Saturday, March 30, 2013

He is Risen - Hallelujah!

Arguing for Infanticide

Calling it "post-birth abortion", a Florida Planned Parenthood official argued in favour of killing the baby who survives an abortion.

Alisa LaPolt Snow, the lobbyist representing the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, testified that her organization believes the decision to kill an infant who survives a failed abortion should be left up to the woman seeking an abortion and her abortion doctor.

"So, um, it is just really hard for me to even ask you this question because I’m almost in disbelief," said Rep. Jim Boyd. "If a baby is born on a table as a result of a botched abortion, what would Planned Parenthood want to have happen to that child that is struggling for life?”

"We believe that any decision that's made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician," said Planned Parenthood lobbyist Snow.

Rep. Daniel Davis then asked Snow, "What happens in a situation where a baby is alive, breathing on a table, moving. What do your physicians do at that point?”

"I do not have that information," Snow replied. "I am not a physician, I am not an abortion provider. So I do not have that information.”

Rep. Jose Oliva followed up, asking the Planned Parenthood official, "You stated that a baby born alive on a table as a result of a botched abortion that that decision should be left to the doctor and the family. Is that what you’re saying?”

Again, Snow replied, “That decision should be between the patient and the health care provider.”

“I think that at that point the patient would be the child struggling on the table, wouldn’t you agree?” asked Oliva. 

A lot of obfuscating here on the part of this PP official. The best question was when she was faced directly with the question "isn't the baby on the table now the patient" - clearly it left her at a loss.

h/t Drudge Report

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Development and Peace - Don't Give!

This Lent, when the collection for Development and Peace comes around, don't give anything. There are plenty of reputable charities that will take your money and use it for good projects, ones that you won't have to worry about offending your Catholic beliefs.
Just because it might be easier to put some money in that D & P envelope, take a moment and think. And then find a charity that you can really believe in, one that you can trust, take the time and find one that means something to you. Giving alms should not be done automatically, but should be done with careful thought and deliberation.  

Pro-life laws in US yes, in Canada not-so-much

If abortion proponents condemned 2011 as “the year of abortion restrictions… mark[ing] a sea change for abortion rights,” and 2012 as “an unmitigated disaster for abortion rights,” I can’t imagine what they will say about 2013.

In 2011 there were a record 92 pro-life laws enacted in the states, followed by the second highest number, 43, in in 2012. This year has already seen at least 14 pro-life bills become law, according to Mailee Smith, Staff Counsel for Americans United for Life, so we are on track for another banner year.

But in 2013 we are not only seeing a high volume of typical pro-life legislative fare, we are seeing passage of pro-life legislation on steroids, the likes of which has never been observed in 40 years of legalized abortions throughout the U.S.

92 pro-life laws enacted in the United States in one year; and in Canada, a total of zero in forty years. And the current motion by MP Warawa, which simply expresses that we do not support discrimination against girls in sex-selection abortion, has been deemed "unvotable" by the Subcommittee on Private Members' Business. The consensus is that this directive came from Prime Minister Stephen Harper who refuses to open the abortion debate, in any way, shape or form.

A democracy?  someone the other evening said that we Canadians should realise that we have the greatest freedom of speech, more than our American counterparts. Now, this man is someone I respect, and he has lived for more than 13 years in Muslim countries where freedom of speech is non-existent. I think he can be forgiven for thinking we have much freedom here compared to other countries. But, when a private member of Parliament is censored from speaking, we have to admit that we only give lip service to freedom of speech.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Good Friday Meditation

 O Sacred Head Surrounded
(Latin: Salve caput cruentatum, St. Bernard)

O Sacred Head surrounded
By crown of piercing thorn!
O bleeding Head so wounded,
Reviled and put to scorn!
Death's pallid hue comes o'er Thee,
The glow of life decays,
Yet angel hosts adore Thee,
And tremble as they gaze.

In this, Thy bitter passion,
Good shepherd, think of me,
With Thy most sweet compassion,
Unworthy though I be:
Beneath Thy cross abiding,
Forever would I rest;
In Thy dear love confiding,
And with Thy presence blest.

The hymn is based on a long medieval Latin poem, Salve mundi salutare, with stanzas addressing the various parts of Christ's body hanging on the Cross. The last part of the poem, from which the hymn is taken, is addressed to Christ's head, and begins "Salve caput cruentatum." The poem is attributed to St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153).

