Monthly Archives: November 2014

Father Leatherby complements the Presentation Right to Life SIDEWALK COUNSELORS


UPDATE

Another baby saved!  – On December 18th we saved our Christmas baby!  A huge thank you to Beth Tatge who was courageous enough to approach the escort and convince him to go into the mill and get the mother. To the relief of all present, the escort came out of the mill with the mother and all drove to the pregnancy center instead!

At least 6 babies saved in 2014!! – In 2014 we saved the lives of 6 babies and possibly another 2; yet, we’ll never know the true number as many women skip their appointment when they see us. Saving the lives of these precious babies and preventing grave mortal sins are the greatest acts of mercy anyone can do!!! God bless everyone who chooses to serve humanity in this way!

 

We’re heroes to both the babies and the parents that we saved from a lifetime of pain.

You can also become a hero! As the New Year approaches, please consider joining us to bring the gospel of hope to parents and bystanders every Thursday at the Butano mill.


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I wanted to give honorable mention to Fr. Lee and our Respect Life Committee.Two Thursdays ago, when I went to the sidewalk of our local the abortion clinic to pray with our fellow parishioners, I noticed that Fr. Lee was speaking with a woman at her car. I discovered that, when she arrived that morning for an abortion and saw Fr. Lee and others praying, her heart was moved. She was so thankful that people were on the sidewalk. She hadn’t wanted to go through with the procedure, but didn’t feel like she had any hope or support. She found both in our witness to life. She decided to keep her baby!

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Be Men, Teen Fathers

Abortion and Dad

Fear’s flame can be extinguished with love, the love a father.

By Taylor H.
8th Grade
Notre Dame Catholic School

SecondTimothy1-6-7“It’s a girl’s issue.” That’s what many teenage boys are saying across America. But is it? Is it just the mother who should take care of the child? The child, two created? I believe it is not. Today millions of girls are facing parenthood as a single mom, in poverty with a child who knows of no “daddy.” Also girls who have gone through with abortion suffering the regret of killing a child that was part of them. This can be stopped, these pregnant girls can be loved, but the first one who should come to them with love, is the father.

Fear is the first factor, the fear of being rejected. The fear of not being loved. The fear of being a single mom. Fear, fear and more fear. Fear is what surrounds these pregnant teens, like a black snake of smoke filling every breath they take with pain and hate. Girls all over face this fear. The need a partner, a best friend, someone to be there no matter what. That is the father; that is his role. If teenage boys do not feel ready to protect, they should not take the chance of having a child. If a girl does get pregnant with his child that, boy needs to become the protector and support the mother-to-be as well as the child in her womb. Fear keeps boys from being there and the girl from becoming a mother, as fear keeps the child from life.

The father’s role in choosing life or abortion is crucial. The main reason pregnant teens have abortions is out of fear. These girls are alone, some have their families, but they were told “I love you,” by a boy whom they loved. That father has the choice that will start or end a life. If the father shows his support in that pregnant girl, if he shows that he loves her and will help her raise that child. How could she choose abortion? A quote from a movie says, “They took four years of my life. I took her whole world”. (Bella) A man is trying to convince a pregnant girl to not get an abortion, he tells her his life story and how he accidentally hit a little girl with his car. He tells her how they took four years of his life away in prison, but he took away that single mother’s entire world. The father is the difference between life or death for their child.

The teenage girls need the love of the one who made that choice with them. They need the father’s love and support to keep a child and not get an abortion. The mother needs the support of another to raise the child as it took two to create. Fear’s flame can be extinguished with love, the love of a friend, a partner, a father. It’s a team effort, it takes two.

 

Pro-abortion researcher admits: aborting “imperfect” children creates disability rights conflicts

November 29, 2014 | Sarah Terzo | Live Action News

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Years ago, Rayna Rapp discovered that her baby would be afflicted with down syndrome. She and her partner chose for her to have an abortion. Ever since then, she has been writing about fetal testing and abortion. A supporter of legal abortion who has herself worked in an abortion clinic, the reader can be assured that she writes with no pro-life bias.

In her book, Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: the Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America, she interviewed women and couples who were waiting for the results of an amniocentesis to discover whether their babies would have down syndrome or another genetic disability.

