Monthly Archives: January 2015

NARAL: Crisis Pregnancy Centers ‘Bad for “Not Having Dr.s”, Bad for Getting Them’

Damned If You Don’t, Damned If You Do

E-Mails Reveal Maryland Government Officials Collaborating With NARAL To Shut Down Pro-Life Pregnancy Center

Seven Point Plan Suggests a National NARAL Initiative to Shut Down CPCs

Dustin Siggins | LifeSiteNews | January 15, 2015

Emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request have revealed that Maryland government officials and activists with the state chapter of NARAL Pro-Choice America have been working closely together on a legal effort to shut down a local pro-life pregnancy care center.

The emails have also revealed a seven-part plan developed by NARAL to shut down pro-life pregnancy care centers that could indicate a nationwide strategy.

“[Crisis Pregnancy Centers, CPCs] are rapidly medicalizing—consistently acquiring more medical equipment and staff. Requiring [CPCs] to disclose that they do not have medical personnel on staff [can] often backfire.…[The successful medicalizing by CPCs] detracts from our core objection to [CPCs]. It does not matter if [CPCs] hire doctors or house state-of-the-art equipment: they are still manipulating women with lies and misleading information.” — NARAL Maryland Chapter President Jodi Finkelstein, letter, to Mongomery County Council President Craig Rice

In 2010, Montgomery County passed an ordinance requiring Centro Tepeyac Silver Spring Women’s Center and other pro-life pregnancy care clinics to post signs stating that they did not have doctors on staff. The county claimed it wanted to prevent pro-life clinics from giving women misleading information.

Represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, Centro fought the ordinance, which did not apply to abortion clinics. On April 30, 2014, Montgomery County dropped its defense of the law after a third decision against it on March 7, in which U.S. District Judge Deborah Chasanow, a Clinton appointee, noted that the people who accused the centers of spreading “misinformation” were “universally volunteers from a pro-choice organization sent to investigate practices” at the centers.

The emails obtained by LifeSiteNews reveal that, unbeknownst to the public, Montgomery County dropped the case after conferring with NARAL. The county stopped defending the law the month after NARAL recommended that very action in a March 14, 2014 letter, sent a week after the judge permanently blocked the law.

“It is our hope that the Montgomery County Council (Council) will once again partner with us to ensure Montgomery Council citizens are aware of the misleading tactics used by crisis pregnancy centers,” Maryland’s NARAL chapter president, Jodi Finkelstein, wrote.

In the letter, sent by the county to LifeSiteNews along with other emails through a Freedom of Information Act request, Finkelstein “strongly” recommended that the county drop the case and implement seven other strategies.

Those strategies include:

  1. Prosecuting volunteers and employees of pregnancy care centers for “consumer protection violations”;
  2. Forbidding Centro from “participating in advertising” that county officials deem “untrue or misleading”;
  3. Allowing women who claim they were “harmed by limited-service pregnancy centers to collect monetary damages” from women’s centers;
  4. Denying taxpayer funding to crisis pregnancy centers;
  5. Instructing county officials not to refer women to CPCs for ultrasounds or to “very clearly differentiate the centers from legitimate medical providers”;
  6. Having the county undertake a “public awareness campaign”  against pregnancy centers; and
  7. The regulation of ultrasound practices.

“We are pleased to offer our continued assistance in any way as you move forward,” Finkelstein writes.

  • See a PDF file of the emails LifeSiteNews obtained here. Finkelstein’s letter is on pages 5-7.

“I am also asking … the County Council staff to research federal regulations … governing the use of ultrasounds.” – George Leventhal, Montgomery County Maryland Council President
George Leventhal, the current Montgomery County Council president, followed up on NARAL’s recommendations in an email March 16, 2014 asking staff to take action. He told Finkelstein he was “copying Uma Ahluwalia, director of the Department of Health and Human Services, on this reply with a request that she let me know whether county funds are currently supporting limited-service pregnancy centers and under what terms and conditions women are referred to such centers.”

“I am also asking Amanda Mahill of the County Council staff to research federal regulations referenced in your letter governing the use of ultrasounds,” he added. Continue reading

Society needs you, Pope Francis tells large families

Pontiff urges policy-makers to support larger families

Large families benefit society by offering a “model for solidarity and sharing”, the Pope has said.

Addressing an estimated 7,000 members of the Italian National Association of Large Families at the Paul VI Audience Hall, Francis said: “In a world often marked by selfishness, the large family is a model for solidarity and sharing, and this attitude then becomes a benefit for the whole society.”

