The first, a speaker outside the Supreme Court - a Silent no More witness
And a young woman speaking to two confused (older) counter demonstrators. Who knows? Maybe she made some headway.
The first, a speaker outside the Supreme Court - a Silent no More witness
And a young woman speaking to two confused (older) counter demonstrators. Who knows? Maybe she made some headway.
Great turnout, great presence at noontime on July 21st, anticipating the March for Life tomorrow (January 27th) in Washington. This annual Rally is at the corner of Maple St. and Mamaroneck Ave.; the abortion mill "All Women's Health" is off Mamaroneck Ave.; it is NOT the walk in medical offices on the corner.
The response from passer-by's was mixed (of course) but generally positive.
The "clinic" entrance is to the right of the yellow sign - lots of traffic passing by the demonstration.
And the corner was covered; again the CityMD clinic is not the abortion mill - they are just poorly located ...
Awesome folks being prophetic -
Kellyanne Conway - Counselor to the President and the first woman to manage a winning Presidential Campaign - will be one of the speakers. If you can't get there - PRAY! It will be televised on EWTN. The fact that Conway will be on the dais may lead some of the media that usually ignores the March to give more coverage. According to Kellyanne she has participated as a marcher in many past March for Life days.
The following is from the Susan B. Anthony List
Did you hear?
For the first time ever, a senior White House official will be attending the March for Life!
Kellyanne Conway, President Trump's former campaign manager and now Counselor to the President, will speak at the March this Friday.
And in her own words, this mother-of-four counts herself as a member of the Pro-Life Movement!
What a stark contrast this will be to the pro-abortion march Planned Parenthood and the Abortion Industry held on Saturday. And what a perfect opportunity this is for us to peacefully stand together and declare the value of every human life.
A good analysis and another good one here at The Ruth Institute, from Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse.
Here's the Catholic League - note the news is not so good in New York or the northeast in general.
Bill Donohue comments on new abortion data:
The Guttmacher Institute, a research firm that is squarely in the pro-abortion camp, has released a new study, "Abortion Incidence and Service Availability in the United States, 2014," that is as interesting in its findings as it is in its interpretation of the data.
Its central finding is striking: The number of abortions has fallen to the lowest level since 1974, the year following Roe v. Wade.
"In 2014," it concludes, "an estimated 926,200 abortions were performed in the United States, 12% fewer than in 2011; the 2014 abortion rate was 14.6 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44, representing a 14% decline over this period." It also found that "The rates declined in almost all states." Regionally, the decline was steepest in the West and the South.
The data on the Northeast are particularly interesting. Not only was the decline less impressive than in the West and the South, but it was the only region that had more clinics performing abortions. Moreover, New York and New Jersey were among the five states with the highest abortion rates in the nation.
The District of Columbia deserves special mention. Access to abortion spiked there, and none of the 50 states had a higher abortion rate—D.C. is number one. The victims of abortion were overwhelmingly African American. This raises the question: Why is access to abortion increasing in an area that is largely poor and black? This is not an accident.
"Abortion restrictions were associated with a decrease in the number of abortions and nonspecialized clinics [e.g. Planned Parenthood]," but the study cautions that there is no clear evidence that would allow for a cause and effect conclusion. That is true—fluctuations are evident—but it is also true that the data are suggestive of an association between restrictive abortion laws and a decline in abortion rates.
From a pro-life perspective, the historic decline in the number of abortions is encouraging. But what does it mean to the pro-abortion industry? The perspective of the report's lead author, Rachel Jones, is telling. For her, a decline in abortion is not, per se, something to celebrate.
"If there are women in these highly restrictive states who want abortions but can't get them because there aren't any clinics that they can get to, and that's why abortion's going down, that's not a good thing," she says.
In other words, it is not the body count that matters, it's whether states have passed more restrictive laws on abortion access. Jones says it would be a "good story" if the abortion decline were due to fewer women "having unintended pregnancies."
Jones has gotten herself into another jam. She does not say why a decline in abortions—for any reason—would be good news. After all, if abortion does not result in the certain death of innocents, then what's so great about having fewer of them?
The study says that some of the decline in unintended pregnancies is due to contraceptives, and it offers some evidence for that position. What it does not mention is the possibility that women are less sexually active these days. In fact, they are.
Last year, a study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior considered data collected as part of the General Social Survey; it focused on the answers of 26,707 adults to questions regarding sex and relationships. It found that millennials are a whole lot less sexually active than their parents were at the same age. The authors of the study explained this finding by saying that today's young people are a "very risk-averse generation."
Yes, fear of sexually transmitted diseases, as the researchers concluded, is real. But it is also true that young people today are much more likely to know that abortion results in sudden death. This is not due to sex ed. The credit goes to technology: Pictures don't lie, and the pictures of life in the womb offer the most devastating evidence that life begins at conception.
The abortion industry is in trouble. It is losing money, and it is losing the support of youth. Look for brighter days ahead.
From Fr. Fidelis and Christopher Bell:
On Dec. 28th for nearly 30 years, at Holy Innocents Parish in Manhattan, a morning Mass, 8 a.m., followed by a procession to a local abortuary, peacefully witnessing through the heart of the abortion capital of the United States, is praying for an end to this human holocaust. Please join the Friars of the Renewal, Sisters of Life and many other lay and religious begging God for Mercy upon today's Holy Innocents.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 Mass @ 8:00 a.m. Church of the Holy Innocents 128 W 37th Street New York, NY 10018
Join us in carrying on this traditional Christmas event, which was led by Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR for many years.
Sponsored by the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Renewal, the Sisters of Life, and the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants.
8:00 am Holy Sacrifice of the Mass followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Eucharistic Adoration
8:45 am Prayerful procession reciting the Rosary to abortion clinic
10:45 am Return to Church for Benediction Followed by Social / Lunch
In this morning's WSJ, by their columnist Bill McGurn. Link below, followed by the full article (as we hope they don't mind).
Just a few evenings from now, children badly costumed as shepherds and angels and wise men will appear in nativity pageants the world over. Even the worst of these performances will underscore the hope and humbleness of that first Christmas, when a Jewish woman with child brought forth her son in a stable because there was no room for her at the inn.
More than two millennia later, the Bronx has improved on ancient Bethlehem. Here at Fulton Avenue and 167th Street, in one of New York’s toughest neighborhoods, a pregnant woman with nowhere else to turn will always find what she needs most: an open door and a caring heart.
Welcome to Good Counsel, a network of six homes plus a 24/7 hotline. They are the life’s work of Chris Bell, a lean and gentle 59-year-old husband and father whose story could never be made for the big screen today because only Jimmy Stewart in his prime could do him justice.
Way back in 1985, Mr. Bell had complained to a priest that no one was doing anything for homeless pregnant women. The priest in effect responded: “Hey, pal, what about you?”
Not long after, Mr. Bell co-founded his first Good Counsel home with the help of that same priest. The home was opened in a former convent in Hoboken, N.J., which turned out to have been part of the parish where Frank Sinatra had been baptized. So when a Daily News columnist named Bill Reel wrote a Mother’s Day piece on this struggling new enterprise, Mr. Bell soon received a call from Old Blue Eyes himself—along with a $10,000 check. Three decades on, the need has not abated.
“I was scared when I first came here,” says Monique Campbell. “But Good Counsel teaches you what you need to be on your own, whether it’s how to cook or the training you need for a job.”
Ms. Campbell, 21 years old, came to Good Counsel earlier this year after her family threw her out upon learning she was pregnant. Her daughter, Kimberly, was born this past summer, so mom is now finishing her GED while also working to become a certified nursing assistant.
There are 15 women in this house, eight of whom are expecting, and 15 children, some born here and others who are siblings. For in addition to helping women keep their babies, Good Counsel lets them stay a year afterward—to finish school, train for a job and learn how to care and provide for their babies.
Make no mistake: No Good Counsel home will ever make it to the cover of House Beautiful. Because Mr. Bell takes no government money, his will always be a shoestring operation. With all those moms and babies, moreover, chaos is a feature, not a bug.
But the homes are warm. They are safe. And the folks who staff them count it a good thing when a young woman with an unplanned pregnancy who prefers to keep her baby actually has the choice to do so.
