Monday, August 31, 2009

Austria: a dark past and an even darker future

Catholic Church Conservation carries the grotesque story of a civic reception being held in Vienna to celebrate 30 years of the "pro:woman" (sic) facility in which thousands of unborn children have been killed. Imagine that? Champagne and jazz to celebrate the killing of the innocent. As CathCon puts it:

They have a dark enough past but they will have an even darker future if they carry on like this.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

An excellent reason to vote against Lisbon...

...RyanAir has pledged 500,000 Euros to the 'Yes' campaign. According to Michael O'Leary:

“Without Europe and the Euro, the Irish economy would be run by our incompetent politicians, our inept civil service and the greedy public sector trade union bosses, who through social partnership have in recent years destroyed Ireland’s competitiveness, created an epidemic of useless quangos and feathered the nests of the public sector at the expense of ordinary consumers in Ireland. I believe that Ireland must vote “Yes to Europe” on 2nd October; otherwise our economic future will be destroyed by Government and Civil Service mismanagement and the narrow vested interests of the public sector trade unions.

Finally, I can think of no better reason to vote “Yes to Europe” than doing the opposite of that recommended by some of the headbangers who are calling for a no vote. When one looks at the ragbag amalgam of the “no” campaign, led by economic illiterates like Sinn Fein, the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and the Socialist Party it seems clear to me that Ireland should vote “Yes to Europe” on 2ndOctober next, and I sincerely hope that we will.”

Eloquently and intelligently put, Mr O'Leary, what wavering voter could possibly resist such shrewd insights, such a manly display of courtesy towards your opponents and such sensitivity on the subject of national politics?

Yet another reason why I will be voting NO.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Too much too soon

Family and Youth Concern (UK) is promoting a book called Too Much, Too Soon: The Government’s plans for your child’s sex education by Norman Wells.

To quote from the publicity notice posted by F&YC –

‘Sex education is an ideological battlefield on which a war is being waged for the hearts and minds of children. Behind the innocuous-sounding words used by the sex education lobby, there is a definite agenda at work to undermine the role of parents and to tear down traditional moral standards. The need for parents to be alert and vigilant has never been greater.

‘Too Much, Too Soon sets out to tell parents what they need to know about sex education. It explains the law, identifies the aims of the key players, considers the research evidence, and weighs up the case for making sex education compulsory for all pupils from the age of five. It argues that young people do not need to be presented with a menu of sexual options from which they can make “informed choices”. Rather, the whole issue needs to be approached with honesty, modesty and within a clear moral framework that shows a proper respect for parents and for marriage.’

Friday, August 28, 2009

The Invisible Network of Interdependency

This blog post on the idea that 'being a burden' is part of the human condition got me thinking. We all secretly know that we depend upon one another, but in the age of the individual it is deeply unfashionable to admit it.

h/t Monstrous Regiment

Thursday, August 27, 2009

A fierce little warrior

‘Nessie will never hear. She will never speak. She will always walk like a drunkard. Our next battle is to start to teach her to fight on her own. We will do everything we can to give her the courage to carry on being the funny, determined, sweet-natured and fierce little warrior she has become.’

These are the words of Nessie’s mother, which conclude an account of the joy and fear experienced by her when her baby was born at twenty-eight weeks in 2005. The little girl, Nessie, was intubated and placed in intensive care immediately. Her parents were told that she was ‘fighting for her life’, and that there was nothing that could be done beyond what was already being done for her. Then, following a severe brain haemorrhage, it was accepted that she was unlikely to survive, but that if she did recover she would probably be severely disabled.

Six months later, Nessie was allowed to be brought home, but even then it involved a 24-hour-a-day regime for the family, as the little girl needed full-time care and attention. Her siblings willingly helped their mother in this, having learned how to do so. But an important contribution to her improvement was the playful antics of the other children in front of their sister. There is a profoundly touching, but hilarious, account of how Nessie’s three siblings insisted on having her participate in the ‘toddlers race’ at their local school sports day, by half carrying and half dragging her along – but always in a loving and caring way. Although profoundly deaf, and suffering from cerebral palsy, Nessie continued to improve and her mother speaks of what Nessie ‘has given us as a family. We are unbreakable.’

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Chaput and the Bitter Pill

The Tablet, a periodical known as a 'Catholic weekly' only by those with an unsavoury sense of humour, has done it again. This time, the editorial team thought it would be a really good idea to interfere in American politics and tell American Catholics why they have to support Obama's healthcare plan rather than get bogged down in these nasty little 'catholic issues' like abortion.

