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Outside two Sacramento Planned Parenthood centers


 

(Republished with permission from “Blessings from the Sidewalk,” Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, Sacramento.) 

July 22, 2010, Planned Parenthood, 29th & B, Sacramento 

I typically do not pray on Thursdays at the abortion center, but today while at home I felt a gentle prompting to go out and pray. I discerned that I would report to PP at 3 p.m. and pray the chaplet of Divine Mercy. 

Within a short time at the sidewalk, "Starflower" passed by me and I offered her my alternative pro-life material. Although initially very cautious, she eventually accepted my information after dialoging with me about its contents. Amazingly, she physically resembled my own biological daughter and offered me a gift of tiny flowers wrapped in a napkin. 

I accepted her impromptu gift. I immediately began discussing the sanctity of life from the moment of conception, as well as explaining the practical help available to women facing an abortion. I continued, "Even if a mom is considering aborting her baby, she will still remain a mom forever because you just can’t erase motherhood!" She began sharing her personal interest in Mother Earth, preserving the environment and protecting animal rights. Interjecting, I said, "Yes, human beings do play the most important role in this ecosystem by continuing the cycle of Life designed by God." 

At this point, she began confiding that she was pregnant and then slowly began displaying the small paper sack that held the contents of her RU-40 pills. She suddenly acknowledged, "I really just can’t do this, I mean take them. Something is telling me it isn’t right." I listened. 

We continued dialoguing for over thirty minutes, allowing ample time for developing rapport with each other, and at this point her heart began opening up to seek alternative help. She asked me for my telephone number in case she had further questions about the alternative services. She admitted, "It was only a one night stand." As she continued gazing at the little photo of the eleven week baby, she began confessing, "I have already done this once before." 

I continued offering her support and explaining the additional health risks of breast cancer and suicide. I also emphasized, "This is the fruit of the womb. Only you can decide to give your baby life it’s in your hands." 

She asked once again for information about the alternative life center, and I pulled out the Life Center pamphlet and wrote these words on it: "God bless you and may you have the courage to choose life." 

At this point she needed to catch her bus, so we both hugged each other briefly before she departed as I whispered into her ear, "May God bless you." She responded, "God bless you, too." 

July 17, 2010, Planned Parenthood, 5385 Franklin Blvd., Sacramento 

Today a group of eight regular Helpers came out and prayed the Holy Rosary in the hot, summer heat. I served as the sidewalk counselor and attempted to distribute pro-life materials to people entering and exiting the parking lot. 

Near departing time, two unrelated individuals came over and joined our group in prayer, bringing the total to 10 Helpers. The new female Helper disclosed to me that she had ten children ranging from 22 to 10 years old. She confided that she had not been to church in many years and had never learned to pray the Holy Rosary. 

She asked, "Would you teach me and my children to pray the rosary and go to church with me?" I agreed, we exchanged phone numbers and will set a date to meet with her and her ten children and make arrangements for her and her children to attend Holy Mass with me at my church someday.

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“The Holy Father’s reflections on the central mysteries of our faith”



SAN FRANCISCO, July 29 /Christian Newswire — Pope Benedict XVI’s second volume ofJesus of Nazareth will be published in English by Ignatius Press, according to an agreement between Ignatius Press and the Vatican’s Publishing House, Libreria Editrice Vaticana (LEV). 

Slated for release in Spring 2011, the much anticipated second volume of Jesus of Nazarethtakes up where the first volume left off. 

"We are eagerly awaiting Volume II because it will contain the Holy Father’s reflections on the central mysteries of our faith: the Passion, Death, and Resurrection," says Ignatius Press founder and editor, Jesuit Father Joseph Fessio. Fr. Fessio is a former student of Pope Benedict. 

The second volume is expected to address such controversial questions as: who was responsible for Jesus’ death? Did Jesus establish the Church to carry on his work? How did he view his suffering and death? How should we? And, most importantly, did Jesus really rise from the dead? 

"Jesus remains controversial," notes Ignatius Press president Mark Brumley. "Christians believe he is the Son of God, the founder of the Church, and the Savior of the world. For non-Christians, Jesus is almost anything else — a myth, a revolutionary, or a prophet whose teaching was misunderstood or distorted by his followers." 

