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Canada’s Girl Scouts opens doors to ‘transgender’ members with radical new guidelines

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OTTAWA, October 14, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- Canada’s Girl Guide organization has produced guidelines for male-to-female transgender members that leaves it up to the troubled youths themselves to decide which washrooms they will use and whom they will sleep with on group excursions.

“It’s the path of progress to destruction,” Gwen Landolt, the executive vice president of REAL Women of Canada, told LifesiteNews. A former Girl Guide, Landolt said, “We took an oath back then to support God, family and country. Now it is a case of anything goes.”

The “Guidelines for Inclusion of Transgender Members” released on October 5, closely resemble the draft transgender guidelines prepared for the Ottawa Carleton Public School District and published by LifeSiteNews in August.

Both allow the youth in question, traditionally categorized as “gender dysphoric” by the psychoanalytic professions, to determine their gender for themselves. And both allow the “trans” youth to determine whose washroom they will use and whether they sleep in the hotel room or tent with boys or girls on excursions.

This markedly contrasts with the more cautious approach of the U.S. Girl Scouts, which call for local officials to work out the best sleeping arrangements suitable for all members involved.

Declares the Canadian document: “It is not the role of a Guider to judge who is and who is not a boy or girl. Hair length, interest in sports, interest in makeup or jewellery, or indeed any interest (or lack thereof) does not identify who is and who is not a male or female.

“It is not appropriate to ask a member if they are transitioning. It would be appropriate to listen and believe a person who says they are transitioning. The only way to know if a member is transgender is if the member tells you they are.”

On the vexed subject of washrooms, it states, “Any child in your unit, including those who are trans, may use the washroom that best corresponds to their gender identity.” The document goes on to advise the leadership to provide a private room to “transgender” members if requested.

Similarly, in a passage specifically addressing sleepovers and campouts, the guideline provides for “transgender” youth to have their own room if they want, but otherwise, “if the trans girl in your unit is comfortable using a gender-segregated change room [segregated from boys], they may have access to the girl’s change room… As a member of your unit, the girl will participate in the same activities as all other members of your unit. This includes sleeping in the same area as the other members of your unit.”

“It’s the old problem,” said Landolt. “Anyone can say they are female. It will make overnight camping very interesting.”

But Landolt thinks the violations of modesty are the tip of the iceberg. The real issue is the propagation of the radical, unscientific notions of gender-fluidity. “If they’ve done this boost their numbers,” said Landolt, “it won’t work. What parents in their right mind want their children indoctrinated into this nonsense?”

Mary Ellen Douglas, national organizer for the Campaign Life Coalition, agreed.”The problem here is the flooding of society with diversity,” but a diversity, she noted, that “totally blends the sexes to the point of being absurd. They are sowing confusion and maybe they want to sow confusion.”

Douglas offered by way of contrast the clarity of Jesus’s words in Matthew 19:4, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning male and female he created them?”

Another contrast is offered by the pragmatic, albeit still controversial, approach taken by the Girl Scouts of the USA, which announced it would accommodate itself to “transgender” youth earlier this year.  

In discussing sleeping and bathing issues Girl Scouts USA stated, “These situations are rare and are considered individually with the best interests of all families in mind. Should any girl requiring special accommodations wish to camp, GSUSA recommends that the local council makes similar accommodation that schools across the country follow in regard to changing, sleeping arrangements, and other travel-related activities.”

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Playboy’s surprise announcement: dropping nudity from magazine pages

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BEVERLY HILLS, California, October 15, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – One  of the icons of the sexual revolution, Playboy Magazine, has knocked down so many barriers to prurience it can no longer compete. Rather than continue to lose $3 million a year as voyeurs desert its pages in favor of the Internet, the magazine has decided to stop displaying naked women, for 62 years its apparent raison d’etre.

“It is certainly ironic,” the executive director of the Pennsylvania-based Theology of the Body Institute, Damon Owens, told LifeSiteNews. “Playboy becomes victim to its own mistaken understanding of human sexuality.”

Playboy’s CEO Scott Flanders admitted that by championing sexual freedom the magazine had ultimately paved the path to such widespread free access of such obscene sexual images on the Internet that the magazine could not complete and at the same retain its high end advertisers.

Regular circulation has fallen from a peak of 5.6 million in 1975 to 800,000 today. “You're now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. It's just passé at this juncture,” Flanders told the New York Times. The private company owning Playboy still makes money from the brand and its bunny-head silhouette, so keeping the magazine itself going makes financial sense, even at a loss.

“Hefner’s mistake was in believing and advocating that unbridled lust helps a person flourish,” said Owens, whose institute schools Catholics in Pope St. John Paul II’s teachings on sexuality and marriage.  Lust, he added, was a corruption of sexuality from its rightful role, to bring a man and a woman together in marriage.

“Lust is about a person bringing pleasure to himself or herself. You cannot have lust and love together,” said Owens.

“Eroticism rightly understood is the movement of the heart into the mystery of another person,” said Owens. But there is nothing mysterious, he added, about the full nudity delivered up by the pornography industry, which has reached  “pandemic proportions and is an attack on marriage, the family and the culture.”

Lisa L. Thompson, vice president of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, says porn does this by attacking the very structure of the brains of porn users. “Research shows that online pornography leads to a shift in neurological and psychological development of viewers,” she said in a news release about Playboy’s return to clothing, “shrinking key areas of the brain, developing lifelong addictions, and normalizing sexual violence in the mind of porn users.”

“Soft core porn no longer has a market,” she said, “because many of today’s porn consumers experience an escalating drive to seek out more extreme and fetishized images and acts, including child pornography, online.” But this process, known as desensitization, according to plentiful research into sexual and other addictions, gradually renders habitual users incapable of sexual arousal by their marital partners.

Owens said that “Hefner promised us” that using pornography to knock down Christian sexual restrictions would improve relations between men and women, but the evidence is to the contrary. Pornography has made relations worse.

Don Warden, the executive director of Elizabeth Ministry International, a Wisconsin-based organization devoted to restoring Christian marriage through Catholic teaching, said the most serious impact of pornography on marriage—and all relationships—is isolation. “He made us male and female so that we could be connected by love as He is connected by love to us. Pornography goes right for that connectedness,” Warden told LifeSiteNews.

“Most men who bring themselves into recovery have never talked about pornography with another person,” said Warden. Meanwhile, “His spouse is left wondering why she finds herself all alone in the marriage. The children feel abandoned.”

