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LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report

Monday, February 29, 2016

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Top Stories
• Planned Parenthood Closes Abortion Clinic That Had Been Killing Unborn Babies for 35 Years
• Hobby Lobby Founder David Green Endorses Marco Rubio: He is Prepared to be President
• Ted Cruz: “Nominating Donald Trump Will End Up Electing Hillary Clinton”
• 21-Week-Old Unborn Baby Survives Botched Abortion, Hospital Won’t Confirm if Baby Lived or Died

More Pro-Life News
• The Amazing Story of Two Sets of Twins Saved From Abortions
• Marco Rubio’s Amazing Pro-Life Moment With a Teen With Down Syndrome
• West Virginia Legislature Passes Ban on Dismemberment Abortions Tearing Babies Limb From Limb
• Two Women in U.S. With the Zika Virus Had Abortions, They Didn’t Want a Potentially Disabled Baby

• Ted Cruz: Is Donald Trump Hiding Planned Parenthood Donations in His Unreleased Tax Returns?
• Pro-Lifers Caught Pro-Aborts Vandalizing Their Posters, The College’s Response Was Ridiculous
• Black Pastors Protest Planned Parenthood: “It Undermines the Morals of Our Community”
• Ted Cruz Creates Religious Liberty Advisory Committee to Help Protect Pro-Life Conscience Rights
• Memorial Remembers Woman Who Was Drowned and Burned After She Refused an Abortion
• Democrat Says: Supreme Court Needs a Real African-American, Clarence Thomas Doesn’t Count

• Justina Pelletier’s Family Sues Massachusetts Government for Abducting Their Daughter
• 40 Days for Life Prayer Campaign Saves 196 Babies From Abortion, So Far

• Newspaper Calls Bill to Ban the Sale of Aborted Baby Parts “Anti-Science”
• Mother Invents Special Eyeglasses Just for People With Down Syndrome

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Planned Parenthood Closes Abortion Clinic That Had Been Killing Unborn Babies for 35 Years
Pro-life advocates in Augusta, Georgia have been praying that the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in their city would close for more than three decades. Last week, they said their prayers were answered.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/29/planned-parenthood-closes-abortion-clinic-that-had-been-killing-unborn-babies-for-35-years/

Hobby Lobby Founder David Green Endorses Marco Rubio: He is Prepared to be President
The company Hobby Lobby is synonymous with pro-life values. It’s case to stop the pro-abortion mandate in Obamacare ultimatly reached the Supreme Court after the company refused to be forced to pay for abortion-causing drugs for its employees.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/26/marco-rubio-donald-trump-would-not-replace-justice-scalia-with-another-pro-life-judge/



Ted Cruz: “Nominating Donald Trump Will End Up Electing Hillary Clinton”
With Super Tuesday tomorrow, the battle line within the republican Party have been drawn between the #AlwaysTrump and #NeverTrump voters. Ted Cruz, in a new interview, is echoing some of the concerns of the pro-life Republican voters who are reading the latest polling data and seeing that a Trump nomination would more likely yield a President Hillary Clinton than nominating either pr-life Senator Marco Rubio or Cruz.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/29/ted-cruz-nominating-donald-trump-will-end-up-electing-hillary-clinton/

21-Week-Old Unborn Baby Survives Botched Abortion, Hospital Won’t Confirm if Baby Lived or Died
Evidence that a baby may have survived a botched abortion on Friday in Phoenix, Arizona has pro-lifers praying and asking for answers.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/29/21-week-old-unborn-baby-survives-botched-abortion-hospital-wont-confirm-if-baby-lived-or-died/



The Amazing Story of Two Sets of Twins Saved From Abortions
In November 2014, Milena* arrived at the hospital in Štip, Macedonia, seeking an abortion. She was 40 years old, married with two children, and now, pregnant with t wins. She was afraid, unable to see how she could care for two more children at her age.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/29/the-amazing-story-of-two-sets-of-twins-saved-from-abortions/

Marco Rubio’s Amazing Pro-Life Moment With a Teen With Down Syndrome
Andra Oyler was afraid that her son Drew would be disappointed when they attended a Houston, Texas rally for Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio last week.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/26/abortion-activists-upset-after-lands-end-apologizes-for-promoting-gloria-steinem/



West Virginia Legislature Passes Ban on Dismemberment Abortions Tearing Babies Limb From Limb
The West Virginia legislature gave final approval today to a bill to ban the dismemberment abortion method that tears unborn babies limb from limb. The West Virginia Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, SB 10, successfully made it through the state legislature and now it heads to the governor.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/29/west-virginia-legislature-passes-ban-on-dismemberment-abortions-tearing-babies-limb-from-limb/

