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L.A. Archdiocese Religious Education Congress speakers support gay priests, Obama, masturbation

by Ben Johnson Thu Mar 22 18:34 EST Comments (0)

 
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, March 22, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Religious Education Congress bills itself as an “opportunity to hear God’s voice in their own lives.” However, some of the featured speakers at the March 22-25 event, said to be the largest of its kind in the world, have described Barack Obama as “pro-life,” longed for “public models of gay priests,” opposed marriage protection legislation, and encouraged children to engage in “genital self-touch.”

Neither Tod M. Tamberg nor Carolina Guevara, media representatives for the Archdiocese, responded to an e-mail from LifeSiteNews.com concerning allegations speakers at the REC deviate from the Church’s teachings by supporting homosexual priests or masturbation.

When LifeSiteNews called to follow-up, Tamberg insisted he did not receive the e-mail, then hung up on us.

When asked about the e-mail, which was sent Thursday morning, Tamberg said rapidly: “Didn’t get any e-mails. Um, didn’t get any e-mails at all. Don’t know what you’re talkin’ about. And I’m running down to the Congress right now. So, sorry. Thanks for your call, though. Bye-bye!”

His side of the call lasted 13 seconds. He immediately hung up. Neither Tamberg nor Guevara returned calls for follow-up.

However, LifeSiteNews.com has confirmed a number of the speakers at the archdiocesan event, which runs Thursday through Sunday, have a history of dissent or controversy.

Dr. Richard Gaillardetz wrote in 2008 that Barack Obama was “the pro-life candidate.”

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“I have come to believe that the true ‘pro-life’ candidate is not the one who champions opposition to Roe v. Wade,” he wrote in the Toledo Blade, but one who supports “policies that would extend substantial financial and health-care assistance to poor families facing unplanned pregnancies.” The bishop of Toledo, Leonard Blair, wrote the paper to say Gaillardetz’ views “do not reflect the clear and consistent moral position of the United States Catholic bishops.”

Dr. Gaillardetz will host REC sessions entitled “Behind the Scenes at Vatican II: The Council that Almost Failed” and “Four Paths to Wisdom in the Christian Tradition.” Both will be recorded for posterity.

Fr. Bryan Massingale, a priest with the archdiocese of Milwaukee and an associate professor of moral theology at Marquette University, spoke last March before the group “Equally Blessed,” which describes itself as “a coalition of faithful Catholics who support full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people both in the church and in civil society.” The professor, who has said he wants the Church to be “more sensuous and feminine,”  publicly opposed Wisconsin’s Marriage Protection Act last year.  His recorded talk, “Whatever Happened to the Common Good,” laments “the challenges of living this conviction in a fragmented and divided society.”

Fr. James Martin of America magazine participated in a workshop at the 2005 Religious Education Congress, where he told the faithful: “f only there were more public models of gay priests. In the absence of any healthy gay priests for Catholics to reflect on publicly, and with the only examples being notorious pedophiles, the stereotype of the gay priest as child abuser only deepens.”

Fr. Martin will present an “Arena Session” at the 2012 Religious Education Conference on “Heaven and Mirth: Joy, Humor and Laughter in the Spiritual Life,” which will be recorded.

Sister Fran Ferder, a Franciscan nun, has said the Church needs a “theology of body touch, body exploration,” especially for children. “Ordinary genital self-touch can be very important and can help children come to reverence their bodies, to know them,” she said.

Sr. Ferder has stated Catholic bishops shame sexual sins in order to control their flock. Such “negative messages” about “sexual mistakes,” she said,“have to do with control and maintaining power. The patriarchal dominance in the hierarchy is incredibly strong, and sexual mandates are a good way to scare and control people.” 

She and Fr. John Heagle from the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin, direct the Therapy and Renewal Associates, based in Seattle. Fr. Heagle has stated the Church needs to listen to the “love stories of the gay and lesbian community.”

They are teaching a recorded workshop, on “Beyond Belief: Reclaiming Biblical Faith.” Its description states, “This shift has contributed to a growing chasm between spirituality and religion, and a “crisis of faith” for many people. This presentation explores practical ways in which we can reclaim a more personal, biblical way of believing.”

Dr. Michael Downey will give a recorded workshop on “The Suffering That Speaks Justice.” Downey edited the book My Song is of Mercy by the late Fr. Matthew Kelty. In it, Kelty wrote, “There are none more called to [the Catholic priesthood], more capable of it, more created for it, than the people we call gay.” Since they have both male and female personality traits, Fr. Kelty wrote, “They begin from day one a process of integration others do not even have a hint of before they are 40. Bless them!” The “gay,” he wrote, is “larger than life…society’s blessing, the Church’s hope.” His only concern was that even homosexuals are “so western, so capitalist, so male-oriented.” In his introduction, Downey enthused, “My hope is that this volume will offer the opportunity for lectio divina,” holy and meditative reading often reserved for the Scriptures and the writings of the saints.

Dr. Downey served as theologian for Cardinal Mahony in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and is a professor of systematic theology at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California.

Not all are who speak at this year’s REC are dissenters. Fr. Leo Patalinghug, who created a video opposing the HHS mandate, is speaking on “Food Is Love: A Eucharistic Theology for the Family.”  His talk will not be recorded.

As well, the new and known to be orthodox Archbishop of Los Angeles, José Gomez, will be participating in a number of events during the Congress. Archbishop Gomez, who replaced now retired Cardinal Mahony, has been at the helm of the very liberal diocese for only one year.

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We just beat Planned Parenthood!

by John Jalsevac Thu Mar 22 18:00 EST Comments (10)

 
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LifeSiteNews recently beat Planned Parenthood. Seriously.

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Like its infamous “for teens” page, which gives teens advice on how to engage in anal and oral sex, or assures them that abortion is “very safe” and that in some states they don’t even need to tell their parents before they abort their child!

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Honestly, we at LifeSiteNews are astonished at how many people are visiting our website lately. Already this year we have seen a 150% increase in traffic over the same period last year, serving up an incredible 6 MILLION pageviews to 2.4 million unique visitors in just two and a half months! And those numbers just keep going up!

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Quebec assembly committee calls for assisted suicide

by Peter Baklinski Thu Mar 22 17:47 EST Comments (5)

QUEBÉC CITY, Québec, March 22, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The National Assembly committee in Quebec released a report today calling on the provincial government to legalize euthanasia according to a Netherlands/Belgium model, effectively ignoring existing federal laws that protect human life.

“The pertinent laws should be modified to recognize medical aid in dying as an appropriate end to life option,” states the Dying with Dignity report.

According to the report, persons opting for “medical aid in dying” must be a resident of Quebec, an adult, must have freely requested the “medical help” to die, must suffer from a “serious and incurable disease,” must have a medical situation with “no prospects of improvement,” and must be experiencing “physical or psychological suffering which is constant and unbearable.”

Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, told LifeSiteNews that the report was “very concerning.”

“The Quebec Dying with Dignity report uses the philosophical approach of Peter Singer in which human life in-and-of-itself does not have any intrinsic value and where personhood is based on one’s mental capabilities or self awareness,” he said.

Schadenberg pointed out that the report defies parliament’s overwhelming 2010 defeat of a similar bill that sought to legalize euthanasia. At that time, the House of Commons rejected Bill C-384, proposed by Member of Parliament Francine Lalonde, by an across-party-lines vote of 228 to 59.

“The report does not adequately address concerns related to elder abuse, suicide prevention and vulnerability at the end of life, as addressed by the recent report by the Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care,” wrote Schadenberg on his blog.

Georges Buscemi of Quebec Life Coalition told LifeSiteNews that the Dying with Dignity report simply confirms what he see as Quebec’s “collective suicide.”

Buscemi said that he is “disappointed” with the direction that Quebec is taking on life issues. “Only a dramatic turn-around will save Quebec from extinction,” he said.

“Quebec’s people have completely sawed themselves off from the branch they were sitting on 50 years ago. They’re going to hit the ground soon. This is just another step on that road to perdition.”

“It is a really sad day for this province. It is a day of mourning. They really are obstinately making the same mistake over and over, which is just refusing life, refusing policies that promote life, whether it’s their insistence on gay ‘marriage’ or promotion of abortion on all levels, promotion of gender theory. ... it’s just another step down the road to Quebec’s complete disappearance.”

While the Dying with Dignity committee boasted that “medical aid to die is in line with changing social values, law and medical practice,” Schadenberg pointed out that the committee ignored the results of their own public hearings on the issue, where 156 of 271 briefs were against or somewhat against euthanasia and assisted suicide.

“The recommendations of the Quebec Committee are contrary to the view and ethics of nearly every medical association in Canada and around the World. The report recommends a radical reformation of the doctor/ patient relationship,” concluded Schadenberg on his blog.

The Quebec report on Dying with Dignity comes days before Justice Lynn Smith is expected to make her decision in the Carter case in Vancouver, British Columbia, a case that the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition has warned is an attempt to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada through the court.

Schadenberg commented to LifeSiteNews that the timing of the Quebec report and the Carter case could not be worse for Canadians who value human life. “This is timed in such a way that we are getting a one-two punch,” he said, adding that he suspects that the Quebec report is a foreshadowing of how Justice Smith will rule in the Carter case.

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Madonna may be fined if she promotes homosexual agenda while performing: Russian official

by Matthew Cullinan Hoffman Thu Mar 22 17:32 EST Comments (25)

 

March 22, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pop singer Madonna Ciccone’s recent promise to “speak up” for the “gay community” in St. Petersburg, Russia, at an upcoming performance there, has been met by a city representative who says she will be fined if she violates a city ordinance against homosexual propaganda aimed at minors.

The singer, whose risqué, hypersexualized performances are supported by a large homosexual fan base, made the promise after being asked by a Russian-American lesbian activist to cancel her August concert in St. Petersburg in protest of the law, which was recently instituted by the city’s government.

However, calling herself a “freedom fighter” who doesn’t “run away from adversity,” the singer has announced that she will “come to St. Petersburg to speak up for the gay community, to support the gay community and to give strength and inspiration to anyone who is or feels oppressed.”

“I will speak during my show about this ridiculous atrocity,” she added.

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Deputy Vitaly Milonov, who authored the law, said he intends to be present at the event and is promising that “if Madonna or one of the organizers of the concert breaks the city law, they will be punished.”  Milonov said that the $170 fine applicable to individuals individual would be levied against her, an amount that is not likely to deter the performer.

However, Ciccone’s promise to use her appearance to promote the gay agenda in St. Petersburg has not placated local homosexual activists, who say that she should have canceled the event. They are promising to boycott her concert and protest it themselves.

Homosexual activist Yury Gavrikov told the French Press Agency that the Gay Russia movement will “protest against the hypocrisy of pop stars” who “have fantastic earnings, and this allows them to forget about the problems of human rights.”

“If people like Madonna boycott their concerts particularly in Saint Petersburg that could have economic consequences, and that is important, while declarations of support for gay rights at concerts mean nothing,” he said.

Peter LaBarbera of the family-values group Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) told LifeSiteNews that he regards the St. Petersburg legislation as a reaction to the behavior of the homosexual movement in other countries, which has become increasingly offensive and abusive with every legal victory.

The Russians are “trying to learn from America’s out-of-control pro-homosexual activism and the fact that our family law structure, our legal structure is being changed to accommodate perversion, and Christian religious speech is now suffering at the hands of this ever-expanding homosexual activism,” said LaBarbera. “And who could blame the Russians for trying to learn from America?”

“We have a gay rights monster in our midst that continues to make escalating demands, that has seemingly no concern for religious liberty, for traditional values,” LaBarbera said.

“Who could blame these peoples not only in Russia but throughout the world for looking to America, looking to the West and saying ‘how can we prevent this?’ And my advice to them would be: don’t let the genie out of the bottle, because another lesson from the west is that once you grant so called ‘rights’ it’s almost impossible to take them away.”

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McCain decries GOP fight against Obama mandate: ‘we need to get off that issue’

by Kathleen Gilbert Thu Mar 22 16:57 EST Comments (64)

 
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March 22, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Former GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain has criticized his party for waging a “war on women” based on their reaction to the Obama administration’s mandate that will force religious institutions to pay for contraception, abortifacient drugs and sterilization.

In response to a question from Meet the Press moderator David Gregory , who asked if there was “something of a war on women among Republicans” during an interview Sunday, the Arizona senator said “we have to fix that.”

“I think that there is a perception out there because of how this whole contraception issue played out — ah, we need to get off of that issue, in my view,” said McCain. “I think we ought to respect the right of women to make choices in their lives and make that clear, and get back onto what the American people really care about.”

McCain gave the remarks weeks after backing an amendment offered by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) that would have restored to employers the right to opt out of paying for employees’ birth control, a measure that was voted down.

However, McCain has welcomed the fact that a measure in his home state to allow employers to decline to cover contraceptive pills not used for medical reasons will likely be voted down. The bill stalled in the state Senate this week, but supporters say they will try to address the medical privacy concerns that have been voiced by McCain and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.

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GOP leaders in both the U.S. Senate and the House have vowed to fight the mandate that has sparked a firestorm of grassroots opposition in Catholic and Christian churches across the U.S. Protests in at least 129 U.S. cities are planned for Friday against the mandate, which has also earned condemnation from every bishop heading a Catholic diocese in the U.S.