Archbishop Chaput of Denver has made a robust response to this arrogant, ill-informed nonsense. His statement includes the following words:

The editorial has value for several reasons. First, it proves once again that people don't need to actually live in the United States to have unhelpful and badly informed opinions about our domestic issues. Second, some of the same pious voices that once criticized U.S. Catholics for supporting a previous president now sound very much like acolytes of a new president. Third, abortion is not, and has never been, a "specifically Catholic issue," and the editors know it. And fourth, the growing misuse of Catholic "common ground" and "common good" language in the current health-care debate can only stem from one of two sources: ignorance or cynicism.

h/t The Hermeneutic of Continuity

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Cardinal Winning Summer Appeal

The Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative is running out of supplies for new mothers (pushchairs, toiletries, highchairs etc). Please consider sending them a contribution if you are in a position to do so.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Fewer Canadian Obstetricians performing abortions

A survey of Canadian obstetricians and gynaecologists has found that well over half do not perform abortions, citing personal beliefs as the major reason. Other reasons include community opinion and colleagues performing them. It is a relatively small survey and one has to be a little careful about giving it too much weight, but it is encouraging to see that fewer obstetricians and gynaecologists appear to be performing abortions than 10 years ago.

Interestingly, the doctor who conducted the survey is pro-abortion and was therefore troubled by her own findings, claiming in emotive terms that the reason for fewer abortionists might be that the new generation of doctors have never seen women injured from backstreet abortions. It probably does not occur to Dr Laroche that more doctors may be refusing to perform abortions because of our ever-expanding knowledge of pre-natal life or that doctors may feel increasingly empowered to resist attempts at bullying them into acting against their conscience. If the pro-choice lobby really believed in choice, they would be celebrating the fact that doctors are standing up for their own right to choose.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Spanish Doctors will go to jail rather than kill

Dr. Esteban Rodriguez of Spain's Right to Life organisation has said that doctors will go to jail rather than be forced to perform abortions. In a powerful statement responding to threats from Spain's Minister of Justice, Dr Rodriguez said:

“We will not kill our patients, nor will we commit a crime against the public health deliberately harming the heath of women, no matter how much the Minister of Justice threatens us and abuses his power.

“We doctors are not soldiers, nor policemen, nor executioners. There is no civil disobedience in the refusal to kill a human being, but rather the fulfilling of our professional obligation."

Congratulations Dr Rodriquez for your courage. Let us hope that the Spanish Government will take note and stop trying to bully the medical profession into doing its dirty work.

Friday, August 21, 2009

The Baby-boomers in line for euthanasia

Commenting on Barack Obama’s ‘healthcare’ reform programme, Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer, President of Human Life International, draws our attention to another aspect of this so-called care plan. In a recent letter, Fr. Euteneuer says:

The only reason we have our elderly being set up for systematic extermination now is because our culture has been so deeply brainwashed by the contraceptive and abortive mentalities that come from decades of “family planning” propaganda. The devaluation of human life at one end of the spectrum leaves the other end of the life spectrum completely vulnerable to the depredations of the power-mongers in Washington. Albert Schweitzer said that “if a man loses his reverence for any part of life, he will lose his reverence for all of life.” In terms of the current healthcare debate that would mean: when you sow family planning, you reap death planning. It’s that simple.

How ironic that President Obama’s so-called overhaul of the healthcare system in this country comes just at the time when the number of senior citizens is set to double. If the “Greatest Generation” gave our nation the technology and the prosperity to have the highest standard of living and best healthcare system in the world – bar none – then that generation will be the first to be killed off by the same technology – and all for altruistic reasons based on lifestyle and efficiency. Needless to say, the baby-boomers are next in line for euthanasia.

Those who still value life and are now being called into a very personal pro-life battle, one that threatens to strike at the very center of our families: our parents and grandparents. Just as we have always stood united in our defense of the rights of the unborn, we must adamantly resist this heinous program to hand over life and death planning to the government. Those decisions must stay in the hands of God. We must resist this wickedness now, while we still have breath.

And what about the school textbook that was being promoted in the south of Ireland in recent times, which encouraged the children to consider their grandparents as being 'useless', taking up precious space, and that they should be 'exterminated'?

