Friday, May 14, 2010

Human Personhood Begins at Conception

Photo of Dr.  Peter Kreeft; courtesy of Boston College, Office of Marketing and  Communications
By Dr. Peter Kreeft

Non-Christians and even Christians can take opposite positions on abortion even when they think rationally, honestly, and with good will. The continuing controversy over abortion shows that it is a truly controversial issue. It is not simple and clear cut, but complex. Just as the choices for action are often difficult for a woman contemplating abortion, the choices for thought are often difficult for open-minded philosophers.

Everything I have said so far is a lie, in fact a dangerous lie. Read more.


Source:
Originally published by Castello Institute as a Medical Ethics Policy Monograph

Coerced or forced abortions in America

Most abortions are unwanted or coerced


"You don't know what goes on behind closed doors."
–- mother who had an abusive husband and an unwanted abortion

Learn more here.

UnChoice Pop Quiz

How much do you know about abortion and women's health? Take the UnChoice pop quiz.


1. What percentage of women having abortions feel pressured by others into abortion?
Click here to take the quiz

Laura Bush: Pro-abortion

From Jill Stanek's blog:

I think this is relatively common knowledge, but the topic came up last night during Larry King's interview with former First Lady Laura Bush while discussing her new book, Spoken from the Heart...

Aging Sex Icon Raquel Welch: Contraceptives Shattered Marriage, the 'Cornerstone of Civilization'

By Kathleen Gilbert

May 12, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Once hailed as the female sex symbol Playboy deemed the "Most Desired Woman" of the 1970s, actress Raquel Welch has now taken a more critical look at the contraceptive revolution during which she shot to stardom. In a recent column for CNN, Welch rejoices in the experience of pregnancy, and laments the havoc that the free-sex ethos has wreaked on marriage and family life.

Welch opens her column by noting that, after Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger opened America's first "family-planning clinic" in 1916," "nothing would be the same again."

"Since then the growing proliferation of birth control methods has had an awesome effect on both sexes and led to a sea change in moral values," she wrote. "And as I've grown older over the past five decades -- from 1960 to 2010 -- and lived through this revolutionary period in female sexuality, I've seen how it has altered American society -- for better or worse."

Full story.

Happy Birthday, Baby Doe

Courier-Journal.com | Mark W. Leach

Twenty-eight years ago today, in Bloomington, Ind., a baby boy was born. Though his parents may have given him a name, that child became known as “Baby Doe.” Why “Baby Doe”? Because that is how the lawsuit filed after his birth referred to him.

What did Baby Doe do to start a court fight? Nothing, exactly. He entered the world without his esophagus connected to his stomach — a condition that can be repaired, and with a 90 percent success rate. The lawsuit started because of the reason his condition was not treated. Full story.

Women Deliver 2 Conference Calls for Billions More for Abortion

By Samantha Singson

Women  Deliver (NEW YORK – C-FAM) Next month in Washington, DC, abortion advocates will team up with UN agencies and corporate sponsors to host the Women Deliver 2 conference. A follow-up to the first conference held in London in October 2007, next month’s meeting is shaping up to be a bigger money grab than its predecessor. According to the conference website, "There is just enough time, if the world commits funding now, to achieve MDG 5,” which they claim requires an “additional US$10 billion annually by 2010 and US$20 billion by 2015." 
Full story

Prisoners of the pill

MercatorNet | Carolyn Moynihan | Friday, 14 May 2010

Women are losers in the modern sexual relationships market. What will it take for them to break out of this dilemma? Full story

'Shop of horrors' may be shut down

Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 5/14/2010

A grand jury is investigating a Philadelphia abortionist whose clinic held a gruesome secret.

Kermit GosnellThe abortionist is 69-year-old Kermit Gosnell, whose medical license has been suspended in two states -- Pennsylvania and Delaware. Troy Newman, who heads Operation Rescue, summarizes the abortionist's story.

"The federal authorities and local [and] state authorities raided his abortion clinic [in Philadelphia] a couple of months ago and said that it looked like a -- quote -- 'shop of horrors,'" states Newman. Full story.

Sex-selective abortion - a wrong 'right'

Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 5/14/2010

Forty percent of births worldwide are taking place in countries where sex-selection abortion is a problem, and though that is troublesome on it own, another issue is on the rise.

