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Lithuania rejects legalization of same-sex ‘marriage’

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June 22, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The Lithuanian parliament (Seimas) rejected a proposal last week for legalization of same-sex partnerships put forth mostly by members of the liberal faction.

Twenty-nine members of Seimas voted in support for the legalization of same-sex partnerships, 59 voted against, and 20 abstained from voting. During the first stage of legislation, abstaining is essentially equivalent to voting against the project because it must collect the majority of supporting votes.

Nine conservatives and nine social democrats expressed support for the legalization of partnerships, as did eight liberals and three non-attached members. No member of the parliament from the factions of ruling Farmers and Greens Union, Order and Justice, and Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania supported the proposal for partnerships.

The project for same-sex partnerships was not returned for revision and was rejected completely. Sixty-four members of Seimas voted against the project being returned for revision and 43 voted in support of it.

“According to polls, more than 80 percent of Lithuanians are clearly against any form of same-sex partnership and the number exceeds 90 percent among the voters of the ruling Farmers and Greens party,” said Vytautas Sinica, a political scientist at Vilnius University. “It has become a bad habit in Lithuania to vote not according to the will of the majority of the people and moral principles, but to please liberal media and Brussels bureaucrats. National consensus on moral issues is tried to be breached. It is clear to see in the 'conservative' Homeland Union, whose members almost split in half on the issue, that the youngest generation of supposed conservatives is voting against the natural family. This landslide decision, decided mostly by the ruling party votes, is not that big in effect, but seems an inspiring turn of events for the traditional voters in Lithuania.”

The same-sex partnerships proposal was rejected soon after parliament voted for the Agreement of Cohabitation Act, drafted mostly by members of farmers and conservatives representatives. The aim of the Agreement is to coordinate and address the legal status of all residents who are living together, from which practical problems arise. This includes friends, adult brothers and/or sisters, monks, whoever lives together with or without romantic sentiment. The emotional aspect in such situations is considered meaningless, according to the advanced legislation. However, according to the Agreement, cohabiting persons who do not declare an aim to create a familial relationship (that is, they’re not getting married) and do not have shared offspring are not to be considered a family. Therefore, this Agreement would protect the natural family because it would not equate other forms of living together to the exceptional union of a married man and woman with their children. The project is yet to go through further legislative steps.

Lithuanians are one of the most socially conservative nations in the European Union and one of only a few remaining EU countries with no form of legal recognition of same-sex couples.

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Ave Maria University: a leader in the pro-life movement

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AVE MARIA, Florida, June 22, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Ave Maria University is a bright, beautiful beacon of hope and joy on the Florida landscape, where a vibrant pro-life culture is cultivated, lived and channeled into heroic activism. One recent graduate proclaims, “Ave Maria students are the pro-life future, the generation that will bring an end to abortion!”

Situated on a beautiful new campus, this Catholic liberal arts institution of higher learning is “devoted to Mary the Mother of God, inspired by St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Calcutta, and dedicated to the formation of joyful, intentional followers of Jesus Christ through Word and Sacrament, scholarship and service.”

Brietta Haynes, a newly minted Ave Maria University graduate, told LifesiteNews, “There is something special about the Ave Maria pro-life community; I have not been to another place where the movement is not only so alive and enthusiastic, but is organizing pragmatically to defend life.” Brietta is now working for Students for Life of America.  She was also a recipient of Ave Maria’s Jon Sharfenberger Pro-Life Scholarship.

Brietta continues, “Clearly, among Catholic institutions of higher learning, Ave Maria is a leader in the pro-life movement, an unabashed and unapologetic leader whose networks in the movement and day-to-day leadership are impressive and influential, certainly more so than those of larger, more prominently known Catholic universities.”

Earlier this year, Ave Maria University sent an enormous contingent200 students, faculty, staff, and administrators — to the March for Life in Washington, D.C.  

Corinne Zay, a rising senior at Ave Maria, is president of the University’s Students for Life club and is interning this summer at the March for Life organization in D.C. She describes how she and her fellow students are determined not just to end abortion but to protect and honor human dignity at every stage of life. Their dedication has led to amazing creative efforts to reach out to those who face imminent, weighty life issues.

“In cultivating a culture of life on campus, we work to defend life from conception to natural death. Our club is not just focused on the issue of abortion but all life issues. We currently have an initiative where students can write to a death row inmate. About 50 students have pen-pals on death row and communicate with them regularly to support them in prayer.”

“One of the most exciting things we have just launched . . . was our Pregnant on Campus initiative. It was in this initiative that we were able to open the discussion and dialogue regarding pregnant and parenting students, something many people ignored as a possibility. By recognizing and opening the room to discuss pregnant and parenting students, we have created a culture that supports and loves mothers and their children. Ave Maria is a place where life is valued and never a mistake.”

Nora Anderson describes how her commitment to pro-life issues arose from personal tragedy:  “I am pro-life because I have experienced the destruction and anguish that the culture of death inflicts on a family when it marginalizes and disregards human life.

When my great-aunt was euthanized by the denial of food and water, I made her a promise that I will keep until I die: I will never allow the injustice of euthanasia and abortion to continue without fighting them with all the energy I have. As long as they are happening, I cannot pretend that they are not. The United States is drowning in the blood of our brother and sisters and we cannot continue to ignore the pain and destruction that the disregard for human life brings.”  

In a wonderful Facebook video, Nora tells viewers “Any way you choose to do it, we’re called to live pro-life every day.”

She didn’t stop there. Nora was just getting started: “To be pro-life means to love life, to embrace life, to encourage life and to encourage the joy of life and the joy that it is to live in Christ, in His mercy and His love.”