Saturday, March 23, 2013

America's Coming Demographic Disaster

In his book What to Expect When No One's Expecting, Jonathan Last writes a comprehensive description of why there is a birth dearth almost world-wide. And those few countries which are not experiencing this fertility decline will do so, just as soon as they come under the influences of the developed world. 

Writing about America, Last doesn't shy away from giving the statistics on sexual patterns and the declining birth rate, along with increased abortion rates, increased contraceptive use, as well as showing the attendant increase in housing costs, the higher education of women and their entry into the work force in greater numbers. He even briefly tackles child safety seat regulations which my husband has always pointed out are essentially anti-child.

He turns his attention to other countries as well, writing about Russia (such an ill-starred country), China, Japan, France, Romania, Poland to mention just a few. This is not a book full of statistics, but rather a commentary on what he concludes from the statistics he has studied. And there is a comprehensive list of first-hand sources for anyone who wishes to study the sources for himself.

The sad conclusion is that no country that has faced demographic decline to the point of the fertility rate dropping below 1.4%, has ever made a comeback. The birth dearth is part of, if not the main cause, for that country's economic collapse. There is only one exception that Last can see and that is the country of Georgia where the strong religious faith of the people seems to be the factor that is turning the tide for that country.

So why don't we hear more about this impending disaster? For years I have noticed the changing nature of our neighbourhood. Twenty-five years ago, this street had many families living on it, with a total of 20 school-aged children resident there. Today, the same street has a total of five families with a total number of nine children under the age of eighteen. All other houses are occupied by single people or elderly couples such as ourselves. When I point this out to neighbours, they reply that the families have moved to the suburbs where housing is cheaper (this is partly true), but they fail to connect the dots that they themselves have no children and are part of the problem.

But they don't see it as a problem. As Last points out, a country that has had a low fertility rate for years also has a lower expectation when it comes to having children. The fact that people have fewer children actually produces people who want fewer children.

What to conclude? In two generations, we have changed from a society that held the family as valuable and was willing to make sacrifices for that family, to a society of individuals who seek their own fulfilment first. Hence the number of up-scale cafes, doggie grooming shops, outdoor equipment stores, with these businesses pushing out the stores that sell kids' clothing and strollers.

So while our society claims to being more tolerant and inclusive, i.e. warmer human beings, we actually are doing the opposite. We are honing our ability to tolerate differences amongst others but only when it comes to things that don't really cost us very much. When it comes to personal sacrifice, such as raising a family, whoa hold on - no one can really expect that much of us, can they?

So we are essentially becoming a more selfish society. How can we deny it?  Here in the west, we now have much more than our parents ever had, and we expect much more for ourselves too. Children get in the way of that self-fulfilment in every way, financially, emotionally, psychologically.

Last ends his book with two quotes, one from Teddy Roosevelt in 1905, and the other from Pope Benedict XVI in 2006.

There are many good people who are denied the supreme blessing of children, and for these we have the respect and sympathy always due to those who, from no fault of their own, are denied any of the other great blessings of life. But the man or woman who deliberately foregoes these blessings, whether from viciousness, coldness, shallow-heartedness, self-indulgence, or mere failure to appreciate aright the difference between the all-important and the unimportant - why, such a creature merits contempt as hearty as any visited upon the soldier who runs away in battle, or upon the man who refuses to work for the support of those dependent upon him, and who though able-bodied is yet content to eat in idleness the bread which others provide.  - Teddy Roosevelt

Children, our future, are perceived as a threat to the present, as if they were taking something away from our lives, Children are seen as a liability rather than as a source of hope.  -  Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Time for a Legal Defense Fund

John Pacheco of SoCon or Bust has set up a donation link on his website.  This is for legal defense costs for the pro-lifer in Ottawa who was recently given two tickets by Ottawa police, amounting to about $200 in fines. The reason for these tickets? he was peacefully demonstrating outside the Morgentaler abortion clinic on Bank Street, well within his legal rights, his phone was taken by police and all files erased, and he was charged with causing a disturbance.  The only disturbance was caused by the policeman overstepping his authority and harassing this man.

Cyril Winter has consulted a lawyer and is charging the police with assault. This case may escalate easily and Mr. Winter will require help with his legal costs.

As John Pacheco says:
Well, it’s started, folks.  We knew it would. We need to resist this with everything we’ve got or we can expect our democratic rights of protest and prayer will be stripped away, little-by-little.  If we let this go, it will be that much harder to regain our footing. This needs to be nailed where it stands. This intimidation needs to be confronted, head-on.

If you can spare any money for this fund, please donate. Here is the link on Pacheco's website.

