Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Cathi Herrod Rallies Arizona Taxpayers to Defund Planned Parenthood



Cathi Herrod, president of Arizona Center for Policy, speaks at a "Women Speak Out: Defund Planned Parenthood" rally in Glendale, Arizona. 2/16/12

To learn more how you can defund Planned Parenthood, visit http://www.sba-list.org/ppfacts Video Source

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Religious Liberty & The Church

Bill Smith, Editor: Voices declaring both freedom and sanctity of life are welcome on this site. The deceptions carried out by the present administration are so grievous that the clergy who have a conscious are force to cry out. Those in political power with hearts not leaning toward God have systematically gnawed at the righteousness and good deeds that Christians have done according to the will Christ in their lives. And many in the Church have been co-opted over time by offers of concerns, assistance and even financial resources to aid in "good" works.

Even the former administration offered assistance to Christian charities and other nonprofit programs. But they forgot an important point, the money they offered was not theirs to offer or give. For the taking of one's money to give to another is not charity but theft. And the end results are not blessings but curses. And the acceptance of such money from the government leads to following the agenda of the world and not God's will.

These offers and agendas from government are proving to not be in alignment with the will of God or the moral conscious of Christians. Have Churches forgotten that God is not wanting in resources and Jeus words that the "poor will always be with you."

Government does not have a moral conscious. It has only the conscious of the people that govern. That is our forefathers saw the wisdom in both the original Constitution and the Bill of Rights accompanied by lots of supportive writings as to their reasoning.

When those in Government have evil agendas, they seek to ensnare, persuade, or soften our consciousness to evil and immoral acts practiced by the world but condemned by a Holy God. The initial offering of assistance by Government seemed tolerable and many in the Church were thus deceived.

Unfortunately the moral crisis in the Church has also been a unwitting ally of the agenda of others. The cries against abomination and sin have decreased or muted while the "good" works like aiding the poor and others has continued. The Church's voice and thus that of Christians against sin and blasphemy of God has grown weaker - even lukewarm. An unclear message has replaced the truth that without a person confronting their sins, they have no need for repentance or a Savior. We see our fellow Church members claiming baptism, taking communion and then going out and sin beyond all good conscious even to daily blaspheming of God and then haughtily proclaiming they are Christian.

The above situations exist within all of the churches in America be they Catholic or Protestant. Many wear the label of Christian who do not have Christ in their lives. They use the name of the Lord in supporting their blasphemous agendas and evil deeds. The evidence is in their actions and words. And the world suffers because the the Church has been weakened in America which has aided with love and charity so many poor countries. Has or is God removing his lamp-stand (the true Church) as He did in Ephesus? I pray He has not.

The following message by Father Sammie Maletta was delivered at St. John the Evangelist Parish in St. John, Indiana on Feb 15, 2012 provide hope that God has not removed the lamp-stand. "This Homily addresses how President Obama is threatening our Religious Freedom and declaring war with the Catholic Church." It is unknown how long his words will be allowed to remain on the Internet.

If you are Protestant, what position is your church taking? And if you are Catholic, ask yourself why - why - why are Catholics like Sec HHS Kathleen Siebelus, Former Speaker and Present House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Vice President Joe Biden, etc. the most ardent supporters for the Health Care provisions including supporting abortion as a so called "woman's reproductive right"?

Religious Liberty Homily:


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Friday, February 24, 2012

I Am A Human Person

Pix being shared on FaceBook presents the truth.

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Virginia Considering Ultrasound for Abortion

Twins Saved From Abortion
After Mother Sees Ultrasound
By Serena Marshall, ABC Blog: Virginia is set to add itself to a list of seven states that require woman to get an ultrasound before receiving an abortion.

Kristi Hamrick, a spokeswoman for American’s United for Life, said that the issue surrounding the Virginia bill is not “some kind of political phenomenon,” but instead “about a life-saving test.”

“Ultrasounds are the gold standard in medical care for pregnant woman,” Hamrick said. “Woman have died from abortion-inducing drugs, when there is an ectopic pregnancy, for example. It is vital to protect woman’s health, and ultrasounds are absolutely vital for protecting woman’s health, for determining how far along is the pregnancy.”

