Thursday, October 23, 2014

Heroic News: “Can a pro-life platform win elections?” plus 1 more

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One afternoon in May, Lindsey Graham, the Republican senator from South Carolina, took the Senate floor to ask for a vote on a provocatively named bill: the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions after twenty weeks of gestation. “There are only seven countries in the world that allow elective abortions at this stage,” he said. “At twenty weeks, people have been born and survived.”
Annie Kuster, a Dartmouth grad, represents New Hampshire's Second Congressional District. She's a “pro-choice” Democrat. Kuster is locked in a tight race with rising star Republican Marilinda Garcia. Larry Sabato rates the race “leans Democratic.”.

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Oct. 22, 2014









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Archbishop Cordileone: The 3 Stages of the Destruction of Marriage







It Starts with the So-called “Sexual Revolution”

by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone

The State of Marriage in Society
“Augustinian goods” of marriage – permanence (bonum sacramenti), fidelity (bonum fidei) and openness to offspring (bonum prolis).  It is these three bona, goods of marriage, that distinguish marriage from any other type of relationship, and identify what it is in nature and define what it is in the law.
Considered in this light, it becomes clear that the current crisis of marriage of which we are all painfully aware has really been going on in our society for a very long time.  This latest debate about the very definition of marriage is simply the next logical – albeit thus far most radical – step in the redefinition of marriage in the social consciousness.  That is, marriage has already been redefined in the culture, and the law is now beginning to reflect that.  Looked at from the standpoint of the three goods of marriage, we can see how this banalization of the concept of marriage has been going on for at least the last fifty years, that is, since the so-call “sexual revolution” of the 1960’s.  Just consider:

The 3 Stages of the Destruction of Marriage

Permanence: There is no question that the widespread acceptance of no fault divorce dealt an extremely severe blow to the concept of marriage as a life-long commitment.  This already redefined marriage as an adult-centered institution based on what the adults look to get out of it.  To put it in the terminology that comes to us from the teaching of St. John Paul II, this is the quintessential “utilitarian” norm: one person becomes the means to another person’s end.  When the needs of one are no longer being met by the other, the basis of the relationship is gone and the disappointed party can legally back out of it, even against the wishes of the other spouse who wishes to keep the marriage together.  Perhaps you, as I, have known people who have been severely harmed by this decision – they wanted to stay in the relationship and keep it working while the person’s spouse simply backed out and filed for divorce.  Now, if we add to this the now almost universally accepted practice of cohabitation outside of marriage, and recognize how easily couples move in and out of relationship, whether it’s cohabitation or marriage, we can see that there is not really that much difference the popular mentality ascribes to those who are married and to couples who are not.
Fidelity: Certainly widespread promiscuity does violence to the idea of marriage as a commitment of exclusive fidelity.  Commonplace cohabitation also contributes to the loss of the sense of fidelity as one of the defining goods of marriage, even if, of the three, this one does still have some resonance in the popular culture, at least as an ideal.  The social changes that erupted fifty years ago also eventually saw such aberrant practices as so-called “open marriages” and “swinging.”
Offspring: We are now witnessing the phenomenon, until recently inconceivable, of couples marrying with the intention of not have any children at all.  Remember “DINKS”?  With contraception and then – necessarily, given the mentality – abortion, sex has become redefined, no longer understood as procreative and unitive, but seen rather as a means for pleasure.  Thus, we have here again the utilitarian norm: the other person becomes a means to an end, rather than an end in themselves.  Because the concept of sex has now become disconnected from procreation and, in turn, from marriage, motherhood today is seen as a matter of choice and increasingly a lifestyle choice.  We hear absurd things such as, “just because she chose to be a mother doesn’t mean I chose to be a father.”  Or the woman who says, “I don’t know how I got pregnant, it wasn’t supposed to happen.”  (I have actually heard this one myself!)
When the choice to have a child is simply a lifestyle choice . . .
When the choice to have a child is simply a lifestyle choice,  then increasingly it is seen as a means to fulfillment separated from marriage, for the sake of the adult making the choice, with roles of motherhood and fatherhood becoming interchangeable.  Just last Sunday the New York Times had a front-page article on surrogacy, “wombs for hire,” whether the couples are same-sex or opposite sex.  And what if the couple decides later they do not want to have the child, but the surrogate mother wants to keep the child and is willing to raise the child herself?  As you may know, this has happened, and the surrogate mother was forced to abort the child against her will.  What could be a more blatant and outrageous example of a child being treated as an object of desire, a means to an end, rather than a gift of equal value and dignity to the adult and worthy of unconditional self-giving love – what St. John Paul calls the “personalistic norm”?
Sadly, this sort of thing isn’t new.  When I was working in Rome – already this was in the late 1990’s – I remember walking past what was obviously a feminist bookstore.  And this was just a few blocks from the Vatican, very close to the Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica.  And there proudly displayed in the window was a book with the title, “Self-Insemination.”  I thought to myself, “How ironic.  When I was young and ‘women’s lib’ was in full force, the question that women who were with the spirit of the times would ask themselves was, ‘How can I do it without getting pregnant?’  Now the question they ask is, ‘How can I get pregnant without doing it?’”
When the two ends of marriage become not only separated from each other but irrelevant,
it’s no-wonder that many people cannot make a distinction between heterosexual
and same-sex relationships, or between marriage and cohabitation for that matter.
So, you can see how all of this has whittled away at the three defining goods of marriage, and therefore at the very concept of marriage itself.  No fault divorce was, especially, the pivotal moment, for that put into the law the idea that marriage is for the gratification and benefits of adults and not about the needs and rights of children.  But ultimately it can all be traced back to the contraceptive mentality, which is nothing more than the utilitarian norm applied to sexual relations.
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McCullen: ‘We are there first for the woman’ Sidewalk counselor who won Supreme Court case says compassion is key to changing hearts, minds


