Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Tell Senators Kaufman and Carper to vote NO on the motion to proceed!
Senator Reid's 2,074 page Senate Healthcare Bill puts taxpayer-funded abortion back into the healthcare debate. We won a great pro-life victory with the Pitts-Stupak Amendment in the House, but we still have to fight against abortion funding. Please contact Senators Kaufman and Carper NOW! The vote on the motion to bring the bill in its current form to the Senate floor is expected to happen on Saturday evening!
Passing this type of language would be the greatest expansion of abortion since Roe vs. Wade! Please act NOW to ensure that this bill does not reach the Senate floor!! Remember - tell your senators to VOTE NO on allowing the Harry Reid, pro-abortion health care bill.
If you live outside of Delaware, please call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 (202) 224-3121 , and ask to speak with your Senator.
Additionally, I just learned that the pro-abortion groups National Organization for Women (NOW) and Planned Parenthood will hold a rally at the West Chester, PA courthouse TOMORROW (Saturday, Nov. 21) from 10:30 am - 11:30 am to protest Congressman Pitts and his pro-life amendment! Please do all that you can to attend this rally in counter-protest and to THANK CONGRESSMAN PITTS for his pro-life stance on healthcare!
Delaware Right to Life
Saturday, November 14, 2009
by Steven Ertelt
November 13, 2009
Bryan, TX (LifeNews.com) -- The religious denominations that embrace abortion do so supposedly because they are tolerant and welcoming of people who disagree on issues like abortion. Yet, that is not proving to be the case for Abby Johnson, the former Planned parenthood director who quit after converting to the pro-life perspective.
Johnson, quit her position last month as the director of a local abortion business after seeing an ultrasound of an abortion procedure.
Her October decision has drawn national attention, exposed how Planned Parenthood does abortions for significant profit, and saw the abortion business fail to silence her now that she has resigned.
Johnson now faces a battle of a different kind -- getting her local Episcolalian Church to accept her new status as a pro-life person.
"Now that I have taken this stand, some of the people there are not accepting of that," she told The Washington Times today.
"People have told me they disagree with my choice. One of the things I've been told is that as Episcopalians, we embrace our differences and disagreements. While I agree with that, I am not sure I can go to a place where I don't feel I am welcome," she said.
The rector at St. Francis would not talk about Johnson's situation with the newspaper.
"I do not intend to be dismissive," the Rev. John Williams wrote the Times in an email, "but my pastoral responsibilities to this faith community preclude making public comments."
"I am sure you understand how important it is for me to foster healthy communication around this emotional issue - that is only possible, as I said, in the context of my pastoral ministry to all," he said.
The Times indicates having problems finding a church home is nothing new -- with pro-life denominations rejecting her before her conversion.
"I was raised Southern Baptist but didn't find the Southern Baptist community was very accepting of my work at Planned Parenthood," she said.
She said she and her husband Doug "had been told by a couple of churches ... that because I worked at Planned Parenthood, we could not be members."
"I thought that because this church was so accepting, maybe I was doing the right thing," she said of joining the Episcopal Church. "A lot of people would consider the Anglican faith a pro-choice faith."
She told the Times that another employee who went to the church with her was told by Planned Parenthood officials not to associated with her and so she stopped attending. The abortion business claimed in comments to the Times that that isn't true.
Johnson is not sure on what to do about her church membership.
"We really, really love that church," she said. "We don't want to leave."
She talked with the Times about her faith in terms of working at an abortion center.
"It felt there was a spiritual conflict in what I was doing, but you just begin to rationalize it. I didn't want to leave these women without options, so you begin to think you are doing the right thing, although it doesn't feel right," she said of why she ran an abortion center before she saw the light.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Groundbreaking In-the-Womb Photos Now Improved and Republished—considered essential to pro-life movement's history and success
by Peter J. Smith : Oct 20, 2009 : LifeSiteNews.com
Nilsson remarked that although he has not photographed God directly through his microscopic cameras, "I've seen what He does."
EDITOR'S NOTE: A little over twenty-five years ago, and at the time I first learned I was pregnant as a single woman, there were no pregnancy alternative centers in my area. But, it was this book, which my mother gave me that God used to reveal to me the precious life I was now responsible for. Prior to this I hadn't given much thought to the fact that a fetus is truly a baby. However, the incredible photos in Lennart Nilsson's book cemented the words God whispered to my heart when I first learned of my pregnancy; that this baby is a life—a person—and should not be snuffed out. –Aimee Herd, BCN.
(London, UK)—A picture may be worth a thousand words, but for more than fifty years Lennart Nilsson has taken photographs that the pro-life movement has found priceless: the earliest and most compelling visual images that give intimate detail and clarity to the humanity of unborn children in the womb. (Baby surrounded by placenta/Photo by: Lennart Nilsson)
The Swedish photographer is eighty-seven years old, and was the first to open up the secret world of the unborn—from conception up to birth—by way of macro-lenses and endoscopes (tiny instruments—including camera lens and case—that measure less than eight-tenths of a millimeter in diameter).
Nilsson's photographic explorations of the unborn child's life in the womb were revealed to the world first in 1965 as the cover-story for the April 30, 1965 edition of LIFE magazine, entitled The Drama of Life before Birth. But his photographs made their chief debut in that same year in a book called, A Child is Born.
The stunning images published in 1965 have now been remastered with the help of the latest photographic technology and A Child is Born has been republished in a fifth and final edition. Nilsson says this final edition of his book is meant for the reader of the 21st century to enjoy, so that they might appreciate the mystery of a human being's beginnings. Nilsson has cut away most of the scientific text of previous versions, and largely lets the photos speak for themselves.
In a question-and-answer session with fellow Swedish photographer Hasse Persson, Nilsson remarked that although he has not photographed God directly through his microscopic cameras, "I've seen what He does."
The photographs taken by Nilsson are credited with benefitting science in myriad ways, including helping pave the way to 4-D ultrasound technology; but they have also been of invaluable assistance to the pro-life movement, helping to make its case for the humanity of the unborn.
"In the case of Lennart Nilsson's photographs, a picture is worth lives, untold numbers of lives, because those pictures humanize the child in utero," said Judie Brown, President of American Life League.