Janelle Washington, a Vassar graduate whose son Izen (the name means “never give up”) was born in October, says that such has been her experience with Good Counsel that her goal now is to get a job as a counselor for women like herself. “So I can give back,” she explains.
The most extraordinary thing about Good Counsel?
“That it exists,” says Jozylyn Perez. Earlier this year Ms. Perez found herself pregnant, with three other children to feed—and no apartment. “When I had no place to go they didn’t ask me any questions about who I was. They said ‘this is your room’ and ‘we’re going to take care of you until you can take care of yourself and your child.’ ” Ms. Perez’s daughter Aurora was born in July.
The good people at Good Counsel do what they do for moms like Monique, Janelle and Jozylyn because they regard every life as unique and precious. They cling happily to their faith. In the dominant script of our day, this oddly makes them part of the war on women.
But up close and personal, this doesn’t look anything like war. It looks like love. For Chris Bell and his merry band, no heavenly choir of angels could ever appear quite as glorious as a Good Counsel mom softly humming a lullaby to the little life in her arms.
Right now we are closing in on Christmas, and here in the Bronx the women have decorated appropriately. Come Sunday morn, they know, there won’t be much for them under the tree.
But there will be joy. Because Good Counsel is about life, and hope, and respect. As well as the promise that, with love and hard work, happy endings are still within reach even for those who have made some bad decisions.
And especially at Christmastime, Good Counsel wants that troubled young pregnant woman who thinks she’s all alone to know: There’s always room at this inn.
From LifeNews.com (Here is Pro-Life Giving Thanks, #1)
Cheryl Sullenger Nov 25, 2016 | 11:12AM Washington, DC
Abortionist LeRoy Carhart will no longer be conducting abortions at Germantown Reproductive Health Services (GRHS), an abortion facility in Germantown, Maryland, that has until now provided abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy.
According to local sources, Carhart’s last abortions in Maryland took place during the week of October 30, 2016. He returned to GRHS on November 8, but stayed only a few hours, sending several very late-term patients home without abortions. He left later in the afternoon and never returned.
“The fact that Carhart will no longer be aborting babies in Maryland is something to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. We congratulate our co-laborers at the Maryland Coalition for Life for their hard work that has made this day a reality,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Carhart’s brand of very late-term abortions are morally reprehensible and very dangerous, having taken the lives of countless viable babies and two of this patients. We have worked for years to end this atrocity, and today, Maryland is free from the dangers posed by Carhart.”
GRHS, once among the few abortion facilities that would openly do the expensive third-trimester abortions, now offers them up to 19 weeks.
Carhart located his extremely late-term abortion business to Germantown in December 2010. This move was prompted by the 2009 closure of Women’s Health Care Services in Wichita, Kansas, where he also worked conducting third-trimester abortions. His plan to move his late-term business to Nebraska was thwarted by the passage of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act – the first of its kind – by the Nebraska Legislature in April 2010, which banned abortions at 20 weeks or later into pregnancy.
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While in Maryland, Carhart’s risky abortions were responsible for the emergency transport of at least eight women to hospital emergency rooms. In addition, one of his third-trimester patients, Jennifer Morbelli, died in 2013 from complications to her procedure.
Earlier this year, a Federal lawsuit was filed against Carhart for a seriously botched late-term abortion that came close to costing the life of another one of his patients. He also faced the scrutiny of the House Select Panel on Infant Lives, which issued subpoenas to him and GRHS for documents related to the suspected trafficking of aborted baby remains and the deaths of babies who may have been born alive during abortions at the Germantown facility.
Carhart continues to operate an abortion facility in his home town of Bellevue, Nebraska, where he still does abortions up to 20 weeks.
“At age 75 and not in the best of health, we believe it is a great time for Carhart to retire,” said Newman. “We pray that before next Thanksgiving, he will make the decision to quit the killing business for good.”
LifeNews.com Note: Cheryl Sullenger is a leader of Operation Rescue.
From Peace and Life Connections, the consistent ethic of life group -
Let Us Give Thanks - Abortion
The shut-down of abortion clinics in the United States continues: there were 2,176 clinics at their peak in 1991, but today there are only 515. This trend is also happening at a time when abortions are concentrated in clinics rather than doctors’ offices or hospitals.
In 2016, 22 clinics have closed so far – but in December of 2015 alone, there were 51 closures! All over the country, not just in the famous case in Texas. That may mean that clinics are more likely to close at the end of the calendar year, so we may see a good number yet to come next month. Add those to figures together, and that’s a total of 73 facilities closed since Thanksgiving of last year.
In international news, the effort by pro-abortion groups to have the United Nations declare September 28 to be an “International Safe Abortion Day” failed. Pro-lifers were successful in their campaign against the idea.
Preliminary data from Pew Research - some text and and several easy to read charts. This is preliminary - more detailed and accurate exit polling data is still a week or two away. Hit the link - lots of interesting stuff.
Over 80% of Evangelical vote went to Trump/Pence.
Catholics voted 52-45 for Trump/Pence.
Jewish vote 71- 24 for Clinton.
"Religiously unaffiliated" 68-26 for Clinton.
People who attend church once a week 56-40 for Trump.
People who never attend Church 62-31 for Clinton.
Here is their website and below a very appropriate prayer -
Bishop William Murphy, head of the Diocese of Rockville Centre in Long Island.
Less than a week before Americans cast their votes for president, Catholic bishops are urging their congregants to educate themselves about the candidates’ positions on abortion.
The next president could make a huge impact on the future of abortion in the U.S. through his or her nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court and other policies. And Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton specifically is touting a radical pro-abortion agenda that would force Americans to pay for abortions with their tax dollars.
On Sunday, Catholic Bishop William Murphy, head of the Diocese of Rockville Centre in Long Island, said in a letter at Masses that support for abortion “should disqualify any and every such candidate from receiving our vote,” Newsday reports.
Murphy encouraged Catholics not to participate in the “division,” “mean spiritedness” and “intolerance” surrounding the presidential election. He urged them to make serious, educated decisions about who they choose as our nation’s next leaders, and he emphasized that abortion is the most “crucial” issue of all.
The human person, made in the image and likeness of God, is the ultimate measure of what is good or bad, right or wrong. Every person is sacred and has inherent rights which political leaders must protect and serve. Those who do not are unworthy of our vote. Those who contradict themselves by saying one thing and doing another are unworthy of our vote.
Many issues are very important in our society today. But none of them can eclipse the centrality of human life, especially innocent human life in the womb or at the end of life. Above all and over all, the number one issue more fundamental and crucial than any other is abortion – that is the direct taking of innocent life, which is financed by government funds — the diversion of our tax dollars to abortionists like Planned Parenthood as well as government insistence that we Catholics like the Little Sisters of the Poor, violate our consciences to advance such programs.
Support of abortion by a candidate for public office, some of whom are Catholics, even if they use the fallacious and deeply offensive “personally opposed but . . .” line, is reason sufficient unto itself to disqualify any and every such candidate from receiving our vote. Let me repeat that: Support of abortion by a candidate for public office, some of whom are Catholics, even if they use the fallacious and deeply offensive “personally opposed but . . .” line, is reason sufficient unto itself to disqualify any and every such candidate from receiving our vote.
Murphy did not name names, but Clinton’s vice presidential running mate, Tim Kaine, is a Catholic who supports abortions while claiming to be “personally opposed.” Kaine has flip-flopped several times on whether he will support Clinton’s plan to repeal the Hyde Amendment and force taxpayers to fund abortions.
In an interview with CNN in July, Kaine said: “On Hyde my position is the same I support the Hyde amendment. I haven’t changed that. As the vice president I have to get comfortable with the notion that I can have my personal views but I’m going to support the president of the United States and I will.”
As a U.S. Senator, Kaine has voted against the pro-life position every chance he got. Kaine took his most extreme pro-abortion action yet with his recent co-sponsorship of the so-called “Women’s Health Protection Act” (S.217), known to pro-lifers as the “Abortion Without Limits Until Birth Act.”
Every year, more than 1 million unborn babies are killed in legal abortions in the U.S., and the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, gets half a billion of our tax dollars. Pro-lifers of all faiths and no faith should weigh these facts heavily before casting their vote next Tuesday.
