Wednesday, September 23, 2009

"Death Spiral" Rationing in Baucus Bill Gravely

For immediate release:
Friday, September 18, 2009

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"Death Spiral" Rationing in Baucus Bill Gravely
Endangers America's Seniors


WASHINGTON – The health care bill proposed by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus on September 16 contains a dangerous provision that creates a financial incentive for Medicare doctors to deny treatments to seniors.

National Right to Life Executive Director, David N. O'Steen, Ph.D, says, "This is the cruelest and most effective way to ensure that doctors are forced to ration care for their senior citizen patients. It takes the telltale fingerprints from the government: instead of bureaucrats directly specifying the treatment denials that will mean death and poorer health for older people, it compels individual doctors to do the dirty work. It is an outrageous way to provide coverage for the uninsured - by taking it away from America's senior citizens."

The provision penalizing doctors establishes that for at least five years, Medicare physicians who authorize treatments for their patients that wind up in the top 10% of per capita cost for a year will lose 5% of their total Medicare reimbursements for that year [see footnote 1 at bottom of release].



This means that all doctors treating older people will constantly be driven to try to order the least expensive tests and treatments for fear that they will be caught in that top 10%. It is noteworthy that this feature operates independently of any considerations of quality, efficiency, or waste - if you authorize enough treatment for your patients, however necessary and appropriate it may be, you are in danger of being one of the 1 in 10 doctors who will be penalized each year. Moreover, it creates a moving target - by definition, there will ALWAYS be a top 10%, no matter how far down the total amount of money spent on Medicare is driven.

“It's like a game of musical chairs, in which there is always one chair less than the number of players – so no matter how fast the contestants run, someone will always be the loser when the music stops,” O’Steen added.

The incentive this creates is purely cost-driven, without any balancing of benefit. It will create a constant sense of uncertainty in doctors, since none can know in advance precisely what the cutoff for a given year will be - resulting in still more pressure to limit treatment and diagnostic tests to the bare minimum.

For more information: http://powellcenterformedicalethics.blogspot.com



Notes:

1. On pages 80-81 of the 8.16.2009 Chairman's Mark, in the "Expansion of Physician Feedback Program" in Title III, Subtitle A, Part I; specifically, at the top of page 81: "Beginning in 2015, payment would be reduced by five percent if an aggregation of the physician's resource use is at or above the 90th percentile of national utilization. After five years, the Secretary would have the authority to convert the 90th percentile threshold for payment reductions to a standard measure of utilization, such as deviations from the national mean."

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) rates this as taking $1 billion from Medicare payments over a period of 6 years. See CBO 9/16/09 letter to Chairman Baucus, Table, page 3 of 7.



The National Right to Life Committee, the nation's largest pro-life group is a federation of affiliates in all 50 states and 3,000 local chapters nationwide.

Endangers America's Seniors

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For immediate release:
Friday, September 18, 2009

For more information:
Derrick Jones, (202) 626-8825
mediarelations@nrlc.org

"Death Spiral" Rationing in Baucus Bill Gravely
Endangers America's Seniors


WASHINGTON – The health care bill proposed by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus on September 16 contains a dangerous provision that creates a financial incentive for Medicare doctors to deny treatments to seniors.

National Right to Life Executive Director, David N. O'Steen, Ph.D, says, "This is the cruelest and most effective way to ensure that doctors are forced to ration care for their senior citizen patients. It takes the telltale fingerprints from the government: instead of bureaucrats directly specifying the treatment denials that will mean death and poorer health for older people, it compels individual doctors to do the dirty work. It is an outrageous way to provide coverage for the uninsured - by taking it away from America's senior citizens."

The provision penalizing doctors establishes that for at least five years, Medicare physicians who authorize treatments for their patients that wind up in the top 10% of per capita cost for a year will lose 5% of their total Medicare reimbursements for that year [see footnote 1 at bottom of release].



This means that all doctors treating older people will constantly be driven to try to order the least expensive tests and treatments for fear that they will be caught in that top 10%. It is noteworthy that this feature operates independently of any considerations of quality, efficiency, or waste - if you authorize enough treatment for your patients, however necessary and appropriate it may be, you are in danger of being one of the 1 in 10 doctors who will be penalized each year. Moreover, it creates a moving target - by definition, there will ALWAYS be a top 10%, no matter how far down the total amount of money spent on Medicare is driven.

“It's like a game of musical chairs, in which there is always one chair less than the number of players – so no matter how fast the contestants run, someone will always be the loser when the music stops,” O’Steen added.

The incentive this creates is purely cost-driven, without any balancing of benefit. It will create a constant sense of uncertainty in doctors, since none can know in advance precisely what the cutoff for a given year will be - resulting in still more pressure to limit treatment and diagnostic tests to the bare minimum.

For more information: http://powellcenterformedicalethics.blogspot.com



Notes:

1. On pages 80-81 of the 8.16.2009 Chairman's Mark, in the "Expansion of Physician Feedback Program" in Title III, Subtitle A, Part I; specifically, at the top of page 81: "Beginning in 2015, payment would be reduced by five percent if an aggregation of the physician's resource use is at or above the 90th percentile of national utilization. After five years, the Secretary would have the authority to convert the 90th percentile threshold for payment reductions to a standard measure of utilization, such as deviations from the national mean."

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) rates this as taking $1 billion from Medicare payments over a period of 6 years. See CBO 9/16/09 letter to Chairman Baucus, Table, page 3 of 7.



The National Right to Life Committee, the nation's largest pro-life group is a federation of affiliates in all 50 states and 3,000 local chapters nationwide.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Pro-lifer killed while witnessing to life

Press Release Sept. 11, 2009




Pro-lifer killed while witnessing to life




Jim Pouillon, a well-known pro-life activist was shot to death while witnessing to the sanctity of life outside of the Owosso High School in Flint, Michigan . The killing occurred at about 7:30 am, Friday, Sept. 11, 2009 as Pouillon stood outside of the school building. He held a large poster of a baby with the message “Life” written in large letters. The victim, dependent on an oxygen tank and who wore leg braces, was a committed pro-life activist who for many years stood outside of Flint area abortion clinics and Planned Parenthood offices in the hope of turning women away from their abortion decision.




