Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Silent No More Testimony - Powerful Story

Charlotte of Cheeky Pink Girl shares an amazing story of a Catholic woman who had two abortions. The woman is one of her readers and Charlotte invited her to be a guest blogger.

Catholic Homeschool Mom Tells Story of Two Abortions.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

At the Bottom of the Slippery Slope: where euthanasia meets organ harvesting

By Wesley Smith
The Weekly Standard - July 4, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 40

In 1992, my friend Frances committed suicide on her 76th birthday. Frances was not terminally ill. She had been diagnosed with treatable leukemia and needed a hip replacement. Mostly, though, she was depressed by family issues and profoundly disappointed at where her life had taken her.

Something seemed very off to me about Frances’s suicide. So I asked the executor of her estate to send me the “suicide file” kept by the quintessentially organized Frances and was horrified to learn from it that she had been an avid reader of the (now defunct) Hemlock Quarterly, published by the aptly named Hemlock Society (which was since merged into the assisted-suicide advocacy group, Compassion and Choices). The HQ taught readers about the best drugs with which to overdose and gave precise instructions on how to ensure death with a plastic bag​—​the exact method used by Frances to end her life.

I was furious. Frances’s friends had known she was periodically suicidal and had intervened to help her through the darkness. The Hemlock Society had pushed Frances in the other direction, giving her moral permission to kill herself and then teaching her how to do it. This prompted the first of the many articles I have written over the years against assisted-suicide advocacy. It appeared in the June 28, 1993, Newsweek and warned about the cliff towards which assisted suicide advocacy was steering our society:
We don’t get to the Brave New World in one giant leap. Rather, the descent to depravity is reached by small steps. First, suicide is promoted as a virtue. Vulnerable people like Frances become early casualties. Then follows mercy killing of the terminally ill. From there, it’s a hop, skip, and a jump to killing people who don’t have a good “quality” of life, perhaps with the prospect of organ harvesting thrown in as a plum to society.
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Monday, July 11, 2011

National Sidewalk Counseling Symposium Aug 5-6

Organized by Pro-Life Action Ministries
Sponsored by Medical Center of McKinney

This first-ever national symposium in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area is designed to promote and encourage sidewalk counseling across the country. We want to encourage and build up those who are currently organizing sidewalk counseling, and teach others how to organize a sidewalk counseling program in their local area.

  • Friday, August 5, 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 6, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
We will begin the day with a one-hour prayer vigil at a local abortion center.

Workshop topics will include:

• Purpose, Focus, and Essence of Sidewalk Counseling
• Legal Aspects of Sidewalk Counseling
• Sidewalk Counseling Training
• How to Teach Sidewalk Counseling
• Recruiting Volunteers
• Organizing a Local Sidewalk Counseling Program
• Future Trends in Sidewalk Counseling

Confirmed speakers include:
Debra Braun • Brian Gibson • Pastor Walter Hoye • Edmund Miller
Fr. Frank Pavone • Ann Scheidler • Eric Scheidler • Joe Scheidler • John J. Jacubczyk, Esq.

There is no conference fee...but pre-registration is required! You are responsible for travel and lodging. We have a block of rooms at a reduced rate of $99 per night available, if registered before July 10, 2011. Contact Pro-Life Action Ministries at or 651-771-1500 for hotel information and registration.

Adult Stem Cell Success: Cells Relieve Heart Pain in Patients

by David Prentice, Ph.D. | Washington, DC | | 7/11/11 11:20 AM

Doctors at Northwestern University have shown that adult stem cells can relieve angina pain in heart patients.

About 850,000 U.S. heart patients have angina–chest pain caused by blocked coronary arteries–that persists despite available treatments. The study examined 167 patients with refractory angina; patients received either a low or high dose of their own adult stem cells injected into their damaged heart muscle, or a placebo injection.

The results, published in the journal Circulation Research, showed that patients who received their adult stem cells experienced significant improvements in angina frequency and exercise tolerance. Dr. Douglas Losordo, lead author on the study, says the improvements in the patients treated with adult stem cells were life altering for many patients. Read more