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Judge receives thousands of messages supporting Canadian pro-life activist

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OTTAWA, September 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Pro-life advocates around the world responded with an outpouring of support for Canadian Mary Wagner, who faced an 18-month jail sentence yesterday for her peaceful attempts to save women and unborn children from the violence of abortion.

Wagner asked people to send letters defending the unborn child’s right to life to Ontario Court of Justice Rick Libman.

“I was really surprised at the volume. I didn’t know what to expect, but I certainly didn’t expect the thousands and thousands that had come,” Wagner, 43, told LifeSiteNews.

Libman convicted Wagner on August 15 on charges of mischief and breach of probation arising from her December 12, 2016, arrest at Bloor West Village Women’s Clinic.

The judge delayed Wagner’s sentencing until September 12, telling her she could submit character references.

After Wagner’s appeal, Libman received some 850 letters, 34,000 emails and 67,000 petition signatures in support of Wagner, according to Campaign Life Coalition, where the letters were delivered.

The judge cited letters attesting to Wagner’s character as a mitigating factor in her sentence when he ruled Tuesday “society would not be served” by Wagner spending more time in jail than the six months she’d already served awaiting trial.

The letters to Libman came from as far as Japan, UK, and Poland and included poignant endorsements of Wagner from women grieving their abortions.

“I hated myself for what I had done,” wrote a 45-year-old woman from UK, who had three abortions before giving birth to a daughter.

“I know one thing, if I had met a person like Mary Wagner when it was about to happen, my life would have been different,” she wrote.

“I would like to ask you to consider the fact that women who make that decision are not always convinced if this is the right way to go. Let them meet Mary Wagner on their path so that they could rethink their decision … ”

A woman wrote the judge from Canada with a harrowing story of her abortion at 18 years of age: how a psychologist convinced her to go through with it even though she was unsure, how she suffered such intense abdominal cramps and excessive bleeding afterward she had to return to the hospital, and how she felt “instant regret and depression” after the abortion.

“This has been the most traumatic event of my life,” she wrote.

“I wish I had a Mary Wagner with me in that waiting room. I wish someone would have told me that keeping my baby was even an option. I wish someone would have reassured me and provided the support I really needed.”

Other missives ranged from heartfelt one-liners to erudite philosophical or legal arguments.

“Please don’t condemn Mary in prison. She’s not doing anyone any harm. Please,” was a handwritten note from Poland.

“Please don’t convict Mary only because she loves those who are not allowed to come into this beautiful world,” was another from the same country.

“Mary has dedicated her entire life to saving unborn babies. She has gone to jail over and over again to try and help them. She has spent countless hours in prayer pleading for their lives, she has done everything possible, even more so, to convince people to stop killing babies,” wrote New York attorney John Broderick.

“One would think such an outstanding person should not have even been arrested at all, never mind incarcerated, but that is what has happened,” he noted.

“Despite her consistent and outstanding goodness she has been made to suffer substantially.”

An assistant professor at Japan’s Reitaku University described Wagner’s sentencing as “a Socratic moment for Western law,” in his letter to Libman.

“On trial in this instance is not Mary, but the law itself,” wrote Jason Morgan.

“As an American specializing in comparative research in legal philosophy, I have discovered that injustice cannot be walled off within a given jurisprudential system. Contempt for human beings in even one statute spreads like a cancer throughout the whole of the law.”

He added: “I do not envy you the burden placed upon your shoulders.”

Others letters described Wagner as “a radiant girl, always joyful, caring and unpretentious,” and another as “empathetic, courageous, peaceful, humble, intelligent.”

Nor was support confined to letters.

The Polish Association of Defence of Human Life remembered Wagner’s intentions during Sunday Mass in Krakow, Poland, on September 10, praying that “the trial on September 12, against the Canadian defender of life, Mary Wagner ends in releasing her. Let us also pray that the Canadian legal system will recognize unborn children as human beings.”

And the day Wagner was sentenced in Toronto, 65 people showed up at the provincial court building in Ottawa at a last-minute rally organized by Polish Canadians for Life.

“We are totally supporting Mary 100 percent,” spokesperson Liliana Gwizdkowska told LifeSiteNews.

“She’s regarded as a heroine, someone who goes into those abortion centers and get jailed, and cumulatively spends five years of her life, and she just does it over and over.”

The “law in Canada protects the abortion industry basically killing babies, and that’s exactly what she’s talking about,” added Gwizdkowska. “The unjust law is no law at all.”

Notably, much of support for Wagner came from Poland or Polish Canadians.

Gwizdkowska attributes the connection to a shared faith that all parties take seriously.

“Most of the Polish community are church-goers, she’s Catholic, we’re Catholic, and these are the teachings of Christ,” she said.

Indeed, Wagner echoes this.

“I don’t think I could continue this path and I don’t know if I would have even begun it, without the gift of faith and the grace that God, many graces, grace upon grace, that He has given me,” she told LifeSiteNews.

“Also the conviction through the Scripture, as well, that Jesus said, ‘Whatever you do to one of the least of my brothers, this you do to me,’ and the importance of living that out concretely,” she added.

“Not just in an abstract way, but concretely, because these are real children and mothers who are every day in danger.”

Libman sentenced Wagner to 30 months' probation, including a condition she stay 250 meters away from the Bloor West Village Women’s Clinic, and 50 hours of community service.

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Seattle’s homosexual mayor resigns as fifth alleged boy sex-abuse victim comes forward

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September 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- Seattle’s homosexual mayor Ed Murray is stepping down after a fifth man, Joseph Dyer, accused his older cousin Murray of having sexually molested him when Dyer was a boy.

Murray’s resignation takes effect today (Wednesday) at 5 p.m., The Seattle Times reported.

Murray had already been accused by four men of molesting them when they were boys, as LifeSiteNews reported. That list includes his former foster son, Jeff Simpson.