“If the state is allowed to violate the religious rights of one religion, then surely it can violate those of others,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell last month of the mandate. “If the rights of some are not protected, the rights of all are in danger.”

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Idaho ultrasound bill delayed after pro-abort hecklers disrupt ultrasound demo

by Christine Dhanagom Thu Mar 22 16:35 EST Comments (35)

 

BOISE, March 22, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - An Idaho bill that would require pregnant women to undergo an ultrasound before obtaining an abortion was thrust into legislative limbo yesterday after a heated battle that saw several pro-abortion demonstrators forcibly removed from a hearing room in the state capitol.

The proposal, which is similar to a recently enacted Virginia law, requires doctors to perform an ultrasound prior to an abortion and to inform the woman of her right to view the ultrasound, listen to the baby’s heartbeat, and have a physical copy of the ultrasound image.

The law would require abortion facilities to provide women with fetal development facts, names and addresses of organizations that offer free ultrasounds and pregnancy assistance, descriptions of abortion methods, and information about adoption services. 

The bill passed the Senate Monday by a vote of 23-12, and was originally scheduled for a hearing in the House Thursday morning. The hearing was abruptly cancelled, however, after members of the pro-abortion lobby descended on the Capitol yesterday during a presentation on ultrasounds.

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“There’s been a national call by the abortion lobby and by Planned Parenthood to oppose ultrasound legislation around the nation,” said Brandi Swindell, a local pro-life activist who has been on the forefront of promoting the legislation. “They’re trying to bully our legislators and disrupt our events, and it’s pretty sad.”

Swindell is the founder of Stanton Healthcare, a pro-life outreach that provides services to women in crisis pregnancies. According to the Idaho Statesman, 95% of the abortions performed in Idaho in 2009 were in Ada County, where Stanton is the only provider of free ultrasounds.

The organization became the target of pro-abortion heckling during a live ultrasound presentation that it conducted for lawmakers in a Senate hearing room Wednesday.

The purpose of the presentation, says Swindell, was to dispel the myth that ultrasounds are painful or invasive. Opponents of the Virginia bill had likened the legislation to state-enforced “rape,” a comparison which Swindell called “a severe violation of the truth.”

“It was disappointing to see the abortion lobby so angry and so disruptive simply over an ultrasound image,” Swindell commented. “I’m a firm believer in free speech, but to come in with the intention of being disruptive is just deeply disappointing.” She estimated that ten to fifteen pro-abortion hecklers had to be forcibly removed from the room.

The six pregnant mothers who had volunteered their unborn babies as ultrasound subjects were equally dismayed. Some even asked that their names be withheld from the media because of the animosity that had been directed towards them.

Three of the six moms are post-abortive, according to Swindell, and say that they may not have had an abortion if they had been given an ultrasound during their previous pregnancy.

“Ultrasound imaging is a game changer in the abortion debate, and it’s a game changer in a woman’s mind and in her heart when she sees the heartbeat of her baby for the very first time,” she said, adding that the pro-abortion lobby was “coming out full force” to oppose the legislation because they know the power of ultrasound images.

With the impending close of the legislative session, the future of the bill is uncertain; but House State Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Loertscher has said that he does not consider it dead. According to Swindell, the delay may be a tactical move on the part of the bill’s supporters in order to buy time to secure more votes.

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Blair support of “gay marriage” the result of decades of bishops winking at public dissent

by Hilary White, Rome Correspondent Thu Mar 22 16:34 EST Comments (5)

 
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ROME, March 22, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The boast of Tony Blair that he supports homosexual “marriage” in open defiance of Catholic teaching, has embarrassed the Vatican and garnered the globetrotting Blair even more criticism from pro-life leadership in Britain. John Smeaton, the head of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, told LifeSiteNews.com that the blame for the ongoing “scandal” of Blair’s open dissent from Catholic teaching on life and family issues, sits “squarely” with the Catholic hierarchy, who had decades to correct and denounce it.

Blair was reported as saying earlier this month that he “strongly supports” a proposal by the current coalition government of Britain to rewrite the legal definition of marriage to include same-sex partners. His defiance of Catholic teaching prompted a response from the Vatican that usually remains silent

Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation, was roused to respond that if the press reports of Blair’s statement were true, the former British Prime Minister would need to “examine his conscience carefully and realise that there is no coherence between the content of faith and the concrete action that must be taken by a politician.”

This stinging rebuke from a Vatican official comes as Britain is plunged into a debate over the meaning and political significance of marriage. A public consultation launched by the coalition government this month made it clear that there would be no question of whether marriage would be redefined, but only how.

Fisichella’s comment was followed by comments from John Smeaton, a long-time critic of Blair’s reception into the Church. Smeaton wrote in an email to LifeSiteNews.com that responsibility for Blair’s open defiance and ignorance of what the Catholic Church teaches, can be placed in the lap of the English bishops.

“Tony Blair’s renewed dissent from Catholic teaching on sexual ethics is a growing scandal,” Smeaton said. “The blame for that scandal lies squarely with the hierarchy of the Catholic Church, in particular the bishops of England and Wales.”

Throughout his tenure in office as head of the Labour Party and as Prime Minister, Blair “shamelessly advanced the culture of death and the war on the family”. Smeaton once identified Tony Blair as the primary “architect” of the Culture of Death in Britain, the country that was later called that culture’s “geopolitical epicentre”.

“The Catholic bishops’ conference of England and Wales offered little resistance to him,” Smeaton continued, “and was even complicit in those evils.”

Blair’s long history of political support for abortion and for the homosexualist cause was no secret in Britain when he was received unconditionally in 2007 into the Catholic Church by then-archbishop of Westminster Cormac Murphy O’Connor. After repeated attempts at communication with Blair, asking whether he now recanted his previous positions, Smeaton reported that Blair’s handlers replied that there would be no response.

Soon after this, Blair gave a series of media interviews in which he confirmed his dissent from Catholic teaching on abortion, contraception and the family.

“Despite this,” Smeaton said, “both he and his wife Cherie, who has publicly supported IPPF (International Planned Parenthood), gay rights and contraception, have been feted by some prominent Catholic bodies. Enough is enough!”

Smeaton said, however, that this history “and it truly is a great, historic, scandal,” must not be allowed to stand in the way of forming an effective coalition with Church leaders and the public to stopping the government’s push for same-sex marriage.

In recent meetings with North American bishops, Pope Benedict XVI urged all Catholics, including Catholic politicians and all national hierarchies, to resist the “powerful political and cultural currents seeking to alter the legal definition of marriage”. On the same weekend that Blair made his statement, the Catholic bishops of England and Wales instructed that all parish priests read a letter to congregations outlining some of the reasoning behind Catholic opposition, and urging the laity to help.

