actual, equality for women. Full story.

Bruised Not Broken, Pro-Life People Must Re-Engage After Abortion-Health Care

by Dierdre McQuade
April 1
, 2010

LifeNews.com Note: Deirdre A. McQuade is Assistant Director for Policy & Communications at the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.



The pro-life movement recently suffered a discouraging setback during efforts to provide life-affirming health care to millions of uninsured Americans. The Catholic bishops and others fought hard for many months to retain conscience rights and the longstanding ban against federal funding of elective abortions.

The final health care reform law, passed narrowly against the bishops’ opposition, fails to meet these widely-supported, fundamental moral requirements.

If not changed, the law will, for the first time in over 30 years, subsidize abortions throughout the nine months of pregnancy – for any reason – and force Americans to be complicit in the direct taking of innocent life. Many who conscientiously object to abortion will be forced to pay for others’ abortions through their insurance premiums or taxes.

No amount of good in the new law will ever justify the moral evil of facilitating the destruction of precious human life. Not “precious” in just a poetic, pastel, feel-good sense as in the popular “Precious Moments” figurines, and not “precious” like works of art that command a lot of money, but “precious” in the ultimate sense: being of such inestimable value that it cannot be put on a scale and traded off for other goods – even other goods honoring the dignity of the human person. Full story.


Komen for the Cure Deepens Ties With Planned Parenthood Abortion Business

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The Komen for the Cure breast cancer foundation has been under fire from pro-life advocates for years for its ties to the Planned Parenthood abortion business. In a new column, pro-life writer Jill Stanek uncovers new information showing the link between the two groups is deepening.

Komen's ties to Planned Parenthood are well documented and figures from STOPP International show Komen chapters giving $711,485 from April 1, 2005 to March 31, 2006 to Planned Parenthood affiliates.

And in numbers provided to the Associated Press, Susan G. Komen for the Cure spokeswoman Rebecca Gibson confirmed 19 of the 122 Komen affiliates made grants totaling $374,253 to Planned Parenthood during the 2005-2006 fiscal year.

Figures show Komen affiliates have given Planned Parenthood $3 million between 2003 and 2008 and $805,000 in the 2008 fiscal year. Full story.

Terri Schiavo's Family Boycotts Fox's Family Guy Sponsors After Recent Attack

New York, NY (LifeNews.com) -- The family of Terri Schiavo has officially launched a new boycott of the sponsors of the Fox program "The Family Guy" after the show mocked Terri's death just days before the fifth anniversary of it. The program included a satire titled "Terri Schiavo: The Musical."

In this sketch, Terri is mocked and the memory of the suffering she endured ridiculed as she is portrayed as someone on a number of mechanical life support systems. She is referred to as a vegetable and the sketch ends with characters calling for pulling the plug.

Terri's brother, Bobby Schindler, previously told LifeNews.com today that both inferences in the Family Guy episode are false regarding Terri's case.

Now, the Schindler family has started the "Enough is Enough" campaign to respond to the Fox program by boycotting its sponsors and sponsoring a petition to the Family Guy's sponsors.

"We were outraged that Fox and its sponsors would so heartlessly ridicule my sister's death by forced starvation," Schindler said in an email to LifeNews.com. Full story.

Take action! To add your name to the Terri Schiavo "Enough Is Enough" campaign petition, click here.

Tennessee Legislature: Abortionists Must Warn Clients against Coerced Abortion

By Peter J. Smith

NASHVILLE, Tennessee, April 1, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Overwhelming majorities in both houses of the Tennessee General Assembly have passed a law requiring abortionists to post signs in their clinics informing women that it is against the law for anyone to coerce them into having an abortion. The law also applies stiff penalties to abortion facilities that fail to post the signs. Full story.

ObamaCare Lowdown: What Exactly Will the Health Reform Bill Do?

By Kathleen Gilbert and Peter J. Smith

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 1, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Now that President Obama has signed the Senate health care bill into law, pro-lifers and conservatives may still be wondering exactly what this massive piece of legislation will mean, not only for abortion, but other issues such as health care rationing, government expansion, a new health insurance mandate, and heavy taxation, including what amounts to a penalty for married couples. Following is a list of top concerns over the law as it stands. Full story.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Archdiocese of Baltimore Sues City Over Law Targeting Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers

The battle between the Archdiocese of Baltimore, on behalf of local pregnancy centers, and the city of Baltimore, at the behest of Planned Parenthood, escalated on Monday when the Archdiocese filed a suit in U. S. District Court, challenging a city law that requires pro-life pregnancy centers to post signs saying they do not provide abortions.

Planned Parenthood of Maryland brought the issue to the City Council. Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, then city council president, now the mayor, sponsored the measure. It was approved last November on a 12-3 vote and took effect in January.

