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Hidden camera: Doctor in hospital with Catholic ties urges Down syndrome test, abortion

Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
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BARCELONA, November 1, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Footage from a hidden video camera leaked to LifeSiteNews.com shows a doctor at a historically Catholic Barcelona hospital recommending a Down syndrome test to a pregnant woman so that she can abort the child if the result is positive.

The video was taken at the Santa Creu i Sant Pau Hospital, which is partially administered by the Archdiocese of Barcelona, in September, and shows a meeting between hospital staff and a pregnant woman who is accompanied by her brother and a friend. During the meeting the woman is informed that a test has indicated that she has a high risk of carrying a Down syndrome baby.

The doctor overseeing the case recommends that she be given a placental biopsy to verify the presence of Down syndrome, so that she can obtain a legal “interruption of pregnancy” should the baby turn out to have the disability.

Although he notes that the test itself will cause miscarriage in 1-2 percent of cases, the doctor encourages the woman to have the test done quickly, warning that “if we pass 21 or 22 weeks the law places many obstacles in the way of interrupting the pregnancy, unless there is a very grave abnormality.”

“If, for example, it has Down syndrome and we pass 22 weeks of pregnancy, we can have problems for, if you don’t want to continue the pregnancy, for doing a legal interruption of pregnancy,” the doctor adds.

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When the woman expresses doubt about doing the test, the doctor turns to her brother, asking: “You, if you were to have a child with Down syndrome, would you want to continue with the pregnancy?” in an apparent attempt to enlist him in favor of the test.

“Yes,” the brother answers, and the woman agrees.

After verifying that the woman doesn’t want to kill her unborn child, even if the baby has Down syndrome, the doctor states that “it doesn’t make much sense to do the test, because the test isn’t useful for anything except for deciding if you’re going to continue the pregnancy or not, if some abnormality is shown.”

The video also provides verification of what Barcelona priest Fr. Custodio Ballester, the St. Andrew’s Cross Association, and other pro-life activists have long alleged: that abortions continue to be done at the hospital.

When the woman asks if she could “get rid of the baby” at the Sant Pau Hospital itself, the doctor acknowledges that abortions are performed there in “extremely serious” cases, but “the law does permit you to do it, depending on what problems you have. If you can’t do it here, then at another location.”

The doctor’s statements are consonant with continuing reports that the Sant Pau Hospital is performing eugenic abortions on infants who suffer a malformation in the womb.

After the Spanish media revealed public records indicating that abortions were taking place in the Sant Pau Hospital and other Barcelona-area hospitals affiliated with the Catholic Church, the Archdiocese of Barcelona stonewalled inquiries for months, then claimed through an anonymous spokesman that no such abortions had taken place. The Archdiocese then claimed that an order had been given not to perform abortions, although the hospital itself has admitted that it is continuing to do them in some cases.

The video was taken by members of the Immaculate Conception of Hospitalet parish, whose pastor is Fr. Custodio Ballester, a leading critic of the archdiocese’s collaboration with abortionist hospitals in Barcelona.

Fr. Custodio Ballester denounces the “collaborationism” of the Archdiocese of Barcelona

Fr. Ballester told LifeSiteNews.com that “the pertinacity with which abortions are practiced - above all eugenic ones - is evident,” and denounced the claim that the presence of priests from the archdiocese on the board of the hospital was curbing such abuses as a “delusion.”

“Participating in the government of a hospital and making one’s self an accomplice of a certain number of abortions with the hope that in this way—with our presence—they won’t carry out a greater number, is collaborationism pure and simple,” he wrote in an e-mail to LifeSiteNews.

“The scandal of diocesan participation in those hospitals is not repaired with complicit silence nor with a comfortable collaborationism, with some pretty declarations of condemnation once a year, but rather with resistance: with public, valiant, and risky testimony of those who believe that the life of man is sacred,” Ballester stated.

The priest also noted that “In the last conversation I had with the Cardinal, he told me that they had assured him that they were not doing abortions. This was denied by the new manager of the hospital, who said that they do ‘medical abortions.’”

“The archdiocese hasn’t denied the information yet and we [pro-lifers] are very indignant,” he added.

Contact information:

Ldo. Sergi Gordo Rodríguez (Secretario General y Canciller)
Arzobispado de Barcelona
Calle del Obispo 5, Barcelona 08002
Telephone: (011) (34) 93.270.10.10
Fax: (011) (34) 93.270.13.03
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PBS defends decision to air pro-abortion documentary ‘After Tiller’

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Under pressure for showing the pro-abortion documentary "After Tiller" on Labor Day, PBS' "POV" affiliate has defended the decision in response to an inquiry from LifeSiteNews.

