Voices For Life

Voices for Life is an e-publication dedicated to informing and educating the public on pro-life and pro-family issues. We cover issues from conception until natural death, as well as all family life issues.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

PROPAGANDA FILM HUMANIZES SLAUGHTERING CHILDREN



By Judie Brown, President/Co-Founder
American Life League


After Tiller is a film set to air on Labor Day, September 1, 2014, on Public Broadcasting Service. The drama is being presented to the public as a “point of view” telecast and the subject matter centers around the four abortionists who now do late-term abortions in America. This documentary tells the stories of the four practitioners and some of their patients.

PBS is promoting the show by telling prospective viewers: “After Tiller presents the complexities of these women’s difficult decisions and the compassion and ethical dilemmas of the doctors and staff who fear for their own lives as they treat their patients.”

Lana Wilson, one of the directors of the film, spoke in an interview about whether or not the abortionists were in any danger due to pro-life protesters. Her answer astounded me:

The doctors will be the first to acknowledge that people can disagree about this issue. They understand that. But, should the level of vitriol for these doctors really be so high that people are assassinating them? . . . Let’s try to have more compassion for them instead of judging. You can disagree with them, but why do it in such a vitriolic way that it just promotes hatred?

It would take a small book to unpack the distortions in this woman’s answer, let alone the entire interview. But this quote does provide a window into the thinking behind the story. And it tells its own story about the cultural devastation that 40 years of decriminalized abortion has created.

In secular commentary I have read about this film, there is not a single suggestion that these doctors are practitioners who are in the business of killing people for a living. One is left with the impression that the world is comfortable with abortion and uncomfortable with anyone who protests the act.

What a sad state of affairs, America!

continue reading at http://www.all.org/article

The Essence of Christianity



by Rolley Haggard
BreakPoint

The apostle James wrote that the essence of Christianity—that which epitomizes “pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father”—is to care for “orphans and widows in their distress.” (James 1:27, NASB)

Babies aborted are “orphans” in the truest sense of the word, for they have been abandoned, by those entrusted to care for them, to the uttermost, even to death. The sheer number who have been led to slaughter with virtually no opposition even by churches who call themselves pro-life ought to give us pause before we conclude what we have been practicing is, in the sight of God, “pure and undefiled religion.”

As to where James came up with his definition of Christianity—divine inspiration, to be sure. But it also appears he knew his Bible:


Deuteronomy 10:18: He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing.

Exodus 22:22: You shall not afflict any widow or orphan.


Rolley Haggard is a feature writer for BreakPoint.

SIDEWALK CHRONICLES: CONSISTENT PEACEFUL VIGIL IS CLOSING OHIO SURGICAL ABORTION FACILITIES




From Reverend Katherine Marple
KeepLifeLegal

In the last SEVEN DAYS, three of Ohio’s abortion facilities [Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland] will no longer offer or perform surgical abortions. At this time it is not clear if these same facilities will offer the RU-486
Clearly, keeping constant, consistent peaceful vigils closes abortion facilities.
News of facilities closing encourages us to do more, not just where we witness but all over the country. Witnessing at other facilities is both edifying and educational; there is always room for improvement and you may have something to share as well.
Next month, both Texas and Louisiana will have to comply with new prolife laws; both states have filed cases against the new impending laws in order to keep killing. If the law is upheld, many of these facilities will close.
Soldiers, keep up the great work and remember that God knows the results, don’t lose heart, NEVER stop what you’ve been called to do!

Friday, August 29, 2014

The beauty of life’s continuum



By Christine Flowers
National Right to Life News Today


Recently, I’ve had occasion to contemplate the value of life at its extreme edges. I’m talking about the moments when we see it bursting into the world, fresh from its mother’s womb, “trailing clouds of glory,” as Wordsworth wrote.

I’m also talking, and personally, about those moments when life is a faint shadow of that former glory, the final moments of a magnificent life that is on the verge of ending. To me, humanity is not measured by what we look like, what we are able to contribute, our ability to speak, feel, see or create. To me, life simply exists on a beautiful continuum, and each stage of that continuum is precious.

In my mother’s last days, she was as dear to me, if not more, than when we took that trip together to Paris and London, and shared laughter, beauty and croissants. As I approached losing her, my appreciation for her weighty presence in my own life took on exponentially greater proportions.