This is posted on the America Magazine (The Jesuit publication) youtube channel. Insightful. Worth the five minutes to watch.
On Wednesday, October 19th Mrs. Clinton went full throttle for abortion throughout pregnancy. It occurred early in her debate with Mr. Trump. Below is the dialogue; you can see the full article where this is excerpted from here at LifeNews. It was originally published in National Right to Life News Today. Below the excerpt we have responses to her support for what amounts to infanticide. Bear in mind that there is never a medical justification for late term abortion, because abortions after approximately 16 weeks are 2-3 day procedures. This is because of the necessity of dilating the cervix with laminaria, which are left in for at least one night. If it's a life threatening situation, the procedure should be an emergency caesarean section and an effort to save both patients.
Wallace (Chris Wallace, the debate moderator) drilled down another thousand feet on Clinton as well:
I wanted to ask you Secretary Clinton, I want to explore how far you think the right to abortion goes. You have been quoted as saying that the fetus has no constitutional rights. You also voted against a ban on late-term partial birth abortions. Why?
Clinton gave her usual answer–that Roe allows for some “regulation,” provided there is an exception for “the health of the mother.” Of course, for 43 years the health exception has swallowed the rule as thoroughly as a python gulps down its supper.
To his great credit, Trump called her out:
Well I think it is terrible. If you go with what Hillary is saying, in the ninth month you can take [the] baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby. Now, you can say that that is okay and Hillary can say that that is okay, but it’s not okay with me. Because based on what she is saying and based on where she’s going and where she’s been, you can take [the] baby and rip the baby out of the womb. In the ninth month. On the final day. And that’s not acceptable.
Clinton responded that this is just “scare rhetoric,” as if what she supports doesn’t frighten mainstream America. “And I will stand up for that right,” she added.
And honestly, nobody has business doing what I just said. Doing that as late as one or two or three or four days prior to birth. Nobody has that [right].
The NY State health department keeps extensive statistics on abortion in the State - age, race, ethnicity, gestation, number of prior abortions, where done, financial coverage, and operative procedures. according to the latest statistices (2014) there were 2,106 abortion at 20+ weeks.
Some rejoinders to Clinton -
This from the Catholic League - hit the link for the full PR -
Apologists also contest what partial-birth abortion really is. Dr. Jen Gunter, for instance, protests Trump’s comment about “ripping” the baby out of the mother’s womb. She says “we don’t ‘rip’ anything in OB/GYN.” So what do they do? “We use sharp dissection and blunt dissection, but we don’t rip.” How reassuring to know that when a scissors is jammed into the skull of a baby about to be born that nothing is “ripped.”
This from Consistent Life, the Consistent Ethic of Life website
Clinton and Children
Hillary Clinton showed something about her often-stated concern for children in the October 19 US presidential debate. For full protection, the children need to be entirely born. Being near birth isn’t good enough. She defended very late-term abortions for reasons including “something terrible has happened or just been discovered about the pregnancy.”
Though not specific, this could mean when the child is discovered to have “fetal abnormalities” – at least, this is a common justification for very late-term abortions.
Killing someone because she has disabilities is horrible enough, but a positive portrayal of aborting those with disabilities (as is common in the media) can be devastating to efforts to stop discrimination against disabled children and adults.
But did that vague phrase mean that? The current Democratic Party Platform is extreme enough to suggest so. If only the press would dig down deeper and ask for clarification.
The NY Times had an op ed today (October 21, '16.) promoting just that - the baby destroyed at 22 weeks because of a disability.
In National Review today, touching on the Second Amendment and abortion - we only are concerned here with abortion -
UPDATE: Note the correction in the comments section as to the number of attendees!
It was an impressive turnout of over 125 people for the Autumn Harvest Breakfast at the River View in Hastings-on-Hudson on Saturday, September 24! Alan Mehldau once again brought us a PAC fundraiser that was high on style and positive networking with pro-life friends and organizations here to help support pro-life values and candidates.
Rev. Msgr. Dermot R. Brennan, stalwart for life, offered the Invocation.
Phil Oliva, pro-life candidate running for the U.S. House of Representatives gave a rousing welcome to all and touched the audience with his personal story of his family's pro-life struggle through his wife's crisis pregnancy and daughter's birth.
Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett spoke on behalf of County Executive Rob Astorino as he presented Proclamations to the day's so-worthy honorees, Patricia Godfrey of New Rochelle and John Mark of Ossining, and keynote speaker Reverend Jason J. McGuire.
Joy Dechiario introduces John Mark, retired New York City fireman who spoke of his transforming journey to his dedication to many pro-life causes. He especially thanked his wife and mother for their love and support so he could be present for others in need.
Patricia Godfrey, whose soft-spoken style and years of dedication to women in crisis pregnancies and the child in the womb prompted her well-deserved award.
The Reverend Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, gave the stirring keynote address. He had spoken at the 2013 breakfast and he was excellent then - and even better this time around! Much of this talk centered around the sad but inspirational circumstances he and his wife faced with their fourth child. After physicians suggested an abortion as "therapy", his daughter was born with only two heart chambers. And they could not operate to repair because of another health-related syndrome. The child died four days after leaving the hospital, surrounded at home by her loving family.
The title of Reverend McGuire's talk was "Staying True in a Blue State."
Statue of St. Michael the Archangel presented to Reverend Jason, John and Pat.
Looking good! It's great to be a senior. Thanks to Alan Mehldau and Joy Dechiario for another outstanding event for life - thanks to Maryl Turchi for the great photo of Alan and Joy.
God's blessings to all. Now go and get out the pro-life vote!
The annual Peconic PP fundraiser - no doubt brings in 100's of thousands of dollars. Held at the Westchester Hilton on Westchester Ave.
As guest speaker they brought in Wendy Davis, the pro-abortion Democrat who ran for Governor in Texas (and lost 59%-38%). Her claim to "fame" is a filibuster against a bill to add some restrictions to abortion in Texas.
BUT, prolifers were at the driveway entrance as the revelers rolled in...
The PP supporters cars were in quite a rush to get past our signs as they entered the driveway ...
Thank you Al, Rose, Regina, Brigid, Ed, et al, for your witness!
From Alan at Westcheste Putnam Life Center -
Rain or Shine!
As we have done the past three years, we are planning to stand outside the entrance to the hotel, with appropriate signs, and pray peacefully and hopefully show attendees what Planned Parenthood is really about.
We should be there by 5:30PM, while it is still light, and will leave after the guests have arrived, about 7PM. We will provide signs. Parking is available on Lincoln Ave, which is just a block west of the hotel entrance or just inside the Hotel entrance on the right. Flash lights might be a good idea!
Please let me know if you are able to participate in this educational demonstration. The space outside the hotel is not great and I would guess would accommodate about 15 +/- . Either send me a reply to this e-mail or call my office at (914) 232-1168 to let me know if you would like to join us! God bless! Alan
As they quote from Trump's letter to them.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 16, 2016
Contact: Mallory Quigley, firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-380-6674
In Letter to Pro-Life Leaders, Trump Highlights Clinton’s Extreme Position & Pledges to Make Hyde Amendment Permanent Law
Washington, D.C. – In a letter made public today by Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), Donald Trump outlines four pro-life policy commitments, including his pledge to make the Hyde Amendment permanent law. Trump also enlisted SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser to serve as National Chairwoman of his campaign’s Pro-life Coalition. In the letter, Trump lists his commitments to the pro-life movement:
“Hillary Clinton’s unwavering commitment to advancing taxpayer-funded abortion on-demand stands in stark contrast to the commitments I’ve made to advance the rights of unborn children and their mothers when elected president. I am committed to:
- Nominating pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Signing into law the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would end painful late-term abortions nationwide.
- Defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions and reallocating their funding to community health centers that provide comprehensive health care for women.
- Making the Hyde Amendment permanent law to protect taxpayers from having to pay for abortions.”
The Hyde Amendment is longstanding, bipartisan policy to protect the conscience rights of taxpayers by stopping taxpayer funding of elective abortions. Hillary Clinton has pledged to rescind the Hyde Amendment. For the first time, the Party Platform ratified by Democrats this summer explicitly calls for the repeal of this policy.
