Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Parents said the school's principal was "mortified" when told the content of the class and apologized. Speaking for Planned Parenthood, Jennifer Horner defended the curriculum as giving children "accurate" information. LifeSiteNews
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Thursday, June 24, 2010
Roe itself was not decided along party lines. Its author, Justice Harry Blackmun, was a Nixon appointee; of the six justices who concurred with Blackmun, four were nominated by GOP presidents and two by Republicans. The dissenters, White and Nixon appointee William Rehnquist, were a bipartisan pair too.
The current politicization of the courts did not begin with Roe v. Wade; a Democratic Senate had already blocked two Nixon appointees, Clement Haynsworth and Harrold Carswell, for being too conservative, and Democratic senators later made an unsuccessful effort to block Rehnquist's appointment.
But by intervening so heavy-handedly in a matter that over which there was not yet a political consensus, the Roe court prompted a powerful backlash, the rise of the antiabortion movement, which became a key part of the Republican constituency. The pro-abortion side in turn became ever more immoderate and powerful within the Democratic Party.
Since 1980, each party's position on abortion has been so extreme as to be out of step with the vast majority of Americans. Since the court has left very little room for legislation on the matter, the practical consequences of this have been minimal--except when there is a Supreme Court vacancy.
By finding a right to abort in the Constitution's mystical emanations and penumbras, the court federalized what had previously been a state matter. Rather than remove it from politics, as the justices must have thought they were doing, this heightened the politics around it, almost all now focused on the court itself. WSJ
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
He lamented the continuing slaughter of the country's unborn citizens through abortion and the impact the mindset behind the killing of the innocent has had on the nation. "I can't think of a deeper and more basic ethical issue that any society can face than who and what is a human being," Land said.
It is not news for Bible-believing Christians that life begins at conception, he said, citing Scripture passages as evidence of God's personal involvement in the creation of each human being. He noted that among the early civilizations in the Mediterranean basin, only the Jews did not practice abortion and infanticide, a position stemming from their belief in the teachings of the one true God.
He said church leaders early in the second century A.D., who were overwhelmingly Gentile and had come out of the Greco-Roman societies where abortion was commonplace, abhorred the "killing of human life in the womb."
"They bore eloquent testimony against abortion and eventually caused abortion to be put into the dark corners of the Roman Empire and there it stayed in Western civilization until the fall of the Christian consensus in Europe in the first half of the 20th century and in North America in the second half of the 20th century. There is no question where God is on this issue; God is, has been and will forever be pro-life," he said to sustained applause. Baptist Press
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
In the US, anonymous donation is the prevailing norm. With no central registry and no federal or state regulation requiring long-term record keeping, information about donors is kept by individual sperm banks and fertility clinics according to various standards and for different lengths of time. The outcome of the current situation is that many US donor offspring will never have potential access to information about their donors (either non-identifying or identifying information subject to donor's consent to disclosure). BioNews
The chairman of the House Republican Conference, said people are also drawn to the Tea Party movement because it embraces traditional American morality, including the sanctity of life and the traditional definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman. "What’s animating this authentic American movement is that our present crisis is not just economic and fiscal. It’s moral in nature. At the root of these times, I believe there are millions of Americans who see, in Washington, D.C., and on Wall Street, people in positions of authority walking away from the timeless principles of honesty, integrity, an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. . . . [P]ublic policy alone will not cure what ails this country.” CNSNews
Related: Battle intensifies over campaign finance reform
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Editor: This is another response to the news out of Britain about IVF pregnancies being electively aborted. We should keep in mind that IVF has always created embryos only to destroy many if not most of them. The success of the procedure has always relied upon selecting the "best" and discarding the rest . . . or leaving them to languish in frozen limbo. We really shouldn't be so shocked or appalled over the loss of life that has made it to the uterus, when loss of life in the test tube has been so trivialized.
The report revealed that six organizations connected to the abortion agenda received over a billion dollars in federal funds between 2002 and 2009. The six organizations are Planned Parenthood Federation of America, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Population Council of the United States, Guttmacher Institute, Advocates for Youth and Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States.
