Voices For The Unborn

Is dedicated to informing and educating the public on pro-life and pro-family issues.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

This Pastor’s Church is Refusing to Obey California’s Mandate That It Pay for Abortions

Jim Garlow - Alliance Defending Freedom
Pastor Garlow testifies to Members of Congress in an Energy
and Commerce Committee Forum, Photo Courtesy Jim Garlow 
By Josh Shepherd
Life News

On July 13, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill known as the Conscience Protection Act—intended to protect the rights of health care providers, churches and other groups that object to participating in abortion. Seated in the House Gallery, one man watched the vote with all the intensity of a general going into war.

Jim Garlow, father of eight children and pastor of Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego, California, sat with his wife and a dozen congregants who prayed and discussed events unfolding on the House floor. While others visit the nation’s capital city for summer vacation, this team came with purpose.

Nearly two years ago, Garlow was thrust into a battle with the State of California—when his church objected to a new state mandate involving abortion. Since then, he has found that the pro-choice bias in state and federal government is no casual affair. “They are ruthless,” Garlow says.


Yet his church refuses to bow to the state. Represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, their lawsuit against California is ongoing. In an interview following the House vote, Jim Garlow shares what he testified to Congress, his personal connection with the pro-life cause… and the covert strategy he sees at work in politics today.


Bound4LIFE: What recent events in California led your church to file a lawsuit against the state to defend your pro-life convictions?

Pastor Jim Garlow: On August 22, 2014, some nameless, faceless bureaucrat at the Department of Managed Health Care in Sacramento made a decision by fiat: that every insurance provider in the state of California had to include elective abortion in our plans.

I found out about that decision 60 days later. An attorney who assists us at Skyline Church said, “You’re now covering abortions in your insurance.” I said, “There’s no way.” “No, you are.” “Surely not—we would’ve been notified or something! We would’ve seen this in the media?” I asked our team to follow-up about it and that attorney was right. We were being forced to pay for abortions, and in fact everyone in California is.



Judge Rules Obama Can’t Force Pro-Life Advocate to Pay for Abortions Under Obamacare

baraobam73

By Tom  Ciesielka  
Life News

Yesterday, a federal district judge in the Eastern District of Missouri granted a summary judgment in favor of Missouri State Senator Paul Wieland and his wife Theresa against the Obamacare abortifacient/contraceptive mandate, ruling that the federal government could not constitutionally compel them to pay for group health insurance for their family, including young daughters, that includes required coverage for medical services that they deem religiously objectionable.

Thomas More Society, which underwrote the lawsuit from its inception, joined its special counsel, Timothy and Matthew Belz of the St. Louis law firm, Otten, Leggat & Belz, LC, in calling this ruling “a significant victory for religious freedom” with significant national implications.

Judge Jean C. Hamilton granted Paul Wieland and his family permanent protection from Obamacare’s mandate that individuals, as well as businesses and other non-church entities, must purchase health insurance coverage for contraception, including pharmaceutical “abortion pills” and sterilization. 

The court upheld the family’s right to assert religious objections as a basis for exemption from the mandate as it imposes a substantial burden on the Weilands’ exercise of their religious faith, contrary to the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”) – the same federal statute successfully invoked by the for-profit corporation, Hobby Lobby, and later invoked with partial success (so far) by non-profit religious groups such as the Little Sisters of the Poor.

The court rejected the U.S. Justice Department’s arguments that the Wielands suffered no substantial adverse burden from having to comply with the mandate, noting that such compliance would not only entail their coerced purchase of coverage they consider morally objectionable, but that it also would subject them to substantial monetary fines if they chose not to comply. In her 13 ½ page opinion, Judge Hamilton wrote:

“The ultimate impact is that Plaintiffs must either maintain a health insurance plan that includes contraceptive coverage, in violation of their sincerely-held religious beliefs, or they can forgo healthcare altogether, which will result in the imposition of significant penalties (not to mention the potentially crippling costs of uninsured health care).”

Also rejecting the Obama Administration’s insistence that the nation’s insurance markets wouldn’t be able to function if insurers had to tailor each health plan to individual needs and preferences, Judge Hamilton said that the government does not provide the insurance and that it was for private insurers to decide whether or not to offer contraceptive-free plans.



Euthanasia Will Not Give Dignity Any More Than Abortion Gave Equality



Jack Kevorkian, “Dr. Death,” and abortionist Kermit Gosnell


By Mike Schouten 
Campaign Director, Weneedalaw.ca

Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post at weneedalaw.ca.

Assisted suicide can be paralleled to drug-induced abortions, where a doctor prescribes pills that the patient ingests to accomplish their own goal of ending life. 


