Thursday, November 29, 2012

The right to be inside a uterus

What is the nature and purpose of the kidney versus the nature and purpose of the uterus?

The answer tells us why a woman is not obligated to give her child her kidney but is obligated to “give” her child her uterus.

… The kidneys exist for the health and proper functioning of the body in which they reside. In other words, kidneys exist in a body, for that body.

In contrast, the uterus exists in one body, to be around — and for — another body. The fact that a woman can live without her uterus but a fetus cannot shows that the uterus exists for the unborn child rather than for the mother.

The unborn, as members of the human family then, must not be denied the environment that regularly waits in great expectation for them….

[M]aintaining pregnancy is simply doing for the unborn what parents must do for the born — providing the shelter and nourishment a child needs. It is what is required in the normal course of the reproduction of our species.

Furthermore, when unborn children are aborted, they are directly and intentionally killed in the environment made for them. A kidney patient, in contrast, dies as a result of kidney disease. As a physician friend of mine pointed out, “In the renal [kidney] analogy, if nothing is done, one person dies. In the pregnancy case, if nothing is done, no one dies.”…

A woman’s uterus may be in her body, but every month it gets ready for someone else’s body. It exists not so much for us as women, but for our offspring.

- Stephanie Gray, Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform

h/t Jill Stanek

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Toronto democratic? - not

And what the liberal elites in Toronto couldn’t do during the election campaign, in the court of public opinion, they knew they could do in the court of law.

Ford crushed the liberal elite’s candidate in the last election, by almost 100,000 votes. But one judge overturned that. Ford is an imperfect man. But political punishment for him is up to the voters, not a pack of hard-left lawyers and a lone judge.

Ford must run again — not only to continue his conservative agenda, but to take democracy back from the lawyers, and give it back to the people.
Sun News Network


Monday, November 26, 2012

On Being Catholic

This morning, I read Little Catholic Bubble, the blog of Leila Miller, mother of eight children and a conservative Catholic blogger.

She re-posted her conversion story, or rather her re-conversion story, tracing her path of indifference to the Catholic faith, her consideration of joining an evangelical church, and her way back to an authentic Catholic faith. She is an interesting person, unafraid to engage with anyone on her blog and ready to discuss matters of faith, morality, and politics with those who have similar or completely opposite viewpoints.

While I can't relate to her story (my own path did not entail the same crises), I do share many of her conclusions.

At the time of Vatican II, my family moved from Sudbury, Ontario to Victoria BC - I was fourteen at the time, and struggling with a scrupulous conscience - and the changes that I saw in our church, I put down to differences in location. I was completely unaware of what was going on in Rome, I just experienced the change from Latin Mass to Mass in the vernacular, and I noticed the de-emphasis on the sacrament of Confession. This I took as an immense relief, as I could put my scrupulous conscience to rest and forget about the ordeal of Confession.

However, within a few years, I could see the toll that had been taken upon the Church. The first most noticeable thing was the de-reverencing of the Liturgy. Along with now hearing all the prayers in English, the music became very user-friendly. Guitars appeared and songs such as "Eat My Body, Drink My Flesh" (how I hate that song) emerged and were sung like Kumbaya. This was a stark contrast to the awe-inspiring midnight Mass in Christ the King Church in Sudbury, where dozens of white-robed children processed to the front of the church singing the traditional hymns of Silent Night, Oh Little Town of Bethlehem, Oh Holy Night. The Mass was magical, and not just because I was staying up so late. The flickering candlelight, the procession with one young teen girl carrying baby Jesus to lay in the manger, accompanied by the senior choir dressed in red satin robes. The Mass was even broadcast on the local radio station and the announcer, a convert to Catholicism, narrated what was happening in whispered tones. There was reverence so palpable that every knee would bend and every head would bow for the Lord Jesus was coming.

The post-Vatican liturgy seemed dumbed-down by comparison and, as I think more and more about this, I know that it is because the sense of reverence and awe has been pushed away in favour of making everyone feel comfortable and included. The trouble with that is that the celebration of the Mass doesn't seem one bit extraordinary when compared to other events in one's life. Most people now get more "religious feeling" by going to a movie; in fact, I think the modern theatre has taken over the role of the church in many people's lives. They now go to see uplifting or thrilling films in order to get in touch with their inner selves. The trouble with that is that they are being filled with the beliefs of the movie makers, rather than coming to know who they are vis a vis their Creator.