In May, Murray, a former state legislator, dropped his bid for re-election as the homosexual sex-predator scandal deepened.

Then, in July, a 1984 document from Oregon Child Protective Services (CPS) mysteriously resurfaced that backed up Simpson’s current claims against Murray. The document shows that Simpson was a young teenager when the alleged sexual abuse began. Murray was Simpson’s last foster placement, and by the latter’s account he manipulated the runaway boy into performing oral and anal sodomies.

"In the professional judgment of this casework ... Jeff Simpson has been sexually abused by ... Edward Murray," the document stated.

“Something had to be done”

The Seattle Times reports that Dyer, 54, said he was 13 when “Murray forced him into sex for about a year while the two shared a bedroom in Dyer’s mother’s home in the Long Island town of Medford, New York.” Dyer, a veteran, is now married.

Murray is denying all of the sex-abuse allegations, and characterized Dyer’s claims as the outworking of a family feud.

But Dyer said he’d “had enough” and “something had to be done.”

"I have come forward after these years to stand in support of Delvonn Heckard, the other accusers, and all sex abuse victims,” Dyer said in a statement in support of Heckard, whose sexual abuse claims against Murray “first brought long-whispered allegations against the mayor to the fore” reported the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

“I am offering this declaration to rebut Murray’s claims that he never molested a child and/or the allegations against him were concocted as some sort of right-wing conspiracy,” Dyer said. “I do not know any of the other victims mentioned in this statement, and I am not part of any conspiracy.”

‘I didn’t want him touching me’

In an interview with The Times, Dyer recalled:

"There would be times when I would fake sleeping because I didn’t want him touching me. And that’s when he would molest me. And my mother would be right there in the house, she’d be in the living room … watching TV, at that time it was probably “M*A*S*H.” And my sisters would be in their rooms, sleeping. And I would be in my room, and he would be in there, molesting me.”

Former homosexual Joseph Sciambra noted that it is common for “gay” men to have been sexually used as a minor. "Typically almost everyone had a first lover that was older, experienced, and reassuring," Sciambra wrote.

Though “gay” activists vehemently deny any serious or causal connection between pedophilia and homosexuality, examples of sex between adult homosexual men and underage boys are easy to find. Many homosexual men testify to having been involved sexually with adults when they were still teenagers.

Even “gay” icon Harvey Milk, honored by President Obama as a “civil rights” hero, reportedly had a sexual relationship (“marriage”) with a 16- (or 17-) year-old runaway boy while Milk was in his early 30s. (And Milk himself was the victim of homosexual molestation as a young boy, according to his homosexual biographer, the late Randy Shilts.)

The Seattle Times reported that “Murray, 62, a former Democratic state legislator, has repeatedly denied that he sexually abused anyone, contending the accusations are part of a political takedown targeting him for his progressive politics and record as a gay-rights champion.”

One conservative, "Sally Yates' Neck," sarcastically tweeted today in response to Murray's resignation: "Let's elect a homosexual. What could possibly go wrong?"

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Did this bishop just tell Catholics they could vote for gay ‘marriage’?

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PARRAMATTA, Australia, September 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- An Australian Catholic bishop appointed by Pope Francis has penned a letter to his flock that seems to suggest it doesn’t matter how they vote in the country’s referendum on same-sex “marriage.”

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“It should not be a matter of a simple answer Yes or No to the postal survey,” Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen of the Catholic diocese of Parramatta wrote in a letter published online September 13.

The vote “should also be an opportunity for us to listen to what the Spirit is saying through the signs of the times,” he added.

Bishop Long’s letter comes as Australia gears up for a voluntary survey on same-sex “marriage” this month. 

If the postal ballots indicate a “Yes” vote, the government will introduce a private member’s bill making same-sex “marriage” a legal entity. Critics suspect that a “No” vote would result in same-sex “marriage” activists challenging the legality of the outcome. 

Bishop Long stated in his letter that if Australia embraces same-sex “marriage,” it would not affect the understanding of marriage within the Catholic Church. 

“It is important to remember from the very outset that the postal survey is about whether or not Australians want the legal definition of civil marriage changed to include same-sex couples. It is not a referendum on sacramental marriage as understood by the Catholic Church,” he wrote.

But Long’s letter contradicts the directives of his brother bishops who have asked citizens in the country to vote 'No' on the ballot. 

“The recognition that marriage is between a man and a woman is not the assertion of bigotry, religious dogma or irrational tradition, but a recognition of human ecology,” the Australian bishops wrote in a pamphlet dated August 15.

Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher warned Catholics that a ‘yes’ vote would jeopardize the existence of Catholic schools, hospitals, charities, and welfare agencies. 

“Many people believe that redefining marriage won’t affect them,” he said. “Respectfully, I would say they need to take another look — it will affect every Australian,” he said in an August 14 interview with The Australian

“In other parts of the world that have legalised same-sex marriage, those who believe in traditional marriage have been harassed or coerced into complying with the new view of marriage. It would be extremely naive to think that won’t happen here,” he added. 

Fisher’s comments reflect the experience of Catholics and Christians in both Canada and the United States who, after the legalization of same-sex “marriage,” saw their children’s schools, their businesses, their Church halls forced to conform to the new law. 

The Catholic Church following the Bible teaches that God created humans as “male and female,” giving them sexual organs that fit together and making them sexually attracted to one another for the sake of procreation (increase and multiply). 

The Catechism calls same-sex attraction “objectively disordered” because it is contrary to God’s design for sexuality. Homosexual acts are likewise called “acts of grave depravity” and “intrinsically disordered” because they are “contrary to the natural law” in that they “close the sexual act to the gift of life.”

The Church teaches, moreover, that “respect for homosexual persons cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual behavior or to legal recognition of homosexual unions.”