Benedict XVI insists Jesus is the Son of God, yet the pope acknowledges that opinion is divided. He brings readers face-to-face with the challenge of Jesus. What to make of a real man who taught and acted in ways tantamount to claims of divine authority? Believers and unbelievers alike must come to their own judgment about Jesus and what he means for them. The second volume of Jesus of Nazareth will help them to do so. 

Ignatius Press is the primary English-language publisher of the works of Pope Benedict XVI/Joseph Ratzinger. Benedict XVI was elected pope on April 19, 2005, becoming the 264th successor of Peter as the Vicar of Christ. Born Joseph Ratzinger, he was for over two decades the head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under Pope John Paul II and the president of the Pontifical Biblical Commission. A world-renowned theologian, Ratzinger was a theological expert at the Second Vatican Council, and in the years following the council he was one of its prime interpreters. He is probably the most accomplished theologian to be elected pope in modern times.



May 1, 1993

Title: Love For Mary At First Sight


R.  My first love of the Center came through
the Sorrowful Mother statue. I drove up and wanted to see it through
the windows. I felt so close to her, as if the statue was alive. I took
pictures of the statue just to have them as I loved it so much.

     All through the letters I received about the
aching heart, in front of the tabernacle, I experienced somebody else’s
pain. It was Jesus and Mary’s pain! I kept hearing the song, "The Lady
is Calling". I heard that song as if on a little tape recorder when I
first went to see Fr. Smith. I was awaken in the night and it was
playing.

I was sent to Conyers in June and heard the song
constantly.

She is calling me to the Center. My experiences are
around her statue there.

     At Fr. Smith’s Mass, in March, I saw the
precious blood outside the cup when I received it. It was July 17,
1993, the first day I went to see Fr. Smith.

    Mary appeared that day in my
dining room at home. It is a pail green room.

Jesus:
The very hairs of your head are numbered!

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LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report
Saturday, July 31, 2010

For
pro-life news updated throughout the day, visit LifeNews.com.

Current Headlines

Democrats
Plan Vote on Pro-Abortion Elena Kagan Next Week, May Limit Debate

Pro-Abortion
Groups Play Defense After Obama Health Care Abortion $ Exposed

FDA
OKs First Embryonic Stem Cell Research Trial on Humans, Despite Concerns

Medical
Board Pursues Case Against Practitioner in Botched Abortion Death

Florida
Poll Has Pro-Abortion Crist Leading Pro-Life Rubio in Key Senate Race

Democrats’
DISCLOSE Act Furthers, Not Stops, Political Culture of Corruption

Hip
Hope Helps Hares Hop: Adult Stem Cells Regrow Joints for Rabbits

Pro-Life News: Abortion, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Washington,
Missouri, Illinois

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Democrats
Plan Vote on Pro-Abortion Elena Kagan Next Week, May Limit Debate


Washington,
DC (LifeNews.com) — Senate Democrats plan a vote next week on the nomination
of abortion advocate Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. They also plan to
severely limit the amount of debate and discussion about Kagan’s nomination
on the Senate floor, which is prompting an outcry from Republicans.

Senate
Democratic Leader Harry Reid and his top allies plan to open the debate
on the Kagan nomination late Tuesday or Wednesday and will bring the debate
to a close with a vote at the end of Thursday.

The
short debate time compared with past nominees is seen by political observers
as payback for Republicans blocking the DISCLOSE Act, a restrictive campaign
finance bill pro-life groups opposed because it would place restrictions
on their ability to discuss legislative and political issues and potentially
expose their donors.

The
move is also seen as a way to close up shop earlier than expected so endangered
pro-abortion Democratic senators can get on the campaign trail and defend
their seats in what is shaping up to be an election that will see a pro-life
landslide.

Senate
GOP Whip Jon Kyl, a pro-life Arizona senator, told The Hill the compacted
debate time is not appropriate for a Supreme Court nominee.

