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Pro-Life: From Conception to Natural Death

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

What does it mean to be Pro-Life?

To me, being pro-life is to be in support of life from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death and everything in between.

This notion that pro-lifers only care about the unborn is ludicrous. The gamut of issues that make up the pro-life movement are so many and varied that no pro-lifer could possibly be active in all of them. Issues like abortion (legislatively, praying at abortion mills, marches for life, investigations, public awareness, and crisis pregnancy centers), life quality of the child (education, health care, nutrition, and family), adoption, stem cell research, cloning, birth control, abortifacients, RU486, death penalty, and euthanasia are all important and need to be addressed. However, no one pro-lifer can address all of these issues by themselves. So they pick a specific issue or two that they feel called to fight for and that is where their focus is directed. It’s silly to then say that they don’t care about any of the other issues.

In a recent debate on NPR’s radio show Tell Me More between Ryan Bomberger, co-founder of The Radiance Foundation, and Rev. Carlton Veazey, President and CEO of Religious Coalition of Reproductive Choice, Rev. Veazey made this very claim and without offering any proof whatsoever. I’m not sure if it was by design or by coincidence but just after the claim was made, the commentator brought the debate to an abrupt end without giving Mr. Bomberger a chance to refute the allegation. So I want to refute it now.

This really got me fired up because I am pro-life and I care about abortion as my main focus but I also care about all other life issues facing our children and even the adults. For example, an abortion not only kills the baby but it also hurts the mother and the father, if he’s in the picture. I’m concerned about the baby and the parents.

If they choose to abort their baby, I still care about the harm that comes to the mother and father. Their healing after the abortion, the increased risks of breast cancer associated with abortion, their increased risks of alcohol and drug abuse, their increased suicidal ideation and attempts.

If they choose keep the baby I care about the future of that baby, their access to a good primary and secondary education, their access to good affordable health care, their ability to have a nutritional diet, access to a good family life, preferably with both parents, etc.

I have been invited to speak out about many different issues like education, family, political issues, and others. I have turned most of them down because I don’t have time to address all of these issues. Does that mean that I don’t care about them? OF COURSE NOT. I do care and so I pray about these issues and for the many groups and organizations fighting for these issues. I’m just one person who feels that I have been called to stand and speak for the unborn and that is my focus.

Being pro-life is not just about abortion. It’s about a way of life, a mindset that God created life and we are created in God’s image. He, and He alone, decides when life will be created and when life will end.

Many in today’s society feel that they get to decide and so they murder or they assist in suicide. I pray for them too as they will have a heavy burden to live with and especially to die with. I pray for their souls that none of the children of His flock may be lost.

Everyone is created in His image and if you look hard enough, you can see the face of Jesus in everyone you meet. But to do this you must not only use your eyes but it requires the use of your heart as well. I see Jesus’ face in the unborn child, in the child with Down syndrome, in the child with a cleft lip, in the woman who just aborted her child, in the homeless man sleeping on the street, in the ones suffering with HIV and Aids, in the dying old woman suffering in great pain, in the prisoner waiting on death row, and in everyone who supports abortion who has been deceived by Satan, the father of lies.

I’m thankful for all the groups and organizations that fight for all these different life issues. God in his infinite wisdom and love has placed a calling in everyone’s heart for different life issues, usually through their life’s experiences. I had two abortions before God opened my eyes and heart to the truth and now I have a special desire to fight for the unborn.

Others fight against cancer because they either had cancer or know someone who does or did. That doesn’t mean that they don’t care about children with disabilities. Still others fight against the death penalty and others against euthanasia. Everyone has a calling if you just listen to your heart.

Being pro-Life is about caring for all life, not just the unborn. So, Rev. Carlton Veazey and all you who claim that we abandon the babies once their born, where is your proof? Don’t just make a blanket statement about pro-lifers. I want to see the proof. And don’t ask me how many babies I’ve adopted. That’s just as much of a cop-out. Nobody can adopt 4000 babies a day which is how many babies are being killed by abortions in America each day.

