As Pro-lifers, I think it’s important to be well informed. We should have a good idea of what exactly we’re fighting against, and have a good knowledge that will better equip us to fight it. That’s probably the reason why you’re reading anything on this website in the first place. The more we know about the issue, the more informed we are, the better we can explain it to the rest of our nation and our world. The following are a number of Pro-life books that I’ve enjoyed and found very helpful.
Shawn Carney shows this video on Day 8 of 40 Days for Life of an inspiring speech from 40 Days for Life National Director David Bereit.
Keep up the good work with 40 Days for Life! 92 babies saved so far!!
There’s a petition out there that women might want to sign, affirming their opposition to the false claims of government leaders who claim to “speak for women”. The text of the open letter to PRESIDENT OBAMA, SECRETARY SEBELIUS AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS is as follows:
DON’T CLAIM TO SPEAK FOR ALL WOMEN
We are women who support the competing voice offered by Catholic institutions on matters of sex, marriage and family life. Most of us are Catholic, but some are not. We are Democrats, Republicans and Independents. Many, at some point in our careers, have worked for a Catholic institution. We are proud to have been part of the religious mission of that school, or hospital, or social service organization. We are proud to have been associated not only with the work Catholic institutions perform in the community – particularly for the most vulnerable — but also with the shared sense of purpose found among colleagues who chose their job because, in a religious institution, a job is always also a vocation.
Those currently invoking “women’s health” in an attempt to shout down anyone who disagrees with forcing religious institutions or individuals to violate deeply held beliefs are more than a little mistaken, and more than a little dishonest. Even setting aside their simplistic equation of “costless” birth control with “equality,” note that they have never responded to the large body of scholarly research indicating that many forms of contraception have serious side effects, or that some forms act at some times to destroy embryos, or that government contraceptive programs inevitably change the sex, dating and marriage markets in ways that lead to more empty sex, more non-marital births and more abortions. It is women who suffer disproportionately when these things happen.
No one speaks for all women on these issues. Those who purport to do so are simply attempting to deflect attention from the serious religious liberty issues currently at stake. Each of us, Catholic or not, is proud to stand with the Catholic Church and its rich, life-affirming teachings on sex, marriage and family life. We call on President Obama and our Representatives in Congress to allow religious institutions and individuals to continue to witness to their faiths in all their fullness.
Ladies can go ahead and sign it here. Government leaders, and groups like Planned Parenthood, may claim to stand up for all women… but they don’t.
I think it would be useful to look at the philosophical basis for defending the right to life of unborn babies from the branch of philosophy called metaphysics. Metaphysics isn’t actually as abstract as it sounds. Essentially it’s just the thinking of being, of existence. Everyone is really capable of metaphysics; whenever we consider the existence of things, how things exist, whenever we know some thing and consider what is – we’re doing metaphysics. It’s actually impossible for any thinking person not to do metaphysics. If we never considered things with being, we would never consider anything. My point is: anybody can do metaphysics, this isn’t just something for intellectual high brows with PhD’s.
Let us begin with the facts that nobody disputes, the basic data that is not controversial, that is accepted by both sides of the debate, and which forms the basis for any further discussion.
Today, February 22, 2012 begins the largest spring campaign ever for 40 Days for Life, a movement to end abortion through prayer and fasting, constant vigil, and community outreach. This spring 258 locations will be participating. This is an enormously powerful campaign that has had a lot of unexpected success since it began in 2007. It has even spread to other countries besides America, as shown in this new video from the campaign leaders:
This is really where the main battle of the pro-life movement currently rests. This is what can be done now. This is what can be done by everyone, not just politicians and legislators. This is how lives are being saved, by the courageous and loving witness of men and women. If you are Pro-life, I urge you to participate in this campaign. Remember the line from Edmund Burke: “All that is required for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.”
Several Pro-life protestors of the new mandate from the HHS were arrested Thursday, for peacefully praying and protesting outside the White House. Among them were Rev. Pat Mahoney, Fr. Denis Wilde of Priests for Life and several others. Pro-life groups including the Christian Defense Coalition, Operation Rescue, Rock for Life, Students for Life of America, and Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust and Live Action also had joined in the prayer vigil.
LifeNews.Com reports that Mahoney told them:
“The faith community can never be silent or indifferent when it comes to matters of justice, human rights and religious liberty,” he said. “We want to make it clear to President Obama and all public officials that we would rather spend time in a dark prison cell than be coerced into complying with an immoral and unjust government mandate.”
Fr. Frank Pavone, director of Priests for Life, wrote:
Some of my colleagues in the pro-life movement were arrested recently for distributing literature on Catholic property. They were not arrested for violence or inappropriate behavior, but for distributing literature telling people it is immoral to vote for Obama.
Now Obama is forcing religious institutions to purchase group insurance policies that include contraception. It’s a shell game. Now NO employer can provide a plan that does not cover contraception.
Instead of directly paying for contraception, religious employers will simply be forced to foot the premium bill for employees receiving free contraception through their insurance.
Great new video from Abort73 on the personhood of the fetus in the case against abortion.
Check out their website here: Abort73.com / Abortion Unfiltered
Shawn Carney writes on the 40 Days for Life website that the Planned Parenthood facility in Storm Lake, Iowa is due to close on March 1 of this year. The leader of the 40 days for Life campaign there, Sue Theyer, was once manager of the clinic. She had been fired from her clinic in 2008. She claims this was done due to questions she had raised concerning ‘telemed abortions’. An article in the Des Moines Register recently recounted her story.
Carney notes that:
Just days after that article appeared — and less than three months after Sue finished leading the 40 Days for Life campaign outside the Storm Lake Planned Parenthood — the closure was announced.
40 Days for Life is due to start up again on February 22. You can find information on what locations are participating here.
In response the criticism of the paper’s coverage of the March for Life, the Washington Post’s ombudsman has written an article entitled An Incomplete Picture of the March for Life. The article answers some of the criticisms that were sent in response to a poor coverage of the March for Life, and admits that the photo gallery of the march was “where The Post fell down in its coverage of the march this year”.
The online photo gallery contains 10 photos: seven tight shots of antiabortion demonstrators, two of protesters from the small abortion-rights counter-demonstration on the steps of the Supreme Court and one that showed both sides confronting each other there. In fact, eight of the 10 shots were taken at the high court.
Emotional shots make better photos, yes, but I would have chosen more from the broad expanse of the rally, and at least one photo showing a lot of cheerful, festive people, which is what I see at most demonstrations that I have covered over the years, regardless of the issue at hand.
Since all of the photos were tight shots,they were unable to show the actual scale of the event.
A recent article at LifeNews.com highlighted comments made by television host Rachel Maddow in light of the anniversary of Roe vs Wade and the March for Life.
Maddow lamented the fact that few Democrats stand up for so-called abortion rights:
“But even Democrats who are not opposed to abortion rights have not been very willing to stand up and say that, much less to campaign on being pro-choice.”
To which the author of the article said:
“Translation — even pro-abortion Democrats aren’t comfortable proclaiming their support for abortion. As if doing so is somehow — could it be? — shameful.”
What is it Maddow wants? It strikes me that she’s a tad envious of, in her words, the “sort of crowing from the anti-abortion movement.” Even pro-choice Democrats aren’t doing a whole lot to stand up for abortion. The pro-life movement mustered nearly 500,000 people to march on Washington, plus thousands in Dallas and tens of thousands in San Francisco. Pro-abortion advocates mustered only about 87,000 for a “virtual march”. Why is it that the Pro-life movement draws so many numbers to stand up for life, but abortion advocates muster considerably less to stand up for “abortion rights”?