Category: abortion


Sometimes, I am amazed that God’s Mercy doesn’t send our world up in smoke for the evils and injustices perpetrated — with our leaders’ approval and funding, no less! — by Planned Parenthood alone.

Bill Diss is an American hero every bit as much as our men who fought the Nazi dehumanizers and murderers when they were in vogue — and it sounds like he’s an exemplary high school teacher, too, bringing high-level college-prep skills to underprivileged kids to whom others just want to dole-out condoms and Pills as if they were dogs in heat. But, we can’t have them gettin’ good learnin’ and breakin’ free, now can we?! Disgusting.

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This guest post is provided courtesy of my husband Peter, a social studies/math teacher at a charter high school in Central California. He is in his 18th year of teaching in both public and private schools in Texas, Arizona, and California; he is also in his third official year of homeschooling. He is a lifelong Catholic, and a talented mineral collector and family historian/genealogist.

Forty years now since Roe . . . The losses, in terms of the children who were never allowed to be born and the awful suffering endured afterwards by mothers and fathers of aborted children (for such parents often do not really understand what they are doing or are pushed into such a decision by people around them who have a very different stake in the matter) are beyond staggering and calculation.

It is easy to be outraged at the way the Court made that ruling. Here, you had some justices who wanted to uphold something not because there was a clear warrant for it in the Constitution, but because they personally supported it and wanted to find a way to legalize it somewhow. So, they scoured the Constitution to find some sort of reasoning they could concoct for making abortion a “right” on par with those rights explicitly provided there, and they arrived at a “right to privacy” (which they used, albeit in a very different context, in the earlier Griswold decision), which is apparently a “penumbra” that permeates and surrounds the Constitution(?!).

What they explicitly tried to avoid considering was the possibility that an unborn child might have some rights as well, and whose right to live – just as yours or mine – might take precedence over this “privacy penumbra”. Of course, they couldn’t avoid this entirely while maintaining some degree of credibility and so (perhaps also to try to quiet their own consciences, which I have to imagine were tugging at them here) they ruled that abortion could be restricted later in a pregnancy, thus establishing the horrifying precedent that we (or, more properly, a handful of people in positions of such power) can arbitrarily pick a boundary for when “life” begins and hence when we will afford people any protection under the law.

We have not yet even seen the full and terrible consequences of that way of thinking, especially given the momentum today towards denying life support to people who need it on the grounds that, since they are not “viable” on their own, they do not deserve to be kept alive. I do believe that, some day, legal abortion in this country will end, for tragedies such as this usually do end eventually once the disastrous effects become so manifest that society can no longer tolerate their continued existence. When that will happen, I cannot say. Sadly, slavery lasted two and a half centuries here before its end, and it took a century further beyond that point for people of all backgrounds to be granted equal rights under the law. Hopefully, it won’t take that long this time around . . .

There is absolutely no problem on earth that abortion does not make much worse:

  • You’re not ready to be a mother? Have an abortion and you will almost certainly suffer post-abortion syndrome — and be a grieving mother.
  • You’re poor? Have an abortion and you will almost certainly suffer post-abortion syndrome — and be several hundred dollars poorer.
  • You’re in an abusive relationship? Have an abortion, probably coerced by him, and you will almost certainly suffer post-abortion syndrome — and still be with an abuser.
  • You’re a rape victim and are (very rarely) pregnant? Have an abortion and you will almost certainly suffer post-abortion syndrome — and still lack healing for the emotional and physical pain of rape.
  • You’ve been told that your baby may have a birth defect/health challenge? Have an abortion and you will almost certainly suffer post-abortion syndrome — and grieve a person worthy of your love and meant bless you in a special way in return, and who quite possibly had nothing whatsoever wrong with her body to begin with. (“Most individuals called positive by screening are false positive. That is, although the screening test is positive, the diagnostic test will be negative for the condition.” Yet, the “genetic counselor” is quick to pressure you into an early abortion!)
  • Etc.

 

Abortion hurts women! Various medical sources cited in one article indicate that:

  1. Abortion increases risk of maternal mortality. A 13-year study that included the entire female population of Finland, ages 15-49 years of age, showed that the maternal death rate of abortion is 3 times higher than childbirth. The study is published in the American Journal of ObGyn. This finding is confirmed in other studies showing that in similar regions of the world, countries in which abortion is illegal have a much lower incidence of maternal mortality than do countries where is it legal.

