By John-Henry Westen
NEW YORK, August 31, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - During her 14 years at the helm of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Nafis Sadik always denied the organization's abortion advocacy even in the face of overwhelming evidence. She did not directly name her pro-life enemies nor did she reveal her allies in the battle to establish a global 'right' to abortion.
All that changed after her accolade-filled departure from UNFPA shortly after which she joined the Board of Directors for the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy (CRLP) - the legal arm of the pro-abortion movement in the U.S.
With her distance from UNFPA separated by more years, Sadik has felt more comfortable in revealing her enemies and allies - the Catholic Church (specifically under John Paul II) and 'Catholics for a Free Choice' (CFFC) respectively.
In an article for the Spring 2007 edition of the CFFC magazine 'Conscience', Sadik writes about her alliance with Frances Kissling the foundress of the pro-abortion activist group CFFC. "I was very happy to find in Frances Kissling an ally who not only shared my passion for sexual and reproductive health and rights but had a passion of her own, for her church and its mission," wrote Sadik.
On working with the church on matters related to "sexual and reproductive health and rights" by which Sadik has frequently referred to abortion and contraception, Sadik says: "Until 1978, it was relatively easy for organizations interested in women's sexual and reproductive health and rights to work with the church. We collaborated on programs to counsel engaged couples about family life; we worked together on maternal and child health projects. We agreed that we had a common purpose to save lives, improve health, attack poverty and promote development, and we agreed to disagree about contraceptive technology."
Sadik continues: "With the passing of Pope Paul VI, everything became much harder. The cordial working atmosphere vanished almost overnight and has never returned. Instead, we found distrust, covert opposition and open hostility, not only to contraception but to all aspects of women's empowerment and gender equality."
Her assessment of the JPII papacy is summed up in her opening paragraph: "One of the bitter disappointments of the papacy of John Paul II was that the Roman Catholic Church abdicated its responsibility toward women, and in particular toward women's sexual and reproductive health and rights. For a quarter of a century, the church resolutely opposed all moves toward women's empowerment and gender equality, on the international stage and at the national level."
See the full article by Sadik in the CFFC magazine:
Friday, August 31, 2007
By John-Henry Westen
Thursday, August 30, 2007
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Human Life International e-Newsletter
Volume 01, Number 82 | August 31, 2007
|Babies of Mozambique Targeted for Abortion Program |
My last few Spirit & Life columns have addressed the fact that abortion is demonic ... a huge spiritual vortex of sin pulling people into it. It is a spiritual power that negates God's plan for love, life and the family. And because it destroys souls as well as bodies, abortion is the devil's masterpiece of evil.
Our man on the ground in Mozambique is Emil Hagamu. He sent me an urgent report on the dire threat that is about to fall on the Mozambique nation ... as well as his plans to rally the people to defeat this diabolical campaign to legalize abortion-on-demand.
But he only has a month to do this ... maybe less. The government could act as quickly as two weeks from now. That's why your help is so urgently needed today ... RIGHT NOW in fact!
Emil assures me that the people of Mozambique are ready to fight. But, they need HLI to equip them with the information and materials they need to defeat the abortion demon. Knowing this, Emil has put together a three-part offensive that will give the people a way to stop the abortion juggernaut. Here is his plan of action:
But again, time is working against Emil and the people of Mozambique. Even as you read this government officials are working with international agents of death to impose abortion on the country.
What I need you to do right now is:
HLI has no available funds to send Emil at this time. Every dollar is already committed to other fights raging around the world. The amount Emil needs right away is $7,151 -- $3,351 for the Radio programs and $3,800 for the "sound the alarm" race. I'll figure out how to fund the Conference later.
It's critical that you help today because Emil has got to act NOW if he is to have any chance of rallying the people of Mozambique to rise up and defeat the coming evil. So please click here and follow the instructions so that I can send Emil the financial help he desperately needs.