. . . The bill, which passed the Virginia Senate two weeks ago, will be voted on by the state house on Monday and is expected to fully pass because an equivalent bill was introduced and passed in the house just this week.

In a prepared statement, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, told ABC News he supports “the concept that a woman should have all of the information possible before she makes a decision about terminating a pregnancy” and will, therefore, sign the bill into law.

Opponents of the measure argue that would be a mistake. . . . [Full Story]

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Alabama State Supreme Court says 'Roe' should be 'overruled'

Personhood USA
by Bob Unruh: A stunning ruling from the state Supreme Court in Alabama is suggesting that states simply “reject” the concept of pre-viability abortion-at-will that comes from Roe v. Wade until the U.S. Supreme Court overrules the precedent.

In a powerful statement that appears to affirm the concept of the “personhood” movement, through which pro-life advocates seek to have states recognize the unborn as “persons,” a concurrence from Justice Tom Parker said, “Since Roe was decided in 1973, advances in medical and scientific technology have greatly expanded our knowledge of prenatal life.

“The development of ultrasound technology has enhanced medical and public understanding, allowing us to watch the growth and development of the unborn child in a way previous generations could never have imagined,” he wrote.

“Similarly, advances in genetics and related fields make clear that a new and unique human being is formed at the moment of conception, when two cells, incapable of independent life, merge to form a single, individual human entity.”

He continued, “Of course, that new life is not yet mature – growth and development are necessary before that life can survive independently – but it is nonetheless human life. And here has been a broad legal consensus in America, even before Roe, that the life of a human being begins at conception.”

His concurrence continued, “An unborn child is a unique and individual human being from conception, and, therefore, he or she is entitled to the full protection of law at every stage of development.

“Roe’s viability rule was based on inaccurate history and was mostly unsupported by legal precedent. Medical advances since Roe have conclusively demonstrated that an unborn child is a unique human being at every stage of development. And together, Alabama’s homicide statute, the decisions of this court, and the statutes and judicial decisions from other states make abundantly clear that the law is no longer, in Justice Blackmun’s words, ‘reluctant … to accord legal rights to the unborn..’

“For these reasons, Roe’s viability rule is neither controlling nor persuasive here and should be rejected by other states until the day it is overruled by the United States Supreme Court,” he said.

. . . The comments came in the court’s decision that a woman who lost her unborn, pre-viable child, allegedly because of medical negligence, can sue for damages. The doctors named as defendants had argued that because the child was not yet viable, they were not liable for damages.

The unanimous majority opinion, which Parker also wrote, said the woman, Amy Hamilton, is entitled to pursue a claim over wrongful death, so the case must be returned to the lower court for “proceedings consistent with this opinion.”

Staver said, “Recovery for wrongful death of an unborn child does not depend on an arbitrary line of viability, because that line is based solely on existing medical technology. From the moment of conception and at all stages of development in the womb, the unborn child is a human being.”

. . . Staver said the ruling does not directly impact abortion law, because American jurisprudence has put those laws in a special category. But he noted that the decision clearly reveals how out of step abortion precedents are with the medical and legal realities.

“Roe v. Wade is an aberration of the law,” he said. “This decision is more mounting evidence of how out of step it is.”

Parker explained that various courts have concluded that Roe holds that states have no interest in protecting the life of an unborn child.

“Roe does not support that conclusion,” he wrote. “The states are forbidden to protect unborn children only in ways that conflict with a woman’s ‘right.’ Roe held that a pregnant woman’s ‘right of privacy … is broad enough to encompass a woman’s decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy.’ No one, however, other than a woman seeking to ‘terminate her pregnancy,’ possesses the ‘right’ created in Roe.”

He wrote, “Roe does not prohibit states from protecting unborn human lives. To the contrary, the Supreme Court acknowledged that ‘the state has legitimate interests from the outset of the pregnancy’ in protecting the unborn child.

“Unless a state’s law conflicts with a woman’s ‘right’ to an abortion, the state law does not conflict with Roe,” he said.

