It is getting redundant but important to continue to state over and over again the stark contrast between McCain and Obama on abortion. Courting Catholic voters in Pennsylvania, McCain met with prominent right-to-life Catholic leaders last week and staunchly touted his strong voting record of 25 years in defense of unborn children.
McCain was reported as saying: “the noblest words ever written” were “the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” McCain added that he strongly and adamantly believes those words apply to unborn children.
You gotta love Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life who told the assembled group he prayed that the “Lord would let all Christians know they are still His sons and daughters when they are in the voting booth” Take that, IRS.
McCain himself referred to the stark contrast between himself and Obama, citing Obama’s support for partial-birth abortion and Obama’s votes as an Illinois senator to ensure that even babies who survive abortion attempts would have no protection.
On the question of judges, McCain solidly supports the appointment of judicial nominees who will interpret the law rather than create new laws from the bench, overriding the will of the people. Obama, of course, would ask for a blood oath from any nominee that he/she would vote for continuation of abortion on demand.
Here’s the endorsement tally: McCain has picked up the endorsement of the National Right to Life Committee and Wisconsin Right to Life. NARAL and Emily’s list are backing Obama with Planned Parenthood soon to follow. Seems pretty clear who we should support.
Before we get swept up with tales of heroics acts from people we don’t know, it is important to acknowledge and commend heroes right in our midst.
Jason and Heather Lilyquist of Howards Grove, Wisconsin, get my vote as favorites. On May 30, Heather gave birth to Owen Matthew Lilyquist. What seems like an ordinary everyday event was anything but. You see, Owen was determined to have anencephaly while in his mother’s womb. This condition is lethal, and abortion universally recommended if not urged. Here is Jason and Heather’s explanation of how they dealt with the heartache of learning that their precious son would not live long following birth.
“Owen was diagnosed with anencephaly during the second trimester of pregnancy. Because he was fearfully and wonderfully made, his life inside the womb was cherished through the third trimester of pregnancy by his loving family.”
Nestled inside the warmth of Heather’s womb, Owen surely had a resting place designed by a heavenly Father. In today’s world where some would think Owen should be abruptly ripped from that womb, Heather and Jason allowed him to live his brief life in comfort and love. Truly, they are heroes for all times.
Owen’s obituary concludes as follows:
“There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world.” To which we say a great “amen.”
For several months, Planned Parenthood and their cohorts in the radical pro-abortion movement have been waging a campaign of lies against right-to-life Assembly Representatives Jim Ott (R-Mequon), Karl Van Roy (R-Green Bay), Mark Honadel (R-South Milwaukee) and Mike Huebsch (R-West Salem).
Planned Parenthood has used radio ads, website ads and flyers mailed to constituents of the four legislators to falsely accuse them of supporting legislation that would result in Wisconsin women being imprisoned for having abortions. While the attacks have temporarily subsided, they will be back with increased vigor and addition right-to-life legislators will be targeted as the 2008 elections approach.
The truth is, no woman in Wisconsin will ever go to prison or face any penalty whatsoever for having an abortion in this state. And Planned Parenthood knows that.
What this is all about, of course, is trying to bloody up right-to-life lawmakers in anticipation of the elections. Whether it is done with blatant lies is of no concern to Planned Parenthood and their allies. Getting a pro-abortion majority in the State Assembly, at any cost, is their goal.
Which brings me to the importance of being an informed right-to-life voter. If you depend on the media for this kind of information … well, it’s an exercise in futility. The Wisconsin Right to Life website (WisconsinRightToLife.org) is the place to obtain the most comprehensive, accurate right-to-life candidate information in the state. Invaluable information about the presidential, congressional and state legislative races will be posted on our site by late July … in plenty of time for the September primary election. November general election information will be posted the day after the primary election. You can’t get information any faster than that!