In addition to your financial help today ... please PRAY! Ask the Guardian Angel of Mozambique to restrain the abortion demon from devouring the people. Use the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel as a guide: Defend them in battle! Be their protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil! By the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl about Mozambique seeking the ruin of souls!
Again, click here and follow the instructions to send your contribution. Please do it NOW ... time is of the essence. And PRAY. I'll write to you as soon as I hear from Emil on how the fight is going. Thank you for your immediate help. God bless you.
|Sincerely Yours in Christ,|
Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer,
President, Human Life International
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Illinois Governor Signs Bill to Fund Embryonic Stem Cell Research with Tax-payer money
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Taliban releases Christian hostages
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Top Scientist warns unnecessary climate change energy policies may severely damage national economies and adversely affect human health and welfare causing social tensions within and between nations
The Politics of Global Warming - It almost seems as if the issue is not in science but in ideology and social psychology - First Things
http://www.firstthings.com /article.php3?id_article=6000 ;
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Interview With Kevin Burke of Rachel’s Vineyard
KING of PRUSSIA, Pennsylvania, AUG. 29, 2007 (Zenit.org).- One man's sharing gives other men permission to examine their own role in abortion and the impact it has had on their lives, said counselor Kevin Burke.
Burke, the associate director of Rachel's Vineyard Ministries, and pastoral associate at Priests For Life, has co-edited a new book, "Redeeming a Father's Heart," along with David Wemhoff and Marvin Stockwell, about healing the wounds of post-abortive men.
In this interview with ZENIT, Burke discusses the type of wounds men experience when they have been involved in an abortion, avenues for healing, and how to help the women they love also find healing after an abortion.
Read the interview here: Zenit
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
"Let us not forget them!"
Holy Cross Cemetery, a beautiful final resting place for thousands of Milwaukee-area Catholics, also has a deeply-moving section set aside for hundreds of babies and young children who died shortly after birth or in the early years of life. A visitor to this section will see small gravestones with engravings such as, "Our Little Angel Derek," "Our Precious Baby Girl Allison," "Our Darling Son John." In some cases, graves are decorated with little toys or stuffed animals. Some dates on the gravestones indicate the baby lived only a day or two, others a year or two.
But this children's section is different from the children's sections of most other cemeteries. The children's section at Holy Cross is also the resting place for over one thousand aborted babies, victims of so-called "legalized" abortion.
How did the mangled bodies of these babies come to their final, peaceful resting place in this cemetery, alongside children only slightly older than they?
The first group of aborted babies who were buried at Holy Cross came from a 1984 incident in Milwaukee. A driver for a local laboratory, making rounds at a number of medical clinics and offices, picked up at one of her stops - a Milwaukee abortion mill - the bodies of aborted babies to be taken to the laboratory apparently for analysis and disposal.
According to the news reports, the driver became nauseated as a result of the odor and decided to dump the tiny bodies into a dumpster located at one of her next stops. Later, some young children playing in the area looked into the dumpster and found what they later described to police as "little people".
With the county's permission, the cooperation of Archdiocesan cemetery officials and the help of concerned citizens, arrangements were made to bury these "little people" in a dignified and prayerful manner in the children's section of Holy Cross Cemetery.