Most intended to abort if the test indicated a problem, though Rapp did describe one or two who spared their disabled babies’ lives. I have cited Rapp’s book before, presenting quotes from some of the men and women who intended to abort a baby with down syndrome. Continue reading

CBS, NBC Censor Pope’s Comments Blasting Abortion, Euthanasia

Uh, Is It Time To Start Ignoring the Lamestream Meda Yet?

Life News | 11/17/2014 | Matthew Balan

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They Won’t Report What He Really Says About Marriage and Family Life, Either:

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The first setting in which faith enlightens the human city is the family. I think first and foremost of the stable union of man and woman in marriage. This union is born of their love, as a sign and presence of God’s own love, and of the acknowledgment and acceptance of the goodness of sexual differentiation, whereby spouses can become one flesh (cf. Gen 2:24) and are enabled to give birth to a new life, a manifestation of the Creator’s goodness, wisdom and loving plan. Grounded in this love, a man and a woman can promise each other mutual love in a gesture which engages their entire lives and mirrors many features of faith. Promising love for ever is possible when we perceive a plan bigger than our own ideas and undertakings, a plan which sustains us and enables us to surrender our future entirely to the one we love. Faith also helps us to grasp in all its depth and richness the begetting of children, as a sign of the love of the Creator who entrusts us with the mystery of a new person.
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CBS and NBC’s morning and evening newscasts on Saturday and Sunday [November 15-16, 2014] ignored Pope Francis’s condemnation of abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and in-vitro fertilization during a Saturday meeting with Catholic doctors in Italy.

Their omission is glaring when compared to their hype over a supposed “seismic shift towards gays and divorcees” in a proposed document from a bishops’ meeting – a draft which was ultimately rejected by the Church leaders.

Surprisingly, ABC’s fluff-filled Good Morning America devoted nine seconds to the pontiff’s speech, but only mentioned his targeting of euthanasia:

RON CLAIBORNE: And strong words from the Pope denouncing euthanasia – calling it a sin against God and creation. He said advocating a person’s right to die is a false sense of compassion.

On Sunday’s NBC Nightly News, correspondent Ann Curry tried to emphasize Pope Francis’s apparent liberal credentials, as she covered the new archbishop of Chicago:

popefrancis27ANN CURRY (voice-over): To Church insiders, he’s another radical choice by a revolutionary Pope.

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CURRY: While his predecessor [Cardinal Francis George] is seen as a combative conservative, Cupich echoes the Pope’s more conciliatory message….And while he opposes abortion and same-sex marriage, he’s discouraged priests from protesting at clinics performing abortions, and encourages respect for gay people. And he prioritizes caring for the poor….An emerging American face in Pope Francis’s revolution, Bishop Blase Cupich says, is just getting starting.

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Deliberately Hastened Death Is Here Now, It’s Just Not Heavily Advertised

After-Birth “Abortion”: We encounter people who think
it is morally acceptable to kill babies after birth
on a regular basis at almost every campus we visit

syringeDoctorOutOfFocusWe Are In The Middle Of A Tsunami Of Physician-Hastened Termination—Goodness Has Nothing To Do With It, Don’t Call It “Euthanasia”

I watch the people’s faces coming out of Mass, the time when their lives are most affected by our Blessed Lord’s earthly mission. Sometimes my notice is caught by a heavenly glow on the faces of mothers with many children. Little children are innocently preoccupied by more immediate emotions. But most arresting are the looks of young people, often ranging between wistfulness and angst.

Teenage_Pain_by_JulietNowhereYouth are faced with some of the most serious business of life, finding their future course in the midst of conflicting feelings and discordant noise from the world. Young people seeking guidance often meet with de facto apathy from those who could help them. But some of those most actively seeking to influence young people have an actual malicious intent.

A woman wrote to Archbishop Fulton Sheen about her brother, saying that he was dying in a hospital and that he had been away from the sacraments for about 30 years. She said that he had not only lived a bad life, but that he was an evil man. (There’s a difference between being bad and being evil. A bad man steals; a bad man kills. An evil man may do none of those things. But he seeks to destroy goodness in others.) This woman’s brother was an evil man, as he did much to corrupt youth by circulating pamphlets among them that contained evil messages in order to destroy both faith and morals. —Homily, June 24, 2012, Assumption Parish, Dwight NE
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One of these who have chosen evil, is Princeton bioethicist Peter Singer. The extremism of his view, that young children can be “aborted” until they are several years of age, might be dismissed as ivory tower ravings–except that the views he spearheaded are now becoming common.

