When Life Begins – a medical view

January 30, 2009

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We can approach abortion from many perspectives: Biological, embryological, genetic, philosophical, social and economic, at the very least. As for the first three – my approach as a scientist, physician, surgeon, and simply someone who finished medical school, is factual.

There is no more pivotal moment in the subsequent growth and development of a human being than when 23 chromosomes of the father join with 23 chromosomes of the mother to form a unique, 46-chromosomed individual, with a gender, who had previously simply not existed. Period. No debate.

A wonderful article by Dr. Fritz Baumgartner – a thorough look at medical considerations of human life and abortion.

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Media bias

January 30, 2009

Remember the video that BET showed during the Inauguration festivities? The video has become one of the most wildly popular ever, averaging nearly 100,000 hits per day on YouTube since the Inauguration. Prolife organization Fidelis wanted to buy air time from NBC for this same commercial during this weekend’s Super Bowl.

Nope, said NBC officials. “We do not allow political or issue advocacy advertisements,” they told Fidelis. They were willing to air a commercial from a genuine advocacy group, PETA, if the sexual content of the ad were toned down…

But, then, PETA isn’t opposing liberal culture’s sacred cow of the “right to choose.”

See the story – complete with information how to contact NBC to make known your opinion of the decision – here.



Reformed Pro-Choice man

January 30, 2009

A former Pro-Choice man explains his mistake and his revelation.

Gary Graham

Flashpoint! A Woman’s Right To Choose

by Gary Graham

It’s a baby. Not fully developed, true. Like an infant is not a fully developed and mature adult. But it’s a baby.

And the first time I got a girl pregnant, I would have wrestled you to the ground for saying that. How f*cking dare you? You don’t know what you’re talking about! You piece of crap, you don’t know!

Well I do know. And I stand condemned. I’ve paid for three of them and was responsible for probably several more, I’m not really sure. But it breaks my heart. Because I’ve been convicted in my soul. It took years after the fact, but I was shown the Truth. And not to get mumbo-jumbo, oogly-boogly on you, but it was a spiritual awakening that did it. It happened unexpectedly, and it threw me to my knees in sudden tearful epiphany of what it meant for a man to be with a woman, what sex was really designed for by our Creator and… what abortion is.

And up until that point, I was completely ‘Pro-Choice’. I had bought the whole ‘women’s rights’ thing,…
full story at Big Hollywood
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Unfortunately, some in the Church are trying to downplay the impact of FOCA

January 30, 2009

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Fortunately, Bishop Paprocki reaffirms our need to combat FOCA.

Even as many American bishops mobilize their dioceses to encourage opposition to the federal Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), the news agency of the US bishops’ conference has run a story suggesting that fears of the legislation have been overblown. A Catholic News Service article begins, “Internet rumors to the contrary, no Catholic hospital in the United States is in danger of closing because of the Freedom of Choice Act.”

The CNS article quotes Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg and Sister Carol Keehan, president and CEO of the Catholic Health, both of whom state their opposition to FOCA, but downplay reports about the possible impact of the bill. “There is no plan to shut down any hospital if it passes,” Bishop Lynch said. “There’s no sense of ominous danger threatening health care institutions.”

source here

DE note (Matt):

Here are some of the primary sources Christine refers to.

The full CNS article is here:  http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/0900402.htm

Bishop Paprocki is an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Chicago and earned a law degree from DePaul University.  He made his comments on November 14, 2008.

Bishop Paprocki’s comments to Neil Cavuto host of Your World on Fox News are here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPLlWp318Ac

The Fox print story: http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2008Nov12/0,4670,RELCatholicBishops,00.html


Abortion, Liberalism and the War on Creativity

January 30, 2009

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From a Catholic blog, Catholic Prodigal Daughter – well worth reading the whole thing.

…This past week, it came to me that abortion isn’t just about killing off those babies who are “inconvenient.” It is a strategy straight from the pit of hell to destroy mankind. I saw a connection between those who politically feel it is “for the common good” to control society by placing government as the sole source of supply; and the attempt to stifle creativity by killing off what can be seen as human capital.

