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    AmP Countdown: Time left to demand that Congress make health care reform pro-life: 2009-11-07 18:00:00 GMT-05:00

    Thursday, October 22, 2009

    Stupidity: Pro-aborts launch petition so *seniors* can keep abortion coverage

    Someone should tell the folks writing NARAL's petitions that marijuana isn't legal (yet). They actually have posted a petition - and almost 32,000 people have signed it - which reads in part:
    "Anti-choice extremists at the Family Research Council are launching an outrageous media and lobbying campaign claiming that Congress' health-care reform bills will deny seniors the medical care they need in order to pay for abortion."
    Yes, you read that correctly - NARAL is worried that seniors might lose their medical coverage for abortion.

    I'm very sure that Family Research Council is not worried that seniors will be paying for their own abortions. Seniors paying for abortions out of their medical coverage, after all, does not seem to be a very large demographic. 

    FRC has been airing very powerful ads showing that abortion coverage and rationing of care for the elderly are both major (separate) problems in the current health care reform plans. But apparently NARAL's media division really thinks FRC could be so stupid as to think that senior citizens are paying to have their pregnancies aborted. 

    And NARAL is happy to launch petitions referencing this as a real issue!

    Often in the debate over abortion, the pro-life movement is caricatured as "unscientific".

    Well, maybe we can begin to make the charge that the pro-abortion movement is illiterate and biased.

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    Friday, November 14, 2008

    Video: NARAL tries for Hippie, arrives at Confusing

    You've got to be kidding. This has to be the wierdest video I've seen in a long while. What's more, it was put together by the radical pro-abortion group NARAL. Considering it your Friday Zen Bad Trip:

    This Suzy B blogger is as equally freaked out as I am.

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    Wednesday, October 01, 2008

    Archbishop calls Catholic Gov's decision to host pro-abortion fundraiser a "scandal"

    Oregon Catholics especially - listen up!
    Your Archbishop is asking you to take action:

    Archbishop John Vlazny is criticizing Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski, a Catholic, for playing host to an abortion rights fundraiser Friday night in Portland. Vlazny, head of the Archdiocese of Portland, said it's an embarrassment and a scandal for Catholics that Kulongoski is hosting the event two days before the church conducts its annual "Respect Life" mass in Portland to show opposition to abortion.

    "For a Catholic governor to host an event of this sort seems a deliberate dissent from the teachings of the church," Vlazny said in a statement today. Kulongoski is a longtime supporter of a woman's right to choose an abortion. (AP)

    "deliberate dissent"? Those aren't empty words. Those can be a precursor to canonical penalties.
    You can read the Archbishop's full statement here.
    Back to the AP account - condescension is the response from the governor's spokesperson:

    "The archbishop is the governor's pastor, and he has only respect and admiration for the archbishop," Kulongoski spokeswoman Anna Richter Taylor said. "They obviously disagree on the issue of choice."

    AP boilerplate:

    Kulongoski isn't the first Catholic politician who's taken heat from church leaders over a pro-abortion rights stance.

    Most bishops who have spoken about Communion and the responsibility of Catholic politicians have done so in general terms without naming names.

    That's been the case in Oregon, where Vlazny has, without naming any specific politicians, said that Catholic officeholders who disagree with church teachings should refrain from receiving Communion.

    The archbishop hasn't refused Kulongoski permission to receive communion, archdiocese spokesman Bud Bunce said.

    .... because once you already vote for state funding of abortion, how much worse is it really to personally show up at the fundraisers? Kulongoski is already supporting a grave moral evil publically, now he is also doing so personally.
    Lack of public reaction? Maybe we can change that....

    However, Vlazny today called abortion a "grave evil," and urged Catholics to contact Kulongoski's office about Friday's fundraiser "to remind him of the demands of personal integrity as a member of our faith community in the exercise of his office."

    The governor's office hadn't gotten any phone calls as of this afternoon, Richter Taylor said.

    The number is 503.378.4582. *hint hint*.
    Local Catholics are also encouraged to attend Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral at 5:30PM the evening of this event (Friday, October 3rd).

