Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
ALL Pro-Life Today: Current Outrages Expose Ethical Paralysis
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Current Outrages Expose Ethical Paralysis
By Judie Brown
What do womb rentals, a book, rainbow families, and science all have to do with each other? All are examples of the way our society's morals and ethics have declined in recent years. And all are things that we cannot sit around and watch happen without uttering a word. Today's commentary addresses these examples and explains why our silence will only lead to a quicker decline.
A Kansas judge ruled Friday that disgraced abortionist Ann Kristin Neuhaus, whose medical license was stripped for gross negligence related to illegal late-term abortion referrals, will not have to post a bond for the $93,000 in fees she owes the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts (KSBHA) while she appeals the Board's decision against her. Neuhaus' license was formally revoked in June by the Board based on a complaint filed by Operation Rescue's Senior Policy Advisor, Cheryl Sullenger. The Board found that Neuhaus gave eleven girls, aged 10-18, shoddy mental health exams in 2003 that resulted in improper referrals for late-term abortions to George Tiller's now-closed Women's Health Care Services in Wichita. According to Administrative Judge Edward J. Gaschler, there was no evidence that Neuhaus ever saw many of the patients she referred for post-viability abortions.
Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania has temporarily stopped performing surgical abortions at its Liberty Avenue clinic while it renovates the facility to meet new state standards, a spokeswoman said Monday. The clinic plans to resume surgical abortions in December and still performs medical abortions, which are induced with drugs, said Rebecca Cavanaugh, spokeswoman for the nonprofit. "That's the plan so far, but it's construction, so you never know," she said. Planned Parenthood is working with the state to make sure its renovated facility meets all regulations and is referring women seeking surgical abortions to other clinics in the meantime, Cavanaugh said.
A religious freedom attorney says the threat of massive fines is causing anxiety among religious groups and businesses who object to government-mandated insurance coverage of contraception. Eric Baxter, senior counsel with the D.C.-based Becket Fund which aims to defend religious liberty nationwide, said many concerns focus on financial questions. "How do you take account of the risk that you could have millions of dollars in fines imposed against you?" he told EWTN News Nov. 16. "That anxiety is only increasing as the implementation date approaches."