A Call of Conscience

A Brief History of Priests for Life: Part One




Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life

My team and I have often discussed the fact that one day we need to write a history of the marvelous ways that God's Providence has allowed Priests for Life as a ministry to come into existence, grow and diversify, and to be protected in the midst of many battles both with church and state, not to mention the pro-aborts. And, of course, a big part of that history would be the marvelous people whom our team has met and continues to meet on our constant travels, and who have, at various times, worked with us on our staff.

But before such time as a formal history is written, I thought I would devote a few columns to looking at some of the key elements in the development of this ministry. By understanding our history, whether as individual organizations or as the pro-life movement generally, we better understand where we are today and where we are going.

People often ask me if I am in the "founder" of Priests for Life. I do not use that title, because it was a group of priests in San Francisco who originally got it off the ground in 1991. But I found out about that after I had thought of doing the same, and that idea came to me because of something Cardinal John O'Connor did in that same year. He was Archbishop of New York, and ordained me to the priesthood. He was a fervent pro-life advocate and the key leader at that time among the hierarchy as a voice for the unborn and for the priority of the abortion issue. He announced that he was forming the "Sisters of Life," a religious community dedicated to fostering the sanctity of life. I thought it was marvelous, and I immediately thought, "There should be something like this for priests." I saw for myself the fruits in my own parish of preaching clearly, compassionately, and frequently on abortion.

So I joined Priests for Life. That was 1992.

By the next year, I experienced a profound call of conscience. In a letter I wrote to the Director of Priest Personnel for the New York Archdiocese on June 30, 1993, I stated the following:
 "Because of the nature and extent of the abortion/ euthanasia problem, I feel at this time that I cannot proceed with my life "business as usual," but rather must address these issues with all the strength and resources at my disposal. In other words, I am being drawn not by a mere preference or interest, but by a strong demand of conscience."

And so it began. Cardinal O'Connor granted me permission to devote all my time and energy to fighting abortion. Moreover, between the time I requested the meeting with him to ask permission, and the time I had the meeting, I was asked by the founders of Priests for Life if I would become its new President! My desire now had an opportunity for fulfillment, and I became the first full-time director of Priests for Life on September 1, 1993.


PRI Saves Baby from “Therapeutic Abortion Protocol” in Peru




by Paul Wilson
Population Research Institute

Through the grace of God, PRI has saved the life of an unborn child in Peru who was slated to be aborted for so-called “therapeutic” reasons.
Doctors in a Peruvian hospital had decided to give a woman with breast cancer an abortion, claiming that the abortion was necessary to save her life. In fact, they were primarily worried that their plans to put the woman on chemotherapy would cause the child to be born with birth defects. Rather than undertake alternative treatment, they decided to simply do away with the child.
Problem solved, right?  Wrong. Peru’s Therapeutic Abortion Protocol was never intended to be used to justify an abortion where the mother’s life was not in immediate danger.
When PRI heard about the doctors’ deadly plans, we quickly intervened.
Carlos Polo, the president of PRI in Latin America, first called the head of the cancer department who wanted the abortion performed, and told him that this would be a violation of the law. When the doctor balked, we upped the ante. Using our connections in the Peruvian legal system and government, we brought in an attorney and a legislator to talk to the doctor. These managed to persuade the unwilling oncologist and his colleagues to call off the abortion by threatening them with criminal prosecution.
The abortion that the doctors were originally bent upon was never medically necessary. The mother is currently receiving alternate treatment for her cancer in the form of chemotherapy that does not harm her unborn child. Mother and child are doing well.
Here we have a perfect example of how the pro-abortion movement uses Therapeutic Abortion Protocols to push for ever more abortions. In this case, it was used as an excuse to pressure parents into agreeing to an abortion that was neither medically necessary nor legally permitted. Worldwide, the “health of the mother” exception to many pro-life laws is one of the principal justifications for executing unborn children. It becomes in effect, a license to kill.
Until recently, Peruvian doctors would never have dared to propose performing an abortion under these or any other circumstances. The right to life was protected from conception by the Peruvian constitution.
But the “therapeutic abortion protocol” adopted in Peru this past June has blurred the lines. Doctors are now allowed to perform abortions when “it is the only means to save the mother’s life or to prevent serious and permanent damage to the mother’s health.”
Some doctors are taking this exception to be the new rule, and are performing so-called “therapeutic abortions” under a wider and wider array of circumstances. Unless this trend is stopped, abortion on demand is just around the corner.
One of the dirtiest tricks in the pro-abortion arsenal is their penchant for exploiting the urgent need to protect the lives and health of mothers by using this to justify aborting their unborn children. First, laws and regulations instituting abortion for reasons of health are established. Then, exceptions permitting abortion to ensure “the health of the mother” are expanded in practice until they become the norm, and abortion on demand becomes the order of the day.
Some call this health care. We call it homicide. And we intend to stop it whenever and wherever we can.
The pro-life Population Research Institute is dedicated to ending human rights abuses committed in the name of "family planning," and to ending counter-productive social and economic paradigms premised on the myth of "overpopulation." Find us at pop.org.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

THE SUSPENSION OF PHILIP NITSCHKE’S MEDICAL LICENSE

WHY DID IT TAKE SO LONG?