Monica Migliorino Miller, director of Citizens for a Pro-life society, headquartered in Michigan, states:




“Jim died while giving a peaceful witness to the sacredness of human life. He stood outside of the local high school on many occasions holding a sign of a baby to send a message to the students that abortion is the taking of innocent life. Now his life has been taken as he stood in witness against the injustice of abortion. When violence is aimed at those who provide abortion—pro-life leaders are swift to condemn it. We call on the pro-abortion community to condemn this violence against Jim Pouillon. Many have already blamed Jim for his own death because he dared to stand on the street with a pro-life sign. Such a point of view is atrocious and grossly irresponsible.”




“Jim Pouillon is a hero—he died for the cause of life.”

Thursday, September 10, 2009

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Show the POLITICIANS, How you will be VOTING in 2010

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Pro-life Song is #92, in the Top 100 on Soundclick.com

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title: One in a Billion Choices
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PETITION TO STOP AN ABORTION MANDATE

The proposed Healthcare Plan currently includes mandatory coverage for abortions in both government and private insurance plans. This is outrageous! The ACLJ is demanding (review our press release) that Congress insert a critical exemption to REMOVE abortion services from mandatory coverage. We need your help. Add your name to our online nationwide PETITION TO STOP AN ABORTION MANDATE.

Go to ACLJ, Ameerican Center for Law & Justice.

Send a letter to you Elected Officials

As a firm supporter of protecting life, I am deeply concerned by proposed healthcare reform legislation that poses serious risk to the unborn citizens of our nation.

Without abortion explicitly excluded from any government-mandated or government-funded benefits package, abortion will be included. I cannot, and will not, support abortion as a so-called “health benefit.” Furthermore, in legislation as important and future-shaping as healthcare reform, safeguards must be enacted to ensure, beyond any doubt, that abortion is not mandated or subsidized.

As my elected official, I urge you to use the full influence of your office to uphold the sanctity of life and protect the unborn by including language that will explicitly exempt abortion services from mandatory coverage. Keep abortion services out of national healthcare legislation.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

New pro-life films shine

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New pro-life films shine
Exclusive: Jill Stanek offers reviews of 8 movies on abortion, euthanasia, demographics

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Posted: June 24, 2009
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By Jill Stanek



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Many excellent pro-life movies and documentaries have been recently released covering a wide spectrum of our issues. In fact, the movies seem to be coming so fast I have delayed posting this column several weeks to try to catch the latest. Even last week I read of one more but have to draw the line somewhere.

My star rating is out of four possible. Because of the volume, I am providing thumbnail reviews. Films are listed in alphabetical order.




22 Weeks

Stars: 3-1/2

Released Winter 2009. 28 minutes. Docudrama. Winner 2009 Excellence in Media Angel Award. Synopsis: Tells true story of April 2005 late-term abortion in Orlando, Fla., where baby survived but was denied help by clinic workers despite pleas from mother. Not rated, but I'd consider it PG13 for disturbing scenes. Could have been tightened, just a little. Previously covered by WorldNetDaily.com. $10 online.




Come What May

Stars: 2-1/2

Released Spring 2009. Dove-family approved. 93 minutes. Fiction. Synopsis: Pro-life college law student argues against Roe v. Wade in "moot court" while pro-abortion mother argues against parental notification before the U.S. Supreme Court. Patrick Henry College student production (and school infomercial) – impressive in that regard but not up to Hollywood standards. Good information on Roe v. Wade decision; good love story role modeling. $10-15 online. Purchase "Come What May" at the WND SuperStore.




Demographic Winter

Stars: 4

Released Spring 2008. 56 minutes. Documentary. Synopsis: Details the catastrophic social and economic consequences of the worldwide population decline. Sobering, must see – more than once. $18 online.

The follow-up to this movie, "Demographic Bomb," was released June 20, but I only have seen a press release about it. Purchase "Demographic Winter" at the WND SuperStore.




Killing Girls

Stars: 4

Released Spring 2009. 52 and 80 minute DVD versions as well as downloadable. Nominated Best Film in two 2009 European film festivals. Documentary. Synopsis: Examines late-term abortions in Russia, where 80 percent of mothers abort. Many young girls purposefully wait until second trimester. Director gained access to large St. Petersburg hospital abortion ward. Does not take pro-life or pro-abortion position. Goes into Russian history to help explain current sad scenario. More complete Stanek review in WND. $23 online.




Lines That Divide: The Great Stem Cell Debate

Stars: 4

Released June 2009. 57 minutes. Documentary. Synopsis: First, I promise this film is not boring, making excellent use of movie clips and celebrity sound bites in combination with graphics and interviews of scientists on both sides of the debate. Covered are not only ethics but women's health as well as media, political and terminology obfuscation. Very current information provided. $20 online.

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Maafa 21: Black Genocide in 21st Century America

Stars: 4

Released June 2009. 135 minutes. Documentary. Synopsis: Revealing, articulately documented analysis of the black eugenics movement that was launched in America with the secession of slavery, now a worldwide onslaught spearheaded by Planned Parenthood. Surprising insights from black leader Jesse Jackson before he sold out. Surprising quotes from pro-black eugenics Republican presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Only warning: Long, although necessarily. May need to take 1-2 intermissions. $10-20 online, depending on quantity ordered.




The Terri Schiavo Story

Stars: 4

Released Spring 2009. 50 minutes. Winner Best Documentary 2009 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival. Hosted by Joni Eareckson Tada. Synopsis: Gives behind the scenes look at the court decision to euthanize Terri as well as family reflections and publicity surrounding her death. $18 online.




Thine Eyes

Stars: 3

Released April 2009. Documentary of 2009 36th annual March for Life. Narrated by Jennifer O'Neill. Synopsis: Uses six cameras and travels on student buses to and from March to describe its magnitude and impact. Falls short on basics: Alludes to but doesn't describe events surrounding March or the March route itself. Stationary camera doesn't show entire time-elapsed March; frustrating. Still superior to mainstream media coverage, or lack thereof. 50 minutes. Covered by WorldNetDaily's Jack Cashill here and here, who helped produce the film and write the script. $20 online.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Adult Stem Cells finding Cures

MI Catholic Conference - http://www.micatholicconference.org

Michigan Catholic Conference leads effort to promote adult stem cell research, and condemn those who would kill and/or clone embryos in the name of research.