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New study says pregnancy is safe, even beneficial, for women recovering from breast cancer

by Thaddeus Baklinski Thu Mar 22 16:12 EST Comments (1)

 

VIENNA, Austria, March 22, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - New research presented at the eighth European Breast Cancer Conference (EBCC-8) in Vienna yesterday contradicts advice previously given to breast cancer patients that pregnancy could increase the risk of the cancer returning.

“Frequently when women with history of breast cancer become pregnant, some physicians advise them to have an abortion for fear that completing the pregnancy could have a detrimental effect on the outcome of their disease. We found that this was not true and the outcome was similar, irrespective of whether the pregnancy was completed or not,” said Dr. Hatem Azim, a medical oncologist at Jules Bordet Institute in Brussels.

Dr Azim reported that not only is it safe to become pregnant following a breast cancer diagnosis, but that patients who become pregnant appear to survive longer than those who don’t.

“Becoming pregnant at any time following a diagnosis of breast cancer does not increase the risk of recurrence, even if the pregnancy occurs during the first two years after the diagnosis. Furthermore, patients who become pregnant appear to survive longer than those who do not,” Dr Azim stated.

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The research followed the health outcomes, for a period of five years, of 333 women ages 21 to 48 who became pregnant after a breast cancer diagnosis, and a control group of 874 women with similar breast cancer diagnoses who did not become pregnant. During this period, 30% of the total 1,207 women had a recurrence of their disease.

The study focused on women who were diagnosed with estrogen-receptor positive (ER+) tumors, which have protein molecules that need estrogen to grow.

“Out of all the women, 57% had ER+ disease, but the study showed there was no difference in the length of time women with either ER+ or ER negative disease survived without their disease recurring compared with those who did not become pregnant,“ Dr Azim said. “In addition, we found that patients who became pregnant within two years of breast cancer diagnosis appeared to have a better disease-free survival compared to those who did not become pregnant.”

Dr. Azim claimed that his study “shows convincingly that pregnancy any time following breast cancer diagnosis is safe, irrespective of ER status. This study provides strong evidence to help proper counselling of women seeking to become pregnant following completion of breast cancer therapy.”

“Hence, abortion should not be promoted for therapeutic reasons in these patients,” Dr Azim concluded.

Professor David Cameron of the University of Edinburgh, and chairman of the EBCC-8 conference, commented to attendees, “This is an important study, as it can give women much more confidence that a wanted pregnancy after treatment for breast cancer does not necessarily mean a poorer chance of being able to live to bring up children.

“However, it is important to acknowledge that there are limitations in this kind of case control study, and so whilst an important piece of research, it cannot yet be taken as definitive proof that there is no adverse effect of a subsequent pregnancy. What it does suggest is that at worst any negative impact is small, and that it is likely that there is no detrimental effect of a subsequent pregnancy.”

The report on Dr Azim’s research is available on the European Cancer Organization website.

 

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‘Gay marriage’ push triggering ‘unprecedented’ response: Leading British pro-lifer

by Hilary White, Rome Correspondent Thu Mar 22 16:01 EST Comments (4)

 
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LONDON, March 22, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Only a “huge mobilisation” of the public, guided and encouraged by strong and united religious leadership, will stop the Cameron government from instituting “gay marriage,” the head of Britain’s leading pro-life organisation told LifeSiteNews.com today.

John Smeaton, director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) said in an interview that he is “reasonably optimistic” about the prospect looming ahead.

Despite the undeniable fact that David Cameron’s “New Tory” government is “expressing its determination” to force a redefinition of marriage, Smeaton said that in today’s Britain, the public have become more aware of their rights and duties, and he predicts a “very big reaction against these plans.” A major part of this reaction, he predicted, is going to be an unprecedented coalition of Christian denominations and other religions pushing back.

“Undoubtedly they will have their way unless there is a huge reaction,” Smeaton said. But the hope lies with the fear of repercussions at the next election: “MPs will be accountable.”

The push back against same-sex marriage is being “ably led,” Smeaton said, by Colin Hart of the Christian Institute. Hart recently gave a press conference as the campaign director for the Coalition for Marriage, in which he said the word “marriage” appears in law 3258 times. Marriage, he said, is “woven into the fabric of our national laws, and that can’t be unpicked in a single stroke.”

Hart reiterated the threat of same-sex marriage, not only to the social fabric of Britain, but to the political prospects of MPs who support it.

“Marriage was not dreamt up by government. And yet this government cannot overturn thousands of years of history by redefining it. Especially so when no political party made it part of their election manifesto.

“If they believe that the public support them on this issue, why didn’t the party leaders have the courage of their convictions to put it in their manifesto?”

MPs have also been warned from prominent voices in the Conservative party that “gay marriage” is not a vote-winner with the general public. Tim Montgomerie, the editor of the influential Conservative Home blog and personally a supporter of “gay marriage”, said that the party has overturned its priorities with the new “obsession,” at the cost of sidelining issues of acute interest to voters like unemployment and fuel costs.

“Recognising that gay marriage is a good thing,” Montgomerie wrote, “and that opponents are on the wrong side of history - does not mean it’s a vote winner.

“Public opinion is very divided on broadening the definition of marriage and very few people who are struggling with the electricity bill or fearing unemployment can understand politicians’ obsession with the issue.”

Lord Tebbit, a former Cabinet minister and former Chairman of the Conservative Party also warned that Cameron is angering his natural support base.

“I doubt if Mr. Cameron’s new-found enthusiasm for ‘gay marriage’ will make it any more likely that he will lead the Conservative Party to a majority in 2015 or add greatly to the sum total of happiness and contentment in our society.”

The sudden push for same-sex “marriage” has shocked many. A few years ago, SPUC did not include opposition to the threat of the homosexualist agenda in its mandate. What changed their minds? “The call for same-sex marriage,” Smeaton said. “It has exercised a lot of people.”

The announcement of the government that a change in the legal definition of marriage was in the offing galvanised the SPUC board. “Now we have a resolution passed by the national council unanimously.”

So radical an alteration to the understanding of marriage, Smeaton said, is an issue that is close to the bone for pro-life people. “It undermines marriage between a man and a woman, and marriage is the basis of the family and the security of children born and unborn.

“Unborn children are four to five times safer within than without marriage.”

SPUC is working closely with the Christian Institute, sending out hundreds of thousands of fliers asking the public to contact MPs and sign the petition being circulated by the Coalition for Marriage to preserve the current definition.

Is there hope of stopping the juggernaut? Smeaton said he believes that the suggestion of changing so fundamental a social building block is being strongly opposed by so broad a range of groups that the chances are good of stopping it.

“Sometimes one is able to stop politicians in their tracks, though it will require a supreme effort to do that.” Smeaton said he expects a “huge grass roots reaction” that will “far outweigh anything in support of the proposal”.

