CHANGING THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF THOSE EMBRACING THE CULTURE OF DEATH: A SUGGESTED STRATEGY

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Introduction
At the conclusion of the presentation I made when the Culture of Life Foundation gave me the first annual award named after me in September 2008, I offered a “Suggested Strategy for Helping Adversaries Understand Culture of Life Arguments.” Here I will recapitulate and develop that strategy. Before doing so, however, I think it important to point out why excellent arguments developed by those who propose the “culture of life” are not able to persuade advocates of the “culture of death” to change their minds.

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Thoughtlessness in the Halls of Power: The Administration, Congress…

aul_logo.jpg When the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released its new guidelines for federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research (ESCR) on July 6, observers noted a significant change from the Institutes’ earlier proposed guidelines. Under the earlier proposals, all stem-cell lines would have to meet certain procedural requirements to make sure that the stem cells used were obtained ethically. Under the finalized guidelines, stem cell-lines which have already been created with private funding will be individually reviewed to see whether they meet the “spirit” of the guidelines (e.g., informed consent on the part of the original embryo donors) rather than the procedural requirements which will be required of new lines for which funding is sought.[1] Read

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POPE BENEDICT XVI’S ENCYCLICAL CARITAS IN VERITATE ON LIFE ISSUES

william_e_may.jpgFirst, I will present Pope Benedict’s teaching on life issues in the encyclical and then offer comments thereon.

The Pope’s Teaching
Pope Benedict XVI addresses issues related to the sanctity of human life and human sexuality in depth in three different areas of his new social encyclical, Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth).
In Chapter 2, titled “Human Development in Our Time,” the Pope begins by saying: “One of the most striking aspects of development in the present day is the important question of respect for life (emphasis in original), which cannot in any way be detached from questions concerning the development of peoples. It is an aspect which has acquired increasing prominence in recent times, obliging us to broaden our concept of poverty and underdevelopment to include questions connected with the acceptance of life, especially in cases where it is impeded in a variety of ways (emphasis added) (no. 28, 1). He then goes on to declare:

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Benedict XVI’s New Encyclical: Caritas in Veritate

christian_new.jpgAs now is widely known, Pope Benedict XVI recently issued his third Encyclical, entitled Caritas in Veritate [1].  Most of us are familiar with pope’s issuing encyclicals.  But some of us might not be clear on what precisely an encyclical is.   In this blast I would like to explain briefly some pertinent points about the nature and issuing of papal encyclicals.

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Tracking the FDA’s Approval of Plan B: 10 Years of Endangering Women’s Health

mailee2009-2.jpgThis year marks the tenth “anniversary” of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of the “emergency contraceptive,” Plan B.  A decade later, Plan B is not only just as unsafe, but now the drug manufacturer is targeting our children.

The FDA first caved to abortion advocates’ demands in 1999 when it approved the prescription status of Plan B.  While touted as a drug to prevent pregnancy, the drug manufacturer does not hide the fact that it will prevent the implantation of an embryo. Read

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URGENT ACTION ALERT!

 

Dear Friends,

I was one of 36 thousand pro-lifers last evening who tuned into a live webcast sponsored by a dozen or so pro-life organizations highlighting a MAJOR flaw in the Obama-backed Health Care bill racing through Congress.  In light of what I learned, I want to summarize for you a few urgent points.  I will do it as concisely as possible.

1.    Abortion is presently not mentioned in the bill.

2.    The bill does not specify what will and will not be covered.

3.    The bill mandates that a Health Care Advisory Committee has the authority to define the “essential benefits of coverage” (i.e., what will and will not be covered)

4.    The Health Advisory Committee will be a team of unelected bureaucrats appointed by the Obama Administration, most likely by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

5.    President Obama during his campaign stated clearly and forcefully that he believed “reproductive care” is a form of “essential” and “basic” health care and assured that it would be included in his health care plan.

6.    As Governor of Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius vetoed every piece of pro-life legislation that crossed her desk.  She is an uncompromising defender of abortion rights.

7.    Obama and Sebelius will be CERTAIN to appoint an advisory committee that supports abortion coverage in universal health care.  Therefore,

8.    FEDERALLY FUNDED ABORTION WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY BECOME A MANDATED FORM OF “ESSENTIAL HEALTH CARE” IF THE BILL PASSES IN ITS PRESENT FORM. 

9.    Every tax payer will be forced to fund abortions.

10.    Presently enacted restrictions on abortion at the State level will be overridden.

11.    Hospitals and providers will be coerced into cooperating with abortions.

12.    FOCA won’t need to be passed because its cornerstones will be included in our nationalized health care.

 

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Protecting Healthcare Freedom of Conscience: A National Tradition

aul_logo.jpg Most Americans know that this year marks the 36th anniversary of Roe v Wade, the controversial U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.  However, 2009 is also the 36th anniversary of important federal protections for healthcare providers:  the Church Amendments.  For more than three decades, these Amendments have provided a much-needed foundation for protecting the moral and ethical freedoms of healthcare providers.

Today, these protections are increasingly important as abortion proponents seek to weaken and, ultimately, remove common-sense abortion laws such as informed consent and parental involvement, as well as federal and state laws and regulations protecting healthcare providers who do not wish to participate in abortions or other conflict-ridden procedures.  Moreover, these protections are also implicated as Congress and the Administration debate a government take-over of America’s healthcare industry.

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The 40th Anniversary of NARAL: Is Life in America Better Today Because of Reproductive “Choice”?

sage.jpgThis year marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of the National Abortion Rights and Reproductive Rights Action League (“NARAL”) and its headlining of a reproductive “right” to “choice.”  Since its inception, the efforts of recently-recast NARAL Pro-Choice America have resulted in more than 46 million legal abortions in the United States—a number that should shock the public, but is all too often drowned out by NARAL’s noisy rhetoric of reproductive “choice.”  For Americans that value and seek to protect human life, the question is:  Is life in America better today as a result of NARAL? Read

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Extending the President’s Influence: The Importance of Federal Judicial Nominations

aul_logo.jpgThe President of the United States is in a unique position to profoundly influence the nation’s debates over key social and political issues for decades after he leaves office.  He can do this because he maintains the authority to appoint judges to the nation’s federal courts including the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Although these nominees – including those for federal district courts and for highly-influential federal circuit courts — must be approved by the Senate, the President bears the responsibility to nominate men and women he believes are qualified for these important positions. More often than not, he also seeks to nominate individuals that share his political and social views as well as his judicial philosophy. Read

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