Friday, April 09, 2010

Lines that Divide: the Great Stem Cell Debate Airing on KALO-TV

"If you are looking for an antidote to the confusion surrounding the science and ethics of embryo stem cell research, Lines That Divide is the movie for you. It cuts through the hype and leaves you with the facts...." ~John Cusey, former senior staffer, U.S. House of Representatives

Hawaii Right to Life is excited to announce the televised broadcast of Lines that Divide: the Great Stem Cell Debate on KALO-TV, channel 38 (cable channel 25). Lines that Divide is a new documentary that helps viewers understand the science and human dignity issues behind stem cell research, human cloning, and similar biotechnologies. It will air at the following times:

  • Wednesday, April 13, 10:30am and 7:00pm
  • Thursday, April 14, 11:30am and 8:00pm
  • Friday, April 15, 2:30pm and 10:30pm

In her review of Lines that Divide, national pro-life advocate and nurse Jill Stanek says, "I promise this film is not boring, making excellent use of movie clips and celebrity sound bites in combination with graphics and interviews of scientists on both sides of the debate. Covered are not only ethics but women's health as well as media, political and terminology obfuscation."

An article from LifeNews states:
Most pro-life advocates can easily articulate the pro-life perspective when it comes to the issue of abortion. But when complex bioethics questions like embryonic stem cell research and human cloning arise, the ability to shape a sound argument escapes even some long-time pro-life activists.
That's where the film Lines That Divide comes into play.

Lines that Divide, produced by Biola University Chair of Cinema and Media Arts, Jack Hafer, looks into the scientific basics of stem cell research and the political issues surrounding it while asking significant questions such as if the end justifies the means.

The critically-needed film has already produced rave reviews.

"Lines That Divide is a much-needed tool for equipping concerned citizens with a comprehensive view of the science and ethics shaping the stem cell debate today," says Chuck Colson of Prison fellowship.

"The film spotlights the breakthroughs being made by adult stem cell therapy -- breakthroughs which are not receiving equal funding or equal media coverage. All of us who believe in supporting life should see this film and recommend it to others," he added.
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Editor's Note: Permission air Lines that Divide has been granted by The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network (www.cbc-network.org). To learn more about Lines that Divide or order a copy, visit http://www.linesthatdivide.com/.

Hawaii Right to Life is pleased that the broadcasting station, KALO-TV channel 38 (cable channel 25), has become a media partner to offer outstanding pro-life programming to our community. KALO-TV is a non-profit outreach of One Love ministries and is 100% viewer supported; to learn more or to donate, visit http://www.kalo-tv.com.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Love Life: Are you pro-life or pro-choice?

Obama Supporter Krugman Admits "Death Panels" in Health Care Allow Rationing

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Now that President Barack Obama has signed the pro-abortion health care bill into law, a supporter of his has admitted the rationing components in it. During an appearance on ABC's "This Week" Paul Krugman admits some of the concerns that pro-life groups pointed out during the debate.

Krugman claims accurately that the cost/benefit board established over private medicine by the new health care program will be able to impose “more or less binding judgments” refusing care.

He said these judgments will save “a lot of money” in the context of treating the elderly and people with disabilities and terminal illnesses. Full story

Personhood Amendment Qualified for Mississippi’s November 2011 Ballot

JACKSON, Mississippi, April 6, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Personhood Mississippi has enough certified voter signatures to ensure a spot on the November 2011 ballot, according to Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. Personhood Mississippi, a client of Liberty Counsel, worked to gather 130,000 signatures for the 89,285 needed to place the amendment on the ballot.

The amendment reads, "The term 'person' or 'persons' shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof." Full story

Abortion Mailing Hoax Victimizes Pro-Life Action League

CHICAGO, April 6, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Chicago-based Pro-Life Action League says that has become the victim of mail fraud, with an anonymous group sending out flyers for a “Home Abortion Kit” and listing the pro-life organization’s address and telephone number as the contact information for the kit. Full story

Oregon Doctor Warns Canadians to Reject Assisted Suicide Legislation

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski

PORTLAND, Oregon, April 6, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A doctor practicing in one of the two U.S. states where physician-assisted suicide is legal has written an open letter to Canadians advising them to beware of the "misguided legislation" of Bill C-384, the bill that would legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada.

"A message to my Canadian neighbors" was written by Dr. William Toffler, the national director of Physicians for Compassionate Care in Portland Oregon, a national organization of physicians who oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide in the U.S.

Dr. Toffler writes that, "Since assisted suicide has become an option in my state of Oregon, I have had at least a dozen patients discuss this choice with me in my practice. Most of the patients who have broached this issue weren’t even terminal."

"Many studies show that assisted suicide requests are almost always for psychological or social reasons," Dr. Toffler observes. "In Oregon there has never been any documented case of assisted suicide used because there was actual untreatable pain. As such, assisted suicide has been totally unnecessary in Oregon."

Furthermore, "the legislation passed in Oregon does not require that the patient have unbearable suffering, or any suffering at all for that matter."

In his practice Dr. Toffler has found that requests for suicide are very often cries for help rather that demands for death. Full story.

Calif. D.A. Snubs Pro-Lifer's Plea after Harassment by Off-Duty Officer

By Kathleen Gilbert

VENTURA, California, April 1, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - After a Ventura County pro-life witness complained that an off-duty police officer harassed and drenched him in water, the local district attorney has said that it will not pursue charges, although it has admitted that the harassment technically qualified as battery.