Brown told LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) that Nilsson's work must be placed in the context of the 45 intervening years and the development of ultrasound technologies that image the child in the womb.
"I think we would have been far behind where we are today," without Nilsson's photographs, said Brown, "because he is the inspiration for all the scientists who wanted to do what he had done, but through a realistic way, allowing the mother to see her child living and breathing in her womb."
"If it had not been for him, the whole science of ultrasonography might have been set back as well."
"Images such as those created by Lennart Nilsson absolutely reaffirm the humanity of unborn persons, which is why they are so unpopular with pro-abortion forces," Rev. Thomas Euteneuer, President of Human Life International, told LSN. "It is worthwhile to note that it is pro-lifers who call attention to the latest scientific and technological advances in fetal development research, not pro-abortionists, who seek to deny the obvious humanity of the unborn."
Nilsson himself withholds his opinion on abortion, saying that individuals must come to their own opinion. But service to truth also means service to life, and for that, Euteneuer told LSN, the pro-life movement is grateful for the contributions made by scientists and photographers like Nilsson…
…The fifth edition of A Child Is Born made its European debut in autumn, and an English language version is published in the United Kingdom. LSN sent a message to the book's publisher about the book's debut in the United States and Canada, but did not receive a reply by publication time.A photo-gallery of Nilsson's work is available for viewing at the UK Telegraph here.Readers can also check out Lennart Nilsson's website, which has more images, interviews, and news related to his work.
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Thursday, October 15, 2009
Holy Family is located at 15 Gender Rd. (Rte. 4 & Gender Rd.) in Newark.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Delaware Right to Life celebrates October with several upcoming events.
First, October 4th is Respect Life Sunday. DRTL will sponsor life chains in each county. Life Chains are a national peaceful and prayerful witness of pro-life Americans standing for one or two hours praying for our nation and for an end to abortion. It is a visual statement of solidarity that abortion kills children. DRTL will provide the signs. Please always be respectful and courteous of passers-by.
In New Castle, the event will take place along Concord Pike (Rte. 202) at AstraZeneca, across from the Fairfax Shopping Center from 12-1 p.m. In Kent, people will gather in front of Planned Parenthood on Governor’s Ave. from 12-2 p.m. Sussex will hold two life chains - one along Route 1 and South 9th St. in South Bethany from 2-4 p.m., and another along Route 1 in front of St. Jude's church in Lewes from 2-4 p.m. Last year we had record numbers – let’s break records again and show Delaware we’re pro-life! Please click here for more info.
40 Days for Life's national fall campaign begins this Wednesday, September 23rd! In New Castle Co. we will participate in the 40-day prayerful vigil at the AWMS Clinic at 2809 Baynard Blvd. in Wilmington. In Dover, we will participate at the Dover Planned Parenthood along Governor's Ave. For dates, times, and to register for a time slot, please click here. This is a wonderful opportunity for church, youth, and school groups to get involved and volunteer! Please contact Kathy in New Castle County, or Jim in Kent Co. for more information.
DRTL's Annual Dinner Banquet & First Annual Silent Auction will take place on Wednesday, November 4th! Our featured speaker will be Pam Tebow, mother of Univ. of Florida quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner, and National Champion, Tim Tebow! Opening for Pam will be Leslie Dean, Eastern Shore Representative for Silent No More. Tickets are $50/person ($55 if postmarked after Oct. 30), and $30/student. All of the information is available here. Reserve your tickets by downloading our web registration form or by contacting Betty at 302-453-8846 or email@example.com.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
National Healthcare Guidelines Allowed Doctors to Let UK Preemie Die Because He Was Born 2 Days "Under Limit"
by News Release : Sep 14, 2009 : LifeSiteNews
"Jayden, born at 21 weeks and five days gestation, was refused intensive care because he was two days under the limit set by the British government's National Health Service (NHS) rationing guidelines."
(United Kingdom)â€”A young British mother has criticized medical guidelines that, she said, resulted in doctors refusing treatment and leaving her newborn premature son to die. 23 year-old Sarah Capewell told media that her son Jayden, born at 21 weeks and five days gestation, was refused intensive care because he was two days under the limit set by the British government's National Health Service (NHS) rationing guidelines.
Capewell said that her son Jayden cried and lived for two hours before dying in her arms. During that time, his mother took photos of him and pleaded with doctors that he be admitted to the special baby unit at James Paget University Hospital (JPH). Staff at the hospital, in Gorleston, Norfolk, told her that had Jayden been born two days later they would have helped him.
Since her son's death, Capewell has launched an internet campaign to change the guidelines and says that she has received messages of support from around the world.
Health care rationing guidelines set down by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics in 2006 say that intensive care should never be given to babies below 22 weeks gestation, and rarely to those below 23 weeks. In secular bioethics, this is called Futile Care Theory, which holds that in cases where there is no hope for improvement of an incapacitating condition, such as extreme prematurity, no treatment should be offered.
In the case of Sarah Capewell' son, the Nuffeld Council guidance that staff reportedly cited was backed up by advice published by the British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM) last year. The BAPM paper itself, however, does not mandate the refusal of treatment, saying only, "This is not a set of instructions, but a framework to highlight the range of evidence and opinion that needs to be considered by staff and parents."
"The care of the mother, her fetus and the baby, will always need to be individualized and should be led by senior staff in all disciplines. The parents' hopes and expectations need to be explored with honesty and compassion in a realistic way, drawing upon the available evidence."
The BAPM paper says that in cases where children are born before 23 weeks gestation, "it would be considered in the best interests of the baby, and standard practice, for resuscitation not to be carried out." It continues, however, "If the parents wish they should have the opportunity to discuss outcomes with a second senior member of the Perinatal team."
But Capewell reports that her wishes were ignored by hospital staff. "When I asked about my baby's human rights," she said, "the attitude of the doctors seemed to be that he did not have any. They said before 22 weeks he was just a fetus."
Under British criminal law, an unborn child can be killed by abortion up to 24 weeks gestation without any cause being stated and up to the time of full gestation if he is suspected of suffering from some disability.