Elizabeth Ministry not only speaks to church groups about sexual addiction but offers an anonymous website for those concerned with their own pornography use called Reclaim Sexual Health.

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Cardinal Dolan confirms he signed leaked letter to Pope Francis: provides more details

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October 14, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan has confirmed he was among the group of 13 cardinals to sign a letter to Pope Francis expressing concern over the direction of the Ordinary Synod on the Family.

In an interview with Mary Shovlain, host of ‘The Vatican Report,’ on Sirius XM, Dolan explained that the letter was actually drafted before the Synod began, and not in response to anything that has occurred during the current meeting.

The cardinal also said he didn’t think of the letter as controversial until it surfaced earlier this week. “I’d forgotten about it, and I didn’t think it was controversial at all,” he said.

The confidential letter, reportedly delivered to the pope October 5, was leaked by veteran Vatican journalist Sandro Magister and subsequently the subject of controversy. Four cardinals on the list of signatories released by Magister denied signing the letter, and a revised list of signers was later published by various media outlets, although that list is also in dispute.

Cardinal Dolan said he agreed to sign on to the letter at the suggestion of Australian Cardinal George Pell amid conversations among various Synod fathers over their concerns.

The New York prelate recounted Cardinal Pell’s words about approaching the pope.

“George said, ‘Why don’t we get together, we love the Holy Father, we trust him,’” Cardinal Dolan said. “He’s urged us to be as honest with him as possible. Why don’t we write him that we’re worried?”

Cardinal Dolan explained in the interview exactly what was troubling the cardinals that led them to sign the letter.

“We’re worried first of all, if the Instrumentum Laboris, which has a lot of good things, but we’re kind of worried if that’s the only document that we’re going to be talking about at the Synod,” he said.

“Number two, we’re a little worried about the process,” Cardinal Dolan continued. “There seems to be some confusion. And thirdly, we’re a little worried about if we could have a say in the people who are going to be on the final drafting committee.”

Dolan said that after discussing the situation Cardinal Pell then asked the other cardinals if this summed up their concerns, to which Cardinal Dolan said he responded, “Sounds good to me, if you have got a letter to the pope, count me in, and sure enough, I signed it.”

The letter wasn’t in English as had been reported, but rather Italian.

The pope addressed the concerns presented in the letter at the Synod the day after the letter had been presented, according to Cardinal Dolan.

“He didn’t refer to the letter,” the cardinal said, “but he said, ‘Hey everybody, I’ve heard from some of you that you’ve got some concerns.’ And then he listed the exact concerns I just mentioned to you.”

“And then he said, let me try to respond to that,” Cardinal Dolan continued. “And I said, ‘Way to go Pope Francis; you told us to be honest, we were, you answered right to the heart. I’m grateful that you paid attention. Let’s get on with the work.’”

This year’s Synod continues through October 25.

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Judge keeps Cincinnati’s last abortion clinic open: rules they can continue violating new law

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CINCINNATI, OH, October 14, 2015 (LifeSiteNews)  — A federal judge has banned health officials from enforcing an Ohio law requiring surgical clinics, including abortion facilities, to have an ambulatory patient-transfer agreement with a local hospital.

The law was passed after an Ohio woman died from a botched abortion because EMTs could not get to her in time, and she could not be gotten to a hospital in time.

U.S. District Court Judge Michael Barrett issued a temporary injunction Tuesday, allowing Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio in Cincinnati and Women’s Med Group in Dayton to continuing providing abortions, even though they are operating illegally.

Neither the Cincinnati nor the Dayton abortion facilities have the potentially life-saving legal requirement, yet they continue to do major surgery on women. The businesses sued the state in September over the law, to avoid compliance or closure. Judge Barrett issued a two-week restraining order September 30, and has now approved the injunction, which stays in effect “until a final hearing on the merits” of the case.

The lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Ohio abortion law goes to trial next year.

Barrett stated that the abortion businesses had a “likelihood of success” in its lawsuit, and suggested that the law may be unconstitutional. Regarding the automatic suspension provision, the George W. Bush appointee wrote that it is “an unconstitutional deprivation of plaintiff’s Fourteenth Amendment right to due process.”  

Barrett concluded that the abortionists “will suffer irreparable harm if an injunction is not issued,” reasoning that keeping abortionists in business is for the good of society.  “The public interest in preserving the status quo and in ensuring access to the constitutionally protected health care services while this case proceeds is strong.”

On the one hand, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office said that the state’s laws protect patient safety. On the other hand, Planned Parenthood’s attorney Jennifer Branch argued that “patients will also suffer immediate and irreparable harm” if abortion businesses close.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio is claiming victory. Executive Director Kellie Copeland says the courts have “put a stop to efforts to close more abortion clinics.”

Jerry Lawson, CEO of Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio, said “This sends an important message to Ohio politicians that their unconstitutional attempts to restrict access to abortion will not stand.”

Greater Cincinnati Right to Life disagrees. Executive Director Paula Westwood told LifeSiteNews, “Judge Barrett has not ruled that these laws are unconstitutional.”  

In an email announcement about the injunction, Westwood responded to Judge Barrett’s ruling, saying, “For too long the ‘status quo’ in Ohio has been to permit abortion facilities to skirt the law and operate without a transfer agreement or variance to ensure women’s health and safety, and in some cases without a license.”  

Westwood concluded, “It is a scandal that abortionists are constantly exempted from laws no other ambulatory surgical facilities break.”

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Dismemberment abortion ban blocked by Oklahoma judge

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 OKLAHOMA CITY, October 15, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Oklahoma's law banning second-trimester dismemberment abortions is unconstitutional, a judge has ruled.

However, the judge allowed another pro-life law, instituting a 72-hour waiting period before a woman can abort her child, to stand.

Both laws were set to take effect on November 1, but Oklahoma County District Court Judge Patricia Parrish's injunction blocked the dismemberment law.

The New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), which supports abortion-on-demand, had challenged both measures on behalf of an Oklahoma abortion clinic.

"The courts have once again bowed to activist agendas [instead of] protection of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for Oklahomans,” State Representative George Faught told LifeSiteNews.

"Oklahomans by a large majority believe in protecting the life of the unborn," said Faught, who described dismemberment as "cruel and heinous." He said that "it is time to hold these activist judges accountable for their courtroom decisions that run opposite of traditional family values and protection of the unborn."

