Archive for April, 2012

BREAKING: Pepsi Stops Using Aborted Fetal Cell Lines to Test Flavors

Monday, April 30th, 2012

After months of pro-life protests and opposition, PepsiCo has indicated it will alter its contract with biotech firm Senomyx Inc., which uses cells from a baby killed in an abortion to conduct flavor testing.

The second-largest beverage company in the world contracted with the firm in a $30 million deal in August 2010 and once Debi Vinnedge of the pro-life group Children of God for Life uncovered the connection, numerous pro-life groups, including LifeNews, joined together to promote a boycott of Pepsi until it ends the Senomyx contract.

Vinnedge informed LifeNews today of Pepsi’s decision and hailed it as a major breakthrough and achievement by thousands of concerned consumers who have been writing and boycotting PepsiCo beverages since last May.

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Consider the Ant . . .

Monday, April 30th, 2012

“Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise…” Proverbs 6:6

“Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer…” Proverbs 30:25

People often ask me what I do when I’m not out speaking, or teaching, or preaching, or prolife crusading… Well, today, I considered the ant. And the beetle. And the roses. And my mama. Also, I do washing, cooking, cleaning, and just plain ordinary tasks. I also work on improving relationships with those around me. Just thought you’d like to see some (EXTRA)ordinary pictures of God’s handiwork. And get a peek at my ordinary life. Much love from 1 Corinthians 13.

“The warning against the wastefulness of the prodigal is followed by a warning as emphatic against the wastefulness of sloth. The point of comparison with the ant is not so much the foresight of the insect as its unwearied activity during the appointed season, rebuking man’s inaction at a special crisis Proverbs 6:4. In Proverbs 30:25, the storing, provident habit of the ant is noticed.” Barnes Commentary on the Bible

Speaking of having foresight during prayerfully unwearied activity in the prolife struggle, let us not be slothful in the things of God; Faith, Hope and Love!

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Am I Unemployable in the Spirit Realm?

Friday, April 27th, 2012

During my morning meditation, reading a message from Oswald Chambers, a point really stood out: “There are some people who are totally unemployable in the spirit realm. They are spiritually feeble and weak and they refuse to do anything unless they are supernaturally inspired… If you make a god out of your best moments, you will find that God will fade out of your life . . .”

In the midst of all of the national concerns about the economy and unemployment and excess spending, I suddenly find myself wondering if I am spiritually employed? I also have to check my heart often to determine if I am making the work I do take the place of my time and relationship with God? Prolife work is very demanding, and we can find ourselves consumed by our “good works.” Yet, the question “can God use me,” is always there. Do I worship the mission and the mission for life? Or do I worship God?

Too often, the temptation to give all to the prolife ministry reaches into my true desire, to be close to God. Am I saying that we should stop doing our ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and our prolife work? Of course not! When God calls us to stand for the unborn, the sick, the elderly and the least of these, we must answer!

Worshipping God, and allowing God to direct us in our work, vocations and ministries is so liberating. When we concentrate on our relationship with God, our responsibility becomes staying in constant touch with God! And He empowers us to do the prolife work!

Then, we don’t decide when to come and when to go, God decides that for us! God engineers everything, and when He directs us, our goal should be to “pour out our lives in wholehearted devotion to Him” in our prolife work.

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Official Book Launch of “Desert Rose: The Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King”

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Click on link below to view invitation and additional information and make plans to attend. I’ll be there so please come by and say hello.

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Obama Lawyers Desperately Try to “Dismiss” Lawsuit By Pro-Life Catholic Group Against ObamaCare

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 26, 2012

Contact:Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

Staten Island, NY — Priests for Life, a New York-based international pro-life organization of Catholic clergy and laity, today announced that the Obama Administration’s lawyers are trying desperately to “shut down” the lawsuit that’s been filed to stop ObamaCare from violating the conscience and morals of America’s Catholics.

The lawsuit, Priests for Life v. Sebelius, seeks to permanently block the implementation of the HHS mandate that imposes clear violations of conscience upon any and all citizens who morally object to abortion and contraception.

“Since the HHS mandate directly affects Priests for Life—and every U.S. citizen—through compulsory funding of contraception and abortion-inducing drugs and devices, our lawsuit is 100 percent legitimate,” says Priests for Life’s lead attorney Charles LiMandri.

