Thursday, July 29, 2010

Man Wants to be Killed for His Organs: Organ Non Profit Seems to Applaud

by Wesley J. Smith

This is potentially insidious. Not the despairing man with ALS who wants to be killed for his organs, but the apparent reaction of an organ non profit representative who seems to support the idea. Read story at Secondhand Smoke blog.

Teach my child that, and you’ll be sorry

It is not what you would want to read before breakfast, but it's the sex menu they are serving up to children. Full story from MercatorNet.com

Pro-Life Educator/Speaker Melanie Pritchard in Critical Condition

By Chris Faddis, publisher of www.livinggracefully.net/

July 29, 2010 (LivingGracefully.net) - Melanie Pritchard, Catholic speaker, Pro-Life Educator, Chastity speaker, and a true woman of God is in critical condition after giving birth to her second child. During labor there were complications and Melanie was rushed into an emergency C-section. During the C-section Melanie’s heart stopped beating. The baby was born and is doing great. But Melanie’s condition is very serious. She has now had surgery on her heart and while she is stable on machines, is not recovering well. They are now transporting her to the Mayo Clinic and putting her on specialized equipment.

Who is Melanie Pritchard?

Melanie would probably first tell you that she is Doug’s wife and a mother of two who seeks to be sure her children always know their incredible worth. But Melanie is also a powerful force for changing lives. She is a chastity speaker, a Pro-Life Educator and advocate; she is a game changer in the Church. She has created movements in Phoenix that have truly changed lives. She’s educated many young people in defending life and standing up for truth, she has trained other young people to teach chastity and she is personally responsible for guiding many to live lives of chastity and even to keep their children. On top of that she is an incredible friend to many which has been testified to by the outpouring of prayer that is being spread throughout Phoenix and across the country through Twitter and Facebook. Full story.




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Babies Saved from Abortion Pay Visit to U.S. Congressmen

By Kathleen Gilbert

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 28, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In the wake of a bill introduced in Congress that could threaten the life-saving work of crisis pregnancy centers, congressmen on Capitol Hill this week got a chance to listen to key members of a pint-sized constituency whose lives were profoundly touched by such centers.

Four moms and three children - two of them babies - went to the Longworth Congressional Office Building on Wednesday as part of Heartbeat International's 6th Babies Go to Congress event. They arrived to tell their stories of how crisis pregnancy centers helped them see new options other than abortion, and to show off the smiling faces whose lives were saved in the process.

One mother told congressmen the story of how an ultrasound obtained through her local crisis pregnancy center made her realize her tiny daughter's humanity - and helped save a life she had felt pressured to end. "I had no idea it was a baby. I really thought it was just tissue and was just blown away that she had a head and arms and legs," said mother Danica Fountain.

"I just want members of Congress to know how important these centers are and they're so good for our community and our country," said Fountain, whose daughter Elia, now 8, came along for the trip.

The mothers and pregnancy center representatives who participated said that their message had been well received by several congressmen.

Earlier this month Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) announced that they would introduce a bill to force crisis pregnancy centers to clearly advertise their lack of abortion services.

The "Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women’s Services Act" is strongly backed by NARAL and Planned Parenthood, who have complained that such centers often position themselves near abortion clinics and attract potential customers.

However, the bill has been descried by pro-life groups and pregnancy care centers as a transparent attempt by abortion providers to protect their bottom line, and to prevent women from considering alternatives to abortion. Read more.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The infertility industry has a dirty little secret...eggsploitation

a documentary film by the Center for Bioethics and Culture

The infertility industry in the United States has grown to a multi-billion dollar business. What is its main commodity? Human eggs. Young women all over the world are solicited by ads—via college campus bulletin boards, social media, online classifieds—offering up to $100,000 for their “donated” eggs, to “help make someone’s dream come true.” But who is this egg donor? Is she treated justly? What are the short- and long-term risks to her health? The answers to these questions will disturb you . . .



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Study Shows Abortion Funding Rules Would Not Apply to High-Risk Pools

A newly released congressional report found that abortion restrictions attached to the health care overhaul would not apply to high-risk insurance pools run at the state level, prompting Republican senators to urge the administration to issue new rules.

