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/Christian Newswire/ — Members of the Pro-Life Action
League and attorneys from the Thomas More Society
will attend the Human Relations Committee meeting
of the Chicago City Council TODAY at 9:00 AM
(Central) Wednesday, Sept. 30. The Committee is
considering an amendment to the Municipal Code to
prohibit picketing within 50 feet of any medical clinic.
These organizations strongly suspect this
amendment is aimed at preventing pro-life people
from praying and reaching out to clients of abortion
facilities with information on alternatives to abortion.
Pro-life activists routinely stand on the public sidewalk
at the entrances to abortion clinics in Chicago to offer
information to anyone seeking services at the abortion
clinics. The groups know of no incidents of
intimidation, harassment or threats as referred to in
the amendment introduced on Sept. 9 by Alderman Vi
Daley (43rd Ward).
A copy of the proposed amendment to the Chicago
Municipal Code is available upon request. Please call
or email Tom Ciesielka at 312-422-1333, firstname.lastname@example.org.
REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE PRO-LIFE ACTION
LEAGUE AND THE THOMAS MORE SOCIETY WILL
BE AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT AFTER THE
CHICAGO CITY COUNCIL MEETING. CONTACTS:
Ann Scheidler, Pro-Life Action League – 312-965-1030
Peter Breen, Thomas More Society – 630-544-4455
Tom Ciesielka, TC Public Relations – 312-422-1333
/Christian Newswire/ — The 16,000-member Christian
Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org), the
nation’s largest association of faith-based physicians,
today voiced support for the conscience-protecting
provisions in the "Empowering Patients First
bill introduced by Rep. Tom Price (R-GA 6th). CMA
contended that the protections are needed to avoid a
potentially catastrophic loss of faith-based healthcare
on which millions of poor patients depend.
In a letter sent to Rep. Price today regarding the bill
(HR 3400), CMA CEO Dr. David Stevens noted, "The
Christian Medical Association is very concerned that
some in Congress and the White House appear to be
pursuing a conscience-hostile approach to healthcare
legislation, opposing amendment after amendment
that would provide solid–not rhetorically deceptive–
"Lawmakers must realize that threatening or
minimizing conscience protections holds the potential
to create a catastrophic shortage of healthcare
access, especially for poor patients. Our national
polling (available online at
www.Freedom2Care.org) reveals that 95 percent
of faith-based physicians are prepared to leave
medicine altogether rather than violate their
conscientiously held ethical convictions."
Dr. Stevens wrote, "As you know, President Obama
has announced plans to rescind the relatively new
federal provider conscience regulation, which also
provides for such a reporting mechanism. It is
imperative, therefore, to enact legislation that protects
conscience rights from the whims of any
administration that might minimize the opportunity to
address civil rights violations related to conscience."
Dr. Stevens thanked Rep. Price for recognizing the
need for strong, true and broad conscience
"The bill [Sec. 106 Part (d) of HR 3400] also provides a
critical component of conscience protections. Many
healthcare professionals encounter pressure to
violate ethical codes on many issues besides
abortion. HR 3400 addresses this reality by offering
appropriately broad conscientious protection ‘to
accommodate the conscientious objection of a
purchaser or an individual or institutional health care
provider when a procedure is contrary to the religious
beliefs or moral convictions of such purchaser or
In his letter, Dr. Stevens also noted the benefit of
designating the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services as a
reporting outlet for healthcare professionals
experiencing discrimination for their conscientious
stance on ethical issues.
"Besides protecting any individual or institutional
health care entity from discrimination ‘on the basis
that the health care entity does not provide, pay for,
provide coverage of, or refer for abortions,’ the bill also
provides the crucial implementation avenue needed to
make such protection effective."
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/Christian Newswire/ — Heartbeat International is
proud to partner with Family Research Council and
other life-affirming pregnancy center networks in the
release of the groundbreaking joint services report, A
Passion to Serve, A Vision for Life.
"This report shines a light on the positive contributions
of pregnancy centers, maternity homes, adoption
agencies, and pregnancy help medical clinics," said
Heartbeat International President Peggy Hartshorn,
Ph.D. "These faith-based community organizations,
40,000 volunteers strong, brighten a woman’s future
with the support she needs to bring new life into the
world. This is one of the greatest volunteer service
movements in the history of our country."
"We are pleased that this report spotlights ten
Heartbeat International affiliates through stories that
demonstrate sacrificial acts of love and service. These
frontline lifesavers are strengthening their
communities one heart at a time," said Hartshorn.
This combined services report, available at
APassiontoServe.com, traces the history of
concern and care for pregnant women in this country.
It presents in detail, through statistical summaries,
case studies and client stories, the extraordinary
social service contributions made by pregnancy
resource centers, detailing how centers are meeting
the needs of women, youth and families.
Executive director of one of the spotlighted Heartbeat
affiliates, Vivian Koob said, "The clients served by
Elizabeth’s New Life Center are overwhelmingly
young, unmarried, impoverished, under educated, and
minority. Elizabeth’s New Life Center offers emotional
support, medical information, spiritual direction,
educational classes, material assistance, prenatal
care, and mentoring at no cost to the client."
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A former client whose poignant story in the report
showcases one of Heartbeat’s Oklahoma affiliates,
Kendra Howerton said, "If it weren’t for Stillwater Life
Services, I honestly do not know where I would be
today. The staff, board, and volunteers at this
pregnancy center invested a great deal into my and my
family’s lives. The results of their investments are
The report also includes endorsements from public
figures such as U.S. Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) who
said: "The success rates and national expansion of
these pregnancy care centers are a testament to their
invaluable work in the lives of communities and
individuals over the years. These networks provide
services that are often unavailable elsewhere to
According to Hartshorn, "The pregnancy resource
movement is dedicated to empowering women with
life-affirming alternatives so abortion is unwanted now
and unthinkable for future generations."
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 /Christian Newswire/ — A Constitutional Amendment to protect the parent-child relationship introduced by U.S. Rep.
Pete Hoekstra, R-Holland, has reached 120 co-sponsors in the House.
"Grassroots constituents came to Capitol Hill and voiced their concerns about the threat from government and foreign interference into the parent- child relationship," Hoekstra said. "I encourage supporters of the amendment to keep up the momentum because Congress is clearly listening."
The Parents’ Rights Amendment (H.J.Res.42) would state explicitly in the U.S. Constitution that parents have a fundamental right to raise their children as they see fit, while protecting children against abuse and neglect. Threats to the parent-child relationship include potential Senate ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child and the erosion of fundamental parents’ rights in federal courts.
"This milestone demonstrates that the American people are serious when they say that they want the government to stay out of those areas that rightly belong to the family," said Michael Farris, J.D., president of Parentalrights.org. "The people will continue to speak until two-thirds of the members of both chambers of Congress are on board."
September 30, 2009
May the spirit and example of the Good Samaritan fill the hearts and minds of all our citizens.
Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So, too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
"Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."
— Luke 10:30-37
Here Jesus commands us to show mercy to the victims of the culture of violence and death.
But why did the priest and Levite fail to show mercy? Perhaps they feared that the robbers were hiding just around the next corner to attack them. They asked themselves, "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
The Samaritan, however, reversed the question, and asked, "If I don’t stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
In working to save the unborn, let’s not worry about what will happen to us if we act; let’s worry about what will happen to the unborn if we don’t.
Father, we are moved by the lesson of the Good Samaritan, who allowed compassion to influence him more than fear. Give us the same heart. Grant that we may never count the cost of standing up and speaking out for the unborn. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life