The British national health care rationing body, the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (N.I.C.E.), has plainly stated that such guidelines are based on financial motives, in consideration of how expensive a treatment will be compared to the "quality of life years" it can provide. This is an expression of a new utilitarian trend in the philosophy of medical care that has replaced classical medical ethics in recent decades.
In traditional medical ethics, the governing principle, according to the ancient Hippocratic Oath, is to "do no harm" to the patient. In modern utilitarian bioethics, the guiding principle is to produce "the greatest good for the greatest number," whether that good benefits the patient or not.
Under this principle, which has swept the medical world in most western countries that have adopted government socialized medical care; it is increasingly common for medical guidelines to allow doctors to decide, against a patient's wishes or those of his family, that further medical treatment is "futile" and can be discontinued. In countries such as Britain and Canada, where the provision of food and water are considered "medical treatment," this can mean that a patient can be legally dehydrated to death, often while being placed in permanent sedation.
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Tuesday, September 8, 2009
We also need help soliciting silent auction items for our annual banquet on Nov. 4. If you would like to help with solicitation, or know a business who has an item or service it might like to donate, please contact me. Or, if you would like to donate an item yourself, please click here: http://www.derighttolife.org/Banquet2009.htm and fill out the auction donation form.
Finally, remember to save the date for our banquet on Nov. 4! Univ. of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow's mother Pam will be our keynote speaker! Many more details to come SOON, so keep checking back on our facebook page and our website to reserve your tickets!
Thanks for standing up for life!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
None of this would have been possible if his mother hadn't chosen LIFE! But you don't have to be a football fan to be inspired by their story. Join us for Delaware Right to Life's annual banquet on November 4th when Tim's mother, Pam, shares her amazing, life-affirming autobiography. The banquet will be held at the Christiana Hilton in Newark and will also feature a testimony by Leslie Dean, Eastern Shore Rep for Silent No More. It's sure to be an amazing night of food, fun and inspiration!
We'll send out more details as the event draws nearer, but for now put it on your calendar...and spread the word! And keep checking back at our website for more information.
Can't wait to see you there!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
The first woman was mid-50's or early 60's. She confessed to me and immediately welled up with tears. She had to wipe them away. She explained that she never healed from her abortion and certainly never dealt with the emotional effects. She was 17 at the time and didn't think she could handle a baby. She clearly regretted the decision and was desperately calling for help. I gave her our Rachel's Vineyard brochure and our DRTL referral brochure. She also said she has grandbabies and then explained that she talked her daughter out of having an abortion. My heart broke for her. Anyone who says there are no emotional consequences to abortions have certainly never spoken with anyone who regrets having one.
The next lady said she was in her mid-50's and had an abortion at 16 because she "fell for the lies." "It was the 70's", her parents were embarrassed, the usual. She wasn't quite as upset while talking to me as the first woman because she said at age 42 she finally made the decision to start the healing process. She sought help and mercy. She now speaks to her church about abortion and its effects. She's still working through it and it's still difficult because her husband has a hard time with her talking about it in public. She said even now, 13 years after she began the healing process, she's nowhere near getting through it.
Please pray for these women. I consider myself blessed to have met them.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
"ardent, practicing Catholic" Nancy Pelosi, urging her to not include abortion in any healthcare reform.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
It just came to our attention that the Delaware Senate has passed a bill, SB 169, that if passed in the House, will forbid praying, vigiling, and even protesting at abortion clinics within 100 feet! That's almost 3 city blocks...on public sidewalks!! This is a DIRECT ASSAULT on our First Amendment rights!!
As you may know, DRTL has held regular prayer vigils at two clinics in Wilmington and one in Dover for the past several months. These have been extremely fruitful, as we have witnessed many saves and educated many passers-by on the atrocity of abortion. THIS BILL COULD PUT A STOP TO ALL OF IT!!!
We need YOU to blitz (call and email) your state legislators IMMEDIATELY!! Tell them NO on SB 169! You can find your State Representative here: http://pollingplace.delaware.gov/. Please also forward this email to every Delaware pro-lifer you know!
More importantly, please also be prepared to GO TO DOVER TOMORROW (Tuesday) for the House vote! They snuck this bill through the Senate, and we're sure they intend to sneak it through the House tomorrow, the last day of the 2009 session. This bill is backed by Planned Parenthood and we know they don't want to wait until January!!
You can see the text of the bill here: http://legis.delaware.gov/LIS/lis145.nsf/vwLegislation/SB+169/$file/legis.html?open
In summary, the bill forbids "Obstructing Ingress to or Egress from a Health Care Facility":
A person is guilty of obstructing ingress to or egress from a health care facility when the person:
1) knowingly obstructs, detains, hinders, impedes, or blocks another person’s entry to or exit from a health care facility; or
(2) knowingly approaches another person, within eight feet of the person, unless such person consents, for the purpose of protest, education or counseling of such other person in the public way or area within a radius of one hundred feet from the exterior perimeter of the health care facility.
Obstructing ingress to or egress from a health care facility is a Class B misdemeanor.”
The right to protest on public sidewalks has, of course, already been settled in federal courts. The "Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act" protects our First Amendment rights! You can see this act here: http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/split/facestat.php.
I will be sending out more information in the coming hours. The NEXT 24 HOURS are extremely important!!! Please be on alert for further details!
Friday, June 26, 2009
President Obama suggested at a town hall event Wednesday night that one way to shave medical costs is to stop expensive and ultimately futile procedures performed on people who are about to die and don't stand to gain from the extra care.
In a nationally televised event at the White House, Obama said families need better information so they don't unthinkingly approve "additional tests or additional drugs that the evidence shows is not necessarily going to improve care."
He added: "Maybe you're better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller."
Could an admission that the government will be deciding who lives & dies and who gets treatment & who doesn't be any more transparent? This is scary stuff, folks. Do we really want Big Brother deciding our fates for us? Please speak up about this. Call your legislators and oppose government-run healthcare. Visit http://www.cprights.org/ for information.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Update: Martin Luther King Jr.'s niece, Alveda King, had already spoken out in condemnation of Carhart's statements. From LifeNews.com:
Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a woman who takes a strong pro-life position following multiple abortions she regrets, took exception to Carhart's comments.