The producers of the film say their goal with the documentary, which tells the stories of four late-term abortion doctors after the killing of infamous late-term abortionist George Tiller, is to "change public perception of third-trimester abortion providers by building a movement dedicated to supporting their right to work with a special focus on maintaining their safety.” 

POV told LifeSiteNews, "We do believe that 'After Tiller' adds another dimension to an issue that is being debated widely." Asked if POV will show a pro-life documentary, the organization said that it "does not have any other films currently scheduled on this issue. POV received almost 1000 film submissions each year through our annual call for entries and we welcome the opportunity to consider films with a range of points of view."

When asked whether POV was concerned about alienating its viewership -- since PBS received more than $400 million in federal tax dollars in 2012 and half of Americans identify as pro-life -- POV said, "The filmmakers would like the film to add to the discussion around these issues. Abortion is already a legal procedure."

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"This is an issue that people feel passionately about and will have a passionate response to. We are hopeful that the majority of people can see it for what it is, another lens on a very difficult issue." 

In addition to the documentary, POV has written materials for community leaders and teachers to share. A cursory examination of the 29-page document, which is available publicly, appears to include links to outside sources that defend Roe v. Wade, an examination of the constitutional right to privacy, and "a good explanation of the link between abortion law and the right to privacy," among other information.

Likewise, seven clips recommended for student viewing -- grades 11 and beyond -- include scenes where couples choose abortion because the children are disabled. Another shows pro-life advocates outside a doctor's child's school, and a third is described as showing "why [one of the film's doctors] chose to offer abortion services and includes descriptions of what can happen when abortion is illegal or unavailable, including stories of women who injured themselves when they tried to terminate their own pregnancies and children who were abused because they were unwanted."

Another clip "includes footage of protesters, as well as news coverage of a hearing in the Nebraska State Legislature in which abortion opponents make reference to the idea that a fetus feels pain." The clip's description fails to note that it is a scientifically proven fact that unborn children can feel pain.

The documentary is set to air on PBS at 10 p.m. Eastern on Labor Day.

Kirsten Andersen contributed to this article.

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He defended ‘real’ marriage, and then was beheaded for it

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A Christian man was executed during the night by a high-profile ruler after making an uncompromising defense of real marriage.

The Christian, who was renowned for his holiness, had told the ruler in public that his relationship with his partner was “against the law” of God. The Christian’s words enraged the ruler’s partner who successfully plotted to have him permanently silenced.

John the Baptist was first imprisoned before he was beheaded. The Catholic Church honors him today, August 29, as a martyr and saint.

While John’s death happened a little less than 2,000 years ago, his heroic stance for real marriage is more pertinent today than ever before.

According to the Gospel of Mark, the ruler Herod had ‘married’ his brother’s wife Herodias. When John told Herod with complete frankness, “It is against the law for you to have your brother’s wife,” Herodias became “furious” with him to the point of wanting him killed for his intolerance, bullying, and hate-speech.

Herodias found her opportunity to silence John by having her daughter please Herod during a dance at a party. Herod offered the girl anything she wanted. The daughter turned to her mother for advice, and Herodias said to ask for John’s head on a platter.

Those who fight for real marriage today can learn three important lessons from John’s example.

  1. Those proudly living in ungodly and unnatural relationships — often referred to in today’s sociopolitical sphere as ‘marriage’ — will despise those who tell them what they are doing is wrong. Real marriage defenders must expect opposition to their message from the highest levels.
  2. Despite facing opposition, John was not afraid to defend God’s plan for marriage in the public square, even holding a secular ruler accountable to this plan. John, following the third book of the Hebrew Bible (Leviticus 20:21), held that a man marrying the wife of his brother was an act of “impurity” and therefore abhorrent to God. Real marriage defenders must boldly proclaim today that God is the author of marriage, an institution he created to be a life-long union between one man and one woman from which children arise and in which they are best nurtured. Marriage can be nothing more, nothing less.
  3. John did not compromise on the truth of marriage as revealed by God, even to the point of suffering imprisonment and death for his unpopular position. Real marriage defenders must never compromise on the truth of marriage, even if the government, corporate North America, and the entire secular education system says otherwise. They must learn to recognize the new “Herodias” of today who despises those raising a voice against her lifestyle. They must stand their ground no matter what may come, no matter what the cost.