The news couldn’t be more exciting — and depressing at the same time. Most likely, you have a relative with one of the progressive diseases that plague humanity, diseases like Parkinson’s or diabetes. You want progress in curing or at least ameliorating symptoms of disease. But, you want the research to be moral and not rely on the destruction of human life.
Here’s the exciting news. On a steady and regular basis, scientists complete studies and release information on gains made using adult stem cell research — the moral kind. Here’s a sampling:
A Canadian group published a study showing that bone marrow stem cells can slow and potentially treat patients with Lou Gehrig’s disease.
U.S. scientists were able to coax a stem cell derived from ordinary skin cells into becoming three types of heart and blood cells in mice, bringing science closer to treatments for heart disease.
Australian scientists report that adult stem cells taken from a patient’s nose placed into the brain of a rat resulted in dopamine-producing brain cells. This is an important development for potentially treating Parkinson’s disease which occurs when the brain doesn’t produce enough dopamine.
Now for the depressing part. In spite of the tremendous progress made in treating real patients with real diseases using ethically-sound adult stem cell research, money continues to pour into life-destructing embryonic stem cell research. Some scientists forge ahead into the precarious world of human cloning. Designer babies are one step closer with news that scientists have genetically altered a human embryo.
Bottom line is that there are no rules out there. Despite centuries of thought and reasoning to protect human subjects from experimentation, many scientists are coming up with their own definition of who is human.
This is a time when we can have it both ways. We can cure or ameliorate disease without reliance on the destruction of human life. It makes me giddy to think of it. Now we need more scientists to catch the wave.
Botched abortions? By that supposed pillar of society, Planned Parenthood? Hasn’t it been drummed into our heads that once abortions are legal, they are safe? Tell that to two women who were so severely injured that they sued.
In Nebraska, an unnamed woman settled her lawsuit against a Planned Parenthood affiliate after she suffered perforation of her uterus and a severe loss of blood which almost took her life. She is now unable to have children. Lifenews.com reports from the lawsuit papers that “the woman was given a shot in her cervix…she then heard a suction sound and ‘immediately complained of excruciating pain’……she told the abortionist to stop…..three Planned Parenthood employees held the woman down while Severson completed the abortion. The woman experienced severe pain and bleeding afterwards and experienced three seizures by the time she was rushed to BryanLGH Medical Center East.”
Thirteen-year-old Shantese Butler was taken to a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in the District of Columbia after becoming pregnant following a sexual assault. As reported by Lifenews.com, “the abortion resulted in severe abdominal bleeding, severe vaginal injury, severe injury to the cervix, significant uterine perforation, and a small bowel tear. As a result of the injuries, Butler will be unable to have biological children.”
In both cases, Planned Parenthood’s attorneys responded that the women were properly informed of the risks of abortion. Golly — every time PP testifies at a public hearing, we don’t hear anything from them about risks. And, PP vehemently fought Wisconsin legislation which would properly inform women of the risks of abortion, even taking the new law to court where they lost.
Just imagine that abortion was not legal and these injuries were a result of a “back alley” abortions. It would be reported in the media for days on end. I guess the horrendous experiences of these two women need to be kept quiet so that the myth of safe, legal abortion can continue.
Surviving an abortion attempt is a rarity, but sometimes babies are intended to just make it. Baby Finley Percival of Nottinghamshire, England wasn’t supposed to live, but one day he will tell the story of his miraculous survival in what should be the safest place in the world — his mother’s womb.
Finley has a brother who died of a severe kidney disease. His brother, Lewis, was born with serious kidney damage. When Jodie Percival became pregnant again, she decided to abort at eight weeks because she “couldn’t cope with the anguish of losing another baby.”
But Finley refused to die, and after feeling movement, Jodie saw her doctor who told her she was still pregnant at 19 weeks. Initially angry about the failed abortion, Jodie had a scan which revealed that Finley also had kidney problems but not severe enough to cause his death. Jodie decided to give Finley a chance at life and he was born this past November with minor kidney damage. He is expected to live a normal life. And, Jodie is overjoyed.
