Friday, October 29, 2010

Faith and Politics Episode 3, Hawaii Congressional Elections

In this short video, we see a comparison of Hawaii's U.S. Congressional candidates and their positions on life issues and other moral values.



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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Benedict XVI: "Decriminalizing abortion is a betrayal to democracy"



The Holy Father's message also includes voting for life.

Things that make you go hmm....

"Women have abortions because they care about motherhood."
--statement by abortionist Elizabeth Newhall on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show

'Faith and Politics' Show Examines Abercromie's Record on Life Issues

This short video clip examines gubernatorial candidate Neil Abercrombie's voting record on many life issues as well as other social issues. Did you know that Neil supports partial-birth abortion and human cloning? He received a 0% rating by National Right to Life for the number of times his vote aligned with the right-to-life position.



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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Special Pro-life Presentation & Charity Benefit Oct 29

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The Pearson Foundation of Hawaii and Hawaii Right to Life present

The Reverend Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro Carámbula, Chaplain of His Holiness as featured speaker for a special Pro-life Presentation & Charity Benefit

Free admission (calabash offering will be taken), everyone invited!
  • October 29 - St. Joseph Church, Waipahu - pupus 5:30, program 6:30PM
Noted theologian, author, attorney, and Vatican scholar Msgr. Barreiro will speak about human life and its value in our society. As chaplain to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and interim director of Human Life International, he has valuable insights to share about human life and dignity.

His global ministry within the Holy See, as a former U.N. representative, having served along side the Missionaries of Charity of Mother Theresa of Calcutta, and with many others give him a unique perspective on positively influencing our culture for Life.

For more information or to volunteer
at any of these events, call The Pearson Foundation of Hawaii, 808.942.0328

Euthanasia Clinic Head Calls for Legal Family Suicides

National Right to Life Today's News & Views
October 26, 2010
By Liz Townsend
Part Two of Four

The founder of a Swiss euthanasia clinic is advocating not only the assisted suicide of terminally ill patients, but also the legal provision of lethal drugs to their healthy partners who do not want to live without them. Read more

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hawaii Right to Life Endorses Pro-Life Candidates – Voting Pro-Life Values

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 26, 2010

Honolulu, HI -- Hawaii Right to Life PAC has announced its candidate endorsements and recommendations for dozens of races statewide. Its selections are based on a comprehensive vetting of those running for office and in-depth personal interviews affirming each endorsed candidate’s commitment to pro-life values. Hawaii Right to Life urges voters to take a careful look at the candidates and their respect for the value of human life and dignity as an issue of fundamental importance to their fitness for office.

Executive Director Janet Grace stated, “We cannot in good conscience support any candidate who has no regard for the lives of all who live in Hawai‘i, including the most vulnerable members of our ‘ohana. In this general election, the ‘choice’ is ours. Who will we choose to protect and defend the weakest amongst us: a candidate who pledges to uphold the full spectrum of life through our laws or a candidate who has--or will--vote to allow the destruction of unborn babies and support assisted suicide laws that could ultimately result in the involuntary deaths of the elderly, disabled, and seriously ill? When voters choose candidates who respect life, the lives they save could be their own.”

Hawaii Right to Life PAC has done an in-depth study of the candidates and has developed an extensive list of those who have signed a right-to-life pledge stating they will work toward creating a culture of life for the precious people of Hawaii Nei and beyond. Voters have a priceless opportunity to save thousands of lives by selecting pro-life candidates, which may be viewed at the organization’s web site at hrtl.org/vote.htm.

Hawaii Right to Life is a non-profit organization that advances respect for life for all people, from conception to natural death. Founded in 1973, Hawaii Right to Life is the state affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee.

