Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: …dulling the pain abortion brings…

This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient?” (Job 6:11)

Reflection: Studies have shown that those who aborted their first pregnancy were four times more likely to engage in subsequent drug or alcohol abuse than those who never had an abortion. Sometimes this behavior is aimed at dulling the pain abortion brings, or it is done because the mother feels unworthy of living any more, unworthy of being protected, safe, and healthy.

Prayer: Lord, I pray today for those who are in pain and who feel unworthy of life. Reach down from heaven, heal their spirits, and give them new hope. Amen!

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: I have to say this is just murder

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This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment” – John 16:8

Reflection: Here is the reaction of a ‘pro-choice’ person upon seeing what abortion is: “I have looked at the pictures on this site on aborted babies and I started to cry. I have always believed in freedom of choice but after seeing this, I have to say this is just murder.”

Prayer: Lord, as you promised, your Holy Spirit teaches us about you, and helps us to see the full truth about what is right and wrong. May that Spirit reveal to our world its sin and its salvation. Amen.

Priests for Life salutes House Panel on Infant Lives for probe of University of New Mexico, Southwest Women’s Options

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Father Stephen Imbarrato, a member of the Priests for Life Pastoral Team, who has led significant pro-life activism in New Mexico, including investigation of the late-term abortion industry there, today applauded the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives for its decision to refer for criminal investigation the University of New Mexico (UNM) and Southwest Women’s Options (SWWO), an abortion business in Albuquerque.
 
Fr. Frank Pavone and Priests for Life have supported the work of the panel from the beginning and have channeled information to its members.
 
Rep. Marsha Blackburn, chairwoman, said evidence has been uncovered that indicates an illegal relationship between the university and the business that provides abortions through all three trimesters of pregnancy. 

Priests for Life to host telephone press conference Monday after ruling in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt

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With the U.S. Supreme Court ruling expected Monday, June 27, in the Texas abortion case Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt — a case that could have far-reaching implications for abortion facilities across the country — Priests for Life will host a teleconference for the media at 11:30 a.m. that day.

 
On the call will be the National Director of Priests for Life, Father Frank Pavone, who is a priest of Amarillo, Texas; State Representative Jodie Laubenburg, who authored, carried, and passed House Bill 2 in the Texas legislature; Kyleen Wright, president of Texans for Life Coalition, who spearheaded the inclusion of the “admitting privileges” portion of the law, and Carol Everett, founder of The Heidi Group and a former abortion provider, who spearheaded the inclusion of the “ambulatory surgical center” portion of the law.
 
To take part in the call, dial 712-432-0700, then dial access code 619300#

Fr. Pavone blasts HHS decision to allow California to break federal law

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“We have already seen how willing the unelected bureaucrats who run HHS are to disregard Americans’ freedom of religion, and this Weldon Amendment decision demonstrates the behavior of an Administration that seeks to obliterate faith entirely.”
 
The Weldon Amendment prevents federal funds from going to states that discriminate against health care entities that do not provide or fund abortions.
 
“We continue to battle the Administration through our own Supreme Court case, Priests for Life vs. HHS, regarding a distinct but similar mandate, and we strongly support a legislative solution to enforce the Weldon amendment, such as the Conscience Protection Act (HR 4828).”

An Unconscionable Mandate – The Washington Examiner

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“The HHS regulation and its “accommodation” for religious non-profit groups would require some faith-based employers to include in their employee health insurance plans coverage for abortion-causing drugs and other morally objectionable items. Like the hypothetical conscientious objector in the scenario above, those who obey their faith instead of the government would be levied massive fines.

The organization I lead, Priests for Life, has been fighting the HHS mandate in court for over four years. Our lawsuit, Priests for Life vs. HHS, is one of the seven that were consolidated into the recent Supreme Court case of Zubik vs. Burwell. After the Court received supplemental briefs from both sides stating that a solution acceptable to religious groups is “feasible,” it sent our case and the others back to the lower appeals courts for resolution.”

 

Read the entire op-ed in The Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/an-unconscionable-mandate/article/2594430

Kermit Gosnell and the suffering abortion industry – The Supreme Court could order the end of substandard care

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“Abortionist and convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell calls himself an “impractical man.” Speaking from his prison cell, where he sits for killing a patient and three born-alive babies, he told one of the documentary filmmakers of “3801 Lancaster: American Tragedy”: “Practical man changes to live within his society. Impractical man has the priority of changing society to meet his own needs. Therefore, progress can only be accomplished by an impractical man.””

Read the entire op-ed: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jun/21/kermit-gosnell-and-the-suffering-abortion-industry/

Today’s Pro-life Reflection: Primacy of Life Over Choice

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“Bloodshed follows bloodshed” (Hosea 4:2).

Reflection: If a mother has the right to choose to kill her innocent, unwanted child, why doesn’t the child have the right to kill her innocent, unwanted mother? The deadly “logic” of putting choice above life endangers everyone. The “right to die” movement has nothing to do with people wanting to die. It has everything to do with people wanting to kill others whom they believe would be better off dead.

Prayer: Lord, I affirm today the primacy of life over choice. May every choice be guided and guarded by the immeasurable value of life. Amen.

Today’s Pro-life Reflection: Reveal My Faith Through My Actions

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“Your light must shine so that it can be seen by others” (Matthew 5:16).

Reflection: A preacher once wrote that there is no such thing as secret discipleship. Either the discipleship will destroy the secrecy, or the secrecy will destroy the discipleship. That’s why being pro-life cannot just be a personal, private conviction. If it’s in our heart, it needs to be on our lips and in our actions.

Prayer: Praise to you, Lord God, for you open my mouth in worship and in witness; you reveal my faith through my actions. May I never try to be a secret disciple, but rather be proud to be known as one of yours. Amen.

Today’s Pro-life Reflection: One Can’t Practice Vice Virtuously

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“They cannot sleep till they do evil; they are robbed of slumber till they make someone fall” (Proverbs 4:16).


Reflection:
Hundreds of taped phone conversations show abortion clinics throughout the nation deliberately failing to report the sexual abuse of minors. This is a flagrant violation of ethics and law. It also reveals what happens when we lose sight of the sanctity of life. Our concern for other aspects of the moral law is likewise weakened. One can’t practice vice virtuously.

Prayer: Lord, protect all those who may become victims of the malice and negligence of the abortion industry – not only the unborn babies, but their vulnerable young mothers as well. Amen.