Thursday, May 24, 2012

Lifeissues Newsletter #577 clear thinking about crucial issues

Dear Friends For Life,

A current movement is pointed out by Catholic League president Bill Donohue. The new normal is yesterday's abnormal: what was seen as bizarre, if not literally crazy, is now seen as normal. The converse is also true: those who still value the judiciously exercised role of shame, guilt and modesty are now seen as representative of the new abnormal. The following examples are taken exclusively from news stories of May 9 and May 10:

• The president of the U.S. thinks it's fine for two men to marry

• Homosexual and transgender characters - all positively portrayed - are proliferating on TV (by contrast, positively portrayed Catholic characters are almost nonexistent)

• There is a bill in California that would make it illegal for a trained psychologist to convert gays and lesbians

• New York's top court said it is perfectly fine to view unlimited amounts of child pornography online

• The cover of Time magazine shows a young boy standing on a chair sucking his mother's bare breast

• Tupperware parties run by suburban moms have been replaced by sex-toy parties featuring vibrators and lubricants

• A Nebraska mother has been arrested for charging men to have sex with her daughters, ages 7 and 14

Not all of these incidents are of equal moral weight, but put together they convey a powerful message: cultural ordinates are being obliterated. And when boundary lines disappear, the social fallout can be wicked. Put differently, if it were our goal to create moral anarchy, we couldn't have done a better job. There is a risk in pointing this out, but it's worth being tagged the new abnormal.

God Bless,
Jerry Novotny, OMI

(The Difference is LIFE) It's the fact that we are so afraid of being considered 'intolerant' and lacking compassion toward women, that we need to de-legitimize the status of the child. As a lawyer, I am embarrassed by the members of my profession who continue to ignore science and maintain that until the moment the baby leaves the birth canal, it has no legal (let alone human) rights. - Christine Flowers

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**************************************** Newsletter #577
May 27, 2012



1. Welcome to Freedom
2. Japan's Population Declines by Record in Challenge for Growth
3. Organ transplants, 'brain death,' and Church teaching
4. On brain death, a reader's rebuttal
5. Human cloning may soon become a reality
6. Supporters say Natural Family Planning celebrates sexuality, life
7. IVF Babies May Face Later Cardiac Risks
8. Baby Sex Selection Ad Targets Indo-Canadians
9. UK Aid Helps to Fund Forced Sterilisation of India's Poor
10. Doctors in Uzbekistan Say Government Forcibly Sterilizing Women
11. Lessons from assisted suicide campaigner's death
12. Asia-Pacific climate change displaces 42 million people

(Life): "Little boy with painful skin disease 'here for a purpose'" -  Ever wonder what's your purpose in life? Why were you put on this earth? It's a question many of us contemplate at some point in our lives, but probably not until we're a little older. A very special little boy named William may not be long for this earth. He has a genetic skin disease that makes him live with pain every day. But his mother says, William is definitely here for a purpose.


ITEM #1: Welcome to Freedom

"After years of enduring physical and psychological torture, imprisonment, and hate, the man, Chen Guangcheng, who defended Chinese women from the crime of forced abortion is finally free," Smith said. "America welcomes this extraordinary family with open arms. Great human rights leaders are never separated from the noble causes they espoused. Think of Lech Walesa and Solidarity, Nelson Mandela and opposition to apartheid, Aung San Suu Chi and democracy in Burma. Chen's cause is ending China's One Child Policy and forced abortion."


ITEM #2: Japan's Population Declines by Record in Challenge for Growth

"It will definitely will negatively affect long-term economic activity, especially potential growth numbers," said Junko Nishioka, chief economist at RBS Securities Japan Ltd. in Tokyo. "The generation of baby boomers are leaving the labor market and this demographic change could impact the fragility of the pension system."