“In those situations where homosexual unions have been legally recognized or have been given the legal status and rights belonging to marriage, clear and emphatic opposition is a duty,” states the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in a key 2003 document. This teaching was authored by then-prefect Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (who would be elected Pope Benedict XVI in 2005) and approved by Pope Saint John Paul II.

In his letter, Bishop Long accused the Catholic Church of not accepting homosexuals. 

“Regrettably, the Church has not always been a place where they have felt welcomed, accepted and loved,” he said. 

The Catholic Church, however, has always treated anyone who strays from God’s way with compassion and respect, calling them to put away their evil deeds, be converted, and return to God. Following St. Augustine, the Church’s model is: Love the sinner, hate the sin. The Church has never taught that showing respect towards any sinner means welcoming and accepting their sin. 

Last year, Bishop Long gave a lecture in which he denounced Church teaching that homosexuality is disordered. He said that he was simply following Pope Francis’ lead in calling on the Church to end “oppression” against gays and lesbians caused by “defin[ing] their sexuality as ‘intrinsically disordered.’”

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Abortion group ‘alarmed’ that 145 clinics have closed in the last 5 years

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, September 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- A pro-abortion organization is concerned that abortuaries are closing across the nation.

The Abortion Care Network (ACN), a coalition of independent abortion businesses, issued a report on the declining number of abortion centers. In the past five years, 145 independent “clinics” closed.

The ACN supports abortion businesses that are not affiliated with Planned Parenthood or a hospital chain. Of those, numbers went from 510 facilities in 2012 to 365 today, not counting the hundreds of Planned Parenthood centers.

On a homepage titled "Communities Need Clinics," ACN wrote that abortion businesses are closing at an “alarming rate,” particularly independent ones, that often offer late-term abortions.

Significantly, ACN admitted the effectiveness of pro-life laws in lowering the number of abortions and abortion centers across the country. They also cited other factors impacting the closures, including the activism of sidewalk pro-lifers and the states that disallow Medicaid tax dollars from being used to pay for abortions.  

“Unconstitutional 20-week bans and politically-motivated bans on certain safe medical procedures" are blamed on the dropping numbers. By "certain safe medical procedures" ACN apparently refers to dismemberment abortions, which pro-lifers call inhumane, and partial birth abortions, which pro-lifers call infanticide.

Ten unaffiliated abortion businesses closed so far this year and 19 last year. There were 33 closures in 2015, 23 the previous year, 40 in 2013, and 20 in 2012. Additionally, more than 20 Planned Parenthood affiliates closed so far this year.

Geographically, Texas had the most closures with 20, Michigan and California were next with 15 apiece, followed by Florida with 11 and Ohio with eight.

The ACN is especially concerned that late-term abortions are dwindling. "Clinics that provide abortion care beyond the first trimester of pregnancy are particularly vulnerable to closing,” the report stated. The pro-abortion organization explained that independent clinics are more likely to commit later abortions

“More than 80 percent of total closures shut … clinics that provide care after the first trimester,” ACN reported. “As independent abortion clinics close, abortion care becomes increasingly difficult to access as pregnancy progresses.”

Eight states, including Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming, have only one abortuary left. Kentucky could become the first state in the union to be abortion free if women’s safety laws are upheld in a current court challenge.

EMW Women’s Surgical Center in Louisville is fighting for its business against a state law protecting women's health. Kentucky requires surgical abortion facilities to have the same basic safety equipment as any other surgical facility, and that abortionists have a contractual relationship with a local hospital in case a woman needs emergency care.

The American Civil Liberties Union claimed that the women’s safety laws are unnecessary and that closing EMW would cause "drastic" harm to Kentucky women.

Pro-lifers defend the women’s safety laws. Abortionists without admitting agreements with local hospitals "simply dump women experiencing medical emergencies from botched abortions onto hospital emergency rooms, which are often unprepared to handle complications that require an Ob/Gyn specialist," Operation Rescue's Cheryl Sullenger explained. "This dangerously delays emergency care when moments can mean the difference between life and death."

Not having such laws in place caused the death of 22-year-old LaKisha Wilson in 2014. She had an abortion on the third floor of Cleveland's Preterm clinic and bled to death waiting for a broken elevator — already too small for her to be intubated on her gurney — to get her out to an ambulance.

Similar pro-life laws in Texas were overruled last year by the U.S. Supreme Court because they might limit abortion “access.”  

Those 2013 laws led to half the state's abortion businesses closing because of unsafe conditions, such as the ones that killed Lakisha Wilson. The legislation also resulted in a huge drop in abortions and more women giving life until the nation's highest court nixed it.

The ACN website displays posters to “celebrate abortion care.”

Read the ACN report here.

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Christian parents pull 6-year-old out of pro-LGBT school, and liberals are furious

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September 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Nigel and Sally Rowe were unprepared for the brutal backlash they are experiencing after withdrawing their young sons from their school where classmates are free to “change” their gender from day to day.

The Rowes felt they had no choice but to homeschool their sons because of the primary school’s transgender agenda and the impact it has had on both children.

“Daddy, I’m confused.  I don’t understand.”

Last year, the Rowe’s oldest son, then age seven, was enrolled in a class where one of the boys decided he wanted to become a girl, to dress like a girl, and to be called by a girl’s name. This was confusing and stressful for their son, so they chose to withdraw him and have been homeschooling him ever since. Both parents say he’s happier now.

Fast Forward to the present: “The same thing is now happening in our younger son’s class,” said Nigel Rowe. A boy comes to class “sometimes as a girl, and sometimes as a boy.” The six-year-old told his father, “Daddy, I’m confused.  I don’t understand.”

When they found out, the parents were once again “shocked, because they had had no consultation about this,” Sally said. “We were unaware of it” because the school had made no effort to contact the parents of the gender dysphoric student’s classmates.  