In those countries, female babies are aborted more often than males, meaning the majority of the population is made up of men. "But beyond that there's a huge epidemic now in countries that are lacking women, where they go and they kidnap women, where they force them into prostitution," Joseph Meaney, director of international coordination for Human Life International, points out. Full story.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Way to Support Pro-Life Organizations

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God Bless you,

Michael Voris
~senior executive producer, RealCatholicTV.com

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Animal Rights: A Primer

In its April issue, Catholic World Report published a fascinating interview with Wesley J. Smith, a Senior Fellow in Human Rights and Bioethics at the Discovery Institute. The subject was animal rights, and how the animal rights movement constitutes a sort of pseudo-religion and an assault on Christian principles. Smith is the author of a new book entitled A Rat Is a Pig Is a Dog Is a Boy: The Human Cost of the Animal Rights Movement. The title comes from an actual statement from Ingrid Newkirk of PETA in which she affirmed the moral equivalence of persons and animals.

The interview is replete with great quotes, so I thought I’d pass a few along:

On the belief that the ability to feel pain is the only moral measure:

This view is very destructive, because if you destroy human exceptionalism—which is what the animal rights movement intends to do, it disdains human exceptionalism—if you say that we are not the highest life form on the planet, if our lives do not have greater value than those of animals, then you have completely changed how we perceive ourselves. Animal rights people may think they are raising animals to the level of people, but what they are really doing is reducing people to the level of animals.
Read the rest of this very interesting commentary over at Catholic Culture

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

New health-care law raises concerns about respecting providers' consciences

By Rob Stein
Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Deep within the massive health-care overhaul legislation, a few little-noticed provisions have quietly reignited one of the bitterest debates in medicine: how to balance the right of doctors, nurses and other workers to refuse to provide services on moral or religious grounds with the right of patients to get care. Full story from The Washington Post

Where's the dignity in this?

Lake Zurich
Disturbing find: Urns of ashes were found

A notorious suicide clinic is dumping human remains at bottom of Swiss lake.

A 'duty to die'?


Thomas SowellThomas Sowell - Syndicated Columnist - 5/11/2010


(OneNewsNow.com) One of the many fashionable notions that have caught on among some of the intelligentsia is that old people have "a duty to die," rather than become a burden to others.

This is more than just an idea discussed around a seminar table. Already the government-run medical system in Britain is restricting what medications or treatments it will authorize for the elderly. Moreover, it seems almost certain that similar attempts to contain runaway costs will lead to similar policies when American medical care is taken over by the government.

Make no mistake about it: letting old people die is a lot cheaper than spending the kind of money required to keep them alive and well. If a government-run medical system is going to save any serious amount of money, it is almost certain to do so by sacrificing the elderly. Read more

Monday, May 10, 2010

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

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.

The next Rachel's Vineyard retreat will be held May 21-23 at St. Anthony's Retreat Center in Kalihi. The cost is $100, which includes registration, materials, lodging, and meals.

To register or get more information, email rvhawaii@gmail.com. All contacting is highly confidential.

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.

Related link:
Rachel's Vineyard Ministries http://www.rachelsvineyard.org/

Death and Why It Matters

Posted by MDViews on April 3, 2010

Death is a universal experience through which we all must pass. In The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan, death is seen as a river with the celestial city on the other side. But to go through the river takes faith that one will get to the other side. Regardless of the metaphor, we all will pass through death.

So what makes us dead? How is death defined from a medical standpoint? And why would that even be important? Read more

The maternal death rate MYTH

UN population conferees use older, higher death numbers to prop their case for abortion and family planning in undeveloped countries despite a 'robust reason for optimism' when it comes to maternal health Read more at WORLDMagazine.com

Philly teen forced to abort, AFA calls for action


PennsylvaniaCharlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 5/6/2010


The American Family Association (AFA) of Pennsylvania is calling for an investigation of a case in which a Department of Human Services caseworker allegedly pressured a teen into having an abortion.

According to Diane Gramley, president of AFA-Pennsylvania, the DHS caseworker threatened the underage girl. Gramley reports the case "involves a 16-year-old girl who wanted to keep her baby, yet she was pressured to get an abortion or she would lose her one-year-old daughter." Full story

Nurse's rights violated, suit filed


Cathy Cenzon-DeCarloCharlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 5/6/2010

The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) has filed suit against New York's Mount Sinai Hospital for not recognizing the conscience rights of a nurse who is a pro-life Catholic.