Brietta sums up the high-energy pro-life campus environment, “The pro-life movement is deeply rooted at Ave Maria University. Positive, ever-present, and energetic, the pro-life movement, which is an integral part of the campus, is very much alive. The majority of the student body are members of the Students for Life club, for example, which host activities that range from praying outside of abortion clinics, helping out local crisis pregnancy centers, and traveling to and participating in the annual March for Life in Washington D.C. Ave Maria’s internship program offers opportunities to work in the pro-life movement as crisis pregnancy center counselors and development/fundraising interns or even interning in New York City for the Sisters of Life for a summer! I myself was blessed to participate in both those internships which, without a doubt, set me up for my own pro-life advocacy as well as many other students’. And, of course, Ave Maria’s law school is well known for its dedication to defending life.”

A culture of life thrives on the Ave Maria University campus. It not only thrives, it dominates. And as if that were not enough, the campus is located less than 30 miles from Florida’s Gulf Coast beaches.

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Trump admin tells United Nations: Abortion is not ‘family planning’

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June 22, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The new U.S. delegation to the United Nations has rejected a resolution on violence against women because it called for abortion to continue in countries where it's legal. 

Canada introduced the resolution, which was adopted by consensus.

The U.S. said they supported it in "spirit," but not its call for "comprehensive sexual and health-care services" and "safe abortion where such services are permitted by national law." 

"We do not recognize abortion as a method of family planning, nor do we support abortion in our reproductive health assistance," said U.S. First Secretary to the U.N. in Geneva Jason Mack. The U.S. "must dissociate from the consensus," he said as reported by Reuters.

The Canadian government has made the "elimination of violence against women" a foreign policy priority. In its outline of what this means, there is no mention of gendercide. 

Gendercide is the systematic killing of girls in the womb or after birth because of their gender. There are over 37 million missing girls in China because of gendercide. It's a problem in India and other countries as well. In 2012, a Live Action investigation revealed that abortion facilities in America are willing to participate in sex-selective abortions.

In April, the Trump administration pulled funding from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) over its cooperation with China's forced abortion regime. President Trump also reinstated the Mexico City Policy preventing U.S. taxdollars from funding abortion and the promotion of abortion overseas.

Trump picked the former governor of South Carolina, pro-life Nikki Haley, to serve as U.S. ambassador to the U.N. 

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Her doctors and husband told Rosa to abort. She chose life

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ORANGE, California, June 22, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Two different doctors told her to abort. Her husband was inclined to agree with them. But despite a serious adverse prenatal diagnosis and feeling like she had no support, Rosa Perez chose life for her baby.

Perez gave birth to her daughter in 2011, after being told by doctors her child’s condition was so severe that she would give birth to a “monster.”

The moment her daughter was born, after her husband told her it was a girl, Perez knew it was a miracle. So through the anesthesia from her C-section, Perez promptly said, “Her name will be Milagros.”

Milagros has no legs and a cleft palate. She has had many surgeries and faced challenges, with more to come. But the little girl is full of joy, she just finished kindergarten and is set to attend first grade in the fall. Her mother describes her as very self-assured, strong and independent.

Things have not been easy for Perez and her family.

But the care and support she received after encountering Alejandra Baker, the 40 Days for Life director for Orange County, California, after Perez walked out of the local Planned Parenthood was the difference between her languishing alone and being empowered to choose life.

Despite the difficulties, the devoted mother remains clear about who is the author of life.

“The diagnosis of a doctor does not compare to the love and the warmth of a parent,” Perez told LifeSiteNews. “God has the last word.”

“It’s in good hands,” she said. “It’s worth keeping your baby until God wants to take your baby.”

How it began

It was during a 40 Days for Life campaign in the spring of 2011 when Perez walked out of Planned Parenthood 18 weeks pregnant and Baker approached her.

“I could tell that Rosa was in distress and that she did not want the abortion,” Baker recalled. “But she felt that she had no way out.”

Doctors had told Perez that she needed to abort because her body wouldn’t hold the baby, and the child would come out in pieces. They told her the baby had no nose or chin, and probably wouldn’t have internal organs either.

One doctor implied that Perez just wanted to be dependent on the government by keeping her baby.

It was heartbreaking for Perez to hear those words from the doctor. She felt so lonely, and she didn’t want to have those feelings because she knew they would transfer to her baby.

Perez responded, “I’m not interested in the assistance, I just want my baby. I’m willing to raise my baby. Just tell me what I need to do.”

Regardless, it was the doctor who made not one, but several appointments for Perez at Planned Parenthood.

They didn’t want to continue to monitor her pregnancy, Baker told LifeSiteNews.

Perez thought if she went to the appointment they would stop pressuring her, not fully realizing what awaited her at the abortion giant’s Orange County location.

The Planned Parenthood staff began by telling her she would first have a pregnancy test, Perez recalled, when she knew she was pregnant and didn’t need the test.

That’s when it was clear what was going on, and she left the facility.

Hope

“So when she came out came out, that’s when she saw me,” Baker said. “I told her, 'We’re going to take you to a pro-life doctor,' and she said, 'Yes, I want that.'”

Her decision to choose life cause some friction in her family, but Prez found strength in God, surrounding herself with supportive friends from her church.

When Milagros was born, Perez told hospital staff to give her whatever care she needed, even if it meant she couldn’t see her right away.

“I accept her as she is,” she told them.

Milagros was moved to another hospital specializing in pediatric care while Perez recovered at the first hospital. Milagros remained in intensive care for almost three months.

Once Perez was released, she stayed there with Milagros and pumped breast milk for her for 7 1/2 months. Milagros couldn’t nurse because of her cleft palate, so she took her mother’s milk first through a tube in her nose and then via her stomach.

Although Milagros was born with no legs, she does have one foot. Before she turned one, she had one surgery to allow her to go to the bathroom, one on her chest for reflux, another to set up the feeding tube in her stomach, and yet another for her cleft palate.

She has had three ear surgeries because of ear infections, two surgeries on her tongue and a total of three on her cleft palate. She’ll have at least one more on her face and one for spina bifida. Milagros’ twice per week physical and occupational therapy sessions lasted until she was three. She now goes less frequently.