John the Baptist was not intolerant or a bigot, he simply lived the word of God without compromise, speaking the word of truth when it was needed, knowing that God’s way is always the best way. Were John alive today, he would be at the forefront of the grassroots movement opposing the social and political agenda to remake marriage in the image of man.

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If he were alive today he might speak simple but eloquent words such as, “It is against God’s law for two men or two women to be together as a husband and wife in marriage. Marriage can only be between a man and a woman.” 

He would most likely be hated. He would be ridiculed. He would surely have the human rights tribunals throwing the book at him. But he would be speaking the truth and have God as his ally. 

The time may not be far off when those who defend real marriage, like John, will be presented with the choice of following Caesar or making the ultimate sacrifice. May God grant his faithful the grace to persevere in whatever might come. St. John the Baptist, pray for us!

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German homeschoolers regain custody of children, vow to stay and fight for freedom

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One year to the day since a team of 20 social workers, police officers, and special agents stormed a homeschooling family’s residence near Darmstadt, Germany, and forcibly removed all four of the family’s children, aged 7 to 14, a state appeals court has returned custody of the children to their parents.

The reason given for the removal was that parents Dirk and Petra Wunderlich continued to homeschool their children in defiance of a German ban on home education.

The children were returned three weeks after being taken, following an international outcry spearheaded by the Home School Legal Defense Association.

However, a lower court imposed the condition on the parents that their children were required to attend state schools in order for them to be released, and took legal custody of the children in order to prevent the family from leaving the country.

In a decision that was still highly critical of the parents and of homeschooling, the appeals court decided that the action of the lower court in putting the children in the custody of the state was “disproportional” and ordered complete custody returned to the parents, according to a statement by the HSLDA.

The Wunderlichs, who began homeschooling again when the court signaled it would rule this way, said they were very pleased with the result, but noted that the court’s harsh words about homeschooling indicated that their battle was far from over.

“We have won custody and we are glad about that,” Dirk said.

“The court said that taking our children away was not proportionate—only because the authorities should apply very high fines and criminal prosecution instead. But this decision upholds the absurd idea that homeschooling is child endangerment and an abuse of parental authority.”

The Wunderlichs are now free to emigrate to another country where homeschooling is legal, if they choose, but they said they intend to remain in Germany and work for educational freedom.

“While we no longer fear that our children will be taken away as long as we are living in Hessen, it can still happen to other people in Germany,” Dirk said. “Now we fear crushing fines up to $75,000 and jail. This should not be tolerated in a civilized country.”

Petra Wunderlich said, "We could not do this without the help of HSLDA,” but cautioned that, “No family can fight the powerful German state—it is too much, too expensive."

"If it were not for HSLDA and their support, I am afraid our children would still be in state custody. We are so grateful and thank all homeschoolers who have helped us by helping HSLDA.”

HSLDA’s Director for Global Outreach, Michael Donnelly, said he welcomed the ruling but was concerned about the court’s troubling language.

“We welcome this ruling that overturns what was an outrageous abuse of judicial power,” he said.

“The lower court decision to take away legal custody of the children essentially imprisoned the Wunderlich family in Germany. But this decision does not go far enough. The court has only grudgingly given back custody and has further signaled to local authorities that they should still go after the Wunderlichs with criminal charges or fines.”

Donnelly pointed out that such behavior in a democratic country is problematic.

“Imprisonment and fines for homeschooling are outside the bounds of what free societies that respect fundamental human rights should tolerate,” he explained.

“Freedom and fundamental human rights norms demand respect for parental decision making in education. Germany’s state and national policies that permit banning home education must be changed.

"Such policies from a leading European democracy not only threaten the rights of tens of thousands of German families but establish a dangerous example that other countries may be tempted to follow,” Donnelly warned.

HSLDA Chairman Michael Farris said that acting on behalf of the Wunderlichs was an important stand for freedom.

“The Wunderlichs are a good and decent family whose basic human rights were violated and are still threatened,” Farris said.

“Their fight is our fight," Farris stressed, "and we will continue to support those who stand against German policy banning homeschooling that violates international legal norms. Free people cannot tolerate such oppression and we will do whatever we can to fight for families like the Wunderlichs both here in the United States and abroad. We must stand up to this kind of persecution where it occurs or we risk seeing own freedom weakened.”

Visit the HSLDA website dedicated to helping the Wunderlich family and other German homeschoolers here.

Contact the German embassy in the U.S. here.

Contact the German embassy in Canada here.

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