The dismemberment law "would have prohibited the most common method of performing a second-trimester abortion," CRR attorney Autumn Katz told ABC News.

The dismemberment law is the second state-level law of its kind to be stopped by courts. Kansas' law was halted after a challenge by the abortion industry.

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Rep. Faught's son, Jamison, is a prominent blogger in the state. He also criticized Judge Parrish, saying that "the big surprise here is that Judge Parrish didn't block the 72-hour waiting period law."

"Oklahoma, for some reason, is plagued with an anti-life judiciary,” he said. “It's time Oklahoma passed judicial reforms along the lines of those proposed by pro-life legislators led by Rep. Kevin Calvey."

Calvey and Faught called for the impeachment of seven justices this summer over a decision to ban the 10 Commandments from the state Capitol.

Calvey also pointed to numerous anti-life rulings by state-level judges, including those at the state Supreme Court, as reason for both impeachment of the justices and reform for the system at large.

The office of Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

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Kermit Gosnell movie filming nears end, with release set for 2016

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October 15, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – The true crime film about late-term abortionist and mass murderer Kermit Gosnell will complete filming this week, its producers say. Filmmaker Phelim McAleer and his wife Ann McElhinney are finishing the filming their movie and plan to release the movie next year.

McElhinney told Breitbart.com that the film is going to be released in 2016, probably in the spring or fall.

Although the film is being made on a budget of only $2.3 million, it stars 90s "Superman" lead Dean Cain and has a number of other celebrities involved or granting endorsements.

It has also received enormous grassroots support, with 28,000 donors providing most of the film's budget through crowd-funding website IndieGoGo.

“It is a true story," McElhinney explained. “This really happened in America. [Gosnell] killed thousands of children, and people do not know.”

They hope by framing the film as a true crime biopic instead of a documentary, they will reach more people.

Gosnell was convicted in 2013 of first-degree murder for killing three infants who were born alive. The murders were committed by Gosnell cutting the babies' spinal columns – and they are just three of what his co-workers testified were hundreds of murders that took place in the West Philadelphia's infamous "House of Horrors."

Gosnell received multiple life sentences for his crimes, with no possibility of parole.

McElhinney told Breitbart.com that after interviewing Gosnell, she was forced to throw away her cell phone, because the former abortionist called her repeatedly for weeks.

While the film itself has cut out key details and characters due to the limits of producing a feature film, the conservative documentarians say they have a book contract with Regnery to more fully spell out what happened before, during, and after the Gosnell trial.

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“There are public policy implications” to the film, McElhinney said. “His clinic was not inspected for 17 years despite the fact that two people died there. Multiple government agencies failed.”

“This was a serious breach of every kind of governmental standard, and we still don’t’ have an answer why that happened,” she said.

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EXCLUSIVE: Cardinal Burke: controversial Synod proposal ‘simply contrary’ to Catholicism

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Oct. 15, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - On Thursday morning, LifeSiteNews had an opportunity to sit down with Cardinal Raymond Burke in Rome, after a press conference he attended hosted by Voice of the Family. LifeSiteNews spoke with the Cardinal about the ongoing Synod on the Family, and in particular a controversial proposal, promoted by a participant in a recent Vatican press conference, to allow local bishops make decisions on how to deal with issues like homosexuality and divorce.  

Cardinal Burke also critiqued the so-called "Kasper Proposal," saying that it is based upon the false idea "that somehow doctrine and pastoral practice are in conflict with one another." 

The following is a transcript of this interview:

LSN: What do you make of the idea of “regional diversity” in the Church? Should local bishops have the authority on a pastoral level to deal with questions pertaining to the “social acceptance of homosexuality” and with “divorced and remarried persons?”

Burke: This is simply contrary to Catholic Faith and life. The Church follows the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ as it has first of all been taught to us by God in the creation — what we call the natural law, what every human heart understands because it has been created by God — but it’s also then been explained and illuminated by the teaching of Christ and in the tradition of the Church. 

And this Church is one all over the world. There is no change in these truths, from one place to another or from one time to another. Certainly the teaching of these truths takes into account the particular needs in each area. But it doesn’t change the teaching. The teaching sometimes has to be even stronger in places where it is more compromised. 

So, this is unacceptable. I don’t know where this idea comes from. What it actually means is that the Church is no longer Catholic [universal]. It means that it’s no longer one in its teaching throughout the whole world. We have one faith. We have one [collection of] sacraments. We have one governance throughout the whole world. That’s what it means to be ‘Catholic.’ 

I’d also like to comment on this idea of what is “pastoral.”

In much of the discussion which has taken place, beginning with the infamous presentation of Cardinal Walter Kasper in the Extraordinary Consistory on February 20 and 21 of 2014, centered around this idea that somehow doctrine and pastoral practice are in conflict with one another. 

This is absurd. The pastoral practice exists to help us to live the truths of the faith, to live the doctrine of the faith in our daily lives. You can’t have a conflict [between these]. You can’t have the Church teaching, for instance, that marriage is indissoluble and then someone claiming at the same time for ‘pastoral’ reasons that a person who is living in an irregular union is able to receive the sacraments, which would mean that marriage isn’t indissoluble. These are just false distinctions — false contrasts — that we really need to clear up because it’s causing an immense confusion among the faithful and, of course, ultimately can lead people into serious error with great harm to their spiritual life and their eternal salvation. 

LSN: What are the faithful to think and to do when they see Synod Fathers suggesting heterodox positions regarding homosexuality and divorce?  

Burke: We follow our Lord Jesus Christ. He is our Master. And we are all held to be obedient to him and to his word, beginning with the Holy Father and with the Bishops. If a bishop, or a priest, or anyone, should announce something or declare something that is contrary to the truth of Our Lord Jesus Christ, as it’s communicated to us in the teaching of the Church, we follow Christ. 

I say to people who are very anxious, because it seems in this time that there is simply a lot of confusion and statements that are really quite stunning about the faith, that we should remain serene. Because, in the Catholic Church, we have teaching authority, which is expressed, for instance, in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and we simply need to study those things more deeply, adhere to them more ardently, and not be led astray by false teaching, from whatever source it comes. 

LSN: Some suggest that there is very little disagreement in the Synod and that the media is guilty of manufacturing conflict where non exists. Your thoughts? 