It s
not a good idea, he said. [Chief Justice John] Roberts and [Justice
Samuel] Alito took four and five days on the floor, and Sotomayor was three.
It s pretty hard to do a nominee in less than three full days if everyone
is going to have a right to speak. I don’t know how you shut senators up
and say they don’t have a right to speak. That would not be a good thing."
Full story at LifeNews.com

Pro-Abortion
Groups Play Defense After Obama Health Care Abortion $ Exposed


Washington,
DC (LifeNews.com) — In new interviews today with the web site Politico,
leaders of pro-abortion groups admit they’re playing defense now that pro-life
groups exposed the way in which the Obama administration had planned to
fund abortions in health care until they forced officials to back down from
the plans.

The
National Right to Life Committee
exposed
the abortion funding
in the high risk health insurance pools the new
ObamaCare law created. Obama officials allowed
three
states
to fund abortions in the newly-created program.

The
Obama administration authorized abortion funding in three states before
backing down and
issuing
proposed guidelines
limiting the funding — although they
will only apply
to the high risk pools and pro-life groups will still
have to ferret out abortion funding in other programs.

Reacting
to the developments, pro-abortion groups admit they were caught off-guard
but now promise to watch the Obama administration closely on future abortion
funding aspects of the health care law.

This
is not the outcome we expected, Laurie Rubiner, Planned Parenthood
vice president for public policy, told Politico. We now know we need
to be vigilant to make sure there aren’t other areas of the law where there
is silence. There is a whole host of areas that we’re going to be watching
like a hawk.
Full story at LifeNews.com

FDA
OKs First Embryonic Stem Cell Research Trial on Humans, Despite Concerns

Washington,
DC (LifeNews.com) — The Obama administration has approved the bid by cloning
company Geron to undertake the first trial involving the use of embryonic stem
cells in humans. They have never been used before in people because the cells
cause tumors and have immune system rejection issues when tried in animals.

Scientists
and pro-life advocates say human embryonic stem cells are not ready for trial
because problems associated with the cells in animals haven’t been solved. The
embryonic stem cells still cause tumors and have issues with the immune system
rejecting the injection of the cells.

The Food
and Drug Administration has initially placed the trial on hold but Geron indicated
today that the agency is now allowing it to proceed with an early stage trial
on an stem cell therapy for acute spinal cord injury.

The FDA
placed a hold on the trial last August, when evidence showed Geron’s GRNOPC1
encountered safety issues when used in animal studies. Geron’s own data showed
higher frequency of small cysts within the injury site in the spinal cord of
animals injected with the embryonic cells.

We
are pleased with the FDA s decision to allow our planned clinical trial
of GRNOPC1 in spinal cord injury to proceed, said Thomas B. Okarma, Geron’s
president.

Dr. John
A. Kessler, chairman of neurology and director of the stem cell institute at
Northwestern University, said the first application from Geron for the embryonic
stem cell trial was flawed.

We
really want the best trial to be done for this first trial, and this might not
be it, he said at the time.

Full story at LifeNews.com

Medical
Board Pursues Case Against Practitioner in Botched Abortion Death


Sacramento,
CA (LifeNews.com) — The Medical Board of California this week amended its
complaint against abortion practitioner Andrew Rutland to include the charge
of homicide in connection with the death of an Asian woman who died from a botched
abortion he performed at his facility.

The action
from the medical board follows on the heels of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s
Office reclassifying Ying Chen’s death as a homicide.

Now, the
medical board as scheduled a February 2011 hearing to consider whether or not
to revoke Rutland’s medical license.

Rutland
killed Chen by administering anesthesia to her and not knowing the proper dosage
after she visited his San Gabriel facility last July for a second-trimester
abortion.

Rutland
injected lidocaine, a local anesthetic, in her cervix and the woman began to
have an immediate reaction. The abortion practitioner began to perform CPR but
the board documents say there was a "significant delay" in him calling
911 for emergency medical help for the woman.

