SEPTEMBER, 2011  +  St. Mary Parish Culture of Life Ministry  +  VOLUME 3.8


Vote Yes on Issue 3: Ohio Right to Life Society Urges Members to Protect Healthcare Freedom

(OhioLife.org) -Today, the Ohio Right to Life Society announced its strong support for Issue 3. By voting yes on Issue 3, Ohioans will preserve their freedom to choose healthcare coverage free of abortion funding and healthcare rationing. The Ohio Right to Life Board of Trustees voted unanimously to endorse the effort against mandated healthcare under Obamacare.

When successful, Issue 3 will enact the Ohio Healthcare Freedom Amendment, which provides that in Ohio no law will compel any person, employer or healthcare provider to participate in a healthcare system and that no law should prohibit the purchase or sale of healthcare insurance.

Recent reports indicate that Obamacare would mandate $50 million each year to be devoted to school-based health centers, which may offer contraception and abortion services.

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GOOD NEWS: Forty Days for Life to launch biggest campaign yet this fall

(CNA).- The pro-life advocacy group 40 Days for Life has announced the launch of its biggest campaign ever this fall, with over 300 locations worldwide participating in the event. The growth has “been a joy to see and I think it shows that people want to respond to the crisis of abortion,” director Shawn Carney told CNA. The Sept. 28 through Nov. 6 campaign – which includes fasting and peaceful prayer outside of local abortion facilities – will take place in 48 U.S. states, 7 Canadian provinces, Australia, England, Spain and, for the first time, Germany and Argentina. MORE

US bishops’ lawyers accuse Obama Administration of ‘an unprecedented attack on religious liberty’

(LifeSiteNews.com) — The general counsel of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has called on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to rescind its mandate forcing private insurance plans to cover contraception—including abortifacients—and sterilization, calling the mandate “unprecedented in federal law and more radical than any state contraceptive mandate.”  The USCCB also criticized the narrow “religious employer” exception to the mandate... MORE

North Carolina Planned Parenthood Funding to Continue >>

 GOOD NEWS: Appeals court upholds critical portions of South Dakota informed consent law >>

 Historic Polish ban on all abortions fails by razor-thin margin >>

 Federal judge forces Kansas to fund Planned Parenthood >>

 GOOD NEWS: Over 1,000 hairstylists commit to talk about abortion at their shops >>

 Idaho woman brings first challenge in country against unborn pain act >>

GOOD NEWS: D.C. Padres baseball team promotes priestly vocations >>

 Outraged parents oust gay sex books from New Jersey school reading list >>

Texas judge prevents enforcement of key provisions of pro-life ultrasound law >>

 Lesbian ex-partners can seek child custody from biological mother: Nebraska high court >>

Increased cohabitation rates mean more instability for children

(CNA).- Family instability continues to grow in the U.S. despite falling divorce rates for families with children. Researchers say an increase in cohabitation is part of the problem, adding that society’s “retreat from marriage” harms children and has particularly hurt poor and working-class communities. “In a striking turn of events, the divorce rate for married couples with children has returned almost to the levels we saw before the divorce revolution kicked in during the 1970s,” said Prof. W. Bradford Wilcox of the University of Virginia. MORE

GOOD NEWS: A planet united for the culture of life: the untold story of World Youth Day

(LifeSiteNews.com) - Imagine if two million people - not twenty thousand, or even two hundred thousand, but two million - travelled from all corners of the world to unify themselves into one enormous, impassioned mass to support a shared cause - and international media paid only passing attention. Well, that’s exactly what happened at World Youth Day (WYD) in Madrid this month, where attendees witnessed a convergence that so broadly transcended nationality, language, and skin color as to be without peer among modern-day events. MORE

FRC Urges Retailers to Resist Pressure to Discriminate Against Customers With Traditional, Biblical View of Marriage

(CCV.org) – In recent weeks, online political activists have engaged in a misinformation campaign that seeks to bully retailers such as Walgreens, Petco, and Netflix into discriminating against customers and charities based on their religious beliefs, specifically the traditional and biblical view of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The online activists are targeting CGBG, a charity support group with a mission and partner network that includes more than 170,000 charities representing a range of religious, non-religious, educational and other groups.


