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This edition of the Life Issues Forum is available in English. The Spanish translation will soon be posted to our website.
The Life Issues Forum is a bi-weekly column by Pro-Life Secretariat staff addressing the latest issues on the culture of life. Columns may be reprinted as they appear here (in full and without alteration) without further permission.
In Christ,
The Pro-Life Secretariat
LIFE ISSUES FORUM                                              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
By Debbie Shinskie, Guest Columnist                                                  June 30, 2017
At the local abortion facility, an older man drives a car with four young women in the back into the patient parking lot. Those praying on the sidewalk are concerned, not only with the fact that they are entering an abortion facility, but also with the suspicious dynamics in this group. In a separate incident, across town at the Catholic pregnancy health care center, a woman breaks down and shares with the nurse that a man is selling her for sex and she might be pregnant.
The Archdiocese of New Orleans Respect Life Office’s active engagement in a human trafficking awareness campaign helped those praying on the sidewalk and the pregnancy center staff to recognize the signs of human trafficking and make appropriate calls to report it. Through a collaborative effort with local service providers, the young woman at the health center was quickly relocated to a safe house for sex trafficking victims.
New Orleans is a known destination for human trafficking. The popular, tourist-driven economy and convenient location allow for a “market” for both buyers and sellers of these victims. Sadly, it’s a microcosm of the trafficking going on across the country.
Statistics gathered from the Polaris Project’s National Human Trafficking Hotline reveal that most of the U.S. female human trafficking victims are sold for sex, often multiple times each day, up to seven days a week. According to current research, female victims are very likely to conceive a child at some point, even if they regularly use birth control. Traffickers often force these women to then abort any child conceived. So, fighting the modern-day slavery of human trafficking is a deeply pro-life endeavor – for women and their unborn children, alike.
Dioceses around the country are developing various ways to respond to this urgent situation. The Archdiocese of New Orleans’ local response is part of a comprehensive approach modeled on the U.S. bishops’ Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities, the Catholic blueprint for respect life activities at the national and local levels.
In addition to raising public awareness about sex trafficking, the multi-faceted approach includes a train-the-trainer element. Recent statistics indicate that 87% of trafficking survivors had contact with a healthcare provider during the time they were being trafficked, with 57% of these situations involving a women’s clinic, urgent care facility, or some other type of neighborhood clinic. Catholic healthcare providers, those who pray and counsel outside abortion facilities, and others who might encounter trafficking victims are getting the training they need to recognize and assist victims.
Raising awareness about human trafficking helps us partner with care providers through our donations and services for victims and survivors. It also serves our advocacy efforts at the local, state, and federal levels to affect changes legislatively.
Finally, the foundational work of prayer cannot be emphasized enough. This has grown into a whole new ministry, our Respect Life Prayer Team. Orchestrated by one of our Human Trafficking Committee members, the team leads a prayer effort involving hundreds around the archdiocese, including those who are retired, physically challenged, homebound, in assisted care residences, and others who cannot otherwise participate in this work.
The Church will keep fighting this evil hidden in plain sight. In addition to praying for the development of effective ministries for sex trafficking victims, check with your local diocese to see what resources are available for those most at risk.
Debbie Shinskie is Director of the Archdiocese of New Orleans Respect Life Office. For more on the U.S. bishops’ efforts and resources to combat human trafficking, visit www.usccb.org/stopslavery.

 


LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report

Friday, June 30, 2017

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

Top Stories
• Parents of Charlie Gard: “We are Utterly Heartbroken. We Can’t Even Take Our Son Home to Die”
• A Hospital Will Kill This Boy Today Even Though His Parents Want Him to Live
• Seven Planned Parenthood Abortion Facilities Permanently Close Today
• President Trump to Senate Republicans: Repeal Obamacare Now