Ying was
in cardiac arrest when the ambulance arrived and was taken to a hospital, where
she died six days later. An autopsy revealed Rutland gave the woman the wrong
dosage of the anesthesia.
Full story at LifeNews.com



Florida
Poll Has Pro-Abortion Crist Leading Pro-Life Rubio in Key Senate Race

Tallahassee,
FL (LifeNews.com) — A new poll out of Florida has pro-abortion Governor
Charlie Crist leading pro-life former state House Speaker Marco Rubio in
the marquee Senate matchup this November. The new Quinnipiac University
survey released today says Crist is benefiting from a positive approval
rating from Florida voters.

Some
37 percent of Florida voters now support Crist in his independent bid for
the Senate seat while 32 percent of Floridians back Rubio.

Another
17 percent back pro-abortion Democratic candidate Jeff Greene and 14 percent
are undecided.

Should
pro-abortion congressman Kendrick Meek win the Democratic primary next month
over Greene, the Quinnipiac University poll shows Crist at 39 percent, Rubio
at 33 percent, meek with 13 percent and 17 percent undecided.

In the
Democratic primary matchup, Greene leads Meek by 10 percent and 35 percent
of Democratic voters are still undecided.

The
new survey indicates that Crist, who upset pro-life advocates by
vetoing
a bill
that would have helped women by allowing them to see an ultrasound
of their unborn baby before an abortion, is helped by getting the support
of half of independent voters, 20 percent of Republicans and 40 percent
of Democratic voters in the possible November matchups.
Full story at LifeNews.com

Democrats’
DISCLOSE Act Furthers, Not Stops, Political Culture of Corruption


by
Ralph Reed



Tuesday,
Democrats in the Senate failed in their effort to invoke cloture (that is,
end debate) on the
DISCLOSE
Act
, perhaps the most Orwellian-named piece of legislation in recent
memory.

The
bill would have subjected donors of grassroots organizations to public scrutiny
and regulatory harassment whether their contribution was used for the broadcast
of an ad advocating the election or defeat of a candidate or not.

So,
for example, if someone wrote a large contribution to an organization opposing
higher taxes, even if other funds were used to broadcast an express advocacy
communication, the donor would be reported to the Federal Election Commission.
It is an attempt by the Democrats in the Senate to regulate and restrict
speech, silence critics of their extremist policies, and intimidate opponents
of the administration and the Democratic majority.

It tramples
on the First Amendment and the freedom of association. Unless, that is,
you are a labor union—groups funded with membership dues are largely exempt.
What a surprise! As is the Sierra Club. And the National Rifle Association,
which vowed to score a vote for the DISCLOSE Act as a vote against gun rights.
Democrats knew that would defeat the bill so they carved out a safe harbor
for the NRA. This is not equal protection under the law; it is Chicago-style
thuggery.

A broad,
bipartisan coalition opposes the DISCLOSE Act . The American Civil Liberties
Union opposes the bill because it violates the First Amendment. So does
just about every conservative organization in the country.
Full story at LifeNews.com

Hip
Hope Helps Hares Hop: Adult Stem Cells Regrow Joints for Rabbits

by David
Prentice
In
a proof-of-concept study using a rabbit model, researchers have
successfully
regenerated
a functioning limb joint grown naturally using the host s
own adult stem cells. Prof. Jeremy J. Mao and his team at Columbia University
Medical Center, along with colleagues from the University of Missouri and
Clemson University, published their report online in
The
Lancet
.

They fabricated an anatomically correct 3-dimensional bioscaffold infused
with the protein growth factor TGFß3, and implanted the scaffolds
into rabbits that had their forelimb thigh joint removed. Other rabbits
had scaffolds implanted without the added protein, or no bioscaffold at
all. Four weeks later, rabbits that received the protein-laden scaffolds
were able to resume normal movements, like rabbits with normal functional
joints.

The treated rabbits had grown their own joint using their own adult stem
cells. The authors said their findings showed regeneration without
cell transplantation. The rabbits own adult stem cells were
attracted to the scaffold joint site by the protein growth factor, homed
to the location of the missing joint, and regenerated cartilage and bone
in two separate layers.