McCullen: ‘We are there first for the woman’  
 
Sidewalk counselor and pro-life advocate Eleanor McCullen, 78, stands outside an abortion facility in Boston on Aug. 26. Photo courtesy of Operation Rescue Boston When Eleanor McCullen had a deep religious experience 14 years ago, her pastor challenged her to start building up the kingdom of God.
“I had no idea what he was talking about,” she told Our Sunday Visitor. “I am a wife, a mother and a grandmother; I didn’t know what to do. He said I should start praying outside abortion clinics. I said, ‘I guess I could do that.’ He said he could see me working at a prison. I said that sounded interesting.”

Read the story here: https://www.osv.com/OSVNewsweekly/Article/TabId/535/ArtMID/13567/ArticleID/16217/McCullen-%E2%80%98We-are-there-first-for-the-woman%E2%80%99.aspx

From 40 Days For Life: DAY 30: A dream come true

40 Days for Life
Dear Deacon John,
 
Some moms who have chosen life at the very last moment say that when they woke up on the morning of their abortion appointment, they asked God to give them a sign that they should not have the abortion.

In most cases, a woman will ask for this sign in her prayers. In one instance, though, the mother saw the sign in her dreams!

The 40 Days for Life campaign in Flint, Michigan had been praying for a baby to be saved from abortion. But it didn't happen — until one mom’s dream literally came true!
 
Flint, Michigan
 

 
Teresa was praying in front of the abortion center on a very quiet day. “I wasn't really paying attention when a car pulled up next to me,” she said.

The woman in the car told Teresa that a week before, she had scheduled an abortion … and made a payment. “She was feeling very conflicted but knew her financial situation would not support another child.”

But then, the woman said, the day before the abortion, she had a dream – “joyful faces and helpful signs standing and welcoming her.” But still, she was determined to keep her appointment.

She arrived during the campaign’s midpoint rally.

“She saw her dream as reality,” Teresa said, “and our joyful, peaceful, prayerful faces and encouraging signs changed her mind! I feel so blessed to have had this amazing experience.”
 
White Plains, New York
 

 
“Praise God!” said Gerald in White Plans. “Every once in a while He works a miracle to strengthen our faith and validate our efforts.”

Early one morning, a young couple drove up to the abortion center – and sat in the car for about 20 minutes. Eventually, the man walked around to the other side of the car and tried to convince the woman to get out. But she didn’t budge.

He finally gave up, got back into the car and drove away … only to turn right around and come back. The same scene repeated, as the young man tried his best to get the woman out of the car and into the abortion center.

All this time, volunteers continued to quietly pray.

Finally, the man gave up again and drove away – “this time for good,” Gerald said. “The young lady never got out of the car.”
 
Atlanta, Georgia

The 40 Days for Life team in Atlanta sent two quick, encouraging stories.

One of the volunteers spoke to a man who brought a young woman to the abortion center … pleading with that man to go inside and get her out. And he did! The woman seemed overjoyed when they left together.

A second woman arriving for an appointment told prayer volunteers she was there for an RU-486 abortion … and the facility’s staff told her that at five weeks, the baby was “just a clump of blood.” But when she saw everyone praying, “she knew this was not a good place. She did not go in!”