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     “A trend seen by prolife activists that frequently engage college students on campuses nationwide is the growing acceptance of post-birth abortion, or killing the infant after he or she is born, campus prolife outreach leaders tell The College Fix.
     “Anecdotal evidence by leaders of prolife groups such as Created Equal and Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust said in interviews that not only do they see more college students willing to say they support post-birth abortion, but some students even suggest children up to 4 or 5-years-old can also be killed, because they are not yet ‘self aware.’
     “We encounter people who think it is morally acceptable to kill babies after birth on a regular basis at almost every campus we visit,” said Mark Harrington, director of Created Equal. “While this viewpoint is still seen as shocking by most people, it is becoming increasingly popular.”
     —More college students support post-birth abortion by Mairead McArdle, Thomas Aquinas College, October 29, 2014, thecollegefix.com/post/19896/

(Click Open) THERE EXISTS IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE a certain Promethean attitude which leads people to think that they can control life and death by taking the decisions about them into their own hands.… Pope John-Paul II, —Evangelium Vitae §15
…What really happens in this case is that the individual is overcome and crushed by a death deprived of any prospect of meaning or hope. We see a tragic expression of all this in the spread of euthanasia-disguised and surreptitious, or practised openly and even legally. As well as for reasons of a misguided pity at the sight of the patient’s suffering, euthanasia is sometimes justified by the utilitarian motive of avoiding costs which bring no return and which weigh heavily on society. Thus it is proposed to eliminate malformed babies, the severely handicapped, the disabled, the elderly, especially when they are not self-sufficient, and the terminally ill. Pope John-Paul II, —Evangelium Vitae §15
Involuntary "euthanasia" needle poised over condemned person's arm in The Giver movie

Involuntary “euthanasia” needle poised over condemned person’s arm in The Giver movie

In Lois Lowry’s Newberry Award winning, young people’s novel The Giver, progtagonist Jonas resolves his youthful lifecourse quest by squarely facing up his society’s so extreme opposition to the messiness of suffering that deliberate culling of problem people is routine and mandatory.

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TerrySchiavoThe depiction of Jonas’ rebellion for the cause of life is highly timely: It has been nearly 10 years since Terry Schiavo was unjustly put to death, but actually several decades since the inconvenient disabled became subject to involuntary killing.

And more than a century has transpired since Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson predicted the trends of these times, in his seminal, apocalyptic sci-fi The Lord of the World.

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Julian Felsenburgh, “The Anti-Christ”

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Robert Hugh Benson’s Lord of the World coming true before our eyes
     Early in the book, a government volor [flyer], an airplane, has crashed in the middle of London and the protagonist, the young Catholic priest Fr. Percy Franklin, [who becomes Pope Silvester III, the last Pope], happened to be on the scene, though he was not yet known to Mabel, pretty wife of a rapidly-rising young Communist member of parliament and a devotee of the officially sanctioned state socialist atheism.
     Mabel scarcely knew what happened next; but she found herself a moment later forced forward by some violent pressure from behind, til she stood shaking from head to foot with some kind of smashed body of a man moaning and stretching at her feet. There was a sort of articulate language coming from it; she caught distinctly the names of Jesus and Mary; then a voice hissed suddenly in her ears: “Let me through. I am a priest.”

     She stood there a moment longer, dazed by the suddenness of the whole affair, and watched almost unintelligently the grey-haired young priest on his knees, with his coat torn open, and a crucifix out; she saw him bend close, wave his hand in a swift sign, and heard a murmur of a language she did not know. Then he was up again, holding the crucifix out before him, and she saw him begin to move forward into the midst of the red-flooded pavement, looking this way and that as if for a signal.
     Down the steps of the great hospital on her right came figures running now, hatless, each carrying what looked like an old fashioned camera. She knew what those men were, and her heart leaped in relief. They were the ministers of euthanasia.

A FORMER EUTHANASIA SUPPORTER warned of a surge in deaths if the British Parliament allowed doctors to give deadly drugs to their patients. ‘Don’t do it Britain,’ said Theo Boer, a veteran European watchdog in assisted suicide cases. ‘Once the genie is out of the bottle, it is not likely ever to go back in again.’ dailymail.co.uk

Involuntary, physician-facilitated terminations have now gone mobile in the Netherlands. Coming soon to a family transition crisis near you.