Eventually, perhaps Jodie will come to realize that killing Finley would have caused her the anguish of another lost baby. She is experiencing the miracle of a life free from guilt because she eventually chose life for her baby.
“Obama’s In,” screamed the headline in this morning’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Get ready for the Obama spin, facilitated by the mainstream media.
Despite being the most pro-abortion candidate — ever — Obama said this past weekend in South Dakota that, “I am not pro-abortion.” If it weren’t so serious it would be incredibly laughable.
For starters, if he isn’t pro-abortion, why does he want you to pay for abortions with your tax dollars? Why does he vote against measures that would inform parents their minor daughter is seeking an abortion? Why does he not want his daughters to be “punished” with a child should they become pregnant? And, most egregiously, why does he want babies who miraculously survive abortion attempts to receive NO medical treatment?
Why did he promise Planned Parenthood early in his presidential bid that his first act as president would be to sign the Freedom of Choice Act which would not only make abortion-on-demand federal policy, but would overturn any limits on abortion enacted by state legislatures over the past 35 years!!!!!!!!!!!?
For all of his talk of change and his derision of “special interest” groups, Obama has fervently embraced the entire agenda of Planned Parenthood which lines its corporate pockets with hundreds of millions of dollars each year as the largest abortion provider in the country.
Obama’s motto truly is: “Leave no unborn baby protected.”
How did the Associated Press describe Obama’s abortion position? “Favors abortion rights.” The spin begins — but we know you won’t fall for it.
In a troubling development, the California Assembly passed AB 2747 last week. This bill mandates that medical professionals give a patient information about the option of terminal sedation if the patient is diagnosed with a terminal illness or has one year to live. Terminal sedation is the practice, rarely used and only when the patient is imminently dying, of sedating a patient into unconsciousness to relieve pain.
Here’s the problem. If you terminally sedate a patient who isn’t dying, well — I guess you terminate them. How? By withholding food and fluids so the patient dies of starvation and dehydration instead of their illness. Otherwise, if you feed them, they live in an unconscious state for — who knows how long.
Compassion and Choices, the main proponent of legalizing assisted suicide and euthanasia, has shifted gears to this type of legislation since it has not managed to legalize killing in any state since Oregon in 1994.
The authors of AB 2747 are the same California legislators who failed to get assisted suicide legalized in the past two legislative sessions. Unable to directly legalize killing, they have turned to this “stealth” initiative and promote it as hospice care. AB 2747 passed in the Assembly by only two votes because of strong bipartisan opposition. It now moves to the California state senate.
H 804 introduced in Vermont earlier this year is very similar to California’s AB 2747. The Vermont House soundly defeated a measure to legalize assisted suicide last year. Do you smell a trend? Wisconsin Right to Life will be watching warily for Wisconsin Senator Fred Risser to move in this direction come January.
Mentioned as a possible VP pick for Obama, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius is attracting a lot of unwelcome attention for her pro-abortion views. It’s hard to describe one abortionist as more notorious than another, but if there were a contest, Wichita abortionist George Tiller would win handily. Tiller is well known as the killer of last resort for anyone who wants the latest of late-term abortions.
Nationally syndicated columnist Bob Novak, commenting that Sebelius’ abortion views would match Obama’s, also reported that Sebelius hosted a party at the Governor’s mansion for none other than George Tiller and his abortion clinic staff. The soiree was in April of 2007 at a time when Tiller was under investigation by the attorney general’s office.
Sebelius followed this event up by celebrating her birthday in May of 2007 at a fest sponsored by Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri at a time when this business was also under investigation from the state attorney general.
Sebelius, a Catholic, has been asked by her bishop to repudiate her pro-abortion views and that she be denied communion.
Hmmmm. Is she still on Obama’s short list? Just what he needs — another church and abortion scandal.