A little girl on the go

Perez gives full-time care to her daughter, except for when she is in school. It was Milagros who insisted on taking the bus to kindergarten, instead of her mother dropping her each day.

The little girl has a special wheelchair, but she also uses a skateboard to get around. She is always moving and loves to dance, her mother said, and even takes a dance class.

Milagros does get tired, but this doesn’t stop her.

Perez said sometimes as she crawls, her hands will bleed. Perez will beseech her to stop, but she said her daughter tells her, “Don’t worry Mommy, it's fine, it doesn’t hurt that much, I can do it.”

The challenges for the family do continue.

“It’s not easy,” Perez stated.

Still a miracle

But through it all, she continually sees how her daughter is a miracle. Perez shared with LifeSiteNews how her little girl gives witness to life each day through her joy and her love for everyone no matter the difficulties that may be before her. At times, the reminder of how miraculous her child is comes from others.

Perez once ran into a nurse from the hospital where Milagros was born when the two were dropping their children at school. The nurse took pictures of Milagros to show her co-workers, telling Perez, “We thought she wasn’t gonna make it. I can’t believe you’re here.”

When a local news station came to cover Milagros’ birthday party last year, the reporter remarked that it felt like an enchanted place full of love.

“I’ve been to parties with a lot of money,” the reporter said, “but I’ve never felt the love that I feel right now.”

One among tens of thousands of lives saved

Milagros is one of more than 13,000 children saved by 40 Days for Life since 2007, and she has appeared at events in conjunction with the pro-life outreach. She’s too young to really grasp why she gets the attention she does when she makes an appearance. She just enjoys the love.

Perez plans to share the full story when Milagros is old enough to understand. Her goal is to equip her daughter so that she helps other children in similar situations. She has been documenting everything and has an album to show her.

Baker has served nine times as director for 40 Days for Life, being part of roughly 17 saves by her local campaign. They’re all special, though Milagros does stand out.

“The inspiration this little girl has been, that’s what keeps us going,” she said. “Just thinking about it, it’s joy. It brings you to tears. You see them alive and you say, 'It’s worth it.'”

Perez would tell other parents facing an adverse prenatal diagnosis that nothing matters as much as loving your child.

“The love and the care can do it all,” she told LifeSiteNews. “It’s worth even if God takes the baby as soon as the baby is born. It’s worth it to hold your baby.”

40 Days for Life is currently accepting applications for communities to host the fall 2017 campaign. Click HERE for more information.

 

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Father’s lawsuit claims his son was wrongly accused of gay slur before committing suicide

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FORT WORTH, Texas, June 22, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The father of a University of Texas at Arlington student who committed suicide is suing the university and another student who accused his son of making a gay slur against him in class.

Wayne Klocke filed suit in U.S. District Court in April arguing that the university mishandled a reported instance of sexual harassment between his son, Thomas, and the other student, Nicholas Watson.

Watson, who is gay, accused Thomas Klocke of typing anti-gay slurs on his computer during a class they both attended last May. Klocke, a heterosexual male, vigorously denied the charge.

And even though university investigators found no evidence to support the claims, Klocke was kicked out of the class and his grade suffered, putting his graduation and further plans at risk.

Klocke killed himself last June after being punished by the university for sexual misconduct.

Along with UTA denying Thomas the benefits of his education, the suit contends “the actionable misconduct of UTA and Watson foreseeably injured Thomas, causing him immense embarrassment, the destruction of his reputation and severe mental anguish and pain,” all of which helped lead to Thomas taking his own life.

The suit accuses the university of violating Title IX and accuses Watson of defamation.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 concerns discrimination or harassment based upon sex and requires educational institutions to address such issues or risk losing federal funding.

The lawsuit also alleges the university ignored his son’s claims of unwanted sexual advances on the part of Watson and suggests that Klocke’s rejection of Watson led Watson to make up his story, potentially for fear that he himself could be accused of sexual misconduct.

Both UTA and Watson have filed motions to dismiss the lawsuit.

The suit also argues the university’s actions were a result of it seeking to make itself look good as a leader in addressing sexual harassment and other aggression on campus, alleging “bias and stereotyping against males accused of sexual harassment, sexual violence or aggressive behavior.”

Others crying foul

Wayne Klocke is not alone in saying as the lawsuit claims that his son was denied due process.

“If every other egregious example of a male student denied due process after being accused of sexual misconduct gets ignored – this one should not be,” wrote Watchdog.org's Ashe Schow.

The headline in her piece called the process by which Klocke was adjudicated a “Title IX kangaroo court.” Schow continued, “College administrators, as well as members of the media and legislators, would do well to remember the name Thomas Klocke.”

National Review’s David French wrote that by denying students due process, American universities have put themselves on the edge of a constitutional crisis, and he noted the suit’s allegation that the universities have sought acclaim for addressing sexual violence on campus.

The claims in the lawsuit are “extraordinary,” French wrote, and “if proven true — should send chills down the spines of parents of male children.”

Wayne Klocke filed his suit as independent administrator of the estate of his son, and alleges that UTA discriminated against Thomas based on his gender and status as an accused male aggressor.

The suit states that universities “have sought prestige and publicity portraying themselves as leaders in curtailing sexual harassment, sexual violence and aggressive behavior on campus.”

Therefore, “For public relations purposes, and to preserve their federal funding, eligibility,” they “have a vested interest in enacting swift and harsh punishment (almost always upon males) who are merely accused of sexual harassment, sexual violence or aggressive behavior, in order to preserve the appearance of their leadership on the issue of curtailing the same.”

Due process?

After the alleged incident, Watson contacted a senior university administrator whom he knew, the university’s vice president of student affairs and dean of students.

Instead of starting the school’s Title IX process for addressing complaints of sexual harassment or gender discrimination, the dean helped Watson prepare a claim that completely skirted normal procedures.

