Pro-abortion rhetoric: nothing less than insulting to women

March 31, 2009

The Susan B. Anthony and other pro-life groups oppose the appointment of Dawn Johnsen to the White House Office of Legal Counsel. Johnsen’s pro-abortion rhetoric is nothing less than insulting to women, whom she insists are “fetal containers,”  “inevitable losers in the contraceptive lottery.”

Giving new life is one of the noblest gifts of womanhood. It is our innate nature to protect the weak and defenseless, especially our own young. Johnsen’s rhetoric demeans women, our best selves – and dehumanizes both us and our children.

Unfortunately, this is precisely the sort of persons President Obama is surrounding himself with, staffing his White House with. This is the tenor of the new administration.

For more on Johnsen and protests to her appointment, see here.


Post-abortion: Relationships suffer

March 31, 2009

A report in LifeNews details the risks and complications on the relationships of women who undergo abortion – not only the relationship in which the baby was conceived, but also in subsequent relationships. Increased incidence reported of arguments, jealousy and even violence can plague relationships, post-abortion. Moreover, more than twice as many women experience a newly-developing sexual dysfunction in the wake of the abortion experience.

This is not a surprising finding. It’s been known for years that the relationship in which the aborted child was conceived is at way higher risk for ending. That profound changes in even future relationship dynamics should develop makes complete sense. A woman who has undergone abortion feels differently about herself as a woman; her history raises questions in the mind of the man she becomes involved with. Women hurt – they pick fights in a vague sense of self-defense.

So sociologicial data joins the medical data of increased incidents of medical difficulties – not least of which are increased risk of infertility and breast cancer – in the information concealed from women before they sign on the dotted line.


Embryonic Stem Cells are bad science

March 30, 2009

As we’ve noted before, Stem Cells don’t deliver the promise. The embryos killed to harvest the cells certainly would think so.

The Folly of Stem Cell Subsidies

by Kmele Foster | March 27, 2009

President Obama’s decision earlier this month to overturn restrictions on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research was widely praised by supporters. Yet even setting aside the moral controversy involved, there are good reasons to challenge the wisdom of devoting public dollars to the cause. Despite the President’s stated desire to spur innovation and dislodge the “ideology” and “false choice” that he believes drove George W. Bush to restrict funding in the first place, publicly funded research inevitably suffers from the perverse consequences of political wrangling.

Cash-strapped California’s $6 billion foray into publicly funded stem-cell research illustrates the pitfalls of government-sponsored science. Its still uncertain just what impact increased federal funding will have on California’s four-year-old initiative. In November 2004, California voters approved Proposition 71, establishing the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), and funding it with a 10-year, $3 billion bond measure that will ultimately cost taxpayers an additional $3 billion in interest payments. The public campaign for Prop 71 was an intense multi-million-dollar undertaking. Right-to-life advocates mobilized in opposition to the measure, while supporters created their own emotionally-charged campaign ads featuring the likes of Parkinson’s sufferer Michael J. Fox.

read the entire article

http://www.americasfuture.org/doublethink/2009/03/27/the-folly-of-stem-cell-subsidies/


Bill Gates funding abortion

March 30, 2009

Sigh…..

UNC receives Gates Foundation grant to help tackle reproductive health issues facing urban poor

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received more than $22 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a new project that aims to improve the reproductive health of the urban poor in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

http://uncnews.unc.edu/news/health-and-medicine/unc-receives-gates-foundation-grant-to-help-tackle-reproductive-health-issues-facing-urban-poor.html

I expect to meet with much hostility over opposing this kind of research.  “Its science you Ludite” or words to that effect.  However the mindset that we’re fighting is that abortion is a regular form of health care – code named “reproductive health programs”.  (BTW “family planning” means contraceptives in this same code.)

Opposing “reproductive health care” is not to oppose fresh water, air pollution prevention, famine relief, stable governments, debt forgiveness or crop assistance.  However the abortion mindset infects and bleeds money from these programs.  It also literally bleeds life from peoples who don’t want or need abortion; they want and need our effective charity.

It took me about 3 minutes to discover that the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is active in encouraging abortions. From a past workshop:

This workshop therefore aimed to get policy makers and donors to prioritize family planning and reproductive health programs in their allocation of funds. http://www.aphrc.org/section.asp?ID=5

The Population Reference Bureau is no better.  Their website has a study listed under its program for Reproductive Health.

At an average supply cost of US$1.55 per user annually, it offers a safe, affordable, and effective way for governments to reduce maternal and child illness and deaths, as well as reduce national health expenditures on reproductive and children’s health problems. http://www.prb.org/Reports/2009/fpsl.aspx

This is – in a word – tragic.  Contracept and abort babies so you won’t have to watch them get sick or die later.  Its making a human life a commodity.


President attempts to quiet Bishop

March 30, 2009

The Catholic Thing is a thinking persons review  of the Truth of Catholic cultural tradition in the world.  On this matter we agree.