The “personhood” campaign that has been developing around the nation calls for states to adopt constitutional amendments describing the unborn from the moment of conception as “persons.”

It is aimed at a loophole in the original Roe decision, in which the Supreme Court noted that if the “personhood” of the unborn was established, arguments for abortion would fall apart as the unborn then would be availed the full protections of the Constitution.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Bloggers For Life Need Protection - Protect Your Voice Campaign Kicks Off

ARRA News Service - Protect Your Voice: The Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity called on CPAC 2012 attendees to sign a petition that aims to grant bloggers the same legal protection journalists have. According to American Journalism Review's 2009 analysis there were 30 percent less statehouse reporters then compared to 2003. While their grant has not been renewed to do the study since then, any reporter can attest to the continued cutbacks by walking into a newsroom.

Fortunately, a new wave of energized reporters has been filling those vacancies out of passion - many unpaid. These bloggers are dedicated to informing their citizenry of its elected officials’ actions. They are addressing the threat to democracy.

Because of this, we believe they deserve the same protections as reporters in the court room. We aim to protect the bloggers that are reporting on acts of government as meticulously and honestly as the journalist sitting next to him or her at the press conference. Citizen Journalists and Bloggers should not be penalized for providing a valuable service to our country. Citizen Journalists and Bloggers in every state deserve to be included in the state’s shield laws and granted Freedom of the Press rights.

Times have changed and it’s time for the law to adjust. Go to ProtectYourVoice.org to show your some post Valentine Day love for bloggers .

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Father Pavone Rejects White House Compromise On Contraception

Frank Pavone
Priests for Life
Friday, February 10, 2012

In a bold statement today, Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, denounced the Department of Health and Human Services contraception and abortion ruling as an abomination that must be immediately repealed or rescinded because it violates everything our country stands for.

"Despite the alleged compromise or accommodation, this is NOT just about 'religious' employers being affected,” Father Pavone said. “This is about ALL Americans being forced to pay for something that may be directly opposed to their moral convictions. There are many non-religious reasons to object to the Obama Administration's policy. Chief among these is the basic American principle of freedom of conscience. That means the government must NEVER do ANYTHING that requires people to violate their conscience.

“For tens of millions of Americans, the abortion pill is utterly repugnant. Being forced to PAY for it -- that is, so it can be provided for FREE to anyone and everyone via health insurance policies -- is clearly an outrageous abuse of government power."

"Religious freedom is not just for religious groups,” Father Pavone said. “It is for every American."
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Priests for Life is the nation's largest Catholic pro-life organization that focuses on the sanctity of life from conception until natural death. Priests for Life on Thursday announced plans to sue the Obama Administration because the HHS ruling is unconstitutional on many levels.

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Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger And “The Multiplication Of The Unfit”

"We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” Margaret Sanger from Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America, by Linda Gordon.

I accepted an invitation to talk to the women’s branch of the Ku Klux Klan…I saw through the door dim figures parading with banners and illuminated crosses…I was escorted to the platform, was introduced, and began to speak…In the end, through simple illustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered.” (Margaret Sanger: An Autobiography, P.366)”
Michelle Malkin in Townhall: :
As she wrote in her autobiography, Sanger founded Planned Parenthood in 1916 “to stop the multiplication of the unfit.” This, she boasted, would be “the most important and greatest step towards race betterment.” While she oversaw the mass murder of black babies, Sanger cynically recruited minority activists to front her death racket. She conspired with eugenics financier and businessman Clarence Gamble to “hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities” to sell their genocidal policies as community health and welfare services.

Outright murder wouldn’t sell. But wrapping it under the egalitarian cloak of “women’s health” — and adorning it with the moral authority of black churches — would. Sanger and Gamble called their deadly campaign “The Negro Project.”
H/T The Real Revo

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CPAC 2012: Faith, Life, And Family Panel

The Role of Faith, Life, and Family in Our Culture and; the 2012 Elections was held yesterday at CPAC 2012. The panel included: Tom Minnery, Executive Director, CitizenLink, Andy Blom, Executive Director, American Principals Project, Marjorie Dannenfelser, President, Susan B. Anthony List, and Moderator: Jordan Sekulow, Executive Director, the American Center for Law and Justice and Host of the Jordan Sekulow Show. After the panel finished, they were later joined by Jay Selulow, ACLJ Chief Counsel and a legal conservative Christian warrior who has argued many cases before the Supreme Court.