Unfortunately many of the clergy were swept along with the tide of Vatican reforms. But more serious than the change in the forms of liturgy, is the revamping of belief that underlie those changes. As Leila describes, the sacraments were pushed aside and not given importance, in particular the sacrament of Confession. Traditional forms of prayer, such as novenas and devotions such as Benediction, have been abandoned completely or left on the sidelines. Those who practise them are considered a little weird, "too Catholic", too orthodox, kind of not-with-it.

However, for many of us, it is precisely those moments of awe inside a church when High Mass was sung or when large choirs sang beautiful traditional hymns accompanied by the magnificent crescendos of the pipe organ, that brought us into the place where we felt the presence of God, where we willingly knelt and were moved to tears because we could acknowledge that here indeed was God our Saviour, and we needed Him.

Leila's story is well worth reading and I will reread it, because there are many things in it to think about. But my first strongest impression is the awareness of having the sense of awe stripped away from me, by the changes in the liturgy that have occurred. Even if they are well-intentioned, they do nothing to bring me any closer to God in liturgical worship. Perhaps they do for others, but I have my doubts.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Ireland Fighting Pro-Aborts


The death of Savita Halappanavar is being used by pro-aborts to advance the cause for legalizing abortion in Ireland. They don't even wait for the results of a post-mortem, but rush to the conclusion that this woman's life would have been saved had she had an abortion. But the Catholic hospital in Galway, where she was admitted, refused to perform one.

So the chant goes up to legalize abortion. Completely disregard that Ireland, which is abortion-free, has one of the lowest rates of maternal mortality in the world, along with Poland which is also legalalized-abortion free.

What about the deaths of women from abortion? Do the pro-abort feminists not care about them? They don't seem to. Because no hue and cry is raised when abortion doctors make mistakes and their patients are rushed to emergency departments to have the damage done reversed. In some cases, the woman dies, actually in quite a few cases. But no protest goes up about that.

A study from one of the most prestigious medical centers in the world, John Hopkins University, reported: "Occurrence of genital tract infection following elective abortion is a well-known complication." This institution reports rates up to 5.2% for first trimester abortions and up to 18.5% in midtrimester. Burkman et al., "Culture and Treatment Results in Endometritis Following Elective Abortion," Amer. Jour. OB/GYN, vol. 128, no. 5, 1977, pp. 556-559.

Patients with Chlamydia Trachomatous infection of the cervix (13% in this series) who get induced abortion "run a 23% risk of developing PID." E. Quigstad et al., British Jour. of Venereal Disease, June 1982, p. 182

Another study revealed a 17% incidence of post-abortal Chlamydia infection. Barbacci et al., "Post Abortal Endometritis and Chlamydia," OB & GYN, 68:686, 1986.

Yes, and these deaths are never associated directly nor reported as statistics related to abortions. Here is how this works: First, we must know how many women need blood transfusions after getting induced abortions. These figures are hard to come by. The only controlled studies are from university medical enters, which do only a small fraction of all abortions. Over 90% of abortions in the U.S. and varying percentages in other nations are done in free-standing abortion chambers where the medical care is only a faint shadow of the ompetence of those medical centers. Women who hemorrhage from these abortions are sent to "real" hospitals for transfusions and surgery. The percentage who need transfusions then must remain an estimate as these commercial establishments do not report this. How many then? Let’s be conservative and say that one in every hundred needs a blood transfusion. If there are 1,600,000 abortions annually in the United States, this means that 1% or 16,000 women were transfused.

Viral hepatitis is transmitted in up to 10% of patients transfused. Ten percent of 16,000 is 1,600 women. Amer. Assn. Blood Banks and Amer. Red Cross, Circular Information, 1984, p. 6

Blood clots are one of the causes of death to mothers who deliver babies normally. They are also a cause of death in healthy young women who have abortions performed.

