A project being circulated around
our state has drawn the attention of Catholic Bishops. The project (known as POLST) is concerned with
end-of-life documents, called "Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment."
These end-of-life POLST
documents are addressed in the Bishops' letter (linked below) and clarify why these forms are not desired.
Workshops are being held in
communities around the state to promote POLST. Please read the Bishops' letter and be aware of any
workshops held in your area. Attend if you can and bring a copy of the Bishops' letter with you.
We hope this document is helpful
Kirsten Powers: I Don't Stand with Wendy Davis
By Kirsten Powers
Stand with the
pink-sneakered Texas legislator and her fight to allow mothers to abort babies past the 20th week of pregnancy?
Never—and most women wouldn’t either, says Kirsten Powers.
It’s amazing what is considered
heroism these days.
A Texas legislator and her pink
sneakers have been lionized for an eleventh-hour filibuster against a bill that would have made it illegal for mothers to
abort babies past 20 weeks of pregnancy, except in the case of severe fetal abnormalities or to protect the life or
health of the mother.
People actually cheered this.
Watch the video here: ht
But the fight is not over. The bill
will be reintroduced, and supporters of the ban are optimistic it will pass. For now, Wendy Davis has achieved the
dubious victory of maintaining a very dark status quo. Texas women will still be able to abort a healthy baby up to the
26th week of pregnancy for any reason, as the current law allows.
According to the Parents
Connect website, if you are in the 25th week of your pregnancy, “Get ready for pat-a-cake! Baby’s hands are now fully
developed and he spends most of his awake time groping around in the darkness of your uterus. Brain and nerve
endings are developed enough now so that your baby can feel the sensation of touch.” Let’s be clear: Davis has been
called a hero for trying to block a bill that would make aborting this baby illegal.
In addition to the limit on
late-term abortions, the Texas legislature sought to pass regulations on abortion clinics similar to what was passed in
Pennsylvania in 2011 after the Gosnell horror. The New York Times warned that the Texas bill “could lead to the closing
of most of Texas’s 42 abortion clinics.” That sounds familiar. In 2011, the Pennsylvania ACLU claimed a post-Gosnell bill
“would effectively close most and maybe all of the independent abortion clinics in Pennsylvania.” Last month, a
Pennsylvania news site reported that “several” abortion clinics have closed, which isn’t quite the Armageddon the
abortion-rights movement predicted.
So no, I don’t stand with Wendy.
Nor do most women, as it turns out. According to a June National Journal poll, 50 percent of women support, and 43
percent oppose, a ban on abortion after 20 weeks, except in cases of rape and incest.
One can assume I am also not
the only woman in America who is really tiring of the Wendys of the world claiming to represent “women’s rights” in their
quest to mainstream a medical procedure—elective late-term abortion—that most of the civilized world finds barbaric
and abhorrent. In many European countries, you can’t get an abortion past 12 weeks, except in narrow circumstances.
Gallup reported in January that 80 percent of Americans think abortion should be illegal in the third trimester, and 64
percent think it should be illegal in the second trimester.
If the majority of Americans
oppose elective late-term abortion, why do we have Davis complaining to CBS’s Bob Schieffer that the male politicians
who are championing the late-term abortion ban are “bullying women”? Maybe it’s she who is bullying the rest of us into
supporting a view that is mocked by scientific advancement; namely 3-D sonograms. Maybe we should be thankful for
the men and wonder what is wrong with the women who think protecting the right to abort your baby for any reason
up to the 26th week is a “human right.”
Human-rights movements have
traditionally existed to help the voiceless and those without agency gain progressively more rights. Yet in the case of
abortion, the voiceless have progressively lost rights at the hands of people who claim to be human-rights crusaders.
Abortion-rights leaders have turned the world upside down. They want us to believe that a grown woman is voiceless,
that she has less agency than the infant in her womb who relies on her for life. A woman has so little agency, we are
told, that she is incapable of getting an abortion before the fifth month of her pregnancy. To suggest she should do so
is a “war on women.” It’s an insult to women dressed up as “women’s rights.”
On ABC’s This Week, Peggy
Noonan responded to the chants of “I stand with Wendy” by noting, “What she is ... standing for is something we
would recognize as infanticide, late-term abortion, the taking of a little child’s life.” Standing for that is not heroic, and
it is not something to be cheered.
Kirsten Powers is a columnist for The Daily Beast. She is also a contributor to USA
Today and a Fox News political analyst. She served in the Clinton administration from 1993 to 1998 and has
worked in New York state and city politics. Her writing has been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today,
New York Post, The New York Observer, Salon.com, Elle magazine, and American Prospect online.
Employment Opportunities at Wisconsin Right to Life
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This year's Training Day is in Mauston, Wisconsin at Faith Christian Church.
Friday night accomodations at the Park Oasis Hotel are included in the registration fee of $100.
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