  2. Abortion increases risks for future pregnancies, including premature birth and cerebral palsy. Meta-research, examining 37 other studies, shows significant correlation between abortion and subsequent risks to low birth weight, premature birth and cerebral palsy. This risks rise dramatically with multiple abortions. Multiple abortions cause a 93% increase in the risk of future premature births. A Mayo Clinic doctor confirms this and explains how abortion can weaken the cervix and cause scarring on the inside of the uterus.

  3. Abortion increases risk of breast cancer. Research published in the World Journal of Surgical Oncology shows that abortion increases risk of breast cancer 66%. Incidence of breast cancer in China has increased 39% in a 9 year period, subsequent to the One Child Abortion policy.

  4. Abortion increases risk of mental health disorders. A study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry found that abortion provides no mental health benefits and some women have an increased risk of depression, substance abuse, thoughts of suicide, and other mental health disorders by 30%. A study published in the Medical Science Monitor indicated that 65% of American women suffered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following an abortion, and the women attributed the PTSD to the abortion itself.

  5. Abortion increases conflict in primary relationship. Published in the The Obstetrician and Gynaecologist (TOG), a study indicated that 30% of women who had a second abortion were in an abusive relationship. Another study found that abortion increased the frequency of arguments about money, relatives, jealousy, and drugs.

  6. Legalized abortion provides greater opportunity for women to be manipulated and coerced. A study published in the Medical Science Monitor indicates that 64% of women who had an abortion, felt pressured or coerced to do so. Greater than 50% felt rushed or uncertain about the decision, and greater than 80% felt that they received inadequate counseling prior to making the decision.

  7. Legalized abortion puts pregnant women at greater risk for violence and homicide. Violence against pregnant women is increasing. In a New Auckland University study, it was found that 10% of pregnant women in the sample were victims of violence with 75% of that group having been physically beaten by the father of the child. Women who suffered violence were 3 times more likely to have an abortion. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that the leading cause of death of pregnant women in the U.S. is homicide. A study published in Public Health, indicated that the risk of domestic violence increases by 196% in the primary relationship after an abortion.

  8. Abortion puts female fetuses at risk. In many cultures, it is preferred that boys are born, rather than girls. Sex-selection abortion is common throughout the world and is becoming more common in the U.S.

The alternatives are not easy, but they are full of hope. Mothers who choose to bear and raise their children, and mothers who choose to make an adoption plan for their children, find that help is always available!

If you or anyone you know is experiencing an unexpected pregnancy and need practical and emotional support, there is always an abortion alternative that will protect the health and well-being of both you and your baby, and there are always people who will stand by you!

To find pregnancy help in your area, you can visit the Website or call OptionLine or Birthright.

If you or anyone you know is experiencing post-abortion trauma, healing is always available and there are always people who will stand by you!

To find post-abortion help in your area, you can visit the Website or call Project Rachel.

Finally, you can always contact me for a friendly ear, a hand, and a prayer!

… a partial accounting. Others may come to a different course of action after praying and thinking on it, of course. This is my omnibus pre-election post, subject to updates as needed.

UPDATED 10 October 2012

The final straw

I already sat-out the GOP presidential primary due to my deep moral ambivalence about Mittley and each and every one of his primary challengers. The final straw?

Mitt Romney, while heading investment firm Bain Capital, chose to invest with a company called Stericycle; he chose to profit from the disposal of the bodies of victims of the present-day abortion Holocaust, according to a well-sourced piece done by the leftist publication Mother Jones! Hideous. Words fail.

My vote changes me

Mark Shea at Catholic and Enjoying It has generally excellent political commentary, and has had a great influence on my own conclusions. It was his post that originally alerted me to this story. As Shea frequently reminds us, the votes we cast may not change the outcome of an election, but they do change/mark us, and I don’t want the mark of that vote on my soul.