A great deal, however, depends upon one wild card: “Cameron’s personal bloody-minded determination.”

“To what extent Cameron is going to roll over everyone, we don’t know yet. Certainly Blair used to do that. The British people were overwhelmingly against the Iraq war, but it didn’t stop Blair from going to war. Massive rallies were held opposing the ban on fox hunting, and the government rolled over them.”

“We don’t know that will be the case with Cameron.”

With most of the Evangelical Anglicans and many Protestant groups already mobilised, Smeaton is writing to the Catholic bishops of Britain urging them to move forward aggressively to save the institution of marriage.

“I am seeking urgent meetings, to work out how we can oppose these proposals,” he said. He emphasised the utmost urgency that the “whole Catholic community” become united on this one issue, if no other.

“Now is the time. What’s important is that they do something now. The stakes are far too high to allow any of existing, past concerns, to get in the way.”

Smeaton was likely referring to the long history among the bishops of England and Wales of tacit and recently more overt support for the homosexualist movement, particularly in the leading sees of London.

Recently, Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster, reiterated his support for the “intention and purpose” of the so-called “gay Masses” that were approved in 2005 to be held regularly in a central London parish church.

Organisers of the Soho Masses have become notorious for openly opposing Catholic teaching on sexuality and have repeatedly been protected from criticism by the Catholic bishops. Through press releases, blog posts, editorials, media interviews and videos posted to YouTube, the dissent from Catholic moral teaching at the Soho Masses have become, in the words of one Catholic campaigner, “the worst kept secret” in the English Church.

Smeaton himself has written on LSN that it is only when the English bishops give up their support for the homosexualist movement that progress will be made in restoring Christianity to its former prominence and respect in public life.

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Canadian bishops offer opposing views on funding pro-abortion groups

by John-Henry Westen Thu Mar 22 15:52 EST Comments (45)

 
Archbishop Richard Smith

March 22, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) While the President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is saying there is no way the bishops would fund groups involved with abortion in any capacity, one of the bishops on the CCCB committee dealing with doling out such monies is saying the opposite.

Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton, the CCCB’s president, told Salt + Light TV in January regarding Development & Peace, the bishops’ international development arm, that the bishops “would not have patience for one minute to be supporting any partner that would in any way be pro-abortion.”

Calgary Bishop Fred Henry, on the other hand, has reiterated his stance that D&P should be able to fund pro-abortion groups.

The bishop, who sits on the special committee of bishops established to set D&P straight in light of the scandal of their funding of pro-abortion groups, made the comments in response to LifeSiteNews’ recent revelations that a D&P funded group in Haiti was promoting and distributing contraception and had published a book promoting ‘safe’ and ‘legal’ abortion.

“The group may not be perfect but they must be doing a lot of good work even if there are a few positions and actions that we will have to challenge them on,” says the bishop in the current edition of the Western Catholic Reporter.

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Bishop Henry pointed to a letter of approval of the controversial group from the local archdiocese. “If the Haitian bishops are onside and vouch for this group, then I would support them,” he said.  

Bishop Henry added, “LifeSite seems to want a squeaky clean world but have no idea as to how to get there.”

In the past, LifeSiteNews has provided a list of groups in Haiti that are active in assisting the poor and in rebuilding the devastated nation, but which do not espouse an anti-life position. However, according to the last publicly available list of D&P’s partners, the Catholic organization is not funding any of these groups.

Gwen Landolt, National Vice President of REAL Women Canada, told LifeSiteNews that in her view Bishop Henry’s stance was unacceptable.

“By working alongside such groups with funding, we are indeed confirming or accepting the contraception and abortion promotion they do which is anathema to the Church’s teaching,” said Landolt, whose organization was recently named in an advisory capacity to the Conservative Government.

“We can’t in any way accept or be seen to be accepting of abortion in any way since it is evil and wrong,” she added, agreeing with the statement of Archbishop Smith. “We are condoning it by working alongside such groups where evidence provided by LifeSiteNews shows them to be involved.”

Bishop Henry has in the past maintained that it is acceptable for D&P to fund projects run by “pro-choice” groups.

“CCODP is not supporting abortion but a project to help the poor and their partners also happen to [be] pro-choice,” the bishop wrote in an e-mail to concerned pro-lifers in 2009. “There is an important difference between the two.”

“Lifesite’s position seems to suggest that before we cooperate with anyone or any organization in supporting a good action, our opening question must be: ‘What is your stance on abortion?’ and that as the litmus test should override everything else. I don’t think that this would be the starting point of Jesus.”

Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto, on the other hand, has insisted that “it is not enough to examine the suitability of individual projects.”

“The organizations that operate the projects must also be in harmony with the principles of our Catholic faith. If they are not, then there are plenty of other worthy projects that are operated by organizations which we can in good conscience support, and funding should go to them,” he wrote.

D&P is preparing for an urgent appeal for heightened donations from Catholics to be implemented at Masses this Sunday. The urgency of the campaign comes in response to the fact that the Canadian Government has cut funding to D&P by 65%.  Although the Government has refused to indicate what prompted the cut, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) spokesman Kathy Heath-Eves told LifeSiteNews that it has “has decided to focus its contribution” to D&P “on the countries and sectors where programming is most likely to produce tangible results.”

From 2006-2011 CIDA funded D&P $44.6 million. D&P requested $49.2 million for the 2011-2016 term and was granted $14.9 million for the five-year period.

REAL Women’s Gwen Landolt has called on the Canadian Bishops to suspend funding of D&P until the group quits funding groups which flout Catholic teaching.

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‘Extremely unfortunate’: Homosexualist, feminist leaders unhappy with new Montreal archbishop

by Patrick B. Craine Thu Mar 22 15:17 EST Comments (32)

 
Archbishop Christian Lepine

MONTREAL, Quebec, March 22, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Only two days after his appointment to head up the Montreal Archdiocese, Archbishop Christian Lepine is already facing attacks from activists in Quebec’s homosexual and feminist movements.

Archbishop Lepine, 60, was questioned on his strong pro-life and pro-family stances at a press conference Wednesday morning. The newly-minted prelate avoided stirring up any heated controversy with his carefully worded answers, which he grounded Pope John Paul II’s teachings on human sexuality, known as the theology of the body, and the Church’s mission to proclaim the Gospel.

Asked about abortion, Lepine emphasized that “God is the author of life” and “the first right is the right to life.” He said he hopes to attend the National March for Life in Ottawa this May, as he has done in the past.

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The archbishop was also questioned on his decision in 2009 to allow an event at his Repentigny parish to help parents develop the “heterosexual potential” of their children. The future archbishop was forced to cancel the remaining two sessions after the first sparked a media firestorm and threats of protest.

