Friday, November 21, 2014

Spirit and Life: Murder is Good? Does the Bible Tell Me So?


The abortion industry has begun to rebrand themselves, going from language of "pro-choice" to claims that abortion is good. Just last week, a pro-abortion author released a book aimed to sway public opinion about abortion, with the accompanying support from the media, including a Time Magazine article called "6 Myths about Abortion." Our own Stephen Phelan and Krista Schmid Thomas refute the first of these "myths" with the article below, "Murder is Good?"
Our mission continues: HLI's missionaries are working hard to defend life and family as you'll read in our informative pieces on Malawi Under Siege, the successful March for Life in Zurich in support of Down syndrome babies, and how pro-abortion organizations are threatening to amend India's 1971 Pregnancy Law, a serious threat to the sanctity of life and family.
There's still much work to do to build a Culture of Life. May your continued prayers and support change hearts and mind to embrace the Gospel of Life!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Shenan J. Boquet
President, Human Life International

by Stephen Phelan and Krista Schmid Thomas
Last week's Time Magazine expose, 6 Myths About Abortion, is part of the abortion industry's rebranding effort, as they seek to move away from the always-false "pro-choice" language toward the more diabolically honest pro-abortion approach. Hence the need to do away with certain facts that are inconvenient for the pro-abortion crowd, recasting them as "myths."
In examining the first "myth," the claim that the Bible forbids abortion, author Katha Pollitt rather quickly betrays her actual intent - to get Christians to look away from the Bible: "It shouldn't matter what the Bible says about abortion...he [Jesus] said nothing about abortion. Neither did Saint Paul, or the other New Testament authors, or any of the later authors whose words were interpolated into the original texts."
Not being a biblical scholar, Pollitt misses the most obvious Biblical admonition, actually a Commandment, that remains central for most of the civilized world, regardless of whether they consider the Bible for their moral direction: 'Thou shalt not kill' (Exodus 20:13). The taking of innocent life applies to unborn babies, those scientifically-recognized human beings at the earliest stage of life, as it does to the elderly or disabled. -more-

Malawi Under Siege

by Emil Hagamu
Malawi, a southeastern African country of 13 million people, is waking up. Targeted by Western organizations for "family planning" goals that are conceived in New York, Brussels, and London, Malawi and many other African countries increasingly find themselves having to look into the mouths of gift horses from the "developed" world. The elites who cite the need to reduce maternal mortality often seem to have only one solution - preventing motherhood, by any means necessary. I have seen first-hand Malawi's life-loving culture, Malawians appreciate God's gift of children. -more-

by Johannes Bucher
march for life, zurich, down syndrome, 2014
In spite of growing anti-life opposition, about 2,500 pro-life faithful mobilized for the March for Life in Zurich on September 20, 2014, drawing attention to the right to life of every unborn child, especially those with Down Syndrome.

Such public pro-life marches require police protection in German-speaking countries. Over recent years, threats by anti-life demonstrators have become more violent and more blasphemous. At times it appears that the police, possibly on orders from politicians, do very little to block anti-life demonstrators from intimidating pro-life participants who march in peace. -more
by HLI Staff
India, pregnancy act, abortion, baby Persistent lobbying efforts by pro-abortion organizations have led to proposed legislation to amend India's Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act (MTP), originally enacted in 1971. If passed, the law will allow abortion up to 24 weeks gestation and grant midwives and homeopaths the right to perform abortions.
HLI-Goa and other pro-life advocates have vehemently protested India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare's proposed bill. Milagres Pereira, director of Human Life International's affiliate in Goa, India, cites serious threats to the sanctity of life and family in the proposed amendments. -more