Since my (California) vote would be subsumed into the Democrat mass/mess anyway, withholding it has no real effect on the election (read-up on the electoral college if you don’t understand what I mean), but even if it did, even if my refusal to vote actually contributed to re-electing Obama — a man whose policies I loathe intensely and of which I fear the result — I would still never, ever, ever cast a single vote for a man who chose to profit from the disposal of the bodies of victims of the present-day abortion Holocaust! How is that any better than voting for an abortion supporter?! It is not good enough that Romney is not Obama or that he is of the GOP!

Failed rehabilitation

Some have frantically attempted to rehabilitate the GOP candidate, but their arguments are unconvincing for a number of reasons, including:

  • LifeNews simply takes Bain’s word for when Romney left the company, even though the Mother Jones piece clearly cites SEC filings with Romney’s signature that prove otherwise, and the millions of shares Romney continued to hold in Bain. Mother Jones reports, with hyperlinks to the filings:

The document also states that Romney “may be deemed to share voting and dispositive power with respect to” 2,116,588 shares of common stock in Stericycle “in his capacity as sole shareholder” of the Bain entities that invested in the company. That was about 11 percent of the outstanding shares of common stock. (The whole $75 million investment won Bain, Romney, and their partners 22.64 percent of the firm’s stock—the largest bloc among the firm’s owners.) The original copy of the filing was signed by Romney.

and:

But the document Romney signed related to the Stericycle deal did identify him as a participant in that particular deal and the person in charge of several Bain entities. (Did Bain and Romney file a document with the SEC that was not accurate?) Moreover, in 1999, Bain and Romney both described his departure from Bain not as a resignation and far from absolute. On February 12, 1999, the Boston Herald reported, “Romney said he will stay on as a part-timer with Bain, providing input on investment and key personnel decisions.” And a Bain press release issued on July 19, 1999, noted that Romney was “currently on a part-time leave of absence”—and quoted Romney speaking for Bain Capital. In 2001 and 2002, Romney filed Massachusetts state disclosure forms noting he was the 100 percent owner of Bain Capital NY, Inc.—a Bain outfit that was incorporated in Delaware on April 13, 1999—two months after Romney’s supposed retirement from the firm. A May 2001 filing with the SEC identified Romney as “a member of the Management Committee” of two Bain entities. And in 2007, the Washington Post reported that R. Bradford Malt, a Bain lawyer, said Romney took a “leave of absence” when he assumed the Olympics post and retained sole ownership of the firm for two more years.

  • Similarly, LifeNews simply assumes that Stericycle did not begin burning babies’ bodies until pro-lifers began protesting it, when it is very likely that it had been happening without public notice and therefore protest for years. At a minimum, LifeNews fails to show when the odious practice did begin, ony noting the date of the first piece of pro-life documentation.
  • LifeNews simply writes-off the reporting done by Mother Jones because it is a leftist publication with an obvious interest in buttressing Obama. The way to undermine a hostile piece of reporting is to convincingly dissect its flaws. LifeNews failed fully.
  • Most importantly, Romney apologetics fail because he himself continues to add to his anti-life record even now, proving that he is not pro-life, regardless of his claims!

Romney’s current anti-life record

In the ads from both the Obama campaign and Planned Parenthood’s Action Fund, Romney is accused of favoring a complete ban on abortion in all circumstances.

He actually supports exceptions in the case of rape, incest and when the life of the mother is threatened.

The Romney campaign has termed the ads “viciously negative and false” — and nothing more than an attempt to divert attention from “disastrous” economic news. But the ads do contain quotes from Romney himself, vowing to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood. The candidate apparently stands by that pledge.

Ever-weaker candidates and third-party?

Finally, I have two general observations borne-out by the current presidential campaign.