Pro-life blogger Jill Stanek broke the story of pro-lifer Todd Bullis and John Hixon, a Ventura County police officer and parishioner at the First Assembly of God Church in Ventura. In a video captured on the sidewalk outside church grounds, Hixon is shown taunting Bullis, spraying what was described by Bullis as “vinegar water” towards his face, and drenching him with a garden hose. Full story


Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Minnesota Sees Tax-Funded Abortions Drop 4% With Positive Alternatives Program

Minneapolis, MN (LifeNews.com) -- The number of taxpayer-funded abortions in Minnesota continues to drop thanks to the Positive Alternatives program that helps women find better choices. Taxpayer funded abortions fell more than 4 percent in Minnesota in 2008, according to a new Minnesota Department of Human Services report. Read more.

National Pro-Life T-Shirt Week Will Reach Young Americans Against Abortion

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Tens of thousands of pro-life students will wear pro-life t-shirts to their middle school, high school and college campuses later this month. As they wear shirts with messages against abortion, they will be educating and informing their peers about the way abortion has killed 52 million Americans. Full story.

Related link:
National Pro-Life T-Shirt Week http://www.npltw.com

What About Abortion in Cases of Rape and Incest? Women and Sexual Assault

by Amy Sobie
April 5, 2010

Note: Amy Sobie is the editor of The Post-Abortion Review, a quarterly publication of the Elliot Institute. The organization is a widely respected leader in research and analysis of medical, mental health and other complications resulting from abortions.


(LifeNews.com) April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Many people, including those whose mission is to help women and girls who are victims of sexual assault and abuse, believe abortion is the best solution if a pregnancy occurs.

Yet our research shows that most women who become pregnant through sexual assault don't want abortion, and say abortion only compounds their trauma.

“How can you deny an abortion to a twelve-year-old girl who is the victim of incest?”

Typically, people on both sides of the abortion debate accept the premise that most women who become pregnant through sexual assault want abortions. From this “fact,” it naturally follows that the reason women want abortions in these cases is because it will help them to put the assault behind them, recover more quickly, and avoid the additional trauma of giving birth to a “rapist’s child.”

But in fact, the welfare of a mother and her child are never at odds, even in sexual assault cases. As the stories of many women confirm, both the mother and the child are helped by preserving life, not by perpetuating violence. Read more.

Potential Supreme Court Picks Elana Kagan, Diane Wood Strongly Back Abortion

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Should pro-abortion Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens decide in the coming days or weeks to retire, three potential replacements have been named as the most likely candidates to replace him. Two of the potential nominees for President Barack Obama are longtime pro-abortion activists.

The most talked about potential nominees include U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan and federal appellate judges Diane Wood and Merrick Garland. Full story.

Pro-Abortion Supreme Court Justice Stevens May Retire Soon, Will Under Obama

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Justice John Paul Stevens, one of the five members of the pro-abortion majority on the Supreme Court, said over the weekend that he may retire soon. Stevens also indicated he will definitely retire during the term of President Barack Obama so the abortion advocate can choose his replacement. Full story.

Putting gendercide on the front page

MercatorNet.com | Michael Cook | 11 Mar 2010

It has taken 20 years, but gendercide has finally made the front page of The Economist. Back in 1990, Nobel Prize winning economist Amartya Sen wrote an astonishing article in the New York Review of Books claiming that 100 million girls had been aborted because of son-preference. This was happening mostly in China and India, but also in other Asian countries.

Some were initially sceptical of Sen’s allegations, and countered that the gigantic gender gap could be due to a higher rate of Hepatitis B amongst infant girls. But as the figures came in, there could be no doubt. A perfect storm of malign factors has created conditions in which girls are being aborted in the millions: son-preference, families with only one or two children, readily available abortion, and portable ultrasound equipment. As a result, the natural birth ratio of boys to girls – about 105 to 100. But in China and northern India, the ratio is now about 120 to 100. In some Chinese provinces the ratio is 130 to 100. In some places, the ratio for a third child has reached an incredible 200 to 100.

Even The Economist, which vigorously champions “legal, safe, and rare” abortion, is dismayed at this appalling gendercide. “The cumulative consequence for societies of such individual actions is catastrophic,” it says in its editorial. Read more.

Sterilisation-for-land deal not catching on in Colombia

Read story from MercatorNet.com

"I felt I had no other choice"

Helene's story

I grew up in a church-going family, but not a Christ-centered home. I was a good kid. ... I had my days when I was very ornery, and I liked to see how far I could push the limits, but when it came down to the line, “no” meant no, and I listened.

I had only dated very briefly in high school; they were very good innocent experiences. I believe it was because I had a wonderful Sunday School teacher. She talked with us about the blessings of how God intended sex for marriage and the joy of waiting for marriage. Her words penetrated my heart and I knew it was the right thing to do. Overall I breezed through high school, was accepted into a college and was very excited about my future.

My sexual assault was what has been titled date or acquaintance rape. My freshman year of college I was dating a young man who I had met that previous summer. We had talked about what we believed in and he knew my convictions about saving sex for my husband. Yet after a few months of dating he became impatient with waiting and forced himself on me against my protest. After the assault I blamed myself for letting it happen; I felt it was my fault and that I could have somehow avoided it. I did not realize until much later that it was a rape. I was scared of him; therefore, I did not tell anyone what had happened. Read more

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Monday, April 05, 2010

They Want You To Kill Yourself: Physician-Assisted Suicide: Can the Culture of Life and Love Prevail?

With faith and hope in Jesus and a firm resolve, it is not inevitable that PAS and euthanasia proponents will win the day.
You can read the article at Insight Scoop here