The dean is said to have assigned the case to the school’s associate director of academic integrity, who immediately issued an order banning Klocke from both contacting his accuser — whom he did not know — and also prohibited him from attending the class where the incident took place.

Further, and importantly, Klocke was also barred from contacting any member of the class, directly or through any other person. This would have blocked him from seeking statements corroborating his account of things.

The dean later reportedly banned Wayne Klocke, an attorney, from attending a meeting pertaining to the case with his son, before then deciding the dispute having not followed the university’s own procedures.

He did so also without affording Klocke the chance to contact or call witnesses, and likewise without hearing from any witnesses who could verify either student’s claims.

The school has denied that it deviated from required processes and claims that it “followed its policies and procedures.”

“This is a tragic situation and we express our deepest condolences to the family for their loss,” a university statement said. “The welfare of our students is our highest priority. Any loss is a heartbreaking one for our entire community. The university followed its policies and procedures. This is now the subject of a lawsuit in federal court; therefore, we are unable to respond further at this time.”

What happened that day

The accounts of what took place in the classroom last May 19 conflict completely.

Watson accused Klocke of typing “gays should die” into the search bar of his web browser during a class discussion on “privilege.” Watson said he responded to this by typing into his own computer, “I’m gay.” He alleges that Klocke then said he was a “f****t” and should consider killing himself.

Klocke’s account has Watson making unwanted sexual advances, beginning by Watson calling him “beautiful.” Klocke had said he responded by typing into his web browser, “Stop, I’m straight.” Watson replied by typing, “I’m gay,” and reportedly kept glancing at Klocke, who eventually got up and moved seats.

After university officials had completed their handling of the dispute, Klocke received a letter last May 25 informing him he had been found responsible for harassment, despite their having acknowledged during the process there was no evidence to support the claim.

Klocke was then put on disciplinary probation for the rest of his time at UTA, and would have this placed on his disciplinary record. It was never explained to him why he was found responsible without evidence.

“UTA’s disparate treatment of the respective reported allegations of misconduct by Watson and Thomas could not have been more blatant,” the lawsuit states. “UTA leapfrogged over any investigation or hearing of the allegations against Thomas – presuming and finding him guilty of a disciplinary code violation merely because of the allegations.”

“In contrast, UTA completely ignored Thomas’ allegations against Watson,” it continued, “subjected him to no investigation or disciplinary inquiry at all, and chose instead, to retaliate against Thomas for accusing Watson of misconduct, and not admitting his own guilt.”

The matter should have been reported to a Title IV coordinator who oversaw the investigation, received information about what the investigation showed, and then that person would have a determination as to whether there would have been a hearing, the family’s attorney, Kenneth Chaiken, told NBC-5.

“The complaint was literally accepted as true without any supporting evidence,” Chaiken said, “no process, no procedure, no hearing, no opportunity to present controverting evidence.”

Thomas Klocke’s family is seeking monetary damages and attorney fees from UTA. They also seek actual damages and exemplary or punitive damages from Watson.

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Court drops charges against pro-life investigators who exposed Planned Parenthood

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SAN FRANCISCO, California, June 22, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The San Francisco Superior Court dropped 14 of the 15 criminal charges on Wednesday against David Daleiden, Sandra Merritt and the Center for Medical Progress as "legally insufficient."  

Daleiden and Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress recorded investigative videos of Planned Parenthood conferences, exposing the abortion giant's grisly practices, including the illegal sale of aborted baby parts for profit.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, an abortion proponent who received thousands of dollars in campaign donations from both Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Rights Action League as a Democratic politician, disregarded the facts revealed by the undercover videos and instead attacked the messenger, seeking to destroy Daleiden's credibility.

Becerra brought 15 charges against Daleiden, 28, and Merritt, 64.

"This is a politically motivated prosecution," Daleiden responded.

While Judge Christopher Hite dismissed 14 of Becerra’s 15 accusations, the San Francisco court left plenty of room for the charges to be reinstated. Hite dismissed the charges with "leave to amend," which means Becerra could present new or more specific evidence and simply refile his accusations.

Last year, another set of charges that pro-abortionists brought against Daleiden and Merritt in Houston were also dropped.

The only retained charge is that Merritt conspired to invade privacy. However, no undercover investigative journalist has ever been so charged. The law applies to private conversations, and the CMP videos were taken in a public venue. Also, Becerra prosecuted Merritt without allowing her to constitutionally face her accusers, and Becerra did not give proper legal notice so Merritt could mount a defense.

“Sandra Merritt did nothing wrong," Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver explained. "The complaint by the California attorney general is unprecedented and frankly will threaten every journalist who provides valuable information to the public.”

Some in the mainstream media failed to provide all the details. KGO-TV, a San Francisco ABC affiliate, did not report on the dropped charges but instead stated that "the hearing ended with the judge continuing the case." WKZO radio reported that Daleiden and Merritt "lost their bid for dismissal."

Becerra and his office issued a similar statement. "The Judge requested more specificity in the charging document, specifically to identify the videos that are the basis of the charges. The California Department of Justice has 10 days to amend the complaint and will be making the requested changes."

According to Reuters news service, Becerra has until July 17 to refile.

In a related development, pro-abortion media were widely touting that Daleiden and Merritt and even their lawyers were facing jail time for releasing the names of some of the abortion conventioneers they secretly videotaped.  

In response to the leaked names, Becerra joined the National Abortion Federation in requesting that Daleiden and his attorneys be held in contempt of court. Daleiden, for his part, tweeted: 

Judge Hite did not take any disciplinary action against Daleiden's lawyers, who posted the sealed information online May 25 and later deleted it. Hite told the attorneys to keep the accusers' names confidential.

Meanwhile, many Christians are not only praising Daleiden but are calling for him to be recognized as an American hero.