When the Rowes met with school administrators, they were told if a child wants to do that, we have to accept it. And if we don’t accept it, we could lose our jobs.

The political agenda of transgenderism 

Nigel Rowe said, “We feel that there’s a political agenda that’s driving and pushing this.  Remember, we’re talking children that are six years of age. A six-year-old is not really able to, does not have the mental capacity to work out those kinds of things. It’s such a young age and we’re concerned about that.”

“A school environment is a place where children are children and not to be subjected to political ideology of ‘genderism,’” Rowe continued. “[Regarding] this new social construct ... we don’t know truly how it’s going to affect these children.”  

Jeff Williams, director of education for the Diocese of Portsmouth, explained that Church of England schools comply with the legal requirements of the Equalities Act 2010.   

“Among other things, this requires schools to accept the wishes of children and their families with regard to gender identity,” said Williams. “It would be unlawful for any of our schools to do otherwise.”

Standing up to transgender policy

“We have a social understanding that we have boys and we have girls,” Nigel said. “There’s a distinct difference between male and female, not just in what you you wear but also within our DNA, the way that we as boys and the way that we are as girls.”

“I know from speaking with other parents that other children were confused and took awhile to come around to the idea that their friend who was a boy is now dressing as a girl,” Sally added. “And our concern is that if it is within the school forum, there is the danger of bullying. There’s also the issue of toilets. Recent studies show that boys and girls absolutely do not want to be sharing restrooms.”

“This needs to be done in a way that is going to be for the benefit of all the children concerned, not just the transgender child … but also the other children who attend the school.”

The brutal backlash

The Rowes have experienced an eruption of criticism for protecting their sons. They have been accused of being hypocrites and transphobic by not only the LGBT world but by national politicians.

One member of Parliament declared that the Rowes are “not very ‘Christian:’”

Another said they are teaching their children to hate:

They are accused of being “bigots” ...

... and “hypocrites:”

The Rowes have indicated that they are planning to sue their sons’ Church of England school while continuing to educate their children at home.

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Hillary Clinton: Abortion is ‘sacrosanct’ and non-negotiable for Democrats

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September 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Hillary Clinton calls legalized abortion-on-demand "sacrosanct" and says endorsing it should be a litmus test for Democratic Party legislators.

"After the election," Clinton wrote in her forthcoming book, “What Happened,” "Bernie [Sanders] suggested that Democrats should be open to nominating and supporting candidates who are anti-choice. Other topics, such as economic justice, are sacrosanct, but apparently women's health is not."

"I don't mean to criticize only Bernie here. A lot of progressives join him in thinking that reproductive rights are negotiable," wrote the former Democratic presidential nominee whose surprise loss to Donald Trump left her party searching to ways to recover, including its “pro-choice” rigidity.

According to the Washington Examiner, Clinton in her book resurrects the old claim used by many political liberals -- from former New York Governor Mario Cuomo to Senator Tim Kaine -- that one can be "personally against abortion" and yet support abortion as a “right” in the law.

That duality is universally rejected by the pro-life movement, which regards laws allowing the killing of innocent, defenseless babies in the womb a human rights violation of incalculable proportions. As to Clinton’s tactic of advancing her “pro-choice” views on abortion in the name of “women’s rights,” pro-life women counter that across the world sex-selection abortions disproportionately kill female unborn children.

"I've been working for a quarter century with Democrats and Republicans alike to reduce the number of abortions, in part by expanding access to birth control and family planning, and we've made progress," Clinton wrote, according to the Examiner. "And I picked as my running mate Tim Kaine, a Democrat personally opposed to abortion because of his Catholic faith but supportive of women's rights as a matter of law and policy."

"But," she concludes, "when personal views on abortion become public actions -- votes on legislation or judges or funding that erode women's rights -- that's a different matter."

Understanding that many working-class Democratic voters are pro-life, there is a move afoot to make the Democratic Party -- notoriously rigid in rejecting right-to-life advocacy -- more open to pro-lifers. A March op-ed by Boston College theology professor Thomas Groome in The New York Times is headlined "To Win Again, Democrats Must Stop Being the Abortion Party."

But Clinton is attempting to slam the door on this pro-life opening by effectively redefining what it means to be pro-life and asserting that the issue that unites right-to-life advocates -- ending or at least placing meaningful limits on legalized abortion-on-demand -- should be off the table for the Democratic Party and politicians who represent it.

"We have to remain a big tent, but a big tent is only as strong as the poles that hold it up. Reproductive rights is central to women's rights and women's health, and it's one of the most important tent poles we've got," Clinton wrote.

Clinton’s pro-abortion sentiments run deep. As the pro-life lobby group Susan B. Anthony reminded its followers, the former First Lady to President Bill Clinton has called for an end to the Hyde Amendment, the longstanding federal policy prohibiting taxpayer dollars from paying for abortion on demand.

To that, SBA List president Marjorie Dannenfelser responded in January 2016: “Not only is she opposed to defunding Planned Parenthood, Hillary Clinton has now argued that taxpayers have an obligation to support abortion at any time, for any reason. This is the most dramatic pro-abortion position espoused by a leading political figure to date, and it changes the abortion debate. ‘Safe, legal, and rare,’ is long gone.”

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Canadian doctors refuse treatment, let man die of bladder infection

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SHAWVILLE, Quebec, September 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — A Quebec woman filed a complaint with provincial authorities alleging doctors at the region’s only hospital refused to treat her husband’s bladder infection because he had cancer.

Herman Morin had a prognosis of more than a year to live and would have begun chemotherapy this month, Mary Lucille Durocher told LifeSiteNews.

But Morin, 65, died five days after he was admitted to Shawville Hospital, according to the complaint Durocher filed July 31 to the Service Quality and Complaints Commissioner (CISSS) of Outaouais.

