Saturday, May 08, 2010

Belgian Doctors Euthanized Disabled Patient and Harvested Her Organs


Read the story here from Wesley J. Smith's Secondhand Smoke blog.

Restricting abortion is not a ruse of the Patriarchy


MercatorNet | Margaret Somerville | Thursday, 6 May 2010

Canada’s recent choice not to fund abortions with foreign aid dollars isn’t about keeping women in their place, it’s an ethical decision to value human life. Full story.

New Pro-Life Video Site

Read all about it at Jill Stanek's blog

PROLIFE TUBE

Sounding alarm on gonorrhea

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Cheryl Wetzstein | Washington Times

Washington, D.C., is filled with people who are genuine experts on their issues. So my news antenna always perks up when I hear someone who I know is smart, savvy and deeply invested in his issue say he has "missed" something.

William Smith, whom I have quoted for years based on his extensive knowledge about teen pregnancy and sexual health issues, has written an article for RHReality Check.org. It is called, "What I didnt know about sexual health."

Mr. Smith is executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors, a trade group for people working to stem the tide of sexually transmitted diseases. I think his observations are valid — and alarming — enough to be repeated here.

• "We are on the verge of a highly untreatable gonorrhea epidemic," he writes. Full story

NY Archbishop, KofC Launch National Prayer Campaign for Life

By Kathleen Gilbert

NEW YORK, May 7, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, together with the Knights of Columbus and the Sisters of Life, have launched a campaign of prayer aimed at combatting the Culture of Death and inspiring a greater respect for the dignity of human life in all its stages. Full story.

Obama to Pick Pro-Abort Elena Kagan for Supreme Court: Report

By Kathleen Gilbert

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 7, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Top White House aides expect President Obama to select Solicitor General Elena Kagan on Monday as the Supreme Court justice to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, reports Mike Allen of Politico Friday.

"Kagan's relative youth (50) is a huge asset for the lifetime post. And President Obama considers her to be a persuasive, fearless advocate who would serve as an intellectual counterweight to Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Scalia, and could lure swing Justice Kennedy into some coalitions," reports Allen.

Both former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) urged Obama last month to select someone who has not served as a judge. Kagan, who was appointed to her current position in March 2009 after nearly six years as the Dean of Harvard Law school, is the only member of the relatively short list of names considered for the position to have no judicial experience.

Kagan is known for strongly favoring taxpayer funded abortion, and is a critic of the 1991 Supreme Court decision Rust v. Sullivan, which upheld federal regulations prohibiting Title X family planning fund recipients from counseling on or referring for abortion. Read more.

No late-term abortions at Wisconsin surgery center


WisconsinCharlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 5/7/2010


After a hard-fought 16-month campaign, pro-lifers are claiming a major victory in Wisconsin.

Pro-Life Wisconsin has received confirmation from the state attorney general's office that the Madison Surgery Center at the University of Wisconsin has abandoned its plans to perform late-term abortions. Full story.

Buses and babies - a connection


Pro-Life Freedom RideCharlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 5/7/2010


The summer of 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the civil rights Freedom Rides, but a pro-life connection to civil rights will be launched even sooner.

Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, tells OneNewsNow the purpose for the Pro-Life Freedom Rides that will begin this summer is two-fold.

"First, [the purpose is] to help our nation to see the connection between the pro-life movement and the civil rights movement; and secondly, to provide a rallying point for the pro-life movement, which has continued to gain momentum," he explains. "Freedom rides will give it more visibility, an opportunity for greater unity, and an opportunity to recruit more participants in the cause."

Pavone says the civil rights movement was not just about black people, but it was also about working for the dignity of every human being. Full story.

New York considers organ harvesting


Jason McGuire (NYCF)Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 5/7/2010

A member of the New York Assembly has introduced a "Presumed Consent" organ harvesting bill.

Under Assemblyman Richard Brodsky's proposal, everyone would become automatically enrolled as candidates for organ harvesting, and those who object would have to formally opt out. Jason McGuire, legislative director for New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF), comments that there is a privacy concern -- but more importantly, a moral one as well.

"One of the concerns is how soon organs would be harvested from an individual," he points out. "So it puts a doctor in a difficult position of having to decide between the life that looks like it is ending and how soon his organs can be harvested to potentially save another life that is awaiting an organ."

That issue has increasingly alarmed the pro-life community and the families of supposedly "brain dead" patients who are still alive. Under Brodsky's bill, families would lose their right to make major decisions concerning those patients. Read more.