"David Daleiden is a courageous hero for exposing the gory reality of the abortion industry and its sale of baby body parts," Arina Grossu of the Family Research Council (FRC) wrote in a press release. "The implicated parties, including the National Abortion Federation (NAF) and Planned Parenthood, want to hide the truth from the general public about 'the heads that get stuck', the baby eyeballs falling into laps during abortions, using forceps to 'pull off a leg or two', and executives even admitting that abortion is violence and killing a person.”

“The perpetrators exposed in these videos should be put in jail, not the messenger exposing them,” Grossu concluded.

"The story is not over yet," Daleiden told the FRC. "I'm all in. We have more videos that have yet to be released and there are more battles that have yet to be fought. I'm not giving up."

There is still a pending civil lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood and the NAF in California.

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June 22, 2017 (Euthanasia Prevention Coalition) — One year after the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide, Canada has become the prime example of how legalizing assisted dying cannot be controlled and why these laws are naturally expansive. Society needs policies that encourage caring and not killing.

On June 17, 2016; Canada's Senate passed euthanasia bill (C-14) in time for their summer break. Even though some groups claimed victory based on the amendments to C-14, EPC was concerned by the fact that the most dangerous language in C-14 remained intact.

Bill C-14 employs poorly defined language that (in my opinion) is designed to enable expansion of Canada's euthanasia law.

More people are dying by euthanasia than projected.

Even though we are well into 2017, the data from 2016 indicates that there were 970 reported assisted deaths in Canada

Other than Québec, where there were 463 deaths in the full year, these deaths occurred in 6.5 months (June 17 - Dec 31). The percentage of assisted deaths is highest in British Columbia, where there were 188 assisted deaths, where they have two euthanasia clinics, as compared to 189 assisted deaths in Ontario. The 970 reported assisted deaths represented 0.6% of all deaths in Canada. 

There may be more assisted deaths than reported

According to the report, not every province has a legal requirement to report assisted deaths while Nunavut and the Yukon territories did not submit information based on privacy concerns and the small number of assisted deaths.

CBC news report (April 20) stated that there were more than 1324 assisted deaths since legalization.

The number of deaths is high in comparison to Belgium where there was 235 reported assisted deaths in its first full year (2003), 349 in its second full year and 393 in its third full year after legalization. Currently Belgium is approximately 1/3 of Canada's population. 

In 2015, there were 2021 reported Belgian assisted deaths, up from 1924 reported assisted deaths in 2014. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (March 2015) found that more than 40% of the assisted deaths were not reported in 2013.

Conscience rights for medical professionals are not protected.

Bill C-14 did not protect conscience rights for medical professionals. The Coalition for HealthCare and Conscience launched a legal challenge to the Ontario College of Physicians policy that forces physicians, who oppose killing, to "effectively refer" their patients to a physician who will kill. Effective referral is defined as referral for the purpose of the act. The court case was heard (June 13 - 15) in an Ontario court. Some physicians will leave Ontario if they are forced to participate in euthanasia.

At the same time, the Québec government has pressured palliative care units to participate in euthanasia.

Conscience rights are recognized in Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedom but the euthanasia lobby claims that patients have a "right to access" euthanasia and thus claim that conscience rights must be limited.

Expansion of euthanasia law.

Before the ink was dry, the first court case was launched to expand Bill C-14. Recently two people from Montreal launched a similar court case to expand Canada's euthanasia law to people who are not terminally ill.

Canada's federal government did not waste time to announce that they were conducting research into expanding euthanasia to people with dementia, who stated in their advanced directive that they wanted to die by euthanasia, children, and people with psychological suffering alone.
 

Abuse of the law.

The law requires the physician, or nurse practitioner, who lethally injects their patient to self-report the act. Self-reporting systems enables those who lethally inject their patients in questionable circumstances to cover-up abuse of the law. 

In late September 2016, Dr Will Johnston reported on two British Columbia deaths that appear to abuse the euthanasia law. In November I was contacted by a man who stated that his Aunt, who died by euthanasia, may only have had a bladder infection.

According to the Québec government first year report 14% of the assisted deaths did not comply with the law.

The euthanasia debate needs to go beyond theory and buzz words and become based on human reality. People usually ask for euthanasia when they are emotionally and/or psychologically distraught by their medical or personal situation. Therefore euthanasia becomes an abandonment of people at the most vulnerable time of their life.

The answer to euthanasia is to care for people and not to kill people.

Further to that, a Canadian bioethicist is already promoting euthanasia / organ donation, a study was published explaining that up to 138 million dollars can be saved by euthanasia.

Once society crosses the line and decides that it is acceptable to kill people, the only remaining question is who will be killed.

Meanwhile a Toronto study that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that requests for euthanasia were based on existential distress and not uncontrolled pain.

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Latin American countries fight transgender tyranny

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CANCUN, June 23 (C-Fam) - Latin American countries pushed back this week against further promotion of gender ideology in a resolution at the Organization of American States (OAS).

On Wednesday, the forty-seventh General Assembly of the OAS adopted the annual resolution “human rights, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression” as it has since 2008.  At the same time, however, it thwarted attempts to advance the protection of “sexual rights” further.

Unable to reach a consensus on this resolution at the OAS headquarters, member States held heated negotiations in Cancun.

The 2017 proposal went beyond any previously agreed-upon language, and beyond international law. It mentioned “individuals with intersex traits” as a new protected category and called for condemnation of undefined “homophobia and transphobia.”

Paraguay and Jamaica explained their refusal to adopt the resolution, citing national laws and constitutions. They proposed alternatives in order to reach a consensus; the “LGBTI core-group,” however, would not compromise.

Luís Carlos Garcia Escobar, representative of the Permanent Mission of Paraguay to the OAS, lamented the unwillingness of the sponsors of the resolution to modify the new text in any way so as to make it acceptable to all. “Instead of working to create consensual documents, we are left with adhesion agreements,” he explained. “We are worried with this dynamic,” he said.