CPAC 2012; "Faith, Life, and Family Panel - 2.10.12 (Part 1)
CPAC 2012; "Faith, Life, and Family Panel - 2.10.12 (Part 2)

CPAC 2012; "Faith, Life, and Family Panel - 2.10.12 (Part 3)
CPAC 2012; "Faith, Life, and Family Panel - 2.10.12 (Part 4)

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Your Will Be Done

ARRA news Service -
by William Warren
See also: Forced contraception violates religious liberty, fits into larger pattern of Constitutional violations

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Planned Parenthood Director Supports Sex-Selection Abortions

The horrific, anti-Life remarks from Planned Parenthood directors were on full display as they celebrated the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. In an interview earlier this week, Angie Murie, executive director of Planned Parenthood Waterloo Region in Canada, was asked about sex-selection abortions. She said:

“I wrestle with gender-based abortion more than any other reason [for having an abortion]...From a macro perspective, I don’t think it is a good idea for us to be eliminating women. But if you look at it at the individual level, which is what we do, I don’t have any right to say that one person’s reason is better or worse than another’s.”

This statement is as illogical as it is disturbing. [Read more]

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Gift Of Life - Official Movie Trailer

citizensunited07: The Gift Of Life, hosted by Governor Mike Huckabee.



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Friday, February 3, 2012

Susan G. Komen Org Reverses Position - Will Continue Funds to Planned Parenthood

Extract from follow-up report by Citizen Link:
Susan G. Komen for the Cure ‘Clarifies’ Grant-Making Policy
by Karla Dial: Just days after earning nationwide applause for severing its ties to Planned Parenthood, the breast cancer charity group Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced Friday it has revised its grant-making policy in a way that will allow the abortion megaprovider to remain eligible for funding.

After top board members resigned in protest and more than 50 liberal members of Congress complained, Komen founder Nancy Brinker issued a statement saying the group “will amend the criteria to make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political.” . . .

The Komen Foundation left unaddressed its other reason for the short-lived announcement that it would no longer fund Planned Parenthood: The abortion seller does not perform mammograms. Instead, it takes the money Komen provides and refers women to other clinics; until today, the Komen Foundation thought it would be more fiducially responsible to fund mammogram providers directly.

“It is truly unbelievable that the nation’s largest abortion provider has been able to take what has been considered one of America’s most well respected and beloved organizations and demonize it overnight for simply making their grants results-oriented. Planned Parenthood is putting their abortion ideology above the health of women,” said Jeanne Monahan, director of the Family Research Council’s Center for Human Dignity.

. . . Carrie Gordon Earll, senior director of issues analysis at Focus on the Family, agreed.

“It’s mystifying how an organization can fully articulate sound reasons for eliminating a funding relationship, then turn around and capitulate on that reasoning within days,” she said. “This is an example of how difficult it has become for organizations to take a morally principled stand. It’s also evidence of the strong-arm tactics employed by pro-abortion allies of Planned Parenthood. Komen would do well to remember who is it partnering with — a group that will stop at nothing to keep its funding.”

Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, urged the life advocates who’ve been applauding Komen this week to take a wait-and-see approach.

“What happened this week was nothing short of a Mafia shakedown campaign by Planned Parenthood against the Susan G. Komen Foundation,” he said. “Planned Parenthood told the Komen Foundation ‘Either give us money or we will destroy you.’ They were aided and abetted in this hostage-taking by the mainstream media.

