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2013 U.S. March for Life - schedule of events: Updated Jan 21

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THURSDAY JANUARY 24, 2013

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Prayer vigil at Planned Parenthood
1108 16th St NW
Fr. Frank Pavone, Bryan Kemper, Lila Rose, Fr. Terry Gensemer, Kristan Hawkins

12:00 pm- 9:00 pm
Pro-Life Exhibits Hall
Hyatt Regency Hotel
[source: Marchforlife.org]

12:00 - 5 p.m.
Americans United for Life Legal Conference
The Future of Roe: Women, Health and Law in the Obama Era
Charmaine Yoest, Bill Kristol, Gerald Bradley and several more
National Press Club (advance registration required)
Call 202-289-1478
529 14th St NW

11:00 am- 2:00 pm
Law of Life Summit
Note: John-Henry Westen of LifeSiteNews will be a speaker at this event.
Hyatt Regency Hotel

2:00 pm- 5:00 pm
Youth Rally
Hyatt Regency Hotel

USCCB National Prayer Vigil for Life
Events at that Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

  • 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm   Confessions Our Lady of Hostyn Chapel - to the left in the Crypt Church (lower level)
  • 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm   National Vigil for Life Mass Great Upper Church, Principal Celebrant & Homilist: Cardinal Sean O’Malley
  • 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm   Confessions - Our Lady of Hostyn Chapel
  • 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm   National Rosary for Life Crypt Church (lower level)
  • 11:00 pm - 12:00 am   Night Prayer (Byzantine Rite) Crypt Church Led by Most Rev. William Skurla, Byzantine Eparchy of Passaic

6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Benefit, premiere screening of the feature length documentary The Blood & The Rose
Guest speakers: Director Tim Watkins, Msgr John Enzler, Fr. Leo Patalinghug, Bishop Franzisco Gonzalez, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington
Ticket purchases required
Historic Warner Theatre in Washington D.C.
513 13th Street 20004

7 p.m.
All Life Is Sacred Rally (interdenominational)
Discovery Ballroom in the Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C ST SW
Keynote Speaker: Ryan Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation, other speakers include Kate Bryan of Live Action, Dr. Seánie Ó Domhnaill of Ireland’s Life Institute, Bernie Smyth of Precious Life in Northern Ireland
Sponsored by Charismatic Episcopal Church for Life and co-sponsored by The Radiance Foundation, Live Action, Silent No More, and Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust

7:00 pm-10:00 pm  
ProLife Rally with Catholic Underground and Matt Maher
St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church, Wheaton, MD


7 pm
Special screening of movie Doonby (rated PG-13)
Hosted by New Evangelization Television and De Sales Media Group
For all Members of Congress, Religious and National Leaders
Landmark E Cinema
555 11th St NW
Meet Peter Mackenzie, writer/director/producer of Doonby, Joe Estevez, Jenn Gotzon,
No Charge but present your business card to enter
RSVP to DoonbyEvents@gmail.com requested by January 21

 

FRIDAY JANUARY 25, 2013

More at the Basilica

  • 12:00 am - 6:30 am   Holy Hours for Life Crypt Church Led by pro-life seminarians from across the country
  • 6:00 am   Adoration (with reflection at 6:20) Dominican House of Studies, Washington, DC
  • 6:30 am   Morning Prayer, Benediction, Reposition Dominican House of Studies, DC
  • 7:30 am   Closing Mass Great Upper Church Principal Celebrant & Homilist: Most Reverend Kevin J. Farrell, Bishop of Dallas

Archdiocese of Washington March for Life Youth Rally-  2 locations
*Advance tickets required*

  1. Verizon Center, 601 F Street NW
    • 7:00 am - doors open
    • 7:30 am - rally begins
    • 8:00 am - confessions
    • 10:00 am Mass
  2. Comcast Center, 2001 Paint Branch Dr., College Park, MD
    • 6:00 am - doors open
    • 7:00 am - Rally begins
    • 7:30 am - Confessions
    • 9:00 am - Mass