Jamaica’s Julia Elizabeth Hyatt echoed his words, backed by the delegations of Suriname, Saint Lucia, and Barbados.

For the first time since 2008 pro-family states did not bend to the pressure of LGBTI advocates. On the last day, consensus was reached on adopting last year’s resolution. Reservations on the whole text came from Paraguay, Jamaica, Guatemala, Suriname, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados.

Following adoption by the General Assembly, the Canadian Ambassador defined the result as “a missed opportunity.”

Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, Saint Lucia’s Minister of External Affairs explained her country’s position, saying “Saint Lucia cannot commit to any provision that undermines the institution of the family, or that may lead to the creation of controversial ‘sexual rights’ that may conflict with the rights of children and their families.”

Flood-Beaubrun reminded the room that international binding provisions protect the family as “the natural and fundamental unity of society,” and stressed her own country’s duty to protect it, and to protect the children.

The pro-family advocates from the Americas had hoped that the resolution would go to a vote, which was expected to be close, but they were bolstered nonetheless by the result, which came on the heels of other recent victories.

On June 15, hundreds of legislators from the Americas met in Mexico City where they released a declaration, signed by more than seven hundred politicians, explicitly denouncing OAS attempts to disregard sovereignty and to reinterpret international law through an ideological lens.

The Declaration calls on the Inter-American Human Rights’ Court and Commission to respect the family and the right to life from conception. It condemns abortion, and reiterates there is no right to same-sex unions, marriage, or to homosexual adoption in international law.

Another event bolstering pro-life advocates at the OAS General Assembly was the warm reception delegates gave to a presentation by Andrea Flores, a twenty-six year old woman affected by spastic brain paralysis.

As a member of the civil society, Flores delivered a statement to the OAS’ Heads of States, on Monday.

She condemned what she calls “true discrimination”—that of disabled children that begins in the womb and continues throughout their lives. The room, including OAS bureaucracy, fell in love with her.

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Ontario releases offensive, anti-child ad: Kids are annoying, use birth control

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June 22, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — I was scrolling through the news on our publicly funded CBC website the other day and, when I clicked on one video for a story, I had to first watch a 15-second advertisement (this one funded by the government of Ontario). The ad may seem tame enough to the average viewer, but it was shocking to me and left me with many different questions and thoughts. Check it out here:

A few thoughts swimming through my head after watching the ad:

  1. What in the world is a cash-strapped province doing advertising birth control? How much did they spend on creating and on airing this ad?

  2. Why advertise one choice over another when it comes to having children? Why sell (which is what ads do) childlessness over having and nurturing children? (I’m not saying the government needs to do the latter, just questioning why they chose to do the former at the expense of the latter.)

  3. Connected with selling childlessness, the attitude toward children in this ad is pretty deplorable. I can’t imagine anyone with children or hoping for children even dreaming up such an ad. Take it from a guy who, with my wife, desires to have more kids: this ad is pretty offensive. It plays to a terribly self-centered attitude of being able to mindlessly scroll your phone and sip your latte without a care in the world, and certainly without what this ad portrays as the annoyance and hassle of kids.

  4. Not only is Ontario broke, its fertility rate is terribly low, well below the replacement level of 2.1 children per couple. The social and economic costs of this demographic trend are severe. It appears that the current government is either blind to these costs or willing to promote the trend despite the costs.

  5. My colleague suggested I leave this one alone, but I do wonder: Why did they choose to portray the child as red-haired? This minority happens to suffer much higher rates of bullying than other kids. The casting of a ginger child struck me as an intentional choice to emphasize the point of the ad, which is: “You don’t want one of these!”

The message of the ad is pretty obvious: “Isn’t life gonna suck with a kid? Make sure you get your birth control!” Basically the opposite of “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward” (Psalm 127).

I find the ad tasteless, a waste of money, displaying terrible moral judgment, and well outside the role of government. I hope we don’t see any more of these ads. If you agree, maybe send your Ontario MPP a respectful note.

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I’ve seen the future that transgender activists are fighting for… and it’s terrifying

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June 22, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — These days, it seems, the trans activists are everywhere. There was the “pregnant dad” guy who announced that he and his gay partner were going to have a child, chatting with several media outlets about the difficulty and discrimination he faces as a “pregnant man,” which the rest of us will have to be forgiven for pointing out is not a thing. There was Ontario’s Bill 89, which some critics warn could result in government officials removing children from Christian homes if they do not show adequate enthusiasm for the current gender ideology of the idiot elites (The best analysis of this bill I’ve seen so far is Andrea Mrozek’s essay in Convivium.) And then Bill C-16 passed on the federal level, against the warnings of academics like Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, who pointed out that the legislation was a dangerous attack on free speech.

While critics dismissed those who pointed out that people could actually be prosecuted for hate crimes if they refused to use recently-invented pronouns demanded by radical activists, the truth is that they are lying and they know it. Trans activists like Nick Matte, a lecturer in “transgender studies” and the Victim-In-Chief who accused Jordan B. Peterson of actual violence simply for questioning his bizarre ideas, are dangerous drama queens who fully intend to use the law to silence their opponents. After all, once you have reclassified dissent as violence, criminalizing and prosecuting such violence is the next logical step. As Bruce Pardy put it over in the National Post, this is nothing more than a fundamental re-conceptualizing of what human rights are, with trans activists using them to force people to say words they do not want to say and wielding them like a bludgeon.

It’s not just conservatives (and normal people who think the idea that a man can get pregnant is insane) who have concerns. Feminists warned that this bill could threaten female spaces, hastily clarifying that they meant spaces free of penises. Members of the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter spoke up, saying almost pleadingly that surely people could see the difference between biological women and men who claimed to be women. But many feminists are now considered to be enemies, and in the twisted worldview of guys like Nick Matte, I’m sure that they are “violent,” too. One recent story that showed just how far trans activists are willing to go was their protest at the “no penises” policy of a Toronto women’s spa.