The
published results actually show two new findings: regenerating a limb joint
for the first time, with the animals resuming normal function with the new
joint, and also the regenerated limb joint being created from the animal s
own endogenous stem cells, not stem cells that are harvested and manipulated
outside the host s body.
Full story at LifeNews.com

House
Republican Leader Praises new Bill to Codify Hyde Amendment Plus

Washington,
DC (LifeNews.com) —

House Republican Leader John Boehner is praising Rep. Chris Smith and the
Republicans and Democrats who
introduced
critical legislation
that will codify the pro-life Hyde amendment and
bar Congress from using taxpayer funds for abortion or abortion coverage.

I m
proud to be an original cosponsor to Rep. Smith s bill, which would
protect life, codify the pro-life Hyde amendment and bar Congress from using
taxpayer funds for abortion or abortion coverage," he said.

Full story at LifeNews.com

Michigan
Primary August 3rd, Numerous Crucial Races to be Decided

Lansing,
MI (LifeNews.com) —

On August 3rd, Michigan voters will cast their votes and decide a number
of crucial primary races. Getting out the pro-life vote in the primary election
is crucial because only approximately 20% of registered voters will vote
in primary.

This
primary season the Right to Life of Michigan Political Action Committee
(RLM-PAC) made 386 endorsements, ranging from governor to county commission.
There are 38 state senators and 110 state representatives to be elected
in November, but the August 3 primary election will in many cases be the
determining election.
Full story at LifeNews.com



Pennsylvania
Poll Shows Pro-Life Pat Toomey Holding Small Lead Over Sestak

Harrisburg,
PA (LifeNews.com) —

Pat Toomey, the pro-life candidate, continues to hold a small lead over
pro-abortion Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania s U.S.
Senate race.

The
latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state
shows Toomey earning 45% support, while Sestak picks up 39% of the vote.
Six percent (6%) prefer another candidate in the race, and 10% are undecided.
That s little changed from two weeks ago.

Washington
Pro-Abortion Senator Patty Murray Leads Pro-Life Challengers

Olympia,
WA (LifeNews.com) —

Democratic Senator Patty Murray, who is an abortion advocate, leads all
three of her pro-life potential challengers in potential November election
matchups.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Washington State voters
shows Murray earns support from 49% of likely voters in a matchup with pro-life
candidate Dino Rossi, who picks up 47% support.

Missouri
Pro-Life Candidate Blunt Opens Bigger Lead on Carnahan for Senate

Jefferson
City, MO (LifeNews.com) —

Republican Congressman Roy Blunt has opened a slightly wider lead over Democrat
Robin Carnahan in Missouri s race for the U.S. Senate.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state shows
Blunt earning 49% support, his best showing since March, while Carnahan
picks up 43% of the vote. Four percent (4%) like another candidate in the
race, and four percent (4%) more are undecided.

Full stories at LifeNews.com

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Fired
Catholic Professor Vindicated, Will be Allowed to Teach at University of Illinois

Champaign,
IL (LifeNews.com) —

The University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana confirmed to Alliance Defense
Fund attorneys Thursday that it will once again allow popular professor Dr.
Kenneth Howell to teach on Catholicism after recently firing him for explaining
the Roman Catholic Church s position on human sexual behavior to members
of his class.

Massachusetts
Citizens for Life Backs Jeff Perry for 10th Congressional District

Boston,
MA (LifeNews.com) —

The Massachusetts Citizens for Life Federal PAC, the political arm of Massachusetts
Citizens for Life, has endorsed Jeff Perry for Congress in the Tenth Congressional
District.

Full stories at LifeNews.com

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www.LifeIssues.net)

Dear Friends for Life,

Good News: Fewer mothers die in Nicaragua. In 2006, Nicaragua tightened its pro-life law making abortion completely illegal. It reaffirmed that prohibition in 2007. The results are in. There were 50 maternal deaths in 2006 and only 21 in 2007. The infant mortality rate which had been 52 per thousand births in 1990 dropped to 28 per thousand births in 2006. So making abortion illegal saved not only unborn babies’ lives but also many mothers’ lives.

Chile’s record is also outstanding. Abortion in Chile was legal from 1931 through 1988 and then forbidden in 1989. The result was? Maternal deaths from all causes decreased 94% from 1960 to 2007. Maternal deaths from abortion decreased 98% during this same period. Maternal mortality from all causes declined 44% after abortion was forbidden with maternal deaths due to abortion declining at an additional 10% during that time.

