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Dear Friends For Life,

Just before the USA elections last week, I received an email from Connie which I will share with you. It’s about “Driving to my Bible Class”. Quote: As I was driving to my Biblical School class this morning, one week from Election Day, I was praying a rosary for our country and meditating on the Sorrowful Mysteries.

When I got to the Scourging at the Pillar, I was thinking about the fact that those of us who try to faithfully follow Jesus have gone through 40 years of a kind of ‘scourging.’ We all know how painful it is to see one Christian teaching after another be ignored or ridiculed or fiercely attacked. It hurts so much to see how far our country has fallen.

I thought about the fact that, in ancient times, some of those who’d undergone scourging were set free and given more time, while others were forced to endure even greater torture. And I realized that, with this election still so close, we really don’t know which group we’ll be in.

As I meditated and prayed, I kept reminding myself that, no matter how it turns out, we have to trust God’s will because we know He will give us what we need. Right at that moment, a car passed me on the Interstate. On the back window, left-hand side, was the word “Allstate.” On the back window, right-hand side, was the question “Are you in good hands?”

And I smiled… because I know we ARE!

God Bless,
Jerry Novotny, OMI

(The Difference is LIFE) “In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.” – C.S. Lewis

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Lifeissues.net Newsletter #601
November 11, 2012
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(TABLE OF CONTENTS):

1. UNHCR calls for calm and access to newly displaced people in Myanmar’s Rakhine state
2. HIV cases rise 8 per cent in Australia in past year
3. Redefining Marriage: The case for caution
4. A little extra: Down Syndrome Awareness
5. Human trafficking to UK ‘rising’
6. Why Planned Parenthood Won’t Provide Mammograms
7. Affirm the Sacred: Life
8. Affirm the Sacred: Marriage
9. Pro-Life Means Anti-Drone
10. 200 Million Girls Killed In China, Where Are The Feminists?
11. What’s in a Name?: NFP vs. Fertility Awareness
12. The Gay Divorcees


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(Surrogacy): “Surrogacy, now big business in southern California” -  Conceptual Options is a surrogacy agency in “the surrogacy friendly state of California”. This is a promotional video it is using for gay couples. The artwork is quite sophisticated, but its discussion of the difficult moral terrain is non-existent.

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ITEM #1: UNHCR calls for calm and access to newly displaced people in Myanmar’s Rakhine state

More than 3,000 people have fled in boats towards the state capital, Sittwe, to seek assistance in existing camps for internally displaced people (IDP). The camps in and around Sittwe are already hosting most of the 75,000 people who remain displaced from the wave of violence that broke out in Rakhine state in June this year.

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ITEM #2: HIV cases rise 8 per cent in Australia in past year

Research on Wednesday showed HIV infections in Australia jumped eight per cent last year and 50 per cent in the past decade, which health activists said was a “call to action”.

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ITEM #3: Redefining Marriage: The case for caution

The Government’s proposal to introduce same-sex marriage seems to rest on reasons of equality, stability and convenience. But on closer inspection, these are respectively incomplete, speculative and negligible. As currently defined, marriage secures the equal value of men and women. It also promotes the welfare of children. By contrast, the new definition of marriage will unavoidably call into question its exclusivity, its permanence and even its sexual nature. Such an unravelling of marriage is too high a price to pay for a proposal which fulfils no practical legal need.

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ITEM #4: A little extra: Down Syndrome Awareness

There’s Princeton professor/ bioethicist Peter Singer, urging the right (or duty) of parents to terminate the life of a disabled child – up to 28 days after birth. Or Bob Edwards, world-renowned embryologist, predicting it will soon be a “sin” (his term) for parents to give birth to children with disabilities.

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ITEM #5: Human trafficking to UK ‘rising’

The number of people being trafficked into the UK is rising, latest government estimates suggest. Trafficking gangs in China, Vietnam, Nigeria and eastern Europe now pose the biggest threat to the UK.

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ITEM #6: Why Planned Parenthood Won’t Provide Mammograms

Planned Parenthood has neither the license nor the machines. The most the abortion giant has ever done is refer women to outside mammogram providers, filling the role of the Yellow Pages or Google. Yet the claim is persistently made, despite its falsehood, in order to rebrand Planned Parenthood not as the abortion business it is, but instead as a health care provider.

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ITEM #7 Affirm the Sacred: Life

Thanks to the generosity of friends at Coldwater Media, who created this film and provided Manhattan Declaration the opportunity to promote it.

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ITEM #8: Affirm the Sacred: Marriage

“Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.” -Song of Solomon 8:6.

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ITEM #9: Pro-Life Means Anti-Drone

If life is sacred, how can we justify the random killing of innocent children?

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ITEM #10: 200 Million Girls Killed In China, Where Are The Feminists?

In parts of Asia – especially India and China – baby girls are undesirable, even unacceptable. In China, a “one-child” policy, enforced by the state with forced sterilizations and abortions, exacerbates gendercide, leading some parents to take matters into their own hands. If you’re allowed only two children, and you already have one girl… well, in a culture where males are valued much more highly than females, it’s not hard to imagine what follows. Baby girls are stuck in sacks and thrown in rivers and down wells, even dumped upside-down in buckets of water.

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ITEM #11: What’s in a Name?: NFP vs. Fertility Awareness

Clearly, the Church is not pushing NFP simply because it is anti-pharmacology – the “natural” part of NFP also refers to its alignment with natural law. Unfortunately, that nuance is often lost.

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Announcing the results of his long-term “evolution” on the subject last week, President Obama revived the debate over gay marriage. In the widespread discussion, however, there is one question that’s rarely asked: How interested are gay couples in getting married?

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1. BE INFORMED: “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6. Visit Lifeissues.net Website for insights into current Life Issues www.lifeissues.net. Access to all prior Newsletters is located in the Archives on main page.

2. PRAY DAILY: for the courage to be God’s presence in society and to strongly support those who are deemed “unworthy of life”. “If My people who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

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For information about no-cost Pro Life Talks to your group in Asia: contact Fr. Jerry atjerry@shirt.ocn.ne.jp.

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