40-Days for Life

September 29, 2009

In Raleigh the 40-Days for Life movement is active.  Today is day 7.  Keep them in your prayers.  Consider getting involved or joining the activities in your area

I am especially affirmed by their Statement of Peace.

On September 23 – November 1, 2009  our community will join communities around the world for the largest and longest coordinated pro-life mobilization in history — the 40 Days for Life campaign. This will be our fourth campaign in Raleigh.

 40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life effort that consists of:

  • 40 days of prayer and fasting
  • 40 days of peaceful vigil
  • 40 days of community outreach

We are praying that, with God’s help, this groundbreaking effort will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in Raleigh and throughout America.

Taking a stand for life

While all aspects of 40 Days for Life are crucial in our effort to end abortion, the most visible component is the peaceful prayer vigil outside of a local abortion facility.

In Raleigh there are 3 abortion facilities located within 7 miles of each other. All of the facilities are open 6 days a week. Over 9546 abortions were performed in 2007  in Wake County.

This fall we will stand and pray from 7am-7pm beginning September 23 and ending at 7pm November 1st. outside of:

A Woman’s Choice of Raleigh, Inc.
3305 Drake Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607

 The vigil is always peaceful and prayerful. All participants agree to abide by the “Statement of Peace” with a pledge that they will conduct themselves in a Christ-like manner.

Directions, parking information, and a map to the site of “A Woman’s Choice of Raleigh” abortion clinic are located on the Vigil Schedule page. Sign up here.

Want to become involved? Email us at

apex4life@gmail.com
prayforlife247@aol.com

Be sure to sign-up for updates and prayer requests using the form at the top right of this page, and browse through the rest of this site to find out how YOU can help make a lifesaving impact as part of our local 40 Days for Life campaign.


Senate Health Care Bill

September 28, 2009
AUL_Action
Dear Matthew,Tomorrow is an important day in health care reform for pro-life America.  The U.S. Senate Finance Committee will continue mark up of Sen. Baucus’s health care bill.  Currently, Sen. Baucus’s bill allows qualified health plans to provide coverage for all abortions and mandates that at least one plan in each state exchange provide coverage of all abortions.  Thankfully, we have another chance to protect and defend life in health care reform.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has filed several amendments that would prevent government funding for abortion and would protect current conscience laws for health workers.

Here are the pro-life amendments being considered for a vote tomorrow (for a more detailed explanation, please go to the AUL blog):

  • Hatch Amdt. #C14 (355): Prohibits authorized or appropriated federal funds under this bill from being used for elective abortions and plans that cover such abortions.
  • Hatch Amdt. #C13 (354): Protection for the right of conscience.
  • Hatch Amdt. #C12 (353): Prohibits federal funds under this bill from being used to pay for assisted suicide and offers conscience protections to providers or plans refusing to offer assisted suicide services.

Please CALL the Finance Committee Senators today and urge them to support Sen. Hatch’s amendments to exclude abortion funding & protect conscience rights for health workers:


Taking the Right seriously at Berkeley: “Conservatism is a tradition, not a pathology”

September 14, 2009

A conservative viewpoint.

Mark Lilla, professor of humanities at Columbia University, writing at The Chronicle of Higher Education:
http://chronicle.com/article/Taking-the-Right-Seriously/48333/

There were many surprises as the students examined the history of conservatism. The biggest one, for both Lyons and me, was how attractive all the students found Whittaker Chambers and how much they enjoyed his cold-war memoir, Witness. Who knew? If anything, the liberal students were more enthusiastic because they saw Chambers as an idealist participating in a cosmic battle between good and evil, which is how they saw themselves. Apparently it never occurred to them that conservatives, too, could be idealists. Even Lyons caught the bug, admitting that before reading Witness he had considered Chambers a “degenerate,” but now saw him as a “compelling if sad figure.” It turns out a book can change your mind. Again, who knew?


Gov’t allows PP in schools?

September 11, 2009

from WorldNet Daily:

The House’s proposed health national health plan would establish “school-based health clinics” on campuses, and one group is warning it could give Planned Parenthood direct access to American schoolchildren at taxpayer expense.