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More proof that more college students support post-birth abortion

A College Fix article that went viral last fall drew attention to an emerging inclination among young people: pro-life activists who engage college students on campuses across the country are seeing support for so-called “post-birth abortion,” or the killing of infants and young children.

It was a report so shocking, many did not want to believe it.

In response to the article – shared on social media nearly 50,000 times and sparking a national dialogue – Snopes.com attempted to debunk the claim by complaining the piece spun anecdotal evidence into a “study.” Students for Life also published a piece saying they did not think the trend was real.

However, the article explicitly stated its evidence is anecdotal, based on the many experiences of pro-life activists with Created Equal and Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, whose members show up at college campuses weekly and engage young people in serious conversations about abortion.

Although no official study or poll has been conducted on this issue, Mark Harrington, director of Created Equal, and Kristina Garza, director of campus outreach for Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, speak with college students about abortion on a regular basis and find that more young people than ever before are willing to admit they support post-birth abortion.

In response to those who questioned the experiences of these pro-life campus advocates, The College Fix returned to the groups’ leaders to get their take on the notion that it was all too outlandish to believe.

In recent interviews, they not only stood behind their assessment, but provided further details to their original claims to help prove it.

The groups use graphic images of aborted babies to spark debate and then hold respectful, one-on-one dialogues with students to change minds on college campuses. Because of this, the exchanges members engage in with students at universities are deeply personal and very real.

Anecdotal evidence piles up

Partial transcripts from conversations between Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust team members and college students in recent months reveal the mindset can be found in young people.

On Dec. 3, 2014, at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Survivor team member Sam Riley talked with a student who said he supported the “choice of the intellectual human.”

He said that “an intellectual human is a 5-, 6- or 7-year-old. They don’t know anything until 5, 6 or 7 years old.” When asked whether it was permissible to kill 2, 3, and 4-year-olds, he said: “Yes, under that criteria, I guess it would be ok.”

On Oct. 15, 2014, at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, Calif., a student admitted to Survivor team member Josh Cummings that a fetus is a human fetus. When asked when it was okay to kill a defenseless human life, the student said, “many times.” Cummings then asked the student whether a mother could drown her 2-year-old in the bathtub if she couldn’t afford to take care of it. “Yes, absolutely,” the student responded.

On Dec. 10, 2014, at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., Survivor team member Lizzy Riley talked to a student who called himself a “utilitarian.” He said that if abortion were legal in India then people would not be forced to kill or abandon their baby girls. The situation now, he said, makes it necessary to kill these girls.

On Oct. 13 and 14, 2014, at UC San Diego, Lizzy Riley talked to three or four people who exhibited this utilitarian mindset, saying they had no problem with killing a 1- or 2-month-old. They admitted this after being shown there is no substantial biological difference between a 7-month fetus and a 2-month-old.

“Students wouldn’t be able to articulate where they learned it, but the ideology is so ingrained in them that they don’t even question it,” Lizzy Riley told The College Fix. “Look at where the slippery slope leads. If you’re casually pro-choice, at some point, you’re going to have to defend killing children after birth.”

After The College Fix published its original article, titled “Trending: More college students support post-birth abortion,” InfoWars reporter Joe Biggs got a number of students at the University of Texas in Austin to sign a petition for “post-birth abortion” that would allow killing children up to five years old. His efforts were captured on video.

But long before Biggs posted his man-on-the-street campus poll, Created Equal posted a video showing in a shocking manner the mentality of some modern college students.

“If you kill a baby fetus, it’s the same thing as killing any old inanimate object,” one college student told Created Equal in a 2011 conversation captured on video. “Like a rock, a tree – whatever. It’s not self aware. So what’s the point of holding on to its life?”

When a Created Equal member asked this college student when a young person becomes self aware, he replied: “Um, I am not a scientist, I am not a doctor, but if I recall from taking classes and stuff like that, like after a certain amount of months and years like, after a child is growing, like they begin to understand. I think it’s somewhere around the time of like, speech.”

Trend or not, some students support infanticide

Garza, of Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, says her team often encounters this viewpoint on campuses.

“We talk with dozens of students a week, and one or two of those students say they think infants and toddlers are not persons,” Garza said.

