Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Pro-Life News & World Review October 2, 2007

From Monday's Globe and Mail: Abortion-rights advocates say delays can cause health risks and lead to emotional stress
There's a place in North America where women have to wait for weeks to get an abortion because of lack of funding for nurses, doctors and operating rooms.

This place is not some conservative U.S. state or a remote corner of Canada's far north.

It's Ottawa.

Abortion wait times in Ottawa hit six weeks

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Vox Nova blogger takes aim at John-Henry Weston of LifeSiteNews.com
Blogger Policraticus says, “Indeed, Westen’s ill-advised move encourages more disobedience in the Church, replacing the authority of the bishop with bureaucratic bodies whose authority is derived rather than intrinsic.”
John-Henry Westen encouraging Catholics to go over bishops’ heads

Apparently devotionals are now available at the 40 Days for Life blog.

Lifesite report gives more details on Bishop Aquila’s 40 Days for Life vigil
The bishop had scheduled an hour of prayer at the abortion facility as part of the 40 Days for Life North Dakota campaign which began Wednesday, Sept. 26. ...
North Dakota Catholic Bishop Leads Prayers Outside State's Only ...

Blogger Oswald Sobrino of Catholic Analysis tells of his experience at a 40 Days for Life event
I attended the kickoff event in one city, Ann Arbor, Michigan, at the local Catholic charismatic parish. As usual, the most moving testimony was from two women who choose to be silent no more and to speak of the immense damage that abortion does to the mother involved. ...
40 Days for Life

Part II of California Catholic Daily’s coverage of Ross Foti, pro-life activist in trouble with a Catholic parish over graphic images of aborted fetuses
Pro-life activist banned from parish in dispute over graphic images of aborted babies; parishioners says posters are a form of harassment
Picture of an aborted baby’s head

Jill Stanek reports that Planned Parenthood is open in Aurora
It really does appear as if the fix was in between Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner and Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood Aurora says it's "now open!"

LifeSite has further report on mother recently killed on abortion table: "My daughter was 22, healthy, and alive when she walked into that clinic ... There is no reason for her to be dead."
A Massachusetts woman is demanding the authorities take action against an abortionist, who destroyed her daughter's unborn child while she died of cardiac arrest on his operating table.
Mother Demands Justice against Abortionist for Letting Daughter Die As He Was Killing Her Child

Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for relations with states at the Vatican Secretariat of State, yesterday addressed the 62nd session of the U.N. General Assembly.
The most important part of our work in this context is to ensure that the inherent right to life is respected everywhere. This fundamental right must be protected from conception until natural death.
Therefore, we must work to stop and reverse the c! ulture of death embraced by some social and legal structures that try to make the suppression of life acceptable by disguising it as a medical or social service.

Holy See: U.N. Must Remember Human Dignity

Women come into Church wearing shirts that read “Yes to Abortion” Expect to Receive Communion
Yesterday, feminists and pro-abortion supporters interrupted Mass at the Cathedral of Managua in Nicaragua and attempted to receive Holy Communion. When they were refused, according to church law, they reacted violently and forced the celebrant to end the Mass.
Abortion supporters disrupt Mass at Cathedral of Managua, attempt to receive Communion

Hopefully not a Catholic Bishop
A Church of Ireland bishop has strongly attacked the "systemic spinelessness" of politicians in failing to enact legislation to allow for abortion…
Politicians 'spineless' over X case inaction, says bishop

Filmmaker Tony Kaye is interviewed on his new film “Lake of Fire” which has abortion theme
It took quite some time to hit upon the realization that I needed to tell the story of a particular woman as she goes through the procedure: traveling to the clinic, checking in, having a conversation, having [the abortion], then talking about it afterwards.
Tony Kaye on "Lake of Fire"

Daughter of ex-governor and son of prominent abortion foe build reputations of their own
On the surface, Cecile Richards and Eric Scheidler couldn't be more polar opposites.
2nd-generation activists take lead in abortion battle

Opinion piece from LifeNews.com by Laura Echevarria, former Director of Media Relations and a spokesperson for the National Right to Life Committee
In the September 25th issue of the online magazine Salon, neurologist Robert Burton takes issue with an important—and to most people encouraging—article that appeared in the Archives of Neurology. The title of Burton’s piece suggests the direction he is headed: “The Light is On, But is Anybody Home?”
Re-Defining My Life Away: Turning PVS Patients Into Non-Persons

