Friday, February 25, 2011

It's not just Pennsylvania! And prayers needed for baby Joseph


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Slate is definitely not a pro-life publication.  They have, however, been running a series of excellent investigative articles on the Gosnell situation and the horrors - situations at "clinics", lack of oversight, etc -  in other states.

I told you about the ease that a "clinic" in MA can gain a Certificate of Need, or can just bypass that and declare itself a "doctor's office"  It develops there are only five "clinics" in all of Massachusetts, yet we have the eight highest abortion rate in the country.  There are a lot of blanks we need to get filled in!

You may have seen the headlines about Baby Joseph.  His parents want to take him home to die in peace.  He needs a feeding tube which the hospital won't insert.  It looked as though another hospital would take care of it.  Those arrangements have fallen through.  The story is linked.  The video is especially poignant.

Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, which has been helping Joseph's family, tells me something important will happen on Monday.  That gives us the weekend to pray.  God bless you!  Anne






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Monday, February 21, 2011

Dr Bernard Nathanson, RIP


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Dr Nathanson has died of cancer this morning.  He was a man of high intellectual integrity who was willing to change his position based on actual facts.

Along with Lawrence Lader, Dr Nathanson was the brains behind the movement which eventually legalized abortion in this country.  They founded NARAL, created the false abortion statistics, tried to set the rest of the world against the Catholic Bishops, and, in their own words, succeeded far ahead of schedule.

Nathanson "presided over 75,000 deaths" in his NYC clinic.  As science progressed, particularly the use of ultrasound, he realized that he was killing babies.  He faced up and became a leading pro-life activist.  His "Silent Scream" was the first ultrasound video for public showing. Nathanson's first appearance as a pro-life speaker was at the MCFL Mothers' Day Dinner in Agawam.  We got to see "Silent Scream" and meet his wife and his son.  He went on to do a huge amount of good through his advocacy, his credibility, and his courage.

The thing I found the most striking about Dr Nathanson was the fact that he honestly believed other people had the intellectual integrity that he had.  He honestly believed that ultrasound would educate people and close the abortion business he had been so instrumental in opening.

In recent years, Dr. Nathanson had become a Roman Catholic and spent most of his time in research.

During his life, I prayed that he would not lose that faith he had in the potential of others.  Now I pray we can all live up to the faith he had in us.  Anne






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Sunday, February 20, 2011

While the cats are away, the rats will play.

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So many wonderful things happened in D. C. this week!  The U S House voted to:


While the (really cool) cats on Capitol Hill were taking care of things so well, the rats at the other end of the street were also busy.  On Friday, when he hoped no one was paying attention, Obama:

  • removed the Bush conscience protections for health care professionals and patients
  • asked Judge Vinson the meaning of his decision that Obamacare is unconstitutional..  They have refused to abide by Judge Vinson's decision.  Vinson said his decision acts like a stay and implementation should cease until a higher ruling (that was the week of the March for Life).  Since this is an extremely clear and well-written decision and they waited a month, you can guess what they are up to.  Another judge is holding them in contempt of court because they won't abide by his decision that they cannot halt drilling in the Gulf - doesn't engender much confidence in their following the law!


We also found on Friday that a great deal of funding has already been snuck into the system for Obamacare,


Congress is on recess this coming week.  Wonder what the rats will come up with...


I am very grateful to have so many people in Congress who have their priorities straight and are willing to do the tough work!  Let us pray that they not be worn down by the lies and personal vilification and that they will have the strength to continue to do this vital work.  Anne






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Friday, February 18, 2011

US House: No $$$ for PP--NONE!

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At 2:13pm, Friday afternoon, the US House voted to strike all federal funding for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.


The congressional body voted 240-185 in favor of the amendment, introduced by Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), to the 2011 Federal Spending Bill.  


Nine Democrats voted pro-life.  The official roll call has not yet been published (it is 2:37PM as I write this).  If you try this link later < > the vote will be there.  It is possible that Steve Lynch or Richie Neal voted to end the funding. 


During the debate, the charges against Mike Pence and the other supporters were particularly vile - that they would be killing women, etc.


Besides all the horrible practices at PP that we have shared in these emails, the latest is a "counselor" suggesting to an STD infected man that he donate blood.


