Friday, November 05, 2010

A Caution to the GOP

Commentary by Kristan Hawkins

Note: Kristan Hawkins is executive director of Students for Life of America.

November 5, 2010 ( - Coming off perhaps one of the most historic election cycles in our nation’s history, Americans overwhelmingly voted against the pro-abortion Obama agenda and showed Washington insiders that the country is pro-life. The results of the election were awe-inspiring and a testament to the will of the American people.

With pro-choice Democrats returning for their last days in Washington, D.C. and Republicans preparing their agenda for the next year, the GOP needs to remember the mandate they have just been given by the American people. Full article

Thursday, November 04, 2010

2010 Election Results: most competitive races involving pro-life vs. abortion advocates

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Abortion, Conscience, and Doctors

from The Witherspoon Institute's Public Discourse: ethics, law, and the common good
by Christopher Kaczor

Suggestions to end conscience protection ignore the importance of conscience and rely on a circular—and baseless—understanding of a woman’s “right” to abortion. Following such suggestions would be detrimental to the entire health care system. Full article

Better-educated youth = pro-life youth

Mat Staver, founder and president of Liberty Council, determines that Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry are losing ground with the new millennial generation as young people are more adamant about justice and humanitarianism than previous generations have been. He says defending the unborn resonates with them. Read article at

Monday, November 01, 2010

The word ‘fetus’ is offensive, dehumanizing and manipulative

John Finnis | Mercator.Net

A law professor at Oxford University argues that use of the word 'fetus' obscures our perception of moral reality. Read article

40 Days for Life Campaign Ends With 541 Babies Spared From Abortions

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | | 11/1/10 4:17 PM

The number is a conservative estimate based on first-hand accounts of women the campaign has helped across the country, but organizers say they know of at least 541 babies spared from abortion thanks to the 40 Days for Life campaign.

The Fall campaign may have saved more lives, but organizer Shawn Carney is always ready to disclaimer his total because he knows unshared stories may results in lives saved that participants may never know. Read more

Republicans Expected to Capture House, Pro-Lifers Winning for Governor

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Panic: Abortion is in 'Extreme Danger' Says Planned Parenthood as Election Looms

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 1, 2010 ( - As the Obama administration heads toward major losses in Tuesday's mid-term elections, the nation's top abortion lobbies are rallying supporters to mitigate what is expected to be a Republican and pro-life takeover at the polls.

"I've said it before, and it bears repeating: women's health and reproductive rights are in extreme danger in this election," Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards wrote in an email to supporters Monday. "The only thing we can do now is get out there and vote — and make sure everyone who supports women's health does the same."

Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and the National Organization for Women are scrambling to protect their recent political and legislative victories, particularly the abortion funding in the federal health care reform law, which were made possible by the Democratic stronghold on Capitol Hill. Read more

The Home Stretch

Monsignor Barreiro Head
from Spirit & Life, Human Life International e-column
by Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro-Carámbula
October 29, 2010

I have spent the last ten days spreading the Gospel of Life in Hawaii. Yes, sometimes our ministry demands that we take up even the most difficult of missions!

All joking aside, it has been a wonderful and fruitful tour, and I've had the pleasure of speaking to hundreds of Hawaiians in Churches and other venues. While it is difficult to imagine climate and ethnic traditions more distinct from Rome, it is always a blessing to find fellow faithful Catholics whose hospitality and faithfulness help one to feel at home.

What a zeal for life I have experienced here among the Catholics and Protestants (indeed, it sometimes seems as if Protestants outshine Catholics in their outspokenness in defense of life)! The other day I was especially moved by the stirring testament of a Jewish convert who spoke eloquently of his commitment to defending life and family. Read more

Life on the Rock - Ladies of St. Cecilia - Pro-life Song

Be sure to listen to the powerful pro-life song, Priceless, approximately 18:41 minutes into the video.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Hawaii Right to Life PAC Urges Vote for Aiona over Abercrombie

Media Release
October 31, 2010

Honolulu, HI – Hawaii Right to Life PAC continues to urge voters to scrutinize candidates’ positions on life issues and vote for those whose values support human life and dignity. Information about candidates who have pledged to respect life is listed on the organization’s web site at

Janet Grace, executive director of Hawaii Right to Life stated, “We do not believe a person can be qualified for public office if he has no respect for the most innocent and vulnerable people in Hawai'i. Gubernatorial candidate Neil Abercrombie’s voting record is crystal clear: as a U.S. Congressman, he consistently voted against every piece of legislation that would have protected innocent human life. This sends a loud message to the people of Hawai'i that if an elected official does not respect the most fundamental of all issues—life—how can we trust him to lead us in any other issue? The facts cannot lie; Abercrombie’s proven voting record that devalues the dignity of human life proves he is not fit to govern.”

Hawaii Right to Life PAC has endorsed Abercrombie’s rival in the gubernatorial race, James R. “Duke” Aiona, Jr., as the only proudly pro-life candidate in Hawai'i’s contest for governor. As affirmation of his commitment to life-affirming values in public policy, Duke signed a candidate right-to-life pledge, the text of which is posted online at The organization has noted that Aiona is an outspoken supporter of the right to life and that he has publicly demonstrated his strong commitment to human life and dignity through participation in numerous pro-life rallies and events.

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.


Posted by Hawaii Right to Life PAC. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

Locked-in syndrome woman receives Legion of Honour

Maryannick PavageauMichael Cook | BioEdge

France has just awarded the Légion d'honneur to a woman who has been a locked-in quadriplegic for 30 years. Maryannick Pavageau received the distinction for her battle against euthanasia. A resident of Sainte Nazaire, on the Atlantic coast, she gave an interview about her life to the local newspaper after this week’s award:

"I was 30 years old when I was struck down by this syndrome after a stroke. The disease was little known at the time, but Jean-Dominique Bauby has described it in his book The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. It is a paralysis of the limbs, sometimes more, but you retain consciousness. I was one of the first to survive. After three months in a coma, I woke up to the amazement of the doctors! I started speech therapy and I spent 32 months in the hospital."

Mme Pavageau is a member of the Association of Locked-in Syndrome (ALIS) and contributed to the 2008 Leonetti commission report about euthanasia in France. "All life is worth living,” she told the newspaper. It can be beautiful, regardless of the state we are in. And change is always possible. That is the message of hope that I wish to convey. I am firmly against euthanasia because it is not physical suffering that guides the desire to die but a moment of discouragement, feeling like a burden... All those who ask to die are mostly looking for love." Read more