Pam Tebow: Life 'keeps us keeping on'


Pam TebowCharlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 5/8/2010


Abortion clinic demonstrators are on the front line every day in the battle for the lives of the unborn.

The recent 40 Days for Life campaign is a good example of success stories in the war. During the Jacksonville, Florida, campaign, Pam Tebow, mother of Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, spoke words of encouragement to pro-lifers. Full story.

Solve the organ shortage with euthanasia, says leading bioethicist

BioEdge | by Michael Cook | 7 May 2010


It was only a matter of time before someone would construct a serious formal argument for solving the growing organ shortage by euthanasing brain-dead or unconscious. It has finally happened. The only surprise is that it has been made by an Oxford don who is the editor of the leading journal, Bioethics. Full story.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Movie Review - Babies



You can read Thomas Peters review over at Catholic Vote Action

You can also read Decent Film's Steve Greydanus' review here

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Overpopulation is a Myth



Be sure to visit Over Population is a Myth to watch the first two videos in this series "designed to refute the idea of overpopulation with science—and stick figures."

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Schedule of 40 Days for Life prayer events


Everyone attuned to current events is aware of the great need to keep up our prayer effort.

40 Days for Life Honolulu has scheduled every-other-Saturday prayer gatherings around the island in front of health care facilities. The initial dates follow below.
Let us gather in faith and unity to proclaim the will of God; to stand in the gap in repentance so that the Lord will heal our land.

Invite your friends, family and church members. Forward this invitation to your prayer groups. Bring your signs, banners, rosaries, and Bibles. Let us not waver in our determination to be found faithful at Christ's return.

40 Days for Life Prayer Gathering Schedule

Mother's Day Prayer
May 8 Saturday at 9:00 - 10:30am.
Kapiolani Park, DH side of tennis courts. Metered street parking available.

May 22 Saturday at 9:00am
Queen's Medical Center, meet on grassy area in front of lobby.
Metered parking at Health Dept lot on Punchbowl and King Street available.

June 12 Saturday at 9:00am
Planned Parenthood at 1350 S. King Street.
Street parking.

June 26 Saturday at 9:00am
Hawaii Women's Healthcare at 94-216 Farrington Hwy
Coming from town, right after Leoole St. and Suzies Adult Store
Turn into Mall parking lot

July 10 Saturday
Waianae with Pastor Bird Mahilona
Time and place TBA

July 24 Saturday at 9:00am
Castle Medical Center, meet in parking lot in front of lobby
Free parking in lot.

August schedule TBA.

May God bless you mightily and heed your fervent prayers,
40 Days for Life Honolulu Team

Still don't know him

WORLD Magazine | Sam Thielman
You Don't Know Jack tries too hard to be an Issue Movie

There's really no excusing You Don't Know Jack. Many non-Christians believe that human life is more sacred than personal dignity, of course. I certainly can't sit in judgment on people in chronic pain caused by incurable, fatal illnesses who commit suicide, because I have no idea what that kind of suffering feels like. But Barry Levinson's Jack Kevorkian biopic is simply hagiography. Read more.

Pro-life Groups Prepare Campaign

Abortion foes wage war on old allies
By Alex Isenstadt

(Susan B. Anthony List) Anti-abortion groups are poised to launch a multimillion-dollar offensive against a collection of former allies — House Democrats who also oppose abortion — in an effort to discredit their credibility with anti-abortion voters and oust them from office. Read more.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

March of the Surviving Youth

Pro life teenagers march outside of abortion clinics to remember the casualties of the war against the unborn. View it here.

The Horn of Samuel

David Allen stands on the steps of City Hall in Houston, TX and shares his story as he prepares for trial against the the largest abortion provider in the United States. View it here.

Poll: Americans Wanting Roe Abortion Ruling Overturned Reaches New High


Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds the percentage of Americans saying they want the Roe v. Wade ruling that allowed abortion on demand overturned has reached a new high. Meanwhile, Americans say the current Supreme Court, which has a 5-4 pro-abortion majority, is too liberal. Full story.

Thousands of Women Forcibly Sterilized in Uzbekistan

TASHKENT, May 4, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – When doctors told a 28 year-old Uzbek woman that she had been sterilized after her first pregnancy without her knowledge or consent by government order, her husband left her. “Not a day passes without me crying,” said Gulbahor Zavidova. “I was outraged when I found out what they had done. How could they do such a horrible thing without asking me?” Full story.

'Telemed' Abortions Under Investigation in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa, May 4, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Iowa Medical Board is now investigating the "care and treatment" practices of abortionist Susan Haskell and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, who have been accused of conducting medical abortions without a physician present, reports Operation Rescue. Read more.