The Science of Stem Cells: Finding Cures and Protecting Life
Lansing Update: Chronicles Legislative Activity
On the Stem Cell Research Executive Order

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Rejoice with us, and thank you for your prayers. The pro-life message is getting out on the internet, Our prolife song "One in a Billion Choices, is #96 in Cont Chiristian Charts
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One in a Billion Choices
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Author: Lawrence & Diane Marie Leach

You were one in a Billion Choices
and God chosen you,
so stop look and listen to
the beauty of your name

As she struggles with the questions of life,
a baby is on the way
she is nobody's wife
praying she hears the Lord Say

You know the father of Lies,
and the creator of fears
comes to kill and destroy life
my child, dry your tears

Wayne is a Builder,
Robert bright Fame
William means protector of life
search for the meaning of your name
Ernie is determination
Peter is a Rock
Men are called to lead nations
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You were One in a Billion Choices
and God has chosen you
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Patricia means noble one
Helen is a light
Diane divine one
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Virginia is pure
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Each Birth must be asssured

You were one in a billion choices
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Jesus means salvation,
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You were one in a billion choices
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Friday, May 15, 2009

Ten Years Later, Boy's 'Hand of Hope' Continues to Spark Debate

Remember baby Samuel reaching out of the womb and grasping the surgeon's finger. It was the most amazing photo ever taken. Does it look like a mass of indistinguishable tissue to you as the pro-aborts and abortion mills claim?



Now, here he is at ten years old. Thank God his mother honored the sanctity of human life.



http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,519181,00.html



Ten Years Later, Boy's 'Hand of Hope' Continues to Spark Debate
May 06, 2009


By Joshua Rhett Miller



Nearly 10 years after a stunning photograph of his tiny hand traveled the world, Samuel Armas has a firm grip on what "The Hand of Hope" means to him.

"When I see that picture, the first thing I think of is how special and lucky I am to have God use me that way," Samuel told FOXNews.com. "I feel very thankful that I was in that picture."

On Aug. 19, 1999, photographer Michael Clancy shot the "Fetal Hand Grasp" — his picture of a 21-week-old fetus grasping a doctor's finger during innovative surgery to correct spina bifida. Nearly four months later, on Dec. 2, Samuel Armas was "born famous."

The photo, which first appeared in USA Today on Sept. 7, 1999, quickly spread across the globe as proof of development in the womb and was later cited during congressional debates on the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, which passed in 2000.

"It's just a miracle picture, a miracle moment," Clancy told FOXNews.com. "It shows the earliest human interaction ever recorded."

• Click here for photos.

Samuel, now 9 and living in Villa Rica, Ga., said the photo likely gave countless "babies their right to live" and forced many others to debate their beliefs on abortion, something he's proud of.



"It's very important to me," Samuel said of the photograph. "A lot of babies would've lost their lives if that didn't happen."

Julie Armas, Samuel's mother, said her eldest son has a "very strong sense of right and wrong" and understands the impact of his unconventional first baby photo.

"He identifies it more in terms of a pro-life message more than anything," she told FOXNews.com. "This photo happened and God used it to show people that this baby in mom's tummy is alive. He's pleased that his photo conveyed that message."

Armas said Samuel will wear lower leg braces for the rest of his life as a result of spina bifida, which occurs when the spine fails to close properly during early pregnancy. He'll also use a wheelchair during long trips, as he did at Great Adventure earlier this week. But the mother of three said Samuel "walks great" and has been lucky enough to avoid some surgeries associated with his condition.

"He's doing extremely well," she told FOXNews.com. "We pray that he continues to be as healthy and able as he has been."

Samuel's condition hasn't slowed his activities as a decorated Cub Scout or in the swimming pool, where he took first place last weekend in a 25-yard backstroke event.

"I love to swim," Samuel said of his typical Saturday activity. "You use your arms a lot and it gives your arms great muscles."

The third-grader also loves science and animals, especially orcas, bald eagles and tigers. And he still collects bugs, something his father, Alex, revealed during a Senate hearing in 2003 to highlight advances in fetal surgery.

"Anything we see, he wants to catch and put it in a jar to watch it," Julie Armas said. "He's a great kid, he really is. He's very gentle; he's very laid-back."

Clancy, who hasn't photographed a surgery since Samuel's, recalled meeting him for just the third time in 2007 during an event for Come Alive Ministries in Atlanta.

"His eyes just lit up because he was born famous because of that picture," Clancy told FOXNews.com. "It was amazing."

Clancy, who was a freelancer for USA Today when he photographed Samuel's fully-formed hand, now works as a motivational speaker at pro-life events. Prior to the picture, Clancy said, he was pro-choice.

"And that's what I'm going to do, keep telling this story," he said. "It can change people's hearts. What started off as an assignment turned into a responsibility to keep telling the story behind it."

A crucial part of the story, Clancy argues, is whether Samuel reached through the 8-inch opening in his mother's uterus and grabbed Dr. Joseph Bruner's hand, or if the doctor manipulated the hand during surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Tennessee.

"I could see the uterus shake violently and then this little fist came out of the surgical opening," Clancy recalls. "It came out under its own power. When Dr. Bruner lifted the little hand, I fired my camera and the tighter Samuel squeezed, the harder Dr. Bruner shook his hand."

Bruner, who could not be reached for comment, has told reporters that Samuel and his mother were under anesthesia and could not move. In a Jan. 9, 2000, article in The Tennessean, he said he pulled Samuel's hand out of the uterus, further complicating the debate surrounding the photograph.

But none of that matters to Julie Armas. Samuel continues to thrive, and he is leading the way for his 3-year-old brother, Zachary, who also has spina bifida.

"I don't care, honestly," Julie Armas said. "What I felt the picture showed is that this is a child engaging in some form of interaction. I'm a labor and delivery nurse, so I understand that Samuel was anesthetized to some degree.

"So if he reached out, I don't know. If Dr. Bruner reached out, I don't know. The fact of the matter is it's a child with a hand, with a life, and that's meaningful enough."

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Notre Dame Response

The Notre Dame Response: Don't Show Up

This Sunday I will have the privilege of being with many of the pro-life students of Notre Dame University. Seniors who have decided not to take part in their graduation have invited me to lead them in prayer, in an alternate ceremony on another part of the campus, at the very hour that pro-abortion President Obama will speak and be honored by the University.