ITEM #3: Organ transplants, 'brain death,' and Church teaching

When an organ transplant counts as a success, and the failure to obtain a vital organ may mean the death of another patient, doctors will always be under pressure to declare a potential donor dead. The "brain death" diagnosis makes it far easier for a doctor to reach that conclusion - and there are multiple different standards for "brain death," creating confusion and multiplying the possibilities for abuse. In the early 21st century, when the medical profession has shown an alarming propensity for exploiting one human person to benefit another, we should demand more rigor in defining death.


ITEM #4: On brain death, a reader's rebuttal

My last comment on "brain death" and organ transplants drew a strong response from one reader, Dr. Michael DiPietro, who has considerable expertise in the field. Because his argument was quite cogent, and because my goal here is to stimulate debate on an important subject, I asked for permission to reproduce his message in its entirety, and Dr. DiPietro was kind enough to grant it. What follows, then, is his rebuttal to my piece:


ITEM #5: Human cloning may soon become a reality

Human cloning is a real possibility now, despite lively debate over the ethical implications. Buzz is growing around claims by two independent research groups, each of which claim that they have already produced, or will shortly produce, a cloned human baby.


ITEM #6: Supporters say Natural Family Planning celebrates sexuality, life

In an essay titled "The Moral Use of Natural Family Planning," Smith explained that although the Church teaches that "bringing forth new life is a great good," this does not mean that all married couples have an "obligation to have as many children as they could possibly care for."


ITEM #7 IVF Babies May Face Later Cardiac Risks

Scherrer and colleagues examined many different variables and concluded that the actual process of embryo manipulation was the likely cause of the vascular dysfunction, which also was seen in the pulmonary vasculature.


ITEM #8: Baby Sex Selection Ad Targets Indo-Canadians

"The way I feel about this is that all the American companies that are using these ads do it for their own greed and business enhancement," says Charan Gill, founding president of the Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society in Surrey, B.C. "They know the Indo-Canadian community wants more boys. "Simply, it's an issue of sex selection to which we are totally opposed. We think it is disgusting," says Gill.


ITEM #9: UK Aid Helps to Fund Forced Sterilisation of India's Poor

Tens of millions of pounds of UK aid money have been spent on a programme that has forcibly sterilised Indian women and men, the Observer has learned. Many have died as a result of botched operations, while others have been left bleeding and in agony.


ITEM #10: Doctors in Uzbekistan Say Government Forcibly Sterilizing Women

"After I gave birth to my second child, doctors told me that I shouldn't have any more," said one Uzbek woman, who asked not to be identified. "I was under a full anesthetic. They didn't ask me anything. They just cut out my uterus."


ITEM #11: Lessons from assisted suicide campaigner's death

A Bristol woman who launched a legal battle five years ago has died. The 35-year-old had been campaigning for more than six years to change the law on assisted suicide and euthanasia. Kelly Taylor lived more than five years after she first brought her case and it shows how inaccurate doctors' predictions of life expectancy can be.


ITEM #12: Asia-Pacific climate change displaces 42 million people

Will the long wait by climate change migrants - including the 42 million people displaced by storms, floods and droughts in Asia and the Pacific during 2010 and 2011 - be finally over? Will they be able to tap international aid to help them adapt to extreme weather?



1. BE INFORMED: "My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge." Hosea 4:6. Visit Website for insights into current Life Issues Access to all prior Newsletters is located in the Archives on main page.

2. PRAY DAILY: for the courage to be God's presence in society and to strongly support those who are deemed "unworthy of life". "If My people who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

3. BECOME INVOLVED: Several years ago Fr. Jerry created a project entitled, "Journey for Life into the Heart of Asia". The project appeals for donations to help finance plane travel for lectures and seminars to developing countries in Asia. Strong focus is centered on reaching Asian Catholic Major Seminaries, Universities, Parishes, Hospitals and Family/Pro Life related groups. The lectures place emphasis on "The Asian Family at Crossroads: Life Issues, Trends and Challenges".

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