Satan hates creativity. He hates it with such viciousness that he will do everything in his power to destroy it – for in destroying creativity, he destroys life. The two – life and creativity – are inextricably joined. One cannot survive well without the other. For instance, to live freely is to have the opportunity to exercise your creativity. To be creative, fully creative, you must be aware of living. As an artist, I know that I am most creative when I am aware of my surroundings and thoughts. Artists create from their interpretation of life. An artist’s heart sings the purest when she is completing perfectly the vision that is in her soul.

Think of all the songs that have been sung! The songs yet to be sung! Then think of all those unborn babies, whose voices have been silenced; never having been given the chance to sing or teach someone else how to sing….

Thanks, Mary Rose, for a very thought-provoking post.


If doctors who won’t kill are ‘wicked,’ the world is sick

January 29, 2009

When doctors are called “wicked” for not killing patients, something is amiss.

A Byzantine version of the Hippocratic Oath from the 12th Century. "First do no harm..."Talk about Orwellian. A woman described as a “leading expert in ethics” has declared that doctors who refuse to kill their patients are “genuinely wicked.” I’m not making this up.

Mary Warnock, a British baroness told the Northern Ireland Forum for Ethics in Medicine and Healthcare this past Monday, that doctors who refuse to break their Hippocratic oath are evil.

It seems that virtually every day, I read another story that proves the world–and what is accepted as good and true –is being turned on its head.

Referring to terminally ill patients who make a written request to be killed when they reach a certain point in their illness, Warnock said: “There are doctors, we know, who don’t pay any attention (to those written wishes to be killed).

entire article is here at Mercatornet.com


Congressional activity

January 29, 2009

It is our intent to give you information and the primary source so you can debate and take action from a reasoned point of view to persuade others to the wrong that is abortion. If we can help you get informed and take effective action then we will have succeeded.

However, its a hard process and there are many better equipped to know and report on the activities “on the Hill.”  We get information from several “conservative” and “libertarian” news sources as well as some strongly ProLife news sources.  All the “good” ones are at our Resources page.  They each have an agenda so we try to do a reasonable fact-check and then pass on the good here.   Those “in the know” can tell you better than us what legislation will likely proceed and how much it will change etc.   We also have a network of friends and like minded bloggers who we talk to.  All of this though is based on our opinions and observations and of course our agendae – conscious and subconscious.

Noting that limitation (and suggesting you read or reread our How to Debate post) here is some small bit of data on the latest things in the Congress.

Search http://thomas.loc.gov/home/c111query.html for “reproductive”:

1 . Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2009 (Introduced in House) H.R.110.IH sponsor Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.)
2 . Prevention First Act (Introduced in Senate) [S.21.IS] sponsor Harry Reid the cosponsors are a list of the usual suspects: Boxer, Carper, Clinton, Feinstein, Inouye, Kerry, Lautenberg, et al.  This one bears watching and opposing.
3 . Prevention First Act of 2009 (Introduced in House) [H.R.463.IH] the same bill, different co-conspirators including Representative David Price D, NC-4
4 . Community Health Workers Act of 2009 (Introduced in Senate) [S.319.IS] really inocuous (though expensive) until you read that its directed at women of reproductive age and that gives a hint at what health care “services” are covered.
5 . Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act (Introduced in House) [H.R.669.IH] oops NA
6 . Veterans Health Care Authorization Act of 2009 (Introduced in Senate) [S.252.IS] I can’t tell about this one.

Other legislation is:

1 . Enhancing Health Care Coverage for Children Act S 82 is strongly prolife but has little chance to proceed except as a statement of principles.
2.  Children’s Health Care Quality Act S 225 is an attempt at bipartisanship but the cosponsors’ names Kennedy, Kerry and Voinovich make me doubt it.

Note the titles are deliberately meant to make the bill sound appealing.  ie who could be against a “Freedom of Choice Act?”  Well the FOCA – not yet introduced and hopefully never introduced in this congress – is terrible.  I have only quickly scanned through the Health Care Freedom of Choice Act HR 502 but the sponsor Rep Michele Bachmann, [MN-6] is ProLife.

text links:

http://thomas.loc.gov/home/c111query.html