Explaining the incident, Lepine said, “The Church welcomed people living according to the homosexual lifestyle, a lifestyle that they themselves felt caused them harm. … It was to help them find strength in Jesus Christ.”

The remarks have the Quebec Council of Gays and Lesbians up in arms.

“This bishop believes in reparative therapy,” Steve Foster, the group’s president, told the Journal de Quebec. “It shows that for the Church, gays and lesbians are sick people who need to be cured.”

Alexa Conradi, president of the Quebec Women’s Federation, also denounced Archbishop Lepine’s appointment as “extremely unfortunate,” saying he is “so out of touch with Quebec values.”

“The religious leaders have given over the reigns to people who are more conservative,” she told the Journal de Quebec.

Such opposition is par for the course for any Catholic clergyman who takes a public stand in support of the Church’s moral teachings in the radically secularized former Catholic province.

When Cardinal Marc Ouellet, then-Archbishop of Quebec City and current prefect for the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops, reiterated the Church’s condemnation of abortion in cases of rape in 2010, he became the subject of heated criticism by media, politicians, and even some clergy.

The remarks sparked a motion backed unanimously in Quebec’s National Assembly to reaffirm “the right … to free and accessible abortion services.” One notable journalist said he hoped the Cardinal would die “from a long and painful illness.”

At the press conference, Archbishop Lepine also defended the Church’s stance on denying Communion to those who are divorced and remarried.

“You can pray, but I don’t think you’re ready to take communion. If you’re not ready yet, that’s all right,” the bishop said he would tell such individuals, adding that they can still encounter Christ in prayer and through a “spiritual communion.”

The archbishop’s appointment has been hailed by Catholics as a sign of the pope’s effort to reform the Quebec episcopate to better equip it for the new evangelization.

Lepine was working as a parish priest only eight months ago when he was first tapped as an auxiliary bishop for Montreal. He was only a bishop for six months before his appointment to head up Canada’s second largest diocese yesterday.

Leading commentator Fr. Raymond de Souza wrote in the Catholic Register Wednesday that his “dramatic” elevation is a clear sign that Pope Benedict XVI, under the advice of Cardinal Ouellet, has rejected the “safe option” in appointing bishops.

“Ouellet evidently decided that the norm in Quebec needed changing, and so has advised the Holy Father to change it — emphatically,” wrote Fr. de Souza.

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US bullies ‘contraceptive mandate’ on international community

by Timothy Herrmann Thu Mar 22 15:06 EST Comments (2)

NEW YORK, March 23 (C-FAM) The United States burned diplomatic bridges during this year’s UN Commission on the Status of Women by using force and deception to pass an unpopular resolution calling for international access to contraception.

Countries accused the US of manipulating the negotiations process from start to finish through proposing the initial text of the resolution on maternal mortality, tightly controlling the ongoing negotiation and then using its prerogative as conference chairman to ram home a final document that other countries could not realistically change.

The US push for contraception presents a radical departure from language agreed upon at UN Conference on Population and Development held in Cairo in 1994 (ICPD), which used “family planning” instead of the word insisted upon by the US, “contraception.” Abortion is explicitly rejected as family planning in the Cairo document. Many countries worry that the US revision, along with their reference to reproductive rights within the resolution, could encourage a broader abortion agenda, a foreign policy priority of the Obama Administration. 

The resolution, meant to address maternal health, was not well received by delegations like Chile, Iran, Malta and the Holy See because the US placed greater emphasis on contraception rather than the health of the mother.

Even before the women’s conference began, the United States dominated the negotiations by convening informal consultations behind closed doors. By holding consultations in advance, the US showed the importance it placed on the resolution and appeared to want to ensure that any major problems would be addressed before the opening of the conference.

Though concessions were made, the US was unwilling to compromise on “safe, effective, affordable and acceptable modern methods of contraception” or any references to reproductive rights.  Rumors abound as to why the US would not compromise on this language, but delegations felt it was likely that the Obama administration’s national policy on contraception had now become its international policy as well.

Even with countries expressing deep concern, the US neglected to hold any formal negotiation on the resolution during the first week of the conference. Then, in a diplomatically questionable move, the US held negotiations at the US Mission rather than at the UN, sending a clear message to all parties that the process belonged to the United States. Having negotiations at the US Mission also precluded the government of Iran from attending, and Iran was one of the chief opponents to the US contraceptive/reproductive rights agenda. 

The last negotiation was held within the UN but was ended abruptly by the US before agreement was reached. On the final day of the conference, delegates voted for the resolution with the understanding the US had met their concerns. Only after the vote did delegates realize the US had submitted what’s known as a “Chairman’s text,” which was full of the objectionable contraception language.

The use of Chairman’s texts is a new and to many delegations a troubling development. It means that all the negotiations done by governments come to naught, and the final decision is made by one country.

John Klink, a long time chief negotiator for the Holy See and representative on several U.S. delegations to the UN, told the Friday Fax that the “chairmen often try certain things to get their way, as would the host countries of the negotiations.” But that in 14 years of doing this work he could “not recall a single instance of a chairman’s text being forced upon the negotiators.”

Reprinted with permission from C-Fam.org

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Obamacare rationing panels an ‘immediate danger to seniors’: former AMA president

by Kathleen Gilbert Thu Mar 22 14:05 EST Comments (10)

 
Donald Palmisano

March 21, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Concerns over the new health care law’s system for rationing health care - famously dubbed the “death panels” by Sarah Palin - have been reinforced by a former head of the American Medical Association, who said the advisory panels “will essentially mean rationed care” for the elderly.

Former AMA President Donald Palmisano wrote in a Daily Caller column Monday that the Independent Payment Advisory Boards (IPAB), tasked with keeping Medicare expenses under control, would have little oversight as they deal with the disproportionate cost burden from seniors with greater medical needs.

“The 15 officials who will make up the board will not only be empowered to make what is expected to be billions of dollars’ worth of cuts to Medicare every year, but will be required to do so when spending exceeds targeted rates,” wrote Palmisano.

“PAB’s recommended cuts will become law unless a supermajority in Congress vetoes the board’s proposal and creates its own cost-cutting proposal of equal size — an unlikely scenario even in the most harmonious of political times.”

Although the panels are expected to focus on cutting payments to the doctors themselves, Palmisano said that Medicaid providers are already being sucked dry - and warned that a more brutal form of rationing, using adjustments based on “quality of life” as already practiced in Great Britain, was likely in store.

“IPAB may eventually be allowed to resort to Great Britain’s chosen rationing methods and refuse to provide certain effective treatments to patients who need them based on costs and patients’ remaining ‘quality adjusted life years.’ Though the law currently forbids IPAB from engaging in such behavior, there is little reason to believe these rules won’t be changed — or at least stretched — down the road as costs continue to balloon and political dynamics change,” he wrote.

