Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Susan G. Komen Fund cuts off Planned Parenthood

Well, it's a start. Hope Komen permanently cuts off Planned Parenthood.

"Komen spokeswoman Leslie Aun said the cutoff results from the charity's newly adopted criteria barring grants to organizations that are under investigation by local, state or federal authorities. According to Komen, this applies to Planned Parenthood because it's the focus of an inquiry launched by Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., seeking to determine whether public money was improperly spent on abortions."

Related: Coalition on Abortion Breast Cancer

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Media Censorship, Nova Huta, and the March for Life

Brilliant analysis, over at American Notebook, on the media blackout of the March for Life.

In a nutshell:  Communists tried to make people of faith not exist in Nova Huta, Poland.
MSM tries to make the Pro-Life Movement not exist by censoring coverage of the annual March for Life.

Sursum Corda. I would add this interesting connection between Nova Huta and the March for Life. Nova Huta did build a church. In thanksgiving they gave their priest and leader, Karoly Wojtyla (now Blessed JPII) a monstrance which he in turn presented to Mother Angelica, foundress of EWTN, which annually broadcasts the March for Life. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Yellow Balloon People at the March for Life 2012

Good work by Theresa Civantos of the Weekly Standard for following up with this youthful group from St. John Cantius in Chicago.
Brother Chad McCoy, a Catholic monk who works at St. John Cantius Church, helped coordinate and lead the group of nearly 250. 

“Some people have very different ideas about how the March for Life should be conducted, and I respect those ideas,” he said. “We don’t want to be perceived as being out there partying.”

McCoy’s group seeks to channel the students’ youthful enthusiasm toward a greater cause.

“Our goal is really to reach out to the young people,” he said. “Young people are drawn to a cause that is fun, energetic, and joyful.” And because of the movement's idealism. 

“Young people want to be heroes,” he said, “they want to be warriors. As we get older, we get jaded and say, ‘It doesn’t make a difference.’ 

The Oogedy Boogler will add...this echoes Pope John Paul II.

A British observer of the March for Life 2012

Blogger Auntie Joanna was stateside for this year's March for Life 2012 in Washington, D.C. Here is some of what she has to say:

My verdict: this is a genuine community movement, it connects with the hearts and souls of vast numbers of Americans, it speaks to the deepest values of humankind and it is tackling the greatest issue that faces us as we stumble towards some kind of vision of civilisation for the 21st century. March on, America’s marchers for life – you are needed, you are on the side of right, you are on-message, and underGod you will prevail.

Full story here.

Where is the President of Hope & Change? -March for Life 2012

Finally, found the video of Pastor Luke Robinson's address at the March for Life 2012 in Washington, D.C. He asks, "where is the president of change and hope"during this time of African-American abortion genocide?

How can we turn back when there are, when 60 percent of all African-American pregnancies in New York City ended in abortion? How can we be silent when 40 percent of the pregnancies in the Hispanic community in New York City was aborted?”
Rev. Robinson said that the large percentage of black babies who are aborted is a “tragedy,” and added: “Where is the president of change and hope? Where is Jesse Jackson? Where is Al Sharpton? Where is the NAACP? Where is the Black Congressional Congress--Caucus? And where for God’s sake is the voice of the African-American church and the pastor?

Complete story with video by Patrick Burke at CNSNews.com

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Photos of March for Life 2012 -UPDATED

Babara Curtis works fast! Here is her annual March for Life Photo Album.

But wait, there's more!

St. Blogustine has a great album. Especially nice photos of the various groups that attended...the yellow balloon people from St. John Cantius, the Baby Feet Hat people, the Big Hair Girls (?), AHC for Life hats, also a good sense of just how wet and rainy and HAPPY the Marchers were despite it all.

UPDATED - 1/25/12
Kathryn Jean Lopez of the National Review has posted her thoughts and lots of photos.

Let's not forget March for Life 2012 (a blog for those marching for life in 2012) over at tumblr.

All photos from Barbara Curtis at Mommy Life blog.

 Cubanos contra el Aborto! It's the white banner by the yellow balloons.
Marching in the rain.

March for Life 2012 Rally video summary

This video is actually an anti-March for Life (pro-Obama) video that ironically does the work of highlighting everything that's wrong with the Obama Administration on the Life Issues.
The short video features clips of Nellie Gray, Allen West, and the on fire Pastor Luke Robinson, among others.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Speaker John Boehner at the Rally for Life 2012

"These two founding principles, life and liberty, are intertwined. Together, they form the core of our national character. They comprise the standard by which the world looks to us. When we affirm the dignity of life, we affirm our commitment to freedom. When we don’t affirm life … when life is cheapened or weakened, here or abroad, freedom itself is diminished."

Rep. Allen West at the March for Life Rally 2012

Here is a clip of Allen West's short, but powerful address.
"Reaffirm the transcendent right to life."