  • As committed pro-lifers have been forced year after year to vote for the one pro-life candidate in the race (if we are blessed to have even one!), disregarding his competence in any other area — that is, that we are forced to be one-issue voters — the general candidate pool is weakening, therefore weakening the entire system. Now, we can’t even scrape a genuinely pro-life candidate out of the GOP barrel, let alone one whom we can choose also based on strong positions on the economy or foreign policy, for example. If we keep selling our vote cheaply to the poor GOP candidates, whoever they are, this will continue and worsen. It is time for us to simply say “No, I will not run just because you ring your bell. I will sooner not vote than vote for you!” If enough of us do this, the message may get through. Or maybe not…
  • Some have responded to the paucity of pro-life candidates in the GOP by voting third-party, either out of conviction or to “send a message” to the GOP.  The problem is that our current political system simply kills third-parties; they have not and cannot succeed in our environment. So, perhaps a third-party’s convictions are laudable, but to vote third-party is an exercise in futility at a time that calls for action — often action well-beyond politics. And, if we’re voting that way to “send a message” to the GOP, I would argue that this very message has been sent for years now by many part-time third-party voters — and it is not being received! We are getting worse and worse candidate offerings from the GOP. So, I’m not going to waste my time finding the “perfect” third-party candidate who cannot ever win and who will send a message that the GOP will not receive!

UPDATE 1

The responses I’ve seen to my post/this line of thinking expressed by others lead me to post some more thoughts:

1. The difference between holding one’s nose to vote for a Dole or a Bush or a McCain and holding one’s nose to vote for  Romney is that: a) to the best of my knowledge, no prior GOP presidential nominee in recent memory has personally profited/sought to profit from abortion — while claiming to be pro-life, no less! Romney’s business and political fundraising decisions, however, show him doing this very thing. And, b) as far as I’ve seen, Romney has been completely unwilling to even acknowledge his odious Bain decision, let alone offer any sort of apology, sincere or otherwise. Similarly, I’m unaware that he’s apologized for the fundraiser, given back the money, or donated it to charity. If he had, this would be a different story. This level of deliberation and recalcitrance in support of the culture of death is unprecedented in GOP presidential politics and deserves our condemnation, not our support.

2. I’ve seen no real attempt to respond to the specific arguments I’ve made in this post and others have made elsewhere. The sum-total of the defense of Romney seems to be that demonstrable facts are somehow wrong and that “he’s not Obama, and if you don’t vote for Romney, you’re supporting Obama’s evil/Marxism/etc.” Since when do the ends justify the means?!  How do we show that being anti-life is gravely wrong by helping put into office a “less anti-life” candidate (whatever that means)?! Perhaps it’s time to deny our votes to a man who continues to do evil unapologetically — even if it looks like we’re bound to lose still more in an earthly perspective! — and then see how God responds! Is this not a more fitting way to show our fidelity to and trust in a God of Justice?

3. If I’ve decided to show my fidelity to and trust in God by sitting this one out, what am I doing? What’s the alternative? I’ve written a number of ideas in my post about persecution. In regards to this election, specifically, however, I would argue that what a Christian might best do is make reparation.

Some of the most proven fruitful ways of doing this are genuine, approved Marian devotions (all of the good fruit some have obtained by returning to the Church’s sacraments at Medjugorje, without that place’s poisonous “fruits” of disobedience and division!), such as those requested by Our Lady when she appeared to the children at Fatima, specifically the simple prayers she taught to the children, accompanied by willingly accepting and offering-up the little sacrifices that come into our lives each day, much like St. Therese’s “Little Way.”

This is all rather neatly bound together in St. Louis Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, the way of many saints and popes. (33 Days to Morning Glory is an excellent enhanced preparation for the Total Consecration that I am presently reading. It distills de Montfort’s insights, as well as those of St. Maximilian Kolbe and Blessed John Paul II.) Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us. Bl. Francisco and Bl. Jacinta, pray for us. Sr. Lucia of Jesus, pray for us. St. Therese, pray for us. St. Louis de Montfort, pray for us. St. Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us. Bl. John Paul II, pray for us.

So, yes, there is plenty we can do besides sit it out. 🙂

UPDATE 2

Psalm 146 turned-up in the daily Mass readings not too long ago (emphasis mine); it tells us where to put our trust (“LORD” is repeated 11 times, by my count!) and where not to place it (“princes”):

1 Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul! 2 I will praise the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have being. 3 Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no help. 4 When his breath departs he returns to his earth; on that very day his plans perish. 5 Happy is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, 6 who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith for ever; 7 who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free; 8 the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous. 9 The LORD watches over the sojourners, he upholds the widow and the fatherless; but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin. 10 The LORD will reign for ever, thy God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the LORD!