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    Monday, September 08, 2008

    Commentary: Abortion and the New Democratic Platform

    Michael Sean Winters of the America Magazine election blog has an interesting post today entitled "Note to Dems: Shut Up!"

    I agree in substance with his first part:

    First, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi demonstrated that she wasn’t paying attention during theology classes when she matriculated at Trinity College. Now, Sen. Joe Biden has managed to wade into the treacherous waters of making pronouncements on what the Church does, and does not, teach about when human life begins. The Democrats’ vice-presidential candidate, who has a mixed record on pro-life issues, went further than he needed to go on "Meet the Press" yesterday, mentioning Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologica as if he were an expert, but quickly demonstrating that he is no theologian.

    Note to Democratic candidates: You are not running to become theologian-in-chief.

    I want to believe, but remain wary, of his next claim:

    And, in the event, the platform you just adopted has something genuinely new and important to say about abortion, and theological speculation is just going to step on that platform.

    The Democrats, for the first time, called for policies that will reduce the number of abortions by preventing crisis pregnancies in the first place and by providing assistance to women facing crisis pregnancies so that they can carry their child to term. The GOP removed similar language from their platform, keeping their traditional but so far unsuccessful call for overturning Roe v. Wade.

    Winters' sets out perhaps the best argument the DNC has going for them right now when it comes to attacting pro-life voters (otherwise known as "practicing Catholics"). But let's follow the strands.

    Steve Waldman, editor-in-chief of Beliefnet, agrees and disagrees with Winters:

    The Obama campaign had been arguing that the candidate was charting a third-way approach to abortion: supporting abortion rights but promoting policies that would reduce the number of abortions.

    Pro-life liberals were therefore deeply disappointed to hear that after the Palin announcement, the Democrats started running a radio ad [MP3 file] about abortion that made no mention of abortion reduction, instead just stating the Democrats' support for abortion rights. "Unless the Obama campaign will stop emphasizing abortion rights and strongly address the major common cause issues with a spirited vision and practical details, the Republicans can continue to scoop up a ton of votes," said Joel Hunter, a moderate evangelical who gave a benediction at the Democratic convention.

    Waldman goes on to claim that Biden and Obama are both re-adjusting their language:

    This Sunday, the Democratic ticket seemed to emphasize a new approach. On Meet the Press, Joe Biden went farther than the platform or Obama had gone before: "what we're going to be spending our time doing is making sure that we reduce considerably the amount of abortions that take place by providing the care, the assistance and the encouragement for people to be able to carry to term and to raise their children."

    A Democratic candidate pledging to "reduce considerably the amount of abortions" -- that's the phrase that pro-life liberals have been yearning for.

    On This Week with George Stephanopolous, Obama returned to talking about abortion reduction (and also clarified his above-my-paygrade gaffe [watch video]). He said his paygrade line was "too flip" and that "as a Christian I have a lot of humility about understanding about when does the soul enter. All I meant to communicate was that I don't presume to be able to answer these kinds of theological questions."

    Now I wish these words could be taken at their face value (would that the democrat party did become truly pro-life!), but the simple fact of the matter is that Biden receives a 0% rating from the National Right to Life Committee, and Obama was "Rated 100% by NARAL on pro-choice votes in 2005, 2006 & 2007." Have they had a change of heart since they earned these ratings?

    In 2007, Obama promised NARAL that his first act as President would be to "sign the Freedom of Choice Act." On the 35th Anniversary of Roe V. Wade, Barack Obama on his campaign website still says:

    "Thirty-five years after the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, it's never been more important to protect a woman's right to choose...With one more vacancy on the Supreme Court, we could be looking at a majority hostile to a women's fundamental right to choose for the first time since Roe v. Wade. The next president may be asked to nominate that Supreme Court justice. That is what is at stake in this election."

    "Throughout my career, I've been a consistent and strong supporter of reproductive justice, and have consistently had a 100% pro-choice rating with Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America.

