2004.12.10 Zenit:

WASHINGTON, D.C., DEC. 10, 2004 (Zenit.org).- A U.S. bishops’ aide praised President George Bush’s signing into law a spending bill which also bans discrimination against hospitals and health care providers who choose not to provide or participate in abortions.

The provision banning the discrimination is known as the Hyde-Weldon Conscience Protection Amendment. The measure containing it was signed into law Wednesday.
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Be Careful What You Wish For: Overturning Roe v. Wade would be good for the Democrats

Wednesday, December 8, 2004 12:01 a.m. EST

Harry Reid, the new Senate Democratic leader, is moderate to pro-life on abortion. In 1999 he was one of only two Senate Democrats to vote against an amendment expressing “the sense of Congress in support of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade.” But when he appeared on “Meet the Press” Sunday and Tim Russert gave him a chance to take a clear position against Roe, Mr. Reid demurred, saying that “it would be pretty difficult for everybody” if the Supreme Court overturned the 1973 ruling.

Actually, it would be far more difficult for the Republicans, for the continued existence of Roe allows the GOP to have it both ways on abortion while forcing the Democrats to take politically untenable positions.

More at The Wall Street Journal Online.


“We Kill Babies”

Australia’s bad conscience about abortion has spilled over into contentious public debate. He is one article that brings the discomfort forward.

The abortion debate provokes mixed feelings, but leaving late-term babies to die in dishes or bins is wrong. Silence is no longer an option.

THIS country has a bad conscience about abortion. You can tell this by the frantic attempts to make us shut the hell up about it.

Health Minister Tony Abbott, who mourned the “unambiguous moral tragedy” of up to 100,000 abortions a year, has been warned by rivals in the Liberal Party this “foray into morality politics” has ruined his chance of ever becoming leader.



Chipping away at “abortion rights”

I was waiting for this…

The outcome of the Scott Peterson trial has caused agitation among abortion advocates, with campaigners keen to play down the significance of a murder conviction for the killing of an unborn child. Erin Kiernon, of California’s Planned Parenthood said: “I’m sure [the jurors] were just following the law.” Ms Kiernon then claimed that the Unborn Victims of Violence Act which was signed into law last April was “one more in a long line of attempts to chip away at Roe v. Wade.” [SMDaily, 16 November]


Abortion Would be Illegal in Thirty States if Roe v. Wade Decision Overturned

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A leading pro-abortion law firm says abortion could quickly be illegal in some 30 states should the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision be overturned. The new report highlights the high stakes both sides in the abortion debate see in the upcoming presidential election.

According to the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights, some states still have pre-Roe laws prohibiting abortions on the books that could be enforced should the landmark decision fall.

Other states, the pro-abortion firm says, could enact bans on most or all abortions quickly because they have strongly pro-life state legislatures and governors.

“Anyone who thinks abortion will still be legal in most states across this country after a Roe reversal hasn’t been paying attention,” said Nancy Northup, President of the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Read the entire article on LifeNews.com.


The Schindler family on Terri Schiavo

“For years now lawyers and judges have besieged our family, stating in courtrooms and the media that our severely disabled daughter, Terri, must be starved to death. We have been told that she must die in order to protect her right of privacy. And now the Florida Supreme Court tells us that a law crafted to save Terri’s life is unconstitutional when it is applied to her. … We would like everyone to understand the reason the Florida Legislature and Governor Bush interceded in Terri’s case was to protect Terry from a serious miscarriage of justice.” –The Schindler Family


Abortion execs make big bucks

From Touchstone Blog:

From the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (www.c-fam.org) today:

Executives Earn High Pay at International Planned Parenthood Federation

Financial documents reveal that the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) pays many of its executives hundreds of thousands of dollars, even though IPPF Director-General Steven Sinding has claimed that IPPF’s loss of funding from the United States has damaged the organization and even cost women in the developing world their lives.

For instance, the President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Gloria Feldt, earned $460,277 in 2003. George Stokes, the organization‚ Chief Operating Officer, earned $204,846. The Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of New York City, Michael Momtaz, was paid $310,064, plus $72,617 in benefits, in 2002. The Regional Director of IPPF/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR), Carmen Barroso, earned $197,000, plus over $20,000 in benefits, in 2003.

Your tax dollars at work!


President Bush to United Nations: Ban All Forms of Human Cloning

Steven Ertelt LifeNews.com September 21, 2004

New York, NY (LifeNews.com) — President Bush, in a speech Tuesday to the U.N. General Assembly, asked member countries to pass a treaty that would allow the drafting of a resolution calling on nations around the world to ban all forms of human cloning.