“At this point, pro-lifers should cease their support of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. We know there are five more Komen grants to Planned Parenthood in the pipeline,” he concluded. “If any more come up, we will know we have lost and Planned Parenthood has won.” [Full Article]

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Morally Challenged Secretary Sebelius Scraps Conscience Exception for Health Plans

"To be morally challenged, one has to have been born. Obviously the same can be said for a moral person. However, the moral person is not seeking the death of the "unborn" or the "elderly." ~ Dr. Bill Smith

Bill Smith, Editor, ARRA News Service: While the following shared article is rather long, there was no way I could in good conscious crop it. Why, because the article addresses those claiming to be social conservatives and to those who should be social conservatives based on their faith. Also, it applies to those seeking to be "moral beings."

Is it critical to ask what has brought our Nation to the point that Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius could even consider, let alone proceed with "scraping the conscience exception for health plans"? The Obama administration has again proceeded brazenly without apparent fear of retribution by the public at large or even by those who are morally offended by Sebelius' action.

The article's author addresses his first-hand view of the conflict within the Catholic Church which has aided the Obama administration's open challenge to the moral conscious of the church without fearing that such action could result in negative consequence from Catholic voters in November. If this article awakens people, it will have served a very good purpose, but that will not stop the questionable actions of the Obama administration.

Protestants on the other side of the church isle have the same problem within their ranks. In fact their less restrictive hierarchy, many even aid in their ignoring and / or failing to vote their moral conscious. Numerous Protestants like numerous Catholics have surrendered or subjugated their moral conscious to a man-created, and often perverted, social consciousness. Whenever one considers promoting death in the womb or in the hospital bed, or the re-engineering of marriage and the traditional family, or changing social structure to avoid alleged inconveniences "of life," they have lost their way to the liberal progressive agenda.  That agenda then continues to expand to devour other individual beliefs and values like liberty, freedom, individual responsibility, pride, love of country, etc.

Within the Christian churches of America, thankfully there are those who have continually stood based on moral conscious based in Truth. Unfortunately, there are large numbers of "influential morally challenged people" who have gained access to power via the ballot box. These individuals do not permit themselves to be intellectually confronted by the morals of the church in any way that would stop them in their pursuit of social justice up to and including supporting death and harm to others. Consider these morally challenged individuals: Nancy Pelosi (Catholic), Kathleen Sebelius (Catholic) Harry Reid (Mormon), Chuck Schumer (Reformed Judaism), Hillary Clinton (Methodist), Barack Obama (Christianity/ Former Church of Christ), Joe Biden (Roman Catholicism). Tell me again, why are these people making decisions and taking actions  that affect us and attack our moral conscious? 

by Streiff (Diary), RedState : As the implementation of Obamacare rolls into high gear, we’ve been given insight into how it will be implemented in general. On January 20, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it would not exempt health plans provided by non-profit religious employers from the requirement to provide “contraceptive services.”
… Today the department is announcing that the final rule on preventive health services will ensure that women with health insurance coverage will have access to the full range of the Institute of Medicine’s recommended preventive services, including all FDA -approved forms of contraception. Women will not have to forego these services because of expensive co-pays or deductibles, or because an insurance plan doesn’t include contraceptive services.
The category of “all FDA-approved forms of contraception” includes the abortifacients, like the “morning after pill.” At the same time I couldn’t help but note that the group of health plans provided by “non-profit religious employers” who do not support contraception winnows the field down rather quickly to those provided by either the Catholic Church or one of its social service or medical subsidiaries.

The best is yet to come.

By way of full disclosure, I’m Roman Catholic. I’m a convert who became Catholic with eyes wide open rather than a “cradle Catholic” who was born into the religion. As such I’ve never ceased to be amazed at the antics of many of our Church leadership. I write it off to equal parts cognitive dissonance and a pathological desire to be popular.

The Democrat party has been anti-Catholic in its political positions since George McGovern ran for president yet the priesthood and heirarchy of the Roman Catholic Church in America tend to hail from Democrat constituencies. So on the one hand the Magesterium is teaching very traditional social values while on the other it is embracing without even a hint of credulity every lefty scheme that comes down the pike.

For instance, in 1983, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops declared nuclear weapons to be immoral and weren’t terribly fond of deterrence either. By 1988 they had decided SDI was destabilizing as was the US linking a Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan to future arms treaties. When communist terrorists were trying to create a people’s paradise in El Salvador, many of our bishops ignored what was happening to personal liberty under the Sandinistas in Nicaragua as they stumbled over themselves to create the “sanctuary movement”.