By Paul Russell, Founder,
HOPE Australia
National Right to Life News Today

The trigger issue for the medical board was the suicide death of Perth man, Nigel Brayley; Beyond Blue chairman, Jeff Kennett; and others. [The board argued] that, in Nitschke’s contact with Brayley, he had a duty of care to try and stop Brayley from taking his own life.The recent news of the suspension of Philip Nitschke’s medical license pending the medical board of Australia’s investigations is good news. But many have asked: why has it taken so long?
Nitschke has claimed that his contact with Brayley was not medical in nature and therefore created no onus upon him to attempt to stop Brayley. But a medical professional is a medical professional 24/7 and not simply during a scheduled clinical consultation. There are many professions in our community that hold some sort of mandated civic duty at all times; surely a doctor is no different?
That it has taken so long for the ubiquitous head of the Exit ‘death cult’ (as journalist Angela Shanahan called it) to find himself ‘in the dock’ is indeed a matter of some frustration for opponents, including this writer. That it eventually did happen was always a safe bet.

American Life League Asks Pope Francis to Declare Planned Parenthood an Enemy of the Church


From American Life League

In anticipation of the Vatican's October 2014 Synod on the Family, American Life League is launching a new campaign called Defend the Family. Rooted in prayer, this campaign seeks to expose Planned Parenthood as the most dangerous enemy of traditional families and of the Catholic Church. 

American Life League president, Judie Brown, stated, 
"Planned Parenthood has torn apart the family like a pack of ravenous wolves. The pro-life movement and the Church must stand together, face this threat, and shield our families from Planned Parenthood's continued assaults."

The Defend the Family campaign is centered around a report entitled The Vatican Can Help Save Souls from Planned Parenthood in 2014. HERE'S HOW! The report, which has been translated into Spanish, Italian, and French, builds a case that an official declaration from the Vatican that Planned Parenthood is an enemy of the Church would be a powerful way to defend families. 
The Defend the Family campaign is centered around a report entitled The Vatican Can Help Save Souls from Planned Parenthood in 2014. HERE'S HOW! The report, which has been translated into Spanish, Italian, and French, builds a case that an official declaration from the Vatican that Planned Parenthood is an enemy of the Church would be a powerful way to defend families. 

The report is available on the campaign web page at  www.DefendTheFamily.org.

Michael Hichborn, ALL's director of Defend the Faith, stated, "An official declaration of Planned Parenthood as an enemy of the Church will be a real game changer. Such a declaration will prevent Planned Parenthood employees and volunteers from serving in positions of responsibility in our parishes. Simply put, Catholics could no longer hide behind an uninformed conscience in order to assist or promote Planned Parenthood or its agenda and be able to continue calling themselves Catholics in good standing."
Jim Sedlak, vice president of ALL, added, "Some people have told us this campaign has an impossible goal. But with God, nothing is impossible. In addition to being a massive educational effort, this campaign has a large spiritual dimension."
ALL's new campaign encourages regular prayers after Mass for the conversion of individual countries from the ideologies of Planned Parenthood, offers prayers for the pope, and aims to open communication with local bishops about the dangers Planned Parenthood poses to the family. 

ALL's hope is that this prayer-led effort will inspire the Holy Father to officially declare Planned Parenthood an enemy of the Church.