Trans activists could not care less about how comfortable women and girls, including victims of sexual assault, are in facilities designated for their use. The feelings and fears of girls everywhere are immaterial to them: these “bigots” are simply in need of re-education, because society must be reshaped to suit the delusions of a tiny minority. If girls don’t want to see penises in their change room, they’ll just have to get over it. Trans activists are just getting started, as Brenda Cossman, the director of the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies noted in the Globe and Mail after the passage of Bill C-16:

From driver’s licenses to gender assignment on birth certificates, we need to fundamentally re-imagine the relationship between sex and gender. We need to move forward and join the growing number of countries that have legislated a right for gender self-determination. In 2012, for example, Argentina pioneered the first law for gender self-determination, allowing individuals to self-determine their gender identity and obliging government to respect this, including in its official documents (such as identity cards) and the health-care system (by providing free access to gender-affirmative medical care).

There it is in black and white, ladies and gentlemen. When Cossman says that “we” need to fundamentally re-imagine the relationship between sex and gender, she means you, too. You are required to believe that men can breastfeed. You are required to grit your teeth and smile when you are told that a person with a penis can change in the same bathroom as your young daughter. You must shake your head sorrowfully when you are informed that “transphobia” is running rampant because so many guys don’t want to date “girls” with male genitalia. You must be fervently in favor of giving hormone blockers and perhaps even genital mutilation to children, who in the world of trans activists are not old enough to vote or buy beer but are old enough to make a decision that will irreversibly transform their identity.

Trans activists are constructing the legal framework for a brave new world. The media and most of the politicians have already fallen obediently into line. Be prepared to have insanity foisted on you with a ferocity only those who desperately need the approval of others can muster.

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Nancy Pelosi says homosexuality is ‘consistent’ with Catholicism. Are Church leaders taking her lead?

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WARNING: This article begins with a graphic clinical statement because all Catholics need to know the truth and not remain oblivious to it.

June 22, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — When a man and a woman make love, the miracles of conception and birth are possible. When two men attempt the same, the most glorious result possible is an anal discharge of semen mixed with fecal matter.  

Despite the striking contrast, high-profile Catholics in positions of power and influence in North America are no longer able to detect any important difference between the two.  They not only accept being ‘gay’ as fully normal, they promote ‘same-sex marriage,’ a.k.a., anti-conjugal, anti-complementary, genderless marriage, as fully equal to marriage between a man and a woman.

You already know many of their names: Catholic Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, for whom ‘gay’ marriage is a ‘core principle;’ Catholic U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who invented a national right for genderless marriage; Catholic former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who has performed genderless marriages; Catholic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who asserts same-sex “marriage” is perfectly "consistent" with Catholicism; Catholic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Catholic Virginia Senator and 2016 Hillary Clinton running mate Tim Kaine and many others who energetically advocate for homonormativity.

At the same time, these Catholic VIPs are becoming increasingly incapable of discerning the difference between male and female and the significance of complementarity. They now promote transnormativity.   

Clearly, something is awry with prevailing views of marriage and human dignity among our Catholic elites when sodomy constitutes marital consummation and genitalia is no longer indicative of gender.  

The fact that they continue to enjoy full communion with the Church despite broadcasting lies which defy natural law and deny the Gospel has only served to embolden them and invite others to follow their lead.

The minds of leading Catholics have sunk from dullness, to darkness, to depravity, and they are intent on dragging each of us down with them – by force of law, if necessary –  and if not us, our children.  

The bigger picture Is worse.  Much worse

Put aside the world of North American Catholic political and societal elites for a moment. A far more grave threat stares us in the face.

What will happen when a critical mass of the Church’s prelates and clerics similarly untether themselves from truth? What will happen when they find the ways of the world more attractive than the message of the Gospel, trading the Church’s magnificent magisterium for the whim of popular culture?  

We are about to find out.

Nudging away from truth, nullifying the work of the Holy Spirit

Some high profile priests and bishops seem to be drawn to promoting the worldly empty promises Catholics reject at baptism: Fr. James Martin, SJ, editor-at-large for the Jesuit magazine America, recently appointed to the Vatican as a communications consultant; Joseph Cardinal Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey; Bishop John Stowe of the Diocese of Lexington in Kentucky; Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, now at the helm of the Pontifical Academy for Life and the Pontifical Pope John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family.

While the Vatican seems to be collecting and promoting pro-homosexualists and transgenderists, the nudge toward accepting these strange humanity-deforming ideologies is palpable here at home in North America.

Just recently, the Diocese of San Diego announced that Fr. John Dolan, a priest with an LGBT-positive record, has been appointed by the Vatican to be an auxiliary bishop.

In the Archdiocese of Baltimore, St. Matthew’s Parish has been promoting homosexuality and its compatibility with Catholicism for years.  

In the Archdiocese of New York, Blessed Sacrament Church announced that its “Gay Fellowship” group partnered with Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way Foundation” to hold a fundraising dance in the parish hall on June 17.

Even the Jesuit Chaplain to the U.S. House of Representatives, Patrick J. Conroy, suggests that Church teaching on homosexuality is “outdated,” calling it “a dead end.”  He implies that homosexual “marriage” is the only path to happiness for the same-sex attracted.

If the Church now starts watering down magisterial truth, mixing the profane with the holy, where will the same-sex attracted go when our consciences speak to us?  Confessionals turned into self-affirmation kiosks comfort no one, and dispense tragedy.

What will happen to same-sex-attracted men and women, boys and girls, if the Church tosses truth out the window and rolls out a rainbow welcome mat? That won’t work, because it’s truth that attracts people to the Church and turns hearts to Christ. It’s truth that resonates in hearts and appeals to the intellect. It’s the pure Gospel message that inspires, not the lies and empty promises of the world.

Who am I to judge? Let me tell you

I am same-sex-attracted, and I once walked away from both my marriage and the Church and lived as a gay man.  