UPDATE 3

It is clear to me that Mitt Romney will do absolutely nothing to address abortion (or other threats to life and family) in office — and may in fact “go along to get along.” Even in front of a friendly audience, he refused even to simply state that he would undo the odious HHS mandate that is violating our religious freedom. (In fact, his “RomneyCare” set a precedent of forcing Catholic hospitals to violate the Faith!) Further, we see that advancing the Culture of Life does not even rate a tiny spot on his agenda! Ask yourself: If you truly believe that abortion is taking millions of innocent lives and maiming hundreds of thousands of mothers each year in this country, would you not — on day one in office! — try to limit abortion in any legal way available to you — to save the lives you can! — and make it a key item on your agenda? Does anyone really believe that Romney will do anything like this (any more than the Bushes generally did)? Or, does it seem more likely that he will only support life/oppose death when it advances, or at least does no harm, to his real priorities?! Romney remains a poor prudential vote for pro-lifers!

As the self-declared religious, political, and moral enemies of the Faith and or Christians become more hateful and violent towards us (examples could be multiplied almost to infinity), leaving aside any pretense of respect or even tolerance, the question becomes less theoretical and historical, and more practically-pressing:

What should a Christian’s response to persecution look like?

Though by no means a conclusive essay, here are a few conclusions I’ve come to, based on some reflection on the Scriptures and the lives of the saints. I welcome you to share yours in the combox below.

1. We are indeed called to “turn the other cheek” and be willing to “lay down [our lives] for a friend,” but we are not to sell ourselves cheaply; we do not shove our cheeks against others’ hands, or wear a sign that says “Crucify me!” We should fight to preserve our lives, our families, and our rights as fully as possible, for as long as we can. After all, if we are silenced or dead, we are unable to press the vital spiritual battle in any earthly sense.

2. In fighting to preserve our lives, our families, and our rights, we need to be careful not to put ourselves in the way of justice. In other words, if we’re writing/speaking or acting in a way that draws others’ attention almost solely to ourselves and not to, say, the Faith, or the lives of the preborn, or the defense of the family, we are doing it wrong. One way that we make this mistake is by letting ourselves get overtaken by the very natural human emotion of anger that swells when we — or our children! — are unjustly attacked. The antidote to this is supernatural: mercy, particularly the Divine Mercy devotion.

Many times, Jesus slipped-away from those seeking to kill Him because it was not yet His “hour.” St. Maximilian Kolbe published against the Nazis and suffered in a concentration camp for it, but he only put himself forth for martyrdom when necessary to save the life of a father with small children. The early Christians hid in homes and catacombs for Mass — they didn’t set-up an altar in the town square — but when the persecutors came for them, they refused to sacrifice to idols, and they prayed and shared the Faith as they were being tortured and killed for it. None of these called-down the wrath of God to smite their enemies. Jesus famously prayed on the Cross “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Many saints have used these exact same words on their own crosses, whatever shape they took. Many times, the very men and women who were perpetrating or encouraging the persecution were themselves converted by this example, and persecuted themselves for following it!

3. Some specific strategies that we might follow include:

+ strengthening ourselves spiritually (praying frequently and frequenting the Sacraments, studying the Scriptures/saints/spiritual writings, continuously practicing the virtues — especially humility!, connecting with others who are trying to bone-up, too, etc.).

+ doing what we can practically and legally to protect our families and our legal rights (keeping our children from those trying to take their innocence for malicious ends, having as little as possible to do with government agencies/”mandatory reporters” [doctors, teachers, social workers, etc., who often act like overzealous busybodies] and “keeping our noses clean,” being ready and able to use legal processes when our rights are violated, etc.).

+ spreading, via social networks and conversation, news of injustices and inviting even those opposed to our message to consider what they are really supporting. Are there people who have rendered themselves beyond reaching by willful ignorance and hatred? Sure. But, most people are reachable somehow, sometime! Do this across as many lines as possible (religious, political, class, race, sin-proclivity, etc.).

+ forgiving our enemies, realizing that our battle is not truly against them, but against Satan and his army of fallen angels, and praying for the ongoing conversion of all people, including ourselves.

+ asking the intercession of our fellow Christians and of the Church Triumphant in Heaven, including our Guardian Angels and the Archangels.

