Posted by: Jayme | December 18, 2008

Additional Pro-Abort Appointments by New Administration

The National Catholic Register reports on Obama’s All Abortion Transition.

Honestly, I’m trying to be optimistic.  I don’t want to just paint our incoming president with the same broad brush that many on the left used with President Bush for the last 8 years.  Still, it’s getting pretty hard to see the proverbial glass as anything but, well, almost empty.

Please share any bright spots you see!

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Posted by: Jayme | December 17, 2008

ANOTHER Indiana Planned Parenthood Undercover Revelation

CE has the story Another Indiana Planned Parenthood Caught Covering up Felony Rape about the same team responsible for exposing Bloomington’s Planned Parenthood office doing it again – this time in Indianapolis.

An Indianapolis Planned Parenthood counselor, after hearing that this 13 year-old was abused by a 31 year-old man, tells the girl that “Yeah, he, he is over such and such. And you can do statutory rape and whatever but it’s going to be in the papers.”   After this, the counselor advises her that she can circumvent Indiana’s parental notification laws by going to a  neighboring state to have an abortion.

You can watch the video on YouTube.

The Indianapolis Star reports Representative Jackie Walorski of the Indiana General Assembly today requested that the state attorney general investigate both the information revealed by the videos.

“When I saw the second one, I thought it was not an isolated incident; it was a pattern,” Walorski said. “This starts becoming an issue that’s worthy of a statewide investigation.”

Posted by: Jayme | December 17, 2008

Abortion Bailout Package

As the Susan B. Anthony list reports, the 50 page proposal that abortion groups have submitted to the President-Elect’s transition team include some financial requests.  Specifically, they’re asking for about $1.5 billion in taxpayer-funded spending increases for groups like Planned Parenthood.  Here’s the breakdown that the SBA List provided on the funding proposal:

  • $1 BILLION dollars in taxpayer funding for International Abortion Groups
  • $700 million in taxpayer funding for “Title X” Health Clinics (aka your local Planned Parenthood affiliate)
  • $65 million for the UNFPA, an international aid organization connected to coercive abortion as part of China’s coercive one-child policy
  • Repeal the Hyde Amendment – Vastly expanding federal taxpayer funding for abortions
  • Include Abortion coverage in any taxpayer-subsidized national health care program
  • Expand taxpayer-funded abortions on military bases
  • Expand taxpayer-funded abortions through the Peace Corps program
  • Expand taxpayer-funded abortions for federal prisoners

Contact your Senator and let him or her know that you don’t want your money funding any more abortions!

Thanks to AmP for the head’s up

Posted by: Jayme | December 16, 2008

Some Good News

It’s gray and dreary outside my house today.  Here’s some good news from around the web (and around the world):

Single Adult Stem Cell Can Self Renew, Repair Tissue Damage in Live Mammal from Catholic Exchange

Politics Aside, Pro-Life Effort Progresses from the Indianapolis Star

New Vatican Document Reaffirms Opposition to Cloning, Embryonic Research from LifeNews.com

Pro-life groups demand UN take action from Talk Radio News
Pro-Life World Coming to the Defence of Luxembourg Monarch’s Stand against Euthanasia from LifeSiteNews.com.  This one is an update from my earlier post.

Posted by: Jayme | December 15, 2008

Change We Can Be Outraged By

Deal Hudson’s article Change is Coming to the Nation’s Abortion Laws outlines what the pro-abortion lobby is looking to see from the very start of the new Whitehouse administration.  They have a plan for him that includes, among other things:

  • Provide $1 Billion for International Family Planning Programs
  • Restore Funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
  • Increase Funding for Title X Family Planning Program to $700 Million
  • De-fund Abstinence-Only Programs”

These are not just the hopes and dreams of fringe groups too extreme to be taken seriously by major political figures.  Hudson lists these recommendations and others from a document called “Advancing Reproductive Rights and Health in a New Administration.”  Not only was it signed by “dozens of pro-choice organizations,” the document is actually posted on the President-Elect’s official website, change.gov.

Read Hudson’s article to learn more!

Posted by: Jayme | December 15, 2008

Pro-Life Strategy

The National Catholic Register recommended the following steps for the pro-life community to take following the ban on pro-life.  These steps seem important to take now, as this ban is again in jeopardy.