Thursday, August 20, 2009

More 'research' coming from Guttmacher

A colleague alerted me to a fundraising letter from the Guttmacher Institute in which they state that they are coming out with a new report later this year: Abortion Worldwide: A Decade of Uneven Progress. The report will, "highlight the progress that some countries, like Bangladesh and South Africa, have made in reducing maternal mortality by expanding access to safe abortion care." Evidently they are not familiar with the latest facts that maternal deaths went up 20% in South Africa between 2005 -2007.

Ah well, more spin and misinformation to look forward to from our friends later this year!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

He Wanted to Live Life to the Full

A young Irishman who was badly injured in a rugby match about sixteen months ago died last week. This may not appear to be such an extraordinary story – until you read the whole story.

Stuart Mangan had moved to London, where he worked very successfully in a City bank. He was a talented sportsman, excelling at rugby, golf and horseriding. He spoke five languages and he loved to travel. He was also very generous and caring to others. During the course of a rugby match, playing with his London club, he suffered such an appalling injury – the third vertebrae went over the fourth vertebrae of his spine – that he was unable to speak, or to move any part of his body from his neck downwards. Following hospitalisation and surgery he was finally allowed to move to a specially adapted apartment in London, where his mother and a team of carers have looked after him since his accident.

Stuart never gave up on life, however, and his family has described how much he had been enjoying life, even to the point of going to the local pub the night before he was rushed to hospital due to respiratory problems. His mother said: ‘He worked hard before his accident and he was the same person after. He was incredible. He just kept us going and going.’

At a Mass offered in London for Stuart, Fr. Michael McGoldrick said: ‘Stuart was full of life and had faced the option of suicide and decided that was not for him. He wanted to live life to the full.’ Paying tribute to Stuart’s mother, Fr. McGoldrick went on to say that she ‘was there for him for the ups and downs and when things were bleak she kept him going.’

I was sorry to see, reading the reports about his life, that Stuart praised the family of Daniel James for helping him to commit suicide, because they "loved him enough not to selfishly hang on when he didn't want to lead a second-class life", when Stuart's own incredible response to his disability shows that being severely disabled is not a second-class life at all. He made it clear that he could have ended his life without going to Switzerland, but he saw life as full of opportunities.

Please pray for Stuart and his family, and all those who are struggling to come to terms with a disability.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Foro Español de la Familia

I have just received this press release from Foro Español de la Familia, giving advance notice of a massive pro-life demonstration to be held in Madrid.
More than 40 associations to organize a pro-life demonstration on the eve of the parliamentary debate on the Abortion Law in Spain Madrid, 1 June 2009.

After the approval of the draft version of the new Abortion Law, more than 40 associations representing over 4 million families held a press conference to announce the organization of a demonstration against the proposed new law. The final details of the demonstration will be made known at the end of the summer, although Saturday October 17 was put forward as a likely date and 5 pm as a time when many people from all over Spain would be able to attend.

The demonstration will begin at Colón Square and end at the emblematic Alcalá Gate, where, in November 2005, more than one and a half million people gathered to demand freedom in Education. At the end of the Press Conference, the President of Fundación Mujer, Familia y Trabajo, Gloria Yuste, read the manifesto which will be read on the day of the demonstration. The manifesto – a defence of Life, Women and Maternity – stresses not only the importance of giving support to pregnant mothers and of providing a voice for the unborn child, but also the role of maternity in Spanish society today.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Abortion over swine flu paranoia

This is an incredibly depressing story, showing a level of criminal incompetence on the part of the doctors who performed this abortion. A pregnant woman kissed a child who was later diagnosed with swine flu. She was reassured repeatedly by doctors that there was nothing to worry about but became paranoid that she was going to catch swine flu and die because of her pregnancy (pregnant women being at slightly greater risk of complications from swine flu). She was so petrified that she was going to die that a doctor referred her for a late-term abortion and her baby girl's life was ended.

Both mother and father were devastated as they had been looking forward to having a little girl and the mother has not stopped crying since the abortion.

The woman clearly had a problem if she was so paranoid about getting ill when she was repeatedly told that her risk of contracting the virus was negligable. What she needed was to be referred for specialist help to deal with that problem not to be referred for an abortion that was only ever going to result in the death on an innocent child and the devastation of the mother's life.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Terry Waite on Assisted Dying

Terry Waite is a name familiar to all of us. He spent five years as a hostage in Lebanon, chained and blindfolded in a cell, much of the time in solitary confinement. His autobiography Taken on Trust documents his mental and spiritual battles to overcome the temptation to anger, self-pity and despair that haunted him during his long ordeal.