Dr. Stanislav Drachek told Durocher they would not treat Morin’s bladder infection because “they knew that Herman had cancer in the bone and it was spreading to the liver,” she says in the document.

The doctor told her was “better to let him die from the infection in a week or 10 days than to allow him to live for a year or more and suffer in the final stages from the cancer,” alleged Durocher.

But that was “definitely not mine or Herman’s wishes and we very clearly indicated this to the doctor,” she wrote.

“Herman’s greatest wish was to survive another year in order to watch his daughters graduate from college and university!”

Doctors ‘think they are God’

Fr. Timothy Moyle, Morin’s pastor, corroborates Durocher’s story.

“I’ve known [Herman Morin] for years, he was a solid guy in his faith,” says Moyle, a priest for the diocese of Pembroke, a far-flung north-central Ontario diocese that includes Allumettes Island, where Durocher lives, and a slice of Quebec east of the Ottawa River.

“He told me ‘I’ll offer my sufferings up with Christ on the cross, I’m willing to accept it because I want to see my daughters graduate from university next year,’ and he was denied this opportunity by the hospital and the doctors,” Moyle told LifeSiteNews.

“The doctors are now presuming to make the decision whether or not the person would have sufficient quality of life, that’s the phrase, to justify the treatment,” Moyle said.

“They seem to think they’re God,” Durocher told LifeSiteNews.

She said she hoped to get a lawyer to intervene, but her husband died before she had time to raise the money.

Her “sincerest hope” was that no one in the future “should ever have to undergo such a horrific, traumatic and life-altering experience.”

Infection not treated: complaint

According to Durocher’s statement, Morin’s bladder infection was diagnosed at a Fort Coulonge clinic.

He was then transferred to Shawville Hospital for tests to pinpoint what antibiotics he needed, she wrote, but nothing happened.

Moreover, Morin was given the opioid pain medication Dilaudid even though he was wearing a bracelet warning he was allergic to it, she wrote.

He then began “vomiting profusely,” was “unable to eat or drink,” was “given no IV for hydration” and “was no longer lucid,” Durocher alleged.

The Dilaudid was stopped at Durocher’s insistence, but Morin still received no antibiotics. He was also on a dose of morphine “15 times greater” than he had at home, she wrote.

By the fourth day, Morin was “experiencing excruciating pain from his bladder infection.”

As Durocher’s repeated requests for antibiotics were refused, her husband’s condition worsened, his “breathing became extremely laboured,” and he died Friday, June 16, at 3:15, she wrote.

Other patients allegedly suffered same

Moyle says he knows of two other patients whose infections were left untreated because the doctors considered them too old or sick.

In one case, the patient died. In the other, the family was able to compel the doctors to treat the infection.

The priest says the situation is worse since Quebec passed the euthanasia Bill 52.

“I’ve had three parishioners diagnosed with cancer at that hospital,” Moyle told LifeSiteNews. “The very first option that was put to them was assisted death.”

Durocher suggests the same in her complaint.

“This is a case where it appears the tenets of Bill 52 may have influenced the actions of some of the medical practitioners involved, although its protocols were not respected,” she wrote.

Amy Hasbrouck, executive director of disability rights group Not Dead Yet and president of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, echoes this.

“It’s not that these kinds of outrages don’t happen where assisted suicide and euthanasia are illegal,” she told LifeSiteNews in an email.

But “the message implicit in legalizing euthanasia” is that “society condones the belief that the lives of some people -- old, ill and disabled people -- are less valuable than others.”

Appears to contravene Code of Ethics and law

Hasbrouck says while Quebec doctors “may refuse to treat patients, except in an emergency,” the alleged incident appears to breach the Quebec Physicians’ Code of Ethics.

Article 23 of the Code states:

A physician may not refuse to examine or treat a patient solely for reasons related to the nature of a deficiency or illness, or to the context in which the patient’s deficiency or illness appeared.

Article 32 states:

A physician who has undertaken an examination, investigation or treatment of a patient must provide the medical follow-up required by the patient’s condition, following his intervention …

The alleged incident also appears to contravene S-4.2, the Act Respecting Health Services and Social Services:

Every person whose life or bodily integrity is endangered is entitled to receive the care required by his condition. Every institution shall, where requested, ensure that such care is provided. (Section 7).

LifeSiteNews contacted Drachek, but he declined to be interviewed.

CISSS spokesperson Geneviève Côté couldn’t comment on the specifics of case because of confidentiality but said this is the “first time” the CISSS has received “a complaint of this sort.”

The commissioner is “fully independent” and should respond within 45 days, Côté told LifeSiteNews.

Durocher can appeal to Quebec ombudsman if dissatisfied with the findings and complain directly to the Collège des médecins du Québec, Côté wrote.

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September 12, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The only way a Catholic priest can allow divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion is if they forgo sexual relations, Cardinal Raymond Burke reaffirmed.

Practicing sexual continence, as the Church requires in a new relationship when a marriage has not been annulled, properly recognizes that marriage, he said.     

“The only case in which a priest could admit a person living in an irregular matrimonial union to receive the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist is the case of a couple who agree to live ‘as brother and sister,’" Cardinal Burke said, “that is to respect the marriage to which they are bound by not living in a marital way with another person.”

In a recent interview with the Hungarian independent Catholic news service Katolikus Válasz, the cardinal also clarified that the “internal forum” cannot be used to determine the nullity of a marriage.

The concept of the “internal forum” has been regularly bandied about since its use at the Synods on the Family preceding Pope Francis’ controversial apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia.

In discussions at the Synods and since then, it has been argued that the internal forum — private discussion with a confessor — could provide context where a penitent, presumably arguing his or her subjective culpability in their objectively sinful situation is limited, could be allowed to return to the sacraments.