Two Women in U.S. With the Zika Virus Had Abortions, They Didn’t Want a Potentially Disabled Baby
At least two unborn babies in the U.S. have been aborted because their mothers were infected with the Zika virus and concerned about possible birth defects, according to the Centers for Disease Control on Friday.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/29/two-women-in-u-s-with-the-zika-virus-had-abortions-they-didnt-want-a-potentially-disabled-baby/



Ted Cruz: Is Donald Trump Hiding Planned Parenthood Donations in His Unreleased Tax Returns?
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/29/ted-cruz-is-donald-trump-hiding-planned-parenthood-donations-in-his-unreleased-tax-returns/

Pro-Lifers Caught Pro-Aborts Vandalizing Their Posters, The College’s Response Was Ridiculous
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/29/pro-lifers-caught-pro-aborts-vandalizing-their-posters-the-colleges-response-was-ridiculous/

Black Pastors Protest Planned Parenthood: “It Undermines the Morals of Our Community”
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/29/black-pastors-protest-planned-parenthood-it-undermines-the-morals-of-our-community/

Ted Cruz Creates Religious Liberty Advisory Committee to Help Protect Pro-Life Conscience Rights
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/29/ted-cruz-creates-religious-liberty-advisory-committee-to-help-protect-pro-life-conscience-rights/



Memorial Remembers Woman Who Was Drowned and Burned After She Refused an Abortion
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/29/memorial-remembers-woman-who-was-drowned-and-burned-after-she-refused-an-abortion/

Democrat Says: Supreme Court Needs a Real African-American, Clarence Thomas Doesn’t Count
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/29/democrat-supreme-court-needs-a-real-african-america-voice-clarence-thomas-doesnt-count/

Justina Pelletier’s Family Sues Massachusetts Government for Abducting Their Daughter
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/29/justina-pelletiers-family-sues-massachusetts-government-for-abducting-their-daughter/

40 Days for Life Prayer Campaign Saves 196 Babies From Abortion, So Far
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/29/40-days-for-life-prayer-campaign-saves-196-babies-from-abortion-so-far/

Newspaper Calls Bill to Ban the Sale of Aborted Baby Parts “Anti-Science”
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/29/newspaper-calls-bill-to-ban-the-sale-of-aborted-baby-parts-anti-science/

Mother Invents Special Eyeglasses Just for People With Down Syndrome
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/29/mother-invents-special-eyeglasses-just-for-people-with-down-syndrome/

Utah Legislator Files Bill to Ban Dismemberment Abortions Tearing Babies Limb From Limbount
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/29/utah-legislator-files-bill-to-ban-dismemberment-abortions-tearing-babies-limb-from-limb/

   
   

 

 

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* February 29 – Pope Saint Hilarius (Rome, d. 468) —-- A Moment with Mary --
Une Minute avec Marie
An initiative of the Mary of Nazareth Association

February 29 – Pope Saint Hilarius (Rome, d. 468)

A servant of Mary will not lose his soul

Saint Anselm says, that just as he who is not devoted to Mary and protected by her cannot be saved, so it is impossible that he who recommends himself to the Virgin, and is regarded by her with affection, should be condemned…

Saint Bonaventure, too wrote: He who neglects the service of Mary shall die in sin… And in the same sense the holy Church applies to Mary these words of Proverbs: All that hate me love death…

On the other hand, Mary says: He that hearkeneth to me shall not be confounded. He who has recourse to me, and listens to what I say to him, shall not be lost. From which Saint Bonaventure said: Oh, Lady, those who are mindful to honor thee, shall be far from perdition. Even when, as Saint Hilary says, they have hitherto deeply offended God.

Hence the devil strives so hard with sinners, in order that, having lost divine grace, they may also lose devotion to Mary.

Saint Alphonsus of Liguori,
In The Glories of Mary, chap VIII


40 Days for Life

Dear Deacon John,

 

Since it’s Leap Day … here’s something worth leaping for!

During this 40 Days for Life campaign, we have reports of 196 children spared from abortion – that we know of!

We have seen a surprising number of situations this campaign where mothers with five or more children have shown up for abortion appointments.

Thankfully, these moms turned away.

Mother Teresa said, “How can there be too many children? That is like saying there are too many flowers.”

Our culture often views children as burdens to our time and money. But there is nothing burdensome about the joy, courage and sacrifice of mothers and fathers who put their children before the pressures of the world.

Their sacrifice is real – and so is their love. 
 

