Thursday, August 19, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 19, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is withholding the full results of a government study that makes a strong case for promoting abstinence before marriage over sexual education promoting “safe sex.” While the executive summary and final results are available, behavioral scientists are not being allowed a look at all the data behind the study’s major findings. Full story
A message to all U.S. Senators and U.S. House Members:
We urge you to REPEAL or correct all of the abortion-related problems and rationing in the new health care law. Support the Protect Life Act (H.R. 5111), a bill that would repeal or correct all of the abortion related problems with the new law!Click here to sign
I write as we enter into this election season with such high hopes for seeing a governmental shift.
And yet, deep inside me the worry burns, that the issue of life will be sidelined.
That as our state and nation continue to face increasingly hard economic times, that the voters -more over the Church- would opt to vote from their wallets instead of from the absolute morality dictated in the Word of God.
It is a tremendous burden on us not to let the issue of life be sidelined, but rather to -with all we have- drive it like a wedge into the hearts of the voters.
Here in my little house of prayer, my soul quivers and pounds. As I with desperation fast and pray, eagerly desiring to see “the hearts of the fathers turned towards their children.” A cry arises in my heart, “O God! Would you allow these voices to be heard! Would you not let Your wayward Church with deadly ignorance forget the innocent blood the flows dark and guilty over our hands! God 'let justice roll!'”
And I begin to weep as I dream of a day, that might burst like glorious morning upon us, where the gospel is preached and where we have governors that proclaim justice, and pastors tend their flock... O father let my eyes see revival! “Let these bones You have crushed rejoice!”
I unashamedly ask that you all join us Thursday nights from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm as we come together from different ministries and parts of the island to pray for the ending of abortion and to intercede over these elections.
In His Grip,
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The survey includes some questions of particular interest to pro-life advocates:
ABORTION RESTRICTIONS • Currently, federal taxpayer funds may not be used to pay for abortions except in the case of rape, incest or when the pregnancy threatens the woman’s life. Would you vote to continue this policy?
PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE • Would you sign into law a bill that would legalize physician-assisted suicide in Hawaii?
RELIGIOUS CONSCIENCE EXEMPTION • Would you sign into law a bill that would give religious-affiliated healthcare institutions in Hawaii a conscience exemption in laws requiring hospitals to offer emergency contraceptives to sex assault victims?
HUMAN SEXUALITY PRESENTATIONS • Would you vote to give parents advance notice about school presentations on human sexuality so they can opt their children out of such
We urge you to take the time to view the survey to see how the candidates for your districts responded. If candidate(s) in your districts did not respond, we encourage you to contact them directly (the guide conveniently provides their phone numbers). We also suggest that you share the voter education guide with other pro-lifers. The guide may be reproduced, as long as you do so in its entirety; to request copies for your church or community group, simply complete and return the order form to Hawaii Family Forum.
Remember to vote in the primary on September 18!
Hawaii Family Forum Voter Education 2010
Vote for Life Hawai'i pro-life candidate endorsements by Hawaii Right to Life PAC
For pro-family and pro-life groups, many of this year's primaries offer no easy choices
Vince McMahon once pretended to choke his daughter Stephanie with a pipe on television in 2003 during a staged wrestling match. In another match in 2001, he told a woman to grovel on the floor, bark like a dog, and then take her clothes off. Vince and his wife, Linda, along with their children control World Wrestling Entertainment, a billion-dollar professional wrestling company that trades in fake kicks to the groin as well as more lurid fare.
Linda McMahon won the Republican primary for Senate in Connecticut on Aug. 10, beating out former CIA analyst, congressman, and Vietnam veteran Rob Simmons. She trails the state's Democratic Attorney General Richard Blumenthal by merely 10 points. Blumenthal's lead has evaporated from 41 points in January, mostly due to his misleading statements about serving in Vietnam. While McMahon didn't win the endorsement of family-values groups, they didn't attack her either. The Family Institute of Connecticut (FIC), a 20-year-old family-values group, upbraided her opponent, Simmons, who opposes a ban on partial-birth abortion and received a 100 percent rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America. Read more
Find pro-life candidates at Vote for Life Hawai'i!
Hawaii Abortion Critics Opt Not to Endorse Djou
On August 13th the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug “ella” (ulipristal acetate) for prescription use as emergency contraception (EC). The agency recommended it for “occasional” use up to five days following either unprotected intercourse or contraceptive failure, causing the Drudge Report to name it the “week-after pill.” The innocently named ella has the potential to do far more than merely prevent ovulation or even prevent embryonic implantation: there is good reason to believe it can also act as an “abortion drug” in the vein of RU-486, interfering with and indeed ending implanted pregnancies. As such, the approval of ella rightly ought to have involved more than antiseptic scientific data, institutional reviews, and clinical trials: ella’s approval and use raises fundamental questions of life, death, and ethics that our regulatory system is ill-equipped to answer.