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Vote for Life Hawai'i
Hawaii Right to Life


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One man to save rejected babies

New Study Confirms Overwhelming Death Rate of IVF Human Embryos

DENVER, Colorado, October 26, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A report by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) on a study of IVF "efficiency" states that just 7.5 percent of all artificially fertilized embryos will go on to become live-born children. Read more

Horror: Chinese Man Describes Wife's Forced Abortion by Government Officials

October 21, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A victim of China's coercive one-child policy has offered the world a bitter personal account of the country's oppressive population control law, which officials have affirmed would continue following its 30th anniversary last month. Read more

The Card to Protect You from “Presumed Consent” Organ Harvesting

October 19, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – As the push for organ harvesting gets increasingly aggressive, and more and more cases of abuse by transplant teams surface, one pro-life leader has developed a card to ensure doctors respect one’s wish to live a natural lifespan. Read more

At Least 31 Babies Saved During Students’ Day of Silence

October 20, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – By all accounts Tuesday’s Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity, which saw students from around the world refusing to speak in commemoration of those unborn children who die through abortion, was a smash success. Read more

ObamaCare: The Facts On Abortion


As Elections Draw Near,
PRI Releases Groundbreaking Video

by PRI Staff

As November 2nd approaches, the Population Research Institute has released a factual video about Obamacare, and how it affects abortion funding in the United States. The video is groundbreaking for a number of reasons.

The video, entitled Obamacare: The Facts On Abortion, relies heavily on legal research done by the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), research that details the many ways that Obamacare will lead to expanded abortion coverage across the nation. Since NRLC's research is some of the most comprehensive and reliable in the country, the accuracy and detail of PRI's video would have been impossible without it. We believe that, at the time of this writing, we are the first group to use this information specifically to fuel a YouTube video on this most important of issues.

Not only this, but PRI uses YouTube's annotation system to insert a series of digital “footnotes” into the video. This means that PRI's assertions about Obamacare are backed up by credible links, which are clickable and embedded right in the video itself.

“With this video, we're trying to transmit information about life issues in a way that isn't really being done a lot yet,” says Colin Mason, PRI's Director of Media Production and one of the video's creators. “Our video is fully linked into our social networking sites, and all of its facts are backed up right in the video itself. We hope that people will use this video (and others like it) as a tool to help them explain these issues to others, using solid evidence and sound rhetoric.”

Monday, October 25, 2010

A terrible truth: it's natural to pick on the weak

Rosa Monckton has a 15?year-old with Down's syndrome
Rosa Monckton has a 15?year-old with Down's syndrome Photo: PA

Telegraph.co.uk
by Charles Moore

Rosa Monckton's powerful television programme showed that society still has a way to go in its attitude towards the disabled and the mentally handicapped, writes Charles Moore.

Read article here

The Work Done by one of the Respect Life Ministries in Hawaii

Cherish Life Bracelet

The following article was written by Mary Smart. Mary is the co-coordinator for the Respect Life Committee at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church. St. John the Apostle and Evangelist Respect Life Committee is just one of the Respect Life ministries in the Diocese of Honolulu that is working hard to educate Hawaii residents on the right to life of all human beings, from conception to natural death.
St. John the Apostle and Evangelist Mililani Respect Life Committee turned one year old in March 2010. The fledgling group has been very busy and always welcoming new members. The Pastor, Father Manuel A. Hewe attended nearly every meeting since the committee’s inception and has encouraged members to bring the redeeming gospel of life to Church members.
Divine Mercy Sunday

The kick-off event was to assist the parish Knights of Columbus in during the April 19 2009 Divine Mercy Sunday events. The committee members participated in the Service and provided informative brochures for attendees and especially focused on those who may have been involved in abortion and were seeking forgiveness during this powerful feast day.

May 30th many members of the Committee spent the day participating in a Theology of the Body seminar given by Christopher West, who explained so beautifully why the Catholic Church values the body and its unique role in creation of human life. Music was provided during the sessions by Mike Mangione. On May 31 members were invited to participate in the 1,000,000 Rosaries for Life campaign to change the hearts and minds of our pro-abortion legislators and President.