More Pro-Life News
• Rep. Franks: If Defunding Planned Parenthood is Taken Out of Health Care Bill, It’ll “Blow to Smithereens”
• Vatican Criticized for “Cowardly” Statement After Court Says Hospital Can Kill Charlie Gard
• Pro-Life Democrats Meet With Party Chair Tom Perez. He Tells Them, “Sorry, We’re Pro-Abortion
• Terri Schiavo’s Brother: “What Happened to My Sister Continues to Happen, and It’s Getting Worse”
• Doctor: Insurance Wouldn’t Pay for My Patients’ Treatments, But Would Cover Assisted Suicide
• Ben Shapiro Condemns Women Who Celebrate Their Abortions: They’re “Heroes” to Liberals
• Mother Jailed for Assault After Drug Overdose Caused Her to Deliver Baby Two Months Premature
• United Nations Human Rights Committee Pressures Ireland to Legalize Abortion
• The Pro-Life Movement is Winning the Battle to End Abortion, Here’s Why
• Despite Massive Hype and Billions of Dollars Embryonic Stem Cells Still Haven’t Cured a Single Patient
• Planned Parenthood Does 44% More Abortions in Minnesota Over the Last 4 Years
• Oregon Committee Passes Bill to Force People to Pay $500,000 for More Abortions

Parents of Charlie Gard: “We are Utterly Heartbroken. We Can’t Even Take Our Son Home to Die”
Charlie Gard, the 10-month-old baby in the United Kingdom who is afflicted with a rare mitochondrial disease, will have his life support withdrawn after his parents lost their appeal.

Cl ick to Read at LifeNews.com.


A Hospital Will Kill This Boy Today Even Though His Parents Want Him to Live
Today, the case of a little boy who is soon to die. His name is Charlie.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Seven Planned Parenthood Abortion Facilities Permanently Close Today
Seven Planned Parenthood facilities, six of which conducted medication abortions, are set to permanently close today in three states.

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President Trump to Senate Republicans: Repeal Obamacare Now
President Donald Trump today told Senate Republicans that they should repeal Obamacare immediately.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Looking for an inspiring and motivating speaker for your pro-life event? Don’t have much to spend on a high-priced speaker costing several thousand dollars? Contact LifeNews at news@lifenews.com about having LifeNews Editor Steven Ertelt speak at your event.

Rep. Franks: If Defunding Planned Parenthood is Taken Out of Health Care Bill, It’ll “Blow to Smithereens”
One surefire way to ensure that the GOP’s health care bill never sees the light of day is if the leadership removes its pro-life provisions.

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Vatican Criticized for “Cowardly” Statement After Court Says Hospital Can Kill Charlie Gard
On Friday, the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life issued a rather curious statement on the sad case of British baby Charlie Gard.

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Pro-Life Democrats Meet With Party Chair Tom Perez. He Tells Them, “Sorry, We’re Pro-Abortion
Democratic Party leaders met with pro-life Democrats this week to discuss how the party’s radical and out-of-touch stance on abortion is alienating voters.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

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Terri Schiavo’s Brother: “What Happened to My Sister Continues to Happen, and It’s Getting Worse”
More than 10 years after Terri Schiavo’s death, her family continues to fight for the rights of the medically vulnerable.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Despite Massive Hype and Billions of Dollars Embryonic Stem Cells Still Haven’t Cured a Single Patient

 
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J.M.J.

June 30, 2017
The First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children! Today, I desire to thank you for your perseverance and call you to open yourselves to profound prayer. Prayer, little children, is the heart of faith and is hope in eternal life. Therefore, pray with the heart until your heart sings with thanksgiving to God the Creator who gave you life. I am with you, little children, and carry to you my motherly blessing of peace. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (June 25, 2017 Anniversary Message)


“Therefore, pray with the heart until your heart sings with thanksgiving to God the Creator who gave you life…”
 
St. Faustina had a deep prayer life that erupted in thanksgiving to God the Creator often. Here is one example of her heart’s song of thanksgiving to the Lord:

You have surrounded my life with Your tender and loving care, more than I can comprehend, for I will understand Your goodness in its entirety only when the veil is lifted. I desire that my whole life be but one act of thanksgiving to You, O God.
 
Thank You, O God, for all the graces
Which unceasingly You lavish upon me,
Graces which enlighten me with the brilliance of the sun,
For by them You show me the sure way.
 
Thank You, O Lord, for creating me,
For calling me into being from nothingness,
For imprinting Your divinity on my soul,
The work of sheer merciful love.
 