Given the probable usefulness of ella as an abortion pill, the FDA’s approval of the drug for EC prescription is only the beginning of the controversy surrounding ulipristal. A newly approved abortion drug for EC purposes will warrant future regulatory battles over the drug’s labeling, disputes over abortion funding, and, ultimately, demonstrate the inadequacy of our current pharmaceutical regulatory regime in controlling the “off-label” use of drugs. (“Off-label” use of drugs, of course, refers to the use of drugs for purposes outside of their FDA marketing approval. The possibilities for the “off-label” use of ella are obvious.) Read more
Last year, some of the top pro-life activists around the nation were honored for their life-saving principles and practices at an invitation-only ceremony in January.
The inaugural awards and ceremony in 2009 were unprecedented in size and magnificence with more than 1,200 VIPs, students and pro-life activists gathered to honor the winners. Laura Ingraham, a pro-life media luminary joined Christian rock band BarlowGirl to present the awards.
The foundation will bestow those Life Prizes again in Nobel Prize-like fashion to those pro-life groups and individuals who distinguish themselves "based upon their success in saving human lives through efforts including public advocacy, scientific research, outreach programs, public disclosure activities, legal action, and other worthy achievements."
Raymond B. Ruddy, a philanthropist who is the founder of the Gerard Health Foundation, talked more about the rationale behind Life Prizes.
"Our Foundation has a profoundly simple mission: to save lives," he said.
"Life Prizes works to honor those who have best accomplished this noble goal and to inspire the next generation to break the mold in their life-saving work," Ruddy added. "As last year's winners will tell you, ordinary people can achieve extraordinary goals. We look forward to celebrating six new heroes and thanking them for their ingenuity, dedication, sacrifices and leadership." Read more
The African Union members voted at their annual summit in late July to make maternal and child mortality a priority. They decided to extend the controversial Maputo Plan of Action (PoA) and expand a new initiative called the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction on Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA).
But Joseph Meaney, director of international coordination for Human Life International (HLI), tells OneNewsNow why the issue should be inspected more deeply.
"It's very clear that the African Union is working in lockstep with the International Planned Parenthood Federation -- and to a certain extent [with] the United Nations as well -- to promote abortion in the context of maternal health," the pro-lifer suggests.
Deaths of pregnant women, he explains, will be blamed on unsafe abortion and the lack of reproductive rights. So abortion activists are trying to wed that with maternal death numbers, which, according to Meaney, "doesn't work scientifically speaking, but it's very useful for propaganda purposes." Read more
Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC), tells OneNewsNow a familiar voice recently stated the pro-euthanasia case.
"Kathryn Tucker, who is the legal counsel for Compassion [and] Choices, made a presentation to the Idaho Medical Association, trying to tell them that because there is no specific law on assisted suicide in Idaho that...doctors could just go ahead and just do this," he reports.
But the EPC executive director points out that Tucker's claim is simply not true, as Idaho common law prohibits assisted suicide. Read more
A federal judge in The Hoosier State has ruled that Allen County can regulate itinerate medical providers, including an abortion clinic in Fort Wayne.
"The Allen County Patient Safety Ordinance requires that out-of-town doctors obtain a physician designee -- a backup doctor -- to take care of their patients when they have gone home and the patients are in emergency situations and have to go to emergency rooms," reports Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) attorney Steven Aden.
The abortion patient must be given the backup information 24 hours in advance of the operation. The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit to block the ordinance on behalf of abortionist Ulrich Klopfer, who argues the regulation will prevent him from performing abortions because he cannot find a doctor in the area who is willing to associate with him as his designated physician.
"The county recognized that their patients' health is more important than the bottom line of an out-of-town medical provider, including an abortionist," Aden explains. "The county simply can't put the health and safety of patients at risk because one man wants to perform abortions without a sensible safety precaution that applies to all out-of-town physicians -- not just abortionists."
The court has issued a preliminary injunction, allowing most of the provisions to go into effect while litigation continues.
August 13, 2010 by Gerard M. Nadal
My article in today’s Headline Bistro
In a recent New York Times editorial, Nicholas Kristof writes fawningly over the increasing use of the anti-ulcer prostaglandin drug misoprostol – both in combination with the abortifacient RU-486, and increasingly on its own – as the new wonder pill that is revolutionizing obstetrics.