Writing in a British newspaper, he talks about facing unbearable suffering and the desire to die in the context of the current euthanasia debate. He makes a valid and unfashionable point about the extent to which assisted suicide preys upon our natural fear of suffering.

The claim that assisted suicide promotes dignity in dying also ignores the reality that palliative care has advanced enormously in recent years. The natural end of a life is now far more pain-free and dignified than ever before - contrary to the propaganda presented by the euthanasia lobby.

Indeed, a fascinating study conducted in the U.S recently showed that half of all people favoured assisted suicide - until they understood how effective palliative care could be. At that point, the figure dropped to just a fifth.

At its core, the desire to legalise assisted suicide betrays a terror of suffering and death, a determination to sanitise our lives.

Yet we cannot simply regulate pain and sorrow out of our experience.

They are an essential part of the human condition. The belief that all lives should be ended the moment they descend into physical and mental anguish is dangerously Utopian and childish.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Alarming surge in maternal deaths in South Africa

We have published a number of BLOG posts on the issue of maternal mortality and the great lie that the introduction of legalised abortion will reduce the incidence of maternal mortality. Developing countries have been plagued in recent years by United Nations agencies and pro-abortion NGOs, such as International Planned Parenthood (IPPF), the world's largest abortion provider, to decriminalize and then legalise abortion as a measure they claim will reduce maternal mortality rates.

C.Fam in its Friday Fax, report that IPPF has acknowledged an alarming "surge" in maternal deaths in South Africa, challenging the pro-abortion mantra that liberal abortion laws decrease maternal mortality. Maternal deaths increased by twenty percent in the period 2005-2007 in South Africa, a country that since 1996 has had one of the most permissive abortion laws on the African continent.

While deaths attributable to HIV/AIDS account for the biggest portion of maternal deaths in South Africa, IPPF acknowledges that a portion of deaths are "due to complications of abortion" in a country where the procedure is legal and widely available. This revelation is the latest fact in a growing body of evidence showing the opposite relationship in which legal abortion and high maternal deaths coincide. To illustrate, the nation with the lowest African maternal mortality rate is Mauritius, according to a 2009 World Health Organization (WHO) report. Mauritius' laws are among the continent's most protective of the unborn

Thursday, August 13, 2009

More confirmation that US Health Care Bills Include Abortion Funding

Pro-life organisations have warned for some time that the Obama health care plan includes abortion funding. This has consistently been denied by the Obama administration and by the media. In a complete about turn however from a previous article Associated Press (AP) on Wednesday August 5th, featured an article with the headline, "Gov't insurance would allow coverage for abortion."

The author of the AP article Reporter Ricardo Alonsozaldivar wrote,
"Health care legislation before Congress would allow a new government-sponsored insurance plan to cover abortions, a decision that would affect millions of women and recast federal policy on the divisive issue,"
and he continued:

"Federal funds for abortions are now restricted to cases involving rape, incest or danger to the life of the mother. Abortion opponents say those restrictions should carry over to any health insurance sold through a new marketplace envisioned under the legislation, an exchange where people would choose private coverage or the public plan."

A Democratic Congresswoman has also admitted to her California constituents gathered at a town-hall meeting that the health care reform bill covers abortions. In answer to a question from Ignacio Reyes a local pro-life advocate, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Cali.)said "Abortion will be covered as a benefit by one or more of the healthcare plans available to Americans, and I think it should be." (

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

British Media hysteria over assisted dying

I couldn't resist linking to this post from Paulinus about Polly Toynbee's latest outburst of hysteria, this time on the subject of assisted dying. Apparently, the state 'orders the torture of the terminally ill' on a daily basis. Good heavens, am I missing something? I can't pretend I like hospitals very much (who does) but I never remember tripping over racks and thumb screws when I visited sick friends in British hospitals. Perhaps the doctors and nurses there are just very skilled at hiding them?

I do know that there are patients in hospitals and nursing homes whose pain is not well controlled and this is a genuinely inhumane situation which needs to be properly addressed, but indulging in ludicrous explosions of hyperbole to promote a misguided ideology is never going to deal with any problem.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

We have a duty to change bad laws

‘All political leaders draw their authority from God. We owe no leader any submission or co-operation in the pursuit of grave evil. In fact, we have the duty to change bad laws and resist grave evil in our public life, both by our words and our non-violent actions. The truest respect we can show to civil authority is the witness of our Catholic faith and our moral convictions, without excuses or apologies.’