The second group of aborted babies numbering approximately 1,200 came from a loading dock of a laboratory in Illinois where pro-lifers, acting on a tip, were able over a period of months in 1988 to recover this enormous number of mutilated little bodies. These babies, as those from the first group, were buried at Holy Cross in the children's section following a prayer service attended by people from all across Wisconsin.Subsequently, a monument with a powerful message was erected to mark the area of these graves. The main stone, approximately six feet high, has an engraved image of Christ holding a young child and surrounded by other children. The inscription below states, "'Let the children come to me. Do not hinder them. The Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.' (Mt 19:14)". Alongside the main stone is a smaller stone with the following inscription, "This monument stands as a testimony to the Sanctity of Human Life. Among these graves of children are included preborn babies, victims of abortion. 'The reason why the world does not know us, is that it did not know Him. We are God's children now.' (1 Jn 3:1)" The gravesite of the "Little People" has its own marker, as does the grave of the 1,200 babies which reads, "1200 unborn children killed by 'legalized' abortion, February 9, 1988 to September 7, 1988 - Holy Innocents of God". The stone marking the grave of the 1,200 children also has two other quotations, "A cry was heard in Rama, Rachel weeping for her children" (Mt 2:24), and "He will wipe every tear from their eyes" Rev. 21:4 A number of other aborted babies are also buried in close proximity to these two groups of aborted children. This mass gravesite has become a place of prayer for pro-life people, and also a place where post-abortion women come to mourn, to ask forgiveness, and to pray for healing. Standing some distance away, at the corner of the children's section, is an impressive larger monument, also of Christ with the little children, and the same Gospel quote, "Let the little children come to me …" Yes, let the children come to the Lord. And let us not forget them! Let us come often to this, their final resting place, this sacred ground. Let us come prayerfully trusting in God's infinite love and mercy that the babies buried here have finally found Peace in Him. Let us pray for their mothers and fathers to be reconciled with God and with the children they have aborted. Peace and reconciliation are possible. Christ's mercy is over-flowing! And let us resolve to end this "legalized" barbarism that is not only killing over a million children a year and gravely wounding their mothers and fathers, it is suffocating our society. May the breath and life of Christ renew us and convert our hearts to His plan for Life and Love! Let us not forget them! _____________________ The author lives near Milwaukee's Holy Cross Cemetery and assisted in the burial of the "Little People" in 1984. He can be reached at the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The injury she has leaves people dead
California girl in recovery from a serious brain injury that should have killed her or left her in a vegetative state
"Not compatible with life," were the words that appeared on the CT scan.
The words referred to Samantha Palumbo, 18, of San Dimas. Three years ago, she ran her car into a fence of five-inch diameter wooden logs. According to the Aug. 26 Los Angeles Times, a piece of the fence hit Samantha in the head, peeling back much of her face, shattering many of her teeth. Worse, a large hole stood in the top left of her forehead.
It was the hole, ironically, that saved Samantha's life. At County-USC Medical Center, where she was taken, CT scans showed a severely damaged, swollen brain. But the hole gave the brain room to expand, other than downward – crushing her brainstem and thus causing her death.
Read the full story here: California Catholic Daily
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Monday, August 27, 2007
By Elizabeth O'Brien
MILAN, Italy, August 27, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A fierce abortion debate has erupted in Italy after a mother pregnant with twins reported doctors to the authorities for aborting her healthy unborn baby while leaving the handicapped one alive.
Italian news agencies recently discovered that a hospital killed the "wrong" child in a pair of unborn twins in June. According to media reports, after the 38-year old woman discovered the so-called "mistake", she returned and had the second one, who was suffering from Down syndrome, aborted. She then reported medical staff, who are currently under investigation by the police.
The hospital termed the child's death a "misfortune," saying that the twins had switched places in between a previous ultrasound and the actual abortion. The woman was eighteen months pregnant when the children were aborted.
Calling on the Italian Health Minister to investigate the affair, leading Christian Democrat Luca Volonte decried the abortion as "infanticide arising from a contempt for human life," the Guardian Unlimited reports.
Senator Paolo Binetti, who is close to the Vatican says Inquirer.net, wrote in Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper, "The time has come to re-examine the abortion law." He said, "What happened in this hospital was not a medical abortion but an abortion done for the purposes of eugenics."
"They wanted to kill the sick fetus and save the healthy one and what didn't work properly in this business was the selection," wrote Binetti.
Ever since 1978 abortion has been legal on demand in Italy up to the third month of pregnancy. Pro-lifers are using this present case to fiercely argue against Italy's abortion laws, pointing out the contradictions and dangers within the present policy.