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Hey, Obama: Hands Off Burke

By Austin Ruse

A reliable source tells me that someone representing the Obama administration is about to put pressure on the papal nuncio to the United States to get Archbishop Raymond Burke to be quiet. The Obama complaint is that Archbishop Burke, who is now head of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome, has supported another bishop in his chastisement of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius for her support of abortion.

A few days ago Archbishop Burke gave an interview to the San Diego-based organization Catholic Action for Faith and Family, during which he took the gloves off about Sebelius, who has been nominated to head the massive U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He noted her “public association with some of the more notorious agents of the culture of death.” This, of course, was a reference to her hosting a party for the late-term abortionist George Tiller, currently on trial in Kansas for nineteen infractions of abortion restrictions.

Burke commented on her fitness for office, saying that for Sebelius to be “placed in charge of the federal office with responsibilities for health and human services” is “sad for our nation” and a “source of great embarrassment.”

See the complete article here.
http://www.thecatholicthing.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1368&Itemid=2

Catholic Thing‘s inaugural column by Robert Royal from June 2008 explains the background and the purpose of their web magazine.


Africans agree with the Pope on condoms for AIDS

March 30, 2009

While the western media ridicules Pope Benedict XVI for his statements that condoms only increase and complicate the AIDS crisis, African peoples are speaking out in support and solidarity with the Holy Father as he implores the world for abstinence and for monogamous fidelity, rather than condoms, in the fight against the deadly disease.

Dr. Filippo Ciantia, a Ugandan specialist in tropical medicine, along with eight other experts says that his experience resonates with the Pope’s statement.

On Thursday, CNA received a letter from Dr. Filippo Ciantia, a representative of the Association of Volunteers in International Service and a former USAID policy advisor on HIV/AIDS, along with 8 other Ugandan social and health workers in support of the Pope.

The full text of the letter follows:

We would like to contribute to the heated debate on the statements of the Holy Father on the AIDS scourge at the press conference granted to journalists during the papal flight en route to Yaoundé, Cameroon.

We are social and health workers committed to [fighting] AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic in Uganda. Our experience indicates that what the Pope said is realistic, reasonable and scientifically sound.

With our letter we would like to enrich the debate with scientific and sound data.

Moreover, a friend in Rome reports that a lovely, large and loud contingent of African students, “Hundreds of them!” converged on St. Peter’s Square yesterday (Sunday, March 29) with flags and signs to show their support of the Pope.

There were hundreds of them, and they were impossible to miss, with all their shouting and singing and dancing. Some of them had come straight from Africa with considerable sacrifices on behalf of their parishes and communities just to show their support for the Pope they’d just met in Cameroon and Angola and to voice their indignation over the attacks on him. Clergy and seminarinas were all very young, and dressed like Catholic clergy. It was awesome to hear them pray the Angelus in Latin with the Pope with their intentionally outloud baritonal voices emerging from the rest of the already big crowd. Very encouraging.

But all we hear about in the American media is how awful the Pope is for opposing the unlimited distribution of condoms in the fight against AIDS. Mari Ann Mollo of Camaroon agrees:

Another organizer, Mari Anne Mollo of Cameroon, told ZENIT that she was disappointed with the coverage of the Papal trip: “The mass media presented the ugly, suffering, disease-filled side of the continent. We had expected that they would talk about a beautiful, welcoming, lively, smiling Africa.”

“Cameroon took two days of holiday to welcome the Pope,” she said. “The journalists reduced the trip to [the statements] about condoms and ignored the Pontiff’s [other] statements.”

Mollo, who is a student at the Pontifical Gregorian University, also noted that her continent also faces other more fundamental challenges: “Africans don’t just die from AIDS, but from other diseases too, due to a lack of hygiene. How can condoms be prioritized when the lack of other basics for survival is felt?”

“The massive promotion of condoms,” she continued, “causes cultural, economic, moral impoverishment because it encourages people to engage in irresponsible behavior and it goes against our culture.

“Because of this we say ‘no’ to the disparagement of our culture and our traditions. We want to walk with Benedict XVI and follow the lines that he traced for our present and our future, and in this way write a new page.”


Inside Catholic’s cover story is dead right

March 29, 2009

Wow.  Here’s a pep talk for us to do what we do.

Turning the Tables: On Winning the Public Relations War

by Tom Hoopes
3/27/09

From the perspective of the Catholic Church, the culture war can look more like a culture siege — a one-sided contest pitting the attacking villains against a peace-loving Church. Or worse, sometimes it feels like the Church is hiding in a stained-glass bunker, dividing into factions and arguing about who is more orthodox while the attackers are breaching the outer wall.
It need not be so.
There’s no reason the Church can’t conduct forays out into the world and drive our enemies — culturally speaking — into retreat. But to do so, we have to learn how to go on the offensive.

read the complete story here. Turning the Tables: On Winning the Public Relations War