"Nine Days for Life," a novena, to began on June 2, with meditations on the Eucharist in
preparation for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi on June 11 . The novena can be prayed after daily Masses or individually and among families.
Father's Day Enrichment
Knights of Columbus Memorial for the Unborn

The parish invited everyone in Honolulu diocese to attend a Father’s Day Enrichment session given by Deacon Kin Borja, highlighting the special role of fathers in parenting the next generation. An article we wrote regarding the event was placed in the Catholic Herald and E-newsletter. On the feast day of Mary’s first apparition at Fatima, May 13, the Respect Life Committee assisted the Knights of Columbus in dedicating a memorial to the unborn which has a prominent location fronting the parish parking lot, very near the entrance of the Church. Prior to the event, an article in the Church bulletin detailed the development of the baby during the 40 week pregnancy to inform parishioners regarding the completeness of the very recently conceived child in the womb.
The parish's respect life banner
To give the Ministry visibility and recognition, the members developed a unique Respect Life Banner with the St. John’s motto: Choose to Cherish Life. The banner is displayed at Church at various times and carried during processions and marches to proclaim our Pro-Life position.
NFP Class

During July, August and September, the parish hosted Natural Family Planning training to help families plan their families in accordance with Catholic teaching and God’s will. The scheduling was in recognition of the anniversary of the publishing of the Encyclical “Humane Vitae”. The Committee plans to make this an annual event at the parish.

Members participated, two 40 day for Life experiences, Natural Family Planning, Married and Loving It (co-sponsor), full page bulletin articles during each week of October. On the anniversary of Mary’s final appearance at Fatima, a group attended the Rosary commemoration at Thomas Square.

In September some Respect Life Committee members participated in a Rachel’s Vineyard training session to better help them mentor women who have been hurt by abortion.

On October 10 the Respect Life Committee participated in a Novena in anticipation of the canonization of St. Damien.
Rosary Procession for Life

During the month of October we had a pro-life article in the bulletin and an information table set up every week to spread the awareness of the dangers when chastity isn’t practiced and abortion is a selected to eliminate the consequences of one’s actions. On 18 October the Respect Life Committee coordinated a Rosary procession through the Mililani neighborhood.

Dinner Featuring Speaker Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life

Father Pavone of Priests for Life participated in many events and the Respect Life Committee extended invitation to parishioners to attend several pro-life functions. One was the kick-off for 40 Days for Life where Father Pavone was the key Speaker. The parish had a group that prayed and held banners once a week in front of Planned Parenthood. The protest group that holds “Pray to End Abortion” and other non-violent petitions while praying is small but growing. After the fall 40 Days for Life campaign, two additional members joined the group for the Spring campaign.
CAN Workshop

In November the Parish became active in Catholic Action Seminars to train our parishioners the importance of participating in the political process. Several members of the Respect Life Committee attended presentations at Our Lady of Good Counsel and Blessed Sacrament Churches. The parish set up a local Community Action Network (CAN) beginning in December after Respect Life Committee members gave a presentation after every Mass. CAN members participated in opposing the health care reform measures that force tax payer to pay for abortions and deny medical personnel conscience protections.

The Committee designed and sold Respect Life T-Shirts for parishioners to wear to the January 22, 2010 March for Life at the Capitol Building. The prominent design made it very easy to identify a member when it was time for the buses to leave.

Co-coordinator Melissa Crisostomo her husband Roland
wearing the Cherish Life T-Shirts at the Hawaii March for Life

Hawaii March for Life

Parishioners filled two buses. Most participants were wearing their parish Respect Life t-shirts and were easily recognized.