Stem Cell Logic

Ethika Politika | Posted by Gerard M. Nadal on May 2, 2010

Suppose we woke to the following headline with our morning coffee: Obama Administration to Fund 13 New Experimental HIV Drugs, followed by this secondary header: Activist Groups Outraged at Funding ‘Useless’ Class of Drugs over Proven Entity.

Indeed, suppose the story went on to describe how the President and the Democrats remained wedded to funding a class of drugs whose side-effects were so horrendous in animal research models that use in humans would be unthinkable.

Further suppose that the classes of drugs that have shown dramatic efficacy went underfunded, and were even ridiculed by the President and his fellow travelers. Imagine that states such as California floated $3 Billion bonds to float such useless research into drugs that couldn’t make it out of animal trials over drugs working in human HIV/AIDS patients. Imagine the outrage coming from the scientific and medical communities, from AIDS activists, AIDS patients and their loved ones.

There would be calls for Congressional hearings. There would be protests that would make the HIV protests of the 1980′s look tame by comparison.

Certainly people would wonder why. Why would the federal and state governments obstinately sink tens of billions of dollars into such fruitless research and allow other nations to capitalize on the existing research bearing good fruit?

Absent a mass delusion as an explanation, people would be looking for a smoking gun.

Thus it is with Embryonic Stem Cells (ESC’s) vs. Adult Stem Cells (ASC’s). Thus it has been this week with President Obama. Read more.

Fatherless

"...There is something to be found in this book for everyone, in every walk of life. Why? Because it takes on the pervasive moral issues of our day....contraception, adultery, pornography, demonic influence and more. This book provides a realistic and up-close look at what happens to a culture that is left spiritually "Fatherless". I am especially encouraged by the way it is being received by college students and young married couples.

Fatherless is the first volume of what the author has dubbed the "American Tragedy in Trilogy". It will be followed later this year by the highly anticipated sequel, Motherless, and finally (next year) Childless...
Read the rest of Fr. Euteneur's article here

Monday, May 03, 2010

I Stand in Solidarity With the Schindlers Against Sleazy Media Attack

Secondhand Smoke | Wesley J. Smith
Saturday, May 1, 2010, 5:17 PM

Michael Schiavo has threatened to sue Terri Schiavo’s family because they named their non profit after her–the “Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation.” (MS claims he owns the name. ) And, true to form, an ever compliant media fronted his cause with an unfair attack on the family. Full story.

Miscarriage of justice--the 'prenatal disability death sentence'

April 30, 2010
Kurt Kondrich

The news story was surreal:

"A baby boy abandoned by doctors to die after a botched abortion was found alive nearly a day later. The mother, pregnant for the first time, had opted for an abortion after prenatal scans suggested that her baby was disabled."

As I read this article, I began thinking about my past career as a police officer. When a police officer makes an arrest, the suspect is always presumed innocent until proven guilty. In the case of a capital murder offense, the suspect can be given the death penalty only under certain circumstances. It takes a long series of appeals and judicial proceedings before a convicted murderer can actually be put to death by the state, and these procedures can last for years.

This innocent baby boy received no defense, no assistance, and no appeal, when he was placed on the floor and left to die after his birth. His death sentence began the moment he was diagnosed prenatally with a disability and deemed not worth welcoming into this world. He fought his initial death sentence valiantly and was able to enter this world still breathing and his heart still beating.

This valiant struggle, however, was not enough for him to overcome his predetermined "death sentence," and when a compassionate soul realized the "miscarriage of justice," it was too late to reverse the torturous harm and neglect that had been exacted upon this "innocent" human being.

We all need to appeal society's "prenatal disability death sentence," and ensure that innocent children are not left to die on a floor because society has found them "guilty of imperfection." Read more.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Former nurse admits to assisting suicides via web

BioEdge | by Jared Yee | 28 Apr 2010

A Minnesota man was charged last week with egging on a British man and a young Canadian woman to commit suicide in a web chatroom. A former hospital nurse, William Melchert-Dinkel, 47, has been accused of assisting suicide on two counts: Briton Mark Drybrough in 2005 and Canadian Nadia Kajouji in 2008. He was charged in a Minnesota court, and could face up to 30 years’ jail.

Allegedly Melchert-Dinkel posed as a female emergency nurse, giving people on internet suicide chatrooms encouragement and advice on committing suicide. He reportedly admitted that he had coached up to five people to kill themselves. Authorities have said that Melchert-Dinkel provided detailed information on how much rope to buy and how to tie a slipknot when hanging themselves, as well as the best way to drown oneself. Read more.