World-wide drop in maternal deaths puts pro-abortionist on the defensive. Studies published in the Lancet (Britain) documents a significant reduction of 35% in the world-wide maternal mortality rate. This study of 181 countries (1980-2008) flies in the face of continuing claims by pro-abortionists that abortion must be legalized to stop these deaths. The rate which had remained fairly steady at about one-half million dropped to 343,000. This calculates out to an average drop of 1 and 1/2% per year since 1980.

God Bless,
Jerry Novotny, OMI

(Quote) Chastity does not mean abstention from sexual wrong. It means something flaming, like Joan of Arc. -G.K. Chesterton

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Lifeissues.net NEWSLETTER #485

August 1, 2010

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(TABLE OF CONTENTS):

1. Kids and Online Pornography

2. HIV cases double in over 50s

3. Study supports behavioural change as key to fight HIV

4. If Only Just a Billion Were Hungry

5. South Korea Looks at Legalizing Abortion

6. UN Committee Attacks Motherhood, Demands New "Rights" for Women

7. The Baby Business

8. The Blessings of a Large Family

9. Iran to pay for new babies to boost population

10. Stigma, Depression, Isolation Common Among People With HIV Or AIDS

11. World Population Report: ‘Aging Populations; Fewer Workers; Decline of Developed Countries’

12. FDA OKs First Embryonic Stem Cell Research Trial on Humans, Despite Concerns

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(Focus on Asia): "Green Revolution Has Little to Offer New Hungry Mouths" – As it took root in the rice fields across Asia, it was hailed as the solution to the hunger afflicting millions of people in the region. But four decades on, the much vaunted Green Revolution appears to have reached its limits, unable to meet new demands, to feed new mouths.
http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=51729

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ITEM #1. Kids and Online Pornography

Since our culture isn’t willing to take measures against sexual obesity, Christians need to be especially mindful of what their kids are consuming online. Just as you wouldn’t feed your children deep-fried Twinkies for dinner, you shouldn’t give them unlimited and unfiltered access to the internet. A little diligence can make a big difference – the kind of difference you won’t get from reading a nutrition label.

View full article at Catholic Exchange:

http://catholicexchange.com/2010/07/20/132428/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+catholicex+%28Catholic+Exchange%29

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ITEM #2. HIV cases double in over 50s

New figures have shown that rates of HIV cases in people over the age of 50 have doubled in the last seven years.

View full article at Nursing Times:

http://www.nursingtimes.net/5017455.article?referrer=e1

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ITEM #3. Study supports behavioural change as key to fight HIV

"Within the United Nations, there is more and more attention to focusing on abstinence and the reduction of the number of sexual partners as well as the strategy of promoting condoms," US Msgr. Robert Vitillo, special adviser to Caritas Internationalis on HIV and AIDS, told Catholic News Service. "This is a validation of what we’ve done."

View full article at CN:

http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=22471

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ITEM #4. If Only Just a Billion Were Hungry

The bad news is that 1.02 billion people are going hungry in today’s world of plentiful supplies. The even worse news is that this figure only tells part of the global food insecurity story.

View full article at IPS:

http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=51250

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ITEM #5. South Korea Looks at Legalizing Abortion

However, the government has for decades turned a blind eye to the flourishing illegal abortion trade, with the result that South Korea already has one of the highest abortion rates in the world.

View full article at LifeSiteNews.com):

http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/jul/10072807.html

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ITEM #6. UN Committee Attacks Motherhood, Demands New "Rights" for Women

A United Nations (UN) treaty committee notorious for its promotion of abortion and ideological positions not supported by UN treaties, concludes its session this week after launching attacks on motherhood and traditional gender roles, while calling for an ever-expanded array of new sexual and reproductive "rights". The session was especially notable for the statement by the Russian Federation, which reported that decreasing abortion rates were helping to decrease the overall maternal mortality rates in that country.