"The ordinance requires that a 'limited-service pregnancy center' post an easily readable sign, written in English and Spanish, stating that the center does not provide or make referrals for abortion or birth-control services," the Baltimore Sun reported. "A center failing to comply within 10 days of being cited could be fined up to $150 a day."...
Read the rest at the National Right to Life Website here

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Lonely Lipinski explains his "NO" vote.

I can't count the number of times I've heard "Stupak" in the past couple of weeks, but I can't say the same about the name "Lipinski." Yet, Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois seems like exactly the kind of pro-life Democrat so many were hoping Rep. Bart Stupak would be. Lipinski voted against the health care reform bill, in part because of the life issues.

According to the Chicago Tribune:

It was rather lonely, yes," Lipinski said... "But I could not vote for a bill that would change the status quo on funding for abortion."

By voting "no," Lipinski has put a target on his back for smears from the White House staffed by the guys from Chicago...

Read the Inside Catholic Blog article here in its entirety.

Terminal Sedation: Abortion for the Elderly

The following article was written by Mary Ann Kreitzer for Catholic Media Coalition.

I spoke to a friend this morning whose father was murdered by terminal sedation (a.k.a. “palliative” care). Her father suffered from Alzheimer’s and his mind was pretty well gone, but physically he was in great shape. He and his wife lived with one of my friend’s children, who took him for a long walk every day and knew how to manage all his grandfather’s moods. They were good buddies. My friend lived nearby and spent as much time as possible visiting her parents and enjoying her father’s company.

But the rest of the family (including my friend’s mother, who had power of attorney) decided to put him in a nursing home where he was difficult to control because he wanted to be released. My friend told me that every time she went to visit him he was trying to escape—pulling at every door and even the bookcase, looking for a way out. Three nursing homes and several months, later he pretty much gave up. When she went to see him, he would be sitting in a wheelchair slumped over and drooling. He got an infection and ended up in a hospital “palliative” ward, where he was denied food, water and antibiotics. Within several months, he went from an elderly man who was walking two miles a day with his grandson, to dead from dehydration and terminal sedation. It was Terri Schiavo and Hugh Finn without the publicity.
Read the rest here

"Mary Ann Kreitzer is president of the Catholic Media Coalition and Les Femmes (a lay Catholic media apostolate in the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia), as well as editor of Les Femmes’ quarterly newsletter, Truth."

H/T to Lisa at Mommy Blog

March 31 Marks Fifth Annual National Memorial for 'Terri’s Day'

NAPLES, Florida, March 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Friends of Terri Schiavo are calling on the pro-life community to commemorate her murder by dehydration and starvation on March 31, the anniversary of her death, by learning more about Terri's story and praying for other vulnerable individuals at risk of a similar fate.

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, will be the celebrant and homilist at the Annual National Mass for Terri’s Day, Wednesday night, March 31 at the Ave Maria Oratory of Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida.

“On March 31, five years ago, Terri Schiavo died a court mandated and government enforced death,” said Fr. Pavone. “I saw for myself, as I held her hand and prayed at her bedside, that this death was not ‘peaceful’ and ‘beautiful’ as euthanasia advocates want us to think.
Read the rest here

Personhood Oral Argument



H/T to Mommy Blog

After health care vote, Stupak 11 request billions in earmarks

A day after Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., and ten other House members compromised on their pro-life position to deliver the necessary yes-votes to pass health care reform, the “Stupak 11″ released their fiscal year 2011 earmark requests, which total more than $4.7 billion–an average of $429 million worth of earmark requests for each lawmaker.

Read more: here

HT to Bette D.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Women seeking abortions must have ultrasound just before procedure, bill proposes

By Ed Anderson, The Times-Picayune
March 25, 2010, 6:43PM


All women seeking abortions would have to undergo an obstetric ultrasound two hours before the procedure unless there is a medical emergency, under legislation proposed by the Senate's second-ranking lawmaker.

Senate President Pro Tem Sharon Weston Broome, D-Baton Rouge, said the bill is designed to make a woman "think twice about having an abortion. This is such a serious decision that a woman makes, the process should be exhausted with all the medical information on the procedure" available, she said.
Read the rest Here

H/T to Dave

40 Days for Life Honolulu - Victory Rally Photos - Part 2

40 Days for Life Honolulu - Victory Rally Photos - Part 1

The 40 Days for Life closed yesterday with a Victory Rally. Here are some photos from the event in front of Planned Parenthood.  Young and old joined in for a prayerful and uplifting gathering.