Burke: First of all, I have to qualify my observation by saying I’m not part of the Synod. I have no involvement at all within the Synod. I’ve been reading, not only what has been said in the media, but also official reports from the Vatican. And, I’ve had conversations with one or another Synod Father. To the contrary, I understand that there are very strong disagreements within the Synod. Given the discussion which has preceded the Synod — and also, given the Instrumentum Laboris [Synod working document] with the very serious difficulties with that document — I would find it difficult to believe that there wouldn’t be strong disagreement. Otherwise, we’re not going to get to the truth of matters. We’re not going to safeguard and promote the Catholic faith as we need to. 

Just my impression is that indeed there is disagreement.

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‘Longshot’: North Dakota to appeal bill to ban abortion at heartbeat to Supreme Court

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BISMARCK, ND, October 15, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - The state of North Dakota wants the Supreme Court to rule whether states have the right to restrict abortion to beore the moment a baby's heartbeat can be detected.

“It’s a longshot to appeal it," North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem admitted on Wednesday, but since he is required to defend all the state's laws, "I think most people understand that’s what we need to do."

Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed the heartbeat bill into law in March 2013 as part of a package of pro-life measures that included a ban on abortions for genetic conditions like Down syndrome.

The move earned him death threats.

The law restricts abortions to the moment a fetal heartbeat  be detected, usually no later than the sixth week of pregnancy.

However, the heartbeat bill never went into effect.

Under the Supreme Court's Casey v. Planned Parenthood decision, abortion cannot be restricted before the point of viability - which the 1992 case defined at 24 weeks. Gov. Dalrymple said upon signing it that the new law was an "attempt by a state legislature to discover the boundaries of Roe v. Wade."

On July 22, 2013, just days before it was to be enforced, the law was blocked by U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Hovland, who deemed it "clearly unconstitutional." He made the prohibition permanent in 2014.

Two years to the day after the original ruling - July 22, 2015 - a three-judge panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals also ruled against the heartbeat bill.

North Dakota had attempted to argue that "viability" begins much earlier, since it is now possible to transfer an unborn child from its mother's womb to a surrogate.

But the panel ruled that "there is no genuine dispute" that the law violates Casey's definition of viability. "Because we are bound by Supreme Court precedent holding that states may not prohibit pre-viability abortions, we must affirm the district court's grant of summary judgment to the plaintiffs," it concluded.

However, it took pains to note that "the evolution in the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence reflects its increasing recognition of states’ profound interest in protecting unborn children." It also suggested the High Court "reevaluate its jurisprudence" to allow states greater lienway to safeguard innocent life.

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee called their decision against the heartbeat law "immoral and unconstitutitonal."

"No amount of liberal legalistic logic can refute what science has already settled and God has ordained: life begins at conception," he said. "We need to end the disgusting disregard for human life that is the foundation for the infanticide that is beneath the dignity of our nation."

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Huckabee has said, if elected president, his administration will act on the presumption that the unborn child is a human being and an American citizen entitled to protection under the 14th Amendment.

Others warn that, with the present Supreme Court membership, the heartbeat bill would be counterproductive for the pro-life cause. "Conceptually I'm for the concepts behind the heartbeat bill,” Keith Faber, the president of the Ohio State Senate, said when his own state considered such a bill. “But I just don't think it's the right political or legal strategy.”

“I think there is danger of unsettling or frankly harming babies with the bill because of the consequences of that being overturned," he said.

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Mom releases moving photos of her son, Roman, miscarried at 15 weeks

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October 15, 2015 (LiveActionNews) -- When Mandy Stewart prepared to obtain her 20-week ultrasound, she initially planned to go alone. Her husband, Brandon, had work that day. However, Stewart had a feeling she should have someone with her, so she asked her mother to come along. It was an instinct she would be glad she followed, because the appointment would not go as planned.

“Right away you could tell he was upside down. You could see his spine and he wasn’t moving, and I knew he was supposed to be moving,” Stewart said. She had previously worked in the office she was visiting as a medical assistant.

“I wasn’t seeing the heartbeat flutter on the screen,” Stewart recalled. “I noticed [the technician’s] face go really solemn. It was a complete shock and I started bawling. It didn’t take me long to figure out what happened.”

The technician told Stewart’s mother that the baby should have been measuring 18 weeks and 6 days gestation, but he only measured 15 weeks. The baby, whom they named Roman, had died three weeks earlier, just one week after they had learned he was a boy.

Stewart had shown no signs, and had no bleeding or cramping. She had no idea anything was wrong, especially since the placenta was on top and was limiting her ability to feel Roman moving.

The doctor told Stewart she would need to be induced and deliver her baby.

“And I knew what the process was. I knew what delivery meant,” Stewart said. “I understand that things happen, but the giving birth thing was emotionally hard for me to accept. That was September eighth. On the 10th is when they induced.”

Roman was born on September 11, 2015. The couple hired a photographer to take pictures of Roman and the family. The photographer was able to capture Roman doing his hand and foot prints, along with photos of him being wrapped up. Stewart and her husband spent the day with Roman before saying goodbye. They then shared the news on Facebook:

Family and friends, heaven gained an angel this morning at 7:23 a.m. It is with heavy hearts we tell you that our teeny baby boy (who was to be born February 3, 2016) was born sleeping. Roman Stewart weight 4 ounces and was 7.5 inches long. We are grateful to be his parents and will cherish him in our memories forever. We rest a little easier knowing he is with the Heavenly Father, and being spoiled by all of our friends and family who had gone before him.

The couple had Roman cremated and they keep his ashes in both a tiny urn, and a necklace which Stewart ordered through the funeral home.

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“The first weekend we were home was pretty rough,” Stewart said. “I had several mini meltdowns. We both grew up Baptist Christians and we have a really strong faith in God, and that has given us peace, strength, and comfort, knowing that we’ll see him again. We have a huge support group in friends and family and neighbors and our church group. That has helped out tremendously.”

Stewart decided to share the photos and story of Roman after her husband saw similar stories online and shared them with her. Their hope is that Roman can help people choose life for their children, and that people can see through Roman the humanity of the preborn.

“We are very pro-life,” Steward said. “If hearing our story helps people to share theirs, we should let them know. It is nice to be able to give our story, even if it were to help just one person—to even help people realize that a baby measuring 15 weeks looks like a person. He had a nose and you could tell he had eyebrows. It is amazing.”

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Jindal fires back with new approach to defunding Planned Parenthood after judge blocked 1st attempt

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BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA, October 15, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's administration has filed new paperwork citing a 2013 fraud case to argue in favor of defunding Planned Parenthood. The administration is taking the new approach after a judge blocked Jindal's first attempt to pull Medicaid funding from the abortion giant in September.