View full article at C-FAM:

http://www.c-fam.org/publications/id.1673/pub_detail.asp

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ITEM #7. The Baby Business

Large-hearted Westerners – eager to fill out their families while helping a child in need-have adopted tens of thousands of children from these and other poor countries. Very few are aware of this heartbreaking underside of international adoption – and many have trouble believing it when they do hear such stories. But the fact is that for decades, international adoption has been a Wild West, all but free of meaningful law, regulation, or oversight. In the past ten years, upward of 20,000 Western families each year have adopted internationally. Tens of thousands more are on waiting lists for years.

Western adoption agencies, seeking to satisfy demand, have poured millions of dollars of adoption fees into underdeveloped countries. Those dollars and Euros have, too often, induced the unscrupulous to take children away from families that loved and would have raised them to adulthood. Corruption skips from one unprepared country to another – until that country gets wise, changes its laws, and corrupt adoptions shift to the next unprepared nation.

Article is located at Democracy Journal:

http://democracyjournal.org/article2.php?ID=6757&limit=0&limit2=1500&page=1

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ITEM #8. The Blessings of a Large Family

It is time that we recognize that the continued existence of human persons on this planet or anywhere is possible only if there are children being born in sufficient numbers to provide adequately for the well-being of their elders and to develop new and creative ways for producing food, fuel, electricity and all needed goods for civilization today. As John Paul II so frequently said, "The future of civilization passes through the family."

Article can be found at LifeIssues.net:

http://www.lifeissues.net/writers/may/may_23largefamily.html

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ITEM #9. Iran to pay for new babies to boost population

The new government initiative will pay families for every new child and deposit money into the newborn’s bank account until they reach 18, effectively rolling back years of efforts to boost the economy by reducing the country’s once runaway population growth.

View entire two files at AP:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jSU1wDiAB_1Er2M-EkUBSZbzoG5wD9H7K84G0

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ITEM #10. Stigma, Depression, Isolation Common Among People With HIV Or AIDS

Nearly half of all the respondents said they had encountered someone who was afraid to have casual contact with them because of their infection with HIV or AIDS, and 1 in 4 reported that someone would not kiss them or share food or drink with them. These reactions to people with HIV/AIDS reflect still relatively widespread beliefs in many countries that HIV or AIDS is easily transmitted through everyday activities, and that people with HIV or AIDS should be avoided, researchers noted.

View entire text at Medscape Today:

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/725819

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ITEM #11. World Population Report: ‘Aging Populations; Fewer Workers; Decline of Developed Countries’

The 2010 World Population Data Sheet says that a shrinking pool of working-age populations is jeopardizing social support and long-term health care programs for the elderly.

View entire text at LifeSiteNews.com:

http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/jul/10072903.html

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ITEM #12. FDA OKs First Embryonic Stem Cell Research Trial on Humans, Despite Concerns

The Obama administration has approved the bid by cloning company Geron to undertake the first trial involving the use of embryonic stem cells in humans. They have never been used before in people because the cells cause tumors and have immune system rejection issues when tried in animals.

Scientists and pro-life advocates say human embryonic stem cells are not ready for trial because problems associated with the cells in animals haven’t been solved. The embryonic stem cells still cause tumors and have issues with the immune system rejecting the injection of the cells.

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Blasts ‘Pro-Life’ Democrats Missing from Bill


Susan B. Anthony List Commends Reps. Smith and Lipinski on Bipartisan Bill Introducing Government-Wide Ban on Taxpayer-Funded Abortion

WASHINGTON, July 30 /Christian Newswire/ — Today, Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser commended Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL) on their introduction of the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" which establishes a government-wide ban on taxpayer-funding of abortion, and rebuked "pro-life" Democrats in support of the pro-abortion federal health care bill, saying: 

"Representatives like Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-03), Joe Donnelly (IN-02) and Brad Ellsworth (IN-08) who voted in favor of the federal health care bill but co-sponsored this bill have publicly admitted that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act allows for the taxpayer-funding of abortion, that the Presidential Executive Order is insufficient and that a more permanent fix is necessary. 

"The Smith-Lipinski bill will consolidate and make permanent a string of policies that have attempted to prevent taxpayer-funded abortion despite a pro-abortion agenda being imposed by a Democrat-controlled Congress and America’s most pro-abortion president in history," Dannenfelser continued. 