So Con or Bust

As well, Brian Lilley of Sun News, has been on this issue and he has written about it here.

Lilley's Pad

Michael Coren also interviewed one of the men involved in the dispute and this video is a followup to that interview.

Michael Coren and Ottawa police intimidation

If it weren't for LifeSiteNews and SunNews, we would know nothing of this trampling of civil liberties.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Atheist Defends the Catholic Church

Piers Morgan is an idiot in my opinion. Just listen to his third grade understanding of Catholicism, so many Catholics are like him unfortunately. What a great Catholic this Penn Jillette would be should he convert! 

For those cafeteria Catholics, (picking and choosing what you wish to believe and discarding the rest), there are other churches you can join. The Catholic Church is not a religious smorgasbord. Some other churches are, you really should go and join one of them.

Sign this petition to Stephen Harper

Matercare is a non-profit charitable organization that seeks to help women in the third world to have their babies. Because Matercare has a pro-life ideology, it will not promote contraception or abortion; for that reason, it has been denied government funding from CIDA eleven times. Yet the organization has a wonderful track record of actually helping women, especially in Africa.

So there is a petition to be sent to Prime Minister Harper, asking him to consider allowing federal funds to go to Matercare, to help with their work.

You can sign the petition here.

Matercare petition

You can read more about the organization in this article.

Life Site News

Since I spent my first year of married life in Malawi, Africa and our first child was born there, this is especially important to me. When I gave birth, there were seven other women in the hospital also giving birth. I was the only white woman there. Given the statistics for that country in 1974, our daughter would be only one of two of those babies who would reach the age of five.

The greatest problems in Africa are access to clean water and exposure to diseases such as cholera, malaria, AIDS, and tuberculosis. Abortion does not solve any of those problems. Good maternal care and especially birthing in hygienic conditions are key to saving lives in that continent. Matercare is one organization that really understands that. Please sign the petition. It is the least we can do.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Christian Beliefs Overruled

Bill Whatcott may not pursue his agenda in the way that I would prefer. But he has the right to do what he has done, without having his speech censored.

The ruling by Canada's Supreme Court last week has, in effect, marked "open season on Christians" as Ezra Levant said.

 In a statement that has practically received universal condemnation from both left and right, the Supreme Court Judge Rothstein wrote that “truthful statements can be presented in a manner that would meet the definition of hate speech, and not all truthful statements must be free from restriction.”
- Life Site News, March 04, 2013

This case may not interest a lot of people; only a small minority of people actually pay attention to a story of a former homosexual giving out information about the consequences of the homosexual lifestyle.

The real danger is the precedent that is set. There is no court of higher appeal after a case reaches the Supreme Court. To whom can Bill Whatcott appeal now?  His actions have not caused any hateful actions towards any individual; people may not like what he has written, but showing the physical effects of a promiscuous homosexual lifestyle is not hate speech, it is merely facts - distasteful facts.

Who will be next? If flyers like these are called "hate speech" by the judges of the Supreme Court, will anti-abortion protesters be next to be charged with hate speech?

As Michael Coren says so often on his show "if you don't like what I have to say, change the channel. That's all you have to do."

So throw those flyers in the trash if you don't like them. But Bill Whatcott has every right to print and distribute them. If he doesn't, then free speech in Canada has been overruled by seven unelected judges.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Christian beliefs collide with society

Miller, however, sees his actions differently. "I was faced with a woman in distress who needed help to protect her daughter from what seemed to be an inhumane court decree," he told the court in a letter.

"If it is true that my actions flow out of my faith in Jesus, and from my deeply held moral believes — and I sincerely think they do — then it must follow that whatever judgment is being brought against me by the United States of America, is judgment on my faith and conscience and deeply held moral beliefs."


A Mennonite pastor who helped Lisa Miller leave the US, after a judge ruled she had to allow visiting rights to her former lesbian partner, has been found guilty of breaking the law and is awaiting his sentence. An appeal has been filed, which may buy some time; the pastor returned to his family after spending three weeks in jail. Lisa Miller is somewhere outside the US, with her whereabouts kept secret. Lisa is the biological mother of the child, but her lesbian partner is not related in any way to the child and did not adopt her. One has to wonder what claim she could possibly have over this child.

Miller is concerned for her child's mental safety as visits with the former partner left the child scared and unwilling to return.

We should keep this pastor's statement handy as we may need to use it ourselves, as our society becomes more and more unfriendly toward Christian values and beliefs.