Yet Kristof’s piece entirely glosses over the dangers inherent in the use of these drugs singularly, and in combination. As usual for pro-abortion apologists, the truth matters less than the agenda. Read more
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Experiments show the potential of regenerative techniques that don’t destroy embryos
Daniel James Devine | WORLD Magazine
Giving human organs the ability to regrow themselves after becoming diseased or damaged would be a boon for modern science, not to mention for scientists selling the commercial rights to the technology. With the FDA's approval last month of the world's first clinical trial using human embryonic stem cells (it had been on hold for a year), the quest for so-called "regenerative medicine" is plowing forward. But many new regenerative techniques don't require the embryonic stem cells that are so ethically objectionable. Sometimes they don't use stem cells at all. Read more
That ordinary women co-operated in the Holocaust should raise the alarm about female violence today.
That was in 1996 when Lane was 21. As a result of various sexual relationships she had already had two abortions and -- in moments of better judgement -- had two babies adopted out. After each birth she would immediately resume her active sporting, social and sex life. She drank heavily and “kept up with the boys”. She was not, as it happens, selected for the Olympic team. Full story
For years, pro-life advocates have been able to pray and counsel women heading to the Planned Parenthood abortion center.
That changed when the abortion business built a fence around the center and posted signs saying those who went beyond the fence were trespassing.
Patrick Mahoney, a pastor who heads the Christian Defense Coalition, challenged those signs, but was arrested.
The American Center for Law and Justice, who is representing Mahoney, met with Washington city officials who confirmed the sidewalk still remains public. Full story
The euthanasia numbers continue to rise and the newly-reported increase follows a 10.5 percent rise in the deaths from 2008-2009. Full story
In only a few weeks, New Spring Church volunteers changed an aging, molding building into a modern, bright center called Little Steps. Television station WYFF spoke with founder Mandy Black, who tells more about the facility's purpose.
"Little Steps is a non-profit organization. We work with teen parents and young parents here in the Greenville area," she explains. "Some of the biggest things are the balance of how to take care of a baby, stay in school [and] work to be able to provide for that child."
One of the intriguing aspects of the center is that the building formerly operated as an abortion facility. But now it features a playroom for children and a system for the teenage moms and dads, where they attend classes for "baby bucks" that can be used to purchase items like clothes, diapers, toys, and baby food. Read more
The telemed approach involves an abortion patient who sits in front of a computer and takes part in an audio-video link with a doctor, who only views a sonogram of the woman's baby. The patient does not see the sonogram. If the doctor gives the go-ahead for an abortion, he or she pushes a button and a drawer containing the RU-486 pills opens for the patient. But since the doctor does not actually perform the abortion, as Iowa law requires, pro-life groups contend this method is illegal.
"Iowa law right now requires that a doctor must be present to perform an abortion," explains Jenifer Bowen of Iowa Right to Life.
A California school district has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a suit filed by a former sixth-grade student who was asked to remove a pro-life T-shirt. Full story
Monday, August 16, 2010
August 16, 2010
HONOLULU — Hawaii Right to Life, a group that generally backs Republicans who share its anti-abortion views, has opted not to endorse GOP U.S. Rep. Charles Djou, the likely GOP nominee in the 1st Congressional District race.
Djou, who won a May special election to fill the remaining months in a seat formerly held by Democrat Neil Abercrombie, backs most of the group's public policy goals, said Janet Grace, Hawaii Right to Life executive director.
But the decision not to endorse Djou was based on his support for federal funding of research into human embryonic stem cells and on his less-than-enthusiastic opposition to the landmark Roe vs. Wade ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, Grace said.
"He's better than his opponents, definitely," she added. "But he does not stand completely on our side when he says it's OK to kill human embryos for research."
Djou is seeking the Republican nomination against two lesser-known GOP challengers in the Sept. 18 primary. State Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, who backs abortion rights, is the likely Democratic nominee. Djou's campaign spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.
Grace said members of her group interviewed Djou recently and his statements mirrored what he told politically active Hawaii ministers in a letter during the special election campaign: While he believes abortion law is settled, he personally respects the "sanctity of human life, born and unborn."
Djou also supports federal laws that ban partial-birth abortions and opposes the use of federal Medicaid funds for abortions for indigent women.
But Djou's backing of stem cell research and his insistence that Roe vs. Wade is settled law rankled the group, Grace said.
"We don't believe the abortion issue is finished," she said. "That's why we need strong men and women in our local and national governments to work toward repealing these laws that harm innocent people." Read more