The American Family Association, or AFA, is warning that Section 2511 of H.R.3200, or the House plan, titled “School-Based Health Clinics,” allows a “non-profit health agency” to serve as a “sponsoring facility” for health clinics that operate during school hours. AFA has provided a document with actual language from H.R.3200 that outlines requirements for the program.

AFA notes that under this provision Planned Parenthood would be authorized to serve as a “sponsoring facility” for the nation’s schools.

“Although the bulk of the health care bill is scheduled to go into effect in 2013, this particular provision is slated to go into effect next summer, in time for clinics to appear in public schools by next fall,” an AFA memo stated.

The bill requires that the school-based health clinic “provide on-site access during the academic day when school is in session” and have “an established network

of support and access to services with backup health providers when the school or [clinic] is closed.”

More detail at the article – including additional links. Do, please, read this, and notify your Representatives in Washington of your opposition to this provision. With Planned Parenthood’s agendas sabotaging traditional moral values – even at the expense of the emotional wellbeing of our daughters – this is simply NOT an acceptable possibility!


21 week baby left to die

September 9, 2009

‘Doctors told me it was against the rules to save my premature baby’

By Vanessa Allen and Andrew Levy

Doctors left a premature baby to die because he was born two days too early, his devastated mother claimed yesterday.

Sarah Capewell begged them to save her tiny son, who was born just 21 weeks and five days into her pregnancy  –  almost four months early.

They ignored her pleas and allegedly told her they were following national guidelines that babies born before 22 weeks should not be given medical treatment.

Reead the entire story at:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1211950/Premature-baby-left-die-doctors-mother-gives-birth-just-days-22-week-care-limit.html

The story notes:

Studies show that only 1 per cent of babies born before 23 weeks survive, and many suffer serious disabilities.

I do not believe that data.  I would ask anyone to comment on the viability of 22 week babies.
And if it is single-digit percentages that live normally is that not what we should do?

Catholic Bishops Speak Against Abortion

September 5, 2009

Individual Catholic Bishops Speak Out Against Pro-Abortion Health Care Bills

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 1
, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The nation’s Catholic bishops have spoken collectively against the pro-abortion health care bills pending in Congress. Now, individual bishops are beginning to speak out and to urge elected official to focus on promoting health care not rationing and abortion funding.

Bishop Walker Nickless of Sioux City, Iowa issued a message on Tuesday that has pro-life Catholics cheering.

The upshot? No health care “reform” is better than a restructuring that forces abortion funding or mandates.

“First and most important, the Church will not accept any legislation that mandates coverage, public or private, for abortion, euthanasia, or embryonic stem-cell research,” Nickless writes. “We refuse to allow our own parish, school, and diocesan health insurance plans to be forced to include these evils.”

See the whole article at:

http://www.lifenews.com/state4390.html


The “Apple” argument against Abortion

September 5, 2009

Peter Kreeft is brilliant.  He’s also very hard to keep up with – there’s so much going on in his texts.  This line of reasoning – and the ‘simplifications’ that some commenters make at the end – are THE argument against abortion on demand.  If you can follow them.  Its well worth posting here despite being somewhat rich.

It was reposted just this week at Inside Catholic: http://insidecatholic.com/Joomla/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6795&Itemid=48

One commenter simplified well when they said:

1. It is always wrong to kill an innocent human being.

2. unborn babies are human beings.

3. Abortion kills an unborn human being.

4. Therefore, abortion is wrong.

He originally published it in 2000.  See: http://www.peterkreeft.com/topics-more/personhood_apple.htm

The meat of the argument is:

1. We Know What an Apple Is

2. We Really Know What an Apple Really Is

3. We Really Know What Some Things Really Are

4. We Know What Human Beings Are

5. We Have Human Rights Because We Are Human

6. Morality Is Based on Metaphysics

7. Moral Arguments Presuppose Metaphysical Principles

8. Might Making Right

9. Either All Have Rights or Only Some Have Rights

10. Why Abortion Is Wrong

11. The Argument From the Nonexistence of Nonpersons

12. Three Pro-Life Premises and Three Pro-Choice Alternatives

13. The Argument from Skepticism