In March doctors in Florence's Careggi teaching hospital attempted to abort a perfectly healthy baby after two pre-natal diagnosis tests indicated that the child had a defective esophagus. The doctors botched the abortion, performed on the 22-week child, and subsequently discovered that the still-living baby was perfectly healthy. They managed to resuscitate the child temporarily (See http://www.lifesite.net/ldn
Another abuse occurred this February when an Italian judge ordered that a thirteen-year old girl abort her unborn baby, despite her desperate pleas to save its life. Under Italian law, the parents or guardians of a minor can force her to abort her child, as happened in this case (See http://www.lifesite.net/ldn
AG Gonzales Resigns; OR Says "Good Riddance"
Gonzales obstructed enforcement of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act
Washington, DC - Alberto Gonzales has resigned today as United States Attorney General. Operation Rescue calls on President George Bush to appoint a replacement that will immediately enforce the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act.
"We are not sorry at all to see Gonzales resign," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. "Since the Supreme Court ruled that the Federal ban on partial-birth abortions is constitutional, Gonzales has done nothing but obstruct enforcement. In fact, we don't think the temporary restraining order barring the ban from going into effect has even been vacated."
"Right now we don't know who is doing this illegal late-term abortion procedure. There has been no investigation or any attempt to find out if the abortionists are following the law," said Newman.
"We call on President Bush to appoint an Attorney General who will enforce the ban and investigate abortionists to ensure they are obeying the law, including Nebraska's LeRoy Carhart who defended the horrific abortion method all the way to the Supreme Court. Since Carhart is also employed by Kansas abortionist George Tiller, we are asking for an Federal investigation of him as well."
Newman is not impressed by abortionists, such as Tiller, who claim they do not do the illegal abortion procedure. Operation Rescue is calling for investigations of late-term abortionists Warren Hern of Colorado, James Pendergraft of Florida, and Martin Haskel of Ohio along with Carhart, Tiller and others.
"If you ask a drug dealer if he is dealing drugs, he will deny it, but no law enforcement officer will take him at his word until a thorough investigation substantiates it. It's crazy to trust the word of abortionists who say they are in compliance with a law that they avidly opposed," said Newman.
"We need a new Attorney General who will do his job and enforce the law with immediate investigations and arrests of those abortionist who are committing criminal partial-birth abortions," said Newman.
About Operation Rescue
Operation Rescue is one of the leading pro-life Christian activist organizations in the nation. Operation Rescue recently made headlines when it bought and closed an abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas and has become the voice of the pro-life activist movement in America. Its activities are on the cutting edge of the abortion issue, taking direct action to restore legal personhood to the pre-born and stop abortion in obedience to biblical mandates. Click here to support Operation Rescue
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Sunday, August 26, 2007
Democrats Put a Tentative New Emphasis on Supporting Pregnancy
Spending Bill Intends to "Reduce the Need for Abortions"
The Los Angeles Times recently noted a "striking shift" in Democratic policies related to pregnant women and unborn children, featuring a "grab bag" of proposals to prevent unintended pregnancies and "encourage women who do conceive to carry to term" in a spending bill approved by the House of Representatives last month.
But in the subsequent weeks some pro-family policy analysts have accused Democrats of merely crafting a pro-life-sounding rhetoric to "sell the right on traditional liberal priorities," including expanded taxpayer-funded health care programs. Decrying a contraceptive-oriented approach, Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) said the initiative is "not a common ground [he] can accept" because of the amount of funding that would go to Planned Parenthood clinics.
Read this story here: California Catholic Daily
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Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007 – Planned Parenthood, El Cajon
We told him that the Catholic Church teaches that living together in a sexual relationship is a mortal sin, called "fornication." He expressed some surprise, like he had never heard of that before.
It was a busy morning of ministry Saturday, Aug. 18, in front of the Planned Parenthood, El Cajon clinic. With only four prayer warriors present, we were able to speak to many people who visited the clinic that day.
Read this story here: California Catholic Daily
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Saturday, August 25, 2007
"Plan B" and the Integrity of Health Care Professionals -
I would like to explain further what I meant by a "non-therapeutic drug" in this article.
As the insert to Plan B makes clear, this powerful artificial progestin (Levonorgestrel) can work to prevent the implantation of a growing embryo in a woman's uterus, depending on where he is in her monthly cycle.