Indictments could have national implications, says Operation Rescue
Operation Rescue announces that a coalition of pro-life groups has launched a citizen petition effort to convene a grand jury in Johnson County, Kansas, to investigate Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.
Grand Jury Effort Launched to Investigate Planned Parenthood

Dobson, others meet in Salt Lake City to plan options in presidential campaign
Some of the top leaders in Christian pro-family activism – including James Dobson of Focus on the Family – met in Salt Lake City yesterday to plot a strategy should Rudy Giuliani or another supporter of legalized abortion be nominated by the Republican Party as its presidential candidate.
Christian leaders threaten to abandon Republicans

Amy Welborn highlights more discussion on the Connecticut Bishops controversial move
One more. As most of you know, the Connecticut bishops announced this week that they were agreeing to allow Catholic hospitals to adhere to a state law requiring hospitals to give the “Plan B” pill to rape victims without an test to determine if the victim had recently ovulated.
Yet more bishops..

LifeNews.com reports on abortion related charges for British doctor
A doctor who was charged in December 2005 in a case of evading British law restricting late-term abortions by sending a woman to a late-term abortion center in Spain won't be convicted. Instead, the Crown Prosecution Service has dropped the charges because it can't establish that they are entirely valid.

The Irish Times article on support for abortion in Ireland
A large majority of women now believe the Government should legislate to provide abortion in Ireland, according to an Irish Times /Behaviour & Attitudes poll on women today.
Majority of women want abortion legalised

A study in “pro-choice” yet “Catholic” politicians
"The church puts a high premium on the issue of conscience," she said. "You have to stretch your conscience on these issues. We live in a pluralistic society, where there are many issues of life, like the war, like famine and hunger.
"You have to understand the church's role is to persuade and push but not to sanction and create the Eucharist as sanction."

DeLauro shakes off party reluctance to talk religion

Episcopal Church organization signed a joint statement with leaders of the Fellowship of Concerned Churchmen in late June.
In an obvious rejection of the Episcopal Church's stand on abortion, the joint statement also declared that "the Church must proclaim that human life from the moment of its conception is inviolable by man, allowing those narrow exceptions which moral theology has made.”
Anglican Traditionalist Groups Unite

Christian talk show in Aurora gives viewers scoop on war against Planned Parenthood
AURORA -- The abortion debate here struck national chords last week as the Aurora-based Total Living Network's weekly Christian talk show, TLN Now!, gave viewers across the country a firsthand look at Aurora's Planned Parenthood debate.
TLN program on Aurora clinic goes out to nation

George W. Bush announcing his choice for attorney general, retired federal judge Michael Mukasey last month.
"He's not a social conservative, as far as I can tell, and that's important to our community," Marc Stern, legal director for the American Jewish Congress told The Jewish Week recently. "We have no idea what he thinks about civil rights, no idea about his positions on church-state issues. And we don't know much about what he thinks about abortion."
Pro-Abort New York Jews welcome Bush's U.S. Attorney General candidate

Attorneys Pick Jury in Stolen Fetus Case.
Prosecutors say the defendant, Lisa Montgomery, faked a pregnancy for nine months and was so desperate for a baby that she planned the December 2004 killing of 23-year-old Bobby Jo Stinnett, who was eight months pregnant
Trial to Begin in Stolen Fetus Case

Minneapolis-St. Paul to have unusual combination of neighbours
It's official: The state's only Planned Parenthood clinic where abortions are performed is getting a new neighbor -- a pregnancy resource center run by abortion opponents.
Abortion Foes Buy Building Next to St. Paul Clinic

"America's Toughest Sheriff" loses fight
The pro-life movement received a setback last week when the Arizona Supreme Court refused to hear arguments to overturn an appellate court decision that would force the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office to provide transportation to women inmates seeking abortions.
Arizona Supreme Court Allows Transporting Prisoners For Abortions

Hawaii trying to protect pregnant women without entering abortion debate
A horrifying knife attack against a pregnant woman and her teenage son on the Big Island in June has prompted a state lawmaker to draft new legal protections for expectant mothers that sidestep the divisive question of when human life begins.
Oahu Senator Proposes Protections for Pregnant Women