In a letter of notice to Planned Parenthood, Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) Secretary Kathy Kliebert also cites "contradictions" in Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast's (PPGC) responses to the undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress as reasons for the defunding effort. 

"DHH believes that PPGC misrepresented its actions therein and had contradictions within the body of the letter and with the statements and admissions made in the CMP videos," said Kliebert.

The letter to Planned Parenthood comes two years after state officials told state pro-life leaders and the press that the fraud case likely wouldn't be enough to pull the abortion giant's state funding.

In 2013, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast and the state of Texas settled a $1.4 million fraud lawsuit from whistleblower Karen Reynolds. Because PPGC also has clinics in Louisiana, the state's pro-life leaders urged Jindal to yank PPGC's funding.

“Based on this serious abuse of taxpayer funds, we encourage the Jindal administration to immediately suspend Louisiana's contract with Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast pending a thorough investigation as urged by the legislature,” said Benjamin Clapper, the executive director of Louisiana Right to Life, and Dorinda C. Bordlee, vice president of the Bioethics Defense Fund, in a joint statement at the time.

While Planned Parenthood doesn't have any abortion clinics in the state, its locations did receive nearly $700,000 in Medicaid reimbursements in 2014.

However, NOLA.com reports that court documents in 2013 show Jindal administration officials telling the pro-life groups that the state had found no wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood. 

"We take the allegations against Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast very seriously, especially given the settlement agreement between Planned Parenthood and the Texas Attorney General's Office," wrote Jindal spokeswoman Olivia Watkins in 2013. "At this point in time, we do not have credible evidence of Medicaid fraud by Planned Parenthood in Louisiana that would permit the Department from withholding or ceasing payment for Medicaid services. If we discover evidence of Medicaid fraud, we would take swift action."

But times have changed since then, with the release of a series of undercover videos implicating Planned Parenthood in illegal trafficking of human tissue and a variety of other offenses. Jindal responded to the release of those videos by immediately taking steps to defund Planned Parenthood.

In a dramatic gesture in August, Gov. Jindal screened the Center for Medical Progress undercover videos on a large screen outside the governor's mansion at the same time as Planned Parenthood supporters had scheduled a protest.

Kliebert's letter of notice to Planned Parenthood notes that the law allows the DHH to pull Medicaid funding in cases of "misrepresentation." In the wake of the release of the CMP videos, wrote Kliebert, "DHH believes PPGC’s responses to inquiries, when compared to clear representations in various videos, rises to the level of misrepresentation." 

Jindal's initial attempt to defund Planned Parenthood was thwarted when Judge John deGravelles rejected the administration's argument that it could pull funding without cause in a hearing on Sept 2.

DeGravelles’ argument mirrors that of the Obama administration, which has threatened to sue states that defund Planned Parenthood, arguing that state-level defunding is illegal.

However, Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Casey Mattox told members of Congress that "in the last two decades or so, about 9,000 providers [were] excluded from Medicaid. In most of those cases, they're completely uncontroversial…When it's Planned Parenthood, however, you have the Centers for Medicaid Services reinterpret the Medicaid statute to deny states the opportunity to exclude those providers."

"That is a privilege that other providers don't get to have," said Mattox.

A spokesperson from Jindal's office did not respond to multiple requests for comment as to why the administration was changing its position on the fraud case's relevance to a defunding effort.

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Mother Theresa’s nuns end adoptions after Indian govt forces adoption to single, divorced parents

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INDIA, October 13, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity say they can no longer facilitate adoptions in India, because the government now requires adoption agencies to place children in broken homes or with single people.

India's adoption laws have recently been liberalized to require agencies to adopt children to single, divorced or separated people. The new government rules also include closer monitoring of adoption agencies and their adherence to the new rules. The Missionaries previously had the freedom to accept or reject prospective parents as they discerned best for the child.

Sister Amala of North Delhi explained that the new rules go against what the Missionaries believe is best for the child. "The new guidelines hurt our conscience," she explained. "They are certainly not for religious people like us ... What if the single parent who we give our baby [to] turns out to be gay or lesbian? What security or moral upbringing will these children get? Our rules only allow married couples to adopt."

Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, the head of the Holy See Press Office, explained that the Missionaries “strongly believe that a child up for adoption must have both a father and a mother and are against adoption by homosexuals, lesbians or single parents."

Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Maneka Gandhi said that the sisters were not submitting to the new rules, forcing the government to derecognize them. Gandhi told a conference on women and children that the Missionaries of Charity did not want to "come under a uniform secular agenda."  

“We are trying to persuade them ... but if they do not follow the central guidelines, we will be left with no option but to de-recognize the orphanages run by them and shift the children to other places,” Gandhi said.

Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) Secretary Veerendra Mishra told Hindustan Times that though the sisters do not want to adopt out children to separated or divorced parents, "it’s the rule, and they will have to abide by it. We told them there is a no reason to refuse a single parent who is eligible … Why deny a good home to a child where there are such a large number of children in orphanages waiting to be adopted?”

Officially, the sisters have asked the government to deregister 13 orphanages from adoption services in the country.

The sisters also disagree with new government rules giving prospective parents six babies to "choose" from. “Mother [Teresa]’s idea was adoption to counter abortion. When a woman gives birth to a baby, is she allowed a choice?" Sister Amala rhetorically asked The Indian Express. "She gets what God gifts her. Here too… we match the baby as per the parents’ background, skin color, etc. ... We cannot allow parents one option out of six to adopt children.”

Adoption is rare in India, because of societal taboos and government red tape. The Telegraph newspaper estimates that there are 20 million orphans, but less than 0.04 percent of abandoned children were adopted through official agencies. According to The Indian Express, there are over 9,000 parents waiting to adopt but only 800 children are free for adoption.

The Missionaries of Charity (MoC) was established in 1950 by Mother Teresa, to give "wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor." The order consists of over 4,501 religious sisters in 133 countries.  

Sister missionaries minister to people suffering from AIDS, the mentally ill, abandoned children, and lepers. They have schools for street children, and run soup kitchens. There are nineteen Missionaries of Charity homes in Calcutta for women, orphaned children, and the dying. Care is provided freely to people regardless of their religion or social caste.