LiMandri elaborates: “And yet, the Obama lawyers are trying to say that we don’t have ‘standing’ because the abortion mandate ‘doesn’t go into effect’ for PFL for several months. This is a thoroughly ridiculous and embarrassing argument for Obama’s attorneys to make. It shows how desperate they are to dismiss our lawsuit—even to the point of resorting to outrageous arguments such as the ones they’re using now.”

LiMandri points out that the HHS ‘Abortion Mandate’ forces Priests for Life to either pay for abortion-causing pill… promote them… or be heavily fined if their employee health-care plan doesn’t comply with the audacious dictatorial decrees of ObamaCare.

“According to the ObamaCare law as it’s written, Priests for Life would be fined as much as $100 per day, per employee. This could cost Priests for Life over $1 million a year in fines. And we’re not going to accept this at all.”

Priests for Life is preparing its response, which must be filed with the court by April 30, with the assistance of the American Freedom Law Center. The group’s attorneys are working overtime to respond so quickly.

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said, “As our attorneys do their work, I ask our supporters to join in our prayer campaign and our Citizens’ Amicus brief. Of this I am confident: We will prevail, life will prevail!”

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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Doonby and October Baby

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

See Doonby and October Baby soon…

I recently had the opportunity to view Doonby and October Baby. Doonby left me thinking, and October Baby left me reaching for my tissue box. Both films are valuable life affirming must sees. Remember how excited we were when Bella, Juno and other films came on the scene? Well, the films just keep on coming.

October Baby and Doonby are welcome additions to the growing cadre of prolife films that are sweeping the nation and the globe. The cliffhanger message at the end opens the way for reflection, revelation and life changing decisions.

There’s another film on the scene, Life Fine Tuned by my friend Nina May. Like Courageous and Fireproof, Life Fine Tuned has a message that affirms abundant life. Things are looking up, my friends.

Let me close with a special prayer for you…

Blue Rose Prayer

“God, our Father, according to your Word and Your will, walk through my heart and take away all my worries and illnesses and please watch over and heal my family & loved ones In Jesus name, Amen.”

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My Special Tour of Sandy Ground Historical Society Museum

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Story written by Leslie Palma-Simoncek, Director of Communications at Priests for Life

Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for the Staten Island-based Priests for Life and niece of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was given a special tour of the Sandy Ground Historical Society Museum in Rossville by Sylvia D’Allesandro, executive director, who grew up in the community and is linked to several of its founding families.

Dr. King, an Atlanta resident, watched the 20th century civil rights movement unfold as she grew up in Birmingham. Ala., where her home was firebombed and her classmates killed in the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. Her father, Rev. A.D. King, was found dead in his family’s swimming pool, and the family holds firm to the certainty that he was murdered for his advocacy of the rights of people of color. Dr. King’s Uncle Martin was assassinated in Memphis in 1968, when she was a teenager.

Dr. King travels to Staten Island every month for pastoral team meetings at Priests for Life and when she learned about the free African-Americans who came to the borough of New York City in the 19th century and settled Sandy Ground, she wanted to visit the community that at first grew strawberries in the sandy ground of the Island’s South Shore and later harvested oysters that were served in the finest restaurants.

The community was a stop on the Underground Railroad, and an exhibit currently on display at the museum highlights some of the lesser-known individuals who were committed to restoring freedom to African-American men, women and children.

Dr. King also got to visit the landmarked Rossville A.M.E. Zion Church, which also was an important part of the Underground Railroad, and greet the Rev. Janet Jones, pastor.

Anyone planning a visit to New York City should make the trip to Staten Island’s South Shore to visit Sandy Ground, located at 1538 Woodrow Rd. For information, call (718) 317-5796.

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The Contraception Trap

Friday, April 20th, 2012

I came across this blog a couple of days ago and I wanted to share it with you. Enjoy!

by Jennifer Fulwiler

Earlier this week, the Washington Post ran a story about efforts within the Church to modernize the image of Natural Family Planning. Religion writer Michelle Boorstein interviewed Ashley McGuire, Dr. Janet Smith, me, and a few other folks to get a feel for how modern Catholic women view NFP. (I wrote a clarification of some of my quotes from the article here.)

Not surprisingly, the piece has generated a lot of discussion. Cassie Murdoch of Jezebel picked it up, and spoke for many secular feminists when she basically rolled her eyes at the entire idea. Her main takeaway seemed to be that it’s futile to even have this kind of discussion, since everyone knows that it’s crazy to oppose contraception. She wrote:

Modernizing the Catholic Church has never been an easy task, and there’s certainly an argument to be made that a better way to modernize it would be to reverse or modify its anti-contraception stance rather than worrying about the pictures it uses on it’s brochures.

