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, March 19, 2013
ALL Pro-Life Today: In the Footsteps of Saint Peter
March 19, 2013
In the Footsteps of Saint Peter
By Judie Brown
Last week, the Holy Spirit inspired dozens of men to elect a new leader for the Catholic Church. Though speculation abounded as to which of the cardinals would become the next pope, we trusted that God had a plan. God knows and understands the trials facing the Church and her people, and He gave us Pope Francis----a man drawing inspiration from a saint who gave up everything for God and the Church.
African-American teenage abortion rates are more than twice as high as the national average, according to a new study. The African-American abortion rate, according to the study conducted by the Guttmacher Institute, is 41 per 1,000 women among the 15-19 year old age group. The national average abortion rate is 18 per 1,000 women among 15-19-year-olds. The rate is also four times higher than the teen abortion rate among non-Hispanic whites, which sits at 10 per 1,000 women, and twice as high as the Hispanic rate of 20 per 1,000.
A review of U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) documents on contraceptives raises questions as to why HHS is apparently: (a) contradicting Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labeling in an HHS Office of Women's Health document on emergency contraception, and (b) leaving out vital information, in an HHS Office of Population Affairs document, about the drug's post-fertilization, life-ending effect----and whether ideological considerations are driving those decisions. Editor's Note: Dr. Diane Irving points out that, in normal human sexual reproduction, the new human embryo begins to exist at the beginning of the process of fertilization that takes place in the woman's fallopian tubes----not in her uterus and thus "pregnancy" begins at fertilization, not at implantation. All "emergency" contraceptive pills are abortifacient if fertilization has taken place and they all have several biochemical mechanisms to achieve this. Some prevent an embryo from implanting in the uterus, but other biochemical mechanisms can kill the embryo before implantation while he/she is still in the mother's fallopian tube. That is, the embryo must be at a specific stage of development before he/she is capable of implanting in the uterus. The very same mechanism described in the article that changes the mobility of sperm and oocytes also applies to a new embryo if fertilization has taken place. Thus, some mechanisms in the pill slow down the movement of the embryo through the fallopian tube so that the embryo is too overdeveloped to implant in the uterus (and thus the embryo dies). Other mechanisms in the pill speed up the movement of the embryo in the fallopian tube so that the embryo is not developed enough to implant (and thus the embryo dies). Therefore, prevention of implantation is not the only way these pills kill already existing human embryos. And, by-the-way, a "fertilized egg" IS a new living human being----not an egg.
A fascinating article entitled "Pro-Choice Timidity in Fighting Shortage of Abortion Providers" appeared last week on the website Remapping Debate. We've known that abortion supporters have been wringing their hands for years about the dearth of doctors willing to actually become abortionists. And according to Remapping Debate reporter Heather Rogers, the "pro-choice" side has no unified strategy for solving what is, for them, a major problem.