These blind people just don't understand that they are supporting the killing of innocent children who could be there fans one day. What a sick world we live in!
Friday, August 24, 2007
and other dignitaries at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in August.
National Director, Priests for Life
Dr. McArthur Hill used to kill babies for a living. Now he has repented. At a conference of former abortionists, he shared the nightmares he had:
"In my nightmares I would deliver a healthy newborn baby and I would take that healthy newborn baby and I would hold it up, and I would face a jury of faceless people and ask them to tell me what to do with this baby. They would go thumbs-up or thumbs-down and if they made a thumbs-down indication then I was to drop the baby into a bucket of water which was present. I never did reach the point of dropping the baby into the bucket because I'd always wake up at that point. But it was clear to me then that there was something going on in my mind, subconsciously."
I have helped abortionists make the transition from killing babies to repentance, and can attest that Dr. Hill's experience is not uncommon. In fact, his nightmare reveals some common aspects of the suffering of abortionists.
Notice, first of all, that Dr. Hill has in his hands a "healthy newborn baby." Abortions are done on healthy unborn babies, but in this nightmare, the doctor's conscience is reminding him that a baby is a baby, and that the lies of abortion propagandists who try to make the public think that abortion is only done for "health reasons" are exactly that - lies.
More significant still is the fact that the abortionist is holding the baby up in front of a group of people. What happened to the "private, personal" nature of abortion? Abortionists know better. It's a public industry, a public battle, and like it or not, the world has its eyes on them. They are committing that wrong which humanity itself, in the judgment of history, knows to be the same wrong that constitutes genocide and holocausts. Yes, this "private" act is really as public as can be.
The abortion propagandists try to paint this issue as "a woman's choice and hers alone." But the abortionist's nightmare tells us a different story. The mother is absent. It is society, represented by a jury of his peers, that is making the choice. This represents both the abortionist's resentment as well as his attempt to evade responsibility. "It's not that I favor killing babies," many abortionists will say. "It's that either I provide this service or someone else will do so, in a less professional way. Society has made this choice available, which is a good thing, but somebody has to carry it out."
Finally, the jury is "faceless." Of course it is. Nobody wants to claim responsibility for legal abortion. Legislators blame the courts; judges blame precedent; others blame the "law of the land."
It's time for the abortionists nightmare to wake us all up! Now is the time for us to put our own face on this issue, and claim responsibility to break through the faceless crowd and declare, "The killing stops here! I will no longer be silent!"
This column can be found online at
www.priestsforlife.org/columns/columns2007/07-08-27abortionistnightmare.htm Fr. Frank's columns can be heard via podcast. See www.priestsforlife.org/podcast for more details. Fr. Frank's columns can be listened to in MP3 format at www.priestsforlife.org/columns/columns2007/index.htm
By Hilary White
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, August 24, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Dr. Alveda King, the niece of legendary human rights campaigner, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., told a meeting of Priests for Life, that the killing of a quarter of the black population of the US has not been from the lynch mobs of her childhood days, but from abortionists, “who plant their killing centres in minority neighbourhoods and prey upon women who think they have no hope.
“The great irony,” she said, “is that abortion has done what the Klan only dreamed of.”
King was speaking Sunday at the unveiling of memorials at the Birmingham, Alabama church served by her late father, the Rev. A. D. Williams King. Her father served the church from 1961 to 1965, the height of the civil rights movement. King is a Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life and lived with her family at the church’s parsonage when it was bombed in retaliation for her family’s involvement with the historic movement.
Christian Newswire quotes Dr. King at the ceremony: “Daddy was unswerving in his dedication to God and to the cause of justice. While the ceremonies Sunday marked a historic period from our past, it reminded me of another kind of struggle for survival African Americans face today.”
Dr. King pointed out that the killing of the unborn in the US, which has taken the lives of well over 42 million American children, is overwhelmingly concentrated in the African-American community. “In the last forty-plus years,” Dr. King said, “15 million black people have been denied their most basic civil right, the right to life. Roughly one quarter of the black population is now missing.”