One of the other vigil participants said, “We give thanks to God for His powerful hand at work!”

Here’s today’s devotional from Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life.
 
Day 30 intention 

That those tempted to abort may understand that their child is already present, and already a real person.
 
Scripture

And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.”

— Luke 1:41-44
 
Reflection

Jesus not only loves unborn children — He was one himself!

Think about this for a moment.

We often hear people speak of a pregnant mother by saying, “She’s expecting a child.” Now if one is expecting a package, the package is not yet there. As reflected in our verse for today, however, this is not the case with the mother.

Her gift is already there. The pregnant woman, a mother already, does not have a child “on the way,” but has a child, already present and in full possession of his or her human rights, starting with the right to life.
 
Prayer

Jesus, open my eyes to your presence in the life of every child. Open my heart to joy in the birth of every child, a birth that reflects the joy of your own birth in Bethlehem.

As you shared life in the womb of Mary, so now send your protection upon every child still in the womb, and grant to their mothers the strength and joy that comes from welcoming the gift of life. We pray through Christ our Lord, Amen.
 
Printable devotional
 
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For Life,
 
 Shawn Carney
SHAWN CARNEY
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life
 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

LifeNews Pro-Life News Report 10/22/14




LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
For pro-life news updated throughout the day, visit LifeNews.com.
Top Stories
• 29-Year-Old Woman With Brain Cancer Still Plans to Kill Herself November 1st
• Mother Who Thought She Had Stomach Pains Gives Birth, Husband Was Told He Was Sterile
• Baby Born Healthy After Couple Refuses Abortion Despite Doctors’ “Fetal Abnormality” Claim
• Charlotte Was Born at 24 Weeks When Abortion’s Legal For Any Reason, Look at Her Now


More Pro-Life News
• California Forces Churches to Directly Fund Abortions, Churches Refuse to Comply
• Woman Arrested After Bodies of Several Dead Infant Babies Found in Storage Locker
• “Bro-Choice” Activist Writes Blog on How to Convince a Woman to Have an Abortion
• Doctor Claimed: It’s “Unethical” Not to Experiment on Aborted Babies
• Boyfriend Beats His Pregnant Girlfriend With a Baseball Bat and Dumps Her in Shallow Grave
• ISIS Sells Thousands of Women for $10 and Feminists are Worried About $10 Birth Control

• 3-D Printers Helps Save Infants With Heart Defects

• Shocking Ad Has Little Girls Drop F-Bombs to ‘Empower’ Feminism
• Genetic Counselors Have No Problems With Sex-Selection Abortions
• Generation Y and Why They Are Naturally Pro-Life

• Study: Patients in Vegetative States May be Aware the Whole Time
• 11-Year-Old Rap Sensation MattyB Defends His Sister With Down Syndrome
• Alabama Abortion Facility Reopens Next to Middle School

• Oklahoma Law Putting Limits on Dangerous Abortion Pill RU 486 Can Take Effect



29-Year-Old Woman With Brain Cancer Still Plans to Kill Herself November 1st
Brittany Maynard, the cancer patient who has received national attention over her plans to kill herself under Oregon’s assisted suicide law on November 1 still plans to take her own life. That’s despite the fact that cancer patients and pro-life groups have tried to talk her out of the decision.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/22/29-year-old-woman-with-brain-cancer-still-plans-to-kill-herself-november-1st/



Mother Who Thought She Had Stomach Pains Gives Birth, Husband Was Told He Was Sterile
An Iowa couple is shocked to be new parents after the husband was told he was sterile and the wife had no idea she was pregnant at the time she went to the hospital complaining of stomach pains.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/22/mother-who-thought-she-had-stomach-pains-gives-birth-husband-was-told-he-was-sterile/

Baby Born Healthy After Couple Refuses Abortion Despite Doctors’ “Fetal Abnormality” Claim
When an Ireland couple, Melanie and Damion Sheenan, went in for their 20-week scan they found out some upsetting news about their baby. The doctors told them that their unborn son had severe fetal abnormalities, including a brain and spine that wasn’t formed. They were immediately advised to abort.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/22/baby-born-healthy-after-couple-refuses-abortion-despite-doctors-fetal-abnormality-claim/



Charlotte Was Born at 24 Weeks When Abortion’s Legal For Any Reason, Look at Her Now
The ad features Ned and Rebecca Ryun who open up about their daughter’s premature birth. Their daughter was born at 24-weeks, four months before her due date.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/22/charlotte-was-born-at-24-weeks-when-abortions-legal-for-any-reason-look-at-her-now/