Euthanasia, on the other hand, can be compared to surgical abortion, where a doctor is called upon to take active measures to end a life. In cases of both assisted suicide and drug-induced abortion, if a patients’ self-administered attempt fails, a doctor may be called upon the finish the job.Being pro-life means, by definition, being for life. 

The same groups that recognize the value of children in the womb are those who recognize the value of the elderly, the terminally ill, and all human life. With euthanasia and assisted suicide now accepted in Canada as additional ways to eliminate inconvenience and suffering, it is worth considering how interconnected the issues of abortion and euthanasia are.

In both abortion and euthanasia, we see debates dominated by the word “choice”. It is becoming increasingly common in Canada for the word “choice” to be associated with ending life. We have essentially eliminated our fundamental right to life, and instead made it only a right to die. There is no legal protection for a woman who chooses to carry her child to term, and no legal guarantee that a terminally ill patient will have access to quality palliative care.

Instead, the discussion is focused on the right to end pre-born life, the right to end one’s own life, and, some suggest, a right to end the life of someone else who has been rendered incapable of making such a decision for themselves, for reasons such as dementia or mental retardation.

As some try to tell women they are empowered by the choice to kill their child, so we are telling those suffering that they are empowered by euthanasia. … We are telling both that the only empowering choice is death.



He Has Buried 10,000 Aborted Babies, But Now He’s Saving Them





By Nancy Flanders
Live Action News


Over the last decade, Tong Phuoc Phu from Vietnam has buried more than 10,000 aborted babies, giving them each a final resting place. But he wanted to do more, he wanted to save babies from abortion. And now, he’s done just that.


Tong told the RT news network that after his wife experienced complications during labor with their son, he made a deal with God that if his wife and son were spared, he would find a way to help others.

It was then that he took notice of the fact that some pregnant women were entering a room at the hospital which they then emerged from, no longer pregnant. When he realized the children were being aborted, he asked the hospital for permission to take their bodies for a proper burial.

“I believe these fetuses have souls,” he said. “And I don’t want them to be wandering souls.”

Tong, a Catholic from the town of Nha Trang, purchased land with his savings and began burying the babies. He has said that the cemetery he created isn’t just a place of sadness, but a place that he hopes will inspire women to choose life. Abortions have outnumbered births at state hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City. Pre-martial sex, lack of understanding or desire for contraception, and gendercide have led to the extremely high abortion rate.


A cemetery on Hon Thom mountain, Nha Trang. It is the resting place of 
more than 10,000 babies. Mr Phuc, a building contractor, started 
saving money to buy a plot of land. He then began collecting unwanted 
fetuses from hospitals and clinics to bury in graves on the property.


After a while, pregnant women who had heard of what he was doing began to reach out to Tong for help. They knew they weren’t able to care for their children, but they didn’t want to abort them. So Tong created an orphanage where he has taken in and cared for over 100 children. Each mother can stay there while pregnant, and those who place their babies with Tong are able to come back for their children when they are in a better place to care for him or her.

“I actually went to the hospital intending to get an abortion, but I was so scared,” said a mother named Vu, who was 3 1/2 months pregnant at the time. “I decided to go home and think about it. Two weeks later, I met with Phuc.”

Tong and children from his orphanage. Photo via Facebook.
Tong and children from his orphanage. Photo via Facebook.

In the meantime, the children are well cared for at Tống Phước Phúc Orphanage when they otherwise may have been aborted. Despite the cost, he has never turned anyone away and donations have allowed him to continue.

“I will continue this work till my last breath,” Tong said. “I hope my own kids will continue helping people when I’m gone.” 


website: liveactionnews.org



Voices for the Unborn is an e-publication dedicated to informing and educating the public on pro-life and pro-family issues. To read our Mission Statement, use this link.  Follow us also on FacebookGoogle, and Pinterest.  Help spread the word by sharing our articles on your favorite social networks.





Friday, July 22, 2016

Proclaiming the Message of Life



from Priests for Life 


Preaching and teaching about the sanctity of life from the pulpit or other catechetical settings can be a challenge- yet essential- undertaking for any pastor, deacon or pro-life advocate. 

In Proclaiming the Message of Life, Fr. Frank Pavone systematically guides clergy and laity alike through the pro-life themes found in the Sunday readings of all three cycles of the lectionary. 

He also provides a clear message to all those who are passionate about supporting life at every phase. Drawing from God's Word, he gives rich spiritual sustenance to energize, motivate and encourage you to proclaim the message of life without fear.


 Listen to Proclaiming the Message of Life here


Priests for Life works to ensure that clergy of all denominations become more united, purposeful, and strong so that those who promote the culture of death will not get away with what they are trying to do. For more information on this organization, please use this link.