Palmisano warned that a group of lawmakers urging full repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), instead of piecemeal attempts, may miss the opportunity to block the most dangerous parts of the law, such as IPAB.

f Congress misses what could be its last chance to eliminate IPAB — one of the most egregious aspects of the law — it will be doing a disservice to seniors who need good medical care now and in the near-term future,” wrote Palmisano.

Read Palmisano’s full column here.

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Pro-life group offers $25,000 reward to abortion clinic whistleblowers

by The Editors Thu Mar 22 11:51 EST Comments (19)

 

Wichita, KS, March 22, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The pro-life organization Operation Rescue is mailing appeals to abortion clinic workers asking them to come forward with information about abortion abuses and claim a reward of $25,000 offered as part of their Abortion Whistleblowers Program.

In the coming days, the group will be sending letters and flyers to every abortion clinic in the nation, including several hospitals and non-surgical clinics that provide the abortion pill. The appeal will inform abortion workers that they may qualify for the $25,000 reward in the event the information they provide leads to the arrest and conviction of abortionists who are breaking the law.

“We want clinic workers to know that if they have knowledge that abortion-related crimes are being committed but remain silent, they could be implicated in the crimes,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation. “We have worked with dozens of abortion clinic workers and can help them come clean and get a fresh start.”

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Several similar mailings have been made by Operation Rescue since the Abortion Whistleblowers Program first launched in January 2010, netting hundreds of tips and several reliable confidential informants that continue to work to provide Operation Rescue with valuable “insider” information on the abortion cartel.

So far, one $25,000 Abortion Whistleblower check was awarded last year to Kim Nichols, an abortion worker in Massachusetts whose information about the death of Laura Hope Smith and attempts to cover it up led to a criminal conviction and jail term for abortionist Rapin Osathanondh. In addition, Osathanondh was forced to permanently surrender his medical license and close his two abortion offices.

“We have never found an abortion clinic that operates completely inside the bounds of the law,” said Newman. “We have exposed abortionists that have committed illegal abortions, botched abortions, billing fraud, embezzlement, tax evasion, serious health code violations, sexual abuse on their patients, failure to report child sex abuse, drug violations, substance abuse, illegal dumping of aborted baby remains and private medical records, and the list goes on.”

“Crimes like these are not the exception to the rule, but are rampant throughout the abortion cartel.”

Operation Rescue assured potential sources that the confidentiality of those who come forward will be protected.

 

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‘282 corporations have stopped funding Planned Parenthood’

by John-Henry Westen Thu Mar 22 10:57 EST Comments (37)

FRONT ROYAL, VA, March 22, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Life Decisions International (LDI) has released a revised edition of The Boycott List, which identifies corporations that support Planned Parenthood, the world’s primary abortion-advocacy behemoth.

“As a direct result of the commitment, action and prayers of pro-family people, at least 282 corporations have stopped funding Planned Parenthood,” said Kenneth C. Garvey, LDI’s Director of Communications. It is estimated that the boycott has cost Planned Parenthood more than $40 million since the Corporate Funding Project (CFP) began. “This should serve as a testament to those who think it impossible to change corporate behavior.”

New boycott targets include Advance Publications (magazines such as Bon Appetit, Details, Glamour, GQ, Self, Vanity Fair, and Vogue), Ameriprise Financial, Arthur Murray (dance studios), Bikram’s Yoga, Bob Evans (restaurants), Danone (Dannon products), Fresh Enterprises (Baja Fresh Mexican Grill, Canyons Burger Co., and La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill), NACCO (Hamilton Beach and Proctor Silex products; Kitchen Collection and Le Gourmet Chef stores), Pernod Ricard (alcoholic products including Absolute, Ballantine’s, Beefeater, Chivas Regal, Kahlúa, Malibu, and Royal Salute), TD Bank Group, UBS (financial services), and Wyndham (lodging including Baymont, Days Inn, Dream Hotels, Hawthorne, Howard Johnson, Knights Inn, Microtel, Night, Ramada, Super 8, Travelodge, TRYP Hotels, Wingate, and Wyndham; eatery: Planet Hollywood).

Some of the corporations continuing as boycott targets are: Adobe, AOL, Bank of America, Bayer, Chevron, Darden Restaurants (eateries including Olive Garden, Red Lobster, etc.), eBay (PayPal, etc.), Laureate Education, Marriott Hotels, Midas, Nike, Select Comfort (Sleep Number bed), Southwest Airlines (Jet Blue, etc.), Starwood (lodging including Four Points, Sheraton, St. Regis, W, Westin, etc.), Wells Fargo, and Whole Foods.

The Boycott List includes a “Dishonorable Mention” section, which identifies nonprofits that are associated with Planned Parenthood and/or its agenda. The only addition to this section is The Lance Armstrong Foundation. Other groups in the “Dishonorable Mention” section include: AARP, American Cancer Society, Boys & Girls Clubs, Camp Fire, Dr. Phil Foundation, Girl Scouts, Girls Inc., Kiwanis Clubs, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, March of Dimes, Michael J. Fox Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Rotary Clubs, Salvation Army, Save the Children, Sierra Club, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, YMCA, and YWCA.

Garvey said that Planned Parenthood’s most recent annual report shows a decline in corporate support. He said the Corporate Funding Project is due to the tenacity of pro-life people who “understand the power of the dollar and are willing to be inconvenienced for the sake of preborn children.”

Currently “celebrating” its 20th Anniversary, Life Decisions International welcomes and thanks the latest organizations to endorse the Corporate Funding Project. Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and Students for Life of America join 34 other pro-life/pro-family organizations endorsing the boycott.

For information about the CFP, including the steps taken before a corporation is placed on The Boycott List and the standards used to place a nonprofit group in the “Dishonorable Mention” section of The Boycott List, please click here. http://www.fightpp.org/show.cfm?page=boycott

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‘Your God’s wrong’: Judge erupts in angry tirade, sends pro-life activist back to jail

by Tony Gosgnach Thu Mar 22 10:20 EST Comments (322)

 
Pro-life activist Mary Wagner (right) with fellow pro-life activist Linda Gibbons, who has also been repeatedly arrested for violating bubble zone laws against any pro-life activity.

TORONTO, Ontario, March 22, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An Ontario Court of Justice judge erupted in a lengthy, angry tirade against pro-life activist Mary Wagner – and ejected a spectator from the public gallery – in a downtown Toronto courtroom Wednesday. The judge then sent Wagner to jail for an additional 92 days, added to 88 days already served prior to trial, after finding her guilty of mischief and two counts of failing to comply with probation orders.

The charges related to Wagner’s November 8 arrest at the site of the Bloor West Village “Women’s Clinic.” Wagner has been arrested on several occasions for peacefully entering abortion facilities in Toronto, where she presents women in the waiting room with a rose and offers them pro-life counseling. 