To listen to the debate over abortion between Ryan Bomberger and Rev. Carlton Veazey click here.

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Priests for Life Welcomes Bishops’ Statement on Assisted Suicide

Monday, June 20th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: June 17, 2011

Contact: Andre Kim
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Washington, DC – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, welcomed today the statement that the United States Catholic Bishops approved this week regarding assisted suicide.

“As the bishops have pointed out, proposals to legalize physician-assisted suicide ‘generally leave in place the laws against assisting most people to commit suicide, but they define a class of people whose suicides may be facilitated rather than prevented.’ Put another way, this is just the latest form of prejudice and discrimination in our society,” Father Pavone pointed out. “To those who advocate the right to die, I always say, ‘Don’t worry; you won’t miss out on it.”

As the world’s largest Catholic ministry focused exclusively on ending abortion and euthanasia, Priests for Life has brought attention over the years to key cases that pertain to what the bishops teach in this document. In particular, the case of Terri Schiavo in 2005, and of Baby Joseph this year, have been opportunities for God’s people to rally on behalf of the vulnerable, and have been a teaching moment for our entire society.

“Building on the bishops’ statement, we will see to it that every priest has resources to preach and teach on this aspect of the Gospel of Life,” Father Pavone said. “The statement has been issued. Now it’s time to exercise the courage to echo and apply its teaching, and to call our people to say to the ill and vulnerable what Jesus says to us all: I am with you!”

For more information and for the statement itself, see www.priestsforlife.org/euthanasia.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit Priests for Life.

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Fr. Pavone on Kevorkian: ‘We must bear one another’s burdens’

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

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Date: June 3, 2011

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Staten Island, NY – Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today about the death of Dr. Jack Kevorkian.

“All of us at Priests for Life pray for the soul of Jack Kevorkian, as we do for all who have died. And we renew our commitment to proclaim that life is better than death. Every life has burdens. When we respond to the call to bear one another’s burdens, then we close the door to despair. Those who promote the so-called ‘right to die’ are heralds of despair. We, on the other hand, are heralds of hope.

“And as for the ‘right to die,” I say, ‘Don’t worry – you won’t miss out on it.’ “

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit Priests for Life.

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Baby Joseph Defies His Critics and Ours

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Child, free from tubes and machines, is able to return home with family.

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Date: April 21, 2011

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New York, NY — Baby Joseph Maraachli, the Canadian child whom Priests for Life brought to the United States for medical treatment, is going back home. His tracheotomy and subsequent medical care have made it possible for him to breathe on his own, without the assistance of machines. Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement:

“Our mission to save Baby Joseph and help his family was never based on any prediction of the future, but rather on the value of his life here and now. Our critics, on the other hand, looking into the crystal ball that ‘right to die’ advocates seem to always think they have, claimed our intervention was futile because Joseph would only end up having a machine do his breathing for him.

“We don’t have to answer their criticism; Joseph is doing that for us, with every breath he takes. He has gained benefit from his tracheotomy, is breathing on his own, and is going home to live with his parents, who will love and care for him for as much time as God gives them together.

“Baby Joseph’s victory over the culture of death is especially powerful now, as we prepare for Easter, a time when Christians everywhere celebrate Jesus’ victory over death.

“I want to commend the fine, caring staff at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center for their professional excellence and their faith. Likewise I want to thank the team at Kalitta MedFlight in Michigan, who donated the air ambulance and crew to fly Baby Joseph from Ontario to St. Louis last month, and who are flying him home today. Thanks also to the many groups and countless individuals who stepped forward, spoke up, donated, and helped to intervene for this child.

“Priests for Life is happy and humbled to have played a small part in making this joyous day possible. We ask everyone to join us as we continue to pray for Baby Joseph and his family.”

Priests for Life is covering Baby Joseph’s medical expenses, and has set up a fund for that purpose. Go to www.BabyJosephCentral.com to donate and to keep updated on related stories.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit Priests for Life.