ADF legal counsel Matt Bowman explains the dispute. "In this case, a nurse, Cathy (Cenzon) DeCarlo, was illegally forced to assist [in an] abortion by a hospital that receives hundreds of millions of dollars of federal funds," he reports. "We filed now two lawsuits against this hospital to make sure that Cathy DeCarlo's rights are protected." Full story

A Conversation

Tracy Nunes

Can I invite you to a conversation? Get your hot cocoa and pull up a comfy chair. Prop your feet up on the coffee table. Let’s imagine we are long lost friends and we want to know… we really want to know the person sitting across from us.

Relax.

Let’s talk.

This conversation isn’t about politics, though its subject matter has polarized our dear nation. It isn’t about who is right and who is wrong, though Truth will not be denied. It isn’t about what you can do to change someone’s mind or move them to think like you do. Not this time around.

It’s not about the next election cycle or getting a particular party into power come next November. It is not even about our President and his view of America. This conversation is for you, whether you are "pro-life” or “pro-choice.”

Let’s talk. Can we?

Forget how you feel about abortion; whether you support a woman’s right to choose or you feel life begins at conception. Whether you have a Biblical or a secular world view or whether you have been an activist or a sideline sitter for either viewpoint; set aside your way of thinking and...let’s talk.

In our face to face, I will take the risk and tell you that I am a woman who had five abortions when I was a young woman.

If you are pro-life, how does that make you feel? Do you feel angry at me? Do you feel sad? Do you struggle with what you would say to me? Do you wish I was in jail? How does your God given love for the children that were in my womb effect how you feel about me? Is it the unforgivable sin?

If you are pro-choice, are you glad that I had that option as a fifteen year old when I was molested by my uncle? Are you willing to hear that instead of ending it, the abortion multiplied my misery and led me to hurt myself more by the choices I made? Do you want to know how a woman feels when she has ended her child’s life, or do you just want to make sure she has the right to do it? Do you care that she might be hurting or would you prefer that she be quiet?

Apart from how you feel on either side, can I tell you what the woman experiences? She often suffers in a silence that can last decades. She has been told that it was a right that she had and it would “keep her down” if she were to choose to set aside her rights. She has lied to herself in order to be able to get up each morning. Read more.

Why Taxing Abortion Is Bad Policy, Kansas Pro-Life Bill Well-Intended But Wrong


(LifeNews.com) - A pro-life Senator in the Kansas state legislature introduced a proposal to impose a sales tax on abortion in an attempt to possibly raise money and hopefully reduce abortions. While I applaud her intentions and share her goal of wanting to get rid of the scourge of abortion, I think taxing it is a pretty horrible idea. Read more

Premier of "Blood Money" Movie Exposing Abortion Canceled After Threats


New York, NY (LifeNews.com) -- The premier of the movie "Blood Money," which exposes the abortion industry, has been canceled after the theater was threatened by abortion advocates. Roman Jaquez, an independent film maker and artist produced the documentary -- which contains interviews of whistle-blowing former employees of abortion centers. Full story.

Obama May Name Supreme Court Pick Monday, Likely Pro-Abortion Elena Kagan


Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The buzz around Washington today is that President Barack Obama will likely announce his Supreme Court nomination on Monday. When he does, several news reports citing White House officials indicate he will select pro-abortion Solicitor General Elena Kagan. Full story.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Little Lives

World Magazine | Movies
Megan Basham

Beyond cliché, Babies shows the preciousness of infancy, anywhere

It is clear that French documentary-maker Thomas Balmès set out on his latest project with no political point to make, no ideology to espouse, and no axe of any kind to grind. Babies (rated PG, though with National Geographic-style nudity) follows the first year of four newborns—nothing more, nothing less.

Ponijao of Namibia, Bayar of Mongolia, Mari of Tokyo, and Hattie of San Francisco are born into wildly different environments with varying levels of wealth, but none seem to want for any necessity. Without indoor plumbing or, in Ponijao's case, even diapers, the Third World infants experience the same milestones as their First World counterparts: smiling, babbling, bathing, crawling. Read more