Monday, January 14, 2013

ALL Pro-Life Today: Something for which I'm truly thankful

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Monday, January 14, 2013
Something for which I'm truly thankful
By Arthur R. Lee
Celebrate Life
The year 1928 was a fateful one for me and the United States as a whole. My mother----a beautiful and gifted piano player----was then 20 years old and lived with her parents in San Diego. Her youth and musical talents led her to play for dances, a popular form of entertainment in the days before the advent of television and computers. Her quick smile and musical skills were noticed by the clarinet-playing bandleader, who took her under his wing as his star soloist. "She could sight-read music faster than anyone I ever knew," said her violinist cousin. 

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Pro-life pioneers, 40 years after 'Roe'
National Catholic Register
Judie Brown of the American Life League (ALL) was living in Washington state in the late 1960s when she and her husband, Paul, heard a priest urge the congregation to fight Referendum 28, which would ease the state's anti-abortion laws. With "primitive" pro-life brochures in hand, the couple went door-to-door in their community asking people to vote "No" on 28. They lost the vote by a single percentage point, but it began a long and distinguished pro-life advocacy career for Brown. The cause could be going better, said Brown. "Many of us on the pro-life side have done a lousy job educating the public about what happens when an abortion occurs. Abortion is not merely a political issue. It is the act of killing an unborn child."

Governor Jindal's contraception contradiction
National Catholic Register
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's Dec. 13 editorial in The Wall Street Journal, where he called for contraceptives to be available for sale over the counter, prompted a wave of criticism from several Catholic officials and organizations. Though describing himself in the editorial as "an unapologetic pro-life Republican," Jindal, who is viewed as a potential 2016 presidential candidate, argued that "everyone who wants contraception should be able to purchase it." Judie Brown, president and co-founder of the American Life League, wrote on her blog that the politics of contraception have become an "endgame" for "quasi-Catholics" in public life who do not want to risk their political careers by publicly defending the Church's teachings on life issues. Paul Rondeau, executive director of the American Life League, told the Register that Jindal's op-ed is making it "more and more clear" to him that political leaders in the United States will never effectively foster a pro-life culture.

The pope was right all along
Catholic Exchange
The disruptive results for individuals and society spawned by the revolution in attitudes and behavior regarding sex, marriage, family, and childbearing that erupted a half-century ago have become too obvious to ignore. These things were predictable----in fact, some people actually predicted them from the start----but by now their impact has grown so painfully apparent that even secular voices are being raised in alarm.