‘Shame on PBS!’: The Late-Term Abortion Documentary That Has One Group Fuming



by Billy Hallowell
The Blaze

A pro-life organization is demanding that PBS cancel a controversial airing of the documentary “After Tiller,” a film that sheds light on the personal and professional stories surrounding doctors who regularly perform third trimester abortions.
“After Tiller’ is nothing short of pure propaganda intended to demonize the entire pro-life movement and drum up support for late-term abortion,” Judie Brown, president of American Life League, said in a press release. “Why are pro-life tax dollars being used to paint a sympathetic picture of abortionists who stab babies in the base of their skulls just moments before they are born?”The American Life League, a Catholic organization, is calling the film a work of propaganda, asking PBS to rethink its decision to air it on Labor Day.
After Tiller’ is nothing short of pure propaganda intended to demonize the entire pro-life movement and drum up support for late-term abortion,” Judie Brown, president of American Life League, said in a press release. “Why are pro-life tax dollars being used to paint a sympathetic picture of abortionists who stab babies in the base of their skulls just moments before they are born?”

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Loss of a Human Life is a Tragedy, not a Gimmick


From Carol Tobias
National Right to Life President
Americans are known for their generosity. Sometimes they give simply because they’re asked. But if it takes a fun gimmick like an “Ice Bucket Challenge” to get people to give, that’s great, too!
But viral fundraising to kill – literally kill – unborn babies?
How low can we get?
The pro-abortion blog RH Reality Check is irreverently asking supporters to mimic the “Ice Bucket Challenge” by engaging in what they call the “Taco or Beer Challenge.” That calls on readers to enjoy a taco or a beer and then donate money to funds that help pay for others’ abortions.

Culture of Life or Culture of Death? My ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Dilemma




By now everyone has seen or participated in the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” including my whole family.  I actually challenged my family, and God Bless them; they all accepted the challenge, including my grandchildren, one in the picture above and two of them only two years old. 

My husband and I had planned to do our ice bucket challenge a few Saturdays ago; however, after reading articles about the ALS Research Fund, we hesitated on doing so.  Apparently, some of the clinical trials used in this research use cells from the remains of aborted babies. 



The paragraph highlighted in the picture above states: 

“Adult stem cell research is important and should be done alongside embryonic stem cell research as both will provide valuable insights.  Only through exploration of all types of stem cell research will scientists find the most efficient and effective ways to treat diseases."   (Use this link to read complete article from ALL)  


ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease as it is more commonly referred to, is a horrible disease.  And research for a cure for this disease is important and long overdue; but at what expense?  Do we further exploit aborted babies by desecrating their remains in order to achieve a cure?  After all, these babies didn’t have a choice in their demise or consent to have their remains used for research.  And I’m sure that there are others avenues that could be used in research. 

Because of the various articles I have read, I have made a decision that the monies that I promised to send to ALS for the ‘challenge’ would be better used by an organization that supports the culture of life.  

The John Paul II Research Fund is a secular organization that is grounded in a pro-life bioethic that respects the dignity of every human life. (Use this link for more information about this fund and to make a donation)

Until the ALS Research Fund stops using aborted babies in their research, I in good conscience cannot support them or this culture of death in which we live; I’d rather do what I can to help return our nation to one of a culture of life. 


My donation will be going to the John Paul II Research Fund, and I hope others who took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge will do the same. 

ABORTIONIST NOT DISTURBED BY SEEING MUTILATED CHILDREN


“BECAUSE I’M NOT DELUDED ABOUT WHAT THIS WHOLE PROCESS IS”



by Lauren Enriquez
Live Action News

A recent story at Esquire chronicled the abortion practice of Willie Parker, an abortionist who commutes from Chicago to Mississippi to commit abortions at the state’s last abortion mill. Mississippi is devoid of any abortionists of its own who are capable of obtaining hospital admitting privileges, a requirement now mandated by law in several states. Consequently, Parker — who boasts an unusually clean record for an abortionist, and was able to obtain privileges nearby — travels to the South to fill in.
Esquire calls Parker’s practice a “ministry,” playing off of theabortionist’s professed Christianity. The author chose to conclude the piece with a chilling look into the heart of Parker’s so-called ministry, following him through the process of examining fetal remains immediately after each abortion.

Lauren Enriquez has worked for great organizations such as Texas Right to Life and Students for Life of America. She is a graduate of Ave Maria University, where she studied Classics and Theology. Her husband and children are the greatest blessings in her life.

Monday, August 25, 2014

THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF ABORTION, 101


From Reverend Katherine Marple
KeepLifeLegal.com


Lots of recent legislation in MANY states will shut down MANY abortion facilities, but not all of them….by design. In Texas, Ohio and Louisiana laws that are essentially the same across the board were designed to protect the lives of the unborn AND the women who choose to kill their child. This year in a Cleveland facility, a woman died from the procedure. Was anything done about it? Well, Preterm is still open so I’d say NO. Read all of the documentation of this and others here. 
Laws have been put into place by legislators to protect. These have been tested for their constitutionality so that they can survive past committee.