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Women’s History Month Wake UP Call – Prolife Women Leaders ask: Can We Talk?

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Atlanta, GA – National Black Prolife leaders Day Gardner and Alveda King say that there is a terrible secret in the history of America’s women.

“Abortion hurts women,” says Dr. Alveda King, a national spokeswoman for the Silent No More Awareness campaign.

“Abortion is a brutal and atrocious killer of thousands of children daily. Their mothers leave the abortion facility hurt, maimed or otherwise damaged emotionally and physically– while some moms have paid the ultimate price for an abortion–death.” says Day Gardner, founder of National Black Pro-Life Union.

“Early feminists bravely fought to break down walls to education, voting rights and workforce opportunities,” states Lila Rose, President of Live Action. “Yet despite these victories, today we find ourselves facing an extreme and pervasive attack on women, our relationships, and our children. Mother Teresa once said that “[t]he so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships.” She’s right.

“During Women’s History Month, we celebrate women who have made great strides for humanity. Yet, we also remember the women who are silenced in the womb and denied the basic right to Life. We remember those women who are suffering from the violence of abortion and deception of Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry. Abortion doesn’t give women equal rights. It violently violates mothers and silences girls before they are born.” Said Kristan Hawkins, Executive Director of Students for Life.

The women point to a series of almost unbelievable events that reveal the harm and danger of abortion, genocide and destruction in general to women over the past decades, reaching back into the 20th century until today:

Margaret Sanger’s founding of Planned Parenthood.

Prayer removed from public schools in 1963.

The passage of Roe v Wade.

Attack on traditional marriage.

Euthanasia (Terry Schiavo – sanctioned murder of a helpless woman).

Hank Johnson half truth.

USA ignores abortion in declining Black population report.

Princeton, you ought to be outraged.

Ramen Noodles – Gwen Moore.

Glenn Richardson – , February 28, 2008.

Cecile Richards.

The prolife women call on Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Cecile Richards and Sister Song as concerned women. They ask: “What better time than Women’s History Month to open up genuine dialogue?”

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Fr. Pavone Salutes Kalitta MedFlight, Heroes in the Flight of Baby Joseph to St. Louis

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

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Date: March 15, 2011

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Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today praised Kalitta MedFlight of Ypsilanti, Michigan, for its key role in flying Baby Joseph Maraachli from a Toronto hospital to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis.

“The flight of Baby Joseph to St. Louis for medical treatment was carried out by Kalitta MedFlight,” said Fr. Pavone. “Kalitta MedFlight came to us when they heard about Baby Joseph, and offered to help. We worked with them on the details, and were ready to pay for all the expenses. Then, on top of their courteous and professional service, they also told us that they would not charge for their services, which included not only a fully equipped Learjet, but also a Critical Care Pediatric Transport Team to ensure Baby Joseph’s safe transfer.”

“There are many people to thank in this collaborative effort, but Kalitta MedFlight stepped up early on with its generous offer of highest quality transport care,” added Fr. Pavone. “The people at Kalitta MedFlight are heroes in this story.”

Baby Joseph Maraachli, the one-year-old was refused a tracheotomy by a hospital near his Canadian home. He was flown in a specially equipped plane Sunday night to St. Louis where doctors will assess and treat him.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Visit Baby Joseph Central at www.PriestsforLife.org

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 15, 2011

Contact: Andre Kim
888-735-3448, ext. 296

STATEN ISLAND, NY — The Priests for Life home page has become Baby Joseph Central.

Those who are following the incredible journey of this little boy from Canada can find out all the latest information by visiting www.priestsforlife.org.

The plight of the child whose continued care was declared futile by his doctors in London, Ontario, has captured the hearts of Americans and attracted the attention of the media on both sides of the border. The Priests for Life home page has become an aggregator for news about Baby Joseph, who arrived at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo., late Sunday night.

The boy’s father, Moe Maraachli, has described his son’s journey as a miracle — but prayers are still needed.

Pray for Baby Joseph and his family.