Pennsylvania Action Alert! Urge Your Senator to Oppose Dangerous Senate Bill 1350‏



Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director
Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation


The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation urges you to contact your state Senator and urge him or her to oppose Senate Bill 1350. Senate Bill 1350, sponsored by Senator Daylin Leach, would repeal Act 122 of 2011. 

Act 122 is a common sense law which ensures that abortion facilities meet basic health and safety standards. It was a response to the horrendous Kermit Gosnell case, in which Gosnell was accused of killing hundreds of babies and causing the deaths of female patients in a facility which prosecutors described as a “House of Horrors.”

Please call and email your state Senator with this urgent message:
 “Please oppose Senate Bill 1350, which would repeal our law ensuring that abortion facilities meet basic health and safety standards. I do not want any more Kermit Gosnells!”
If you don’t know who your state Senator is, or you need contact information, please use this link. 

PLEASE NOTE: This is a state bill, not a federal one, so you do not need to contact U.S. Senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey.

Thank you so much for making these critical calls and sending these important emails!

The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, Inc., is committed to promoting the dignity and value of human life from conception to natural death and to restoring legal protection for preborn children. Through legislation, political action, education and other legal means, we proclaim the truth about abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia.


The 2016 Republican Party Platform's Pro-Life Plank "Protecting Human Life"




from Steven Mosher
Population Research Institute



Protecting Human Life

The Constitution’s guarantee that no one can “be deprived of life, liberty or property” deliberately echoes the Declaration of Independence’s proclamation that “all” are “endowed by their Creator” with the inalienable right to life. Accordingly, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to children before birth. We oppose the use of public funds to perform or promote abortion or to fund organizations, like Planned Parenthood, so long as they provide or refer for elective abortions or sell fetal body parts rather than provide healthcare. We urge all states and Congress to make it a crime to acquire, transfer, or sell fetal tissues from elective abortions for research, and we call on Congress to enact a ban on any sale of fetal body parts. In the meantime, we call on Congress to ban the practice of misleading women on so-called fetal harvesting consent forms, a fact revealed by a 2015 investigation. We will not fund or subsidize healthcare that includes abortion coverage.

We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent human life. We oppose the non-consensual withholding or withdrawal of care or treatment, including food and water, from individuals with disabilities, newborns, the elderly, or the infirm, just as we oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide.

We affirm our moral obligation to assist, rather than penalize, women who face an unplanned pregnancy. In order to encourage women who face an unplanned pregnancy to choose life, we support legislation that requires financial responsibility for the child be equally borne by both the mother and father upon conception until the child reaches adulthood. Failure to require a father to be equally responsible for a child places an inequitable burden on the mother, creating a financial and social hardship on both mother and child. We celebrate the millions of Americans who open their hearts, homes, and churches to mothers in need and women fleeing abuse. We thank and encourage providers of counseling, medical services, and adoption assistance for empowering women experiencing an unintended pregnancy to choose life. We support funding for ultrasounds and adoption assistance. We salute the many states that now protect women and girls through laws requiring informed consent, parental consent, waiting periods, and clinic regulation. We condemn the Supreme Court’s activist decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt striking down commonsense Texas laws providing for basic health and safety standards in abortion clinics.

We applaud the U.S. House of Representatives for leading the effort to add enforcement to the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act by passing the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which imposes appropriate civil and criminal penalties on healthcare providers who fail to provide treatment and care to an infant who survives an abortion, including early induction delivery whether the death of the infant is intended. We strongly oppose infanticide. Over a dozen states have passed Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Acts prohibiting abortion after twenty weeks, the point at which current medical research shows that unborn babies can feel excruciating pain during abortions, and we call on Congress to enact the federal version. Not only is it good legislation, but it enjoys the support of a majority of the American people. We support state and federal efforts against the cruelest forms of abortion, especially dismemberment abortion procedures, in which unborn babies are literally torn apart limb from limb.

We call on Congress to ban sex-selection abortions and abortions based on disabilities — discrimination in its most lethal form. We oppose embryonic stem cell research. We oppose federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. We support adult stem cell research and urge the restoration of the national placental stem cell bank created by President George H.W. Bush but abolished by his Democrat successor, President Bill Clinton. We oppose federal funding for harvesting embryos and call for a ban on human cloning.

The Democratic Party is extreme on abortion. Democrats’ almost limitless support for abortion, and their strident opposition to even the most basic restrictions on abortion, put them dramatically out of step with the American people. Because of their opposition to simple abortion clinic safety procedures, support for taxpayer-funded abortion, and rejection of pregnancy resource centers that provide abortion alternatives, the old Clinton mantra of “safe, legal, and rare” has been reduced to just “legal.” We are proud to be the party that protects human life and offers real solutions for women.

