Saturday, June 16, 2012

Lifeissues Newsletter #580 clear thinking about crucial issues

Dear Friends For Life,

According to Janet E. Smith, the evidence is building that the chemicals present in contraceptives are harmful to the environment and to animals - such as human beings - who live in the "environment", i.e., drink from the water supply:

(In the case of oral contraceptives, the key ingredients are synthetic hormones known as progestins, which mimic progesterone, either alone or combined with estrogen. When used therapeutically in contraceptive pills or in hormone replacement treatments for menopause, these synthetic hormones make their way into the water supply after being excreted in the patients' urine. As environmental contaminants, these are referred to as endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), due to the fact that they interfere with the endocrine systems of humans and animals alike following exposure.)

This Sunday is Father's Day. It's a day the family says "Thanks Dad!". Thanks for being there for us, for holding the family together, for loving Mom, for being involved with the children. In a unique way, you bring positive values to our social unit like no one else can. Your presence is essential to the emotional, educational, physical and spiritual development of the family. Your smile and love protects, hopes, perseveres and yes, sometimes even fails. Fortunately, fatherhood does not require perfection. It does, however, require courage and commitment which you definitely have. We ask that you continue to build a safe world with our family that respects and protects all innocent human life from its very beginning. "Thanks Dad!", we love you.

God Bless,
Jerry Novotny, OMI

(The Difference is LIFE) "Each child is sent into this world by God with a unique message to deliver, a new song to sing, a personal act of love to bestow." -John Powell, S.J.

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**************************************** Newsletter #580
June 17, 2012



1. "Brain Dead" Man Recovers Before Doctors Can Take His Organs
2. Abortion Survivor Meets Nurse Who Saved Her Life
3. Teen Born With No Arms, Legs Addresses UN on Disabilities
4. Undernourished and anaemic - the plight of India's teen girls
5. The Art of Living: Ethics with No Destination
6. The Premarital Sex "Test Drive"
7. Listen to his voice
8. How to Solve the Bully Problem
9. The Stem Cell Debates: Lessons for Science and Politics
10. What's Planned Parenthood afraid of?
11. A ground-breaking abortion study from Chile
12. Ground Dead Babies: Horrific Discovery Made by Customs Officers

(Cohabitation): "Cohabitor Vows" -  Folks say that living together is practice for marriage. This is not true. The cycle of continually breaking up and "hooking├»»¿ up" with a new toy is practice for divorce.


Cohabitor Vows


ITEM #1: "Brain Dead" Man Recovers Before Doctors Can Take His Organs

In what is becoming a more common theme, doctors rushed too fast to attempt to take the organs of a man who was thought to be "brain dead" but recovered - this time thanks in part to the dedication of his family.

Additional article
: UK teen recovers "fully" after 4 doctor found him "brain dead"


ITEM #2: Abortion Survivor Meets Nurse Who Saved Her Life

Comment: Now here is a nurse for nursing students to emulate!


ITEM #3: Teen Born With No Arms, Legs Addresses UN on Disabilities

At the conference, she urged delegates to the UN to use technology to help disabled people like her - who are frequently victims of abortion or encouraged later in life to take their lives using euthanasia or assisted suicide - to make the most out of life.


ITEM #4: Undernourished and anaemic - the plight of India's teen girls

Nearly half of Indian girls aged 15 to 19 are underweight, and more than a quarter are underweight in 10 other countries including Bangladesh, Nepal, Niger, Ethiopia and Cambodia. "Such undernutrition renders adolescents vulnerable to disease and early death, and has lifelong health consequences," says the report. "In adolescent mothers, undernutrition is related to slow foetal growth and low birthweight." Another startling health indicator is that 56 percent of India's adolescent girls are anaemic - the sixth highest rate in the world. Mali has the worst, with 68 percent of girls suffering an iron deficiency.


ITEM #5: The Art of Living: Ethics with No Destination

In this framework, the focus of ethics is not on laws, but on moving from man's current condition to human flourishing - or, as a Catholic might say, on moving from man's fallen state to his perfection.


ITEM #6: The Premarital Sex "Test Drive"

During a 2011 roundtable discussion on Fox News, guest commentator Jay Thomas argued that young people should not be too concerned when it comes to pre-marital sex, because nobody would choose to "buy a car without driving it first".


ITEM #7 Listen to his voice

A father recently bemoaned the fact that the iPod had deprived him of his teenage son. That is the son's fault, but it is also the father's fault. As Christ is shepherd of our souls, using rod and staff to guide us - the rod to knock us on the head when we are in danger of straying and the staff to gently encourage us - so is a parent a shepherd of the young, and sometimes the rod must smash the iPod, but never without the staff gently urging the youth along the right path.


ITEM #8: How to Solve the Bully Problem

If a son of yours is either bullied or becoming a bully, I would strongly recommend that you read "Boys Adrift" and, above all, that you introduce your son to a strong, morally upright, focused and courageous male mentor - fast.


ITEM #9: The Stem Cell Debates: Lessons for Science and Politics

The potential resolution of the dilemmas of embryo-destroying research affords us an opportunity to reconsider moral questions our society has barely begun to confront.


ITEM #10: What's Planned Parenthood afraid of?

Being 'nonjudgmental' about sex-selection abortion won't go over well. When it comes to feminist goals, working to end sex-selection abortions should be common ground for all sides. It is a real war on women, costing the lives of girls simply because they are girls. While mainstream American values reject gender-based killings as patently offensive, in this war on women in the womb, Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry are on the side of abortion-trumps-all.


ITEM #11: A ground-breaking abortion study from Chile

A groundbreaking study of abortion in Chile published last week in the scientific journal PLoS One found that illegal abortion is not associated with maternal mortality. At a time when access to legal abortion is deemed absolutely necessary for women's health, this shatters long-standing assumptions. In this exclusive interview, Dr Elard S. Koch, the lead author of the study, defends his findings.


ITEM #12: Ground Dead Babies: Horrific Discovery Made by Customs Officers

Lots of "alternative medicines" or more correctly quack cures are found in shipments from China to gullible or desperate people throughout the world. Many of these ingredients are taken from endangered species, such as rhino horns or illegally harvested sharks. Now, customs officials are aghast at a recent trend of capsules from China that contain the powdered remains of stillborn or aborted children.



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

3. BECOME INVOLVED: Several years ago Fr. Jerry created a project entitled, "Journey for Life into the Heart of Asia". The project appeals for donations to help finance plane travel for lectures and seminars to developing countries in Asia. Strong focus is centered on reaching Asian Catholic Major Seminaries, Universities, Parishes, Hospitals and Family/Pro Life related groups. The lectures place emphasis on "The Asian Family at Crossroads: Life Issues, Trends and Challenges".

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