When your purpose is to kill babies for money the rest follows.


Of course, the continuing resolution goes to the Senate, Conference Committee, and the President, but what an historic start!


Yes, folks, elections do have results.  Give yourself a little hug!  Anne




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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Shock and awe! 100% pro-life House victory!

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After sending the last email about PP funding, I went to "Floor Summary" to see how the voting was going on all the pro-life funding restrictions.  Since the entire Continuing Resolution is being debated and the abortion funding only comes up in the appropriate sections, it was a challenge to follow. 

I decided to check out LifeNews.  Steve Ertelt, bless his soul, has the entire analysis.  I don't want to spoil it but you are not going to believe what is happening right now on the House floor!

If you would like background information about any of these items, check

Of course this is the opening battle but we have had nothing close to this since the early days of the Hyde Amendment victories!

Thanks goodness for NRLC, Life News, and all of you!  Anne




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They're Worried: Mother Jones Claims We Can Close PP with a Phone Call!

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One of our members received the message included below. Of course, she called her Congressman  immediately.   


Call now to tell your representative to vote "YES" on the Pence Amendment to Title X.  Let's hope it does all the "awful" things Planned Parenthood claims!  Good calling!  Anne


Congressman John W. Olver , 202-225-5335
Congressman Richard E. Neal, 202-225-5601
Congressman James P. McGovern, 202-225-6101
Congressman Barney Frank, 202-225-5931
Congressman Niki Tsongas, 202-225-3411
Congressman John F. Tierney, 202-225-8020
Congressman Edward J. Markey, 202-225-2836
Congressman Michael Capuano, 202-225-5111
Congressman Stephen F. Lynch, 202-225-8273
Congressman William D. Keating, 202-225-3111


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The following message from Planned Parenthood Federation of America has been sent to you by Mother Jones.

They want to shut down every local Planned Parenthood health center in America.     Anti-choice House leadership is trying to completely eliminate funding for Title X, the nation's family planning program. Tell your representative to vote "NO" on any attempt to end Title X funding and cut off women from their only source of primary care.   

URGENT MESSAGE FROM: Cecile Richards, President
Planned Parenthood Federation of America:

This week, anti-choice House leadership is forcing a vote on the most dangerous legislative assault on women's health in Planned Parenthood's 95-year history.

We need your help to protect Planned Parenthood and the women, men, and teens local Planned Parenthood health centers serve.Send an email right now urging your representative to vote NO.

Then make sure your message gets through by calling your representative's office (don't worry, we'll provide you with tips on what to say).

Title X, our nation's family planning program, provides funding for birth control, cancer screenings, HIV testing, and other lifesaving care. Anti-choice House leadership wants to completely eliminate this crucial funding particularly for Planned Parenthood. That would cut off millions of women from care they have no other way to afford, leaving them at increased risk of sickness and death. Click here to take action.

This attack on family planning funding is not an isolated incident. It's part of a coordinated campaign meant to shut down Planned Parenthood health centers and deny women access to basic health care.

We can't afford to let them get away with it. Speak out now make it clear to Congress that the services that doctors, nurses, and other medical staff provide in Planned Parenthood health centers are too important to be turned into just another political issue. If we don't stand together now, these attacks will surely continue, and women everywhere will pay a terrible price.

The new leadership in Congress campaigned on a promise to focus on jobs and the economy. Now that they're in power, they are instead focused on relentlessly attacking Planned Parenthood and the women, men, and teens who rely on us. They've shown where their priorities lie: destroying Planned Parenthood and eliminating access to reproductive health care even at the cost of denying women medical services that could save their lives.

Don't let them do it. Click here to tell your representative to vote "NO" on any attempt to cut off women from their only source of primary care.

Planned Parenthood is the nation's leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate period. Planned Parenthood gives millions of women the means to control their own reproductive health, from sex education to birth control. Ending Title X funding is the first step in a campaign to stop us from providing lifesaving care to women in need.

This is truly an emergency for Planned Parenthood and women's health. The House will vote on this bill this week your representative needs to hear from you now.

Thank you for standing with us and helping to protect Planned Parenthood and the women, men, and teens our health centers serve.



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