In the most selfless act imaginable, numbers of Notre Dame seniors are boycotting their own commencement because of the appearance of President Obama and the university’s decision to give Obama an honorary degree.
As reported by LifeNews.com, Bishop John D’Arcy will lead a candlelight vigil on May 16 to pray to end abortion. What a tremendous event to honor the unborn and their mothers on the eve of such a depressing occasion.
Priests for Life is organizing a large rally on graduation day for students who object to the Notre Dame commencement speaker, calling Notre Dame’s actions scandalous.
The news media, good soldiers for Obama that they are, continue to report that the vast majority of ND students are thrilled with Obama’s appearance. Watch for glowing news stories.
For our part, our hearts are with Bishop D’Arcy, Father Pavone and, mostly, with the students who have the courage and compassion to stand up to their university to advocate for the human rights of the unborn. God bless them all!!
“Hyde — 30 Years is Enough!” screams the headline on the website of the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF). This group touts its collaboration with other groups to help women and girls pay for abortions. Why? Because you, as a taxpayer, are too stingy to pay for them.
“Before the Hyde Amendment, women could access abortion services regardless of their income, because Medicaid covered abortion care like it did every other medical service,” says the NNAF. And, of course, that is their goal — to make abortion part of mainstream America.
The Hyde Amendment has been in effect for over 30 years, preventing your federal tax dollars from paying for abortions. With President Obama’s campaign promises to fund abortions, pro-abortion groups have new hope that the Hyde amendment can be rejected by Congress.
In his recently released budget, Obama did not encourage Congress to authorize funding of abortion on demand across the nation, only in the District of Columbia. Hmmm. Wonder what the NNAF thinks of that? And, will Obama change his mind when his pro-abort friends apply the heat?
Visit the National Network of Abortion Funds website here.
As predicted and following Obama’s positions as a U.S. Senator and his campaign statements, President Obama took the first step to dismantle long-time policy which protects taxpayers from having to pay for abortions.
The Obama administration unveiled its budget last week, explicitly urging the House and Senate to repeal the Dornan Amendment which has prevented tax-funded abortion in the District of Columbia for many years.
“If Congress goes along with the Obama proposal, the predictable result will be tax funding of several thousand elective abortions annually, including roughly 1,000 abortions annually that would not otherwise occur,” stated Douglas Johnson, Legislative Director for the National Right to Life Committee. “The abortion industry’s own studies suggest that many thousands of residents of the nation’s capital are alive today because of the abortion fund ban that President Obama now proposes to repeal.”
This move by the White House flies in the face of Obama’s oft-repeated statements that he wants to reduce the number of abortions. The next step, says Johnson, would be “an attempt to smuggle vast expansions of abortion into law through health care reform legislation.”
The entire news release from National Right to Life can be found here.
Last night, Wisconsin Right to Life sponsored an event at the Inn on the Park in Madison that featured former late-term abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino and popular talk-show host Vicki McKenna. The focus of the event was the late-term abortion center in Madison that is planned to open at the Madison Surgery Center.
The depth of opposition to the clinic was evident in the packed room filled with concerned people who came to find out what they can do about the clinic. You could have heard a pin drop as Dr. Levatino described how late-term abortions are done and detailed his incredible journey from late-term abortionist to a renowned and respected speaker for the cause of human life.
Thanks to the tremendous involvement of thousands of people, like the people in the room last night, the center has yet to perform a single abortion. The goal of our activities and that of other organizations is to ensure that the number of abortions at the Madison Surgery Center remains at zero!
Tens of thousands of people have already signed petitions protesting the late-term abortion plan. Numerous current and prospective patients have changed their appointments and even their health care away from the Madison Surgery Center and the UW health care system.
Last night, Wisconsin Right to Life announced the continuation or initiation of key three actions that will greatly contribute to the goal of zero abortions at the Madison Surgery Center.
1. The Wisconsin Right to Life Education Fund will be placing three half-page newspaper ads in the Wisconsin State Journal to keep the issue before the public. The first ad is geared toward asking patients to say “NO” to medical treatment at the Madison Surgery Center. The second ad concentrates on the psychological impact of dismemberment abortions on those who participate in them. The third ad focuses on what UW officials don’t want the public to know about the proposed late-term abortion center.
If you’d like to contribute toward the cost of the ads, click here and choose the “Education Fund” option to make your tax deductible contribution.