The abortion movement’s history is inseparable from that of the eugenics movement that held the genocide of the “dysgenic races” races as a central goal and for which the poor were the “enemies of the people.” In the US, the abortion facilities and offices of Planned Parenthood are concentrated in poor areas where the black population is especially targeted.
Margaret Sanger, the foundress of the organisation that eventually became Planned Parenthood, had as her goal the control and subjugation of the poor ethnic peoples including blacks.
Dr. King said, “It's time that we remember the sacrifices of men like my father and my uncle who worked and died so that our children could live.”
“It's time to stop killing the future and keep their dream alive.”
Read the paper, “The Inherent Racism of Population Control” by Paul Jalsevac http://www.lifesite.net/waronfamily/Population_Control/Inher...
Incalculable loss in trust and love
While Pratibha Patil, India's first woman president, calls sternly for a nation-wide mobilization to abolish sex-selection abortions that result in the deaths of 7,000 unborn girls a day in India, Consumer Genetics Inc. of Sunnyvale, California, is marketing new home-based tests to uncover even more factors which could lead to a decision to reject one's child.
Consumer Genetics Inc., formed last year, is one of a swelling number of private labs utilizing techniques that make it possible for consumers to collect a DNA sample at home and send it back to the company for testing. Tests which reveal the child's sex, paternity, and even genetic tendencies to eventually develop cancer or diabetes, range from a few hundred dollars to more than $1,000.
Read the story here: California Catholic Daily
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Thursday, August 23, 2007
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Human Life International e-Newsletter
Volume 01, Number 81 | August 24, 2007
Dear Friends of HLI - please join me in welcoming our guest columnist, Mr. John Mallon, to the Spirit and Life e-newsletter. An archive of John's articles may be found at http://www.johnmallon.net, and an archive of his articles by category is under construction on the HLI website.
Amnesty International: What Part of Human Rights Don't You Understand?
It's Official: Amnesty International Joins the Culture of Death
By John Mallon
It's official. Amnesty International (AI) has betrayed its mission.
AI's executive committee decision of last April, to treat abortion as a human right, was ratified by delegates to their international meeting in August.
In so doing, they have departed the civilization they were founded to uphold and joined the Culture of Death.
Western civilization has, until recently, been based on the 4,000-year-old Judeo-Christian ethic expressed in the Ten Commandments. Human rights are derived from this tradition, which its adherents believe come from God. The Western legal tradition is based largely on this. While not without difficulties, it has worked remarkably well.
The Culture of Death has emerged as various elites of society discarded elements of the Judeo-Christian ethic in the name of expediency, convenience, and most ironically, "being realistic."
Whether one is a believer or not, it is clear that the traditional moral code, including - especially - those elements regarding sexual behavior, make for a better ordered, more sane and balanced society. Believers know that sin leads to death. Lots of sin leads to a culture of death.
The claim is that AI is "protecting women" with this move. Rather than focusing resources on making and enforcing laws against rape and other forms of violence against women, especially in wartime and the developing world, AI instead sides with destroying the innocent "products" of sexual violence - not to mention further traumatizing the woman. Once again, life is made easier for criminal men who abuse women.
So, in reality, with AI's decision the world is now not a safer, more just, place to live, but a much more dangerous place, not only for women but for all people, because AI has used its reputation and credibility to place a truly helpless group of people - the unborn - outside the purview of human rights. No one is safe because as history shows, once the blood starts flowing it is hard to stop. No one should know this better than AI, but now they have joined the enemy. They have become their own enemy. They are now complicit in genocide.
Of course, the feminist blogosphere is touting this as a "victory" over the Catholic Church. That clarifies the battle lines doesn't it?
Cardinal Renato Martino, president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and former Vatican Observer to the United Nations, has called this move a betrayal and called on Catholics to stop supporting AI.
