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.
Friday, February 5, 2016
Spirit & Life - Can You Stop Pro-Lifers by Arresting Them?
As this week's Spirit & Life goes out, I am preparing to
board the last leg of my trip to Belarus. I just met HLI's Joannes
Bucher here in Frankfurt, Germany, and he is as excited as I am to get
rolling on this pro-life mission.
Joannes, our regional director
for Europe, arranged this mission with HLI's affiliate in Belarus, the
Open Hearts Foundation, which is run by Vladislav Volokhovich. We will
arrive in Minsk this evening, and will spend more than a week meeting
with and energizing pro-lifers, encouraging and guiding them as they
strategize and grow their own work. We will also have meetings with
various leaders in the Church and in politics and culture who work on
all levels of Belarus's society to protect life and family.
we do not expect trouble with the authorities. After many decades of
terribly destructive policies and cultural assaults perpetrated on this
nation the Belorussian people are expressing greater openness to the
message of life. This constant battle is in different stages around the
world - in the United States the Culture of Death still has the upper
hand, though the momentum among the people and at the state political
level is toward life.
The battle lines are uneven. This week saw
the investigators from the Center for Medical Progress, David Daleidin
and Sandra Merritt, respond to a warrant by turning themselves in at a
Houston police station to be booked. A Houston grand jury, as most of us
know, had been presented an indictment of Planned Parenthood for its
illegal sale of the parts of babies they had killed, and instead of
investigating and indicting Planned Parenthood, the prosecutor had the
investigators who unveiled this barbaric practice indicted. Using the
same tactics that investigators have long used to expose injustices that
continue without the scrutiny of law, they find themselves accused of
Once evil infects the structures of a society, such
injustices are to be expected. Even if they have unintended effects.
This has happened many times in history, though it is troubling to see
such flagrant injustice so close to home.
such overreach from the allies of the Culture of Death has unintended
effects. Today we also have a story that I am going to ask you to share
far and wide, one which resonates with the humiliation being visited
upon Mr. Daleidin and Ms. Merritt.
Uganda, long a bastion of
great respect for life and family that has been in the crosshairs of the
"aid" and "development" industry (read: population control industry),
is again the setting for a renewed assault from the Culture of Death. We
already know how it goes, if not all the details.
that lays out "Guidelines" for "safe abortion" was formally adopted by
the Ugandan Ministry of "Health" last summer. As you can guess, it was
basically written by US-funded NGOs who profit from abortion, and who
think that the world would be a better place without so many African
children. After years of seduction and what is referred to in Africa as
"facilitation," a bill to expand legal access to abortion is about to be
presented to the Parliament. When will the bill be considered? Think of
how the "democratic" process around Obamacare happened here in 2010:
The bill will be presented when they think they can win, when enough
arms have been twisted and palms greased.
But there is
resistance. HLI Uganda, led by Father Jonathan Opio, has been working on
many levels to stop the assault. There is some political resistance,
though HLI's ability to provide "facilitation" is no match for that of
the Western elites.
He has als0 been coordinating a ground-level
campaign collecting signatures against the Guidelines and the
soon-to-be-announced bill. For their efforts, three of his team members
were arrested for "inciting violence," though no one could say exactly
how or against whom. His accusers were nowhere to be found.
read and share Father Opio's story here. We need as many people praying
for him and his team, and for the success of their efforts, as
As always, I am grateful and humbled to be serving God
in the cause of life and family with the courageous missionaries of
HLI, and with you all! Thank you for your prayers and support!
PS. - I encourage everyone to share our Truth and Charity Forum's series
on the upcoming election. It's been an odd political season, to say the
least, which only highlights the need for clearer thinking and
formation for Catholics who want to exercise well their responsibility
to vote. See below, or click here for the series as it develops.
Another presidential election season is upon us. This may fill you
with dread, hope or anticipation, depending on your interest in
politics and this year's candidates. For myself, it is easy to
experience election fatigue, wherein I tire of the endless parodies,
smear campaigns and the ubiquitous political platitudes found on social
media. Regardless of our personal feelings--be they positive or
negative--we have a responsibility not only to vote, but to vote with
knowledge and discernment. - continue -
The Month of January has been a very busy one for HLI Uganda.
Despite many pro-life victories over the last several years, the
pro-abortion forces are closer than ever to achieving their goal of a
vote on a bill that would greatly expand legal access to abortion, and
we are seeing increased pressure on pro-life activists. This pressure
led to a very troubling series of events for our team, though it has
not stopped our efforts. Let me explain. - continue -
Send a reminder: Catholic=Pro-Life!
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