These words were delivered by Archbishop Chaput, of Denver, Colorado, USA, earlier this year.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Ireland's 'Medieval and Terrifying' protection of life

One of the two parties that form the current Government of Ireland, Fianna Fáil, recently allied itself with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) in the European Parliament, two of whose members are supporting a petition which would involve attempting to use the Lisbon Treaty to have abortion recognised as a human right throughout the European Union. The petition is being promoted by the ‘Make Noise for Free Choice’ campaign, instigated by Birgitta Ohlsson, a Swedish MP, who has described the legal situation in Ireland with regard to abortion as ‘medieval and terrifying’. Ms. Ohlsson’s initiative specifically targets Ireland, Malta and Poland, and says that the governments of all countries where abortion is not available ‘must be put under pressure’, adding that the EU ‘should work to make the right to an abortion a human right.’

A Cóir (the pro-sovereignty group) spokesman stated: ‘We’re constantly being told by the Irish government that the EU has no interest in our social laws, but this development shows that politicians in EU member states want to use EU law – including the Lisbon Treaty – to attack Ireland’s pro-life ethos.’

Irish MEPs, the majority of whom voted for the Catania Report (which calls for the widespread provision of abortion) in the European Parliament earlier this year, are naturally worried that news of Ms. Ohlsson’s petition will militate against their aim to have the signing of the Lisbon Treaty ratified by the Irish people in a second referendum in October. ‘This is likely to cause confusion for the public’, one of the Irish MEPs is quoted as saying. At the same time, one of Britain’s MEPs, who is a supporter of the petition and who also strongly supports the Lisbon Treaty, said that, ‘I understand that mischief will be made about this and I want it to be made clear that anything I say should not be linked to the Yes campaign in Ireland.’ Really?

Meanwhile, groups supporting the Lisbon Treaty are popping up all over the place in Ireland. I wonder where all their money is coming from?

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Quotable Quote

From the website of the Sisters of the Gospel of Life:

‘We now record fetal heartbeats at 14 days post-conception. We record fetal brainwaves at 39 days post-conception. And I don’t expect you to answer this, but I do expect you to pay attention to it as you contemplate these big issues. We have this schizophrenic rule of the law where we have defined death as the absence of those, but we refuse to define life as the presence of those.’ – Senator Tom Coburn (U.S.A) (pictured)

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Dutch abortion ship grounded

The Dutch woman, Dr Rebecca Gomperts, who has been trying to overcome pro-life laws in various countries throughout the world by providing abortion facilities aboard her floating abortuary, Aurora, has finally come up against some problems. London Independent

To date, she has visited many countries where pro-life laws do not permit abortion, such as Ireland, Malta, Spain (before the law allowing abortion was passed), Portugal (again, before the law prohibiting abortion was changed), etc. Her tactics heretofore were to anchor her abortion ship just outside the territorial waters of pro-life countries and invite women to come aboard.

This year, Gomperts planned to travel to the coasts of Nicaragua, Chile, Brazil and Argentina. However, a new Dutch law will mean that Dr Gomperts and her colleagues could be responsible for the prosecution of women from any country who board the ‘Women on Waves’ ship, or ships, even in international waters.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Amnesty International's anti life and family, agenda

Amnesty International was originally founded for the purpose of bringing the plight of numerous people worldwide who were suffering human rights violations to the attention of the general public. AI carried out marvellous work for such people, for example, writing to prisoners of conscience and wrongfully convicted and innocent prisoners throughout the world. They lobbied governments for the release of such prisoners, and for the changing of unjust laws.

However, about two years ago Amnesty International announced that the organisation would adopt a new policy supporting abortion and completely ignoring the abortion victim, the unborn baby. Thousands of their former supporters turned away from Amnesty as a result of this anti-life bias. It would appear that the founding aims and principles of Amnesty are now being abandoned in favour of many ‘causes’ which are totally against life and family.

In Ireland, the latest ‘cause’ being supported by Amnesty is that of the agenda to legalise the equation of homosexual unions with marriage, and the adoption of children by homosexuals and lesbians. Writing in an Irish newspaper recently a correspondent, John Waters, says of this move: ‘I often wonder what its [Amnesty’s] founders would have thought about this. I wonder, too, if people who stuff cash into the boxes of Amnesty’s street collectors are aware of the implications of what has occurred. … Twenty years ago, the idea of Amnesty lecturing the Irish Government in partisan terms on a matter on which there is democratic controversy would have been inconceivable. The old-style Amnesty considered human rights too vital to be mixed up with everyday political argumentation within democratic societies.’