In standing with these students, I am standing with the true spirit of Notre Dame: a pro-life spirit, in harmony with human reason and Catholic Faith. The scandal that has been generated does not represent what Notre Dame is all about; it represents a radical betrayal of what Notre Dame is all about. I am encouraged by the pro-life activities of so many student groups on this campus – activities that are carried out all year round.

Hundreds of thousands of Catholics, hundreds of priests, and dozens of bishops have called upon Notre Dame to end this scandal by withdrawing its invitation to President Obama. The result of that demand is not in our control. But one final response to this scandal is fully in the control of each graduating senior: don’t show up. Don't participate in an event which will only serve to obscure rather than highlight the Church's pro-life teaching and the true spirit of Notre Dame. Instead, come to the Class of 2009 Vigil for Life. The seniors who do this are manifesting the real meaning of commencement: they are carrying out the witness to truth and service that their hard-earned degrees have prepared them to give in the world.

We shouldn't at all be surprised that many others will fail to understand not only the courageous actions of these students, but also the concern voiced by so many across our nation. After all, the fact that many don't have a problem with Barack Obama sitting in a place of honor at a Catholic Commencement is simply a corollary of the underlying problem that so many don't have a problem with Barack Obama sitting in the White House. Our concern is not just that he is at odds with Catholic teaching. Our concern is that he is at odds with American teaching, and the very meaning of public service – which requires being able to tell the difference between serving the public and killing the public. He should neither be at Notre Dame nor in the White House.

Nearly a thousand priests and deacons have joined their voices to a statement that Priests for Life has written, and we invite more to sign up at www.priestsforlife.org/statement/notredame.aspx. Meanwhile, we invite all the faithful to join the Notre Dame students in a Rosary Campaign for reparation for this scandal, and for the conversion of the President and all who support legal child-killing. Please let us and the students know how many rosaries you pledge to pray this week; go to www.PrayerCampaign.org.

And finally – let every commencement ceremony include a prayer for those who would have graduated had they not been killed by abortion. It's the least we can do!

Fr. Frank Pavone

National Director, Priests for Life

Fr. Frank to Go to Notre Dame

We must Take a STAND for LIFE

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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In August 2008, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) took long-overdue action to address a growing crisis of abortion-related discrimination that could force thousands of conscientious healthcare professionals out of medicine. After several months of public comment on its proposed regulation, in December 2008 HHS finalized a regulation that made clear the protections offered by three civil rights laws passed by Congress with bipartisan support.
The civil rights laws declare that American tax dollars will not fund programs in which healthcare professionals are fired, penalized or otherwise subjected to discrimination because of their ethical stance related to abortion and other morally controversial issues.

However, in March 2009, following protests from abortion special interest groups, the new administration officially declared plans to rescind--get rid of--the conscience-protecting regulation. By the April 9, 2009 deadline for public comments, nearly 50,000 healthcare professionals and patients sent a message to HHS through Freedom2Care to protect conscience rights.

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RED Envelopes Flood White House

For you Information, Thank you for all your Prayers and Help. Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A White House mailroom staffer has confirmed that nearly 2.5 million red envelopes have made their way to President Barack Obama to protest his pro-abortion record. The staff member says the campaign is one of the largest efforts he can recall in his 35 years working at the White House.

The mailroom worker, identified in a WorldNetDaily interview as Steve, helps oversee the mail destined for the president.

Asked if he had seen a deluge of red envelopes in recent weeks, Steve responded: "Uh, yes. Believe me, they made it here."

"Quite frankly, there was definitely a deluge of mail coming through," he laughed. "I had to handle them all."

Though President Obama is in Europe on a foreign trip, the White House worker said the Obama administration has noticed the flood of red envelopes against abortion.

"I've been here 35 years, so I've seen presidents come and go," he told WND. "This campaign ranks up there with the big ones."

Inspired during a prayer, Massachusetts resident Christ Otto came up with the idea of sending red envelopes to President Barack Obama to protest his pro-abortion policies.

As he told LifeNews.com back in February, what started out as an email request to 120 of his ministry friends and supporters turned into a nationwide phenomenon that saw others ask pro-life advocates to coordinate sending their red envelopes to Obama this week.

"We are trying to change the president's heart," Otto says. "This is a message to a man that God hears the cry of innocent blood. It is not a political stunt, although I hope it changes policy in Washington."

"If the capital is flooded with so many letters that no one can deny it, I am hoping the image will be burned into Barack Obama's mind that this is about human blood, and that he lies awake at night until he cannot resist doing something about it," he continued.

A Texas man named Brian Potter set March 31 as the date for sending the red envelopes and that coordination appeared evident in the comments from the White House mailroom employee.

Several web sites have been set up in support of the project and the people who have responded saying they sent or will send envelopes has reached over 1.5 million, though not everyone has registered with the web sites.

"For me, this has been a living parable of my philosophy of life and ministry, : 'Listen to the Lord, and do what He tells you,'" Otto tells LifeNews.com. "I was not expecting such a dramatic outcome."

Related web sites:
Red Envelope Project - http://www.redenvelopeproject.org
Send a Red Envelope - http://SendARedEnvelope.org
Red Envelopes for Life - http://RedEnvelopesForLife.org

Thursday, April 2, 2009

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Life is so precious, and we seem to have lost that idea here in our country, and the Lord spoke to my heart sharing that each person is created for a special mission, and each name is given to us by God, he knew us before we were born Jermiah 1:5 A Pro-life song with a message of the beauty of names and mission

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

major news story of the private plane that crashed into a Montana cemetery,

From Christian Newswire this afternoon, by pro-life activist and writer Gingi Edmonds:

Some of you may have seen the major news story of the private plane that crashed into a Montana cemetery, killing 7 children and 7 adults. But what the news sources fail to mention is... the [cemetery] contains... the Tomb of the Unborn... erected as a dedication to all babies who have died because of abortion. What else is the mainstream news not telling you? The family who died in the crash near the location of the abortion victim's memorial, is the family of Irving 'Bud' Feldkamp, owner of the largest for-profit abortion chain in the nation...
Family Planning Associates was purchased 4 years ago by... Feldkamp... owner of Allcare and Hospitality Dental Associates and CEO of Glen Helen Raceway Park in San Bernardino. The 17 CA Family Planning clinics perform more abortions in the state than any other abortion provider - Planned Parenthood included - and they perform abortions through the first 5 months of pregnancy. Although Feldkamp is not an abortionist, he reaps profits of blood money from the tens of thousands of babies that are killed through abortions performed every year at the clinics he owns. His business in the abortion industry was what enabled him to afford the private plane that was carrying his family to their week-long vacation at The Yellowstone Club, a millionaires-only ski resort. The plane went down on Sunday, killing 2 of Feldkamp's daughters, 2 sons-in-law and 5 grandchildren along with the pilot and 4 family friends....The cause of the crash is a mystery. The pilot, who was a former military flier who logged over 2k miles, gave no indication to air traffic controllers that the aircraft was experiencing difficulty when he asked to divert to an airport in Butte. Witnesses report that the plane suddenly nosedived toward the ground with no apparent signs of a struggle. There was neither a cockpit voice recorder nor a flight data recorder onboard, and no radar clues into the plane's final moments because the Butte airport is not equipped with a radar facility. Some speculate that the crash was due to ice on the wings, but this particular plane model has been tested for icy weather and experts have stated that ice being the cause is unlikely. In my time working for Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, I helped organize and conduct a weekly campaign where youth activists stood outside of Feldkamp's mini-mansion in Redlands holding fetal development signs and raising community awareness regarding Feldkamp's dealings in child murder for profit. Every Thursday afternoon we called upon Bud and his wife Pam to repent, seek God's blessing and separate themselves from the practice of child killing. We warned him, for his children's sake, to wash his hands of the innocent blood he assisted in spilling because, as Scripture warns, if "you did not hate bloodshed, bloodshed will pursue you." (Ezekiel 35:6) A news source states that Bud Feldkamp visited the site of the crash with his wife and their 2 surviving children on Monday. As they stood near the twisted and charred debris talking with investigators, light snow fell on the tarps that covered the remains of their children.

I don't want to turn this tragic event into some creepy spiritual "I told you so" moment, but I think of the time spent outside of Feldkamp's - Pam Feldkamp laughing at the fetal development signs, Bud Feldkamp trying not to make eye contact as he got into his car with a small child in tow - and I think of the haunting words, "Think of your children." I wonder if those words were haunting Feldkamp as well as he stood in the snow among the remains of loved ones, just feet from the Tomb of the Unborn? I only hope and pray that in the face of this tragedy, Feldkamp recognizes his need for repentance and reformation. I pray that God will use this unfortunate catastrophe to soften the hearts of Bud and Pam and that they will draw close to the Lord and wash their hands of the blood of thousands of innocent children, each as precious and irreplaceable as their own. "I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then." (Deut. 30:19)
This is hard to think about. Gingi's right. No MSM report included that particular business detail. An Associated Press article did include this, however:
Feldkamp's family has gone through tragedy before. Two years ago, his 10-month-old grandson, Chase, died after he was found to have slipped between a mattress and the edge of a bed during a nap. The child was taken to a hospital and was eventually taken off life support.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Faith defied the knowledge of medicine

This is a clip from TRUE Life Heros Facebook Page, with Randy Shea

The next generation of TRUE Life Heroes began with Faith Hope Walker\'s C-Section birth on February 12, 2009:

Another landmark passed on March 12, as Faith began her third week of life. As she nears her first month of life, this little soul proves the intrinsic, God-given value created for each of His children. Faith defied the knowledge of medicine by living to birth. Every day of life -- and every ability she gains -- defy the false wisdom of men, who choose to destroy 95% of children with her condition in the womb.

Simply by living, Faith inspires others to reconsider rhetoric, which promotes surgical selection of unborn children. For some, life or death are meted out for the \"good of society\" based upon predictions of their future productivity. Faith escaped this fate to bring joy to the hundreds who love her, pray for her and follow her life through Myah\'s blog
> http://babyfaithhope.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


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Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Red Envelope

The Red Envelope
from Pro-life Blogs, and Peter Shinn, Pro-life Unity.

This afternoon a friend was praying about a number of things, and her mind began to wander. She was deeply distressed at the symbolic actions that President Obama took as he began his presidency. Namely, that he signed executive orders releasing funds to pay for abortions,permission to fund human stem cell research, and federal funding for contraception. She has been involved in the pro-life movement for nearly 20 years, and it pained her heart and so many of us to see a man and a political party committed to the shedding of innocent blood. This man, and this party lead our country, but they do not represent me or the 54% of Americans who believe that abortion is wrong and should no longer be legal.

As she was praying, she believed that God gave her an interesting idea. Out in the garage she had a box of red envelopes. Like the powerful image of the red LIFE tape, an empty red envelope will send a message to Barack Obama that there is moral outrage in this country over this issue. It will be quiet, but clear.

Here is what we all could do:


Get a red envelope. (You can buy them at Kinkos, or at party supply stores.)

On the front, address it to:

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington , D.C. 20500

On the back, write the following message.

This envelope represents one child who died in abortion. It is empty because that life was unable to offer anything to the world.

Responsibility begins with conception.

Put it in the mail, and send it. Then forward this email to every one of your friends who you think would send one too. I wish we could send 50 million red envelopes, one for every child who died before having a a chance to live. Maybe it will change the heart of the president.

Pro-Life Unity

United we stand - Divided they die

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Open Congress

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Monday, February 2, 2009

Pro-life Song in Charts

Don't tell us People are not interested in Pro-life Messages, in Music, TV, You Tube, etc. They are tired of all the Wrong Messages.

this week from www.soundclick.com Charts POP #573 from #795
# 573 in Pop (highest position was 317). Total songs: 96,564

artist: In God's Image
title: One in a Billion Choices Pro-life


Charts Christian Comteporary Pop
# 108 in Contemporary Christian (highest position was 70). Total songs: 11,861
(Contemporary Christian)

artist: In God's Image
title: One in a Billion Choices Pro-life song with a message of the beauty of names and mission Now available at Christian Bookstores

In Gods Image: Jesus the Name (CD) Review by The Dove Foundation
In Gods Image: Jesus the Name (CD) Dove Family-Approved. Suitable for all ages ... to know that the answer to all of life's questions is Jesus

Sunday, February 1, 2009

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NBC was wrong, there was nothing wrong with this ad, it spoke the TRUTH, which NBC has no interest in.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

One Answer the to Abortion Problem,

Nation's First Government-funded Abortion Alternatives Program Serves Over 150,000 Women Since 1995
By Kevin I. Bagatta on January 21, 2009 9:08 AM | No Comments
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Pennsylvania Program Sets Record - 19,747 women provided pregnancy and parenting support services last year.