2. Vigil for Life is scheduling picketers to have a constant presence at the Madison Surgery Center. To volunteer to take a monthly or weekly shift, contact Steve at email@example.com
3. See and download the patient letter here. Fill it out and send to the UW health system telling them you will not receive current or future health care services at their facilities. Contact information is provided.
We must continue to put pressure on UW officials to prevent the late-term abortion center from becoming a stark and horrendous reality! Join us in the battle!
Working under the radar with virtually no media attention, advocates of assisted suicide are advancing their movement. Here are some of the current activities:
1. Briefs have been filed before the Montana State Supreme Court which will decide if it should overturn a ruling by a lower court judge making assisted suicide legal in that state.
2. In Washington State the first two prescriptions were issued suicide drugs.
3. Also in Washington State, euthanasia advocates are arguing that there should be no conscience rights for medical professionals and facilities who do not want to participate in assisting suicides. They are aiming their actions at Catholic and other medical facilities, knowing that patients committing suicide do not have to be hospitalized. Their goal is to make assisted suicide “mainstream.”
4. Scotland’s Parliament will soon debate legislation to legalize assisted suicide.
5. Canada is expecting introduction of legislation to legalize assisted suicide.
6. Legislation has been introduced in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Arizona and other states to legalize assisted suicide.
7. President Obama’s health care plan may require rationing of health care which could lead to euthanasia and assisted suicide.
8. Notorious euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke operates websites, writes books, and conducts seminars teaching people how to commit suicide. His operating stage has been New Zealand and Australia but he is now trying to export his “business” to the UK. He was recently denied citizenship in the UK so he is talking about moving to the United States.
To keep updated on current news in this area, please visit the Nightingale Alliance website which is found here.
The official comment period has begun for individuals and groups to register their opposition to the Obama policy to allow federal funds to be used to kill living human embryos for research purposes. The comment period ends on May 26.
The Obama policy left the door open for approval of human cloning. As reported in this blog, NIH guidelines supposedly “limit” human embryo destruction to “leftover” embryos in in vitro fertilization clinics. However, several Congresspersons are poised to introduce legislation which they claim will codify the NIH guidelines, but will, in reality, allow creation of human embryos through cloning and other means to be destroyed for research.
To register your comments, please click the next word — here. Fill out the form on the website and submit. Thank you for your assistance!
Health care reform is on a fast track to be enacted this summer. Planned Parenthood, of course, is pushing for expanding abortion as “needed” to achieve full reproductive health care. Reproductive health has long been a code word for abortion on demand.
“The pro-abortion movement sees federal ‘health care reform’ legislation as a golden opportunity to force-feed abortion into every nook and cranny of the health-care delivery system,” according to National Right to Life Legislative Director Douglas Johnson. “Their goal, as they sometimes put it, is to ‘mainstream’ abortion. They hope to use the structure of a federal health-care law to make abortion on demand accessible in every region of every state, paid for by taxes and by government-mandated private insurance premiums.”
On July 17, 2007, candidate Obama said the following about about health care reform: “in my mind, reproductive care is essential care, basic care, so it is at the center, the heart of the plan that I propose.”
Knowing the public does not support subsidizing abortion, Johnson predicts that Congress will use stealth strategies to conceal how radical their ideas are. One plausible idea is for Congress to set up an authority board which will determine what health care will be mandated. The legislation setting up the board would appear innocuous. Once the legislation is approved, the authority board would complete the two-step strategy by mandating abortion coverage.
The result if this plan succeeds — more abortions paid for by you and me.
I am one of the few people who never forgave President Ronald Reagan for appointing Sandra Day O’Connor to the U.S. Supreme Court. Following closely behind in deep disappointment is the disaster of David Souter. My heart aches to think of what could of been, how many unborn babies’ lives could have been saved, with someone other than these two justices sitting on the bench.
We know Obama will appoint a hard-core pro-abortionist to replace Souter and the balance on the court will be basically unaffected. So why be happy about Souter leaving? It is the injustice of it all.
Every presidential election year, we implore voters to think about the courts, especially the Supremes. It’s all about the judges, we say. When it works out well, it is incredibly gratifying. When we get a Souter disaster, those for whom we advocate face decades of continued violation of their human rights. And, trust in our judgment erodes.
You will hear commentary here on whomever Obama picks, and it won’t be positive. But, I am still personally happy to say: “So long Souter.”