“Not only has Mr. Trump doubled down on his three existing commitments to the pro-life movement, he has gone a step further in pledging to protect the Hyde Amendment and the conscience rights of millions of pro-life taxpayers. For a candidate to make additional commitments during a general election is almost unheard of,” said Dannenfelser. “The contrast could not be clearer between the two tickets, and I am proud to serve as National Chairwoman for Donald Trump’s Pro-Life Coalition.”
Co-chairs of the Pro-life Coalition will be announced later this month. National and state-level coalition members in key states will write op-eds, act as surrogates, recruit volunteers, and various other activities to support the Trump-Pence ticket.
Susan B. Anthony List and its partner super PAC, Women Speak Out, have knocked on more than 600,000 doors in the battleground states of Florida, North Carolina and Ohio to turn out the pro-life vote to defeat Hillary Clinton.
Susan B. Anthony List and its Political Action Committees, the SBA List Candidate Fund and Women Speak Out PAC, spent $16.71 million in the 2014 election cycle to defeat pro-abortion incumbents and elect pro-life candidates to federal and statewide office. The SBA List is dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women. The SBA List is a network of more than 465,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.
Need information? 914-232-1168 Or email: email@example.com
Never before has the sanctity of life been so threatened!
Nationally, Abortion proponents continue to attack Religious Freedom and Conscience Rights! In NY Gov. Cuomo fights to pass his radical abortion "Reproductive Health Act” and the Hemlock Society forces have pushed legislation in both the NYS Senate and Assembly to make Assisted Suicide the law of the land!
Now is the time for us to speak out in the defense of life!
Please join your neighbors in a legal, peaceful and prayerful witness to the sanctity of all human life and for an end to abortion and assisted suicide. Please try to attend one of these chains! Signs will be provided! Rain or Shine!
Life Chains will be held at the following locations:
Hastings-on-Hudson: St. Matthew Church, Broadway at 616 Warburton Ave. - 1:15-2:15PM
Yonkers: St. Joseph’s Church, 141 Ashburton Avenue - 2:30- 3:30 PM
Scarsdale: Immaculate Heart of Mary Ch., White Plains Rd (Rt. 22) & Grand Blvd. - 1-2.30 PM
Tuckahoe: In front of Immaculate Conception Church, 53 Winter Hill Road - 2-3:00 PM
White Plains: 40 Days for Life - Planned Parenthood, 175 Tarrytown Road - 2:30-4PM
Hawthorne: Holy Rosary Church, 170 Bradhurst Avenue, 2-3:30 PM
Mt. Kisco: Main Street from Northern Westchester Hospital to Moger Avenue - 2-3:30 PM
Port Chester: Boston Post Rd. in front of Kohls’ Plaza – 2-3:30 PM
The Westchester and Putnam Right to Life
Political Action Committee
Cordially invites you to join us for our annual
Autumn Harvest Breakfast
Saturday Morning, September 24th, 2016
1 Warburton Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
9:00 AM - 12 Noon (Registration begins 8:45 AM)
Honoring Two Wonderful Defenders of Life
Of New Rochelle
Our Distinguished Guest Speaker is
Reverend Jason J. McGuire
Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms.
“Staying True in a Blue State "
$55.00 Per Person ($45.00 Early Registration NOW EXTENDED TO WEDNESDAY, 9/21!)
Please mail this form, with your check payable to the "W-PRTL PAC", to:
Westchester & Putnam Right to Life PAC
P.O. Box 157, KATONAH, NY 10536-0517 (914) 232-1168
E-MAIL ADDRESS _________________________________________________________________________________
UPDATE: Here is a link to video of the entire ceremony, including Theresa Bonapartis' wonderful talk.
There were two memorial services locally - one at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Westchester and one in Rockland County. We will post about the Rockland County service tomorrow.
30 people were at Gate of Heaven at the Guardian Angel Memorial for children lost before birth. Theresa Bonopartis, head of Lumina: Hope and Healing After Abortion spoke beautifully at the Service, which lasted just under an hour.
Father Blesses the Memorial with Holy Water
As we commemorate the loss of 50 million since 1973.
Event: Memorial Service for Victims of Abortion
When: Saturday, September 10 at 11:00 am
Location: Gate of Heaven Cemetery
10 West Stevens Avenue, Hawthorne, NY 10532
Theresa Bonopartis, Director of Lumina, will be speaking.
We will meet at the Guardian Angels Plot - the intersection of sections 44, 45, 47, and 48. This is just south of the lake on the Taconic Parkway side of the cemetery. MAP. The service will last for about an hour. Feel free to bring flowers to lay at the gravesite.
The 15th annual commemoration, this year celebrating the 96th anniversary of women's voting rights. Held Friday, August 5th, as always in the Westchester County Board of Legislators' Conference Room in the County office building. It is a "reformed" celebration, because for 28 years pro-life women were banned.
We hope you will find the time to listen/watch Norine DiCarlo's fine 20 minute keynote talk "Hope and Ambivalence in the Suicidal Patient", an unfortunately very timely topic. It is at the end of this posting.
As has become traditional, prior to the actual ceremony Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino met with the Honoree, keynote speaker, and some of the attendees in the County Executive's Conference Room and office. Here the County Executive presents a Proclamation to Honoree Maria McFadden Maffucci, President of the Human Life Foundation and editor of its journal, the Human Life Review. Maria's husband Robert and daughter Grace smile their approval.
Keynote speaker Norine R. DiCarlo, R.N., Maria and Rob flanked by WEDR Committee members Regina Riely (R) and Judith Anderson (L).
Some other pro-lifers join the meeting before the WEDR ceremony.
Norine R. DiCarlo, R.N.'s keynote address is a must to hear. She is the former Assistant Director of Nursing, Department of Psychiatry, Jacobi Medical Center, speaking on "Hope and Ambivalence in the Suicidal Patient".
Here WEDR Committee member Brigid Faranda presents Maria with the 2016 Mott-Stanton-Anthony award.
Norine's talk, touching on depression, suicide and assisted suicide. Her personal insights and experience in the last 2/3's of her talk are especially interesting. Be sure to have your audio turned up, especially at the beginning, since the sound is a little low at times.
An extensive poll
Americans remain strongly supportive of abortion restrictions, despite this summer’s Supreme Court decision overturning a Texas law that mandated that doctors have admitting privileges at a local hospital and that abortion clinics be held to the same standards as other outpatient surgery centers.
Strong majorities also oppose taxpayer funding of abortion, support the right of conscientious objectors to opt out of abortions, and would generally limit the procedure – at most – to the first trimester. In most cases, a majority, or substantial minority of those who call themselves pro-choice agree.
“The Americans people have spoken clearly on their desire for abortion restrictions, less taxpayer funding of it, and common sense regulations on this industry to protect women’s health,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “Our courts, politicians, candidates and parties should heed this consensus.”
"The majority of Americans in favor of abortion restrictions has been consistently around 8 in 10 for the better part of a decade,” said Barbara Carvalho, director of the Marist Poll. “Though self-identification as pro-life or pro-choice can vary substantially from year to year, the support for restrictions is quite stable."
Kristen Day is the head of Democrats for Life; Camosy teaches at Fordham U. Excerpts below the link -
... the platform calls for the repeal of the Hyde and Helms amendments, which prevent taxpayer funds from being used to pay for abortions. This would force those who object to abortion to contribute to what we believe would be government-funded killing, and it would eradicate policies that have already saved hundreds of thousands of lives.
The 2016 Democratic platform is a flat-out betrayal of millions of Democrats, undoing policies that have kept us in the party working toward common progressive goals on a host of other issues.
Here are three other ways the 2016 platform betrays Democrats like us:
U.S. abortion law (which permits abortion for any reason until viability, about 22 to 23 weeks) already makes many progressive countries in Europe (which set their threshold for abortion at 12 to 13 weeks) look like pro-life radicals. Now the Democratic platform pushes the party to roll back even the very modest abortion regulations currently on the books.
And removing even a nod toward “religious liberty” from the platform puts Democrats at fundamental odds with the many religious organizations whose mission is nonviolence and protection of the most vulnerable.