Without putting too fine a point on it but there was no daylight between the position of the Magesterium and that of the Kremlin on these issues.

Not that they are all commies or anything. But there were MOVEMENTS out there that had freakin Pete Seeger singing protest songs and James Earl Jones and Ed Asner at their rallies. How could you not be in favor of these things?

Similar stampedes took place on global warming and immigration.

This is where the cognitive dissonance comes in. When given the choice between seeming to endorse a religious conservative for office and seeming to endorse a heterodox leftist there is no limit to the contortions a large share of our bishops won’t put themselves through to help the lefty. To wit: by the black letter of the Catechism of the Catholic Church supporting abortion is forbidden. If a public figure does so this failure is compounded by “scandal”, that is, an action that could cause others to question their faith. The fact that there are very few bishops in the nation who have taken steps to discipline pro-abort advocates and politicians especially when they proclaim themselves to be devout.

The second strain is the want to be liked. For most of American history, Catholics were THE OTHER. It was a foreign religion practiced by all manner of foreigners who either couldn’t speak English (Italians, Poles, etc.) or who could barely speak it (the Irish, it goes without saying). What other religion still has amendments to state constitutions directly aimed at its religious schools?

Just when things were going well with JFK (another devout Catholic) in the White House, he gets killed and the whole counter culture begins. If there was anything less cool in the 1960s than being in ROTC it was being a Catholic who believed in monogamy and abstinence until marriage not to mention avowing any religion that did not use mind altering drugs. Being cool is still important and despite his views on abortion Obama, that epitome of coolness, was invited to give a commencement address at a Catholic university.

This mindset was most egregiously on display during the 2008 election. The Catholic heirarchy — and I have to digress here for a moment to emphasize that we have many traditional bishops in this country who have fought the good fight for decades — wanted to catch the Hope-and-Change wave and had a problem: Barrack Obama loves him some abortion. Not just plain vanilla abortion. He is in favor of partial birth aboriton. He is in favor of killing a kid who happens to survive the abortion procedure.

Demonstrating again a contortionist skill that would gain them employment at any county fair in the country the bishops issued a document called “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.”
 
As first blush it looks like a strong statement in favor of life which would not have helped Obama, or any other elected Democrat for that matter, until one reads deeper.
34. Catholics often face difficult choices about how to vote. This is why it is so important to vote according to a well-formed conscience that perceives the proper relationship among moral goods. A Catholic cannot vote for a candidate who takes a position in favor of an intrinsic evil, such as abortion or racism, if the voter’s intent is to support that position. In such cases a Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in grave evil. At the same time, a voter should not use a candidate’s opposition to an intrinsic evil to justify indifference or inattentiveness to other important moral issues involving human life and dignity.

35. There may be times when a Catholic who rejects a candidate’s unacceptable position may decide to vote for that candidate for other morally grave reasons. Voting in this way would be permissible only for truly grave moral reasons, not to advance narrow interests or partisan preferences or to ignore a fundamental moral evil.
In other words if you feel like the opposition to the war in Iraq or midnight basketball or furthering the ends of labor unions or any other pet peeve are “morally grave reasons” you can vote for the pro-abort. And they got what they wanted: American Catholics gave a majority of their votes to Obama.

Then came Obamacare which gave the bishops a real taste of what happens when you create a moral equivalence between universal health care and abortion. You get them both.

As reported in the Wall Street Journal, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops was heartbroken and gobsmacked, or gobsmacked and heartbroken, when they got the bad news about the elimination of an exemption for religious conscience in health plans.
President Obama telephoned Archbishop Dolan on Friday morning to tell him of the decision, said a spokeswoman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The pair had discussed the issue during a November meeting, during which the archbishop “got the message that they could work together,” said the spokeswoman, Sister Mary Ann Walsh.

The issue was likely to form the “backdrop to future relations,” she said. “It’s too big to ignore… the elephant is tramping around in the sanctuary.”