 
California Forces Churches to Directly Fund Abortions, Churches Refuse to Comply
To the dismay of California’s people of faith, the California Department of Managed Health Care has reclassified abortion as a “basic health service” under the Affordable Care Act and ordered all insurance plans in the state to begin covering surgical abortions immediately.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/22/california-forces-churches-to-directly-fund-abortions-churches-refuse-to-comply/



Woman Arrested After Bodies of Several Dead Infant Babies Found in Storage Locker
Officials have made an arrest in connection with a grisly case in Canada, where local officials in Winnipeg, Canada say they have found the bodies of several dead infant babies in a storage locker. Workers at a U-Haul facility called police with the disturbing news.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/22/woman-arrested-after-bodies-of-several-dead-infant-babies-found-in-storage-locker/

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“Bro-Choice” Activist Writes Blog on How to Convince a Woman to Have an Abortion
A Bro-choicer calling himself “Bacon” on the Return of Kings Blog has come up with a “plan” for convincing a girl to have an abortion to avoid child support.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/22/bro-choice-activist-writes-blog-on-how-to-convince-a-woman-to-have-an-abortion/




Doctor Claimed: It’s “Unethical” Not to Experiment on Aborted Babies
Today, it is illegal to perform experiments on living aborted babies in the US. The issue of fetal experimentation has faded into the background. But it wasn’t always that way.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/22/doctor-claimed-its-unethical-not-to-experiment-on-aborted-babies/


Boyfriend Beats His Pregnant Girlfriend With a Baseball Bat and Dumps Her in Shallow GraveSamantha Greenlee, a 22-year-old pregnant woman from Columbus, Ohio, has been missing since October 8 after disappearing following a waitressing shift. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/22/boyfriend-beats-his-pregnant-girlfriend-with-a-baseball-bat-and-dumps-her-in-shallow-grave/
ISIS Sells Thousands of Women for $10 and Feminists are Worried About $10 Birth ControlPenny Nance, the pro-life advocate who is the head of Concerned Women for America, write an excellent article today that blows away the phony baloney war on women mantra abortion activists are using against pro-life candidates and pro-life groups. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/22/isis-sells-thousands-of-women-for-10-and-feminists-are-worried-about-10-birth-control/

3-D Printers Helps Save Infants With Heart DefectsEvery year in the United States, 36,000 children are born with congenital heart defects. While some defects are minor, many are life threatening and require surgery. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/22/3-d-printers-helps-save-infants-with-heart-defects/
Shocking Ad Has Little Girls Drop F-Bombs to ‘Empower’ FeminismThe feminist movement is selling something, but it isn’t feminism.In FCKH8.com’s latest video, “Potty-Mouthed Princesses Drop F-Bombs for Feminism,” little girls between 6 and 13 years-old dressed up as pink princesses to say f*ck in the name of feminism. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/22/shocking-ad-has-little-girls-drop-f-bombs-to-empower-feminism/
Genetic Counselors Have No Problems With Sex-Selection AbortionsPro-choice feminists find themselves in a quandary when they are faced with sex–selection abortions, especially when, as is usually the case, they are performed because the baby is a girl. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/22/genetic-counselors-have-no-problems-with-sex-selection-abortions/
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Generation Y and Why They Are Naturally Pro-LifeThe lyrics above explored discrimination — but I think the sentiment also applies to the pro-abortion causehttp://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/22/generation-y-and-why-they-are-naturally-pro-life/
Study: Patients in Vegetative States May be Aware the Whole TimeLast week the UK Independent newspaper published an article written by Science Editor Steve Connor, exploring a fascinating study by scientists at Cambridge University. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/22/study-patients-in-vegetative-states-may-be-aware-the-whole-time/
11-Year-Old Rap Sensation MattyB Defends His Sister With Down SyndromeEarly in September, kid rapper MattyB released a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors.” http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/22/11-year-old-rap-sensation-mattyb-defends-his-sister-with-down-syndrome/
Alabama Abortion Facility Reopens Next to Middle SchoolAlabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives (AWCRA) reopened their doors last week after closing down due to Alabama’s Women’s Health and Safety Act. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/22/alabama-abortion-facility-reopens-next-to-middle-school/
Oklahoma Law Putting Limits on Dangerous Abortion Pill RU 486 Can Take EffectThe dangerous abortion pill RU 486 has killed dozens of women and injured thousands of women in the United States. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/22/oklahoma-law-putting-limits-on-dangerous-abortion-pill-ru-486-can-take-effect/