“For LeRoy Carhart to mention the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who worked through peaceful and non-violent means, in the same breath with that of George Tiller, whose work ended peace and brought violence to babies in the womb, is offensive beyond belief,” she told LifeNews.com. “The analogy is just wrong."
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Press Release -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Delaware Right to Life Condemns Murder of George Tiller
Wilmington, Delaware- May 31, 2009 – Delaware Right to Life, the state’s largest pro-life organization, condemned Sunday’s murder of late-term abortionist, George Tiller. The following statement may be attributed to Delaware Right to Life President Nicole Collins:
We at Delaware Right to Life are shocked and saddened by the murder of George Tiller. We condemn this act, as we condemn all life taken by others. Killing in the name of “life” is a grave contradiction that is rejected by our organization and the pro-life movement as a whole.
Delaware Right to Life works to bring about its desired ends through peaceful means and believe that violence should never be used as a solution to any problem. Just as we prayed for Mr. Tiller’s conversion before he died, we will continue to pray for Mr. Tiller’s family that they may find the peace of Christ in this difficult time.
Delaware Right to Life’s work revolves around protecting life and helping women in need through peaceful measures. We strive to educate Delawareans about life issues while nurturing a safe environment for the citizens of our state. Though the motive for the act against Mr. Tiller is still unknown, we do not and never will condone the murder of another human being, born or unborn, for any reason.
(Oklahoma City)—Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry on Thursday signed into law a ban on aborting children based on their gender, making Oklahoma the third state to ban gender-selective abortions.
In addition to "prohibiting the performance of an abortion solely on account of the gender of the unborn child," House Bill 1595 also requires abortionists to provide the Oklahoma State Department of Health with detailed information on each abortion performed.
Friday, May 29, 2009
“As a country we want to see an end to racial prejudice. We want a more secure peace in the world. We want sound economic justice for people. So we can’t give up on working with the administration,” Bishop Finn said.
Areas where the Church can work with an administration that protects abortion involve the “many associated elements that have to do with taking care of women in distress, offering alternatives to abortion,” he told Jack Smith, editor of his diocese's newspaper.
Bishop Finn added, “We have to work together, discuss and study how best we can provide for the needs of women and families. How can we reduce the number of abortions? These are elements for dialogue.”
“But the rightness or wrongness of abortion – this is an intrinsic evil,” the bishop stressed.
“The direct taking of an innocent life can never be negotiated. ... Dialogue is important, but the question is fairly raised, 'May we negotiate about things that are intrinsic evils?' and I think the answer is no.”
He also pointed to the importance of being acutely aware of the nature of abortion and not allowing oneself to lower his or her guard in an alleged environment of cooperation.
The reality of abortion is that “we’re fighting for our lives – literally. We are attempting to protect real unborn children by the thousands. We’re fighting for the right to exercise a rightly-formed conscientious difference with public policy. We shouldn’t underestimate the danger of dragging our feet in this effort, or taking a 'wait and see' approach. If we are not ready to make a frontal attack on the protection of conscience rights, the overturning of Roe v’ Wade, and the primacy of authentic marriage, we will lose in these areas.”
Although some Americans think that the current administration is willing to do something about protecting life and family, Finn disagreed, saying, “I think the rug is already being pulled out from under us. If we sit back and allow ourselves to be lulled into a false sense of peace and cooperation in regards to these things, then we will lose these battles and, later, wonder why.”
Later, when he was asked about the dozens of U.S. bishops’ who protested the honoring of President Obama and his speaking at Notre Dame's Commencement, the Kansas City-St. Joseph bishop examined Fr. Jenkins' statement that this showed “a tendency to demonize each other.”
Bishop Finn said that the protest over Obama being honored and speaking demonstrated that the invitation was of a “hurtful nature,” and that the bishops realize that the president has promised to make and has already made “very destructive decisions” on issues concerned with protecting life.
“This is serious business; it is about life and death,” Finn alerted.
“If in speaking out on these things, we are characterized as being angry or condemnatory – then so be it. Such actions are worthy of condemnation.
One major effect that the bishops are worried about is the potential confusion of people “concerning the Catholic teaching against abortion, and on the priority of abortion among other issues of public policy,” he explained.
When asked about President Obama’s speech, he addressed the contradiction of Father Jenkins’ hope for cooperation and President Obama's invitation of “joining hands in common effort” with the rest of his speech, where he cataloged the departing views on abortion as “irreconcilable”:
“I think the message of the day was this – that the President of Notre Dame said that they had invited the President of the United States and decided to honor him for the sake of dialogue. And then the President got up and said that the differences that we have on abortion – namely the Catholic Church’s staunch opposition to abortion and his staunch support of abortion were “irreconcilable.” And at that moment, it would seem to me that the dialogue came to a screeching halt. Father Jenkins’ expressed desire for dialogue, whether it was well-founded or justified, at that point got thrown back in his face. The President shut the door on dialogue by saying that there was not going to be any change in his position on abortion and he understood that there was not going to be any change in the Church’s position on abortion. To me, that was the lesson of the day. I am glad that Mr. Obama was so clear.”
Then he added: “The perception unfortunately was that this was a completely acceptable position of his and, because he is a bright and talented man, this trumps the destructive decisions that he’s making day after day.”
Finally, when asked if President Obama’s “call to work together in reducing unintended pregnancies” was a possible way of finding common ground, Bishop Finn said:
“I fear that the specific way that the [U.S.] President frames this in terms of 'reducing unintended pregnancies' is through the promotion of Planned Parenthood and contraceptive services. The President has supported the Prevention First Act bill that’s going forward. This is not about abstinence education. This is about promoting contraception and giving Planned Parenthood a huge blank check. If Catholics don’t see a problem with this then I don’t think they understand the threat it represents to the meaning of marriage, to fidelity, to chastity, to the very sanctity of human life and intimate love.”
