Archive for January, 2011

MTV’s No Easy Decision – Part 2

Monday, January 31st, 2011

There is a lot in MTV’s abortion episode “No Easy Decision” that gives us insight into why abortions occur and what we can do to stop them.

The young couple, James and Markai, who have already done the right thing with their first pregnancy, and are raising their child, become pregnant again. The story of their struggle with the temptation to abort – and their eventual abortion – is one of strong ambivalence. However, if we listen closely, we notice that the ambivalence did not start with the pregnancy. They became pregnant because Markai missed her birth control appointment and they did not use a condom.

The obvious question is “Why?” This is where the ambivalence already existed. On some level, did they want to get pregnant and not admit that to themselves? This is not an unusual occurrence. Birth control is not the answer to abortion. The process of educating the young to say a generous yes to life has to include helping them to understand their own natural desire to give new life, and how to be more aware of what that desire leads them to do.

When she is pregnant, Markai comments that she’s already in love with the baby she’s carrying despite the fact that all the baby is doing is making her sick. This, too, is a very telling comment, especially when joined with the argument that ensues later between her and James regarding the words they use to describe the child. James calls the child a “thing,” and this offends Markai deeply. She tells him he does not understand a woman’s perspective, and then points to their born child and says that this is what the “thing” can result in. In other words, no matter what games we play with language, a mother knows the truth about motherhood, because she is living it from the inside. The body, the emotions, and the spirit of a pregnant woman are all geared, by nature, to care for that child.

The program also provides a key lesson for parents of pregnant moms. Markai enjoyed the support of her mom through her first pregnancy and childbirth. But with the second, we see a conversation between her and her mom that ends with Markai’s mom telling her, “Mommy can’t help you,” and leaving the decision all to Markai.

Parents, as well as partners, often fall into this sad and tragic trap. They take the position that “the decision is yours,” and may think that this sounds noble for its respect of “choice.” But it is a form of abandonment. It makes the pregnant mother feel all the more isolated and desperate. The loneliness, in turn, increases the temptation to get out of the situation through abortion.

The best way to help the mom in such circumstances is to make a strong declaration of hope: Yes, we can do this; we will get through it together, and by loving this child and one another, we will make this situation into a blessing.

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Catholic Schools Week

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Catholic schools, of every educational level, face many challenges to maintain their Catholic identity. Ironically, sometimes those challenges come from the members of their own faculty. Sometimes these individuals simply do not believe what the Church teaches or refuse to accept the demands of the moral law. There’s an old saying, “Nobody can give what he does not have.” Catholic schools exist to impart the Catholic faith and to form strong disciples of Christ. If a faculty member objects to some particular demand of the faith, it makes no sense for them to be in a position in which they are expected to pass it on to our children. For the good of the Church and of the students, they should find another job. Let us pray for strong Catholic schools and faculties.

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Latest Study on Abortion and Mental Health Minimizes Women’s Trauma Say Silent No More Leaders

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Staten Island, NY – Leaders of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, the world’s largest network of individuals harmed by abortion, today slammed a new Danish study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that purports to show that abortion does not increase the risk of subsequent mental health problems.

“This so-called study doesn’t consider women who have emotional or mental health problems after an abortion, but who don’t check themselves into psychiatric hospitals or clinics,” said Janet Morana, co-founder of the SNMAC. “If you suffer depression because of your abortion, turn to drugs or alcohol, or have suicidal thoughts and don’t seek professional help, this study counts you as being just fine.”

The study examined the health records of Danish women who had first trimester abortions and who had not had prior abortions. It measured how many of these women went to psychiatric hospitals or outpatient clinics within one year of their abortions.

“It’s as if the people who designed this report set it up to exclude women at the greatest risk to suffer post-abortion problems – those having repeat abortions or having abortions after thirteen weeks of pregnancy,” added Georgette Forney, another SNMAC co-founder. “Frankly, for the thousands of us who have stepped forward publicly and the many more who endure the pain of abortion privately, it’s outrageous to hear abortion apologists say that we don’t exist.”

Dr. Alveda King, a SNMAC spokeswoman, also commented on the structure of the study. “I know from my own experience that the weight and trauma of your abortion may not hit you until long after it’s over. For this study to exclude the many women like me only tells me that it was not looking for the truth.”

Dr. Theresa Burke, psychologist, author, and founder of the Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries for post-abortive women and men, adds to Dr. King’s comments. “I’ve spent the last 25 years counseling women whose hearts and minds have been fractured by abortion. For many women, the traumatic nature of their abortion is not fully released until some subsequent event triggers a fuller understanding of everything that has happened. Any study that pretends that to destroy one’s baby is normal and psychologically, emotionally and spiritually free of any negative consequences is rubbish.”

Since the launching of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 3,877 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 572 gatherings in 48 states and ten countries where more than 110,830 attendees have heard the truth about abortion’s negative aftereffects. More than 9,027 people are registered to be Silent No More. Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of the Campaign’s goals.

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website: www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org

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Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Friday, January 28th, 2011

In 1948, the United Nations published the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, stating that “Recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”

Moreover, Article 3 of the Declaration states, “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.”

and Article 6 states: “Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.”

Isn’t it time for nations to pay attention to these statements when they craft their policies about abortion? After all, everyone means every human being, and the child in the womb is undeniably human. Let’s spread awareness of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. See priestsforlife.org.

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Human Rights Must be Extended to the Unborn

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Abortion advocates want more than to keep Roe vs. Wade intact. They want to establish an international right to abortion, overriding the decisions of individual nations to protect preborn children. But, as usual, these people have it completely wrong. The international right that has to be proclaimed and protected is the right to life.

