The Pro-life Community is Buying out the Abortion Industry

Reading a recent article here about another abortion center shuttered and bought out by the pro-life community—this time in Toledo, Ohio—I’m seeing more than a few isolated victories. Full Article

For God’s sake, literally, because this is truly for God and His glory; this is happening in Florida, Philadelphia, Chattanooga, Iowa, Miami, Texas—and other places as well.

Guess what? In pockets across the United States, we—the pro-life community—are buying out the abortion industry. And I thought it was big abortion that had all the money.

But It crossed my mind that perhaps, just perhaps, we could actually drop a “money bomb” on the abortion industry (we’re not talking violence, it’s not who we are; we’re talking economics) that would send one of the most powerful messages imaginable. In the process, we could flip the narrative toward making our ministries the first choice for those facing an unplanned pregnancy.

Trump Clinton Polar Opposites On Abortion

“I am pro-life and I will be appointing pro-life [Supreme Court] justices,” Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, stated at the debate.

Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate, said about mothers’ decisions to have abortions, “I do not think the United States government should be stepping in and making those most personal of decisions.”

The next president will appoint at least one justice to the Supreme Court. Early in the debate, moderator Chris Wallace pressed Trump on if, as president, he would want the Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, the Court’s 1973 decision that declared a woman’s “right” to an abortion existing under her right to privacy.

Trump said he would appoint pro-life justices, but stopped short of saying he wanted the Court to overturn the Roe decision. “If that would happen, because I am pro-life and I will be appointing pro-life justices,” he said, “it [the legality of abortion] will go back to the individual states.”

Clinton, for her part, declared her strong support for Roe and also for Planned Parenthood, the “reproductive health care” organization that is the nation’s largest abortion provider. “So many states are putting very stringent regulations on women that block them from exercising their choices to the extent that they are defunding Planned Parenthood, which of course provides all kinds of cancer screenings and other benefits for women in our country,” she said.

Why is Senator Kaine Personally Opposed to Abortion

Why is Senator Kaine personally opposed to abortion, if he does not believe that it is the taking of an innocent human life? I hope in his science classes at Rockhurst he learned that at the moment of fertilization a new human life has begun with his or her own distinct DNA — different from the genetic code of both the child’s mother and father.

It was painful to listen to Senator Kaine repeat the same tired and contorted reasoning to profess his personal opposition to abortion while justifying his commitment to keep it legal. He said all the usual made-for-modern-media sound bites: It is not proper to impose his religious beliefs upon all Americans. He trusts women to make good reproductive choices. And when all else fails, there is always: Do we really want to criminalize and fill our jails with post-abortive women?

The founders of our nation actually dealt with this issue 240 years ago in the Declaration of Independence, in which they articulate certain self-evident and inalienable rights that government does not bestow but has a responsibility to protect. Our founders actually believed that the right to life is given to us by our Creator, not by the Supreme Court. Of course, religion will speak about fundamental human rights issues. However, to understand that the government has a right to protect human life is not dependent on religious belief. As the founders’ stated, these are self-evident truths. They are accessible to everyone through the use of reason. They do not require faith.

Before the late 1960s when abortion was illegal in every state, except for the life-of-the-mother cases, it is difficult to find a single instance of a woman imprisoned for abortion. The laws were enforced against the abortionists. Our own legal experience shows clearly that it is possible to develop public policies aimed at protecting children, not punishing women.

Are They Building a New Health Care System?

In response to religious freedom concerns – as well as concerns about rising insurance costs – some Americans began turning to health care-share organizations, which have grown in popularity over the past few years.

Solidarity HealthShare, based in Phoenix, Arizona, was founded in 2012 in conjunction with a pre-existing healthshare group called Melita Christian Fellowship Hospital Aid Plan. Solidarity HealthShare facilitates health-sharing among individuals and families across the country, who are looking to opt out of traditional healthcare for a more ethical and faith-centered option.

Solidarity HealthShare is not health insurance. Rather, it is a ministry intended to share the financial burden of those who pay for their own healthcare through voluntary, financial sharing of eligible medical costs between its members.