9:30 a.m.
Democrats for Life Breakfast reception
info@democratsforlife.org (Administrator)
Meet at Catholic University in the Pryzbyla Center for informal breakfast reception.
9:30 am - Breakfast at Catholic University
10:00 am - Pro-life Democrat Speaker (s) (TBA)
11:00 am - Walk to Metro and to the start of the march
11:30 - 12:00 - Join “For Peace & ALL Life” meetup on the National Mall, in front of the Smithsonian Castle. (Smithsonian Metro Stop)
Suggested donation: $25 per person Students: complimentary

8:00 am- 11:00 am
Pro-Life Exhibits Hall
Hyatt Regency Hotel
[source: Marchforlife.org]

8:30am - 10:30am
National Prayer Service for 40th commemoration of Roe v. Wade (interdenominational)
Constitution Hall, 1776 D St., NW (18th and D St.)
Sermon: Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life
Sponsored by The National Pro-Life Religious Council, The National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill, Faith and Action and Priests for Life and is co-sponsored by Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life; Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute; American Life League; Human Life Review; and Jubilee Campaign Law of Life Project.

9:00 am
Lutherans for Life Divine Service
LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, Rev. Christopher Esget, and Phillip Magnes
Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, VA

12:00 pm - 1:30p.m
* The main March for Life Rally on the National Mall between 7th & 9th Streets

1:30 p.m.
The March begins up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill

2:30 - 5 p.m.
Silent No More Awareness testimonies of abortion experiences and healing
at the steps of the Supreme Court

4:00 0 6:00 p.m.
Advocates for Life Reception (advance registration required)
Featuring Hardley Arkes (Architect of Born Alive Protection Act)
Americans United for Life Offices 
Metropolitan Square 665, 15th St NW
(F Street Entrance), Suite 410
Call 202-289-1478


4 pm
Special screening of movie Doonby (rated PG-13)
Hosted by New Evangelization Television and De Sales Media Group
For all Members of Conggess, Religious and National Leaders
(Marriott) Residence Inn . 333 E Street SW . Washington, DC 20024
No Charge but present your business card to enter
RSVP to DoonbyEvents@gmail.com requested by January 213:00 pm- 6:00 pm

Exhibit Hall
Hyatt Regency Hotel

6:00 pm
Rose Dinner
Hyatt Regency Hotel Ballroom, 6:00 pm-social hour, 7:00 pm-dinner

6:00 pm
Pontifical Sung Mass in the Extraordinary (Traditional Latin) Form
Celebrated by His Excellency Joseph Perry, auxiliary bishop of Chicago
St. Mary Mother of God Catholic Church, 727 Fifth Street, NW. in Chinatown, DC
 

SATURDAY JANUARY 26, 2012

8:00 am
March for Life 5K run
West Potomac Park

8:30 am- 4:00 pm
Cardinal O’Connor Conference
Georgetown University

9:30 am- 9:00 pm
2013 Students for Life of America National Conference
North Bethesda Marriot


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Quebec groups launch court challenge to euthanasia bill

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As announced when the Quebec legislature adopted Bill 52, An Act respecting end-of-life care, the citizen movement Living with Dignity and the Physicians’ Alliance against Euthanasia, representing together over 650 physicians and 17,000 citizens, filed a lawsuit before the Superior Court of Quebec in the District of Montreal on Thursday.

The lawsuit requests that the Court declare invalid all the provisions of the Act that deal with “medical aid in dying”, a term the groups say is a euphemism for euthanasia. This Act not only allows certain patients to demand that a physician provoke their death, but also grants physicians the right to cause the death of these patients by the administration of a lethal substance.

The two organizations are challenging the constitutionality of those provisions in the Act which are aimed at decriminalizing euthanasia under the euphemism “medical aid in dying”. Euthanasia constitutes a culpable homicide under Canada’s Criminal Code, and the organizations maintain that it is at the core of the exclusive federal legislative power in relation to criminal law and Quebec therefore does not have the power to adopt these provisions.

The organizations also say the impugned provisions unjustifiably infringe the rights to life and to security of patients guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. They further infringe the right to the safeguard of the dignity of the person, which is also protected by the Quebec Charter.