1. Quote the court’s description of the partial-birth abortion procedure.
2. Name the defenders of partial-birth abortion. Tie them to it.
3. Remind others why partial-birth abortion should be illegal.
4. Ban more procedures, immediately.

How can we, as individual pro-life advocates, go about taking these steps?

Posted by: Jayme | December 13, 2008

A Great Source for Movie Reviews

If you’re planning to see a movie this holiday season (or any time after that), check out Steven Greydanus’ DecentFilms.com.  Greydanus is the film critic for the National Catholic Register, along with writing for Christianity Today and Catholic Exchange.  He’s also frequently featured on the radio program, Catholic Answers Live.

According to the About page on his site, Decent Films includes:

  • A rigorous but easy-to-use four-part ratings system that evaluates films for overall recommendability, artistic-entertainment value, moral-spiritual value, and age-appropriateness.
  • Robust new search options that allow the user to browse and search reviews by a wide range of criteria, including film title, genre, or any of the Decent Films ratings.
  • Ratings information from the Motion Picture Association of America and the US bishops Office of Film and Broadcasting.

I have come to trust Mr. Greydanus’ reviews.  I appreciate his commentary on movies’ moral victories and failures, as well as the artist’s eye that he brings to the reviews that he writes.  Take a look – Decentfilms.com may become a favorite of yours, too.

Posted by: Jayme | December 12, 2008

An Interesting Dichotomy in the News Cycle

During his World Day of Peace address,

Pope Benedict decried the tactics of developed countries that “make economic aid conditional upon the implementation of anti-life policies” to countries suffering from AIDS.  The message pointed out that developing countries with higher birth rates have a better chance to emerge from poverty, and concluded, “Population is proving to be an asset, not a factor that contributes to poverty.”

Meanwhile, rejecting the strategy of education, the UK launches a pilot program to distrubute pharmaceutical contraceptives to girls in their mid-teens without a prescription.  CE reports:

Though numerous studies have shown that teenage pregnancy rates are not reduced by easier availability of condoms, pills or sex education, the UK government seems bent on following the advice of prominent pro-abortion “family planning experts.”

The culture of life and the culture of death meet yet again – this time, it’s in the news cycle.

Posted by: Jayme | December 12, 2008

Movie Saves Lives.

Have you seen the movie Bella yet?  It’s gotten great reviews from secular sources, won awards from film critics, and been used by many to help their pro-choice friends see another side of the issue.

As yesterday’s BreakPoint commentary explained, this movie has more than changed hearts – it has saved lives.  Read (or listen to, both options are available from this link) the commentary and learn more about the women “who decided to keep their children as a result of seeing the film,” including Bella’s lead actress!

That’s some movie.

I was saddened but not surprised to read Catholic Politicians Funded by Abortion Lobby on InsideCatholic.com this morning.  It does not seem like much of a stretch for those who politically advocates of abortion to accept donations from abortion-promoting organizations like “Planned Parenthood, Emily’s List, NOW, and NARAL Pro-Choice America.”  No, it doesn’t seem like much of a stretch – even if those politicians are Catholic.  That still does not make it right.

As distressing as this is, I thought, there is nothing I can do about it.  This article showed me I was not entirely correct.  There is a little something that you and I can do about it. We can sign the petition on OneNationUnderGod.com.  At that site you can see how much money each Catholic Senator and Representative has received from abortion advocacy groups.

This petition will be sent to the USCCB’s president, Francis Cardinal George, “to call upon all Catholic politicians to no longer accept campaign donations from pro-abortion groups.”  As Cardinal George has already issued a strong warning that Catholic politicians who vote for the Freedom of Choice Act could face automatic excommunication, he has shown how seriously he takes this issue.    It’s time for all of us to do the same, and show the Cardinal that we support him in this.

As Deal Hudson said in the InsideCatholic.com article, (emphasis mine)

It should come as no surprise that the vast majority of Catholics in Congress have abysmal voting records on the life issues. When a Catholic accepts a campaign contribution from NARAL or Planned Parenthood, he or she is declaring an intention to support their pro-abortion policies. With the Freedom of Choice Act looming on the horizon, you can bet these groups are looking for a return on their investment.

I’d like to add that signing this petition certainly seems like a small matter, but as Christ said in the Parable of the Talents, “Well done good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.”  (Matthew 25, RSV-CE)

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