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
"In the proclamation of this Gospel, we must not fear hostility or unpopularity, and we must refuse any comprise or ambiguity which might conform us to the world's way of thinking." (cf.Romans 12:2)
John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, 82
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Top Obama Aide Tells Pro-Life Advocate, "Not Our Goal to Reduce Abortions"
by Wendy WrightMay 22, 2009
LifeNews.com Note: Wendy Wright is the president of Concerned Women for America.
Author's Note: Because of the Obama speech at Notre Dame and the widespread misunderstanding that this Administration has fostered, others have urged me to make public what the White House official in charge of finding “common ground” stated in our meeting.
Two days before President Obama’s commencement address at Notre Dame, I was at the White House for one of the meetings that he spoke about. About twenty of us with differing views on abortion were brought in to find “common ground.” But the most important point that came from the meeting was perhaps a slip from an Obama aide.
It revealed that what many people believe -- including high-profile pro-life leaders who support Obama -- is sorely wrong.
Ask nearly anyone, “What is Obama’s goal on abortion?” They'll answer, “Reduce the number of abortions.” A Notre Dame professor and priest insisted this in a television debate after Obama’s speech. The Vatican newspaper reported it. Rush Limbaugh led a spirited debate on his radio program the next day based on this premise.
But that’s not what his top official in charge of finding “common ground” says.
Melody Barnes, the Director of Domestic Policy Council and a former board member of Emily’s List, led the meeting. As the dialogue wound down, she asked for my input.
I noted that there are three main ways the administration can reach its goals: by what it funds, its messages from the bully pulpit, and by what it restricts. It is universally agreed that the role of parents is crucial, so government should not deny parents the ability to be involved in vital decisions. The goals need to be clear; the amount of funding spent to reduce unintended pregnancies and abortions is not a goal.
The U.S. spends nearly $2 billion each year on contraception programs -- programs which began in the 1970s -- and they've clearly failed. We need to take an honest look at why they are not working.
Melody testily interrupted to state that she had to correct me. “It is not our goal to reduce the number of abortions.”
The room was silent.
The goal, she insisted, is to “reduce the need for abortions.”
Well, this raises a lot of questions.
If you reduce the need, doesn't it follow that the number would be reduced? How do you quantify if you've reduced the “need”? Does Obama want to reduce the “need” but not the number of abortions? In that case, is he okay with “unneeded” abortions?
Note what Obama said in his speech at Notre Dame:
“So let us work together to reduce the number of women seeking abortions. …”
Abortion advocates object to the phrase “reducing abortions.” It connotes that there is something bad or immoral about abortion. Melody’s background as a board member of one of the most hard-core abortion groups in the country (Emily’s List even opposes bans on partial-birth abortion) sheds light on why she was irritated when that was stated as her boss’ goal.
The Los Angeles Times reported in 2004 that Democrats, after losing the presidential election, began rethinking their harsh, no compromise stance on abortion. Their solution?
Change their language but not their position.
The LA Times interviewed me on this strategy and reported: “Wright said it was too early to know whether Democrats would change their votes on upcoming antiabortion legislation, or would only change the way they speak of abortion. She said the comments of some party leaders led her to believe that ‘it would just be changing of wording, just trying to repackage in order to be more appealing -- really, to trick people.’”
Howard Dean, then head of the Democratic National Committee, validated my concern. He told NBC's Tim Russert: "We can change our vocabulary, but I don't think we ought to change our principles."
By all his actions so far, Obama is following this plan.
Obama needs to be honest with Americans. Is it true that it is not his goal to reduce the number of abortions?
More importantly, will he do anything that will reduce abortions? Actions are far more important than words.
Monday, May 18, 2009
by Steven Ertelt
May 15, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A new Gallup poll shows that the majority of Americans self-identify as pro-life on the issue of abortion for the first time in 15 years. The Gallup survey shows the percentage of Americans saying they are pro-life at its highest point since 1995 and those saying they are "pro-choice" at its lowest.
The Gallup survey, conducted May 7-10, finds 51% of Americans calling themselves pro-life and just 42 percent saying they are "pro-choice" and supporting legal abortions.
The poll finds a plurality of women say they are pro-life -- with 49 percent saying so and just 44 percent saying they are "pro-choice." Men favor the pro-life position on a 54 to 39 percent margin. Both numbers are record highs for the pro-life position.
The 9 percent pro-life majority is a stark change from last year, when the Gallup survey showed a 6 percent majority in favor of abortion. Before the current poll Gallup had the pro-life percentage at its highest at 46 percent in both August 2001 and May 2002.
The Gallup poll also shows more Americans support making abortions illegal than at any point in the past 15 years.
About as many Americans now say abortions should be illegal in all circumstances (23%) as say it should be legal under any circumstances (22%). Another 53 percent of Americans say abortions should be legal, but only under certain circumstances.
Gallup does not define those circumstances, but other polling data shows a majority of Americans oppose the lion's share of abortions, with a majority wanting abortions illegal except in cases such as saving the life of the mother, and rape or incest -- which, combined, constitute less than 2-3 percent of all abortions.
Supplementing those other poll results, an expended Gallup question in its new survey found 50 percent of Americans want abortions illegal or illegal in most cases, while just 37 percent want abortions legal in all or most cases. The rest were unsure.
The results came in Gallup's new Values and Beliefs survey, but the pro-life majority also showed up in Gallup's daily tracking poll on a number of political issues.
There, the self-identifying question showed a 50-43 percentage point majority.
The reason for the new pro-life majority, Gallup indicates, is because Republicans are becoming more pro-life.
The percentage of Republicans (including independents who lean Republican) calling themselves pro-life rose by 10 points over the past year, from 60% to 70%, while there has been essentially no change in the views of Democrats and Democratic leaners.
Republicans now take a 70-26 percentage point pro-life view whereas Democrats support abortion 61-33 percent, with the numbers staying roughly the same over the last five to ten years.
The Gallup poll showed 71 percent of the people who say they are conservatives are pro-life, 45 percent of moderates say they are pro-life, and 19 percent of liberals say they are pro-life. The numbers are new highs over the last 15 years for the first two political groups while liberals have stayed at around the 20 percent mark for over a decade.