Rather than paying premiums to an insurance company, every member pays a monthly “share,” which is directly matched to another member’s medical bills.

Solidarity HealthShare is a non-profit organization and exempt from federal regulations, protecting it from the contraception mandate.

Its members are also exempt from a separate mandate requiring individuals to purchase health insurance.

Such Blatant Political Bigotry is an Affront to Orthodox Catholics

At this important time in our nation’s history, I encourage all of us to take a moment to reflect on one of the founding principles of our republic – the freedom of religion. It ensures the right of faith communities to preserve the integrity of their beliefs and proper self-governance.  There have been recent reports that some may have sought to interfere in the internal life of the Church for short-term political gain. If true, this is troubling both for the well-being of faith communities and the good of our country.

In our faith and our Church, Christ has given us a precious gift. As Catholics, we hold onto our beliefs because they come to us from Jesus, not a consensus forged by contemporary norms. The Gospel is offered for all people for all times. It invites us to love our neighbor and live in peace with one another.  For this reason, the truth of Christ is never outdated or inaccessible. The Gospel serves the common good, not political agendas.

I encourage my fellow Catholic brothers and sisters, and all people of good will, to be good stewards of the precious rights we have inherited as citizens of this country. We also expect public officials to respect the rights of people to live their faith without interference from the state. When faith communities lose this right, the very idea of what it means to be an American is lost.

Politicians, their staffs and volunteers should reflect our best aspirations as citizens.  Too much of our current political discourse has demeaned women and marginalized people of faith. This must change.  True to the best hopes of our founding fathers, we are confident that we can and will do better as a nation.

Don’t Abort your Babies, even when Doctors Recommend it

A Grammy-winning music star from Puerto Rico and his wife recently shared their pro-life story with the world, and it’s inspiring.

Juan Luis Morera Luna, known as Wisin of Wisin & Yandel, and his wife, Yomaira, learned that their preborn baby girl had been diagnosed with Trisomy 13, a condition that is considered incompatible with life. Most children with the condition don’t survive for much more than a month after birth, with the average being seven days. The couple, parents to two other children, was offered an abortion. They refused.

The baby girl, named Victoria, was diagnosed at five months gestation, and the couple said they plan to love their child for who she is and accept her completely.

“Don’t abort your babies, even when doctors recommend it,” Yomaira said. “Doctors try to convince you that abortion is right, but that’s not the path God wants us to choose, because we are not the ones to decide the life and death of a human being, even our own children. Trust that God has a perfect plan, even if we do not know why, or know how. Victoria has fulfilled every one of her purposes from the moment we knew of her condition.”

Hillary Clinton Mocks Catholics!

All Americans of faith should take a long, hard look at this and decide if these are the values we want to be represented in our next president,” (Paul) Ryan added.

Trump Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway blasted the remarks in a conference call Wednesday, saying they show the campaign’s disdain for Catholics.

“For 30 years Hillary Clinton has been openly hostile to practicing Catholics,” she said, citing Clinton’s support of partial birth abortion and the ObamaCare contraception mandate. “Now her staff is caught calling Catholics ‘backwards’ in emails seething with disdain.” Conway called for Clinton to fire those on her staff who have expressed anti-Catholic sentiments.

“Everyone involved should be ashamed. The hostility to religious liberty and disdain for Catholics should not go unpunished,” she said. “We call on Hillary Clinton to apologize and fire the staff involved in this anti-Catholic bigotry.”

“Excellent point,” Podesta exclaimed. “They can throw around ‘Thomistic’ thought and ‘subsidiarity’ and sound sophisticated because no one knows what the hell they’re talking about.” Subsidiarity – an organizing principle that matters ought to be handled by the smallest, lowest or least centralized competent authority. Political decisions should be taken at a local level if possible, rather than by a central authority.

Read “Summa Theological” to understand “Theistic” thought, which fundamentally means God sets a moral order of the Universe that man must submit themselves to or face certain peril. Podesta and his ilk would do better to actually reflect on those concepts, which kept Western civilization stable for over two millennia, rather than scoff at them like a bunch of high school gossip girls.