In the 2008 presidential primary campaign, candidate Hillary Clinton said abortion should be safe, legal and rare. “And by rare,” Clinton emphasized, “I mean rare.” Yet her 2016 platform team has approved provisions that make access to abortion crucial to the well-being of every single person on the planet.
The Democratic Party's abortion stances have already caused many to leave the party, and many more will drop out because of the platform wording. The percentage of extreme abortion rights advocates is increasing in the party, but only because the total number of Democrats has shrunk to its lowest level since the Hoover administration.
The bishop, from Rhode Island, posting on his facebook page. The facebook link is below.
LifeNews.com has extensively profiled the pro-abortion position of Hillary Clinton’s vice-presidential running mate Tim Kaine. Now, a Catholic bishops is going after the pro-abortion Democrat, saying that he can’t reconcile his Catholic faith with abortion.
Bishops Thomas Tobin of the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, posted a message on Facebook that was so popular it received over 1,000 shares:
VP Pick, Tim Kaine, a Catholic?
Democratic VP choice, Tim Kaine, has been widely identified as a Roman Catholic. It is also reported that he publicly supports “freedom of choice” for abortion, same-sex marriage, gay adoptions, and the ordination of women as priests. All of these positions are clearly contrary to well-established Catholic teachings; all of them have been opposed by Pope Francis as well.
Senator Kaine has said, “My faith is central to everything I do.” But apparently, and unfortunately, his faith isn’t central to his public, political life.
The Virginia politician is on record as trying to have it both ways — saying he is both a “traditional Catholic” and a strong supporter of abortion. Kaine has a pro-abortion record and the potential Clinton running mate is not following anyone. As LifeNews previously reported, Kaine said he is a “strong supporter of Roe v. Wade” despite supposedly being a “traditional Catholic.”
“I have a traditional Catholic personal position, but I am very strongly supportive that women should make these decisions and government shouldn’t intrude,” Kaine said. “I’m a strong supporter of Roe v. Wade and women being able to make these decisions. In government, we have enough things to worry about. We don’t need to make people’s reproductive decisions for them.”
That wasn’t the first time Kaine has attempted to moderate his pro-abortion viewpoint. In an interview with Meet the Press, Tim Kaine, who may be chosen as the pro-abortion candidate’s VP, tried to mask his radical abortion views.
Leading pro-life groups know Kaine is pro-abortion.
The Catholic League website is down right now so we cannot link to the press release. We have posted it in it's entirety.
Bill Donohue comments on Sen. Tim Kaine's pro-life record:
Tim Kaine wants to save the lobo, but not the kids.
I confess I had no idea what a lobo was until I looked it up—it's a Mexican grey wolf. Tim says we are running out of them (he does not say whether we should build a wall to save them). How do I know? Because the Defender of Wildlife Action Fund gave him a 91 percent rating in 2015, and a 100 percent rating in 2013; on the front page of its website the #1 cause is "Don't Let the Lobos Go Extinct."
The Defender of Wildlife Action Fund is also worried about saving the eggs of the bald eagle, a goal that Tim no doubt shares (as do I). What about human eggs? Tim has no interest in protecting them. How do I know? Because he merits a 100 percent rating from both NARAL and Planned Parenthood, and they support abortion-on-demand.
The Washington Post calls Tim "A Pope Francis Catholic." But the pope's position on abortion would receive a 0 from NARAL and Planned Parenthood. The pope also supports marriage, properly understood.
In a Polling Company survey we commissioned of Catholics last year, we learned that 61 percent of Catholics reported that abortion should not be permitted in all or most instances; the figure for practicing Catholics was higher. That means Tim is not representative of most Catholics on this issue.
Tim likes gay marriage. How do I know? Because he received a 100 percent rating from the radical gay group, the Human Rights Campaign. Once again, Tim is out of step: our survey found that 58 percent of Catholics think marriage should be between a man and a woman.
If Tim were to treat unborn children the way he treats lobos, and acknowledge the obvious—marriage was meant for the only two people who can create a family—he would improve his standing among Catholics. As it is, his positions make him an outlier.
Hudson Valley Coalition for Life, Box 494, Ossining, NY 10562
TO: Westchester and Putnam County media – radio, television, and newsprint
The media are invited to cover the event!
RE: Women’s Equality Day Reformed - Friday, August 5, 2016 in White Plains, NY;
Ceremony 12 Noon, Sharp! to 1:30 p.m. Light refreshments follow.
Ceremony to be held at the Westchester County Michaelian Building, 8th floor large Conference Room,
148 Martine Avenue & Court Street, White Plains.
This year, the 96th Anniversary of women’s voting rights, a woman is a major party nominee for President of the United States, but what woman and for what does she stand?
This 2016 Women’s Equality Day Reformed theme is Let Pro-Life Feminist Voices Speak on Life’s Beginning and Life’s End! The day will challenge the political tactics of the status quo: exposing efforts to silence free speech by shutting down speech in the classroom and on our college campuses; attempting to silence opposing citizen groups via manipulation (IRS scandal); exposing the legislative vote by “progressives” against conscience protections for all; speaking against standards and medical oversight for abortion clinics for the protection of women, and promoting physician-assisted and other-assisted suicide under the guise of compassionate care for the dying.
Women’s Equality Day Reformed will hold its 15th annual commemoration of the 19th Amendment’s granting of women’s voting rights August 26, 1920. The day’s events will focus on the dignity of all human life and the pivotal role women play in society’s understanding of the needs of the most vulnerable among us: pregnant women, the child in the womb, the frail, sick and elderly. Maria McFadden Maffucci of Mamaroneck is the 2016 Woman of the Year and recipient of this year’s Mott-Stanton-Anthony Award! She is President of The Human Life Foundation, Inc., and Editor of The Human Life Review.
The day’s Keynote speaker will be Norine R. DiCarlo. R.N., MA, former Assistant Director of Nursing in the Department of Psychiatry at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx who will speak on “Hope and Ambivalence in the Suicidal Patient”.
Limited capacity and security check with photo ID. Seek long-term, 3-hour parking nearby to avoid having to leave the ceremony. For additional details call Regina 914.739.8256; Brigid 914.271.4598 or Judy 914.329.5163; or email the Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pope Francis has reaffirmed that the death penalty is unjustifiable today.
In a video-message transmitted tonight to the participants of the VI World Congress Against the Death Penalty in Oslo, Norway, underway through June 23, the Pontiff stressed, “Nowadays, the death penalty is unacceptable, however grave the crime of the convicted person.”
The Congress opens today and was organized by the French NGO Ensemble Contre la Peine de Mort and the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, which includes about 140 organizations from around the world.
“It is an offense to the inviolability of life and to the dignity of the human person,”the Pope continued, pointing out, “It likewise contradicts God’s plan for individuals and society, and his merciful justice. Nor is it consonant with any just purpose of punishment.”
Noting this sentence does not render justice to victims, but instead fosters vengeance, Francis reminded those watching, “The commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ has absolute value and applies both to the innocent and to the guilty.”
The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, the Pope told them, is a proper occasion for the world to better respect the life and dignity of each person.
“It must not be forgotten that the inviolable and God-given right to life also belongs to the criminal,” he said.
The Pope also encouraged all to work not only for the abolition of the death penalty, but also for the improvement of prison conditions, so that they fully respect the human dignity of those incarcerated.
“‘Rendering justice,’” he highlighted, “does not mean seeking punishment for its own sake, but ensuring that the basic purpose of all punishment is the rehabilitation of the offender. The question must be dealt with within the larger framework of a system of penal justice open to the possibility of the guilty party’s reinsertion in society.”
Before concluding, assuring the participants of his prayers, Pope Francis said, “There is no fitting punishment without hope! Punishment for its own sake, without room for hope, is a form of torture, not of punishment.”
“I trust that this Congress can give new impulse to the effort to abolish capital punishment.”
On ZENIT’s Webpage:
By Judicial fiat - abortionists don't have to have admitting privileges in a local hospital and abortion clinics don't have to meet regular stand-alone medical clinic standards. "Because of the decision today, beauty parlors, veterinarian clinics and public pools will be held to higher sanitary and health standards than abortion clinics."
From the Associated Press:
UPDATE: Still not good enough for the Canada Civil Liberties Union - The euthanasia lobby is wanting to extend euthanasia to “mature” minors, to people with dementia (through advanced directives), and to people with psychiatric conditions alone.