Gallup also showed pro-life increases among religious groups with 59 percent of Protestant Christians, a new high, saying they are pro-life. Some 52 percent of Catholics identify themselves as pro-life, tying a previous high, and 31 percent of people who identify with no religion say they are pro-life, one short of a previous high.
Gallup editor Lydia Saad suggests that President Barack Obama's pro-abortion position is the cause of the pro-life shift.
"With the first pro-choice president in eight years already making changes to the nation's policies on funding abortion overseas, expressing his support for the Freedom of Choice Act, and moving toward rescinding federal job protections for medical workers who refuse to participate in abortion procedures, Americans -- and, in particular, Republicans -- seem to be taking a step back from the pro-choice position," she writes.
"While Democrats may support that, as they generally support everything Obama is doing as president, it may be driving others in the opposite direction," she adds.
Gallup's results are based on telephone interviews with 1,015 national adults, aged 18 and older, conducted May 7-10, 2009.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
'So the doctor said: 'OK, and what do you want me to do?'
She said: 'I want you to end my pregnancy, and I'm counting on your help with this.
'The doctor thought for a little, and after some silence he said to the lady: 'I think I have a better solution for your problem. It's less dangerous for you too.
'She smiled, thinking that the doctor was going to accept her request.
Then he continued: 'You see, in order for you not to have to take care of 2 babies at the same time, let's kill the one in your arms. This way, you could rest some before the other one is born. If we're going to kill one of them, it doesn't matter which one it is. There would be no risk for your body if you chose the one in your arms.
The lady was horrified and said: 'No doctor!How terrible! It's a crime to kill a child!
'I agree', the doctor replied. 'But you seemed to be OK with it, so I thought maybe that was the best solution.
The doctor smiled, realizing that he had made his point.
He convinced the mom that there is no difference in killing a child that's already been born and one that's still in the womb. The crime is the same!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Bradley Mattes, Executive Director of Life Issues Institute, announced today that they will present its prestigious “Hero at Heart” award to Mary Ann Glendon, former Ambassador to the Vatican. The honor is given annually to individuals who demonstrate outstanding courage or compassion on behalf of innocent human life. Recipients have included Congressman Henry Hyde and former Kansas Attorney General, Phill Kline.
Ambassador Glendon recently declined the University of Notre Dame’s most revered honor, the Laetare Medal, which was to be presented to her during the university’s May commencement ceremony. In a letter to Notre Dame President, Father John Jenkins, Ambassador Glendon made clear her decision was based on the invitation of pro-abortion President Barack Obama to speak at the commencement, as well as presenting him with an honorary doctor of law degree. The university is currently scrambling to find an alternate designee for the medal.
Mr. Mattes said, “Ambassador Glendon has demonstrated courage and grace in declining this prominent honor. Her action has demonstrated the critical need for all of us to stand up for innocent human life in the face of a pro-abortion president. That’s why she’s a Hero at Heart.”
Both President Obama and the current Congress are the most pro-abortion in the nation’s history. During his first months in office, Mr. Obama has made decisions and appointments which will adversely affect countless lives of America’s innocent unborn babies.
Dr. Willke, President of Life Issues Institute, stated, “Ambassador Glendon’s action has been noticed around the world. She’s sent an unmistakable message that a Catholic university claiming to stand against abortion must be true to its word.”
Monday, April 27, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
April 26-May 2, 2009 Issue Posted 4/17/09 at 11:17 AM, NCRegister.com
By now, any engaged pro-life Catholic worth his rosary beads has read and reread the astonishing and sickening story of an abortion clinic danse macabre in Florida where a “failed” abortion produced a perfectly live and healthy baby. The owner of the “clinic” apparently took it upon herself to rectify this medical mishap by severing the baby’s umbilical chord without tying it off first and allowed the little girl to die alone inside the confines of a biohazard plastic bag.
On March 3, 2009, the owner was formally charged with two felonies; practicing medicine without a license, a turn of language George Orwell would have appreciated, and tampering with evidence — that’s the legal term for tossing a dying baby into a dumpster.
You can now go back to your lunch.
The story speaks volumes to the schizophrenic nature of trying to codify infanticide. If the lazy and or incompetent abortion doctor had shown up in time, the baby would have been killed the medically and legally approved way and we would have never heard about the story — and the clinic’s owner wouldn’t be facing legal and civil penalties of any sort.
But because the child was murdered while being completely outside the geography of its mother, the brutish and barbaric nature of the clinic owner’s act is seen in the light of day.
Our new president has made protecting this “right” to kill children a high priority of his new administration and backed up his campaign rhetoric with his left hand by signing away the Mexico City Policy stipulations that the former administration adhered to.
But the Florida story reminded me of a lot of things, and, strangely, it reminded me of my dad, a rat, and a lost baby. Okay, stay with me. That kind of sounded like a Dr. Seuss story for the chemically dependant, but allow me to illuminate.
Way back in time when we were young and nine of my dad’s 10 children were still living under the same roof (our sister Kathy was married by now and officially “out of the house”), we had a little problem with rats. Now, as my wonderful Southern Baptist grandmother would tell us, “There’s nothing shameful in getting rats; only in keeping them.”
Needless to say, we launched a full-scale war against these creepy rodents one fateful summer.
We used traps and poison to great effect.
But catching these little beasties was almost as bad as hearing them scamper in the attic at night.
One hot summer night, with our mom and dad out on their weekly shopping night “date,” we all heard a loud “snap” coming from the side porch. Our oldest brother, Roger, a man in his late 20s at the time, led us all out to see the trap that had sprung: It was the biggest rat I had ever seen, and the trap hadn’t killed him.
It writhed and hissed and gave us all a collective case of the willies.
Even Roger was afraid to go near it. He skittishly scooped up the rat, with trap attached, with a flathead shovel, trying to maintain as much distance between him and the trapped rat as possible.
The rest of us maintained a demilitarized zone directly behind Roger. I’ll always remember the sound the rat made as it slid off the shovel into the bottom of a trash can like some kind of Edgar Allan Poe motif. We then did the only sensible thing: put the lid on the trash can, weighed it down with a brick, and waited for our dad to come home.