Temple Terrace, Florida

 

 

Kim watched as an SUV pulled into the parking lot and a woman walked into the abortion center.

 

Over the course of the next hour, she came out … and went back in. “A pastor from a local church was praying with me on the sidewalk,” Kim said, “and I told him she is struggling.”

 

Finally she came out and got in her car to drive away. “They slowed down when they drove past and I asked if I could give them a brochure – and they said yes.”

 

They told Kim they didn’t know what to do. They already had ten children. She was there for an abortion … but just couldn’t go through with it. They were thinking now of adoption.

 

Falls Church, Virginia

 

 

One of the leaders in Falls Church walked up to a mother and her daughter outside the abortion center, offering to help them.

 

“The mother came forward and took the pamphlet,” she said, “saying she wanted to keep the baby. But it was her daughter that didn’t want the baby.”

So the volunteer turned to her daughter and asked, “Are you considering an abortion?”

 

She said yes – she already had a child … and she picked up the baby who had been sitting in the car.

 

“Well,” said the leader, “you now have two – and this baby is precious, too.”

 

The young woman said she’d had an abortion previously – and wasn’t affected.

As the mother and daughter walked away – and into the abortion center – the volunteer started to text a handful of friends to pray for the young woman, that the Holy Spirit would touch her heart.

Two hours later, she came out and was asked if she decided to keep her baby.

 

She smiled and said, “Yes.” 

 

The 40 Days for Life volunteer responded, “Seriously?”  She repeated, “Yes!”

 

What made her decide to keep her baby? “Mom.”

 

“Yay Mom! You did a great job! Praised be to God!”

 

Her mother was happy to have another grandbaby. “A mother’s love and the power of the Holy Spirit conquered death!” 

 


 

Today’s devotional is from Rev. Ben Sheldon, president emeritus of Presbyterians Pro-life

Day 20 intention
That we may realize the generational impact of abortion.
Scripture
Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife because she was barren; and the Lord granted his prayer and Rebekah his wife conceived. The children struggled together within her, and she said,” If it is thus, why do I live?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.
And the Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples, born of you, shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the el-der shall serve the younger.”
— Genesis 25:21-23
Reflection from Rev. Ben Sheldon
What an answer to prayer!
Who dares to say that the unborn are not human, with distinct personality and character right from the moment of conception?
This account emphasizes the vitality and uniqueness of the twins who, because of Isaac’s prayer for his wife, were conceived in Rebekah’s womb.
When Rebekah was told by the Lord that the older would serve the younger
twin, God already knew that Jacob and Esau would lead turbulent and conflicted lives.
God knows us and knows all about us, including our personality and disposition long before we are actually born, indeed, from the moment we are con-ceived in our mother’s womb.
What a tragedy of gargantuan proportions that babies, planned and endowed by the Creator, with distinct and unique personalities and with, perhaps, a future and destiny intended for greatness, have their lives snuffed out by cruel abortionists before they ever see the light of day! May our prayers that the dreadful scourge of abortion in our land may vanish be as fervent as Isaac’s were for Rebekah.
Prayer
O, God, you formed us in our mother’s womb and planned a unique and spe-cial life and purpose for each of us, and we do thank you. Grant that we may pray and work for an end to abortion, especially in these 40 days, so that no unborn baby you have made may fail to achieve your divine intention for him or her because of intentional abortion. We pray this for the sake of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
 

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For life,
 Shawn Carney

SHAWN CARNEY

President

40 Days for Life

www.40daysforlife.com


       (c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016


J.M.J.

February 29, 2016
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
“Dear children! In this time of grace, I am calling all of you to conversion. Little children, you love little and pray even less. You are lost and do not know what your goal is. Take the cross, look at Jesus and follow Him. He gives Himself to you to the death on the cross, because He loves you. Little children, I am calling you: return to prayer with the heart so as to find hope and the meaning of your existence, in prayer. I am with you and am praying for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (February 25, 2016)
 
How to follow Jesus:
 
(From a conversation between Jesus and Gabrielle Bossis :
 
February 11 – Le Fresne Church
 
“They say that God is all kindness, and He is. You be the same with Me. What a beautiful exchange! And how welcome each little thoughtful gesture will be… You’ll understand later on.
 
Get used to walking in the dark like the blind. Trusting My hand to guide you. You couldn’t insult My heart more than to doubt it. My dear child, so little and frail, say to yourself again and again, ‘Where would I be without my great Friend? He is everything and I am nothing.’
 