Click here for the whole platform

The Population Research Institute is a non-profit research group whose goals are to expose the myth of overpopulation, to expose human rights abuses committed in population control programs, and to make the case that people are the world’s greatest resource. Our growing, global network of pro-life groups spans over 30 countries.  


Voices for the Unborn is an e-publication dedicated to informing and educating the public on pro-life and pro-family issues. To read our Mission Statement, use this link.  Follow us also on FacebookGoogle, and Pinterest.  Help spread the word by sharing our articles on your favorite social networks.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Announcing ANNAPOLIS 101 for 2016!






Do you know how many life, justice, and social concerns decisions happen on the state and local level?

Do you feel that your views and concerns are adequately reflected in Maryland laws and policies?

Do you know who your state delegates and representatives are? Do they know who you are?


If you answered "no" to all or some of these questions, then it might be time for "Annapolis 101." Come join us for an informative and practical workshop that will familiarize you with the legislative process in the state of Maryland, introduce you to the best practices of advocating for your values - all within a Christian vision of fulfilling our call to be leaven in our society.


Register TODAY for one of these 8 sessions:
(Click on the location to register)




Come join us - MD needs you!!

Sponsored by the Maryland March for Life Committee. All are welcome. RSVP at www.marylandmarchforlife.org or info@marylandmarchforlife.org




The Franchise of Death




By Jim Sedlak

STOPP International 

Isaac Singer is given credit for establishing the first franchise operation in the United States in 1850. Singer’s franchisees were engaged in selling his revolutionary sewing machines. A century later, it was Ray Kroc who unleashed modern franchising through the rapid expansion of the McDonald brothers’ hamburger stand.

I believe that it is fair to say that neither Singer nor Kroc envisioned the ghoulish use of franchising happening today. In this country, there are 56 franchisees operating in 49 states that bring in a total of $1.3 billion dollars selling death and misery. Not only is such an operation legal, but federal, state, and local governments provide over 40 percent of the franchisees’ income.

Of course, this is 2016 and the world of doublespeak that George Orwell warned about in his seminal book 1984has long since taken hold in this nation. Dangerous pills and chemicals are called “health products,” ending the lives of innocent human beings is called “health care,” and franchisees of death are now called “Planned Parenthood affiliates.”

The basic misogynistic activity of these affiliates is to convince young women that their naturally given fertility is something to be abhorred and defeated. In order to do this, the business model for the entire franchise operation must indoctrinate young women to reject the natural functions of their bodies and replace them with purely hedonistic desires and actions. Once the preliminary indoctrination has taken place, the franchisees bring in the money by selling these women products that make them infertile (temporarily or permanently). The products are sold at huge revenues that bolster the franchise operation.

Proceeds are so enormous that the chief executives of each of the 56 affiliates take home an average of $186,000 a year. Thirteen percent make over $300,000 a year. In addition, the top 12 employees at the national office of the franchise operation make an average of $345,338 a year. The national office does not have any direct customer income.


continue reading this article here


Jim Sedlak is executive director of American Life League and a leading fighter against the programs and philosophies of Planned Parenthood.


Pro-Life Organizations Demonstrate Opposition to Hillary Clinton on Saturday, July 23 in Philadelphia




from Mike McMonagle, President
Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania


This Event, at the Beginning of the Democrat National Convention, Explains 
Why it is Immoral for Catholics and other Christians to Support Hillary Clinton

A coalition of local and national pro-life organizations is conducting a Mercy Witness For Life and against Hillary Clinton at 10:00 AM on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 3801 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104, which is the site of Kermit Gosnell's closed abortion facility.

An attached/enclosed flyer provides the details for this event. Another attachment/enclosure contains signs that summarize the message of this event.

Mike McMonagle, the President of the Pro-Life Coalition of Pa., explains why it is immoral for Catholics and other Christians to vote for Hillary Clinton.

"Hillary Clinton has publicly stated that a child has no legal rights until he or she is born. She also supports forcing Catholic and other religious institutions to pay for abortions by opposing the 2016 Conscience Protection Act.

"Thus, a vote for Hillary Clinton enables the killing of children before birth, which is prohibited by Catholic teaching."

McMonagle concluded, "Furthermore, continued membership in the Democrat Party by Catholics and other Christians has become morally unacceptable because of this Party's persistent and fervent support for abortion."

        
   





Voices for the Unborn is an e-publication dedicated to informing and educating the public on pro-life and pro-family issues. To read our Mission Statement, use this link.  Follow us also on FacebookGoogle, and Pinterest.  Help spread the word by sharing our articles on your favorite social networks.