In view of the gravity of the situation and the urgent need to protect all vulnerable persons in Quebec, they are requesting an accelerated management of the case in order to obtain a judgment before the Act is expected to come into force on December 10, 2015.


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Colorado baker appeals gvmt ‘re-education’ order

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A Colorado cake artist who declined to use his creative talents to promote and endorse a same-sex ceremony appealed a May 30 order from the Colorado Civil Rights Commission to the Colorado Court of Appeals Wednesday.

The commission’s order requires cake artist Jack Phillips and his staff at Masterpiece Cakeshop to create cakes for same-sex celebrations, forces him to re-educate his staff that Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Act means that artists must endorse all views, compels him to implement new policies to comply with the commission’s order, and requires him to file quarterly “compliance” reports for two years. The reports must include the number of patrons declined a wedding cake or any other product and state the reason for doing so to ensure he has fully eliminated his religious beliefs from his business.

“Americans should not be forced by the government – or by another citizen – to endorse or promote ideas with which they disagree,” said the cake artist’s lead counsel Nicolle Martin, an attorney allied with Alliance Defending Freedom. “This is not about the people who asked for a cake; it’s about the message the cake communicates. Just as Jack doesn’t create baked works of art for other events with which he disagrees, he doesn’t create cake art for same-sex ceremonies regardless of who walks in the door to place the order.”

“In America, we don’t force artists to create expression that is contrary to their convictions,” added Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco. “A paint artist who identifies as homosexual shouldn’t be intimidated into creating a painting that celebrates one-man, one-woman marriage. A pro-life photographer shouldn’t be forced to work a pro-abortion rally. And Christian cake artists shouldn’t be punished for declining to participate in a same-sex ceremony or promote its message.”

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In July 2012, Charlie Craig and David Mullins asked Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, to make a wedding cake to celebrate their same-sex ceremony. In an exchange lasting about 30 seconds, Phillips politely declined, explaining that he would gladly make them any other type of baked item they wanted but that he could not make a cake promoting a same-sex ceremony because of his faith. Craig and Mullins, now represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, immediately left the shop and later filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division. The case now goes to the Colorado Court of Appeals as Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Craig.

“Jack, and other cake artists like him – such as those seen on TV shows like ‘Ace of Cakes’ and ‘Cake Boss’ – prepare unique creations that are inherently expressive,” Tedesco explained. “Jack invests many hours in the wedding cake creative process, which includes meeting the clients, designing and sketching the cake, and then baking, sculpting, and decorating it. The ACLU calls Jack a mere ‘retail service provider,’ but, in fact, he is an artist who uses his talents and abilities to create expression that the First Amendment fully protects."

Celebrity cake artists have written publicly about their art and the significant expressive work that goes into the artistic design process for wedding cakes.


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Prisoner of conscience Mary Wagner appeals her conviction

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TORONTO -- As promised, Mary Wagner has, through her counsel Dr. Charles Lugosi, filed a formal notice of appeal on numerous points regarding her recent, almost two-year-long court case that ended on June 12.

Justice Fergus O’Donnell of the Ontario Court of Justice rejected every application made by the defence – including for access to abortion center records, public funding, standing for a constitutional challenge and for expert witnesses to be heard – before he found Wagner guilty and sentenced her to five months in jail on a charge of mischief and four months on four counts of failing to comply with probation orders.

He further levied two years of probation, with terms that she stay at least 100 metres away from any abortion site. However, because Wagner had spent a greater time in jail than the sentence, she was freed immediately. She had been arrested at the “Women’s Care Clinic” abortion site on Lawrence Avenue West in Toronto on August 15, 2012 after attempting to speak to abortion-bound women there. She then spent the duration of the trial in prison for refusing to sign bail conditions requiring her to stay away from abortion sites.

Wagner is using the matter as a test case to challenge the current definition of a human being in Canadian law – that is, that a human being is legally recognized as such only after he or she has fully emerged from the birth canal in a breathing state.