Embolism (floating objects in the blood that go to the lungs) is another problem. Childbirth is a normal process, and the body is well prepared for the birth of the child and the separation and expulsion of the placenta. Surgical abortion is an abnormal process, and slices the unripe placenta from the wall of the uterus into which its roots have grown. This sometimes causes the fluid around the baby, or other pieces of tissue or blood clots, to be forced into the mother’s circulation. These then travel to her lungs, causing damage and occasional death. This is also a major cause of maternal deaths from the salt poisoning method of abortion. For instance, pulmonary thromboembolism (blood clots to the lungs) was the cause of eight mothers dying from abortions, as reported to the U.S. Center for Disease Control. W. Cates et al., Amer. Jour. OB/GYN, vol. 132, p. 169 And this can occur in those as young as 14 years old. Pediatrics, vol. 68, no. 4, Oct. 1971

And has an 80% mortality rate. S. Clark, Amniotic Fluid Embolism, the Female Patient, vol. 14, Aug. ’89, p. 50

- Consider the mother who hemorrhaged, was transfused, got hepatitis, and died months later. Official cause of death, Hepatitis. Actual cause, abortion.

- A perforated uterus leads to pelvic abscess, sepsis (blood poisoning), and death. The official report of the cause of death may list pelvic abscess and septicemia. Abortion will not be listed.

- Abortion causes tubal pathology. She has an ectopic pregnancy years later and dies. The cause listed will be ectopic pregnancy. The actual cause, abortion.

- Deep depression and guilt following an abortion leads to suicide. The cause listed, suicide! Actual cause, abortion.

These figures, often cited by pro-abortionists, are simply false. During the debate on the floor of the U.S. Senate on the Hatch-Eagleton Pro-Life Amendment in 1983, the U.S. Bureau of Vital Statistics provided the data on such deaths. Its reports showed that you must go back to the pre-Penicillin era to find more than 1,000 maternal deaths per year from illegal and legal abortions combined. The precipitous drop in maternal deaths in the 1950s and ‘60s occurred while abortions were still illegal. Before the first state legalized abortions in 1966, the total deaths were down to 120 per year. By 1972, before the Supreme Court legalized abortion in all 50 states, it was down to 39 per year in the entire U.S. Since legalization, the slow decline has continued, so that now the only difference is that more mothers are dying from legal, rather than illegal abortions.
www.abortionfacts.com


The statement that abortion should be "safe, legal, and rare" is a complete myth.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Seeing Peter Singer for what he really is

LifeSiteNews reported that Fordham University disinvited Ann Coulter because she was considered too "hateful" in her comments, but they have invited Peter Singer to speak at a conference. Singer has been called "compassionate" and even been compared to Pope John Paul II by Dr. Charles Carmosy, the moderator of the conference. How blind is such a view, that calls infanticide "compassionate" and is taken in by Singer's tenet that animals have equal rights as humans and that some "great apes are more "persons" than human infants. He is hailed as the founder of the modern animal rights movement and has been called the "greatest living philosopher" by the New York Times.

If you subscribe to Singer's philosophy, the logic does lead to infanticide and all sorts of other evils, such as having children in order to use them for the healing of other children. (brings to mind that deceptively sick book My Sister's Keeper )

Let's call a spade a spade. And Wesley Smith did just that with regards to Peter Singer in this talk at Princeton University in 2007.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Voter Fraud?

Things are just so weird in the US right now, that it is tempting to believe in conspiracy theories, such as the one put forth by Glenn Beck. I watched this video this morning and then googled voter fraud in the US, and found more disturbing details.

In this video, what stood out was the statement that whenever exit polls and election results don't tally, one should suspect that one or other has been tampered with. Certainly all the conservative pundits on Fox News predicted the election wrongly and one has to wonder why.



22 signs that voter fraud is wildly out of control and the election was a sham
There were 59 voting divisions in the city of Philadelphia where Mitt Romney did not receive a single vote. In those voting divisions, the combined vote total was 19,605 for Barack Obama and 0 for Mitt Romney.

There were more than 50 precincts in Cuyahoga County, Ohio where Mitt Romney received 2 votes or less.

There were more than 100 precincts in Cuyahoga County, Ohio where Barack Obama received more than 99 times the votes that Mitt Romney did.