He continued: “The presence of large families is a hope for society. And for this reason, the presence of grandparents is very important: a precious presence for both practical help and above all, educational support.

“Grandparents preserve in themselves the values of a people, of a family, and help parents to transmit them to children. In the last century, in many countries of Europe, the grandparents were those who transmitted the faith: they secretly brought the child to receive baptism and transmitted the faith to them.”

The Pope also urged policy-makers to support larger families.

“I hope, therefore, thinking also of the low fertility rate that Italy has had for a long time … one per cent, almost nothing … there will be greater attention from politics and public administrators at every level to give support to these families,” Francis said, according to the website Crux.

The meeting took place on the feast of the Holy Family. In his Sunday Angelus address, the Pontiff reflected on the challenges facing families around the world, the topic of next October’s synod of bishops.

He said: “This light which comes from the Holy Family encourages us to offer human warmth in those family situation in which, for various reasons, there is a lack of peace and harmony and forgiveness. Our concrete solidarity is just as present, especially when it comes to families who are undergoing difficult situations because of illness, lack of work, discrimination and the need to emigrate.”

Francis’ “Urbi et Orbi” Pro-Life Words Omitted by Translator

According to a source at Priests for Life:

Something I wanted to bring to your attention is the address that Pope Francis gave on Christmas day at noon during his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and to the world) blessing. He mentioned the babies in the womb, and his exact words in that section of his address were as follows:
     “The Child Jesus. My thoughts turn to all those children today who are killed and ill-treated, be they infants killed in the womb, deprived of that generous love of their parents and then buried in the egoism of a culture that does not love life; be they children displaced due to war and persecution, abused and taken advantage of before our very eyes and our complicit silence. I think also of those infants massacred in bomb attacks, also those where the Son of God was born. Even today, their impotent silence cries out under the sword of so many Herods. On their blood stands the shadow of contemporary Herods. Truly there are so many tears this Christmas, together with the tears of the Infant Jesus.”
     Now the broadcast of this involves a feed that comes from the Vatican, whereby you hear the Pope speaking in Italian, and then you hear a translator, who has the text in front of him, saying it in English. Interestingly, when it came to this particular paragraph, the translators skipped the words about the babies in the womb and about the modern day Herods and about the generous love of parents and the culture that does not love life. I could tell the translator was skipping something. Later, when I obtained the text of the talk from the Vatican website, I went back to the audio recording that I myself was making at that very moment that I was listening to it, and noticed in fact, the glaring omission. The rest of the entire talk was perfectly conveyed and nothing was missing.
     Just amazing.

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Scan to 17 minutes, 53 seconds, to hear the translation gap.

My thoughts turn to all those children today who are killed and ill-treated, be they infants killed in the womb, deprived of that generous love of their parents and then buried in the egoism of a culture that does not love life

Sacramento Life Center’s Baby Bottle Project

BabyBottleCampaignThis Lent our parish will participate in the Sacramento Life Center’s Baby Bottle Project.

Between now and Ash Wednesday, please look for your school or religious education student to bring home a baby bottle for the purpose of collecting funds throughout the Lenten season of almsgiving. This is a wonderful way children can give back to their community and help others in need. Families are asked to fill the baby bottles with paper money, checks or coins throughout the first 5 weeks of Lent. Please return all baby bottles at the end of the fundraiser, including empty bottles

Participating students are eligible to enter drawings for prizes. This fundraiser supports the mission of the Sacramento Life Center, which is to offer compassion, support and free medical services to women and men facing unplanned or unsupported pregnancies in the greater Sacramento area.

Annual Baby Bottle Project begins February 2nd!

What is the Baby Bottle Project?

The baby bottle project is the Sacramento Life Center’s second largest annual fundraiser, raising nearly $60,000 in operational costs for their three clinics. Over 8000 baby bottles are distributed throughout the community from February 2nd until March 20th to be filled with checks, currency and coins.

Parishes and students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade fill baby bottles with donations from family and friends for the Sacramento Life Center, and the mothers and families they serve.

The baby bottles help students remember the reason we are raising money: To ensure every pregnant woman and teen has the support she needs to become a mom.

The project offers a great opportunity for conversations about life, babies and the people in our community who need our help.

Please Remember:

• There is no need for teachers or parents to count money before returning bottles.
• Participating students have a chance to win Leatherby’s ice cream coupons or a Kindle Fire just by returning the bottle and raffle ticket!

Please call Lynne or Lisa at 916-451-4357 to have your parish, school or organization participate!