Despite the moral demise of present-day Amnesty, however, it is good to know that the original aims of the organisation, which was founded by Peter Benenson (see photo) in the 1960s, survive within a small, but growing, dedicated group who can be contacted at the following address: Why not write to them?

Betty Gibson

European Life Network ELN, reports the sad loss of Mrs Betty Gibson (pictured), who died on Tuesday August 4th after a short illness. Betty led the pro-life battle in Northern Ireland for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) for nearly thirty years.

SPUC National Director John Smeaton paid the following tribute to Betty in one of his BLOG posts;

She (Betty) was the dearest friend that the unborn in Ireland could have - deeply loved by Albert her husband, her children and her grandchildren. She was my own dear friend and a friend to countless others, including many who are alive today and who never knew her. On behalf of SPUC's National Council and SPUC's executive committee in Northern Ireland, I send love and deepest sympathy to Albert Gibson and to all his family. May she rest in peace!

The pro-life movement in Northern Ireland has lost a truly courageous advocate for the unborn.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

CRR bemoans lack of abortionists

The Centre for Reproductive Rights is complaining about the sharp decline in the number of doctors prepared to perform abortions, blaming a 'stigma' attached to abortion created by pro-life activism. The number of doctors performing abortions has declined by 25% since the 1990s, whilst public opinion is becoming increasingly pro-life.

What the CRR will never have the honesty to admit, of course, is that the obvious reason for the decline in the number of abortion doctors, is that medical students are becoming more and more aware of the repulsive nature of abortion and are turning their backs on it. The stigma the CRR refer to was not created by the pro-life movement, there is a stigma attached to abortion because it involves an act of killing, because it goes against the Hippocratic Oath which formed the basis of western medical ethics for centuries.

It is to be hoped that more and more doctors will refuse to do the abortion industry's dirty work in the years to come and that governments around the world will resist pressure to deprive doctors of freedom of conscience.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Swallowing the Myth

As a postscript to the population myth video I presented a few days ago, here are a few quotes from a recent ‘opinion piece’ in an Irish newspaper: ‘Earlier this month, the UN’s Population Fund (UNFPA) marked World Population Day by stating
“an investment in contraceptive services can be recouped at least four times over by reducing the need for public spending on health, education and other social services”.’

The columnist goes on to tell us that:‘
There are two ways for human numbers to achieve sustainable levels. The first is the laissez faire approach, in which population continues to spiral until nature, via famine, disease and wars, cruelly regulates our numbers. The other route is to support initiatives – including contraception and empowerment for women – to achieve the same result. For humanity to continue on its current path without expecting the severest of consequences is, says [David] Attenborough, a silent lie. “This absurd taboo betrays our children.” …. The UNFPA [also] estimates that family planning alone would reduce maternal deaths by 40 per cent.’

Have I missed something in these contradictory statements or is this simply a case of blind repitition of anti life ideology?

Number 10 Petition

Please sign this petition against any change in the law on assisted suicide in the UK. There are already several petitions circulating in favour of assisted suicide, so please make your voice heard in defence of the vulnerable.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Tom Coburn on Life and Death

‘We now record fetal heartbeats at 14 days post-conception. We record fetal brainwaves at 39 days post-conception. And I don’t expect you to answer this, but I do expect you to pay attention to it as you contemplate these big issues. We have this schizophrenic rule of the law where we have defined death as the absence of those, but we refuse to define life as the presence of those.’ – Senator Tom Coburn (U.S.A)

h/t Sisters of the Gospel of Life

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Saturday, August 1, 2009

US Health Care Bill Held Up

A bill that has become known as “Obama care” the full title of which is “America's Affordable Health Choices Act,” (H.R. 3200) has run into major difficulties in the US.

According to pro-life sources the plan represents one of the clearest and most decisive attacks against the pro-life cause in this country since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. The bill poses numerous threats to the pro-life cause: Abortion, which Obama has called “essential health care,” would be included in the minimum benefits of every health care plan.

Every taxpayer and insurance holder would have no choice but to pay for every abortion.

The Bill discriminates against medical practitioners who refuse to perform abortions, who may face unemployment as a result.

The plan includes a review of medical care given to the elderly and could result in the level of care being reduced or withdrawn if it is not considered cost-effective.

Despite the fact that there is a Democratic majority in Congress the current hold up in approving the plan arose, because in addition to Republican resistance many Democrats also refused to go along with it largely because their constituents were unhappy with its implications.