N.B. the book he mentions is IN GOD WE STILL TRUST: A 365-Day Devotional by Dr. Richard Lee

Live Blogging March for Life 2012 -via television

Watching from home this year because of other commitments.
So far we've seen: beautiful Lord Have Mercy invocation from the Orthodox Church.
Nellie Gray plugs the Life Principles (check them out at the March for Life website).
Speaker John Boehner thanks his Mother for all of his siblings (they are 12 in number).
Cantor, Chris Smith. Among many others,
Pause for Silent No More Campaign women. Now back to Congressman greeting the crowd.
Representative Jean Schmidt (R - OH) on fire as usual.
Despite the rain and cold the crowd is excited.
Sean Duffy R-WI is articulate, got good cheers.
Don't forget Good Counsel Maternity Homes (Chris Bell, husband of Joan Andrews)
Student contest kids are up.
So foggy, rainy you can't even see the Capitol which is usually nicely framed behind the rally stage. Looks like it will be a soggy, slow march up Constitution Ave to the Supreme Court.
[Got to run, but the mini-speeches have been good, on topic, and moving. Keep watching at CSPAN or EWTN (also live streaming)].
Pastor Luke Robinson wants to know where are they, where is Sharpton, Obama, Jessie Jackson. Where are their voices stopping the genocide of the black people. Pastor Robinson, smoking, on fire pointing the finger at the Democratic leaders in the State of New York (60 of 100 pregnancies end in abortion in Manhattan).
Marchers are already on Constitution Ave with their soggy signs, ponchos, and umbrellas. Or is this the crowd coming from the Youth Rally at the Verizon Center? Hard to tell.
Did we just see a Hiberians for Life sign?
Let's do let's take America back!!! - Paster Luke Robinson
To paraphrase the good pastor, "Let's give the Culture of Death a good retirement party."

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Live blogging the March for Life -UPDATED

Steven Greydanus is live blogging the March in Washington, D.C.
Sen. Rand Paul detained by TSA on his way to speak at the March for Life. Story at Michelle Malkin.
Follow a live blogger here. The Crescat at Patheos is in D.C.
And here is another site to follow. March for Life 2012 a blog for those marching for life in 2012.
Yalies March for Life

Culture of Death England

This from the Daily Mail:
Four patients die thirsty or starving EVERY DAY on our hospital wards show damning new statistics Data shows 1,316 deaths were linked to or directly caused by dehydration and malnutrition in 2010

Speaker Boehner to Deliver Opening Remarks at March for Life

Press release from March for Life website:
Speaker of the House John Boehner will deliver opening remarks at the 39th annual March for Life in Washington on Monday, January 23, 2012. House leaders and members of the bipartisan pro-life majority in the House are also expected to speak.
“Respect for life has never been a political position for me: it’s who I am, and it’s who we are as a people,” Congressman Boehner said. “The cause of life endures in large part due to the vigilance of the American people, especially those who, led by Nellie Gray, march and pray in our nation’s capital each year at this time. It will be a great honor to address the March for Life as Speaker of the House and leader of its bipartisan pro-life majority.

Walk for Life West Coast 2012

Nice little report from "protest shooter" blog. Here is the full report with photos & video.
"This is going to be a bit of a short report. I didn't take a lot of pictures of signs that were the same as last year. What I was primarily interested in was that the event got bumped from their usual location by a competing event - the West Coast Rally for Reproductive Justice who apparently got their permit application in earlier or something. This was just as well since the Walk for Life totally overflowed their location, and the new location in front of City Hall is much better. It's not only larger but also the walk was was right smack down the middle of Market Street instead of around the edge of the town."

Friday, January 20, 2012

Obama, President of the Culture of Death

The Catholic bishops of the United States called “literally unconscionable” a decision by the Obama Administration to continue to demand that sterilization, abortifacients and contraception be included in virtually all health plans.
“In effect, the president is saying we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences,” said Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The cardinal-designate continued, “To force American citizens to choose between violating their consciences and forgoing their healthcare is literally unconscionable. It is as much an attack on access to health care as on religious freedom. Historically this represents a challenge and a compromise of our religious liberty."

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Life Matters

It's good that we are finally having this conversation. The Santorum Family gift to our broken nation in this anniversary month.
Jessica Heslam of the Boston Herald remembering her daughter Grace Virginia:
We were gently encouraged to hold our stillborn baby. I was terrified. I had no idea what to expect. No idea what my baby would look like. How on earth could I hold a child whose smile and cries I would never see or hear?
One of the nurses swaddled my daughter and put her in my arms — an act for which I am eternally grateful. Despite our fears and trepidation, the nurse assured us that holding our baby daughter would help us through our ordeal. As painful as it might seem, it would help us heal.
Grace was beautiful. She had my husband’s lips and my big toe. We told her how much we loved her and how sorry we were. Our families got to see her, too, and a priest came to our hospital room to bless her.
Charles Lane of the Washington Post on his son Jonathan:
My wife held Jonathan for a long while. I hesitated to do so. At the urging of the nurses and my wife, I summoned the courage to cradle Jonathan’s body, long enough to get a good look at his face and to muse how much he looked like his brother -- then say goodbye. I am glad that my love for him overcame my fear of the dead.
We, like the Santorums, took a photograph of the baby -- lying, as if asleep, in my wife’s arms. We have a framed copy in our bedroom. It’s beautiful.
Jonathan’s body was prepared according to Jewish law, including circumcision, and buried after a religious service. Clergy and friends gathered at our home to support us.
I regret that, unlike the Santorums, who presented the body of their child to their children, we did not show Jonathan’s body to our other son, who was six years old at the time. When I told him what had happened, his first question was, “Well, where is the baby?” I tried to explain what a morgue is, and why the baby went there. It was awkward and unsatisfactory
P.S. Don't forget to attend the 39th Annual March for Life in DC on January 23rd.