No doubt, when you read the Bill -
The final bill allows a beneficiary to participate in the act, even to lethally inject.
The bill that determines how Canadians will kill Canadians was passed on the last day of the parliamentary schedule in time for the summer recess.
Bill C-14 now goes to the Governor General to be signed.
No jurisdiction in the world offers legal immunity to anyone who does anything for the purposes of assisting death. Bill C-14 is the most wide-open bill in the world. It is even worse than the Belgian law. Recent studies from Belgium indicate that more than 1000 assisted deaths occur without request each year.
From Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List.
Firstly, I need to thank the hundreds of you who emailed me back committing to pray for the meeting with Donald Trump today. It was so encouraging to know I had so many committed, passionate pro-lifers praying for me at one time. I shared a few of your messages with the rest of the SBA List team and they were also really encouraged. Thank you so much. Your prayers and support are so valued at this critical time in our fight for LIFE.
I know that many of you were anxious to get a report back from the meeting, and I have a few minutes before I get on the train back to our office in Washington, D.C., so I have put together some thoughts on our time with the presumptive Republican nominee.
Mr. Trump was very generous with his time. Before the main meeting, a handful of Pro-Life, Conservative and Christian leaders met with him in a private setting.
Later in the day we gathered with nearly 1,000 leaders, activists and donors from across the country. He related well, coming across confident and comfortable in such a large crowd of thought leaders whose opinions and actions will be so critical as we approach November.
I was encouraged when Mr. Trump reiterated the most important pro-life commitment he has made to date: that he would appoint pro-life judges to SCOTUS. To quote him verbatim, "We are going to appoint great Supreme Court justices... These will be justices of great intellect... And they will be pro-life."
Mr. Trump also spoke about the threats to religious liberty and how the federal government continues to threaten the freedom of speech of people of faith and conscience to speak out in the public square. We both know how fundamental religious liberty is to our fight for life when we consider the anti-life mandates of the Obama administration that seek to force Pro-Lifers and Christians to violate their conscience by paying for life-ending drugs and abortions. And we're not blind. We know that a Clinton presidency would only further such draconian measures.
This is far from the end of the conversation. But it is important the conversation is taking place. Over the next few weeks and months, your SBA List team will continue to encourage Mr Trump to reiterate the important commitments he's made to date:
1. That he will appoint pro-life justices to the Supreme Court
2. That he will advocate for and sign into law the Pain-Cable Unborn Child Protection Act that would ban abortions after 5 months - a point by which the science is clear: Unborn babies can feel pain
3. That he will defund Planned Parenthood, America's largest abortion business
And we will continue to educate voters in battleground states about Hillary's extreme record on abortion and the unprecedented threat the unborn would face under another Clinton presidency. As you know, we're already on the ground in Florida, North Carolina and Ohio. Just last week our incredible field team knocked on their 400,000th door.
Thank you once again for your notes of support, and for your many prayers. They are making a difference.
President, Susan B. Anthony List
Excerpted for LifeNet - ALERT from Lower Hudson Valley Coalitions for Life's Edmund P. Riely, Jr.:
BE AT THE CROTON-ON-HUDSON, NY, LIBRARY at 171 Cleveland Drive
Tonight, Tuesday NIGHT AT 6:15PM, June 14, 2016 is the Pro-life vs. Suicide/Mercy Killing Panel.
BE THERE TO SUPPORT US AND TO SUPPORT OUR EXCELLENT SPEAKERS. Croton is in the heart of liberal Assemblywoman Sandra Galef's district. She is Suicide's Assembly co – sponsor.
The panel will include experts from the medical, moral, legal, and legislative fields. The Chairman of Lower Hudson Valley Coalitions for Life (9thJD), Edmund P. Riely Jr., will be the moderator. He coordinated the event with Lois Skelly, Library Events Director, along with Regina Riely and Yvonne Rivera, RN, our Secretary and one of the presenters. The other panelists are from Rosary Hill Home and/or Calvary Hospital.
The panel/seminar will discuss:
History of the Euthanasia/Mercy Killing Movement in the US and Worldwide.
The Oregon Myth.
Alternatives to suicide and mercy killing.
Compassionate Care for the terminally ill -with care givers from Rosary Hill Home and/or Calvary Hospital.
The Position of the Medical Profession in all this, the new realities of Health Care Delivery, impersonal, fast, and financially driven.
Details, Status, and Impact of Legislation promoting Assisted Suicide and Mercy Killing.
Inherent dangers of state sanctioned suicides, once voluntary it soon becomes involuntary -
Governor Lamm (Colorado) asserts Elderly If Very Ill Have a Duty to Die:
"You've got a duty to die and get out of the way." NYT Denver 3/28.
Why Safeguards Don't Work.
Personal Stories of Life and Death.
The Pressure to Lose Hope and not be "a burden."
Why do they have to lie about it?
Why they have had to come up with 31 different names for it, none of which have stuck due to the fact that it is still suicide
no matter what they call it.
BRING A FRIEND
A touching letter about the truth never told about a child with Down syndrome. Many of us have had the personal privilege of knowing the love spoken about here.
A good, short summary. As the late Msgr. William Smith said "Before social engineering comes verbal engineering."
The current favorite of the culture of death: "Aid in Dying."
Excerpts below; the entire article is nine paragraphs.
Words matter. The terminology we employ not only reflects our values but helps to define them. Language is particularly important in bioethical debates, in which dehumanizing verbiage can distance us from our fellow human beings.
Words also have the power to degrade the human dignity of born and grown people. A classic example is the pejorative term “vegetable,” referring to those with severe cognitive disabilities and impairments. Even the diagnostic term used to describe the condition of permanently unconscious patients—“persistent vegetative state”—is pejorative, perhaps the only explicitly demeaning medical term. (Why not use the perfectly accurate “persistent unconscious state”?) The V-word has the effect—and in some cases, indeed, the purpose—of excluding these human beings from the moral community and exposing them to oft-proposed forms of oppression and exploitation—such as allowing them to be used for live-organ harvesting and as subjects in medical experimentation.
We see the same phenomenon in our debates around end-of-life care and assisted suicide. The Dutch euthanasia practitioner Dr. M.A.M. Wachter, ethicist/director for the Institute of Health in the Netherlands, made this point explicitly when he appeared at a 1990 international euthanasia society convention. “The definitions build the road to euthanasia,” he stated, explaining that even the word “euthanasia” (“good death”) could harm the cause, because people naturally recoil from the killing act.
Thus, Wachter urged his audience to prevaricate and obfuscate: “Definitions are not neutral. They are not just the innocent tools that allow us to describe reality. Rather, they shape our perceptions of reality. They select. They emphasize. They embody a bias. Therefore, definitions constantly need redefinition.” This is precisely why the Hemlock Society, an assisted-suicide advocacy organization, changed its name to Compassion and Choices and now deploys the euphemism “aid in dying” in its media and advocacy materials.
On a surprise vote with no public comment or debate. No surprise about that.
The Assisted Suicide Bill passed the Assembly Health Committee and has been referred to the Codes Committee. It still has a ways to go before going to the Assembly floor for a vote.
Assisted Suicide Bill Vote
SAME AS S07579
Rosenthal, Gottfried, Dinowitz, Galef, Hevesi, Steck, Zebrowski, Blake
Braunstein, Crouch, Duprey, Skartados
Add Art 28-F §§2899-d - 2899-t, Pub Health L
Relates to the medical aid in dying act; relates to a terminally ill patient's request for and use of medication for medical aid in dying.
referred to health
reported referred to codes
A10059 Committee Votes:
Committee:HEALTH Chair:Gottfried DATE:05/23/2016 AYE/NAY:14/11 Action: Favorable refer to committee Codes
The fact that the Supreme Court unanimously sent their case back to the lower court to get a settlement satisfactory to the Sisters - everyone sees this as a win for Religious freedom.
Here are some commentaries on the case -
Bill McGurn, WSJ columnist -
To begin with, the justices vacated the lower-court rulings the sisters were fighting. The parties, the court said, should have another opportunity to work out a way to deliver contraceptives that doesn’t violate the religious objections of the Little Sisters and their co-plaintiffs.