In a July 10th letter to William S. Skylstad, Bishop of Spokane, Washington, and sitting president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Larry Cox, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA, writes that the Bishops' Conference "incorrectly asserted that AI has adopted a 'pro-abortion stand'." Cox defends the policy saying it merely "seeks to ensure that women and men can exercise their sexual and reproductive rights free from coercion, discrimination and violence."
Mr. Cox objects to the U.S. bishops calling Amnesty International's new pro-abortion policy a "pro-abortion stand," invoking, rather "sexual and reproductive rights."
"Sexual and reproductive rights" means basically the "right" to commit fornication, sodomy, and abortion. Throughout history the major world religions have condemned these acts, and with good reason. The misuse and perversion of the sexual faculty leads to death.
In reality, sin kills whether you believe in the concept or not.
Simply put, "sexual and reproductive rights" are ideologically manufactured "rights" and therefore not "rights" at all.
AI has thrown in with the abortion lobby - the angels of death like population controllers, the United Nations Population Fund, Planned Parenthood, Marie Stopes, and others, human rights abusers all.
By its actions Amnesty International has shown that in today's world what determines a "human right" is based on ideology rather than human dignity.
|John Mallon is Contributing Editor for Inside the Vatican magazine and does public relations for Human Life International. |
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Wednesday, August 22, 2007
AURORA, August 22, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A huge new abortion clinic, said to be the largest Planned Parenthood Center in the United States, has been constructed near Chicago. In response Illinois pro-lifers have launched a major grass-roots campaign to prevent it from opening on its scheduled date this September.
If the 22,000 square-foot, $7.5 million facility opens, it will offer contraceptives, pregnancy tests, sexually transmitted disease testing and abortions. Officials expect to receive 8,000 patients and 10,500 visits within the first year. Of those visits, reports the Chicago Daily Herald, about 2,400 will be for abortions.
Eric Schiedler, Communications Director of the Chicago-based Pro-Life Action League, described the overwhelmingly positive suppaort that the organization's efforts have received. He told LifeSiteNews.com that over the course of just ten days, hundreds of pro-lifers have added their support, vowing to prevent Planned Parenthood from entering Aurora.
City residents had no idea what was being constructed in the East side of Aurora, near Chicago. As Schiedler remarked in a recent report, "Planned Parenthood snuck into town." He added, "They were nearly finished building this place before we learned about it. We haven't got much time to stop them, but we're doing all we can."
Schiedler told LifeSiteNews.com that pro-lifers are calling for an investigation of the city council of Aurora into the fraudulent process by which Planned Parenthood came into the community. Planned Parenthood constructed the facility under another name, listing it as the "Gemini Medical Office Building."
"Planned Parenthood knew what they were doing," Schielder said in a press release. "Pro-lifers have stymied them before when they knew Planned Parenthood was coming to town. This time they kept things quiet until it was too late to halt construction."
Schiedler told LifeSiteNews.com, "They lied to the city of Aurora…They let the city council believe it was going to be a quiet, medical office." According to the Beacon News, however, Steve Trombley, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area, said that the building would be the largest Planned Parenthood health center.
The pro-life community has launched a full-force grassroots effort to stop the clinic's opening. On August 9 they began the "40 Days for Life" praying, fasting and 24-hour vigil campaign with this intention. The largest "40 Days for Life" Campaign is scheduled to take place in cities across the nation starting on September 26 (See http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2007/jul/07072602.html ).
The Pro-Life Action League is also organizing a massive pro-life demonstration in front of the Planned Parenthood facility next Saturday morning, August 25 from 9 to 11 a.m.
Information about participation in the 24-hour prayer vigil outside the Aurora abortion clinic is available at: http://familiesagainstplannedparenthood.org/
More information on the Aurora pro-life campaign can be seen at:
Read previous LifeSiteNews coverage:
Chicago Pro-Lifers Launch Massive Effort to Stop New Abortion Clinic from Opening - 40 Day Vigil
Americans Urged to Join Nationwide 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting Campaign for an End to Abortion
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