Sisters of the order live a simple lifestyle without television or radio. Their individual possessions include three saris (one to wear, one to wash, one to mend); two or three cotton habits; a girdle; a pair of sandals; a crucifix; and a rosary. They also have a plate, a set of cutlery, a cloth napkin, a canvas bag, and a prayer book. In cold countries, nuns may own a cardigan or a coat, and closed shoes.

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Abortionist hits special needs child: cops find 14 containers of ‘human tissue’ in his trunk

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WEST BLOOMFIELD, MI, October 15, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- Over the past 17 years, notorious abortionist Michael Arthur Roth has been found negligent and incompetent by the state of Michigan, which has fined him, suspended his license, and put him on probation. Now, in a bizarre and macabre twist, he has been accused of committing abortions out of the trunk of his car.

Michigan State Police raided Roth's waterfront home on Orchard Lake Road in the posh suburb of West Bloomfield on Tuesday, following “a gruesome discovery” of 14 plastic jars of "human tissue," which police said was "possibly fetuses," in his truck after a car accident two weeks ago. At the time of the accident, Roth's trunk also contained medical equipment used for abortions, and large amounts of Fentanyl, a sedative used on women undergoing abortion to relieve pain.

Investigators confiscated medical "materials" in bags and boxes at Roth's home.  Police also searched Roth's OB/GYN business.  

Roth has a long history of violations, including illegal, unsanitary, at-home abortions he performed in 1998 and 1999. He was also disciplined in 2002 for drug-related violations, including prescribing drugs without a license. He was disciplined in 2004 for violating patient consent laws. A former employee said Roth falsified medical records.  

In 2004, Michigan's Attorney General found him negligent and incompetent for committing abortions twice in a bartender's home, for which he was fined and his license was suspended. A stipulation of his probation was that he never perform an abortion outside a medical facility. In 2012, he was fined again.  

With the new discovery of Gosnell-esque evidence after a car accident, the Attorney General is again investigating Roth.

Lynn Mills, Director of Pro-Life Detroit, has been following Roth’s misogynist practices for years.  

"Michael Arthur Roth has a history of this behavior,” she said. “If what is being reported in the news is fact, I don't know how the State of Michigan isn't summarily suspending Roth's license today for the protection of the public and his patients."

"How bad does bad have to be for this government to protect its people?" Mills asked.

Two weeks ago, Roth hit a special needs child, causing the child critical injuries. His car was impounded while police sought the car's data recorder, and then they discovered the Fentanyl inside Roth's vehicle, and the unlabeled body parts and medical equipment in his trunk. The containers were taken to the Oakland County Medical Examiner's Office.

Monica Migliorino Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society commented, "That Michael Roth would be performing illegal abortions - either in his home, or in the homes of women - shows the despicable, sordid practice that is abortion." Miller continued, "It also shows that Roth as an abortionist did not really care about the health and safety of women - as these abortions were not taking place in sterile environments."

Miller concluded, "This is just another sad, sorry story that exposes the dark world of the abortion [industry]… On top of the scandal of Planned Parenthood selling the body parts of aborted babies - and now this! We see the unscrupulous nature of the abortion practitioner - a nature forged in disrespect for life."

Ed Rivet, Legislative Director for Michigan Right to Life (MRTL), agrees. "Abortionists frequently violate our laws with extreme disregard for women's health and safety," he said. "Roth should have his license revoked, just like Dr. Robert Alexander who ran a house of horrors abortion clinic in Muskegon until 2014."

In an emailed press release, Michigan Right to Life noted, "The abortion industry's long history of contempt for women's health, standards of care and state regulations shows that they cannot be trusted to regulate themselves."

Since Michigan’s Prolife Omnibus Act passed in 2012, significantly strengthening oversight of the abortion industry, 16 abortion facilities have closed, many due to substandard practices that endanger the life and health of women.

MRTL President Barbara Listing said, "If abortionists and their businesses can't abide by laws and regulations that others follow, they shouldn't be allowed to practice on vulnerable women."

Roth has not been charged, and remains free and at large.

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Nurses told me to let my premature twin boys die, but I fought for them with everything I had

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October 15, 2015 (LiveActionNews) -- On September 29th, I went to a hospital in LA to see a specialist for some gastrointestinal issues I’ve been facing for 14 months. Since I was pregnant, they gave me a room right away and wanted to monitor Luca and Kaden.

They did an ultrasound and instantly found some stuff they were alarmed about, because the fluid was very off between the membranes separating them. They didn’t tell me much about it at this time because they didn’t want to worry me, so as I stayed there a night, and the following night they had a specialist run an anatomy scan to see what was going on.

The doctor found that I was facing twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, which happens when two babies share a placenta. One baby gets more blood flow, fluid, and nutrients than the other, making the other baby ill and setting up for massive risks. They set me up with a specialist that was going to do a surgery to help save the babies, and help me have a healthier rest of my pregnancy.

On October 1st, I had an MRI for my gastrointestinal problems (one that is safe during pregnancy) and started feeling contractions while it was being performed. I didn’t really know it was contractions, since I am a first time mom, so I let it go on longer and didn’t really pay much attention. At about 10 p.m. that night, I was getting an ultrasound and they [the contractions] got significantly worse and painful — and very consistent — so I requested to be monitored. They monitored the contractions and saw that I was definitely in labor, so they gave me medications to try to stop the labor from going any further.

At about 4 a.m., they checked my cervix. I was already dilated to three and my water was bulging, so they set me up for emergency labor. Within no more than a hour, I went from a three to a ten, and it was time to push. I was given horrible statistics. I was told I was just miscarrying and that the boys would be dead as soon as they came out; or that if they came out, they wouldn’t live more than 30 seconds to one minute. My brave warriors proved those statistics wrong.

First baby comes out, and I hear a soft cry and was instantly so relieved that he was alive. Push more, but one is severely breech so they flip him and he’s out, breathing. Two beautiful, fierce, gorgeous babies with beating hearts, and they just put them on a table with no help or oxygen.

“Do you want to do skin to skin until they pass?” a nurse said to me. I instantly freaked out and started saying, “GO TEND TO MY BABIES GO TEND TO MY BABIES! THEY HAVE HEART BEATS! GO SAVE THEM!” My mom and husband also yelled to them. This nurse battled me for what seemed like three hours, saying, “They’ll be brain dead; they’ll be vegetables — I don’t think you understand what I am saying to you.” She truly fought me for minutes, and would not take my request for an answer. I responded to her and said, “I don’t care if they have a 1% chance of living and will be vegetables for the rest of their lives. Those are my babies and my sons, and I will do anything to fight for them and save them.”