Wagner’s notice states the appeal is regarding:

  • Her conviction and sentence on a single count of mischief (interference with property),
  • Her conviction and sentence on four counts of breach of probation,
  • The order denying public funding,
  • The order denying the disclosure of third-party records,
  • The order denying the admission of evidence from experts on the applicant’s constitutional challenge concerning the constitutional validity of Section 223 of the Criminal Code,
  • The order denying the admission of evidence from experts concerning the construction of Section 37 of the Criminal Code,
  • The probation order denying Wagner her constitutional rights to freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of conscience and freedom of religion on all public sidewalks and public areas within 100 metres of places where abortions are committed,
  • And each conviction and sentence and all orders and rulings made by O’Donnell.

In the notice of appeal, Lugosi cites numerous points on which O’Donnell erred:

  • He denied Wagner her constitutional right to make full answer and defence.
  • He denied Wagner her right to rely on Section 37 of the Criminal Code, which permits “everyone” to come to the third-party defence and rescue of any human being (in this case, the preborn) facing imminent assault.
  • He decided the factual basis of Wagner’s constitutional arguments was a waste of the court’s time and that no purpose would have been served by having an evidentiary hearing on her Charter application because, in the current state of Canadian law, it had no possibility of success.
  • He misapplied case law and prejudged the case, “giving rise to a reasonable apprehension of bias and impeding the legal evolution of the law to adapt to new circumstances, knowledge and changed societal values and morals.”
  • He accepted the Crown’s submission that it is beyond the jurisdiction of the courts to question the jurisdiction of Parliament legally to define “human being” in any manner Parliament sees fit.
  • He ruled Section 223 of the Criminal Code is not beyond the powers of Section 52 of the Constitution Act, 1982.
  • He ruled Section 223 of the Criminal Code does not violate the Preamble to, as well as Sections 7, 11(d), 15 and 26, of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
  • He denied Wagner standing to raise a constitutional challenge to the validity of Section 223 of the Criminal Code.
  • He ruled that Section 223 of the Criminal Code applied generally throughout the entire Criminal Code and used it to deny unborn human beings the benefit of equal protection as born human beings under Section 37 of the Criminal Code.
  • He denied the production and disclosure of third-party records in the possession of the “Women’s Care Clinic” abortion site, although the records were required to prove Wagner was justified in using reasonable force in the form of oral and written words to try to persuade pregnant mothers from killing their unborn children by abortion.
  • He denied Wagner the defence of Section 37 of the Criminal Code by ruling unborn children did not come within the scope of human beings eligible to be protected by a third party.
  • He ruled Wagner did not come within the scope of Section 37 because she was found to be non-violent (in that she did not use physical force).
  • He ruled the unborn children Wagner was trying to rescue were not under her protection.
  • He denied Wagner the common-law defences of necessity and the rescue of third parties in need of protection.
  • He denied Wagner public funding to make full answer and defence for a constitutional test case of great public importance and national significance.
  • He imposed an unconstitutional sentence upon Wagner by, in effect, imposing an injunction as a condition of probation, contrary to her constitutional rights of free speech, freedom of expression, freedom of conscience and freedom of religion.

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Among the orders Lugosi is seeking are:

  • That an appeal be allowed against conviction on all counts and that a verdict of acquittal be entered on all counts,
  • That Section 223 of the Criminal Code be found unconstitutional  and contrary to Section 52 of the Constitution Act, 1982, as well as the unwritten constitution of Canada,
  • That the sentence be declared unconstitutional and contrary to Section 52 of the Constitution Act, 1982, and the unwritten constitution of Canada or that a new trial be conducted, with Wagner permitted to make full answer and defence, be given standing to make a constitutional attack on Section 223 of the Criminal Code, with the admission of expert witnesses,
  • That the Women’s Care Clinic abortion site be made to produce third-party records pertaining to patients seen on August 15, 2012 (when Wagner entered the site),
  • And that there be public funding for two defence counsels at any retrial and for any appeal related to the case.

No date has yet been established for a decision on the appeal or hearings.

A defence fund for Wagner’s case is still raising money. Details on how to contribute to it can be found here.


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