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

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THURSDAY JANUARY 24, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

FRIDAY JANUARY 25, 2013

More at the Basilica

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Exhibit Hall
Hyatt Regency Hotel

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

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

SATURDAY JANUARY 26, 2012

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

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

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

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Disney ABC embraces X-rated anti-Christian bigot Dan Savage in new prime time show

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March 30, 2015 (NewsBusters.org) -- Media Research Center (MRC) and Family Research Council (FRC) are launching a joint national campaign to educate the public about a Disney ABC sitcom pilot based on the life of bigoted activist Dan Savage. MRC and FRC contacted Ben Sherwood, president of Disney/ABC Television Group, more than two weeks ago urging him to put a stop to this atrocity but received no response. [Read the full letter]

A perusal of Dan Savage’s work reveals a career built on advocating violence — even murder — and spewing hatred against people of faith. Savage has spared no one with whom he disagrees from his vitriolic hate speech. Despite his extremism, vulgarity, and unabashed encouragement of dangerous sexual practices, Disney ABC is moving forward with this show, disgustingly titled “Family of the Year.”

Media Research Center President Brent Bozell reacts:

“Disney ABC’s decision to effectively advance Dan Savage’s calls for violence against conservatives and his extremist attacks against people of faith, particularly evangelicals and Catholics, is appalling and outrageous. If hate speech were a crime, this man would be charged with a felony. Disney ABC giving Dan Savage a platform for his anti-religious bigotry is mind-boggling and their silence is deafening.

“By creating a pilot based on the life of this hatemonger and bringing him on as a producer, Disney ABC is sending a signal that they endorse Dan Savage’s wish that a man be murdered. He has stated, ‘Carl Romanelli should be dragged behind a pickup truck until there’s nothing left but the rope.’ ABC knows this. We told them explicitly.

“If the production of ‘Family of the Year’ is allowed to continue, not just Christians but all people of goodwill can only surmise that the company Walt Disney created is endorsing violence.”

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins reacts:

“Does ABC really want to produce a pilot show based on a vile bully like Dan Savage?  Do Dan Savage’s over-the top-obscenity, intimidation of teenagers and even violent rhetoric reflect the values of Disney?  Partnering with Dan Savage and endorsing his x-rated message will be abandoning the wholesome values that have attracted millions of families to Walt Disney.”

Dan Savage has made numerous comments about conservatives, evangelicals, and Catholics that offend basic standards of decency. They include:

  • Proclaiming that he sometimes thinks about “f****ing the shit out of” Senator Rick Santorum

  • Calling for Christians at a high school conference to “ignore the bull**** in the Bible”

  • Saying that “the only thing that stands between my d*** and Brad Pitt’s mouth is a piece of paper” when expressing his feelings on Pope Benedict’s opposition to gay marriage

  • Promoting marital infidelity

  • Saying “Carl Romanelli should be dragged behind a pickup truck until there’s nothing left but the rope.”

  • Telling Bill Maher that he wished Republicans “were all f***ing dead”

  • Telling Dr. Ben Carson to “suck my d***. Name the time and place and I’ll bring my d*** and a camera crew and you can s*** me off and win the argument.”

Reprinted with permission from Newsbusters

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Ending the end-of-life impasse: Texas is poised to ban doctor-imposed death by starvation

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By Jacqueline Harvey

AUSTIN, Texas, March 30, 2015 (TexasInsider.org)  After five consecutive sessions of bitter battles over end-of-life bills, the Texas Legislature is finally poised to pass the first reform to the Texas Advance Directives Act (TADA) in 12 years. An issue that created uncanny adversaries out of natural allies, and equally odd bedfellows, has finally found common ground in H.B. 3074 by State Rep. Drew Springer.  

H.B. 3074 simply prohibits doctor-imposed euthanasia by starvation and dehydration.

Since H.B. 3074 includes only those provisions and language that all major organizations are on record as having deemed acceptable in previous legislative sessions, there is finally hope of ending the end-of-life impasse in the Texas Capitol.

Many would be surprised to learn that Texas law allows physicians to forcibly remove a feeding tube against the will of the patient and their family. In fact, there is a greater legal penalty for failing to feed or water an animal than for a hospital to deny a human being food and water through a tube.

This is because there is no penalty whatsoever for a healthcare provider who wishes to deny artificially-administered nutrition and hydration (AANH). According to Texas Health and Safety Code, “every living dumb creature” is legally entitled access to suitable food and water.

Denying an animal food and water, like in this January case in San Antonio, is punishable by civil fines up to $10,000 and criminal penalties up to two years in jail per offense. Yet Texas law allows health care providers to forcibly deny food and water from human beings – what they would not be able to legally do to their housecat. And healthcare providers are immune from civil and criminal penalties for denial of food and water to human beings as long as they follow the current statutory process which is sorely lacking in safeguards.