For instance, Martin Haskell in Ohio has been told that since he cannot meet the new requirements, he has to shut down. Period. He claims he has a constitutional right as an abortionist to stay open…but the truth is he has a lucrative business that he is not willing to give up on. The blood money he makes from killing unborn children keeps him in luxury homes and vehicles. This also holds true to the owner of Capital Care Network of Toledo who cannot meet the new law requirements; currently she has been given a ‘stay’ so she can ‘do business’.

HHS MANDATE REVISIONS FAIL TO SATISFY


From Bill Donahue, President
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights


Bill Donohue comments on the latest revisions to the HHS mandate:
 On Friday, the Obama administration announced new revisions to its HHS mandate that requires Catholic institutions to pay for abortion-inducing drugs as part of their health plans. The federal government revealed that it considers these new rules  a “work around” for groups that object to providing coverage for sterilization, contraception and abortifacients. The new revisions allow Catholic non-profits to distance themselves from the objectionable services, but they still fail to satisfy.
Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), is likewise unsatisfied by the new rules. The archbishop notes that these new revisions still do not allow those who have “sincerely held religious objections to the mandate” to opt out. Furthermore, he notes that under the new regulations the “religious employer” exemption will not be broadened. The existing “accommodation” would only be modified. The Catholic League continues to support the USCCB’s request for a broad exemption for all religious employers.
The Catholic League is the nation’s largest Catholic civil rights organization. Founded in 1973 by the late Father Virgil C. Blum, S.J., the Catholic League defends the right of Catholics – lay and clergy alike – to participate in American public life without defamation or discrimination.
Motivated by the letter and the spirit of the First Amendment, the Catholic League works to safeguard both the religious freedom rights and the free speech rights of Catholics whenever and wherever they are threatened.
The Catholic League is listed in the Official Catholic Directory and has won the plaudits of many bishops.

1st Annual Rally for Life at Love Park‏ in Center City Philadelphia - Sunday, September 28, 2014



Steven Bozza, Director
Respect Life Leadership Council - Archdiocese of Philadelphia

The Office for Life and Family of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Heroic Media are pleased to announce the first annual Rally for Life at Love Park on Sunday September 28, 2014.

We have an exciting roster of speakers scheduled (see list below) for the rally which will begin at 3:30 PM. After the rally we will give public witness by marching to the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul for the celebration of the Mass with Archbishop Charles J. Chaput O.F.M. Cap. at 6:30 PM

Rally Speakers:

Father Frank Pavone, Priests for Life
Jessica Grono, Persons with Disabilities
Pastor Herb Lusk, People for People
Giovanna Romero, Latinos for Vida
Brendon O'Morchoe - Students for Life
Bobby Schindler - Terri Schiaavo Life & Hope Network


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Make Your Community Abortion Free


Jeremiah 22:3 Thus says the Lord,"Do justice and righteousness, and deliver the one who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor Also do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow; and do not shed innocent blood in this place.

           

By Troy Newman & Dr. Gary Cass

                         
Founders' Bible article, The Founding Fathers, Abortion and the Inalienable Right to Life. Excerpt from James Wilson, a signer of both the Declaration and the Constitution, placed as an original justice on the U. S. Supreme Court by President George Washington said, Sign With consistency, beautiful and undeviating, human life, from its commencement to its close, is protected by the Common Law. In the contemplations of law, life begins when the infant is first able to stir in the womb. By the law, [that] life is protected.


Dozens Protest Pro-Abortion Pennsylvania Governor Candidate Tom Wolf


by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com

Dozens of pro-lifers had a message for Pennsylvania Governor Candidate Tom Wolf at a recent campaign stop: you’re too pro-abortion for Pennsylvania.
Just before Democrat gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf spoke to dozens of people, a peaceful protest against the candidate was taking place.
Pro-Life supporters stood at the corner of West 38th Street and Pittsburgh Avenue, with signs in hand.
The group of people says they don’t agree with Wolf’s stance on abortion and say they can’t support a candidate who is endorsed by the “National Abortion Rights Action League.”