Harrisburg, PA - January 14, 2009. Real Alternatives, statewide administrator for the award winning Pennsylvania Alternative to Abortion Services Program, reports that in fiscal year 2007 -2008 a record 19,747 women were provided comprehensive counseling, mentoring, and support throughout their nine (9) months of pregnancy and twelve (12) months after the birth of their baby. In fiscal year 2007-2008 the program received its highest funding of $6.5 million per year by the Commonwealth's Department of Public Welfare. The program's administrative cost ratio is less than 8.5%

"We have seen a steady decrease in annual abortions since the start of the program 13 years ago. To date, the citizens of Pennsylvania have placed $59 million of tax payer funds to provide pregnancy and parenting support services to 150,000 women experiencing an unplanned or crisis pregnancy. We are striving for the day when no woman in the Commonwealth feels that she must have an abortion - that is what the program is about," said Kevin I. Bagatta, Esquire, Real Alternatives President & CEO.

In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, 118 Real Alternatives-funded pregnancy support centers, Catholic Charities, social service agencies, maternity homes, and adoption agencies throughout the Commonwealth provided services to 19,747 women at 83,263 visits. There is a center within an hour of every woman in Pennsylvania.

Since its inception 13 years ago, the Program [www.RealAlternatives.org/movie] has served over 150,000 women at over 645,329 office visits.

Bagatta continued: "this state-funded support program is the only program in the Commonwealth dedicated to lowering abortions after there is a crisis pregnancy. It continues to work because of the approximately 500 counselors and mentors statewide meeting the needs of women in unplanned and crisis pregnancies. By providing a counselor to be with the woman in need from the moment she finds out she is pregnant to 12 months after the birth of the baby, this program empowers her to overcome her obstacles and crisis. She is not alone. She knows someone is with her to help her. An alternative to abortion is not a pamphlet, it is another person....it is one woman seeing another woman in crisis and loving her and supporting her like she is her own daughter. This program represents the best in America."

View a short film about this successful program visit: www.RealAlternatives.org/movie. For more information, call Kevin I. Bagatta, Esq. at
717-541-1112.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

A Letter Written to Barack Obama

January 14, 2009

A Letter Written to Barack Obama

by Father Jim Booth
Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church

The following is a letter that was sent to Barack Obama regarding the
so-called Freedom of Choice Act. I assume that no one in Washington
will bother to read it, so I post it for the consideration of all who
might be interested.

President Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. Obama,

It is my solemn duty as a human being, as a Christian, and as an
American citizen to write to you and urge you not to sign the
so-called Freedom of Choice Act. I firmly believe that this
legislation is utterly and completely immoral, un-American,
unconstitutional, and entirely inhuman. It is my understanding that
you intend to sign this bill into law if passed by Congress. This
saddens me greatly and I firmly believe that this bill, if passed,
will plunge our great nation further and further into the darkness of
evil and injustice. If a child in the womb is not safe, then who is?
If a human baby possesses no legal rights and protections, then who
does?

I understand that you once said that the point at which human life
begins is above your pay-grade. From this I am led to believe one of
three things: 1) you deliberately said this to avoid controversy but
you do not really believe it, 2) you said this without thinking, 3) or
you actually believe that the point at which human life begins is
uncertain and above your pay-grade. Charity demands that I assume
that your statement in this regard is an honest albeit unfortunate
expression of your belief. The other alternatives reflect
characteristics that I hope a sitting president would not possess,
those being a calculating disingenuousness and a propensity to act and
speak without thinking.

If you truly believe that the point where human life begins is above
your pay-grade, then what are the logical ramifications of this
belief? Well, if you really believe that an unborn child may or may
not be a human being, is it not logical, prudent, and necessary to
presume that the unborn child is indeed a human being? One would hope
that a human baby deserves such a presumption. After all, why do we
insist that our soldiers be morally certain that they are shooting at
enemy combatants and not at innocent civilians? Why do we insist that
our police officers refrain from shooting at a violent criminal if
there is a possibility of hitting an innocent bystander? Without a
doubt, when we have soldiers or policemen who do not use deadly force
prudently, we usually remove them from duty and even bring them to
justice if the circumstances warrant.

But the Freedom of Choice Act removes all restraints on terminating
the lives of babies who you think, if you are being honest, may or may
not be human beings. Are you willing to let our law enforcement
officers and soldiers use deadly force indiscriminately with no
restraints or ramifications for their actions? One hopes not, but if
you actually believe that the status of an unborn child is really
uncertain, then the Freedom of Choice Act is morally indistinguishable
from removing any and all restrictions on the use of deadly force in
our military and law enforcement agencies.

But we are not really talking about mere indiscriminate use of deadly
force, but the unjust and immoral use of deadly force. We would not
accept a soldier deliberately shooting at someone on the presumption
that he might be an enemy soldier. We would not tolerate a police
officer who deliberately shoots someone on the presumption that he
might be a dangerous felon. How is this different than tearing the
body of a baby limb-from-limb on the presumption that she might not be
a human being? So, Mr. Obama, if you are truly uncertain as to when
human life begins, it seems pretty apparent that you must choose to
protect the baby that you think might be human instead of killing her
on the mere presumption that she may not yet be human.

Also, please consider that our legal system presumes innocence and
tolerates the possibility of letting the guilty go unpunished in lieu
of the possibility of punishing the innocent. Can we not afford the
same presumption of human life for the unborn lest we tolerate the
murder of innocent human beings? Do we deliberately send anyone to
jail unless there is no shadow of doubt regarding their guilt? Are we
not more careful when exercising the grave responsibility of capital
punishment, allowing appeal after appeal to preclude the execution of
someone who might be innocent? It seems that abortion is nothing
other than the summary execution of a baby whose only 'crime' is to be
inconvenient or unplanned. This is nothing less than cruel and
unusual punishment for being in the wrong womb at the wrong time.