Just humble yourself when you stumble and fall. Remember how I paid the price, stumbling and falling Myself on the terrible road to Calvary. Let that encourage you in love. Haven’t we said that love alone matters, that the only tragedy in life is not to love God? Make it your wish never to work for your own ends. Lose sight of yourself altogether, even of your inner self, wishing to remember nothing unless it be your infidelities so that you may regret them.
 
And wherever you are, practice the presence of God. It will help you to love Him, to have heart-to-heart talks with Him. Since I am there, throw yourself joyously into My arms. Oh, this joy of yours…don’t forget it; it enhances your love.”
 
February 13 – After Communion.
 
“What you can’t manage yourself – the control of your words, or the thought of My Presence – you will find easier with the help of My mother. Ask her to help you. I confided Mary Magdalene and the holy Women to her. Be like them; don’t leave her.”
(Gabrielle Bossis. “He and I”, p. 137)
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2016
 

PS.  There will be a new Fruit of Medjugorje Episode today!!  Check it out!!

“Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world.”
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40 Days for Life

Dear Deacon John,

 

“Abortion clinics are closing at a record pace.”

That’s the panic headline in a recent Bloomberg Businessweek article that warns “abortion access” in the United States is rapidly “vanishing.”

We know that to be true … since one of those closed abortion centers is the Planned Parenthood facility where 40 Days for Life began – the place that now serves as our headquarters in Texas.


 
The abortion business is hurting – and the statistics tell the story.

According to the article, many of the closures are credited to legislation that established legal and safety requirements that the facilities couldn’t meet. Most importantly, they also acknowledged that “changing demographics and declining demand were also behind the drop.”

It’s good to see the secular media picking up on this growing trend.

We know of 67 abortion centers where 40 Days for Life vigils took place  that are now closed. We are confident that as we pray, fast and offer loving alternatives at the abortion facilities, even more will close.

Perhaps the one in  your town will be next!
 

Fayetteville, North Carolina

 

 

A man and two women walked up to one of the 40 Days for Life prayer volunteers … and one of the women spoke: “I just want to hear your opinion.”

 

She began a discussion about pregnancies that were the result of sexual assault, and why women who were in that situation should not be “forced to keep their baby.”

 

The volunteer noted that it was without a doubt a painful, traumatic experience … but that the baby, who had done nothing wrong, should not have to die.

 

“Oh yeah,” the woman said, “you are right about that. I just didn’t realize that.”

 

She thanked the vigil participants and noted that she’d thought pro-life people were judgmental and hated those who disagreed with them.

 

“We are doing a peaceful prayer vigil as part of the 40 Days for Life campaign,” the volunteer explained, “and we are here to truly reach out to these women, not judging them, because we ourselves are also sinners and are not in any position to be judging others.”

 

“I will definitely spread the word,” the woman said.

 

Tempe, Arizona

 

 

“By the grace of God,” said Lisa in Tempe, “we are seeing people approach us to ask for information regarding alternatives to abortion.”

 

Two women pulled into the Planned Parenthood parking lot and just sat in their car … watching vigil participants pray for about ten minutes.  When they finally got out of the car, they headed straight over to ask the 40 Days for Life team if they had any information regarding pregnancy.

 

They learned that the two women were aunt and niece. The niece was considering abortion … but it was her aunt doing all the talking.

 

After the volunteers gave them information regarding local pregnancy centers and the development of the baby, they started walking back to their car. They stood beside the car … talking for another ten minutes before they got in and started the engine.

 

“As they drove by us with their windows rolled down and smiles on their faces,” the volunteer said, “they both began to wave and thank us. Praise the Lord!”

 


 

Today’s devotional is from Rev. Rob Schenck, president of Faith and Action.

Day 19 intention

We pray for a renewal of our zeal to offer generous help to the unborn and their families.

Scripture

If I have despised the cause of my male or female servant when they complained against me, what then shall I do when God rises up? When He punishes, how shall I answer Him? Did not He who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same One fashion us in the womb?

— Job 31:13-15

Reflection by Rev. Rob Schenck

The ground is level as we stand before God.

Job lived with an awe provoking sense of God’s expectation of him, particularly regarding his obligation to care for the weak and needy.

He knew that in God’s economy everyone stands on level ground when it comes to our status as God’s creatures. Because of that central truth, we must take care of each other.

Job also knew that he didn’t deserve any of the good things God gave to him. Instead, those blessings came to Job from God’s benevolent heart.

As an extension of that knowledge, Job instinctively linked his obligation to be generous to others to God’s kindness toward him.

As in Jesus’ parable of the unmerciful servant (Matthew 18:23-35), Job knew that it is an egregious sin to deny to others what we enjoy ourselves.