BISHOPS ENCOURAGE VIGILANCE THAT HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION PROTECTS CONSCIENCE, DOES NOT FUND ABORTION

DATE: March 23, 2010

FROM: Sr. Mary Ann Walsh

O: 202-541-3200
H: 301-587-4762

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BISHOPS ENCOURAGE VIGILANCE THAT HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION PROTECTS CONSCIENCE, DOES NOT FUND ABORTION

Applaud efforts to expand health care to all Emphasize need to guarantee federal money does not go to abortion Need to address flaws in health reform plan just passed

WASHINGTON—The U.S. bishops called on Congress and people in the Catholic community to make sure promises are kept that new health care legislation will not expand abortions in the United States.

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, made the call March 23, moments after president Barack Obama signed tthe Senate version of health care reform legislation approved by the House of Representatives by a slim margin, March 21. The statement was approved unanimously by the 32-member Administrative Committee of the USCCB.

“We applaud the effort to expand health care to all,” Cardinal George said.
He noted concerns about the legislation, including that “the statute forces all those who choose federally subsidized plans that cover abortion to pay for other people’s abortions with their own funds.”

Cardinal George pointed to President Obama’s executive order that said “it is necessary to establish an adequate enforcement mechanism to ensure that Federal funds are not used for abortion services.”

The need for such an order underscores deficiencies in the bill, Cardinal George said.
“We do not understand how an Executive order, no matter how well intentioned, can substitute for statutory provisions,” he said also.

President Obama and others claimed the bill does not expand abortion, Cardinal George noted.

“We and many others will accompany the government’s implementation of the health care reform and will work to ensure that Congress and the Administration live up to the claims that have contributed to its passage. We believe, finally, that new legislation to address its deficiencies will almost certainly be required,” he said.

The statement follows.
For nearly a century, the Catholic bishops of the United States have called for reform of our health care system so that all may have access to the care that recognizes and affirms their human dignity. Christian discipleship means, “working to ensure that all people have access to what makes them fully human and fosters their human dignity” (United States Catechism for Adults, page 454). Included among those elements is the provision of necessary and appropriate health care.

For too long, this question has gone unaddressed in our country. Often, while many had access to excellent medical treatment, millions of others including expectant mothers, struggling families or those with serious medical or physical problems were left unable to afford the care they needed. As Catholic bishops, we have expressed our support for efforts to address this national and societal shortcoming. We have spoken for the poorest and most defenseless among us. Many elements of the health care reform measure signed into law by the President address these concerns and so help to fulfill the duty that we have to each other for the common good. We are bishops, and therefore pastors and teachers. In that role, we applaud the effort to expand health care to all.

Nevertheless, for whatever good this law achieves or intends, we as Catholic bishops have opposed its passage because there is compelling evidence that it would expand the role of the federal government in funding and facilitating abortion and plans that cover abortion. The statute appropriates billions of dollars in new funding without explicitly prohibiting the use of these funds for abortion, and it provides federal subsidies for health plans covering elective abortions. Its failure to preserve the legal status quo that has regulated the government’s relation to abortion, as did the original bill adopted by the House of Representatives last November, could undermine what has been the law of our land for decades and threatens the consensus of the majority of Americans: that federal funds not be used for abortions or plans that cover abortions. Stranger still, the statute forces all those who choose federally subsidized plans that cover abortion to pay for other peoples’ abortions with their own funds. If this new law is intended to prevent people from being complicit in the abortions of others, it is at war with itself.

We share fully the admirable intention of President Obama expressed in his pending Executive Order, where he states, “it is necessary to establish an adequate enforcement mechanism to ensure that Federal funds are not used for abortion services.” However, the fact that an Executive Order is necessary to clarify the legislation points to deficiencies in the statute itself. We do not understand how an Executive Order, no matter how well intentioned, can substitute for statutory provisions.

The statute is also profoundly flawed because it has failed to include necessary language to provide essential conscience protections (both within and beyond the abortion context). As well, many immigrant workers and their families could be left worse off since they will not be allowed to purchase health coverage in the new exchanges to be created, even if they use their own money.

Many in Congress and the Administration, as well as individuals and groups in the Catholic community, have repeatedly insisted that there is no federal funding for abortion in this statute and that strong conscience protection has been assured. Analyses that are being published separately show this not to be the case, which is why we oppose it in its current form. We and many others will follow the government’s implementation of health care reform and will work to ensure that Congress and the Administration live up to the claims that have contributed to its passage. We believe, finally, that new legislation to address its deficiencies will almost certainly be required.

As bishops, we wish to recognize the principled actions of the pro-life Members of Congress from both parties, in the House and the Senate, who have worked courageously to create legislation that respects the principles outlined above. They have often been vilified and have worked against great odds.

As bishops of the Catholic Church, we speak in the name of the Church and for the Catholic faith itself. The Catholic faith is not a partisan agenda, and we take this opportunity to recommit ourselves to working for health care which truly and fully safeguards the life, dignity, conscience and health of all, from the child in the womb to those in their last days on earth.

Source: Diocese of Honolulu