Likewise, if we look at our constitutionally guaranteed rights such as
the freedom of assembly, freedom of speech, the right to bear arms,
etc. we recognize that these explicitly enumerated rights can be
restricted without denying the basic constitutional right itself. If
the Brady Law can insist on a background check and a waiting period to
purchase a firearm, how can we accept these restrictions upon a
constitutionally guaranteed right but the FOCA would overturn all laws
stipulating parental consent for an abortion involving a minor or a
waiting period for abortion especially since abortion is not an
enumerated right in our Constitution? If we accept that limits can
legally be placed on free speech, what is the justification for
denying any limits placed on abortion, which again is nowhere to be
found as an enumerated right in our Constitution? If we can accept
that conducting a peaceful public demonstration can require a permit,
a reasonable and legal limitation on the exercise of both the rights
of free assembly and of free speech, in what way does abortion deserve
unfettered exercise above and beyond our actual constitutional rights?
Mr. Obama, it is absolutely absurd, disproportionate, and
unacceptable that the FOCA would elevate abortion above and beyond
every enumerated constitutional right.

But as a priest, as a shepherd of souls, I must also insist that you
consider the moral aspects of abortion in general and of the FOCA in
particular. Indeed, you will be judged on your actions personally and
with respect to how you have used the power and authority of your
office. You have been entrusted with a sacred duty and you will have
to answer for how you have exercised that power and authority.
Indeed, Jesus insists that "from everyone who has been given much,
much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with
much, much more will be asked" Lk 12:48. Is there a secular office
higher than the one you have assumed? You have been given not just
much, but the most. Is the FOCA the "much more [that] will be asked"
of your administration, or is God perhaps asking you for something
else? What would Jesus expect of you, the same Jesus Who said "Let
the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the
Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these" Mt 19:14. Does the FOCA,
which removes anything that hinders abortion, allow for little babies
to come to Jesus unhindered? Yes, the 'kingdom' of the United States
has been entrusted to your care, but please remember that the little
babies are first and foremost citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven.

And I must direct your attention to Matthew 25:31-46. Here Jesus
insists that "Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these
least brothers of mine, you did for Me" Mt 25:40. How do you think
Jesus will respond to someone who pulls Him apart limb-from-limb?
Please remember that Jesus Himself was once an embryo, once a
blastocyst, once a fetus, or whatever dehumanizing term you wish to
choose for an unborn baby. Having been an unborn baby, is it
conceivable that Jesus would not particularly identify Himself with
these least of His brothers and sisters?

Finally, I ask you to consider whose interests are served by the FOCA?
Is it Jesus' interests, or someone else's? Perhaps a passage from
Jeremiah will help clarify this for you: "They built high places to
Baal in the Valley of Ben-hinnom, and immolated their sons and
daughters to Molech, bringing sin upon Judah; this I never commanded
them, nor did it even enter my mind that they should practice such
abominations" Jer 32:35. I can hardly see that the interests of this
country, the interests of women, the interests of children, and most
importantly, the interests of Jesus are served by the FOCA. But if
you sign the FOCA into law, it would seem that you are serving Molech
and bringing more sin upon this nation. With all due respect, please
do not sign this abomination into law, if not for the sake of the
salvation of your own soul, for the lives of the little children who
will be unjustly sacrificed on the altar of false freedom.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Mobilize women who regret their abortions

January 12, 2009


Ten days to go, and we will again mobilize women who regret their abortions and men who facilitated abortions. They will stand in front of the vast crowd in Washington DC gathered for the March for Life. They will stand publicly, holding signs saying “I Regret My Abortion” and “I Regret Lost Fatherhood.”

They will be the voice that greets the new Presidential Administration and the new Congress!

Would you please help us get as many such people together as possible? There are two ways you can do that.

1. Invite anyone you know who has lost a child to abortion to join the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. This does not mean they have to “go public.” It simply means that they let themselves be counted as someone who regrets the so-called “choice” of abortion.
The place to go is www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org


2. Join in a teleseminar tomorrow night, Tuesday January 13, from 9 to 10pm Eastern Time, to hear from the co-founders of this campaign, which is the largest mobilization of post-abortion men and women in history. Janet Morana and Georgette Forney will guide and inspire us regarding how to grow this campaign even more. Go to www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org/conferencecall/index.aspx to sign up.

On other matters, please note:


* Our Novena in Reparation for Roe vs. Wade begins this Wednesday, January 14. Pray in spiritual preparation for January 22. See http://www.prayercampaign.org to download the prayer and sign up!

* Any parish that is willing to distribute in their parish bulletins our insert “You Can Save Someone’s Life Today” can receive from us as many as they need free of charge! See the bulletin, and how to request it, at http://www.priestsforlife.org/bulletin

* Are you organizing a bus to Washington DC for the March for Life or to San Francisco for the Walk for Life? If so, then as we have done in the past, we are offering videos that can be shown on the bus and prayer cards that can be given to each traveler. Contact Liz at our Resource Department for more details ( mailto:orders@priestsforlife.org ). Please let Liz know the video format you need (VHS or DVD), and how many different videos you may want. As for the prayer cards, let her know the quantity.

Let me also provide you with the upcoming schedules for our own TV shows and Radio programming:

Fr. Frank will host the “Pro-Life Open Forum” on Friday, January 16th at 7pm (Eastern) on Catholic Answers Live. Call in with your questions at 1-888-318-7884. Go to http://www.catholic.com for station information and to listen live on the internet.

Listen as Fr. Denis Wilde, OSA debates Kutztown University professor and pro-choice advocate Dr. Deb Sieger on Wednesday, Jan 21 at 2PM EST on KY Radio-88.3FM/1670AM - The Radio voice of Kutztown University, KUR. You can also listen on line at www.kutztown.edu.

James Pinto, Jr., MEV, National Coordinator of the Lay Missionaries of the Gospel of Life and his wife Joy Pinto, MEV will appear on Life on the Rock with hosts Father Mark Mary and Doug Barry on EWTN, Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 8pm ET. Be part of the live show by calling 1-800-221-9460 or email mailto:rock@ewtn.com . Show repeats on Friday, January 23 at 1am and 1pm and Sunday, January 25 at 11pm. For more information or to watch online see http://www.ewtn.com .