Catholics ‘Cannot Support’ Pro-abortion Candidates

DENVER, Colorado, October 5, 2016 – Catholics “in good conscience cannot support candidates who will advance abortion” and the Democratic party “platform is aggressively pro-abortion,” the Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila wrote in a column lambasting abortion, same-sex “marriage,” and hostile attacks on religious freedom.

Describing a dinner party conversation he had with other Catholics, Aquila said he shared his “aversion for both candidates” but said Catholics “need to reflect on the platforms of both parties, with an emphasis on the human life issues.”

“This is the most important guidance I can give: allow your ongoing personal encounter with Jesus Christ and the Church to guide your political decisions,” Aquila said. “I say this because we believe that the truth about ourselves and the world we live in is revealed in and through him. Our society suffers and has suffered for quite some time because too few people live an integrated life – one that does not divide ‘the personal’ from ‘the public.’”

“The [Democratic] platform is aggressively pro-abortion, not only in funding matters, but in the appointment of only those judges who will support abortion and the repealing of the Helms Amendment, which prevents the U.S. from supporting abortion availability overseas,” he continued. “Conversely, the Republican party platform is supportive of the Hyde Amendment and just this year strengthened its support for life by calling for the defunding of Planned Parenthood, banning dismemberment abortion and opposing assisted suicide.”

It’s Extreme Hypocrisy to be Against War but not Abortion

Let’s first acknowledge that there has never been a political party in the United States that is perfectly aligned with Catholic teaching on every issue. That does not mean, however, that we are therefore automatically free to vote for either major party, because one party can be much further from Catholic principles on the most important issues than the other party. As a result of that, we are often faced with the task of discerning which party and which policies are most in line with Catholic teaching, and which ones aren’t.

Suppose a candidate for president promoted a policy that would make it legal for someone to kill a black person if that black person created a hardship for them getting the education they desired.  How many of you would be comfortable voting for that candidate?

There is a candidate, in this 2016 race for president, who along with that candidate’s political party does, in fact, sanction the killing of blacks and Hispanics in the situations previously described…under one…particular…condition:  That the black person or the Hispanic person is still in his or her mother’s womb.

Now, this candidate and party certainly won’t say it that way, not publicly anyway. Instead, they use words like “choice” or “reproductive rights” or “women’s health” or other sanitized statements in order to cover up what abortion is and what abortion does.

So let’s stop beating around the bush with regard to the current presidential race: Do you know which candidate and party in this election promotes abortion and even promises to expand its availability here at home as well as abroad?

Do you know that this candidate and party intend to make you and me pay for other people’s abortions with our tax dollars—something that has always been illegal?

Are you aware that this candidate and party, which until recently, said that abortion should be “safe, legal and rare” no longer even bothers to say that it should be rare—but rather, that it must be available any time, any place, even up to the last moment that the fully formed, full-term baby remains in the womb?

If you do not know which candidate and party I’m referring to, then you should not even consider voting until you do know! Ignorance in this area is unacceptable, because ignorance in this area costs millions of babies their lives and jeopardizes the souls of many Catholics voters.

Archbishop Eamon Martin “Protect the Right to Life”

Saturday was the Day of Life, a date the Catholic Church in Ireland sets aside to celebrate the sanctity of life.

Ireland is a battleground nation for abortion activists, backed by some of the world’s richest men. The pro-life country’s Eighth Amendment protects the right to life of unborn babies and bans abortions except when the mother’s life is in jeopardy; but abortion activists are working hard to repeal it.

Irish Archbishop Eamon Martin praised his nation for providing tender, loving protections to mothers and unborn babies on Oct. 1 in a passionate speech against abortion. The Catholic archbishop urged Irish people to counter the pro-abortion efforts with a “revolution of tenderness,” according to the Catholic News Agency. Saturday was the Day of Life, a date the Catholic Church in Ireland sets aside to celebrate the sanctity of life.

In August, Ireland’s High Court agreed. A High Court judge ruled that the word “unborn” in the Irish Constitution means an “unborn child” who has the same rights as other human beings that “must be taken seriously.”