She quotes McGuire saying that Natural Family Planning allows women to live freely, and remarks:

Ahh, yes, knowing your body and living freely, two things which the Catholic Church has been freely promoting since back in the days of, ohhh, never.

The Catholic understanding of human sexuality oppresses women, but contraception encourages them to know their bodies and live freely. This is certainly a thought that is widely accepted in our culture as being true. But is it true? Let’s take a closer look.

The day before the Washington Post piece ran, the New York Times had an op-ed by a woman who talked about how much easier it used to be to get an abortion. Susan Heath wrote:

It’s 1978, five years after Roe v. Wade. I’m 38, I have four sons — the oldest is 17, the youngest is turning 12. I’m at school, getting a B.A., and I’m loving it.

I’m about two and a half months pregnant.

I don’t want this child. [...]

So I’m on my way to Planned Parenthood to have a legal abortion. My husband drives me there — this is a serious matter for both of us, but we absolutely agree it’s my decision to make. We have been conscientiously using contraception and it’s failed us this time.

The six words she writes next speak a thousand words about contraception and women’s freedom. She says of her situation:

I’m pregnant but I’m not trapped.

Interesting. So, in other words, if it weren’t for abortion, she would be trapped.

Even those who are in favor of abortion have to admit that this is a sad situation. . . .

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Fr. Pavone To LCWR: Priests for Life Will Work “Side by Side” With Women Religious To Proclaim A Pro-Life Message

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 19, 2012

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STATEN ISLAND, NY — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following comment today on the Vatican’s assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR):

“As a pro-life ministry dedicated to fully activating the Church to end abortion and euthanasia, Priests for Life is grateful to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for the assessment it has issued of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and in particular for pointing out the problem of silence regarding abortion and the right to life.”

Following a two-year investigation into the LCWR, the Vatican concluded, in part, that, “while there has been a great deal of work on the part of LCWR promoting issues of social justice in harmony with the church’s social doctrine, it is silent on the right to life from conception to natural death.”

Responding to that finding, Father Pavone said, “Priests for Life has the highest regard for the women religious in the Church and the consecration they have made to God of their lives. We want to work side by side with them and support them in the pro-life dimensions of their life and ministry. We therefore encourage the LCWR and all its members to make the right to life a clear and constant aspect of the message they proclaim to the world.”

Father Pavone concluded: “As we have often pointed out, the very act of consecrating one’s life to God strikes at the heart of the culture of death. While the culture of death proclaims, ‘I have the right to choose,’ the religious life proclaims, ‘My life and choices belong to God, and there is where I find true freedom.’ ”

To read the statement from the Vatican, go to
www.priestsforlife.org/CDF-LCWR-Assessment.pdf.

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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The Right to Have Sex

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Please allow me to begin this discussion from a Bible perspective. In Genesis 1:28, God said “be fruitful and multiply.” Soon after, God created the first marriage between the Man Adam and his Wife Eve. They were the world’s first married couple, and the gave us the first historical record of the marriage and family model. From this model, we receive the marriage between one man and woman model for our foundational marriage model. Sex between a husband and a wife, resulting in the birth of their children is the “procreative” model for marriage.

Now, if you don’t read the Bible or don’t agree with the Bible, perhaps you might agree with the next point:

Surely we all agree that adults should and do have the right to have sex, or not to have sex. Or at least we should. For children and youth, it is more than likely better that they wait until they are adults to enter into the realm of human sexuality. After all, there are so many other things that youth and children have to think about, like grades, doing well in school, excelling in extracurricular activities like the arts, sports, intellectual pursuits and school clubs and the like.

So, if we follow the above premise, the question is, should my tax dollars pay for your right to have sex? In other words, a person may feel or believe that he or she cannot have sex unless the option of using birth control drugs or having an abortion is in the mix of the decision. Should my tax dollars pay to support their decision to use birth control and abortion?

Or, let me ask it this way. I believe that everyone should read the Bible and obey God’s word. Should your tax dollars pay for me to buy Bibles and pass them out so that people can learn the principals from the points in the first paragraph?

Take a good look at the Constitution of the United States. Have a real good read, and let me know when you find the passage that states that all Americans have the right to have sex at taxpayer’s expense. Maybe I’m just missing it. Obama Care and the HHS Mandate that orders that tax dollars can be used to pay for birth control, and the funding of $1 Million dollars a day to Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider all boil down to our tax dollars paying for people’s sexual decisions.