Harrington, director of Created Equal, told The Fix in October that “we encounter people who think it is morally acceptable to kill babies after birth on a regular basis at almost every campus we visit. While this viewpoint is still seen as shocking by most people, it is becoming increasingly popular.”

In a more recent interview, Harrington responded to naysayers by pointing out that “our anecdotal evidence is more germane to the question of whether … abortion advocates are becoming more intellectually honest—that is to say, accepting of killing born children along with preborn (since there’s no relevant difference) in theory if not in practice.”

Garza agreed.

“Nobody is claiming that this ideology of accepting infanticide is the norm – far from it,” she said. “Students accepting the humanity of born children, but discrediting his or her value based on cognitive ability, is merely a trend.”

“I don’t think we can completely discredit anecdotal evidence,” she added. “They are one pole of the abortion debate spectrum, of which we see every facet by talking with hundreds of students at high schools, colleges and universities across the country every year.”

Infants born alive during botched abortions also contribute to the acceptance of killing newborns, Garza pointed out.

“It is difficult to refute that some percentage of late-term abortions fail, and end with the murder of a born-alive infant,” Garza said. “Hence, it would be fair to say that students who support late-term abortion, after admitting the humanity of the preborn child and knowing the failure rate, would also support infanticide.”

In the end, Harrington points out, “We could provide more anecdotes, but no amount of anecdotes will prove conclusively a general trend across all college students.”

Extreme views emerge

More people are taking a more extreme position on abortion rights.

For example, in 2013, students from the University of New Mexico were bussed to the Albuquerque polls to vote down the late-term abortion referendum that would have banned abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

And a fall 2013 philosophy syllabus from UC San Diego even includes a piece by Peter Singer, the moral philosopher who supported infanticide. Although most professors are not necessarily teaching that infanticide is acceptable, it is not clear that they are condemning it, either.

One student told Survivors that, a few years ago at one university in Southern California, a graduate school professor who taught “virtue ethics” once gave a lecture in which he used the case of Terri Schiavo to argue along the lines of: “If we could do it in her case (i.e. kill her), why can’t we do it with other people?”

Schiavo was a 26-year-old woman who inexplicably collapsed into a permanent vegetative state and was kept on life support for years before her feeding tube was removed and she died.

The scholar continued to say that he and his partner had a surprise baby, 2 years old at the time. He said, “I absolutely love my son, but I wouldn’t call him a person because he doesn’t have the reasoning capabilities, the personality that I would say is necessary for someone to be called a person.” During that class, none of the graduate students challenged him.

The good news

While more college students may support post-birth abortion, the number of students who accept that life beings at conception is also growing, and at a larger and faster rate than those who accept infanticide, Garza said.

“This trend of students saying they think babies are not ‘persons’ for whatever philosophical reason is actually just proof that we’re doing our job,” Garza said. “There is no logical way to disprove the humanity of the child before birth. The next logical step for the … pro-abortion supporter would be to argue that the child may be a human being, but circumstances warrant it ok to kill the child anyway.”

Garza said this trend is not disheartening.

“Pro-life leaders from many organizations have been saying for a few years now that we need to push students out of the mushy middle and force them to choose a side,” she said. “Some are going to choose the ugly extreme for abortion and infanticide. However, most are … going to choose to be 100 percent against abortion, which is the trend that we are also seeing on high school and college campuses all over California.”

According to Gallop, 33 percent of Americans were pro-life in 1996. Today, 46 percent say they are pro-life.

Pope Francis to host international conference on complementarity of man and woman

On November 17-19, 2014, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will host a colloquium in Vatican City, in cooperation with the Pontifical Council for the Family, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, on the subject of the Complementarity of Man and Woman in Marriage. It is a global, interreligious meeting featuring representatives from 14 religious traditions and 23 countries. The colloquium will be opened by Pope Francis.

Sessions will be opened successively by the leadership of each of the cooperating Vatican offices, followed by the presentations and witness testimonies of leading religious figures and scholars.

Each session will also premiere one of six short films treating men and women and marriage the world over (see trailer above, featuring Peter Kreeft). Each film features a variety of illuminating interviews with young and old, single and married, women and men, lay and religious, from many cultures, continents and religions. Topics range from the beauty of the union between the man and the woman, to the loss of confidence in marital permanence, to the cultural and economic woes that follow upon the disappearance of marriage.

The colloquy website is humanum.it. It contains information about the agenda, the presenters, the films, and media credentialing.