Thank You, O God, for Holy Baptism
Which engrafted me into Your family,
A gift great beyond all thought or expression
Which transforms my soul.
 
Thank You, O Lord, for Holy Confession,
For that inexhaustible spring of great mercy,
For that inconceivable fountain of graces
In which sin-tainted souls become purified.
 
Thank You, O Jesus, for Holy Communion
In which You give us Yourself.
I feel Your Heart beating within my breast
As You cause Your divine life to unfold within me.

Thank You, O Holy Spirit, for the Sacrament of Confirmation,
Which dubs me Your knight
And gives strength to my soul at each moment,
Protecting me from evil.

Thank You, O God, for the grace of a vocation
For being called to serve you alone,
Leading me to make You my sole love,
An unequal honor for my soul.
 
Thank You, O Lord, for perpetual vows,
For that union of pure love,
For having deigned to unite Your pure heart with mine
And uniting my heart to Yours in the purest of bonds.
 
Thank You, O Lord, for the Sacrament of Anointing
Which, in my final moments, will give me strength;
My help in battle, my guide to salvation,
Fortifying my soul till we rejoice forever.
 
Thank You, O God, for all the inspirations
That Your goodness lavishes upon me,
For the interior lights given my soul,
Which the heart senses, but words cannot express.
 
Thank You, O Holy Trinity, for the vastness of the graces
Which You have lavished on me unceasingly through life.
My gratitude will intensify as the eternal dawn rises,
When, for the first time, I sing to Your glory. (St. Faustina’s Diary 1285-86)

May we all go deep into our hearts in prayer, until our hearts sing with thanksgiving to God our Creator who gave us life!! May our prayer extend a blessing of thanksgiving over the whole world!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2017

PS. This Sunday, July 2, 2017, Mary TV will again record Mirjana’s monthly apparition, and you will be able to view it here:
on our website www.marytv.tv  (on the Channel)
in the archive at this URL: http://marytv.tv/?page_id=180 
and on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/marytv.tv/ 

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LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report

Thursday, June 29, 2017

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

Top Stories
• Cecile Richards: Fund Planned Parenthood If You Want to Stop Abortion
• Pro-Abortion Republicans Plan Amendment to Strip Defunding Planned Parenthood From Obamacare Repeal
• Nancy Pelosi: Funding Planned Parenthood “Respects the Dignity and Worth of Every Person”
• Woman Attacks Pregnant Mom and Cuts Her Unborn Baby Out of Her Womb

More Pro-Life News
• David Daleiden: Planned Parenthood is “Terrified” About More Videos I Have Exposing Aborted Baby Sales
• New Comedy “Choice, The Musical” Celebrates Abortion
• She Got Off the Operating Table Right Before the Abortion Began and Walked Out
• Cosmo Allows Rapist to Walk Free So It Can Trash Pro-Life People
• Taxpayers Are Funding Animal Tests Exploring Do-It-Yourself “Herbal Abortions”
• He Was Considered the “Patron Saint” of Euthanasia. Now He’s Having Second Thoughts
• Since the Terrible Planned Parenthood v. Casey Defeat 25 Years Ago the Pro-Life Movement is Winning
• Court Rules Against Abortion Law Silencing Free Speech of Pro-Lifers Outside Abortion Clinics
• Woman Tells Politicians: Don’t Abort People Like Me Just Because We Have Down Syndrome
• MSNBC Host Admits “I Don’t have Enough Knowledge” About Planned Parenthood to Report On It
• ACLU and Planned Parenthood Get Judge to OK Abortions on Teen Girls Without Parental Consent
• Government Rules Women in Northern Ireland Can Get Free Abortions at Taxpayer Expense

Cecile Richards: Fund Planned Parenthood If You Want to Stop Abortion
Funding America’s largest abortion provider will reduce abortions, according to its president.

Cl ick to Read at LifeNews.com.