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
In this illuminating new presentation, Greg Koukl sketches out the worldview of Christianity--that is, how Jesus understood the world--and then shows how The Secret trades on a completely different view of reality. In the process, the real secret of Byrne's book is exposed: that "The Secret" is not the deep wisdom of the universe, but is rather the oldest lie ever told. Stand to Reason
Monday, June 14, 2010
Assisted reproduction could lead to increased risks of congenital malformations
Is IVF good value for the money?
House Minority Leader Asks President Obama for Progress Report on Implementation of Executive Order on Taxpayer-Funded Abortion
Well, yes, if you are His child. Jesus confronted the sin of the woman at the well, and told the woman caught in adultery, "Go and sin no more." The "pastor" conveniently overlooked those parts of the biblical accounts.
Wouldn't it be better for a Christian minister to advise a woman contemplating abortion to have faith that God will be with her in the pregnancy? That He'll provide a way of escape out of the temptation to abort? That if you persist in sin, and you are His child, there will be chastening? But that if you have faith and obey Him, there will be reward?
For more, see Will God Forgive Me If I Have an Abortion?
The Barna study revealed five insights about abortion-related public opinion.
- Abortion continues to split the nation.
- Most Americans take a moderate, rather than hard-line, stance.
- Faith remains a significant dividing line of opinions.
- Young born again Christians retain similar abortion views to older Christians.
- Keeping abortion legal elicits more demographic pockets of support than resistance.
David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group and the director of the study, commented: “As Americans appear ready to rethink many different issues, it is important to consider new ways of communicating about and addressing the issues of abortion, life and choice. Within that context, it is worth recognizing that a slight plurality of most population groups has settled into the idea that abortion should be kept legal, but that it should be only available selectively. Yet, one of the intriguing counter-trends to public support for legalized abortion is the fact that younger born again Christians specifically and 18- to 25-year-olds in general seem to be embracing, or at least retaining, a conservative viewpoint on abortion.”
Friday, June 11, 2010
A truce cannot be called until the unborn are safe, and our government ceases to endorse the brutal destruction of the unborn in the womb. When a nation looses its moral compass and gives tacit approval to legalized abortion, abandoning the focus on protecting innocent human life, that nation, our nation, has more serious issues than the current financial crisis. LifeNews
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Related: UN Leadership in Disarray as Scientific Dispute Shatters Consensus on Maternal Health and Women's Conference Fails to Deliver
If there is one extraordinary fact here, it is this: Notwithstanding a pro-choice orthodoxy that dominates our film, our television, our press and our colleges and universities, strong moral qualms about abortion have not gone away. Gallup's findings about Americans and abortion reflect less a political prescription than a sensibility. Apart from talk radio or the religious media, however, it's a sensibility almost entirely lacking in our news and entertainment world. WSJ
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
The article was published 10 years ago. The statistics will be different -- which would be interesting to update someday when I have time. Nevertheless, the following is still true:
"Many PCCs struggle to survive month to month. They may have a thousand people on a mailing list, but only half or one-third actually send in support on a regular basis. Centers desperately need volunteers, especially during the summer months. There may be one nearby that needs your help."
At this meeting with pastors in early May, Holly shared with them from her experience with this type of ministry in Peru and another missionary presented the steps that should be taken if they were interested in seeing this type of ministry started. "My expectation was that we would have some convincing to do. Quite the contrary! We practically had to convince them not to try to open a center next week! God has obviously been preparing hearts." Please join them in prayer that they'll have wisdom in knowing how to channel the excitement and keep the momentum going while at the same time taking the proper steps to make sure this ministry has a great foundation.
Monday, June 7, 2010
More on men and abortion:
Post-abortion trauma in men still overlooked
Impact of abortion on men
Study shows impact of abortion on relationships for men, women
Forgotten fathers and their unforgettable children
Women having abortions after IVF
S. Korea: Court rules embryos are not humans
20-year IVF quest leads to depression, murder
Resignations plague Canada's fertility watchdog
Will adoption have to compete with surrogacy?