One of the most frustrating things about this whole Obama Care and the HHS mandate situation is that they are pretty much saying that people have the right to have their decisions to not only have sex, but in some cases fornicate or commit adultery and then use dire consequences like abortion drugs and birth control drugs to counteract some results of their sexual choices.

If anyone can lay a claim to the right of people to engage in sex it would be Christians. After all, we have a mandate to “be fruitful and multiply.” Of course this directive is designed to take place in a loving relationship between a husband and his wife. Also, we are under directives to “choose life,” and not shed innocent blood. The document that supports our position is the Bible where in Genesis 9:6-7 God commands us,

“Whoever sheds human blood,
by humans shall their blood be shed;
for in the image of God
has God made humankind.

As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.” Another translation says: “I want you and your family to have many children.” (Thank God for the blood of Jesus!)

But God didn’t tell us to just go out and have sex with anyone and everyone we wanted to have sex with. He left us guidelines in which we should follow His command. People have free will and can choose to follow God’s command and do it within His guidelines. They also have free will to not follow his command or to disregard his guidelines and we’re seeing in our culture what happens when we do that.

I believe in following God’s guidelines when it comes to having sex. I won’t engage in sex until I’m married, if I get married again. I believe in living a chaste life and I expect the same of any perspective mates. That’s the way God designed it and that’s what I believe works best. That includes not using birth control but rather self-control. Now, I didn’t always believe this, and definitely didn’t understand this or agree with this. As a result, I ended up having abortions, casual sex, and engaged in other behaviors that brought me grief. Link to how can the dream survive testimony. Thank God for His mercy, leading me to repentance and restoration!

If others want to have sex casually and use contraceptives, that’s their business. I will pray for them and ask God to open their eyes to the truth that abortion and birth control drugs kill babies, hurt women and destroy families. Just don’t ask me to pay for contraceptives and abortions because I know they are not healthcare. I know the dangers of the lifestyle of promiscuous sex, birth control drugs and abortions. I should not be forced to support abortion and birth control drugs, which are linked to harm for women – not with my hard earned dollars, or any dollars.

If women become pregnant then let’s step up to the plate and try to meet the mothers at their point of need; and save the lives of their unborn babies within any lawful means possible. That’s where the pregnancy care programs come in. I believe we are called to show mercy, love and compassion for the least among us. The mothers and their babies are defenseless and we must speak up for them. As Edmond Burke said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” I don’t intend on letting evil triumph on my watch. And again, don’t ask me to subsidize abortions and harmful birth control drugs like the HHS Mandate is trying to do with the $1 premium in every medical policy.

Were it not for the fact that Jesus has already won the victory over sin and evil by His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead I could see how so many people might feel like our situation is hopeless. But it’s not. We have hope in Jesus, in His promise that when He said, “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18).

All too often, people think that they know better what’s good for them than God. I used to think that way myself. This train of thought leads us to doing things our own way. Even using abortions and birth control drugs to empower women to choose when they will become mothers once seemed like a good thing to do. Never mind that we as women start out thinking we are smarter than God and saying that we’ll decide when we want life to come forth from our sexual acts. And when we do become pregnant, we choose to abort the baby because we aren’t ready to have a family. I learned the hard way that this is sinful thinking. Sin gets piled upon sin and before you know it society is dying and people wonder why. Sin leads to death, death of the soul and the body.

And let’s not leave the men out of this discussion please. Men and women together must begin to take responsibility for sexual decisions. After all, it takes “two to tango,” and babies have two parents, a man and a woman.

The abortion industry and Planned Parenthood in particular are trying to convince everyone that sex is good and everyone should have sex. Now, they have part of that right, sex is good… They just leave out the part that good sex is best experienced God’s way. They’ve been very successful with the lies and half truths so far. We must reverse course right now, before it’s too late and our society collapses. God will not bless a corrupt people. God will discipline His people as a father disciplines His children. We won’t like it but it will and must be done for our own good.

I’m truly speaking from the voice of experience. I used to do things “my way.” Then, I would ask God to bless my mess. That plan didn’t work for me. Only God’s way keeps proving to be the best, and for me the only way. Ladies, we have issues, and we need healing. My friends, we need revival in the land. There can be no revival without repentance.

So as the battle rages on, live your lives as you will, serving the Lord or rejecting Him. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

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