These little babies don’t have voices, and as their mommy and daddy, we weren’t going to sit back and do nothing, because they are humans. They are lives; they had beautiful beating hearts, toes and fingernails, brains, beautiful faces and noses; they were in every form absolutely perfect and stunning and without blemish. They are my sons, Kaden and Luca, and we fought for them as they fought for their own lives. After 30 hours of the bravest fight, our sweet and beautiful Luca Sailor went to heaven to be with His maker. The excruciating pain that comes with that is indescribable in every form.

On October 4th, the head of the NICU came in to warn my husband and I that our second son, Kaden, was in dire need and wasn’t doing well. They told us about how under developed his skin was and that it was just splitting, and that he was going to develop an infection and that it could eventually not hold his organs any longer. He told us we needed to take him off of his support so that he could die with “dignity.” We said that we wouldn’t risk basically killing him, when there’s still hope.

God is still good and sovereign, and He can make all things happen, so we decided to keep fighting for him regardless of statistics and what was being said to us. After that decision was set in stone, I had the honor of sitting with my son for about 40 minutes, just talking to him and singing to him. Every time I sang, he put his arms up and kicked his little feet. At 2:00 a.m. the following early morning, our beautiful Kaden Cash also went to be with his Maker and his beautiful brother.

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All I can think of is that if we didn’t fight for their lives, we never would’ve gotten to have those 30 hours and few days with our amazing, gorgeous, brave warriors. We wouldn’t have gotten to sing with them, love on them, and be there with them if we would’ve just listened to statistics. They also would’ve never been able to tell their story. Though it be short-lived, our baby boys’ lives ministered to and reached nations. Infants — babies who aren’t given voices were given the strongest and loudest voices that were able to reach nations — something I prayed for every day during my pregnancy.

These lives matter fiercely, and even though they were only here for such a short time, they were and are world changers that will forever live on.

Luca means “Giver and bringer of light,” and Kaden means “Fighter,” which initially we thought meant he would fight for his life — but that’s not the case. It meant that they got to fight for all of the unheard voices, for all of the children and people that never got to speak up. They fought for the right of children in the whole world, while also bringing light into such a dark world.

Those are my precious warriors.

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Four ways abortion demeans women instead of empowering them

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October 15, 2015 (LiveActionNews) -- We are supposed to believe abortion serves as an empowering option for women. We are told they not only should be allowed to abort their children, but many women need to be able to do so. Pop culture teaches youth that abortion will correct any “mistake” made in the sexual arena. Abortion is said to be like pushing the “reset” button on life.

We have over 40 years of experience watching the aftermath of legalized abortion in this country. What have we learned in those four-plus decades?  Have we been shown that abortion helps women?

Not at all. What follows are four observations we have gained from witnessing the repercussions of legal abortion. As I will explain, abortion has done nothing but discriminate against women. Rather than empower them, abortion has subjugated women to second-class citizenship:

1. Abortion Negates Women’s Unique Sexuality

One-half of the human race can grow new human life inside their own bodies. This remains a feat the other half of the human race simply can never accomplish biologically.

Yet, rather than celebrate this unique power women possess, abortion advocates wish to downplay its significance. The entire purpose of the radical feminist movement was to “liberate” women from their biology. This was supposed to “free” them from carrying the burden of sexual activity (i.e., childbearing).

In place of celebrating an obvious trait women possess in being capable of bearing children, abortion advocacy seeks to rid it from society. Abortion seeks to eliminate women’s creative powers.

How is that empowering to women?

2. Abortion Forces Women to Choose to Sacrifice Family for a Career

High school needs to be completed. Without a college degree, life will be unbearable. Jobs need to be obtained. Promotions are on the line. Pay days hang in the balance.

Childrearing would just get in the way, virtually every woman is told by society. No young woman is expected to desire to get married and start a family quickly. Rather, each woman is expected to establish herself in the workforce and to postpone family aspirations until later in life.

In some regards this is a false dilemma. Not every woman who takes maternity leave will be held back from success in the work place. Some women, as has been proven, can raise a family and be a successful businesswoman.

Indeed, societal pressure on women asks them to sacrifice marriage and family for a career. Pop culture has painted a narrative telling young women domestic life is less than ideal. Or worse yet, it tells them domestic life is no good. The better thing to do with your life is to go earn big bucks in the corporate world.

Such messages purposely give a low profile to other aspects of genuine femininity. Women, by their nature, possess nurturing ability and a power to turn a house into a home. These caretaking aspects women possess are devalued in a society that expects them to act like men.

3. Abortion Helps Men to Exploit Women

Thanks to the advent of the birth control pill and contraception, sex has turned into a recreational activity. Men and women engage in it, while floating in and out of relationships. Both sexes use each other in the promiscuous lifestyle made possible by birth control.

When the contraceptives fail or are not used, women can become pregnant when they did not plan to be. Having enjoyed sexual relations without the worry of fathering an unwanted child, some men lose their minds when they learn they got a woman pregnant.

Such men may threaten to leave their pregnant women altogether, unless they procure an abortion. Women can be caught in this dilemma if they wish to keep their babies.

The love these mothers want so badly to experience is conditional on there being no children in the picture. If the mothers resist the pressure to abort, then they could be left to raise their children alone. Deadbeat dads often try to wash their hands of any responsibility for their own flesh and blood.

Rather than helping women to fulfill their creative potential, abortion allows men to manipulate women into squashing it.

4. Abortion Keeps Women Socioeconomically Downtrodden

Faced with the difficulty of an unplanned pregnancy, many women seek help. But what does society offer to these vulnerable women? The only “solution” they are offered is to abort.

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That is all an abortion-supportive society can muster for a woman who faces a difficult pregnancy. This “quick fix” does absolutely nothing to alleviate her socioeconomic circumstances that led her to consider an abortion in the first place.

Getting an abortion does not earn her a job to pay the bills. Having her baby dismembered in her womb doesn’t put gas in the car or food on the table. It certainly won’t award her free rent for an apartment, when she has no place to live.

No, all an abortion does is keep her in those difficult circumstances, but with a dead baby and lost motherhood to accompany her thenceforth.

No one will suffer alongside her as she experiences regret, remorse, and sorrow in the days, months and years after the abortion. The politically correct thing to do is to tell her to get over it; it is no big deal.