An administration official on Tuesday confirmed the call was made on Friday and reiterated comments made by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that the administration is committed to its partnerships with faith-based groups.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D., Conn.), a Catholic who supports abortion rights and access to contraception, said she thought the White House had handled the decision “very well” by being open to listening to religious leaders. “Contraception is about preventing unintended pregnancy,” she said. “I think that they did what they needed to do.”
So up until November Archbishop Dolan was being led to believe that he and the Obama Administration could work together and there would be a conscience exemption in the health care reform regulations and then he gets a call telling him that he’s been played for a chump.

It is really difficult to understate the cultural significance of this decision. If Congress doesn’t intervene and we end up with a pro-abort in the White House, which seems virtually certain regardless of how Obama fares in November, it is hard to see how this precedent will not be applied first to euthanasia, which seems to be the next big thing, and then to abortion. If left as it is, it really marks the end of independent churches in the United States.

The decision even managed to concern the Washington Post’s E. J. Dionne, another of the “smells and bells” Catholics on the left, or Catholycs as my friend Tom Crowe terms them, whose collective ass gets tired when confronted with the whole issue of morality.
One of Barack Obama’s great attractions as a presidential candidate was his sensitivity to the feelings and intellectual concerns of religious believers. That is why it is so remarkable that he utterly botched the admittedly difficult question of how contraceptive services should be treated under the new health care law.

His administration mishandled this decision not once but twice. In the process, Obama threw his progressive Catholic allies under the bus and strengthened the hand of those inside the Church who had originally sought to derail the health care law.
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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Breast Cancer Group Cuts Ties With Planned Parenthood

Update Feb 3, 2012: Read: "Susan G. Komen Org Reverses Position - Will Continue Funds to Planned Parenthood"

by Karla Dial, CitizenLink: Citing a new policy against giving funds to groups under government investigation, the breast-cancer charity organization Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced Tuesday it is curtailing its association with Planned Parenthood.

The group has been criticized for hypocrisy since its association with Planned Parenthood was first revealed in 2005. According to some researchers, there’s evidence of an increased risk of breast cancer after an abortion.

“While it is regrettable when changes in priorities and policies affect any of our grantees, such as a long-standing partner like Planned Parenthood, we must continue to evolve to best meet the needs of the women we serve and must fully advance our mission,” the Komen Foundation said in a statement. The group will reconsider resuming its relationship with Planned Parenthood if it is exonerated by Congress.

Over the last five years, the Komen foundation has been making grants to Planned Parenthood for breast health-screening programs — approximately $680,000 last year and $580,000 in 2010. According to Planned Parenthood, 19 of its affiliates have conducted more than four million breast exams, with 170,000 paid for by the Komen Foundation.

But some critics say the organization does not actually perform mammograms.

“Planned Parenthood has done substantial harm to women’s health,” said Karen Malec, president of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer. “Additionally, Planned Parenthood does not do mammograms, although President Cecile Richards has led the public to believe otherwise.”

The coalition was just one of many to applaud the Komen Foundation for its decision Wednesday.

One of those breast-cancer survivors is Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life.

“I applaud the decision made by the Komen Foundation to discontinue their partnership with the billion-dollar abortion mega-provider Planned Parenthood,” she said. “The work of the Komen Foundation has life-saving potential and should not be intertwined with an industry dealing in death.”

Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., launched the Planned Parenthood investigation last September after multiple reports — and videos — of employees apparently circumventing state and federal laws came to light. He asked the organization to provide internal audits from 1998 to 2010 showing how much federal money Planned Parenthood received and how it was spent, including if the government had to be reimbursed for improper billing to Medicaid, the federal-state healthcare program for the poor; state-level audits of the group or its affiliates going back 20 years; policy statements to certify there is no co-mingling of federal dollars in programs that fund abortions to Planned Parenthood’s clients; and explanations that convey the group’s procedures for reporting “criminal conduct,” to include statutory rape, sexual abuse, and suspected sex trafficking.

So far, Planned Parenthood, which receives approximately $1 million each day from taxpayers, has not complied. . .  [Read More on Suggested Actions]

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