+ taking what is intended for evil and turning it to good. For example, if a legislator’s idea of a rip-roarin’ good time/counter-punch to a pro-life bill is to read “The V***** Monologues” on the Capitol steps (see the “hateful” link above), adults can turn-out nearby to silently pray a Rosary, holding non-graphic signs about the dignity of all human life and the help that is available to women in need.

+ having a sense of humor, especially about ourselves. One of the most famous examples is St. Lawrence, who was burned to death on gridiron. At one point, he told his torturers to turn him over because he was cooked on that side!

+ voting — and voting only for those who are worthy of office, even if that means sitting some elections out. Don’t take your party’s word for it; do your own candidate and proposition research!

+ standing our ground, with grace, when the battle is finally brought to our front doors.

Exhibit A: A man who doesn’t consider himself part of humanity and hates humans (and watches Al Gore’s movie) takes hostages and is killed.

So, that “protest” certainly did this man’s cause, the world — and the man himself — a lot of good!

Exhibit B: A man who hates God (scorns even the thought of His existence!), but is held to be a genius, publishes one of the dumbest assertions ever made: that the laws of nature made the world (no need for a Creator!).

So, Who made the laws of nature?! (I believe that this is referred to as “the uncaused Cause.”)

On the other hand, love (born of Love Himself) engenders wisdom and superhuman gifts.

Exhibit A: The wisdom of the saints (St. Francis de Sales and St. Teresa of Avila, ad infinitum).

Exhibit B: Superhuman holiness in every age, from Jesus’ to St. Maximilian Kolbe’s, and on.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on fire for Love of us, light our hearts on fire with Love, too! O my Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thine Mercy!

Saints and Angels of God, pray for us!

Reading this political candidate’s bigoted comment about her rival, a Catholic father of a large family, put me in mind of two simple political rules of thumb I’ve heard and used well in the poll booth over the years:

1. The best candidate is both moral and intelligent, but lacking such a candidate, it is far better to elect a moron who is moral than a genius who is immoral.

After all, immoral leaders do evil, which is far more harmful than almost any foolish thing a moron can do. Furthermore, ignorance can be easily cured with education and experience, but immorality requires a much more radical cure: conversion. Similarly, Winston Churchill has been popularly quoted as replying to a woman who accused him of being drunk: “Madam, you’re ugly, but tomorrow I shall be sober!”

2. (An adage that I have yet to see properly attributed:) “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.”

A busy person is often used to getting things done more-or-less efficiently and is less likely to meddle in what is not his business. Bored/lazy people have plenty of time to mess-around in others’ lives — and little good to show for it.

So, when I vote in November, I’ll be looking for the pro-life/pro-family (moral) candidate who has the best policy ideas, and the one who has shown that he gets things done. Sadly, in the current political climate here in California, most candidates can’t even make it across the moral threshold, so I’m often rendered a one-issue voter. That’s fine with me, though; if a candidate won’t even support the right upon which all other rights are based — the right to life — than he is both too immoral and too foolish to properly handle any other issue facing us.

Beyond the non-stop health care “news” (much of which is conflicting and confusing), I’d like to link to a brief selection of the best of today’s least-talked-about — but important — reflections:

  • The Anchoress reminds us of the usefulness — and proper focus — of our prayers:

Got this from reader Alexandra, and thought it was such incredibly simple (but profound) advice, that I had to share it. It really humbled and instructed me:

. . .when the Bush-Gore recount battle was going on, I asked my parish priest, a very wise man who loves Christ, how to discern God’s will. I wasn’t asking so much for his opinion on the politics of the day but when I am in one of these political battles and a religious person, can I discern God’s will in the course of trying to decide whether I should write letters, call my Congressperson, or whatever?

His simple answer was “God’s will will always be for the salvation of the individual involved.”

So I try every day now to pray for the salvation of the president, all members of Congress, and the American people. I cast my cares upon the Lord.

We are in a deeper battle here, which you well know . . . I also think in the end this all has to do with the salvation of souls, including the souls of our president and these politicians who deign to rule over the rest of us. I think we who believe must hold fast to Christ, the True Center, and bring as many along with us as possible.