The Hungarian outlet asked Cardinal Burke if there are cases where the internal forum can be used to legitimately recognize the invalidity of the first marriage and provide access to the sacraments.

“Such cases do not exist,” Cardinal Burke responded. “No priest has the authority to declare a marriage null in the internal forum.”

“Marriage is a public state in the Church, and the judgment regarding an accusation of nullity of marriage must be made in accord with the long practice of the Church,” he said. “If a college of judges in a matrimonial tribunal is not able to arrive at moral certitude regarding the nullity of a marriage after a careful and thorough examination of the petition of nullity, how can an individual priest be capable of making such a judgment having to do with the eternal salvation of the soul in question?”

Cardinal Burke is one of four cardinals who submitted five dubia to Pope Francis last year requesting clarification on certain parts of Amoris Laetitia, to confirm whether the exhortation followed the Catholic’s unchanging teaching on marriage.

Much of the confusion in the wake of the 2016 document’s release has stemmed from bishops in different parts of the world applying different interpretations of the exhortation. Where bishops in Canada and Poland have upheld that divorced and remarried Catholics in adultery may not receive Communion, bishops in Argentina, Malta, Germany, and Belgium have given the green light for Communion in these situations.

Two of the four dubia signers, Cardinals Carlo Caffarra and Joachim Meisner, have passed away in the last two months. Pope Francis has yet to give a direct response to the dubia.

Katolikus Válasz asked Cardinal Burke as well whether the idea of “discernment” was being misused to justify dissent and sin. The concept is frequently used in the process of justifying access to Communion for individuals living in objectively sinful scenarios.

Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich said in a recent interview that Amoris Laetitia is a call for Catholics to graduate from “an adolescent spirituality into an adult spirituality” where they will be able to use their “freedom of conscience” to “discern truth” in their life. 

Last fall, San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy encouraged priests in his diocese to publish a notice in their bulletins saying the Church will "assist those who are divorced and remarried and cannot receive an annulment to utilize the internal forum of conscience in order to discern if God is calling them to return to the Eucharist." 

Cardinal Burke clarified with Katolikus Válasz what discernment is and what it is not.

“Discernment means seeking to know the will of God in my life,” he said. “As such, it means studying carefully what God teaches us in the Church and applying it faithfully to my life.”

“Discernment does not decide what is right or wrong but leads the person to inform himself as fully as possible,” continued Cardinal Burke, “so that he can make a right judgment in a particular matter, that is, so that he can act in accord with the truth which God has written upon his heart or conscience.”

Cardinal Burke’s discussion with Katolikus Válasz was the second installment of a recent interview with the Hungarian outlet.

Queried about criticism from some for his use of rich liturgical vestments for Mass, Cardinal Burke said, “The vesting of the priest is, in fact, an act of ultimate humility for he allows himself to be covered with the signs that it is not he who is acting in the Sacred Liturgy but Christ is acting through him.”

Regarding whether a relaxation of mandatory priestly celibacy would be a good solution for the priest shortage in the West, the cardinal said no. “A priestly vocation is a response to a divine call which includes the grace of celibacy or perpetual continence.”

Asked to explain his vision of the Church, Cardinal Burke said it was for the Church and her members to “live ever more faithfully and generously in Christ, so that the glory of Christ may light up our world …”

“The world, despite appearances to the contrary, is hungering and thirsting for the truth and love which Christ alone brings to us,” said Cardinal Burke, “setting us free from sin and placing us in a right relationship with one another and our world.”

“By being faithful and generous to her true identity, as the Bride of Christ,” he said, “the Church brings to the world what the world most needs and desires.”

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Congressman urges Trump admin to investigate dangerous New Mexico abortion facility

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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico, September 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — A New Mexico state representative has appealed to the U.S. Attorney General to keep a pro-life criminal investigation alive before its statute of limitations is up.

Republican Rep. Steve Pearce wrote U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging him to follow through on House and Senate criminal referrals against the University of New Mexico and notorious late-term abortuary Southwestern Women’s Options.  

“We fear the investigation is being stalled intentionally to allow the potential violations by these two entities to reach the statute of limitations,” Rep. Pearce wrote.

In response to undercover videos made by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), both houses of Congress initiated special committees to independently investigate alleged Planned Parenthood illegal activities, such as selling aborted baby parts for profit and altering abortion procedures to obtain “intact,” sometimes heart-beating specimens.  

In December 2016 and January 2017, the two national legislative chambers released the results of their yearlong investigation, both concluding criminal collusion between the university and the abortuary.

Rep. Pearce complained that New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas received the Congressional reports but has done virtually nothing with them while some of the charges’ statute of limitations expire.

Pearce says the rest of the charges are expiring soon, unless Sessions acts on the evidentiary allegations.

And Pearce noted that while Balderas fails to act, women are dying at Southwestern Women’s Options (SWWO). “On February 4, 2017, a woman tragically died at SWWO facilities after receiving a late-term abortion,” the representative’s letter reads. “This raises more questions about the reckless behavior of the SWWO.”

Pearce pointed out that because it is a well-known, late-term abortuary, women travel from all over the nation to SWWO.  He noted that such interstate commerce makes SWWO’s illegal activity a federal offense.

“In 2016 alone, the National Abortion Federation reportedly referred more than 200 Texas patients to New Mexico for abortion-related procedures. With hundreds of women flocking to New Mexico to receive these dangerous procedures, something must be done.”

In April, Pearce and pro-life leaders met with the Chairwoman of the House’s investigating committee, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, who demanded that Balderas follow up on congressional findings. Balderas responded that the House’s criminal referral was under “investigation.”

“The delay by Balderas’ office seems intentional to protect UNM and SWO from any consequences for their actions, whether it be the illegal sale of aborted baby body parts or their participation and cover-up of death of Keisha Atkins,” Operation Rescue’s Troy Newman said.  