Pro-Abortion Republicans Plan Amendment to Strip Defunding Planned Parenthood From Obamacare Repeal
Two pro-abortion Republicans plan to introduce an amendment to strip the provision defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion business from the Senate bill to repeal Obamacare.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Nancy Pelosi: Funding Planned Parenthood “Respects the Dignity and Worth of Every Person”
Just one day after she said that Republicans are supposedly dishonoring God by attempting to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business, Nancy Pelosi is at it again.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Woman Attacks Pregnant Mom and Cuts Her Unborn Baby Out of Her Womb
A gruesome double murder took place in Brazil recently when a woman allegedly lured a pregnant woman to her home, drugged and killed her and then cut the baby out of the dead woman’s womb, according to authorities.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Looking for an inspiring and motivating speaker for your pro-life event? Don’t have much to spend on a high-priced speaker costing several thousand dollars? Contact LifeNews at news@lifenews.com about having LifeNews Editor Steven Ertelt speak at your event.

David Daleiden: Planned Parenthood is “Terrified” About More Videos I Have Exposing Aborted Baby Sales
Hailed as the hero by pro-life advocates and despised by abortion activists, David Daleiden is the man of the hour in the national abortion debate.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com

New Comedy “Choice, The Musical” Celebrates Abortion
A new musical comedy debuted last week in Chicago to prompt people to laugh at something few people think is a laughing matter – abortion.

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Looking for an inspiring and motivating speaker for your pro-life event? Don’t have much to spend on a high-priced speaker costing several thousand dollars? Contact LifeNews at news@lifenews.com about having LifeNews Editor Steven Ertelt speak at your event.

She Got Off the Operating Table Right Before the Abortion Began and Walked Out
Ally was sitting on the table at a California abortion clinic in 2014 when the ultrasound image of her unborn baby began flooding her mind.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

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Cosmo Allows Rapist to Walk Free So It Can Trash Pro-Life People
Reaching what can only be described as a new, heartbreaking low, Cosmopolitan ran an article Monday arguing that opposition to abortion leads not just to “extreme violence,” but—at least in one case—to rape.

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MSNBC Host Admits “I Don’t have Enough Knowledge” About Planned Parenthood to Report On It

 
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(c) Mateo Ivankovic 2017

J.M.J.

June 29, 2017
St. Peter and Paul, Apostles

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children! Today, I desire to thank you for your perseverance and call you to open yourselves to profound prayer. Prayer, little children, is the heart of faith and is hope in eternal life. Therefore, pray with the heart until your heart sings with thanksgiving to God the Creator who gave you life. I am with you, little children, and carry to you my motherly blessing of peace. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (June 25, 2017)

 
“Therefore, pray with the heart until your heart sings with thanksgiving to God the Creator who gave you life…”
 
Psalm 118
O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his steadfast love endures for ever!
Let Israel say,
“His steadfast love endures for ever.”
Let the house of Aaron say,
“His steadfast love endures for ever.”
Let those who fear the LORD say,
“His steadfast love endures for ever.”
Out of my distress I called on the LORD;
the LORD answered me and set me free.
With the LORD on my side I do not fear.
What can man do to me?
The LORD is on my side to help me;
I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to put confidence in man.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to put confidence in princes.
All nations surrounded me;
in the name of the LORD I cut them off!
They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side;
in the name of the LORD I cut them off!
They surrounded me like bees,
they blazed like a fire of thorns;
in the name of the LORD I cut them off!
I was pushed hard, so that I was falling,
but the LORD helped me.
The LORD is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.
Hark, glad songs of victory
in the tents of the righteous:
“The right hand of the LORD does valiantly,
the right hand of the LORD is exalted,
the right hand of the LORD does valiantly!”
I shall not die, but I shall live,
and recount the deeds of the LORD.
The LORD has chastened me sorely,
but he has not given me over to death.
Open to me the gates of righteousness,
that I may enter through them
and give thanks to the LORD.
This is the gate of the LORD;
the righteous shall enter through it.
I thank thee that thou hast answered me
and hast become my salvation.
The stone which the builders rejected
has become the head of the corner.
This is the LORD’s doing;
it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day which the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Save us, we beseech thee, O LORD!
O LORD, we beseech thee, give us success!
Blessed be he who enters in the name of the LORD!
We bless you from the house of the LORD.
The LORD is God,
and he has given us light.
Bind the festal procession with branches,
up to the horns of the altar!
Thou art my God, and I will give thanks to thee;
thou art my God, I will extol thee.
O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures for ever!   