When he did and learned of the prey we had captured but not dispatched out on the side porch, our dad calmly went out to the back yard, found a 2 x 4, and with a couple of quick and violent thrusts, chalked one up for the humans.
He knew what to do. I don’t think he relished having to do this to the rat, but rats carry nasty diseases, and he was well within the parameters of the “Just War” theory to do what he did.
Many years before, my dad was in a very different situation.
He was in a hospital where my mother had just delivered an extremely premature child; some would call it a fetus, and some would call it a baby.
This little one was maybe slightly younger than the child in Florida. But this one was taken from my mother and father according to God’s timetable.
Even by the infinitely more life-friendly standards of the 1950s, the baby was still deemed too small and unsubstantial to warrant anything more than a sanitized disposal at the hands of hospital staff. No funeral Mass; no blessing; nothing.
But that wasn’t good enough for my father.
He searched throughout the hospital until he found, of all things, a shoebox; he placed this child in the shoebox, and then, with the help of his brother, a priest, arranged for the baby’s inclusion into the grave of his deceased mother. He knew what to do.
President Obama doesn’t know what my dad knew.
By virtue of his intimate association with so-called abortion-rights groups, he is now the national pro-abortionist in chief and leads a charge where many babies, like the little girl in that abortion clinic in Florida, die as violently as that poor old rat did that summer so long ago.
The settings are different. The abortion clinic is clean and sanitary; the bottom of a trash can is not. But the result is the same — and a baby is not a rat.
Of course, my father did not have the benefit of an Ivy League education. My dad didn’t know that according to an organization like PETA that rat had every much a right to life as he did, and according to NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League) and its most prominent and powerful advocate in the White House, the baby in that clinic in Florida did not.
Some day, I pray, President Obama will learn what my dad knew.
Robert Brennan writes from Los Angeles.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
This meditation, based on a sermon I once heard, is adapted for pro-life concerns.
It's Friday. Jesus is on the cross. He has been killed by his enemies; he is off the scene.
But that's because it's Friday. Sunday's comin'!
It's Friday. Abortionists continue their work 3,300 times a day, tearing off the arms and legs of little babies and crushing their heads.
But that's because it's Friday. Sunday's comin'!
It's Friday. Pro-abortion groups receive blood money from billionaires who are as deceived as they are.
But that's because it's Friday. Sunday's comin'!
It's Friday. Liars attempt to speak for all women and hide the pain of abortion, and ignore the evidence of how it harms women, and call abortion a blessing.
But that's because it's Friday. Sunday's comin'!
It's Friday. People of hardened hearts guard the clinics and usher desperate women in to have their abortions, while keeping them from the pro-life people who want to give them hope.
But that's because it's Friday. Sunday's comin'!
Hope does not mean that we ignore or minimize the evils around us. It means, rather, that we see the whole picture, which is that evil is conquered because of what happened one Sunday morning.
We are called to proclaim, celebrate, and serve that victory, waiting in joyful hope for Christ's return and the full flowering of the Culture of Life!
Indeed, Sunday's comin'!
Lord, fill your people with new hope. Make us vessels of hope to all around us, especially to those who minister in the pro-life movement, that as we engage in the difficult work ahead, we may experience the peace and joy that come only from you and that nobody can take away from us. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
May you and your families have a very blessed and Holy Easter!
Our next life chain will be our Mother's Day Life Chain that will take place on Saturday, May 9 in Wilmington from 10-11am. We will stand along Pennsylvania Ave. near the intersection of Greenhill Ave., in front of Immanuel Church. Please check our main website for details!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
The mailroom worker, identified in a WorldNetDaily interview as Steve, helps oversee the mail destined for the president.
Asked if he had seen a deluge of red envelopes in recent weeks, Steve responded: "Uh, yes. Believe me, they made it here."
"Quite frankly, there was definitely a deluge of mail coming through," he laughed. "I had to handle them all."
Though President Obama is in Europe on a foreign trip, the White House worker said the Obama administration has noticed the flood of red envelopes against abortion.
"I've been here 35 years, so I've seen presidents come and go," he told WND. "This campaign ranks up there with the big ones."
Inspired during a prayer, Massachusetts resident Christ Otto came up with the idea of sending red envelopes to President Barack Obama to protest his pro-abortion policies.
As he told LifeNews.com back in February, what started out as an email request to 120 of his ministry friends and supporters turned into a nationwide phenomenon that saw others ask pro-life advocates to coordinate sending their red envelopes to Obama this week.
"We are trying to change the president's heart," Otto says. "This is a message to a man that God hears the cry of innocent blood. It is not a political stunt, although I hope it changes policy in Washington."
"If the capital is flooded with so many letters that no one can deny it, I am hoping the image will be burned into Barack Obama's mind that this is about human blood, and that he lies awake at night until he cannot resist doing something about it," he continued.
A Texas man named Brian Potter set March 31 as the date for sending the red envelopes and that coordination appeared evident in the comments from the White House mailroom employee.
Several web sites have been set up in support of the project and the people who have responded saying they sent or will send envelopes has reached over 1.5 million, though not everyone has registered with the web sites.
"For me, this has been a living parable of my philosophy of life and ministry, : 'Listen to the Lord, and do what He tells you,'" Otto tells LifeNews.com. "I was not expecting such a dramatic outcome."
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Update 5:13pm: The movie has been cancelled! I guess they finally came to their senses. This still doesn't excuse the fact that it was originally planned and accepted by the administration.
Update 2 6:32pm: Well, maybe it was more the threat of cancelled state funding rather than actually coming to their senses. At least the right decision was made in the end.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
by Steven Ertelt
March 27, 2009
Wichita, KS (LifeNews.com) -- Infamous late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller has been found not guilty of violating Kansas laws requiring a second physician to independently verify that the abortions are supposedly medically necessary. Tiller had relied on an employee to justify the late-term abortions.
Tiller relied on fellow abortion practitioner Kristen Neuhaus, an employee of his, to provide the okay for the abortions instead of using an independent physician.
Tiller had been charged with 19 counts of violating a state law that requires an independent physician to sign off on the legitimacy of late-term abortions.