“As New Mexico’s ‘top cop,’ Balderas is committing a shocking betrayal the citizens of New Mexico by allowing his ideological cronies in the abortion business to commit crimes without consequence,” Newman continued. “U.S. Attorney General Sessions must do better than Balderas if the rule of law and the lives of women like Keisha Atkins are to mean anything.”

Pearce wants a federal investigation by the country’s highest law enforcement officer. “We formally request your office conduct an investigation on the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and SWWO practices related to the Panel’s findings and the unfortunate tragedy mentioned above.”

The “unfortunate tragedy” Pearce referred to is the February death of Keisha Atkins, 23, and its subsequent alleged cover-up.  

After receiving an anonymous tip, Abortion Free New Mexico uncovered Keisha's botched abortion death, even though the University of New Mexico's autopsy report concluded her death was caused by pregnancy.

As Operation Rescue described it, evidence from her autopsy shows Keisha developed a systemic bacterial infection during the four-day, late-term abortion procedure at Southwestern Women’s Options. Keisha "died a painful, panic-filled death as the result of complications that could only have resulted from the late-term abortion."

SWWO specializes in late-term abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy, and a common complication is infection. The signs of Keisha’s sepsis were already apparent before the abortion was complete, including breathing difficulty. Someone wisely called an ambulance, but SWWO cancelled it and quietly transferred her to the UNM hospital.

At the hospital, Keisha still couldn't breathe and had below base-line oxygen levels despite being on oxygen. She had abdominal cramps, an elevated heart rate, and reduced ventricular function. Her heart failed because of a blood clot in her lungs as the UNM staff tried to remove the already dead body of her baby from her womb.

Nurses tried so hard to revive Keisha that they broke her ribs. They couldn't. She was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m. on February 4.

Her autopsy, far from revealing that Keisha's pregnancy caused her blood clot, showed evidence that the abortion caused a serious infection leading to her blood clot, according to Operation Rescue. Despite receiving "multiple blood product transfusions" and a Foley catheter balloon to stop massive uterine bleeding, she suffered hemorrhaging in the brain, inside the abdominal cavity, and from the uterus. She also had more than 40 ounces of fluid around her lungs.

Operation Rescue said this was no random blood clot, unrelated to Keisha's abortion, as the autopsy claims. "The UNM cause of death determination is simply not the truth," the organization said.

Read Keisha's autopsy report here.

Read Rep. Pearce’s letter to U.S. Attorney General Sessions demanding a federal investigation into both uncovered illegal activities and Keisha’s death here.

Operation Rescue urges concerned pro-lifers to contact Sessions and “demand that the Department of Justice conduct an immediate criminal investigation of UNM and the Southwestern Women’s Options abortion business.” Operation Rescue provides Sessions’ online communications form, office email address, Facebook address, Twitter comment, and homepage address.

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September 12, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Jim Caviezel, the actor who played Jesus in The Passion of the Christ, will play St. Luke in a new movie about the apostle St. Paul.

Paul, Apostle of Christ is slated to be released from AFFIRM Films, a division of Sony, and ODB Films, in 2018. It began shooting in Malta recently, Variety reported.

The “inspirational drama” will tell the story of St. Paul, who went “from the most infamous persecutor[s] of Christians to Christ's most influential apostle,” according to the the producers' description.

It will take place primarily during Paul’s last days, when he was imprisoned and about to be executed.

James Faulkner of Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones will play Paul. 

“Paul changed from murdering Christians to becoming their unlikely leader. His life personifies 'forgiveness,' a concept that seems almost impossible today – but [is] desperately needed,” said Producer T.J. Berden.

Before he was called Paul, he was Saul and was breathed “murderous threats” against the disciples of Jesus, according to the Bible (Acts 9:1).

His conversion story is told three times in the Bible, “with some differences of detail owing to Luke’s use of different sources,” the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) explains in the footnotes of its online translation of the Bible. But in each account, the words of Jesus remain the same.

Christ’s words, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” are “related by Luke with no variation in all three accounts [and] exerted a profound and lasting influence on the thought of Paul,” the USCCB noted.

Chapter 9 of the Acts of the Apostles recounts how Paul (then Saul) was on his way to Damascus and planning to bring any Christians he met “back to Jerusalem in chains.”

“A light from the sky suddenly flashed around him” and Paul heard Jesus ask him why he was persecuting him. Paul’s companions “heard the voice but could see no one.” Upon his arrival in Damascus, God revealed that Paul was a “chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before Gentiles, kings, and Israelites.”

He also said he would show Paul “what he will have to suffer for my name.” Paul was baptized and began preaching about Jesus in synagogues, to the astonishment of everyone who’d known him before as a man eager to persecute Christians.

While Paul is in prison, “Mamertine Prison's ambitious prefect,” Mauritius, “seeks to understand how this broken old man can pose such a threat,” according to the film’s producers. “As Paul's days grow shorter, he feverishly works from prison to further the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and embolden his followers to stand strong in their faith against Roman persecution far greater than has ever been seen.”

“Next to Jesus, no one played a more central role in the growth of early church than the Apostle Paul,” said AFFIRM Films executive vice president Rich Peluso. “He wrote a vast swath of the New Testament and traveled more than 10,000 miles by foot to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This gripping film dives deep into the final months before Paul's execution under Nero as he reconciles his faith with his past persecution of the church.”

Caviezel is also working on a sequel to The Passion of the Christ with Mel Gibson. It will tell the story of the Resurrection.

“There is a purpose in my life again,” he said of his work on the sequel.

Caviezel is a devout Catholic who has called abortion “the greatest moral defect of the western world.”

Neither Paul, Apostle of Christ or the sequel to The Passion of the Christ appear to be listed on Caviezel's IMDB page yet.