Barack Obama also received more than 99% of the vote in a number of very important precincts down in Broward County, Florida.

Barack Obama did not win in a single state that absolutely requires a photo I.D. in order to vote.

According to U.S. Representative Allen West, there were numerous “voting irregularities” in St. Lucie County, Florida on election day…
“The thing that spurred our curiosity in our race was the fact that at 1 o’clock in the morning on Election Night, all of a sudden there was a 4,000-vote swing that took me from being ahead to put the lead into my opponent’s hands.”


For the very skewed results in Ohio, check out this link. Hard to believe that in 100 precincts, Obama got 99% of all votes.
Election fraud?

But I find it really hard to believe that one candidate would get more than 99% of the vote in more than 100 precincts in one of the most important counties in the most hotly contested swing state of the 2012 election.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Election

The 47% voted for the guy who would give them more stuff. America is facing a bleak future.

Monday, November 5, 2012

What would Mother Teresa Say?

Black Christian Opposes Obama


h/t Jill Stanek
Here are a few key facts that you should know about the sitting U.S. president:

→ Mr. Obama voted three times while a senator in the Illinois senate against a bill that would have protected babies born alive after failed abortions from being abandoned and left to die. The bill was introduced after a nurse at an Illinois hospital witnessed living babies being taken to a utility room in the hospital, and then left on a table to die. Obama expressed concerns that supporting the bill would somehow restrict legal abortion. However, even after an amendment was introduced to the bill, explicitly stating that the bill would in no way affect abortion rights, he still voted against it, effectively voting to protect infanticide. It may sound too horrific to be true, but unfortunately, it is. You can find out more here. A later federal version of the bill was passed with the overwhelming bi-partisan support of Republicans and Democrats – putting President Obama on the extreme fringe even of his officially pro-abortion party.

→ Mr. Obama opposed a federal ban on the so-called “partial-birth abortion” procedure. In a partial-birth abortion, a fully-formed baby is mostly born, with only his head still remaining in his mother’s birth canal. Scissors are then used to puncture a hole in the back of the skull, into which a suction device is inserted, which vacuums out the baby’s brains, killing the baby. The skull is then crushed and the body of the baby is removed and discarded. Even though numerous medical organizations testified that there is no conceivable medical reason for a partial-birth abortion, Obama opposed the legislation, saying it should include “exceptions” for the health of the mother.

→ Mr. Obama has also expressed support for so-called “late-term” abortions, in which fully-formed, living babies into the third trimester of pregnancy are literally ripped apart, limb-by-limb. You can read one former abortionist’s description of this process here. Be warned, the descriptions are gruesome, graphic, and heart-rending.

→ Recently top Obama aides were asked to name any abortion restrictions that the president supports. They could not think of a single one.

→ Earlier this year the Obama administration issued a new rule that requires nearly all employers to provide contraception, sterilizations and drugs that can cause early abortions to their employees free of charge. All of these things violate Catholic moral teaching. Since then, dozens of Catholic employers have sued the Obama administration. The U.S. bishops have strongly spoken out against the rule, calling it an unprecedented attack on freedom of religion in the United States. Despite the massive backlash from Catholics, Obama has continued to defend the rule, and refused to consider allowing those who object on moral grounds to opt out.

→ On his very first day in office, President Obama rescinded a rule called the Mexico City Policy, which forbade U.S. foreign aid money from going to groups that promote or perform abortions. -
LifeSiteNews

In short, there is not one single abortion of which President Obama does not approve.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Catholic wimpiness

When you have media superstar Catholics like Dalton McGuinty and Fr. Rosica openly flaunting dissent, with virtually no correction expressed by the men endowed with the authority to represent what the Church really teaches, what else is a rational human being supposed to conclude except that these dissenters hold positions that are considered legitimate within the “big tent” of Catholicism?
So Con or Bust


And today, on Lone Star Parson, the parson calls for Catholics to petition the Pope to excommunicate Joe Biden. I wish it were that simple.

Until our bishops lead as they should, the Catholic Church will continue to tolerate these Catholics who espouse beliefs that are not Catholic. There are very few clear voices within the Church giving clear direction. And so Catholics by the droves think that Joe Biden and the like are perfectly acceptable as Catholics.