continue reading at http://www.lifenews.com


Saturday, August 23, 2014

MISCARRIAGE: THE HEARTBREAK AND THE LIES



By Judie Brown, President/Co-Founder
American Life League

Moral theologian William Smith once commented that “all social engineering is preceded by verbal engineering.” In today’s 140-character Twitter world, what this means is that it is not very hard to manipulate language to deceive an unaware public.
This is why the culture defines the act of aborting a baby as an “issue”! Talk about robbing the humanity from a person by the word you use!
One of the most effective verbal engineering experts in our midst today is Planned Parenthood, whose sloganeering is designed to deceive and kill. For example, we recently learned that a York, Pennsylvania, Planned Parenthood defined abortion as a “voluntary miscarriage.” My first reaction, penned in a late-July commentary, stated, “The arrogance of such comments is indicative of what happens when a culture loses respect for the Creator of the human person.”
But as someone who has never experienced the deep sadness and loss that an actual miscarriage brings to the parents of that deceased baby, I really missed the point. Planned Parenthood’s latest quip is not only brutally dishonest, but insulting to every miscarried baby and his parents. 
One father of a miscarried child wrote, “There were tears, but more so than expected. My wife and I wanted to let our children know just how losing this baby was as hard and painful as if we had lost any of them. It was a terrific opportunity orchestrated by God and our baby in heaven whom we named Gabriel to make an indelible mark on our children’s hearts and in their brains that every life, no matter if it only was a barely recognizable 12-week-old baby, was just as precious as any of them are.”

Archbishop Kurtz Provides Initial Response To Revised HHS Mandate Regulations

Disappointed that regulation will not expand exemption, only modifies ‘accommodation’
Extending ‘accommodation’ to exempted businesses reduces religious freedom
More thorough study and detailed comments to come



From United States Catholic Conference of Bishops


WASHINGTON–Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it is issuing an additional set of interim final rules to implement its requirement that health plans, including employer-sponsored plans, provide for sterilization, contraception, and drugs that can cause an abortion. In response, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), provided the following statement:

“The Administration is once again revising its regulations on the HHS mandate. We will study the regulations carefully and will provide more detailed comments at a later date. In keeping with our practice, we will evaluate the regulations according to the principles set forth in ‘United for Religious Freedom,’ a March 2012 statement of the USCCB Administrative Committee that was later affirmed unanimously by the body of bishops at the General Assembly of June 2012.

“On initial review of the government’s summary of the regulations, we note with disappointment that the regulations would not broaden the “religious employer” exemption to encompass all employers with sincerely held religious objections to the mandate. Instead, the regulations would only modify the “accommodation,” under which the mandate still applies and still requires provision of the objectionable coverage. Also, by proposing to extend the “accommodation” to the closely held for-profit employers that were wholly exempted by the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Hobby Lobby, the proposed regulations would effectively reduce, rather than expand, the scope of religious freedom.”

http://www.usccb.org


SIDEWALK CHRONICLES: IT WAS MY MOM’S CHOICE


By Reverend Katherine Marple
KeepLifeLegal

It was a rainy day on the sidewalk, a great day for ducks. While the weather can keep prolifers from coming to the sidewalk, abortion does not stop. Women and their coercers come from the tri-state area and sometimes MUCH further to hide – KILL – a family secret.

Fulton County, Georgia [Atlanta area] is about 500 miles from the facility. When a new, full size SUV pulled in with an out of state plate, most times it’s assumed that they are students at one of the local universities. Not this time. This was a family who brought this little girl – appeared to be no more than 14 years old – to a facility 500 miles from home in Georgia.
The girl’s mother was not just angry, but MEAN. When we tried to peacefully talk with them, the little girl looked back at us to listen about keeping her precious child but her mother forcibly pushed her into the facility. Not at tap, roughly SHOVED her minor daughter into a place where her tiny unborn baby was about to die at the hand of her own mother.
Then you have to ask….WHO’S CHOICE WAS THIS?

Friday, August 22, 2014

Breaking News: Administrative Law Judge Recommends Revocation of Abortionist Steven Brigham's License‏



From Marie Tasy, Executive Director
New Jersey Right to Life



TRENTON --- A judge has recommended revoking the medical license of Steven Brigham, a doctor suspended for skirting state law by starting late-term abortions with five women in his South Jersey office and ordering them to drive to Maryland to finish the procedure.

The final decision will be made by the state Board of Medical Examiners, which suspended Brigham's license nearly four years ago after finding "his continued practice presents a clear and imminent danger" to the public.

Brigham operates clinics under the corporate names American Women's Services, American Wellness Center, American Women's Center, Grace Medical Care and Grace Medical Services, in Elizabeth, Mount Laurel, Paramus, Phillipsburg, Toms River, Woodbridge and Voorhees.

