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

Should Abortionists Be Allowed to Abandon Their Patients?

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“At the ER, you tell the physicians that you’ve had an abortion and that you’re in a great deal of pain. They ask you what type of abortion procedure you had, but you do not know. They ask for your medical records, but you do not have them either. Doctors see that you’ve suffered a laceration and that your uterus is ruptured. They perform an emergency hysterectomy only to discover that the baby you thought was aborted had actually been shoved into your abdominal cavity. Doctors remove your dead child, but can’t find a missing limb.”

Read the entire op-ed in Breitbart: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/06/22/texas-abortion-case-abortionists-allowed-abandon-patients/

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.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Are you not of far greater value than they?

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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

“Gaze upon the birds…Are you not of far greater value than they?” (Matthew 6:26).

Reflection: Jesus makes it clear that human life is worth more than other creatures. In Florida you can see signs on the beach that say, “Do not touch the sea turtles or their eggs. They are protected by local, state, and federal law.” If we do not have the right to choose to smash the egg of a sea turtle, why do we have the right to choose to smash a baby?

Prayer: Lord, we worship you as the source of everything that is. Teach us to value creation, and to value humanity even more. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: If only my anguish could be weighed …

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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

“If only my anguish could be weighed …It would surely outweigh the sand of the seas” (Job 6:2-3).

Reflection: Those who have had abortions are more likely to be tempted to suicide. The mother may see death as the only way of being reunited with her child, and escaping the daily pain that the abortion brings. “I deprived my child of life,” she thinks, “and therefore I don’t deserve my own.”

Prayer: Lord, you are the God who overcomes despair, and whose mighty hand keeps us on the right path. Send your Spirit upon all who are tempted to suicide, and refresh them with new hope. Amen.

Today’s Pro-life Reflection: No Medical Benefit

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“For you created all things; by your will they were created (Revelation 4:11).

Reflection: Cloning advocates make a misleading distinction between “reproductive” cloning — that is, actually bringing clones to birth — and “therapeutic cloning” — that is, using the clone’s cells, but killing the clone before he or she is born. In reality, all cloning is reproductive, because the unborn clone is human, and no cloning is therapeutic, because no medical benefit has been demonstrated.

Prayer: Father, you alone can create human life, and you have created it for yourself. Preserve us from the temptation of trying to do what you alone can do. Amen.

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

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With the U.S. Supreme Court expected to rule as early as today on a Texas abortion case that could have far-reaching implications for facilities across the country, Priests for Life will host a teleconference for the media shortly after the ruling is announced.

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.

Read the entire Press Release: http://www.priestsforlife.org/pressreleases/5743-priests-for-life-to-host-press-conference-following-ruling-in-whole-womans-health-vs-hellerstedt