Friday, October 15, 2010
Excellent discussion on the moral and ethical ramifications of IVF
"From that point forward in Nebraska, babies at 20-weeks gestation and beyond may not be aborted due to the medical documentation, which shows that babies at 20 weeks are capable of feeling pain," explains Nebraska Right to Life spokesperson Julie Schmit-Albin.
That means well-known late-term abortionist Leroy Carhart, who is located just outside Omaha, will be legally thwarted from continuing his work. Also, with successful passage of the Nebraska law, other states are considering passage of similar legislation. Read more
The second Pro-Life Freedom Ride, patterned after the civil rights freedom rides of the 1960s, is being launched today.
During the first Pro-Life Freedom Ride for the unborn from Birmingham to Atlanta (July 23-24, 2010), more people participated than all of those who took part in all of the freedom rides combined during the civil rights movement 50 years ago. Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life says the next one, launched today in Tennessee, will travel from Knoxville to a special memorial in Chattanooga.
"It is the National Memorial for the Unborn," he says. "And in that facility one can see little gold plates placed on the wall which bear the inscriptions written by the moms and dads and other relatives of children who were lost to abortion."
Pavone says the gathering at that memorial on Saturday will provide a time for reflection, meditation, prayer, and healing for those who have faced the ramifications of abortion. But it is also a place of hope, says the pro-life activist. Read more
Commentary by Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life
October 14th, 2010 (PriestsforLife.org) - It is dismaying to hear some pro-life politicians calling for a “truce” on social issues like abortion – possible White House contenders Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour among them. Their suggestion is that it’s more important to do whatever is necessary to get elected than to worry about issues that appear to be intractable.
This tactic is akin to the pro-life and pro-abortion movements agreeing to disagree, an option often considered a reasonable one. It does not require that either side change its views, but simply agrees to allow the different views, and the practices that flow from them.
Sorry, but this is a proposal we in the pro-life movement can’t accept. There can be no truce.
First of all, to ask us to “agree to disagree” about abortion is to ask us to change our position on it. Why do we disagree in the first place? When we oppose abortion, we disagree with the notion that it is even negotiable. We do not only claim that we cannot practice abortion, but that nobody can practice it, precisely because it violates the most fundamental human right, the right to life. To “agree to disagree” means that we no longer see abortion for what it is – a violation of a right so fundamental that disagreement cannot be allowed to tamper with it. Read more
Over 4,000 children have their lives taken each day in the name of choice.
Over 4,000 women are emotionally damaged every day.
On October 19, people from all over this nation will give up their voices for a day in solidarity for these children. Red arm bands and duct tape will identify them as taking part in the Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity. They will carry fliers explaining why they are silent and educate others about the plight of the innocent children we are losing every day.
Are you willing to give up your voice for a day for those who will never have a voice?
Click here to register or learn more.
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010
October 12, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Yesterday the 40 Days for Life campaign announced a significant milestone for the burgeoning pro-life initiative – its 3,000th baby saved from abortion since the first 40 Days campaign in the fall of 2007.
“To God be the glory for reaching this major milestone!” wrote Shawn Carney of 40 Days in yesterday’s update. “That's a LOT of children and mothers spared from abortion. And that's a lot of GREAT stories.”
Carney shared one such story from an abortion facility in Reno Nevada, where the abortionist has actually installed a sprinkler system aimed directly at the sidewalk where 40 Days participants stand and pray.
Carney relates that at the Reno site recently, “A woman driving out of the abortion center's parking lot stopped to ask one of the local volunteer for her phone number. Shortly after, the volunteer received a text message.”
The woman wrote in the text message that the previous week she had gone to the abortion facility to drop off the payment for an upcoming abortion, at which point she saw the pro-life protesters out front.
“As I was driving away I couldn’t help but think that maybe there was another way. All this week I thought and prayed about it and I realized in my heart what the right thing to do was,” she wrote.
“I can’t help but think, that had you guys not been there that day to remind me that I had another choice, that maybe one more baby would have died today.” Read more
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In a medical first, a human has been treated with stem cells from human embryos in a study authorized by the Food and Drug Administration.
Geron Corp. issued a press release on Monday to the effect that it had injected millions of stem cells from human embryos -- derived from a process that kills a tiny human being -- into the site of damage of a spinal injury patient (see related story). Geron describes the clinical trial as "a new chapter in medical therapeutics -- one that reaches beyond pills to a new level of healing" achieved by injecting cells manufactured from human embryonic stem cells.
But Dr. David Prentice of Family Research Council calls it "science by press release -- if it's science at all."
"Geron really ought to be ashamed. This is irresponsible," he states. "All they're doing is boosting their stock price. They're not helping science, [and] they're certainly not helping patients. It'll be years before they have any hard evidence as to whether this has helped the patient, or even whether it's safe." Read more
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation has long denied that abortion plays any role in elevating the risk for women of contracting the deadly disease.
That's despite a wealth of research over decades showing an average increased risk of about 40 percent for women having abortions compared to those who carry their pregnancy to term.
But the contributions Komen affiliates make to Planned Parenthood, which does more than 25 percent of all abortions in the United States and aggressively promotes abortion abroad, provide another sources of frustration for pro-life people who otherwise would support the group.
In a new interview with the Daily Caller, Komen spokesman John Hammarley provided the latest figures showing the link between the two groups.
He confirmed 20 of Komen’s 122 affiliates have made donations to Planned Parenthood and, last year, those contributions totaled $7.5 million -- much higher than the $731,000 Komen's figures on its web site showed earlier this year. Read more
By Thaddeus M. Baklinski
TORONTO, September 1, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - For the past nine years The Interim newspaper and Niagara Region Right to Life have been co-sponsoring the Father Ted Colleton Scholarship program. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage young people to learn about pro-life issues, the pro-life movement, and to become actively involved in its programs.
The 2010-2011 contest is open to Grade 11 and 12 high school students not only in Canada, but also to any English-language student around the world, with prizes of $1500, $800 and $500.
Contestants must submit a typed original essay on this year's theme topic, approximately 800-1000 words in length, one letter of reference from a school staff member or community representative, and a brief self-profile outlining participation in school life/community activities and a description of their interest and/or involvement in the pro-life cause. Read more
Planned Parenthood Pushes for Universal Birth Control as Coalition Fights Abortifacient Ella 'Contraceptive'
October 12, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - As abortion giant Planned Parenthood pushes to force health insurers to cover all birth control, a coalition of pro-life leaders is sounding the alarm about ella, a drug the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved as an emergency contraceptive despite its ability to kill newly-conceived children. Full story
Monday, October 11, 2010
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