    "When South Dakota passed a law banning all abortions in a direct effort to have Roe overruled, I was the only candidate for President to raise money to help the citizens of South Dakota repeal that law. When anti-choice protesters blocked the opening of an Illinois Planned Parenthood clinic in a community where affordable health care is in short supply, I was the only candidate for President who spoke out against it. And I will continue to defend this right by passing the Freedom of Choice Act as president."

    And where does Joe Biden stand on this issue? He co-sponsored the Freedom of Choice Act in the 102nd and 103rd congresses. "FOCA would overturn hundreds of state laws on the books that limit abortion."

    Here's what I'm seeing: when Obama or Biden (or Pelosi, for that matter) are addressing a general audience, they talk about wishing to bring down the number of abortions, provide alternatives, etc. They also "helpfully" suggest expanding access to contraceptives, but we'll leave that aside for now.

    When, however, Obama or Biden have a pro-choice audience, they are unabashed in their support for abortion-on-demand. (Can you imagine, for instance, Barack Obama or Joe Biden telling Planned Parenthood - which receives huge amounts of federal funding - that they should begin encouraging their patients to carry their children to term?)

    Nor is this double-talk confined to the democrat higher ups (though even their practice of it should give us pause), the specter of Roe v. Wade being repealed is regularly used, up and down the party line, to intimidate people - and women especially - into voting for a democratic candidate. I showcased a classic example of these scare tactics a week or so ago at the DNC convention itself.

    Back to my main point: in order to truly make a case before the entire American people that the DNC has changed its views on abortion, their Presidential candidate must be willing to repudiate the support of radical pro-abortion lobbies and interests. If he cannot do that, then this change in the DNC platform remains a classical case of politicians and political party wanting to have it both ways.

    Sadly, it's all the same for the present and future victims of abortion.

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    Wednesday, October 24, 2007

    Pro-Life counter-gathering for Holy Cross a success!

    Friday, October 19, 2007

    Emptying the power of Holy Cross College

    "For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power." - 1 Cor 1:17.

    Apologies for not reporting about this story sooner. It's important.

    The fight to promote the culture of life in America - and specifically in colleges and universities which respresent the bastions of liberal influence - is upon us once again.

    The backstory:

    • Jesuit-run College of the Holy Cross is renting meeting space for a conference entitled "Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy's Teen Pregnancy Institute" that includes workshops conducted by Planned Parenthood and NARAL.
    • Hunreds of complaints were sent in to the competant authorities from around the country.
    • Bishop Robert J. McManus of Worcester, MA appealed to the President of Holy Cross College, Fr. Michael McFarland, to revoke the invitation. Good for him.
    • And here's the rub: Fr. McFarland has refused to do so.
    • In response, Bp. McManus issued a firm statement (which you should read), in which he warned that Holy Cross Catholic may lose its ability to call itself Catholic for its refusal. Double good for him!
    • Even better: The Cardinal Newman Society is hosting a counter-conference entitled "Preventing Teen Pregnancy: The Catholic Approach" featuring chastity speaker, blogger and writer Dawn Eden.

    Please collaborate with the Cardinal Newman Society event. They are asking for there to be "strong showing of support for Bishop McManus’s principled stand" by attending if you are able:

    Prominant contributs to the blogosphere have lauded the Bishop's actions and that of CNS. Diogenes says he is acting like a bishop. RC proclaims "Ad multos annos!" (and mentions that the previous ordinary of Worcester, has acted in a similar vein in regards to HC). AMDG lets us know that Fr. Euteneuer of Human Life International whole-heartedly applauds the Bishop's actions. Amy Welborn says about CNS that this is "exactly the kind of response of which we need much, much more." I would humbly like to add my praise to theirs.

    See? We're not out to get bishops. We're out for the truth.

    Catholic news coverage:

    For more information on the conference you can look at it's brocure here (PDF file).

    Update: Via a reader and alumnus of Holy Cross, a website has been setup to address this situation:

    Update 2: In fairness, Fr. McFarland is responding to criticism here at the HC website.

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