Therefore, while it is surprising that Texas has the only state law that explicitly mentions food and water delivered artificially for the purpose of completely permitting its forced denial (the other six states mention AANH explicitly for the opposite purpose, to limit or prohibit its refusal), it is not at all surprising that the issue of protecting a patient’s right to food and water is perhaps the one point of consensus across all major stakeholders.

H.B. 3074 is the first TADA reform bill to include only this provision that is agreed upon across all major players in previous legislative sessions.

There are irreconcilable ideological differences between two major right-to-life organizations that should supposedly be like-minded: Texas Alliance for Life and Texas Right to Life. Each faction (along with their respective allies) have previously sponsored broad and ambitious bills to either preserve but reform the current law (Texas Alliance for Life’s position) or overturn it altogether as Texas Right to Life aims to do.

Prior to H.B. 3074, bills filed by major advocacy organizations have often included AANH, but also a host of other provisions that were so contentious and unacceptable to other organizations that each bill ultimately died, and this mutually-agreed-upon and vital reform always died along with it.

2011 & 2013 Legislative Sessions present prime example

This 2011 media report shows the clear consensus on need for legislation to simply address the need to protect patients’ rights to food and water:

“Hughes [bill sponsor for Texas Right to Life] has widespread support for one of his bill’s goals: making food and water a necessary part of treatment and not something that can be discontinued, unless providing it would harm the patient.”

Nonetheless, in 2013, both organizations and their allies filed complicated, contentious opposing bills, both of which would have protected a patient’s right to food and water but each bill also included provisions the rival group saw as contrary to their goals. Both bills were ultimately defeated and neither group was able to achieve protections for patients at risk of forced starvation and dehydration – a mutual goal that could have been met through a third, narrow bill like H.B. 3074.

H.B. 3074 finally focuses on what unites the organizations involved rather than what divides them, since these differences have resulted in a 12 year standoff with no progress whatsoever.

H.B. 3074 is progress that is pre-negotiated and pre-approved.

It is not a fertile springboard for negotiations on an area of mutual agreement. Rather it is the culmination of years of previous negotiations on bills that all came too late, either due to the complexnature of rival bills, the controversy involved, or even both.

On the contrary, H.B. 3074 is not just simply an area of agreement; moreover, it is has already been negotiated. It should not be stymied by disagreements on language, since Texas Alliance for Life and Texas Right to Life (along with their allies) were able to agree on language in 2007 with C.S.S.B. 439. C.S.S.B. 439 reads that, unlike the status quo that places no legal conditions on when food and water may be withdrawn, it would be permitted for those in a terminal condition if,

“reasonable medical evidence indicates the provision of artificial nutrition and hydration may hasten the patient’s death or seriously exacerbate other major medical problems and the risk of serious medical pain or discomfort that cannot be alleviated based on reasonable medical judgment outweighs the benefit of continued artificial nutrition and hydration.”

This language is strikingly similar to H.B. 3074 which states, “except that artificially administered nutrition and hydration must be provided unless, based on reasonable medical judgment, providingartificially administered nutrition and hydration would:

  1. Hasten the patient’s death;
  2. Seriously exacerbate other major medical problems not outweighed by the benefit of the provision of the treatment;
  3. Result in substantial irremediable physical pain, suffering, or discomfort not outweighed by the benefit of the provision of the treatment;
  4. Be medically ineffective; or
  5. Be contrary to the patient’s clearly stated desire not to receive artificially administered nutrition or hydration.”

With minimal exceptions (the explicit mention of the word terminal, the issue of medical effectiveness and the patient’s right to refuse), the language is virtually identical, and in 2007 Texas Right to Life affirmed this language as clarifying that “ANH can only be withdrawn if the risk of providing ANH is greater than the benefit of continuing it.”

Texas Right to Life would support the language in H.B. 3074 that already has Texas Alliance for Life’s endorsement. Any reconciliation on the minor differences in language would therefore be minimal and could be made by either side, but ultimately, both sides and their allies would gain a huge victory – the first victory in 12 years on this vital issue.

It seems that the Texas Advance Directive Act, even among its sympathizers, has something for everyone to oppose.

The passage of H.B. 3074 and the legal restoration of rights to feeding tubes for Texas patients will not begin to satisfy critics of the Texas Advance Directives Act who desire much greater changes to the law and will assuredly continue to pursue them. H.B. 3074 in no way marks the end for healthcare reform, but perhaps a shift from the belief that anything short of sweeping changes is an endorsement of the status quo.

Rather, we can look at H.B. 3074 as breaking a barrier and indicating larger changes are possible.

And if nothing else, by passing H.B. 3074 introduced by State Rep. Drew Springer, we afford human beings in Texas the same legal access to food and water that we give to our horses. What is cruel to do to an animal remains legal to do to humans in Texas if organizations continue to insist on the whole of their agenda rather than agreeing to smaller bills like H.B. 3074.

The question is, can twelve years of bad blood and bickering be set aside for even this most noble of causes?

Reprinted from TexasInsider.org with the author's permission. 

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