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. http://www.slate.com/id/2285358/landing/1/
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
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
remove all federal funding from Planned Parenthood
make the Mexico City Policy permanent
cut Title X family planning funds
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!
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
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.
One of our members received the message included below. Of course, she called her Congressmanimmediately.
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
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.
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.
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