ANALYSIS: The Problem With the UN’s New Fertility Forecasts

(C-FAM) The UN has reversed a decade of speculation about a demographic winter in the West, and now says that every country will achieve replacement fertility by 2100 resulting in a global population of 10 billion. The problem is there is no basis for their turnabout.  UN agencies are hailing new numbers as evidence of overpopulation in the developing world and vindication of decades of anti-natal policies in the West, but the scientific basis of the latest UN forecasts is slim. The most significant change in the UN’s new numbers is an increase in the predicted convergence rate...MORE

NIH Accepts Four New Human Stem Cell Lines

(CitizenLink.com) - On Monday, a California-based biotechnology firm announced the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has accepted four of its stem cell lines for federal research projects—lines all developed from human embryos. This is the first such announcement since late July, when a federal judge upheld the Obama administration’s years-old practice of expanding human embryonic stem cell research (hESR). In 2001, President George W. Bush issued an executive order limiting the amount of federally funded ESCR to the lines that already exist at that time — drawing a clear moral line that additional embryo destruction would not be funded with federal taxpayer dollars. MORE

Must listen: family band with 10 children spreading culture of life with powerful pro-life song

(LifeSiteNews.com) - The second eldest member of a unique and up-and-coming family band from a small central Ontario community has written a beautiful song from the perspective of a child in her mother’s womb as the mother is considering abortion. The Black Family band is composed of many of the family's 10 children. Emily Black told LifeSiteNews that she set out to write “Mommy I’m Yours” because she has always had a deep pro-life conviction. “I’ve always been very pro-life and had a desire to get the word out there, but this song just kind of happened. MORE

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What does the Catholic Church teach about married love?

Marriage is an intimate, lifelong partnership in which husbands and wives give and receive love unselfishly. The sexual relationship expresses their married love and shows what it means to become “one body” (Genesis 2:24) and “one flesh” (Mark 10:8, Matthew 19:6). The sexual union is meant to express the full meaning of a couple’s love, its power to bind them together “the unitive aspect of marriage “and “its openness to new life” the procreative aspect.  MORE
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Selective Reduction: A Morality Tale

by Susan E. Wills

A recent cover story in The New York Times Magazine explores the "ethical dilemma" parents and doctors face when fertility treatments produce two or three children and parents desire only one (Ruth Padawer, "The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy," Aug. 14, 2011). The most curious aspect of the 5,000-word article is what the Times did not deem "fit to print." But before we discuss what's missing, readers may be interested to learn some little-known facts about the $3 billion fertility industry.

The great majority of children created through in vitro fertilization (IVF) end up dead, either before implantation or before full-term birth. To achieve a plausible "success rate," IVF technicians fertilize several eggs (and often fertilize many) at the same time. While some of the resulting embryos are transferred to the uterus, many die or are discarded immediately. Others may be frozen for later attempts, but many will not survive the thawing process. MORE

"Reason’s last step is the recognition that there are an infinite number of things which are beyond it."
- St. Blaise Pascal

"Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you."

  St. Augustine
"You may be surprised to learn that, in our law, although the fetus is currently without the right to life, it does have some rights. For instance, under civil law, the unborn child has the right to inherit part of his father's estate should his father die before he is born, and he has the right to sue his mother, or a doctor, for injuries sustained while in the womb."

- Janet Smith

"Have a great compassion for people. To be able to have a heart full of compassion, we need to pray. Especially be kind, be loving to the poor. We think we do so much for the poor, but it is they who make us rich. We are in debt to them. Do you want to do something beautiful for God? There is a person who needs you. This is your chance."

- Mother Teresa

youth rallyThe Youthful Face of the Pro-Life Movement

Each year, the Archdiocese of Washington, DC, hosts a Youth Rally and Mass for the youth attending the March for Life in Washington, DC.  The rally draws 18,000 participants - and another 17,000 request tickets but there isn't enough room for them!  The Archdiocese of Washington created a short promotional video of last years rally.  Take a look!  It's inspiring to see all these youth energized about their faith and witnessing for life!  (Pope Benedict XVI sent a message to these youth last year.  You can read it here.)



Life Matters: Abortion

The reality that abortion kills innocent children, hurts women physically and emotionally, and harms men, families, and society demonstrates that the Church's opposition to abortion—based on the inherent dignity and equal value of every human life—is the only moral choice, even for nonbelievers.

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