“Because we believe in human dignity, we should take seriously the protection life from exploitation under any pretext,” the president explained.

“In this session, the U.N. will consider a resolution sponsored by Costa Rica calling for a comprehensive ban on human cloning,” President Bush said. “I support that resolution, and urge all governments to affirm a basic ethical principle: No human life should ever be produced or destroyed for the benefit of another.”

Read the entire article on LifeNews.com.


Wesley Smith on stem cell research

“Members of the liberal media elite have become rather choosy when it comes to advocating stem-cell cures for degenerative medical conditions. To these commentators, cures using adult stem cells just aren’t the ‘right’ cures. For stem-cell therapy to really count, it has to come from embryos. Indeed, even the most astonishing research advances using adult cells are ignored by these arbiters of public policy as if they never happened. And since liberal elites dominate public discourse in the stem-cell debate, the American people remain generally unaware of these astonishing scientific advances. … Media opponents of President Bush’s stem-cell policy often accuse the president of deciding science questions based on religious beliefs. But they are the ones whose ideological predilections and personal antipathy for political opponents are making them incapable of appreciating the evidence. As the old saying goes, none are so blind as those who will not see.” –Wesley Smith


A Voter’s Guide

September 17, 2004; Page W13
Wall Street Journal

Amid today’s political jostling, Catholic citizens are wondering whether they can, in conscience, vote for candidates who support the legalized killing of human beings in the embryonic and fetal stages of development by abortion or in biomedical research.

Responding to requests to clarify the obligations of Catholics on this matter, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome, under its prefect, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, released a statement called “On Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion.” Although it dealt primarily with the obligations of bishops to deny communion to Catholic politicians in certain circumstances, it included a short note at the end addressing whether Catholics could, in good conscience, vote for candidates who supported the taking of nascent human life in the womb or lab.

Read the entire article on the Wall Street Journal website.


Pro-Abortion Group Plans for When Roe v. Wade Decision Overturned

Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 7, 2004

San Jose, CA (LifeNews.com) — The next president could appoint as many as four new Supreme Court judges — potentially changing the face of the abortion debate for decades. However, abortion advocates aren’t waiting around to decide what to do if President Bush is re-elected and his judicial appointees overturn the infamous abortion decision.

Sponsored by a Planned Parenthood abortion business in San Jose, California, local pro-abortion leaders have put together a task force to monitor the situation and figure out how to respond.

Linda Williams, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Mar Monte, has been meeting with a dozen pro-abortion colleagues.

The group, which bills itself as the “Post-Roe Service Delivery Task Force,” is now adding leading abortion advocates from across the country, according to a report in the San Jose Mercury News.

Read the entire article on the LifeNews website.


Catholic Doctors Criticize Nonconsensual Euthanasia of Children in Holland

Another move further down the slippery slope. Notice how the first steps of this barbaric development is couched in the language of compassion. Remember, the Final Solution started with the killing of mentally retarded and crippled people. At the time, the wholesale extermination of Jews was still unthinkable.

Reaction of World Federation of the Catholic Medical Associations

ROME, SEPT. 3, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Catholic doctors warned that the new practice in Holland to euthanize children is another step towards a society in which life is not respected.

The World Federation of the Catholic Medical Associations published a statement in response to the decision to allow Groningen University Hospital to euthanize children under 12 when their suffering is intolerable, or if they have an incurable illness.

The document states that this initiative “is another violent laceration of the very fundamentals of our social coexistence.”
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Pro-Life Group: Partial-Birth Abortion Decision Shows Need for Fetal Pain Bill

Unborn children feel pain during the abortion.
Steven Ertelt
September 2, 2004

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A leading pro-life organization says that the recent decision by a federal judge in New York calling the ban on partial-birth abortions unconstitutional points to the need for a bill to help women considering abortion understand the pain such abortions cause unborn children.

The National Right to Life Committee sent a letter to members of Congress on Wednesday urging them to support the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act (H.R. 4420).

“[E]very day in the United States unborn children are subjected to trauma that causes them excruciating pain, and that would be illegal if inflicted on animals in commerce or research,” the letter says.

When a woman is considering an abortion “20 weeks after fertilization,” abortion practitioners are required to provide women with information about the pain an unborn child experiences during an abortion.

The woman can then request that the unborn child be given pain medication prior to the abortion, the letter explains.

Read the entire article on LifeNews.com.