Thirteen senators wrote a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Wednesday urging her to "act immediately" to bar states operating the high-risk pools from covering elective abortions. Full story.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Gov. Christie Vetoes Millions to Planned Parenthood

As New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie continues to fulfill a campaign pledge to restore state government to fiscal sanity, he has vetoed a bill that would have dedicated $7.5 million in state to “family planning” clinics, most of which are run by Planned Parenthood.

New Jersey’s Star Ledger reported that Christie in his veto message said that “the state simply cannot fund every worthy program” and would not restore $7.5 million for family planning clinics that he had cut from the state’s budget for fiscal year 2011.
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Monday, July 26, 2010

The Catholic Church Teaches That Abortion Is Never Justifiable In Cases Of Rape Or Incest



The following is from the RosaryFilms' description on YouTube.

The Bill of Rights guarantees religious freedom.

The Catholic Church Teaches That Abortion Is Never Justifiable In Cases Of Rape Or Incest. The value of an unborn child does not depend on the circumstances of their conception. The unborn child remains an innocent human being. The practice of Lebensunwertes Leben is not a part of the Roman Catholic Religion. Though tragic, the crimes of rape or incest are only exacerbated, and the woman's torments are only intensified, by the additional sin of abortion. Since the unborn child is human no alleged deficiency in his quality of life can justify the taking of that life. It can not be acceptable to have an abortion in any situation, because no matter what the situation or hardship is, the baby never stops being a human being.

You can't say, "It's wrong there but we accept it here under these circumstances", because the baby doesn't stop being human based on the situation of the mother. Even though life is hard sometimes -- and for the mother it might be difficult to keep the baby, it is important that we never use the killing of other people as a solution.

In April 1996, and again in 1997 President Bill Clinton vetoed bills which would have banned partial-birth abortion. But new scientific evidence continues to emerge supporting the realization that the unborn children killed by this procedure likely experience a degree of pain too awful to imagine. Our understanding of the development of the fetal nervous system and fetal pain perception has only crystallized over the past decade. It is now clear that the network which conveys pain in humans (the spino-thalamic system) is fully established and connected by 20 weeks. What has become even more apparent is that premature newborn babies, many born at the same gestational age as late-term aborted babies, likely feel even more pain than babies delivered at full term. Elements of the pain system first appear much earlier, beginning with pain receptors under the skin of the face at eight weeks and early connections within the pain pathways of the spinal cord at seven weeks.

The spinal cord is the "highway" that carries pain information from the limbs and trunk upward to the brain. By 20 weeks, the human fetal brain contains the full complement of one billion neurons in the gray matter, waiting to receive ascending pain impulses. The final connections between pain fibers and the gray matter neurons are completed in the period between 20 to 24 weeks. This is how we as adults "feel" pain; there is no reason to believe this is any different for humans inside the womb.

Observations of human fetal response to painful stimulation support this. A 1994 study published in England by Professor Nicholas Fisk showed that two types of hormones released during pain and stress rose to high levels when blood was drawn (for necessary testing) from the living fetus by puncturing the abdomen. As a "control" experiment, blood was drawn from the painless umbilical vein source in other cases; these unborn babies did not release the pain and stress hormones. These observations were made in fetuses as early as 19 weeks of age. An earlier study by Dr. Joachim Partch of Kiel, Germany, detected similar hormones from the amniotic fluid as early as 16 weeks into the pregnancy. Emerging research data from a number of studies now suggest that the late second-trimester fetus is capable, in fact, of experiencing more pain than babies born at term. At a conference on fetal and neo-natal pain held in Toronto in early April 1996, Dr. K.J.S. Anand, assistant professor of pediatric anesthesia at Emory University in Atlanta and one of the world's foremost authorities on fetal pain, reviewed a number of recent observations.

The mechanisms by which the second-trimester fetus perceives pain are well established before mechanisms designed to blunt pain, which do not begin to develop meaningfully before 28 weeks. These disturbing revelations raise issues which should ripple well beyond a basic science discussion, beyond even the established battle lines of the abortion debate itself. The question arises, how can we allow this?