Most important, the Supreme Court took away the administration’s tool for bullying: The government, it said, “may not impose taxes or penalties” on those who refuse to authorize their plans to provide the contested coverage.
From Ed Mechmann at the NY Archdiocese -
There are a couple of crucial take-aways from this.
The Becket Fund Press release -
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the government cannot fine the Little Sisters of the Poor. The Supreme Court vacated the lower court rulings against the Little Sisters, accepting the government’s admission that it could meet its goals of providing the free services to women without involving the Little Sisters or using their plan. The Court also ordered the lower Courts to help the government choose an alternative method of providing the services that does not require the participation of the Little Sisters.
And from the Scotusblog, here is a "neutral analysis" - thanks to Ed Mechmann for sending us this link.
Without settling any legal issues surrounding the Affordable Care Act’s birth-control mandate, the Supreme Court on Monday nevertheless cleared the way for the government to promptly provide no-cost access to contraceptives for employees and students of non-profit religious hospitals, charities, and colleges, while barring any penalties on those institutions for failing to provide that access themselves. Thirteen separate cases were sent back to federal appeals courts for them to issue new rulings on the questions the Justices left undecided.
The 16th annual pro-life breakfast of the Northern Westchester & Putnam Center for Life Educational Trust took place on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Holiday Inn in Mount Kisco. The guest speaker was Father Charles Caccavale, professor of Moral Theology at St. Joseph's Seminary in Dunwoodie on the prescient topic, "The Moral Perspective on Physician Assisted Suicide". It was a great morning in every way! Here are some highlights.
The day's deserving honorees were Joy Dechiario of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Pelham Manor who received the Maureen Terelli Award, and B. Michael Garber of St. Joseph's Church in Somers who received the Frankenberry Award.
County Executive Rob Astorino greeted the crowd with his consistent and positive message in defense of human life.
The large crowd gathers for a delicious brunch in honor of Joy and Mike and to hear Father Caccavale speak on the moral perspective of physician-assisted suicide.
Father Charles Caccavale Professor of Moral Theology, St. Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie
Alan was a great master of ceremonies, introducing honorees, speakers, guests, politicians, priests and religious attendees.
Suzi McDonough introduced herself to us. She's running for Assemblyman Katz's District 94 seat.
Phil Oliva (below) is running for the 18th Congressional District.
A beaming Joy Dechiario graciously thanks Alan Mehldau for the recognition she said really belongs to him.
An excellent promoter, Joy thanks Alan and then encourages all of us to attend the fall PAC fundraiser and send in those wonderful ads for the fundraiser's journal. It reads more like a prayer book with heartfelt poems, prayers, and memories. Thank you, JOY!!
B. Michael Garber from St. Joseph's Church in Somers accepts his award from the Center for Life's Educational Trust.
Thanks to the over-110 attendees - it's always a great event!
This past Monday, April 24th; at the Scarsdale Library, which WAS NOT fully equipped for the disabled! Disability rights advocate and one of the evening's guest speakers, Anna Fay was unable to access the raised section - the speaker's area - because there was no permanent or temporary ramp. You can see it in this picture and the brief videos below.
Since Scarsdale is home to Assemblywoman Amy Paulin who is the bill's primary sponsor, this oversight was an embarrassment and particularly ironic since the disabled community fears this type of legislation would overlook their needs and quite possibly target them because of their vulnerable state.
LoHud in their article estimated 150 people attended - but we think it was more like 160-180. The room was filled - standing room only. Here is a picture before the debate -
Gary Stern and Nancy Cutler from LoHud moderated the evening and asked the questions, but audience questions accepted for response were very limited. LoHud said they would publish online instead those questions not addressed that evening.
We doubt if anyone there hadn't already made up their minds on the issue of assisted-suicide or physician-assisted suicide - when the Doctor writes a script and participates in the killing of his patient.
Here is the pre-debate publicity about the participants:
Arguing for the legislation will be: Assemblyperson Amy Paulin; David Leven, executive director of End of Life Choices; and Stacey Gibson, volunteer advocate for Compassion & Choices. Opposing the legislation will be: Edward Mechmann, Esq., director of public policy for the Archdiocese of New York; J.J. Hanson, president of the Patients’ Rights Action Fund; and Anna Fay, a board member of Westchester Disabled on the Move and senior vice president for Independent Living Services in New York City.
Paulin and Gibson related family situations involving loved ones with serious, long-term debilitating illnesses. The sort of situations that everyone dreads. And the sort of situations that almost everyone has had to face within their own families or circle of friends. While everyone should empathize with these tragic stories, legislating to the "hard case" is never a good practice, legally or otherwise. J.J. Hanson's story of recovery after being given a devastating prognosis for his illness sought to balance the emotional quotient that drives this "solution" and this type, in J.J.'s words, of hopelessness in legislation.
From the perspective of preaching to the pro-suicide choir, David Leven was overly aggressive at times, shouting down other speakers. He did a fair bit of screaming and on at least two occasions said that Ed Mechmann was lying (once when Mechmann was quoting law!), and once quoted a NY Times editorial - which of course is equivalent to the Bible if you are pro-assisted-suicide.
Bizarrely - yet another example of the Culture of Death using verbal engineering to implement social engineering - they all claimed that a situation where the doctor dispenses poison for the patient to kill his/herself was not assisting in a suicide. It must be called "aid in dying" - the death certificate is going to show an underlying disease as cause of death, not the poison or overdose.
Here is the article on the LoHud/Journal News website. Thanks to Ed Riely for organizing the graphics and people protesting - see the picture when you hit the link for the article.
Of course LoHud, "progressive" publication that they are - uses the title "Aid in Dying".
Tara Taryn was attending, and had an excellent facebook posting with some pictures. Tara did a great job describing the pro-life participation:
Tara wrote: "Debate on assisted suicide (should New York allow 'aid in dying?') Our PRO-LIFE movement had a great panel of experts on why it should NOT be legalized, including Ed Mechmann, Attorney of the Archdiocese of New York; JJ Hanson, a young man given a prognosis of four months in 2014; and A. Fay, a disabled woman, who testified to how the disabled don't really get the care they deserve. So proud of the turnout by our PRO-LIFE people. We filled up at least half the room. Thanks to Fr. Rojos of St. Joseph's church in Yonkers for your presence and your strong message, and thanks to some religious Sisters who were also present. I think we all made a very strong impact and statement for the sanctity of LIFE!! #prolifegeneration #respectlife #lifematters #lifeissacred #teamlife #whywemarch"
Here are two brief videos - part of Ed Mechmann's introductory talk and all of Anna Fay's.
And Anna Fay:
In Canada, after one of her innumerable individual non-violent protests at an abortion mill.
This is from Ed Mechmann, the NY Archdiocese Director of Public Policy.
His posting is eight paragraphs long - we are excerpting two - plus the concluding paragraph. We strongly recommend you hit the link and read the entire posting.
Now the religious organizations and the government have filed their briefs. The Little Sisters et al. readily agreed to the Court's suggestion, saying that they could comply with an arrangement where they are not required to take any action that would trigger the provision of the services, and if the services are actually provided by a separate insurance plan (even if it is run by their regular insurance carrier). This is all that the religious organizations have ever wanted -- to be left alone to do their work, without getting dragged into anyone's sex lives. In effect, they were saying to the Court, "This is the solution that we would have suggested to the government years ago, if they had only asked".
The government, for its part, reacted by quibbling, complaining, and digging their heels in. They complained about having to file a new brief. They insisted that no further concessions were necessary to protect the religious groups' consciences -- as if they knew better what is in violation of Catholic or Protestant moral teachings. They groused that the Court's suggestion would require changes to other sections of the law and regulations, as if that were something unheard-of, rather than the commonplace result of any litigation of this type. They continued to fantasize that any further accommodation would lead to a parade of horribles -- endless further litigation, thousands of women without health care, etc. And in the end, as if they were swallowing nasty-tasting medicine, they kind-of, sort-of, very reluctantly maybe agreed that the Court's suggestion would be barely acceptable.
This ungracious reply hurts the government's credibility, and is cause to be hopeful for a positive result. The Court now has reason to wonder why the case is even before them, and has a clear way to resolve it.