However, the jury acquitted him on Friday and made it so he avoided a potential charge of a year in jail or a fine of $2,500 for each count on which he could have been found guilty.
The three men and three women on the jury took less than an hour to hand down the verdict. When it was read, Tiller squeezed his eyes shut for a moment but showed very little emotion.
Members of the pro-life groups Operation Rescue and Kansans for Life filled the courtroom and some cried and others prayed as the decision was read.
"Tiller and his family are just happy it's over, with an eminently just result," defense attorney Dan Monnat said, according to the Los Angeles Times. "This whole trial was political."
At the trial, which took place of the course of the week, Tiller attorney Dan Monnat told Sedgwick County District Judge Clark Owens and the six members of the jury that Tiller was acting under the approval of Larry Buening, the former director of the medical board, the Kansas Board of Healing Arts.
Tiller pointed to his 1999 conversations with Buening and claimed he said it would be all right for Neuhaus to sign off on the abortions.
Tiller claimed Neuhaus had no financial interest in his abortion business even though she essentially worked for him as a part-time employee and earned no money through other means. She had problems with her medical license and did not earn a living practicing medicine elsewhere.
During the closing arguments, Assistant Attorney General Barry Disney made the case that, despite their claims to the contrary, Tiller and abortion practitioner Kristin Neuhaus had a financial relationship that violated state law.
Disney pointed to considerable evidence and Tiller's own admission that he consulted on Neuhaus' fees for signing off on the late-term abortions.
The prosecutor also reminded the jury that, on repeated occasions, Tiller referred to Neuhaus' consulting as a relationship where she was his employee or a part of his abortion business.
Dan Monnat and Lee Thompson, the lawyers for Tiller, tried to minimize Tiller's characterizations as "slips of the tongue." They claimed the case against Tiller was a political prosecution that was not based on actual violations of law.
Tiller attorneys told the jury Wednesday that Tiller has been a victim of alleged harassment from pro-life advocates and his attorneys showed the jury photos of the results of a bomb that went off at his abortion center 25 years ago.
The motive behind bringing up old incidents and events is apparently designed to sway the jury and to look at the charges askance by considering them political motivated.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Update 3/23: University President Fr. John Jenkins defends the school's decision here.
We have a wonderful opportunity to advance traditional family values! The Marriage Protection Amendment or "MPA" was introduced this week.
It says "A marriage between a man and a woman is the only legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state."
You can read it at http://legis.delaware.gov/LIS/LIS145.NSF/vwLegislation/SB+27?Opendocument.
The MPA puts the true definition of marriage in our state constitution so that agenda driven judges cannot force same-sex marriage on Delaware.
We are only about 3-4 years away from same-sex marriage in Delaware! Please take the following 2 steps to pass the MPA!
1. Call your Senator ASAP. You can get your Senator's number at http://www.delawarefamilies.org/index.cfm?ref=31200. If your Senator does not call you back in 48 hours, call again. Call at home first, then call the office if they do not call you back.
2. Come to our marriage rally. It is this Thursday at 1:00 at Legislative Hall in Dover. Coming to the rally is the most important thing you can do to pass the MPA!
Thanks for your support of marriage and families in Delaware.
If you'd like to support this organization in Delaware, visit http://www.delawarefamilies.org/.
*Update: DRTL does not, as an organization, take an official stance on gay marriage.
However, the meeting only involves the head of the White House Faith-Based Office, and there is no word on whether top Obama policy officials will be present.
CBN News indicates the heads of Concerned Women for America and the Family Research Council will meet with Joshua DuBois, the leading faith official for President Barack Obama.
CBN national correspondent indicates CWA president Wendy Wright reached out to the Obama administration and it responded by arranging a meeting next Tuesday with the two pro-life groups and representatives of other pro-life organizations. They include the Christian Medical Association and Care Net, a national association of pregnancy care centers.
The meeting will reportedly focus on how to reduce abortions and pro-life advocates will tell the Obama officials that abortions will not be reduced by sending more money to groups like Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion business.
"The Obama administration says they want to be inclusive and represent all Americans. The White House faith-based office is now tasked with reducing the number of abortions – something that pro-life groups have very good experience in accomplishing," Wright told CBN News.
"Funding abortion or abortion providers is one of the worst things that could be done. What the government funds, we get more of," Wright added. "We hope to begin a dialogue that results in policies which actually work, not just financially benefit certain interest groups like abortion providers.”
"Pregnancy resource centers and regulations on abortion have a terrific track record in helping women choose alternatives to abortion," she continued.
The meeting could also cover the Provider Conscience Clause, the additional protections the Bush administration put in place to protect pro-life medical staff and centers that do not want to do abortions.
Obama plans to overturn the protections, that provided further enforcement of three federal laws that are not always followed.
A doctor who reportedly was pressured to be involved in an abortion will be present to present his story. The Obama administration has proposed rescinding the pro-life protections and the public has 30 days to respond to the idea.
Monday, March 16, 2009
This is all a bunch of pretense to get people to think ESCR will save the world. On the contrary. Bush did not ban ESCR. He simply banned the use of federal taxes to fund it. So it's necessary to point out that the practice of ESCR has not in fact been banned for the last 7 years - it just rightly hasn't been supported by our tax dollars. Therefore, if ESCR was really the savior that Obama and his allies want you to believe it is, don't you think a private corporation would have stepped up and funded the practice somewhere during that period of time? Of course they would have - they would have been lauded for its successes! However, no private company did such a thing. Therefore, we have to wonder just how effective ESCR really is.
Here is the short answer: it's not. There have been zero advances made via ESCR as opposed to several other morally-acceptable methods of stem cell research like human skin cell and umbilical cord. Scientists have even been able to alter certain adult stem cells to make them behave like embryonic stem cells so why wouldn't we want to pursue that route?
Many scientists even claim that ESCR is a dying science. It boggles the mind that President Obama and others are still aggressively pursuing this method. It's clearly still more of a political move aimed to garner votes for Democrats as opposed to a real solution for some of our other medical problems. Pray that supporters of this tragic method of research that kills human embryos have a change of heart and that real progress is made through other forms of stem cell research.