“Therefore, pray with the heart until your heart sings with thanksgiving to God the Creator who gave you life…”

 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2017

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Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States Hou...

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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

Top Stories
• Nancy Pelosi: Republicans are “Dishonoring God” by Attempting to Defund Planned Parenthood
• CNN Claims Women Will Have to Go to Mexico for Birth Control if Planned Parenthood Defunded
• Court Rules Hospital Can Overrule Parents and Yank Their Disabled Son’s Life Support
• Abortion Activists Dress in Bizarre Costumes to Oppose Defunding Planned Parenthood

More Pro-Life News
• NOW President Claims “Women Will Die” if Planned Parenthood is Defunded
• Ohio Senate Passes Bill to Ban Dismemberment Abortions That Slice and Crush an Unborn Baby
• Tucker Carlson Slams Twitter for Censoring Pro-Life Ads
• Abortion Activist in Ridiculous Costume Wants to “Abort Mike Pence”?
• Illinois Forces Doctors to Discuss the “Benefit” of Abortions
• She Has Down Syndrome But Swam the English Channel and She’s the First to Receive an Honorary Doctorate
• Pro-Life Legal Group Sues Guidestar For Calling It a “Hate Group”
• Abortionist Admits He Suffers From Significant Mental Health Issues
• 10 Reasons to Keep Abortion Giant Planned Parenthood Out of Your Local School
• St. Louis Law Forces Churches and Pro-Life Groups to Hire Abortion Activists
• Oregon Committee Passes Bill Forcing Your Insurance Premiums to Pay for Abortions

Nancy Pelosi: Republicans are “Dishonoring God” by Attempting to Defund Planned Parenthood
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi attacked Republicans’ efforts to defund the abortion business Planned Parenthood on Tuesday by bringing up God and conscience.

Cl ick to Read at LifeNews.com.


CNN Claims Women Will Have to Go to Mexico for Birth Control if Planned Parenthood Defunded
Has CNN found their new Sandra Fluke poster child for “free” birth control?

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Court Rules Hospital Can Overrule Parents and Yank Their Disabled Son’s Life Support
Charlie Gard, a little baby on life-support with a debilitating genetic disease, has lost his last court battle.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Abortion Activists Dress in Bizarre Costumes to Oppose Defunding Planned Parenthood
Nowadays implying legislation you disagree with will plunge the U.S. into a dystopian, theocratic regime where women are sex slaves is all the rage with both the media and Planned Parenthood.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Looking for an inspiring and motivating speaker for your pro-life event? Don’t have much to spend on a high-priced speaker costing several thousand dollars? Contact LifeNews at news@lifenews.com about having LifeNews Editor Steven Ertelt speak at your event.

NOW President Claims “Women Will Die” if Planned Parenthood is Defunded
USA Today published an article last week about outgoing National Organization for Women (NOW) President Terry O’Neill.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com

Ohio Senate Passes Bill to Ban Dismemberment Abortions That Slice and Crush an Unborn Baby
Today the Ohio Senate passed a bill to protect unborn babies from brutal dismemberment abortions.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com

Looking for an inspiring and motivating speaker for your pro-life event? Don’t have much to spend on a high-priced speaker costing several thousand dollars? Contact LifeNews at news@lifenews.com about having LifeNews Editor Steven Ertelt speak at your event.

Tucker Carlson Slams Twitter for Censoring Pro-Life Ads
On his Fox News show last night, pro-life host Tucker Carlson slammed social media giant Twitter for censoring ads from pro-life organizations.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

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Abortion Activist in Ridiculous Costume Wants to “Abort Mike Pence”
Cosmopolitan devoted an article to a particularly theatrical Planned Parenthood protest – in which volunteers donned white bonnets and red capes.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

St. Louis Law Forces Churches and Pro-Life Groups to Hire Abortion Activists

 
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Dear Reader,

Our lineup for today includes:

About more than a cake: Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal from Colorado baker with religious objections to same-sex marriage

 

A positive sign?: Supreme Court puts off decision on whether to hear appeal of California’s pro-life pregnancy centers over state requirement they refer for and advertise abortion services

“I just couldn’t go through with it”: A save from the abortion clinic in the fourth week of June