I fear that ominous signs indicate a likely terrible defeat for us today. The Politico reports some disturbing news:

THE ATMOSPHERE: The difference between today and November’s vote is stark. On the night before the House vote last fall, the Speaker’s office was a beehive of activity. Last night, the speaker was gone by 9 p.m. and most of her staff seemed to filter out within the hour. And the Capitol itself was surprisingly quiet. Even most reporters had gone home…

ABORTION: Anti-abortion Democrats met with White House officials last night on how to word an executive order by Obama that will satisfy their concerns. Leadership needs to peel off some of those lawmakers to get to 216.

The major pro-life organizations have all made it clear that an Executive Order can’t negate the bill, as pointed out by Kathryn Lopez. Anyone who supports this bill CANNOT be supported by pro-lifers in coming elections.

  • On a related note, even Thomas Jefferson said: “To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” (posted by a Facebook friend)

Finally, as I posted earlier on Facebook: Watching CSPAN/Fox/CNN today is like watching a wreck in very, very slow motion. So, I’m trying to turn it off and pray instead — far more useful, plus the kids seem to enjoy Little Bear reruns on Nick Jr. more than politics. Are these really MY kids?! 🙂

This weekend, my family is attending Sunday evening Mass. It looks like 5:30 Pacific time might be right about the time the final vote takes place. I know what my intention for Mass will be. Miracles still happen!

Does anyone really think that once the House passes the Senate’s disastrous health care bill, immediately followed by President Obama signing it into law, the pro-life “sidecar” bill will ever even be considered by Congress, let alone passed by both houses and signed by the president?!

It would be the scam of all time if House members were talked into going first and voting for the Senate bill “to keep the process moving” toward passage of a reconciliation package, only to find that they have put Obamacare over the finish line with no guarantee of any changes. If the House passes legislation identical to the Senate bill, the president will surely sign it, and it will become law. That means House Democrats will have voted for a bill that clearly allows federal funding for abortion, which the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops solidly opposes. Any promises that this would be fixed later on won’t be worth the paper they might, or might not, be written on.

When all of the pro-abortion provisions are considered in total, the Senate bill is the most pro-abortion single piece of legislation that has ever come to the House floor for a vote…

The House could vote anytime on the Senate bill…

[Read the full story: Dangerous Negotiations Over Abortion]

Let’s not fall for the ploy; rather Congress must pass major amendments to the Senate bill itself or — even better — scrap it to begin a new bill that really reforms health care!

Thom Peters at American Papist has one of the best brief summaries of the current situation for the health care bill that I’ve yet seen. Here are some key excerpts, but it is well worth reading the entire post:

No chance for pro-life healthcare this time around

Pundits continue to claim that this is a fight between Democrats and Republicans. It isn’t. This is a fight between Democrats and other Democrats within their own caucus, a fight between Democrats and the majority of Americans, and a fight between the Democrat leadership and the US Bishops.

How did we get here? The Democrat leadership burned the bishops and pro-life interests. Badly. From day one they attempted to sneak abortion funding into the bill, and they continually shot down every attempt to remove it, either from within their own caucus or when it was offered by Republicans.

All of this backstory and context is prelude to this point: when it comes to abortion funding, the cat is out of the bag, and the Democrat leadership is responsible for this sorry state of affairs. If they refuse to start over, the only health-care bill that can be passed at this point is a pro-abortion bill.

Indeed, because of the corner Democrats and the President have painted themselves into, they cannot give pro-lifers what they have been demanding without admitting to the public that for months, and months, time and time again, they were lying about what this bill really represents when it comes to the interests of the unborn.

A final word: I’m not declaring this legislation dead, by any means. But I’m declaring the possibility of this legislation becoming pro-life before final passage impossible, given the political landscape I have laid out.

Peters also shows how the health care bill does fund abortion in several different ways, despite Democrat claims to the contrary.

It also bears repeating that even if the abortion issue were to somehow be resolved satisfactorily, this bill would remain a disaster for our nation’s health care system and economy, with the government mismanaging an already damaged medical system as it has the bailout, the tax code, disaster relief, terror policy and just about everything else it touches — while adding trillions of dollars of debt.

I urge everyone to read and consider these points and pray for new and genuine health care reform!

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