Brigham's attorney, Joseph Gorrell, could not immediately be reached for comment on Administrative Law Judge Jeff S. Masin's decision, which he issued on Aug. 13.

Masin also recommended Brigham pay $30,000 in fines and two-thirds of investigative and court costs.
In a hearing last month Gorrell asked Masin to consider his client a target of "selective enforcement" who thought he was following accepted medical practices. Another judge deciding a similar matter in 1996 ruled Brigham could keep his license.

The Attorney General's Office claimed Brigham had used the two-state practice to evade New Jersey law prohibiting doctors from performing abortions after the 14th week of a patient's last menstrual period outside a hospital or other licensed medical facility. Brigham did not have hospital admitting privileges.
One of Brigham's patients, an 18-year-old woman who was 21 weeks pregnant, suffered a lacerated uterus and bowel and needed emergency surgery. Like the four other patients cited in the state's case, she had been injected with an abortion-triggering medication, digoxin, in his Voorhees office, and drove to his clinic in Elkton, Md. She was injured while the fetus was being removed by another doctor under Brigham's supervision.

Masin wrote in his 92-page decision he believed Brigham "had a sincere desire to provide a service to women seeking such procedures . . .limited by legal and possibly financial considerations."
"For reasons that he deemed appropriate," Masin wrote, Brigham created "a sort of split practice" in New Jersey, where he held a license, and in Maryland, where he did not.

But given Brigham's unwillingness "to carefully follow the licensing rules and regulations that govern his practice of medicine," suspending his license is not enough of a punishment, according to Masin's decision.

"I recognize the difficult and controversial nature of the area in which he practices, and the validity of the concerns about access and safety that were a part of the record. Possibly, in part his conduct has been influenced by what he may perceive, rightly or wrongly, as inappropriate roadblocks to access for patients. However, it seems that Dr. Brigham has finally cut enough corners."

The record of Dr. Brigham's past conduct is troubling," Masin wrote. "He has suffered license revocations. He has run afoul of the licensing authorities in New York, Pennsylvania and Florida. Indeed, part of the Florida discipline, similar to the current case and the violation of Maryland law, involved his practicing in that State in violation of the rules governing eligibility to practice. He has a conviction for failure to file income taxes. And here, he demonstrated a willingness to play fast and loose with the law in Maryland that governed his right to practice medicine."

Conservative and anti-abortion rights organizations praised the decision.

"We urge the N.J. Board of Medical Examiners to issue an expedited final decision to ensure that Dr. Brigham's license is permanently revoked," said Marie Tasy, executive director of New Jersey Right to Life. "We urge the NJ Attorney General to take immediate action to protect the public health and safety of our citizens by permanently prohibiting him from owning and operating clinics in our state."

John Tomicki, executive director of the League of American Families, also said he supported the judge's decision.

"I have attended many of Steven Brigham's clinics to distribute information regarding these procedures and his checked background and difficulty in other states so we are delighted the Administrative Law Judge has supported revoking Mr. Brigham's license, and trust the Board of Medical Examiners will follow the ruling," Tomicki said.

The medical board has advised the prosecutors in the Attorney General's office and Brigham's attorney they have until Sept. 5 to respond to Masin's decision, and then until Sept. 15 to challenge each others' responses, according to the state Division of Consumer Affairs. A final hearing at which the board will decide to accept or reject Masin's decision has yet to be scheduled.

LATE TERM ABORTIONIST MARTIN HASKELL UPDATE: SHARONVILLE ABORTIONIST WILL NOT APPEAL TO NEXT COURT

SURGICAL ABORTIONS REPORTED TO END FRIDAY



From Reverend Katherine Marple
KeepLifeLegal

BREAKING NEWS From Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati:
“August 20, 2014 (Cincinnati, OH): News outlets are reporting that late term abortionist Martin Haskell will not appeal to the First District Court of Appeals in an attempt to contest Judge Jerry Metz’ decision to uphold the Ohio Department of Health order that his Women’s Med Center abortion facility be closed for operating outside Ohio health and safety laws.
“The Ohio law has been upheld and the decision not to appeal confirms its importance in protecting women’s health and safety,” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati.
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Pope to Visit Cemetery for Aborted Children in Korea‏