The remarkable scene played itself out after Crown attorney Derek Ishak and defense counsel Russell Browne made a joint submission to Mr. Justice S. Ford Clements for time served plus a three-year probationary term. But Clements emphatically rejected the submission.

“She can sit in jail, if that’s the only way to protect people,” he fulminated, calling Wagner “cowardly” for “abusing other human beings” and not having the courage to make her views known through other channels. “This is an extraordinary waste of resources. Get a grip!”

“You don’t get it, do you? What’s the rule of law? You’re required to abide by it … You’ve lost the right as a citizen to be anywhere near an abortion clinic or to speak to an employee,” he said.

“You’re wrong and your God’s wrong,” he continued. “You have complete contempt … There is a right to (abortion) in this country … You don’t have a right to cause (abortion-seeking women) extra pain and grief the way you do.”

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“[Abortion] is legal,” he continued, “that’s all you have to understand … You start causing people emotional pain and harm, you think that’s okay?”

He then asked Wagner whether she would stay away from abortion sites for three years as required by the proposed terms of probation.

“I will not,” Wagner replied firmly.

“Then you’re going to jail,” said Clements.

Earlier, one of Wagner’s supporters in the public gallery spoke up and was addressed by Clements. “These (life issues) are deeply held beliefs. We respect the rule of law. There are ways to change the law. The rule of law is absolutely fundamental. We see what happens in the streets when the rule of law is ignored,” he said. “You wouldn’t like someone in your vestibule every night. People who can’t deal with that, we lock them up.”

When the man attempted to reply, he was ejected from the courtroom by Clements.

After a noon recess, Clements observed that joint submissions by the Crown and defense were not binding on a judge. He said in his view, the submission as it was would be contrary to the public interest and would bring the administration of justice into disrepute.

Asked whether she had anything to say prior to sentencing, Wagner said she saw the rule of law as a guidepost, not an absolute. “The letter of the law does not always maintain justice … abortion is a short-term solution but causes long-term pain,” she said.

She added she never acts out of a lack of sensitivity, but rather attempts to love the women to whom she speaks. She also pointed to examples from history where people who were initially regarded as criminals were later found to be in the right.

Clements was unmoved. “You have, in some measure, displayed utter contempt for the courts and the rights of others,” he said. “You appear to be governed by a higher moral order than the laws of our country.”

“Your determination to break the law is a potential threat to the well-being of society and plants the seeds of lawlessness, perhaps even anarchy … You are unable to accord some civility and respect to others. Your view in law is wrong.”

In concluding, Clements accepted the testimony of abortion site co-owner Patricia Hasen, who filed a victim impact statement that claimed financial hardship caused by Wagner’s actions, including the necessity to hire a “counselor” from another abortion site. Hasen also said she was “scared a bit” when Wagner allegedly held a door open, adding she “doesn’t trust this woman’s peaceful demeanour” and worries about potential aggression. “These people do not work alone.”

Crown attorney Ishak, in his submissions, charged that pro-life activists “prey upon the emotional vulnerability” of abortion patients as “they evidently pursue martyrdom.” The “flouting” of laws, he charged, harken back to “the Dark Ages” and blurs the line between might and right. He suggested Wagner’s actions mark an increase in “the aggressive nature” of pro-life demonstrations, creating emotional distress.

There was no immediate word on whether Wagner planned to appeal either the verdicts or what amounted to a six-month jail sentence. There is also an option to file a complaint with the Ontario Judicial Council over Clements’s statements and conduct in the courtroom. According to the OJC website, “If you have a complaint of misconduct about a provincial judge or a justice of the peace, you must state your complaint in a signed letter. The letter of complaint should include the date, time and place of the court hearing and as much detail as possible about why you feel there was misconduct.”

To write to Wagner in prison:

Mary Wagner
Vanier Centre for Women
655 Martin St., Box 1040
Milton, ON   L9T 5E6

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We just beat Planned Parenthood

by John Jalsevac Thu Mar 22 07:00 EST Comments (0)

 
John Jalsevac

LifeSiteNews recently beat Planned Parenthood. Seriously.

Among pro-abortion organizations Planned Parenthood runs easily the most-trafficked website in the business. Every month the abortion giant delivers up its web pages promoting explicit sex education, abortion, and every immoral and destructive sexual practice you can imagine to millions of viewers.

Like its infamous “for teens” page, which gives teens advice on how to engage in anal and oral sex, or assures them that abortion is “very safe” and that in some states they don’t even need to tell their parents before they abort their child.

With the hundreds of millions of dollars it receives in government funding every year, Planned Parenthood has been able to pour a ton of money into marketing their website, indoctrinating countless teens into their irresponsible sex, and anti-life and anti-family agenda.

But the world’s leading pro-abortion organization is no longer able to spread its destructive message on the internet without a counterbalancing voice. After slowly creeping up on Planned Parenthood last year, LifeSiteNews recently zoomed past them in terms of the number of people visiting our site, according to Alexa.com, the world’s #1 website ranking service.

Honestly, we at LifeSiteNews are astonished at how many people are visiting our website lately. Already this year we have seen a 150% increase in traffic over the same period last year, serving up an incredible 6 MILLION pageviews to 2.4 million unique visitors in just two and a half months! And those numbers just keep going up!

Stop and think about that for a minute.

That’s 2.4 million people who have read the powerful testimony of post-abortive women like former Britney Spears back-up singer Kelly Clinger; or about the thousands of babies that are being saved through the incredible and peaceful 40 Days for Life campaign; or about how former Planned Parenthood employees are now stepping forward and accusing the abortion giant of committing hundreds of millions of dollars in fraud.

That’s 2.4 million people who have been exposed to the truth about life, family, faith and culture, and who will now go out into their families, workplaces, and places of worship and share that truth!

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In the battle between the Culture of Life and the Culture of Death, there is no weapon more powerful than the truth. At LifeSiteNews.com it is our business to reach as many people as possible with the truth. And if the numbers of people who are flocking to our site lately means anything at all, then we must be doing something right!

With your help we are literally changing the culture, one mind and heart at a time, to a culture that cherishes all life, from conception to natural death, and recognizes the value of the traditional family in raising future generations.

Think about it: if we can reach more people than Planned Parenthood while working on a shoestring budget that is the tiniest fraction of theirs, imagine what we could do if all of our readers pitched in just $5!

So please, consider making a donation today, even if it is just $5. There is no donation to small. At this late stage in our current campaign we urgently need your financial help.

Over the next 5 days we still need to raise at least $60,000 in order to reach our much needed goal for this campaign.

That’s a tall order, we realize, but we know our supporters can help us reach this goal. (Click here to donate)

Thank you for making LifeSiteNews what it is today!

John Jalsevac
Assistant Editor
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