Donor-assisted conceptions sparks disclosure dilemmas
Fertile ground for waste and futility
Economic crisis: Danish gov't cuts funding for IVF
Friday, June 4, 2010
With the fusion of the sperm and the ovum, the tail of the sperm is lost, and the membrane surrounding the head of what was the sperm joins the surface membrane of the former oocyte, creating a single, continuous membrane. This allows cytoplasmic factors derived from the ovum to affect the nuclear contents derived from the sperm — for example, new types of histones begin to be associated with those chromosomes, modifying the behavior and interaction of the molecules in these chromosomes. This shows that the sperm has ceased to be.
At this point, the genetic material from the ovum (the female pronucleus) and the genetic material from the sperm (the male pronucleus) are both contained within a single new cell, are being moved toward each other, and will eventually intermingle. This is the point just after the fusion of the membranes of the sperm and the ovum, when the ovum and the sperm cease to be, and a new organism — a whole human organism — comes to be. National Review
- Are you a leader or officer in your campus pro-life group?
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If you answered “Yes” to all of these questions, then you should consider applying for the SFLA Wilberforce Leadership Fellowship! The mission of the Students for Life of America Wilberforce Leadership Fellowship is to raise up the next generation of pro-life leaders. We want to train student pro-life activists is how to be leaders on campus and beyond and network those student leaders with their counterparts in the national pro-life movement to help further develop their skills.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
I’ve found two answers: First, the perceived overriding purpose of society has shifted to the benefit of assisted suicide advocacy, and second, our public policies are driven and defined by a media increasingly addicted to slinging emotional narratives rather than reporting about rational discourse and engaging in principled analysis. Add in a popular culture enamored with social outlaws, and the potential exists for a perfect euthanasia storm.
Social commentator Yuval Levin, a protégé of ethicist Leon Kass, described the new societal zeitgeist in his recent book Imagining the Future: Science and American Democracy. While not about assisted suicide per se, Levin hit the nail on the head when he described society as no longer being concerned primarily with helping citizens to lead “the virtuous life.” Rather, he wrote, “relief and preservation from disease and pain, from misery and necessity” have “become the defining ends of human action, and therefore of human societies.” In other words, preventing suffering and virtually all difficulty is now paramount. In such a cultural milieu, eliminating suffering easily mutates into eliminating the sufferer.
The prevent-suffering-at-all-costs agenda is harnessed by assisted suicide advocates through publicizing heart-rending stories of seriously ill or disabled patients who want to die. Illustrating how potent this emotional narrative has become, even the ghoulish Jack Kevorkian is being remade into a big softy concerned solely with relieving suffering. Indeed, none other than Al Pacino sympathetically portrayed Kevorkian in the recent HBO movie, You Don’t Know Jack.
Ignored by the script writers and the media, the real Kevorkian was the mirror opposite of compassionate. In his 1993 book Prescription Medicide: The Goodness of Planned Death, Kevorkian made his ultimate purpose chillingly clear, calling assisted suicide “a first step, an early distasteful professional obligation” toward obtaining a license to engage in human experimentation. Wesley Smith
- We strengthen evildoers (Jeremiah 23:14)
- We show we haven't communed with God (23:22)
- He causes God's people to hear God's word, and
- Turns them from their evil ways (23:22)
Health Ministry figures showed 1.2 million Russian abortions last year compared to 1.7 million live births. Between 1992 and 2008, Russia’s population dropped by more than 12 million. UN statistics for 2007 show that the Russian Federation has 53.7 abortions per 1000 women aged 15 to 44, the highest rate in the world. Russia's rate is followed by 35 abortions per 1000 women in Kazakhstan, 33.3 in Estonia, 31.7 in Belarus, and 24.2 in China. LifeSiteNews
Editor: Kazakhstan and Estonia were part of the former Soviet Union.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Using critical thinking allows people to form opinions on issues facing us today. When applying this thought process to the issue of abortion and arguments put forth in the name of being “pro-choice,” the natural intellectual conclusion is the prolife perspective. RTL-MI
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Pew Study Finds Children of Divorced Parents More Likely to Remain at Bottom of Income Ladder as Adults
Dr Donald Bruce, an ethicist and theologian, insisted that Dr Venter has not created synthetic life because “life was already there.” He also urged caution for future research, saying: “Humans are only finite and we are far from perfect. The real ‘playing God’ question is: do we pass over either any moral barrier, or exceed our finite and imperfect abilities, in doing this?” Christian Institute