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Planned Parenthood center director admits its customers are poor, young ‘women of color’

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September 13, 2017 (Pregnancy Help News) -- Like a broken clock that’s right twice a day, you can count on Planned Parenthood to tell the truth every now and then. It’s just that, when the truth is out, it’s about as ugly as you can imagine.

Take the most recent example, an NPR news report out of Atlanta — a glowing look at Planned Parenthood Southeast and the abortuary it opened on the east side of Atlanta on Saturday, September 9.

Celebrating the new East Side location, which effectively replaces a downtown facility that was shut down in March 2016, Planned Parenthood Southeast president Staci Fox reminded the world about the long-term business strategy for the nation’s leading abortion chain: Target minorities and poor people, then profit off them through abortion.

“Predominantly our patients are about 15-29 years old, women of color living at 150 percent or more under the federal poverty level and those are the women who qualify for Medicaid,” Fox told NPR.

Each year, over 33,000 preborn children are aborted in Georgia — each representing a boost for Planned Parenthood Southeast's bottom line.

Presiding over a three-state affiliate that brought in a record $8.7 million in 2015 — including $2.6 million in “program service revenue,” better known as “abortion fees” — Fox was joined at the ribbon-cutting by U.S. Representatives John Lewis and Hank Johnson, who are both members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Rep. Lewis made his mark as a civil rights leader walking alongside Martin Luther King Jr., but has long supported abortion on-demand — including a vote in favor of partial-birth abortion — earning a 100 percent rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Founded by eugenicist Margaret Sanger, whose stated purpose was to purify the human race by ridding it of “human weeds” she considered a “clog” to society, the overwhelming majority of Planned Parenthood abortion clinics — including the new site in East Atlanta — are located within walking distance of predominately black or Hispanic neighborhoods.

While Blacks and Latinos make up just 13 percent and 18 percent, respectively, of the U.S. population, they combine for 53 percent of abortions each year, according to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute.

Planned Parenthood, Guttmacher and abortion supporters in the media and political spheres consistently deny that abortion disproportionately robs the lives of the unborn in minority and low-income communities, but their bottom line tells a far more accurate story.

You can add those unwittingly truthful comments from Staci Fox to the list admitting the fact that Planned Parenthood targets minorities and poor people.

​Reprinted with permission from Pregnancy Help News.

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September 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Back in January 1995, my wife and I were honored to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee on behalf of a provision in the Contract With America for a $5,000 tax credit for adoptive families. Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s Restaurants and The Dave Thomas Adoption Foundation, himself an adoptee, was one of three other panelists.

Adoption is expensive, and many couples who would have liked to have built their families through adoption simply couldn’t afford to.  

In order to adopt Michael — our one-year-old son who stole the show on Capitol Hill that day — we were fortunate to be able to refinance our modest home. We soon wanted to adopt a brother or sister for him but weren’t sure if we could swing it. As I told the congressional committee, “Scraping together the money to adopt Michael was like trying to scrape together the money for a downpayment on a house. For ordinary folks, adoption is a big financial challenge.”

In the end, the adoption tax credit bill was passed and signed into law the following year by President Bill Clinton. Alas, it came a little late for the adoption of our second son, Christopher, to qualify, but that’s OK. In the years since then, we have been thanked by countless families who have benefited from the adoption tax credit, who have told us that without it adoption would have been out of reach.

Fast forward to September 2017. As a representative of LifeSiteNews, I was part of a small group of pro-family, pro-child activists who met with Ivanka Trump, Senator Mike Lee (Utah), and Arizona Congressman David Schweikert at Americans for Tax Reform’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. We were there to make a case for expanding the current child tax credit (CTC) from $1,000 annually to at least $2,000. Emphasis on “at least.”

Having seen what the adoption tax credit has done to help build and strengthen families, and especially to help children who might otherwise languish in overburdened foster care systems, it’s a no brainer: Increasing the CTC would be a boon for children, especially those in households with modest incomes.

It costs a lot of money to raise a child. According to the White House,

  • A typical American family spends 29 percent of after-tax income on childcare costs;

  • Average annual tuition at an American daycare center is nearly $10,000;  

  • The average annual cost of center-based care for two children exceeds the annual median rent in every state;  

  • The cost of full-time infant care outstrips the cost of in-state tuition at a public four-year university in two-thirds of the states and exceeds the average food spending in every state.  

Ms. Trump told us, “This administration is pushing for the largest child tax credit possible” and “would also like to see it be made refundable against payroll taxes, so that more lower income families can fully benefit from the credit.”  

The American Enterprise Institute’s Michael Strain said applying the child tax credit to payroll taxes is “a very important policy innovation that will help people who really do need help, people who are not making six-figure incomes and who are really solidly in the working class,” adding, “there’s quite a bit to be said about having a larger child credit in the year that your child is born.”

Ralph Reed, founder of the Faith and Family Coalition, likes increasing the CTC because “It empowers the parents and the family rather than Washington and bureaucrats.”

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, also present at the meeting, echoed Ivanka Trump’s message, passionately voicing the populist sentiment brewing throughout the country, “The tax code screws families.” The American family is “the ultimate small business in America, and yet it gets nothing from the federal tax code, except a few pennies.”

“Look at the American family for what it really is: A small business with income, expenditures, and operational costs,” said Santorum. The American family’s product is children and it invests capital in developing those children. As a business, the family would write off its ‘investment’ put into raising kids. “[E]xpenses every year — would be a ‘cost of production.’ But in the American tax code it is completely ignored. You can write off none of that.”

Ivanka Trump assured the pro-family leaders gathered, “This administration is committed to keeping working families at the forefront of our agenda, and working with each of you to push forward robust tax reform.”  

Increasing the child tax credit is an important part of any family/child-centric tax reform, and a great place to start. This should be an easy bipartisan effort for Congress and the White House, welcomed by constituents of all political stripes from sea to shining sea.

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