That would end this long nightmare, and vindicate the right to conscience of religious organizations. But it also raises a troubling question -- if such a common-sense solution was available all this time, why did the government insist on forcing the cooperation of the religious groups? I know of no other answer, other than the dministration's well-established hostility to traditional religious values, and their complete dedication to the spread of the ideology of sexual liberation, against any opposition.
For more details - also forwarded around from Ed Mechmann - here are links to the Scotusblog website.
The religious non-profits (e.g., the Little Sisters) accepted the Supreme Court's suggested resolution of the HHS mandate litigation: http://www.scotusblog.com/2016/04/religious-non-profits-fully-endorse-courts-birth-control-access-idea/. The Government, predictably, was less than enthused: http://www.scotusblog.com/2016/04/u-s-would-accept-modest-change-on-birth-control-mandate-warily/.
Every year, New Yorkers have the opportunity to address our lawmakers, actively making a difference in our state. Use your voice for the voiceless!
April 13, 2016, 9 a.m. to Noon;
Location: "The Well" legislative Office Building 198 State Street, Albany, NY 12210.
Contact Thomas Buff for more information. THOMASB@NYSRIGHTTOLIFE.ORG, OR CALL 518.434.1293.
Other contacts include Alan Mehldau at 914.232.1168 or Ed Riely at 914.271.5585.
Please plan on joining us for a wonderful morning at
THE NORTHERN WESTCHESTER & PUTNAM CENTER FOR LIFE
SIXTEENTH ANNUAL PRO-LIFE BREAKFAST
SATURDAY, April 16th, 2016 at the HOLIDAY INN - MOUNT KISCO
ONE HOLIDAY INN DRIVE MOUNT KISCO, NY
9:00 AM - 11:45 AM (Registration begins 8:45 AM)
OUR GUEST SPEAKER IS
Father Charles Caccavale
Professor of Moral Theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie
“The Moral Perspective on Physician Assisted Suicide”
Our Honorees are:
Joy Dechiario of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Pelham Manor
& Michael Garber of St. Joseph’s Church, Somers
GREAT MANOR BUFFET BREAKFAST $50 Per Person ($40 Early Registration prior to April 8th)
Please mail this form, with your check payable to the "Center for Life", to:
CENTER FOR LIFE
P.O. Box 111
KATONAH, NY 10536-0111
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“… suicide is painless it brings on many changes, and I can take or leave it if I please.” (by Johnny Mandel/Mike Altman)
Words from the familiar instrumental theme song of the hit movie and TV show M*A*S*H., have lost some of their sardonic bite. The unforgettable images of Korean War Army medical doctors, surgeons, nurses and chaplain running to incoming helicopters to quickly give aid to the injured and dying (despite personal anti-war feelings) seem quaint. Some today would define compassion differently. Some would define the role of medical doctor differently, too.
Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, D-Scarsdale has introduced legislation she and Sen. John Bonacic, R-Mount Hope, now refer to as “aid-in-dying”. The bill (S.5814/A.5261-b) according to Ms. Paulin would have safeguards to prevent wrongdoing. We are not reassured.
First, why advocate again for death? Do we really want to continue to create a society that finds new ways to kill its most vulnerable citizens? Many disability groups oppose it for obvious reasons. Why not legislate for expanded state-of-the-art hospice care? Rosary Hill in Hawthorne, NY and Calvary Hospital in the Bronx are only two examples of compassionate end of life care. Visit them before forming Paulin’s opinion on natural death as “horrific, painful, degrading” (Karl Evers-Hillstrom, The Legislative Gazette, 2/16/16).
Why not connect depression with assisted suicide abuse and seek broader protections and treatment for individuals who suffer mental stress or illness?
Why not listen to the majority of medical professionals who find this latest corruption of the medical calling as offensive as abortion?
If suicide is tragic, why is assisted suicide enlightened? Too often an increasingly secular culture will seek to solve problems, despite other humane alternatives, in this way.
“Suicide in my mind implies that you’re not terminally ill, and going to die anyway. As unfortunate as it is, it’s a matter of when it’s gonna (sic) be. This has to do with compassion for the person who is dying and their families. It’s not assisted suicide,” says the Assemblywoman.
“Suicide is suicide. Assisted suicide also brings other people into that process, it may be the physician, it may be the nurse, it may be the pharmacist, in a very negative way,” so says Stephen Hayford, legislative director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms.
The debate on assisted suicide has been heating up since California passed assisted suicide legislation last fall. Belgium and the Netherlands have already moved beyond to the inevitable euthanasia with staggering statistics. The question before us again is the dignity of human life and the narrow notion only perfect human life is worthy of care and protection from its natural beginning to its natural end.
While we empathize with her recent loss of a family member, we find Ms. Paulin’s view shortsighted in its lack of reflection on the inevitable effects to citizen rights and to the broader culture in dangerous ways. Just debating the probable abuses inherent in such legislation should humble us. Instead, like abortion, we legislate to the hard case and pretend that unavoidable, unintended consequences will not harm in profound ways, like the “aid-in-dying” movement.
Call your representatives and say NO to this destructive State-approved, State-promoted legislation and yes to a greater appreciation of the value and purpose of human life at all its stages, joys and sufferings. Pragmatism should serve us, not kill us.
Co-director, Hudson Valley Coalition for Life
To the Editor:
I'd like to respond to the issues raised by Judith Anderson concerning my legislation to enable terminally-ill patients to access medical aid in dying.
My legislation is based on a respect for every individual's personal beliefs. While Ms. Anderson is clearly opposed to medical aid in dying, the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers believe that individuals facing the end of their lives should have access to it. I would defend her right to refuse this option - but in doing so, I would not deny it to terminally-ill patients who desire it.
Medical aid in dying empowers dying patients - through means they alone control - to engage the dying process on their own terms. It is complementary to - not something offered instead of - hospice care. In Oregon, which has had a medical aid in dying law for 18 years, over 90% of patients who have used the law were in hospice care when they died.
It is already legal in New York to end your life through various means, including the refusal of treatment, food and hydration. Rather than a dramatic departure from accepted social practice, medical aid in dying is simply one more option we can provide patients to cope with the end of their lives.
Amy Paulin, Member of Assembly, 88th A.D., Scarsdale
Go to EWTN.com for more information.
This from the Catholic News Agency - we excerpted a few paragraphs below; more if you hit the link.
Irondale, Ala., Mar 27, 2016 / 06:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Church in the United States has lost the Poor Clare nun who changed the face of Catholicism in the United States and around the world. Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, foundress of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), passed away on March 27 after a lengthy struggle with the aftereffects of a stroke. She was 92 years old.
“Mother has always and will always personify EWTN, the network that God asked her to found,” said EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael Warsaw. “Her accomplishments and legacies in evangelization throughout the world are nothing short of miraculous and can only be attributed to divine Providence and her unwavering faithfulness to Our Lord.”
In 1981, Mother Angelica launched Eternal Word Television Network, which today transmits 24-hour-a-day programming to more than 264 million homes in 144 countries. What began with approximately 20 employees has now grown to nearly 400. The religious network broadcasts terrestrial and shortwave radio around the world, operates a religious goods catalog and publishes the National Catholic Register and Catholic News Agency, among other publishing ventures.
“Mother Angelica succeeded at a task the nation’s bishops themselves couldn’t achieve,” said Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, who has served on EWTN’s board of governors since 1995. “She founded and grew a network that appealed to everyday Catholics, understood their needs and fed their spirits. She had a lot of help, obviously, but that was part of her genius.”
“In passing to eternal life, Mother Angelica leaves behind a legacy of holiness and commitment to the New Evangelization that should inspire us all,” said Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus. “I was honored to know and be able to assist Mother Angelica during the early days of EWTN. Over the years, that relationship grew, and today the Knights of Columbus and EWTN partner regularly on important projects.”
“Mother Angelica was fearless because she had God on her side,” Anderson added. “She saw what he needed her to do, and she did it! She transformed the world of Catholic broadcasting and brought the Gospel to far corners of our world. That witness of faith was unmistakable to anyone who met and worked with her, and generations of Catholics have and will continue to be formed by her vision and her ‘Yes’ to God’s will.”