On the feast of the Annunciation, the parish began a Spiritual Adoption campaign. Members of the parish were invited to spiritually adopt a baby who may be endanger of an abortion. Participants named the baby and say a short prayer every day. The event was scheduled to coincide with the pregnancy of Mary, Mother of Jesus. We will follow the development of the “adopted” baby in monthly intervals to help our Church members realize that the child in the womb is just a human and just as real as children in their arms and certainly as precious. Participants were given a blue wrist band with “I Cherish Life” embossed on it. The campaign will end just before Christmas. We hope to have a “Baby Shower” for the Pregnancy Problem Center in Pearl City at the end of the campaign. The parish donates to the Pregnancy Problem Center and two parishioners volunteer or are members of the Board of Directors.

With this being an election year, Committee members are planning more events to ensure that Catholic voters are aware of candidate’s positions on moral issues prior to casting their vote. Members of the Committee are committed to making a difference in the community. They attended Hawaii Women Coalition Meetings to speak up against the unjust law that will force medical professionals to participate in abortion procedures against their conscience (Senate Bill 604). Members of the Coalition which included representatives from Planned Parenthood, ACLU, and others, did not want anyone who had a pro-life perspective to attend. We are involved in political caucuses, political party platform development, and party conventions to ensure our Catholic values are included. It has become apparent that the values we treasure most, life and traditional marriage are too politically charged for the parties to address directly. We need candidates who have the moral courage to stand up for Catholic virtue to run for office and give the voters a choice that we can respect. It is imperative that we encourage our friends and neighbors who will respect the life of the unborn, handicapped and the elderly and who will protect marriage as a union between one man and one women to run for political office. We are turning our culture over to men and women who do not affirm those principles.

Photos by Melissa Crisostomo

China: Forced Abortion For Violating One Child Policy


Expert Condemns Late-Term Forced Abortion
in Chinese City

Forced abortions have always been the enforcement mechanism of last resort for the one-child policy. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of late-term abortions happen every year in China. The forced abortion recorded in the link below is unusual because it was captured on film by a camera crew and posted on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmfBA6KhAfg

When the woman in the video was found to be pregnant with an illegal second child, a dozen family planning officials came to her home to arrest her. As her husband explains in the video, “They held her arms behind her back, pushed her head against the door, kicked her stomach,” an obvious efforts to cause a miscarriage.

When this failed she was taken to a family planning detention center where she was held down and given a lethal injection into the uterus. There are huge bruises on her arm; evidences of her struggles to escape their grip and save her child's life. Her baby is still moving during the video but she knows it will soon die.

Steven W. Mosher, President of the Population Research Institute, witness identical scenes of brutality when the one-child policy began 30 years ago. “Over the past three decades, tens of millions of women have suffered through what this woman has experienced: Arrest, imprisonment, and the deliberation execution of their unborn children by agents of the state.”

“I commend the news reporter for having obtained this tragic story and broadcast it to the world,” says Mosher. “But I would offer one correction. The reporter claims that forced abortion is not central government policy in China. This is mistaken.”

“The Chinese Communist Party puts tremendous pressure on officials to meet quotas for live births. They are today—and have always been—completely responsible for the way their cruel one-child policy is being implemented. It is on their orders that millions of women have been dragged into abortion mills, strapped down on operating tables, and forced to have abortions by lethal injection—often followed by cesarean-section abortions to remove their now dead babies. The Chinese Communist Party brags that it has prevented 400 million births over the past 30 years. That works out to about 13 million babies each year.”

“The next time you think of buying something ‘Made in China,’ think of these women and their suffering, and put it back on the shelf,” says Mosher.

Population Research Institute

Important Message to Hawaii: Vote for the Right Politicians

Hawaii March for Life


In this time of economic uncertainty and downturn, people may be voting solely on the basis of who has the best plan for raising the state or country out of the recession. It's a tempting thing to do, especially if you have been greatly affected by unemployment or inflation. I have to remind you all, however, not to put issues of money before the greater, more important, issue of abortion.

As Catholics, we believe that life begins at the moment of conception. It is at that moment that that a human being begins to exist, and, given nurturing and the safe environment of the mother's womb, is able to be born. As such, we find it to be a heinous crime against humanity to abort a child. An unborn child has committed no crime, yet is sentenced to death without due process: a violation of the fifth amendment. Abortion is similar to a lynching; it is the murder of an innocent human being just because someone doesn't want him or her alive.