He actually calls down on his own head severe condemnation and even punishment should he fail to share with others out of his own abundance (see verses 16-23).

Proverbs 3:27 reads, “Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so.” Some things are so obvious that we don’t even need to pray except to ask of God forgiveness and the power to do what so obviously needs doing.

Prayer

God, forgive us when we try to explain away the obligation we have to help others who need help.

Enable us to not devalue them because they are in the circumstance that they are in, but to see them for what they are, those, who like us, were formed by your hand in their mother’s womb. Amen.

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For life,

 Shawn Carney

SHAWN CARNEY

President

40 Days for Life

www.40daysforlife.com


 

* February 28 – Our Lady of Tears (Italy, 1522) – 11th apparition of Lourdes (France, 1858) —-- A Moment with Mary --
Une Minute avec Marie
An initiative of the Mary of Nazareth Association

February 28 – Our Lady of Tears (Italy, 1522) – 11th apparition of Lourdes (France, 1858)

Our Lady of Tears confirms the message of Fatima

Syracuse is a city in southeastern Sicily. Its Catholic shrine of Our Lady of Tears is the most recent shrine in Sicily and one of the busiest with visitors from all over the world.

It contains a bas-relief of painted plaster representing the Virgin Mary and her Immaculate heart crowned with thorns and inflamed (as in Fatima), which was originally in a modest home at the head of the bed of a couple named Lannuso. But from August 29th to September 1, 1953, the image of the Virgin wept human tears, which were scientifically analyzed. The episcopate of Sicily has recognized the supernatural origin of the occurrence and promoted the devotion. Our Lady of Tears took the world by surprise and obtained numerous miracles for the faithful.

Shortly before the miracle, in May 1952, Our Lady appeared to Sister Lucia in Fatima, Portugal, confiding to her that she was still awaiting the consecration of Russia. During the summer of 1952, Sister Lucia wrote: “I am sorry that it has not been done as Our Lady requested.” In this context, the tears of the Virgin of Syracuse in the summer of 1953 were interpreted as a confirmation of the request of Fatima.

The Mary of Nazareth Team

Adapted from Domenico MARCUZZI,
Original article published in Santuari mariani d’Italia, edizioni Paoline, Roma 1982



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February 28, 2016
Dear Family of Our Lady:
We have just heard from one of Our Lady’s apostles: “Praise God!  Today on my way home when I came to the Young & Bloor station to get into the east bound train, I saw this huge poster right in front of my eyes with Mother Mary’s image and which said ‘Medjugorje is the Spiritual Centre of the world’ by John Paul II. I was stunned but at the same time over joyed to see this ad by Marytv.tv!”  
This poster in Yonge Subway Station, the busiest in the city of Toronto – 211,079 people circulate through it every day – was the initiative from beginning to end of one of Our Lady’s children in Toronto, Teresa.  Grateful to Mary TV for bringing Our Lady to her city, she writes: “Seeing the poster up was one of the happiest, most surreal moments in my life.  Our Lady from Medjugorje, among all the secular ads in Toronto!” *
“Every time someone is having troubles these days,” another shipmate from Canada wrote today,  “I suggest they tune into Mary TV.  Was doing that last night again.  In this time of Lent it is so wonderful to be able to have a rich treasure of programs to tune into and pray all day and stay safe under the Mantle of OUR LADY.
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Mary TV is grateful for your on-going prayers and donations… Together we can continue giving the gift of Mary TV to our Mother.  “Dear children! You have always prayed that I not abandon you. Now I ask of you, in turn, not to abandon me….God loves his creatures.  He desires to save you one by one through my coming here.”  
 
Thank you and God bless you!
Denis Nolan
MaryTV
* Teresa explains why she went to the trouble and expense of placing the poster in Toronto’s train station:
“Our Lady from Medjugorje saved me.  Before I went to Medjugorje, my life on the outside was perfect.  But on the inside, it was bad.  I was in a depression, despair, felt emptiness, sadness and nothing I tried would fix it.  I don’t want to think where my life would be if I never found out about Medjugorje.  There are too many people who still don’t know.  If it saved my life, maybe it can save someone else’s life too.  Give them hope.
“I would like to save souls from going to hell for all eternity.  I don’t want Jesus and Mary to cry tears of blood.  There is a huge battle going on and I would like to join in too, on the side of Our Lady.
“There were very offensive ads put up by an Islamic Center in Toronto in the subways. I thought, why are we Christians not doing anything.  Then I thought, why am I looking at others and not myself.”
“Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world.”
Saint John Paul II
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