An abortion-supportive society cares so little about mothers who want to keep their unplanned babies that it offers no real assistance beyond abortion. It is hard to argue women are empowered when they are given no support to overcome such adversity.

In closing, women are discriminated against in a society where abortion is legalized. Society tells them abortion is not only an option, but a preferable choice. Yet, deep down, women know better than to give up their creative powers. If they do go ahead with an abortion, it is not because they are choosing to exercise some mighty “right.” Instead, many abort because they feel they have no other choice.

In short, we could say mothers choose abortion precisely because they feel disempowered from fulfilling their womanhood.

Kevin Kukla is a happy husband and proud father living in East Texas. You can read more of his thoughts on the pro-life movement and combatting the Culture of Death by signing up to his email list at his blog, ProLife365.com.

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Modern sex-ed is sexually abusive to our kids: Fathers, defend your children

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Editor's note: These remarks were delivered at a press conference in Rome today with Cardinal Raymond Burke.

Oct. 15, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - Speaking as a father of eight children, I am here to defend my children and to challenge fathers everywhere to do the same, to encourage them to stand up and fight for the rights of their children to health and happiness, their right to an upbringing free from abusive and harmful propaganda.

I’m speaking about the current worldwide attempt to impose on all children a sex education that is more properly called sexual abuse than education.  It is being pushed by America, the EU and the United Nations on the developing world under pain of denial of aid, and also upon their own citizenry. Sadly, it is an abusive education that in much of the Western world is aided and abetted by many bishops of the Catholic Church and those in charge of Catholic school education.

How is it abusive?

Firstly, it is originally based on the research of Alfred Kinsey who is known to have overseen research associates who sexually molested children for his experiments.

Dr. Judith Reisman, the researcher who unearthed Kinsey’s treachery told me that using Dr. Kinsey’s research is using “the same psychopathic source who claimed children are sexual from birth, having directed the sexual torture of up to 2,035 infants and children for his so-called ‘data’."

Secondly what is taught is demonstrably harmful to children. Take for instance the normalization of homosexuality, which is a sine qua non of modern sex education.

Every thinking person knows that homosexual sexual activity is harmful. Secular studies demonstrating the preponderance of sexually transmitted diseases among active homosexuals are too numerous to detail, but looking also at the psychological harm is important. A 2001 government-sponsored study of nearly 6,000 adults published in Archives of General Psychiatry (Journal of the American Medical Association) found that:

Compared to heterosexual men, males who engage in homosexual behavior are:

-727 percent more likely to have suffered bipolar disorders at some point in their lives

-620 percent more likely to have suffered obsessive-compulsive disorder at some point in their lives

-421 percent more likely to have suffered panic disorder

-235 percent more likely to have suffered major depression at some point in their lives

Compared to heterosexual women, females who engage in homosexual behavior are:

-405 percent more likely to have suffered a substance use disorder

-241 percent more likely to have suffered mood disorders during their lifetimes

-209 percent more likely to have suffered two or more mental disorders during their lifetimes

As summarized by the researchers, “[t]he findings support the assumption that people with same-sex behavior are at greater risk for psychiatric disorders.”

Is it thus more merciful to abandon children to these dangers or to guide them to lifestyle choices which ensure healthy lives?

Of course critics would suggest that the mental health problems identified result from societal disapproval or stigmatization of homosexual behavior. However the study was done in the Netherlands, the most tolerant and homosexual-affirming nation in the world. (Sandfort, Theo G.M, et. al., “Same-Sex Sexual Behavior and Psychiatric Disorders,” Archives of General Psychiatry (Journal of the American Medical Association), Vol. 58, No. 1, January 2001.)

For those who would persist in denying even the scientific evidence of harm, perhaps dismissing it as biased, at least they must believe the words of gay activists themselves.

In my country of Canada same sex ‘marriage’ was legalized in 2005.  Speaking years after the passage of same-sex ‘marriage’ into law, Canadian gay rights activist Gens Hellquist explained why he was seeking more government healthcare dollars for the LGBT community. "We have one of the poorest health statuses in this country,” he said. “Health issues affecting queer Canadians include lower life expectancy than the average Canadian, suicide, higher rates of substance abuse, depression, inadequate access to care and HIV/AIDS."

"There are all kinds of health issues that are endemic to our community,” he added. “We have higher rates of anal cancer in the gay male community, lesbians have higher rates of breast cancer.”

He concluded: “Now that we can get married everyone assumes that we don't have any issues any more. A lot of the deaths that occur in our community are hidden, we don't see them. Those of us who are working on the front lines see them and I'm tired of watching my community die."

Thus we can see that even insofar as it normalizes homosexual sex, let alone all other sexual aberrations, modern sex education is truly harmful for our children and as fathers we are called to protect and defend our children. 

Parents need the help of the Church now more than ever in defending their rights as the primary educators of their children. However, too many bishops and priests have given in to the demands of secular society and allowed or even embraced this abusive sex education in Catholic schools. They have abandoned families and especially children to the wolves.

My wife and I have made the difficult decision to home school our eight children for the very reason that we refuse to subject them to this sexually abusive sex education in Catholic schools.

We’ve often heard the Vatican blamed for hoarding various treasures which should be shared with all the world.  That nonsensical claim is in one sense true. The real treasures the Church possesses are the truths of Christ – the master plan for health and happiness in every area of moral life. Thus the Church has the key to instruction in sexuality according to the plan of God. The great treasures of Casti Connubii, Humanae Vitae, Familiaris Consortio and of course St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body are all there ready to be taught.

However, while the abusive sex education has been taught in almost all schools, Catholic included, those treasures of the Church have been withheld from most Catholic school children around the globe.

In my own country of Canada bishops have conceded to have gay-straight alliances in Catholic schools. They have agreed to not speak of the immorality of homosexual sex in Catholic schools.

Why have our shepherds done this? Mostly due to the threat of withdrawal of public funding for Catholic schools, but also out of regard for the societal acceptance and the prestige that entails.

Fathers must now stand up for their families to let our bishops know we will not permit them to barter our children’s spiritual lives away for money and prestige.

Jesus asked rhetorically “Is there a man among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?”  It seems many of our spiritual fathers have given our children stones instead of the bread they require, have given us poisonous snakes instead of fish.

It is now time for parents, on behalf of their children to demand our rights as primary educators of our children.

Because ultimately our role as parents is first and foremost to secure the best possible opportunity for our children’s eternal health and happiness.

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