Yet something stirred inside me. It was my conscience. After the initial emotional rush of feeling set free, I inwardly sensed something was not right, no matter how much I tried to suppress the thought. Nowadays, it’s nearly unanimously agreed that this unease of conscience comes from societal heteronormativity. We are told that exterior cultural pressures cause the same-sex attracted to feel “different,” resulting in depression, behavioral problems, even suicide. The term now in vogue is ‘minority stress.’  

We are also told that the Church is ‘unwelcoming’ because it doesn’t approve of unchaste same-sex behavior, that the Church is ‘seeker unfriendly.’  

My experience tells a different story. There was a powerful, innate interior recognition that there was something wrong with my behavior. It wasn’t society telling me I was ‘bad’ or accusing me or failing to accept me. Quite the contrary, I felt 100 percent accepted by everyone I knew. But their acceptance wasn’t the issue. No. My own perfectly functioning conscience was speaking to me, leading me to self-understanding.

In the end, I decided to live a chaste life, to return to my wife and to the Catholic Church.  Why? Because it is in the Church that truth is to be found like no other place on earth:  packed down, shaken together, filled to the brim and running over (Luke 6:38). And not just truth; I found authentic, intimate fellowship with Catholic brothers within my parish whom I love and who love me. One of the greatest aspects of brotherly love within parish life is this: We help each other not to sin, to find ever greater communion with God, and press forward as men who stand in the breach.

I can easily answer Pope Francis’ now famous question, “Who am I to judge?” I am a Christian who examines my conscience daily. I have to judge, because known truth and the Spirit beckon me to do so. It is my job to judge, to seek truth, and deny lies and the allure of the flesh and the world.  

Were it not for the solid teaching of the Catholic Church challenging my life, confirming the work of the Holy Spirit in my life, I would be lost.

Chaste same-sex-attracted Catholics are baffled by the increasing mixed messages arising from the Church, especially from her prelates. And as the voices within the Church calling for her to surrender to the sexual revolution grow louder, the voice of the Gospel grows fainter. These mixed messages damage lives, excusing the very behavior and thought patterns so many seek to escape. They nullify the work of the Holy Spirit.

Trading rock for sand

Satan has long been wearing a hard hat as he excavates beneath the Church, blasting away at the Church’s rock-solid foundation of truth, replacing it with truckload after truckload of sand. The digging and tunneling used to emanate from outside the Church as the ruler of this world burrowed beneath. But now jack hammers are held by clerics who are taking over the jobs extremists outside the church used to do.

With the Church’s magisterial foundation weakened, the structure above will remain intact for a while, but once new waves of attack start rolling in, perhaps from the world of Muslim fundamentalism, the structure will begin to visibly crumble: slowly at first, and then rapidly. Very rapidly. With the Church’s foundation undermined, the faith of many will quiver and collapse and Catholic institutions will buckle and fall.  

Many will be caught by surprise, wondering as they wander about the rubble how this could have happened so quickly.

Yet rest assured, the Church belongs to Christ and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. Still, the nagging question remains: How much and how many will be lost because of the Catholic bishops and academics who have lost their way?

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Serbians resist homosexual prime minister candidate

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June 22, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The trend toward gay prime ministers in Europe may have just hit a thick Serbian wall.

When Serbia’s president nominated lesbian Ana Brnabic last week as prime minister-designate, parliament’s approval was viewed by most observers as a formality.  

However, many members of parliament are refusing to vote for Brnabic precisely because of her sexual orientation, preventing her easy confirmation. If parliament fails to give its seal of approval, the matter will be turned over to the people of Serbia for a “snap vote,” which is a type of quick general election.

It was just a week ago that the gaying of European leadership was hailed as inevitable. Luxembourg already had ‘openly gay’ Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, who is ‘married’ to another man. Then earlier this month Ireland installed homosexual Leo Varadkar as the Emerald Isle’s new prime minister.  

With the nomination of Brnabic, the pace seemed to be suddenly accelerating. No longer.  Serbia appears to be slamming on the brakes.

After her nomination, Brnabic told the Associated Press, “Hopefully, this will blow over in three or four days and then I won't be known as the gay minister.”

It isn’t “blowing over.”  

In socially conservative Serbia, as reported by the Guardian, “65 percent believe that homosexuality is an illness and 78 percent think that homosexuality should not be expressed outside homes.”  

The vote in Parliament, originally scheduled for this week, was delayed until next week.

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Vogue tells women: Join the ‘witchy renaissance’ by reciting feminist spell

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June 22, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Vogue is encouraging women frustrated by today's political climate to "awaken your inner witch" by reciting incantations to "call back" their feminist power.

There's a "witchy renaissance" happening right now, according to the article, titled How to Awaken Your Inner Witch. It promoted a new book on witches by a "third-generation hereditary witch and wellness practitioner" named Lisa Lister.

"Women across the globe are actively using the word 'witch' as a way to describe themselves because the witch is waking," according to Lister. They are rejecting the "patriarchy" and "re-remembering" what it means to be a woman.

The "simple ritual for awakening (or, more precisely, re-awakening) your own inner witch" that the iconic magazine published involves creating a triangle with one's hands, a "mudra" sometimes used in yoga and Eastern spirituality practices.

"We stand with our feet slightly apart, bent at the knees, and then we close our eyes, place our attention at our third eye and say out loud three times: 'I call back my power now,'" the article instructs. Women should "visualize a bright white light coming up through the soles of your feet, through your knees and into your womb space."

Readers are instructed to end the occultish practice by saying "so mote it be," which seems to witchcraft's equivalent of "amen." 

There is a growing, worldwide anti-President Trump movement that encourages people to cast "binding spells" on him, invoking the assistance of "demons of the infernal realms" and other spirits. The anti-Trump "spell" contains similar language to the ritual published in Vogue

The anti-Trump witches most recently encouraged people to curse Trump on June 21, the summer solstace.  

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