After the horrors of the Second World War, people around the world realized that there was a need for an international body to acknowledge and protect basic human rights, in case individual nations fail to do so. This led to the development of the United Nations. The UN Charter states that its purpose is quote “to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person” end quote. Let’s apply this to the unborn.

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Alveda King Wins Cardinal O’Connor Pro-Life Award

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Father Frank Pavone announced today that Dr. Alveda King, full-time pastoral associate of Priests for Life and the niece of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., has been selected to receive the Cardinal John J. O’Connor Pro-Life Hall of Fame Award.

The award is bestowed each year by Legatus, the organization of Catholic business professionals founded by Tom Monaghan.

Dr. King is the fifth member of the Priests for Life team to receive this award. Previous recipients are Father Pavone, national director; Janet Morana, executive director and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign; Dr. Theresa Burke, co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard, and Jerry Horn, senior advisor for media.

“This award for Alveda recognizes the tremendous progress she is making in awakening the African-American community to the violence of abortion,” Father Pavone said. “We thank Legatus for this honor and for their longstanding friendship to us and to the entire pro-life movement.”

Dr. King said the Cardinal O’Connor Award is an “encouragement, not only for this recipient, but for all the pro-life warriors who are inspired by the legacy of Cardinal O’Connor. The award comes with marching orders: Go forward with the message of life, liberty and justice for all, born and unborn!”

For more information on Dr. King’s work with Priests for Life, visit www.africanamericanoutreach.org

For more information on Legatus, visit www.legatus.org

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ProLife Recognition Awards were Bestowed Monday Morning on Capitol Hill

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Two champions in the fight for life were awarded the National Pro-Life Recognition Award by the National Pro-Life Religious Council this past Monday. Naomi Barber King of Atlanta and the Rev. Stephen Broden of Dallas received the awards Monday morning at the 17th annual Prayer Service for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers, which took place in the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C.

Mrs. King is the widow of the Rev. A.D. King, a civil rights leader and the brother of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Pastor Broden is the founder and senior pastor of Fair Park Bible Fellowship Church. Both are crusaders in the fight against the murder of unborn African-American babies.

Mrs. King’s commitment to life began when she changed her mind about aborting her daughter, Dr. Alveda King, who is now the full-time director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life.

“My father-in-law, Martin Luther King Sr., told me he had a vision of my child and he wanted to meet the baby girl in his vision,” Mrs. King said.

At the age of 37, Mrs. King was left a widow with five children following the untimely death of her husband, who was a prominent civil rights leader in his own right.

“God gave me the strength to do all I had to after that,” said the soft-spoken Atlanta resident.

For last week’s observance of Martin Luther King Day, Mrs. King joined her daughter, her son, the Rev. Derek King, and Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, in signing a letter calling for equal rights and human dignity for children in the womb:

“We declare today that these children too are members of the Beloved Community, that our destiny is linked with theirs, and that therefore they deserve justice, equality and protection,” the signatories wrote.

Pastor Broden is an integral member of a coalition of African-American leaders who travel from coast to coast to spread the message that the black community is a target of the abortion industry.

“The threat to our nation’s liberties is perhaps greater now than at any other time in history, with the exception of those faced by our Founding Fathers,” Pastor Broden said. “The systematic stripping away of babies’ constitutional rights in the 21st century is unconscionable and inconsistent with the laws of nature and of nature’s God..”

Pastor Broden has been actively involved in the pro-life movement since 1983 and is the chief spokesman for the African-American pro-life movement in Dallas. He is a founder of Ebony Berean, an organization whose mission includes informing African-American pastors on issues related to life, family, and political liberty. He also serves as president of the Fair Park Friendship Center, a community resource center offering assistance to area families.

An outspoken advocate in Dallas for economic opportunity, quality education and respect for life, Pastor Broden was a Republican political candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for the 30th congressional district of Texas in November.

He is married to Donna W. Broden, with whom he has three grown children: Jamaal, Maia and Stephenie.

“This award recognizes individuals who have given steadfast witness to the Biblical Christian teaching on the sanctity of life,” said Father Frank Pavone, president of the National Pro-Life Religious Council. “Mrs. King and Pastor Broden are more than deserving of this award.”

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Paul Ryan Asserts that the Government Must Protect Innocent Life

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

You may be particularly interested in the following quote from Chairman Ryan’s comments last night in his response to the State of the Union address:

“We believe government’s role is both vital and limited – to defend the nation from attack and provide for the common defense … to secure our borders… to protect innocent life… to uphold our laws and Constitutional rights … to ensure domestic tranquility and equal opportunity … and to help provide a safety net for those who cannot provide for themselves.” [Emphasis added]

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Exposing the Truth

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

On April 18, 2007 the United States Supreme Court upheld the ban on partial-birth abortion. In that decision, Gonzales v Carhart, the court described another abortion procedure that remains legal throughout America. It is called the D and E procedure. Here are the exact words of the Supreme Court:

“The doctor grips a fetal part with the forceps and pulls it back through the cervix
…, continuing to pull even after meeting resistance from the cervix. The friction
causes the fetus to tear apart. For example, a leg might be ripped off the fetus as it is pulled through the cervix and out of the woman. The process of evacuating the fetus piece by piece continues until it has been completely removed.”
End of quote.

What more needs to be said to convince us to act?

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Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

On January 25, the Church observes the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. This day concludes the week of prayer for Christian Unity. St. Paul, who once persecuted Christians, was converted to Jesus Christ. When the Church prays for Christian Unity, she prays that the whole world may convert to Christ, as Paul did, and that this conversion may come about because the world sees strong unity among the followers of Christ. Christian Unity is not about pretending that there are no differences between denominations, but rather it is about recognizing and building on what we hold in common. The pro-life movement continues to be one of the most powerful practical ways that Christians are coming together. The National Pro-life Religious Council, which consists of many denominations, is a symbol of that fact.

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