During the drafting of the federal health care bill, pro-life Members of Congress expressed concern over an accounting gimmick allowing for federal subsidization of abortion that was eventually written into the bill. After the bill’s passage, President Obama attempted to placate the pro-life movement by issuing an executive order on abortion funding abortion that did little to address its abortion provisions. And, as states began implementing high risk pool programs several months later, some tried to include taxpayer-funding of abortion. Only after vigorous opposition by pro-life groups did the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issue a regulation promising that there would be no taxpayer-funding of abortion within these programs. But, in response, the White House stated that the regulation "Is not a precedent for other programs or policies given the unique, temporary nature of the program…" 

"In other words, the White House is leaving the door open for abortion funding elsewhere in the health care bill. Because the executive order doesn’t fix the accounting gimmick, doesn’t address other abortion concerns within the bill and, at the end of the day, won’t hold up in court, only a more permanent and universal fix will prevent taxpayer dollars from paying for abortions," Dannenfelser said. 

SBA List’s fight against abortion-funding provisions in the federal health care bill has been a top priority since late last year, an effort continuing into the mid-term election cycle through its $1.6 million Votes Have Consequences project. In August, the SBA List will be visiting districts of "pro-life" Democrats who voted in favor of the health care bill to educate voters about their Representatives’ vote in favor of pro-abortion bill. 

"Not surprisingly, other ‘pro-life’ Democrats who voted in favor of the health care bill like Reps. Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Steve Driehaus (OH-01), Bart Stupak (MI-01), Baron Hill (IN-09) and Alan Mollohan (WV-01) have not co-sponsored the Smith-Lipinski bill," Dannenfelser said. "Poll after poll confirms that the pro-abortion votes of these Congressmen and women do not represent the views of their constituents. In November, these Representatives will see that their votes have consequences." 

"Members of Congress now have the opportunity to repeal abortion provisions within the health care bill. The Smith-Lipinski bipartisan effort eliminates all need for a patchwork of policies and every pro-life Member of Congress must co-sponsor it," Dannenfelser said. 

The Susan B. Anthony List plans to spend $6 million on voter education in the midterm elections, including $3 million on key Senate races. The Susan B. Anthony List is a nationwide network of over 280,000 Americans, residing in all 50 states, dedicated to mobilizing, advancing, and representing pro-life women in politics. Its connected Candidate Fund increases the percentage of pro-life women in the political process. 

For further information, please contact Kerry Brown at (703) 470-1926 orkbrown@sba-list.org.




July 30, 2010
 
Dear friends and fellow lay apostles,
 
I am so grateful to each of you for your prayers and good wishes. I especially thank you for your prayers for my family. Through God’s goodness, I am recovering nicely from an unexpected illness and with rest should be fine.
 
The work goes on, of course, and we are blessed to have a team in place, all of you, who serve steadily to bring God’s graces to His children.  Together, we are sharing these graces in fifteen languages. Such progress!
 
In the days to come, you will hear from our Treasurer, Mr. Euse Mita. He leads our team in the effort to spread this rescue mission. He will update the apostolate on current priorities, goals and projects. In the meantime, we send our prayerful support to all lay apostles heading up the many, many local evangelization efforts.
 
Additionally, there is a Eucharistic Evening on August 28, 2010 in
Chicago at St. Daniel the Prophet. This is a direct answer to my prayer. Dear apostles, if you were going to the event that was postponed due to my illness, be sure you attend this evening instead. The talk I was giving was recorded in Los Angeles and that will be played by DVD, so I will be there in that way.  And we all know that lay apostles need Jesus, not Anne. I promise you, dear friends, Jesus will be there and He has promised to send great graces through every one of our Eucharistic events.
 
During my convalescence, I am quite happily writing about marriage as well as praying for all of you, all of your apostolic endeavors and all of your families. God’s gratitude flows down to each one of us and through each one of us. No sacrifice, no effort on His behalf is wasted, so together, we rejoice in all of the good that comes into the world through our ‘yes’ answers.
 
With gratitude, confidence and joy in God’s plan for us all, 
 
 
Anne, a lay apostle
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