A further tragedy is that many abortions are done specifically for financial reasons. Children are killed just because the parents feel they cannot afford to raise him or her. Despite alternatives to abortion, such as offering the child up for adoption, and the plethora of free support groups available for pro-life alternatives, women subordinate the importance of the right to life their child has to currency.

This is what voters do when they vote for a candidate who they know is pro-abortion but whom they believe will help the economy more. They place the value of life below that of the value of money and finances. They've placed a numerical value on the life of an adult, not just an unborn child's. If an unborn child's full life with unlimited potential is worth a few years income and a vote, imagine how much less your own life is worth with your significantly diminished potential and years remaining.

The economy is important, yes, but protecting the life of the unborn is a much higher responsibility for not just Catholics, but all people. Neglecting such responsibility constitutes a grave sin against life.

"2272 Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. "A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae,"77 "by the very commission of the offense,"78 and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law.79 The Church does not thereby intend to restrict the scope of mercy. Rather, she makes clear the gravity of the crime committed, the irreparable harm done to the innocent who is put to death, as well as to the parents and the whole of society."
Catechism of the Catholic Church: Abortion

I'm not going to give a lecture on economics here, but I can say that there are more Republicans who are both pro-life and have agreeable economic plans than there are Democrats with the same ideals. Do your research and make sure you do your part in protecting the right to life of the unborn children. In this year's election there are an unprecedented number of pro-life candidates. Do not diminish the value of life. Do not value money above the lives of the unborn children. Do not support abortion or politicians who support abortion. Life takes precedence above economic and financial issues.

By Joey G., former Catholic homeschooler and currently a university student in Hawaii.

For those needing help with a pregnancy:

1. OptionLine 1-800-395-HELP

Option Line consultants refer each caller to a pregnancy resource center in her area for answers to questions about abortion, pregnancy tests, STD's, adoption, parenting, medical referrals, housing, and many other issues. The toll-free number is available to callers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Callers from across the country can reach a trained, caring person and then be connected to a pregnancy resource center near them for one-on-one help.


2. National Love Center 1-800-848-LOVE

National Life Center's 24-hour hotline directs you to the closest Crisis Pregnancy Center in the United States and Canada.


For more numbers, websites and places to go for help with pregnancies can be found at Priests for Life - There are Alternatives to Abortion!

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A Catholic Mom in Hawaii: Important Message to Hawaii: Vote for the Right Politicians

Vote for Life Hawai‘i

“We hoHawaiianFlagld these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” ~United States Declaration of Independence

In these challenging times, the array of complex problems facing our legislators can seem staggering. Some feel that the emphasis should be placed on economic problems, the environment, our national defense, or on social programs. Undeniably, these are all important subjects that must be addressed.

However, among the serious concerns facing us today, the most important one is the right to life. Without this most fundamental and “unalienable” right, we need not worry about any other issues. We must identify candidates who will stand firm in defense of the right to life, for all people at all times, regardless of the circumstances.

Hawaii Right to Life PAC has researched the candidates and provides information to assist voters with choosing life. By each of us taking a principled stand with our vote, we can make a real difference to save countless lives and improve Hawai‘i Nei for generations to come.

Learn more and view Hawaii Right to Life PAC candidate endorsements and recommendations at the Vote for Life Hawai'i web page here.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Texas Parents Stopped From Forcing Teenage Daughter to Have Abortion

Austin, TX (LifeNews.com) -- With the help of pro-life attorneys from the Alliance Defense Fund, a 16-year-old Texas girl has secured a temporary restraining order preventing her parents from forcing her to have an abortion. Full story

Related link

Alliance Defense Fund

The Justice Foundation's Center Against Forced Abortions

Forced Abortion in America: A Special Report