Stop at the Kkottoghnae cemetery highlights the country's secret—the world's highest abortion rate



by Steven W. Mosher
In many ways, South Korea is a great success story. Regular, peaceful elections have been held since the country transitioned to democracy in the 1980s, in sharp contrast to the despotic—some would say psychotic—regime in the north ruled by dictator-for-life Kim Jong-Un. The Samsungs and the Hyundais continue to roll off the assembly lines, shipped to consumers in the U.S. and around the world, and providing the South Koreans with one of the highest living standards in Asia.
And the number of Christians continues to grow. Nearly one-third of the population of 50 million—some 15 million people—now profess a belief in Jesus Christ. Of these, one-third are Catholic, part of the Pope’s worldwide flock, and the principal reason for his visit.
But this country—a success story in so many ways--hides a secret shame: South Korea has the highest abortion rate in the world. Nearly half of all pregnancies end in abortion. Each year, almost as many Korean children are aborted as are allowed to see the light of day.
This Pope understands that actions speak louder than words. (Think about his participation in Rome’s "March for Life" last year.) He knows that his visit to a “Cemetery for Aborted Children” will call attention to this ongoing tragedy.
The sheer dimensions of this South Korean holocaust are stunning. One source gives a figure of 340,000 abortions for 2012, a year in which the entire country only saw 440,000 live births. [1] Perhaps 20 million children have been aborted over the last half century, a huge number for a country which is only the size of Indiana or Portugal—and over six times the number of military and civilian casualties the country suffered during the Korean War.
The number of abortions is little more a than guess-timate, however. No one knows the actual death toll with any precision, since nearly all of the abortions performed in South Korea are technically "illegal." The country’s laws only permit abortion in cases of rape or incest, when a woman’s health is in danger, or when a pregnant woman or her spouse has certain communicable or hereditary diseases. No one keeps records.
The restrictions have been in place since 1953, but they are almost completely ignored in practice. Abortionists openly advertise their services in big cities like Seoul and Pusan. Many Korean women have had repeat abortions. And the authorities, for the most part, turn a blind eye.
So what is going on? Why is the world’s worst abortion holocaust taking place in a country where most abortions are illegal?
The answer in two words: population control.
Back in the late 1960s, South Korea came under tremendous pressure from the United States to reduce its birth rate on the grounds that it was “overpopulated.” (It wasn’t “overpopulated”, of course, it was merely poor.)  The South Korean government went along with Uncle Sam and adopted a two-child policy. In reality it had little choice, since in those early years the U.S. forces were the only thing standing in the way of continued North Korean and Chinese aggression.
Anti-child propaganda was quickly introduced into the schools. Couples with more than two children were publicly criticized, while government officials with more than two children lost their jobs. And, most tellingly, laws restricting abortion became dead letters.
Abortion quickly became the primary means of birth control, as couples sought to conform to the new two-child norm. The abortion holocaust had begun.
Today, a half century later, most Koreans understand that the two-child policy was a tragic mistake. Bishop Peter Kang U-il of Cheju, for example, who serves as president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea, said recently that the nation faces "a national disaster" because of "government policies over the years."
The South Korean birth rate, at only 1.25 children per women, is among the lowest in the world. South Korea’s population is aging rapidly; its workforce is shrinking, and its population has started to decline. 
In the face of such dismal numbers—which portend a kind of gradual national suicide--the government has reversed itself. Not only has it abandoned the two-child policy, it is now actually offering incentives to families to have more children. It is even beginning, in fits and starts, to crack down on illegal abortions.
It seems like a case of too little, too late. Abortion has become a way of life in Korea. The cemeteries for the unborn continue to fill up. And yet …
It is customary for the Pope to visit the shrines of martyrs. The Cemetery for Aborted Children is, in one sense, just such a shrine. For the children to whom it is dedicated are tiny martyrs to a population control program run amok.
They died when their parents—urged on by their government and our own—decided that they were extra baggage on the road to riches.
Pope Francis’s visit to the cemetery will shine a light upon the Korean abortion holocaust and, I pray, help bring it to an early end. After all, the theme of the Pope’s trip is: “Rise Korea, clothe yourself in light; the Lord’s glory shines upon you.”
If Korea embraces that light, there will be no room for the darkness of abortion.
[1] Sung, Woong Kyu. "Abortion in South Korea: The Law and the Reality."International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family 26.3 (2012): 278-305. 
Steven W. Mosher is the President of the Population Research Institute.

The pro-life Population Research Institute is dedicated to ending human rights abuses committed in the name of "family planning," and to ending counter-productive social and economic paradigms premised on the myth of "overpopulation." Find us atpop.org