To provide that human life shall be deemed to exist from conception.
H.R. 1094: Sanctity of Life Act of 2007

ATLANTA - State Rep. Martin Scott is heating up the abortion debate.
Scott, 36, a second-term Republican from Rossville, on the Tennessee border, is sponsoring an amendment to the Georgia Constitution that would outlaw abortion, euthanasia, cloning and embryonic stem-cell research….
Patterned after the Human Life Amendment that has stalled in Congress for three decades, House Resolution 536 would define life as beginning at conception, granting the same legal status to an embryo as any adult

Abortion foes turning up the heat

More on yesterday’s reported news that Obama backs Planned Parenthood clinic in Aurora
Sen. Barack Obama became the first Democratic presidential candidate to weigh in on the battle over a Planned Parenthood clinic in Aurora. Not surprisingly, the abortion rights supporter from Illinois said he would like to see the clinic open soon.
Obama backs Planned Parenthood clinic in Aurora

RealClearPolitics tries to summarize the saga of Planned Parenthood and Aurora, Illinois
In a huge tactical blunder, Planned Parenthood has managed to turn a Chicago suburb into "ground zero" in the abortion wars.
A New 'Ground Zero' in the Abortion Wars

"No other person has contributed more to post-abortion recovery work than Linda Cochrane." -- Vice President of Communications Kristin Hansen
Care Net recently awarded Linda Cochrane the Dr. Harold O.J. Brown Sanctity of Human Life Award, honoring Linda's ministry to women and men who have suffered emotionally from abortions.
Care Net Presents Linda Cochrane the Dr. Harold O.J. Brown Sanctity of Human Life Award

Ken Connor, Christian Post Guest Columnist sends warning on reproductive technologies
Advances in reproductive technology have proven to be a blessing to many a couple suffering with infertility. Thanks to these advances, couples, who in the past would have been unable to have children, now happily bounce them on their knees. However, as thrilling as these new technologies can be, their application can be fraught with moral hazard. Ethical lapses can be avoided by thinking clearly about the principles that ought to inform our decision making in this area.
Reproductive Technology and the Right to Life

Letter equips pastors against threats of losing tax-exempt status
Concerned Women for America (CWA) joined the Alliance Defense Fund, Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council and the James Madison Center for Free Speech today in issuing a letter to pastors nationwide on their legal rights to speak on "political" issues during the 2008 elections without jeopardizing their churches' tax-exempt status.
Pastors Have Rights, Too -- CWA Releases Joint Letter on Constitutional Protections for Pastors

From Trinidad & Tobago Express - Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
"I will say that quite a few adults who are sexually active are likely to have about four or five relationships in a ten year period. The majority of women with repeat abortions do not admit this to themselves and get caught up. They say 'I get hurt in that thing already. Not me again'. Then they meet somebody, start off as platonic friends and let their guard down."
Why women have repeat abortions

Conspiracy theory Archbishop makes wild accusation at condom manufacturers
European condom manufacturers deliberately infect their products with HIV says Mozambique's Roman Catholic archbishop.
Condoms in Africa are infected with HIV says archbishop

Women’s advocates turning a deaf ear and a blind eye to abortion clinics abuses in New Jersey Part I of II
New Jersey health officials are not inspecting abortion clinics in that state regularly, apparently because they don't have the resources or the manpower. In one case, an abortion facility was not inspected for five years, and when inspectors finally visited, they found numerous, often morbid, violations, which led to the clinic losing its license and shutting down.
After Five Years Without Inspection, Abortion Clinic Closed

President Cites Moral Dimension to Stance on Hot-Button Issues of Iraq, Abortion
George W. Bush has never been subtle about his faith, but until now, only his inner circle has understood the extent to which it guides his policy. In “The Evangelical President,” the president reveals, for the first time, the depth of his religious conviction and the crucial role it plays in his consequential presidency.
George W. Bush: True Believer

Mark Steyn: Democracies talk, tyrannies act
The Sudanese government appreciates that, as long as we're allowed to feel good about ourselves and to participate in "humanitarian relief," the killing can go on until there's no one left to kill. Likewise, Ahmadinejad knows that, as along as we're allowed to do what we do best – talk and talk and talk, whether at Columbia or in EU negotiations – his regime can quietly get on with its nuclear program.



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