Friday, September 13, 2013

Lifeissues Newsletter #645 clear thinking about crucial issues

Dear Friends for Life,
Here's a news brief I received from John Smeaton, Director of SPUC. This is another view of the endless slippery slope shaping the concept of marriage. Quote: A prominent pro-abortion campaigning journalist has called for legal recognition of polyamourous arrangements. Laurie Penny wrote in The Guardian: "During the recent debates around the legalisation of gay marriage, Tory critics warned that the next, unthinkable step would be multiple marriage. I can't be the only one who wondered if that'd be such a bad idea." [Guardian]

Anthony Ozimic, SPUC's communications manager, commented: "True marriage both protects children and provides a lifelong commitment affirming the irreplaceable dignity of a complementary spouse. These are among the main reasons why societies have always been more favourable towards monogamy and less favourable towards polyamourous arrangements, which historically are very rare. The fluidity, complexity and individualism inherent in polyamory makes such arrangements highly unstable and therefore poorly suited to responsible parenthood. One fears a ready recourse to abortion in the event of an unplanned conception within a sexually uncommitted polyamourous arrangement. It is therefore unsurprising that an active campaigner for abortion such as Laurie Penny is also now arguing for polyamory. Legally-recognised polyamorous arrangements would be a logical progression from the same-sex marriage law, as both are based on a separation of sex from responsible parenthood. Children both born and unborn are best protected by the natural family based on the union of one man with one woman ordered towards childbearing." [John Smeaton]

God Bless,
Jerry Novotny, OMI

(The Difference is LIFE) "When the sounds of war made themselves felt here in Damascus, I had the impression that Syria was starting its descent into hell. Today, after the latest facts, we are wondering whether we have reached the bottom of this abyss. I heard the cry of the children, those innocent victims, a cry to heaven and cry to the international community: we cannot remain silent before this cry of theirs, of this appeal. Those who have responsibility in this field - the international community, its leaders - be endowed with wisdom and with prudence. We must make sure that crimes such as these do not ever happening again - never again!". - Archbishop Mario Zenari, apostolic nuncio in Syria.

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**************************************** Newsletter #645
September 15, 2013

1. Without Religious Morals and Values, Abortion on Demand Would Flourish
2. Giving Birth and Spirituality
3. Five Inspirational Moms Who Rejected Abortions On Kids With Down Syndrome
4. Eight Facts Most People Don't Know About How Abortion Hurts Women
5. Co-Ed Bathrooms?
6. Women need equality, not protection
7. Sex diseases among young rise by 50% in ten years
8. When Politics Trumps Good Medical Practice
9. Authentic Healthcare for the Elderly
10. Cuban Teenagers Overuse Abortion as Birth Control
11. Life, Dignity, and Disability: A Faith that Welcomes Suffering
12. Combating the Contraceptive Understanding of Celibacy

(Abortion): "Video: 15 and Pregnant: Why I Chose Adoption Instead of Abortion""Adoption is a big decision. If you're pregnant and unsure about your future, check out these real stories from birthmothers, adopted individuals, and adoptive parents," the group says. "Sometimes choosing adoption is about being a good mother. Watch how one mother's choice changed her child's life for the better."


ITEM #1: Without Religious Morals and Values, Abortion on Demand Would Flourish

In The Coming of the Third Reich, hailed by the Atlantic Monthly as "the definitive English-language account," Cambridge historian Richard Evans outlines the various philosophies which undergirded the Nazi regime. Among many others, he points to thinkers such as Ernst Haeckel, who openly advocated killing the mentally ill, and Alfred Ploetz, who believed a panel of doctors should attend every birth to determine if the baby was fit to live.


ITEM #2:
Giving Birth and Spirituality

The Church does not demand that women bear as many children as possible. Many Catholics do have big families (even bigger than they planned!) but the Church asks us to be prudent, and to nourish our families with love - and that includes caring for ourselves.

ITEM #3: Five Inspirational Moms Who Rejected Abortions On Kids With Down Syndrome

Ninety percent of unborn babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted. That's not a typo - 90 percent. This distressing statistic makes the following mothers even more remarkable for choosing life for their beautiful children who just happen to have an extra chromosome.


ITEM #4: Eight Facts Most People Don't Know About How Abortion Hurts Women

Contrary to popular opinion abortion hurts women. The following figures, referenced below from an Elliott Institute publication, are eight evidence-based facts about the consequences of abortion for women' health. I have, where possible linked the references to the original sources.

ITEM #5: Co-Ed Bathrooms?

In the video, the transgender man defends the ENDA bill, which passed a Senate committee 15-7 and may soon become law. But he/she essentially admitted the bill would 1) force all business owners to allow cross-dressing men to use the women's bathroom and girls locker rooms 2) punish, fine, and subject to lawsuits and bankruptcy any Christian business owner who resists the gay agenda, and 3) subject women and little girls to public exposure by any man who "feels" like a woman and wants to parade his male parts in front of little girls. It's already happening. At Evergreen State College, a 45-year old man exposed his male parts to young girls in a women's locker room, but could not be arrested because Washington State law protects his "right" to shower in the girls locker.
ITEM #6: Women need equality, not protection
Instead of helping to manufacture outrage, the media needs to approach these appalling crimes with greater sensitivity, while focusing on the attackers rather than the victims. This will put more pressure on the legal system to function properly, while ensuring that victims and their families stay out of the public gaze so they can heal.


ITEM #7 Sex diseases among young rise by 50% in ten years
The number of under-25s being diagnosed with sexually transmitted diseases has climbed almost 50 per cent in ten years. Experts are particularly concerned about the rise of gonorrhoea with rates increasing by a fifth in the past 12 months.

ITEM #8: When Politics Trumps Good Medical Practice

The purposes of professional medical associations are to set standards of medical practice for their members, to support members in the practice of medicine, as well as to serve as a voice for their members in the formulation of health care policy. Each of these focus areas should be grounded in sound science and strong medical ethics. Unfortunately, the current medical climate undercuts these principles as more and more policy recommendations seek to advance a political agenda instead of good medicine.

ITEM #9: Authentic Healthcare for the Elderly

Recently I saw an ad for the "10 commandments of caring" on the internet. It was produced by the HCR Manor Care Company, which has rest homes around the country. While it is not religiously affiliated, its message is quite good, and I would like to take the reader through it from a Catholic perspective.


ITEM #10: Cuban Teenagers Overuse Abortion as Birth Control

In nearly all of Latin America, illegal abortion is a serious public health problem. But in Cuba, where abortion is legal, it is being overused by teenagers.
ITEM #11: Life, Dignity, and Disability: A Faith that Welcomes Suffering
One has to accept sorrow for it to be of any healing power, and that is the most difficult thing in the world ... A priest once said to me, 'When you understand what accepted sorrow means, you will understand everything. It is the secret of life' (Maurice Baring).
ITEM #12: Combating the Contraceptive Understanding of Celibacy
On the one hand, we must appreciate how sex is holy. It might be good to say "holy" instead of "good." Ironically, the idea that celibacy is a sacrifice treats sex as a good in the same way that a candy bar is a good. But this view belongs to the contraceptive mentality; sex is not good in that way.



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

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