Notre Dame “Evades Common Sense”

April 30, 2009

Exclusive Interview: Cardinal Rigali Says Notre Dame Defence of Obama Honor “Evades Common Sense”

By Kathleen Gilbert

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, April 28, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Philadelphia’s Cardinal Justin Rigali, Chairman of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, weighed in on the Notre Dame scandal in an exclusive interview with LifeSiteNews.com today.  Rigali called the school’s decision to honor President Obama a “most unfortunate” decision that “must not happen again,” and criticized the school’s defense of the decision as one that “evades common sense.”

President Obama is due to give the commencement address and receive an honorary law degree at Notre Dame May 17.

“My reaction is that it is most unfortunate,” said Rigali.  “It’s most unfortunate because of the confusion it causes; it’s most unfortunate because of the message that it gives with regard to the importance of human life; it’s most unfortunate in regard to the confusion that it causes also in the ordinary people – the students, the graduates, the families … but above all, it is most unfortunate because the value that is attributed to life through the recognition of an honorary degree in this regard is just not acceptable.”

Asked to give his opinion on the unprecedented backlash from U.S. bishops and thousands of Catholic laity over Notre Dame’s decision, Rigali said he believes that “something very positive is going on in our country along with all the negative things – that there is a greater and evolving understanding of the value of human life in many, many people.”

“The backlash is due to a great extent the reaction of people who through their intuition, through their common sense, they know that this is just not an acceptable way to take a position on something that is so important,” he said.

See the whole article: http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/apr/09042803.html


Pro-Life Doctors’ Protections

April 30, 2009

Protecting Medical Professionals Who Morally Oppose Abortion Is ‘Short-sighted,’ Democratic Senator Says
Thursday, April 30, 2009
By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer


Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) told a gathering of pro-abortion activists that the Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations put in place by the Bush administration to protect medical professionals who work in institutions that receive federal funding and morally oppose certain practices, such as abortion, is “short-sighted” and should be rescinded by President Obama.

Murray also praised Obama for reversing the Mexico City Policy shortly after taking office, ending a ban on federal funds being provided to non-governmental groups around the globe that promote or perform abortions.

Read the complete article. http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=47389


Terrible 100 days

April 29, 2009

A ChangeWatch 100 Day Edition: Change You Can Bereave In – UPDATED

28 April, 2009 (14:15) | Congress, Human Life & Bioethics | By: Tom McClusky

President Obama backgrounder here. This whole document can be downloaded here

November 19th, 2008 President-elect Obama nominates pro-abortion former Senator Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) as his Health and Human Services Secretary.

November 25th, 2008 President-elect Obama appoints Melody Barnes, former board member for the pro-abortion EMILY’s List and executive vice president for policy at the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress, as director of the domestic policy council.

December 1st, 2008 President-elect Obama nominates pro-abortion advocate Senator Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) as Secretary of State and pro-abortion advocate Susan Rice as Ambassador to the United Nations.

Story continued http://www.thecloakroomblog.com/category/human-life-bioethics/


U.K. Schools Forced to Aid Access to Morning After Pill

April 28, 2009

A UK Catholic bishop has condemned a plan by Oxfordshire health officials to allow girls as young as eleven to order the abortifacient morning after pill by text message from their school nurse. An auxiliary bishop of the Catholic archdiocese of Birmingham told local news media that the proposed plan by local health authorities and the Oxfordshire County Council “goes against the very central idea the Catholic church has on human life.”

Bishop Leonard William Kenney told the Daily Telegraph, “It is sending out the message that it was better to deal with the aftermath of what people do, rather than the causes…

Set to begin in July, the pilot program will apply to six secondary schools in Oxfordshire county, including St. Gregory the Great Catholic school in Oxford. Authorities have informed the schools that there will be no opt-out allowed, claiming that the texting service is “outside the governance of the schools” because it is offered outside of school hours.

Distressing news, indeed, as parents are bypassed in the process. Although children between the ages of 11-13 are supposed to receive some followup, according to the article from LifeSite News, one has to wonder whether that followup will be any more honest than that of the Planned Parenthood situations here in the U.S., in which statutory rape victims are treated like willing partners in consentual sex.


Planned Parenthood coverup

April 28, 2009

Ohio Supreme Court Allows Legislator to Join Abortion-Sexual Abuse Coverup Case

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 28
, 2009

Columbus, OH (LifeNews.com) — The Ohio Supreme Court on Monday agreed to allow a state legislator to join a lawsuit against Planned Parenthood. The suit accuses the abortion business of ignoring suspected sexual abuse against a teenager who went to its facility in Cincinnati for an abortion.

Rep. Robert Mecklenborg added a provision to a domestic abuse bill to make it easier for victims to sue agencies like Planned Parenthood that fail to follow state law and report suspected cases of sexual abuse of minors.

Mecklenborg’s attorneys argued his provision may be related to the lawsuit and Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer agreed yesterday.

The bill, the Pregnant Women from Coercion & Violence Bill, received lopsided bipartisan support in the state legislature and went into effect earlier this month.

The law is designed to stop women from being pressured or forced into a decision to have an abortion. It requires abortion facilities to display a poster in their waiting areas making it clear to women that no one can coerce or pressure them into having an abortion they really don’t want.

Read the entire article http://www.lifenews.com/state4088.html


Planned Parenthood Profit

April 27, 2009

The American Spectator is speaking the truth – again.

The Profitable Nonprofit

Left-wing activists are indignant at obscene oil company profits, hefty CEO bonuses, and sweet golden parachutes — but what about expansion of the No. 1 violator of human rights in the United States?

No, it’s not Dick Cheney and the CIA. It’s Planned Parenthood. The abortion giant took home $85 million in “excess of revenue over expenses” (a nifty way of saying profits) and had an operating budget of over $1 billion for the 2007-2008 fiscal year, according to its latest annual report. Included in that budget was $350 million in “government grants and contracts” (an equally nifty way of saying your tax dollars). An increase in the number of abortions performed helped fuel the profits.

The new numbers come on the heels of a spat of stories suggesting that recessionary times are contributing to a spike in abortions.

Read the rest http://spectator.org/archives/2009/04/27/the-profitable-nonprofit


The Gay Lobby Strikes at the Psychiatric Field… again

April 26, 2009

It happened in the U.S. in 1973, when a loud, obnoxious gay lobby hijacked the American Psychiatric Association convention and coerced the Association to remove homosexuality from their diagnostic manual – for political, rather than authentic medical or scientific reasons.  This article contains a number of links that detail that and subsequent events in the gay lobby’s growing dominance of American social and medical issues, if you weren’t aware of them before.

Now a group of gay lobbyists in Germany have attempted to derail a conference in which two professionals who espouse traditional values were slated to speak.

Preparations for a conference on psychotherapy set for May in Marburg, Germany are being disrupted by an “action alliance of queer, feminist, and anti-fascist and anti-sexist” groups that want two Christian therapists removed from the roster of speakers.

In response, a group of at least 600 prominent German professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds has issued a public statement and petition to protest the “totalitarian aspirations of the gay and lesbian associations.” These organizations, they said, are trying to suppress freedom of expression and academic inquiry at the upcoming 6th International Congress for Psychotherapy and Counseling in Marburg.

And not just Marburg. Everywhere. I wonder what would happen if the intellectually honest of America were to post such a protest against the actions of the radical gay lobby. I wonder why they haven’t (but not really. Read “Spiritual Warfare.”)