Pray for the physicians at Cardinal Glennon.

Pray that Baby Joseph’s story will touch the hearts of millions so that the Culture of Life can prevail over those who argue that a person whose life is deemed inconvenient has no right to life.

Pray as if our lives depend on it: They do.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Some of you may be too young to remember the classic movie, “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” released in 1963 by director, Stanley Kramer, staring Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Ceasar, Buddy Hackett, and Mickey Rooney. It was a great comedy/adventure film that won an Oscar for Best Effects, Sound Effects and two Golden Laurel awards for Top Roadshow and Top Song. The film was also nominated for 9 other awards including Best Motion Picture by the Edgar Allen Poe Award. The film is very funny and you will laugh a lot. The film was re-released in 1970 with the tagline, – If ever this mad, mad, mad, mad world needed “It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world” it’s now! That tagline is more true today than it was in 1970. Except that now this mad, mad, mad, mad, world is not a laughing matter.

In today’s news you read about one country after another either legalizing euthanasia or looking into legalizing it. The Netherlands and Switzerland already have laws that make euthanasia legal. Scotland is now holding hearings on a bill, Margo MacDonald’s End of Life Assistance Bill to legalize euthanasia in that country. A campaign will soon be underway in Australia to push for legalization of euthanasia. And in Quebec a Dying with Dignity Special Commission began its public hearings on Monday on that province’s push to legalize euthanasia. In researching for this blog, I came across this on Wikipedia.

It seems that more and more people want to end their lives when they are suffering and they don’t see any hope in their lives. People don’t see any value in suffering. Suffering helps us to pray, to turn to God, to offer up our suffering for the reparation of our sins and others, and it helps us witness to others about our faith, among other benefits. There are numerous website that elaborate on these values and do it much better than I can. Clearly, God, through his Word, states that we will suffer in our lifetime.

“If we are sons, we are heirs, heirs indeed of God, fellow heirs with Christ – if only we suffer with Him, so we may be glorified with Him. I judge that the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:17-18

If we end our suffering prematurely, are we also forfeiting our inheritance?

“We prove we are servants of God by great fortitude in times of suffering.”…2 Cor. 6:4-10

Are we becoming a world that serves ourselves and not God? In times of suffering are we turning to man for help instead of God? And what of that doctor whom we turn for help. He/she has sworn a Hippocratic Oath which includes the following paragraph:

“I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy. In purity and holiness I will guard my life and my art.”

It seems that many are turning their backs on this oath and are no longer acting in “purity and holiness” but are acting as gods.

God forgive us for not honoring You, for thinking that we know better, for taking life that you have ordained. Help us to become humble and to turn to You for our guidance.

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Children are a blessing from God!

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Princeton ethicist Peter Singer, who has previously said that parents should be allowed to euthanize their children born with severe physical disabilities, wrote in an e-mail to the Big Think website that he would also include children with developmental disabilities, such as Down’s syndrome, as eligible for euthanasia. Saying there is no way to determine which conditions would make a child eligible for termination, Singer said, “It depends on the family’s wishes.” Why he chose to send it to the Think Big website is puzzling since the thinking behind his statements is small. To think that any person has the right to decide the value of another person’s life is ridiculous. People with disabilities have value and can many times contribute a lot to our society.

Children, all children, are a blessing, even those which are not ‘perfect’ by the world’s standards. “The difficult decision is whether you want this infant to live or not,” says Singer. “That should be a decision for the parents and doctors to make on the basis of the fullest possible information about what the condition is. But once you’ve made that decision, it should be permissible to make sure that baby dies swiftly and humanely.” If we follow Singer’s logic, next we will be euthanizing anyone who becomes disabled during the course of their life.

First of all, the decision as to whether a person lives or dies is a decision that belongs to God, and God alone. Secondly, even if a parent/family is choosing to euthanize an infant to spare that child from a life if suffering, it is still morally wrong to kill another human being. No one wants to see a loved one suffer, young or old. But is euthanizing them going to relieve just their suffering or ours too?

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