Hear us on EWTN radio on Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo. Fr. Frank Pavone is her guest every Wednesday at 9:30am ET and Janet Morana is her guest every Friday at 9:10am ET. For radio station information and to listen to the live show on the internet, go to http://www.avemariaradio.net .

Defending Life: Watch on EWTN every Friday at 10pm ET and Saturday at 2:30am ET. Listen on EWTN radio every Friday at 1am ET, Saturday at 6:30pm ET and Sunday at 5am ET. For more information or to listen online go to www.ewtn.com .

January 16-18: Facing Hard Truths. How brutally honest should we be with each other about difficult topics like abortion, especially when trying to help those who have had one?

January 23-25: Abortion Isn’t Medicine. Guilt is one of our most common emotions. Its relationship to abortion, across cultural and religious lines, is the topic of this discussion.

Gospel of Life: Airs on "Angel One" Channel 101 on Sky Angel IPTV and channel 262 on Dish Network every Wednesday at 11:30pm ET. It also airs on Catholic Familyland (www.familyland.tv) - Sunday at 1am, Monday at 9am, Wednesday at 3:30am and Thursday at 11:30 pm. (All Times Eastern). Listen to Gospel of Life episodes online at www.gospeloflife.com.

Week of January 11: Clergy Confront Congress

Week of January 18: King, Roe and Unity

Please tune in and spread the word! In fact, you can help us – and your whole parish -- by asking your pastor to place in the parish bulletin an announcement about our TV shows. Thanks in advance!

Blessings and prayers,
Fr. Frank Pavone

Silent No More

Fr. Frank Pavone

Priests for Life

Abuse victims often use the phrase "Silent No More" to indicate their response to being victimized. It may be surprising to some in our society that as our nation reaches another anniversary of the abortion decisions Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton, that women from coast to coast are uniting under the banner of "Silent No More" because they have had abortions.

Not illegal "back alley" abortions, but abortions in legal “clinics.”

These women do not consider themselves freed, empowered, or ennobled because of their abortion. Rather, they testify that they were enslaved, weakened, and wounded. They were, in short, given a false promise, which is the essence of all temptation. They were told that this "procedure" would solve their problems. Instead, it brought more problems than they care to think about, namely, the whole range of physical and psychological wounds often described by the term "post-abortion syndrome."

What are these women doing to express their message? In Washington and in cities across the country, they will gather publicly at rallies and prayer events and hold signs that say, "I Regret My Abortion." The Washington gathering will, in fact, be at the steps of the Supreme Court, on the very date, January 22, that abortion was legalized.

This campaign is organized worldwide by Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life, and is the largest mobilization ever of women and men who have lost children to abortion. Along with public gatherings, they speak in legislative assemblies, in the media, and in Churches.

But why do this? If abortion is so painful, some will ask, why make a public display out of one's experience?

The answer is understood only if one knows how shameful and painful the silence of abortion is. The grief that follows abortion is, in the words of Dr. Theresa Burke, a "forbidden grief." The grief is not acknowledged; it is not validated. People don't send sympathy cards or talk about it openly. In fact, those who grieve their child killed by abortion are often made to feel silly for feeling sad. After all, they are told by society that they exercised a choice that solved a problem. Why grieve over that?

Such questions, of course, reveal a complete blindness to the fact that killing one's child hurts, and leaves a wound that Mom or Dad does not ever forget.

These men and women are tired of having pro-choice advocates pretend to speak for them. They want to tell the world, in their own words, that what is too easily celebrated as a "choice" and a "right" is in fact a painful burden.

Not every post-abortive person has found enough healing to be able to participate in these public rallies or hold these signs. But the participants in the Silent No More Awareness Campaign pray that their presence will assist their sisters on the road to healing, and give them some measure of comfort to know that their grief is no longer forbidden.

This Column can be found online at http://www.priestsforlife.org


Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life

Monday, January 12, 2009

Traveling Billboard

January 22ndAnniversary of Roe vs. Wade 36 years of legalized abortion forall nine months of a pregnancyand for any reason. 50 million babies have been aborted surgicallyand many more chemically!

Pray to end it! Judy Climer, President
Flint Right to Life &
Black Americans for Life
G-4482 N. Genesee Rd.
Flint, MI 48506
Phone: (810) 250-0218
Email: FlintRTL@gaither.com
Web site: www.FlintRTL.com

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Face of Jesus seen in baby scan

Face of Jesus seen in baby scanBy PAUL SIMS


The Turners' spiritual scan shows the face of Jesus hovering above their baby in the womb.
After seven months of a difficult pregnancy, Laura Turner looked anxiously at the latest ultrasound picture of her unborn son.

She was reassured to see not just the baby sucking his thumb - but what she believes is an image of Jesus watching over him.
The 20-year-old nursery nurse was so amazed that she decided to give her son the Biblical name Joshua.
'I just couldn't believe my eyes,' she said at her home in Studley, Warwickshire. 'My partner and I had already been for four or five scans because my baby has a cleft lip, and it was another routine
check-up to make sure that everything was okay.
'We had already found out that we were expecting a boy at an earlier scan so when we went to the hospital we weren't anticipating any more surprises. How wrong we were.
'It wasn't until we got home and a friend pointed out that it looked like there was someone else in the picture with our baby that we realised.
'I nearly fainted. We were just happy that we had managed to get a picture of Joshua sucking his thumb.
'To see what looks like Jesus in a shroud was unbelievable. It still
hasn't sunk in. It's kind of spooky but also beautiful and we will always treasure it.'
Miss Turner said she and her partner David Meikle, a 31-year-old removals man, had endured weeks of uncertainty after doctors told them that the baby, their first, might be born with Down's syndrome.
'The pregnancy has been fairly difficult so to see a likeness of Jesus in the picture gives me a lot of comfort.
'It's as if someone is watching over Joshua. It's helped make us feel more at ease and although I'm not very religious, seeing the picture does reassure me that things are going to turn out okay and that Joshua will be our little miracle.'





Face of Jesus seen in baby scan
Source: www.dailymail.co.uk
When mum-to-be Laurna Turner went to hospital for an ultrasound of her unborn son, the scan delivered a startling view – the face of Jesus hovering above her baby


it does say, he is there, where we are formed in our Mother's Womb. Psalm 139, Jer 1:5, Is 49

http://Jer1Pro-life.blogspot.com