Fr. Shenan Boquet

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Contraception’s role in the election and our culture

Fr. Shenan Boquet

November 21, 2012 (HLIWorldWatch.org) - Last week I wrote about “The Task Before Us,” that is, the need to get much more serious about our faith, to refocus our efforts on our true end — Jesus Christ. He is our only true hope. The more fully we live the virtue of hope the more it becomes performative in our lives, the more He becomes performative in our lives, transforming our outlook and letting us rise above setbacks and see beyond often ugly reality we see around us.

This is a permanent effort — we never fully “get there” in this life, although we may receive moments of clarity and consolation. With hope we are more able to grasp the reality of our situation without it weighing us down.

Toward that end — understanding our situation — let’s consider the more fundamental aspects of the culture of death. We know the most fundamental issue is sin, that which separates us from God, but there is a manifestation of sin that the Catholic Church has often stood alone in condemning, even as the rest of our culture seems to have “moved on.” Well, the culture has moved on, right into a violent fracturing of its relationships, its faith and its institutions, including the most fundamental institution, the family.

The issue is contraception. What is interesting is that even a couple years ago, to mention this truth would be to invite eye rolling from even some passionate pro-lifers. But more and more, our Protestant brothers and sisters, and even some wayward Catholics, are realizing the wreckage that has followed in the wake of the sexual revolution — a revolution that would not have happened without contraception. I think three things have led to this growing realization.

Let’s look at the most recent one first. The Obama campaign made contraception its signature issue, even inventing a “war on women” designed to further fracture the nation against itself in hopes that it would scare enough women (and men who want to have sex with women without being tied down) into the voting booth to vote against those who were going to “limit access” to contraception. It was a ruse, but it worked. And the Obama campaign released video after sickening video, column after column of obscene calls for women to defend their “girl parts.” They spent tens, if not hundreds, of millions of dollars on the false issue, showing again the banality of the contraceptive mentality, this time on steroids. Because the administration can’t openly boast of their championing of abortion, they boast of its cousin, contraception.

And they won.

Another reason I think many people are waking up to the evil nature of contraception is the fact that it doesn’t prevent abortion on a wide scale, rather, it increases it. In our own nation, contraception was legalized nationally in the mid-60′s, then came calls for legal abortion, then came Roe v. Wade, then came millions of abortions. Did contraception prevent abortion in America?

Internationally, it is the same thing. The Gates Foundation and the British Government, along with dozens of partners, have launched a $4.6 billion campaign to promote contraception in the developing world. Their top two promoters are the top two abortion providers in the world — Marie Stopes International and the International Planned Parenthood Federation, both of whom have announced plans to grow their abortion services in Africa.

Who still thinks that widespread contraception “prevents” abortion? Indeed, abortion and contraception are never far apart.

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Finally, people are waking up to the fact that contraception, now described as the most essential component of women’s health, is actually killing and harming women on a scale that is impossible to measure, even as its acceptance by a society leads to more abortion. Its links to deep vein blood clots have made several producers of hormonal contraception the subjects of huge class action lawsuits; it is now classified as a Group-1 carcinogen by the World Health Organization, governments are now starting to wonder who they can sue to pay for the reversal of hormonal contraception’s deleterious effects on the environment, and so on.

This, brothers and sisters, is the culture of death laid bare. It is a culture of ignorance, of stupidity, of a lie. Poison as healthcare, environmental degradation as “sustainability,” bondage to sin as liberation, government overreach as freedom from oppression and sex “education” designed to separate children from their parents and create future customers for the abortion and contraception industry.

This realization is what inspired Human Life International’s (HLI) Founder Father Paul Marx to start HLI in its nascent form in 1972, and while he was most renowned for inspiring people to fight abortion, he always talked about its link to contraception and the need to address both.

Deny the centrality of contraception all you want, but it just played a starring role in the most expensive political campaign in history. People are starting to get it, even at what may seem like the lowest point of the nation’s history. But take a step back and look at history beyond our borders — it has been worse. For the moment, we can still live our faith in public and only face derision and jeers, but not prison. We need to do this without fear, indeed with great hope and joy. Faithful Christians are uniting as the government’s attack on faith grows more overt.

It is a great time to be Christians! Pray and work, my friends.

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Father Shenan J. Boquet is the president of Human Life International, the world’s largest international pro-life and pro-family organization. This article is reprinted with permission from HLIWorldWatch.org



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‘Little miracles’: Mom gives birth to naturally-conceived quintuplets after refusing ‘selective reduction’

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AUSTRALIA, February 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- A 26-year-old Australian mom has given birth to five healthy babies, all conceived naturally, after refusing the doctor’s advice that she must abort three of them in order to give the remaining two a better chance at life. 

“After my initial ultrasound I was told I could consider the selection method to give 2 babies the best chance in life,” wrote mom Kim Tucci in a Facebook post last September. 

“I watched a YouTube video on the procedure and I cried. I could never do that! Was I selfish for not giving two the chance of 100% survival? All I knew is that I already love them and that every heart beat I heard I connect with them more. For me life starts when a heart starts beating and all I know for sure is that I will do whatever it takes to bring them into this world healthy,” she wrote. 

Last Thursday Kim and her husband Vaughn welcomed the five new members into their family — one boy and four girls —increasing the number of their children from 3 to 8. The babies were born at 30 weeks, 10 weeks early, due to insufficient space in Kim’s womb. They weighed on average about 2.5 pounds. 

The quintuplets’ story began last March, after Kim and Vaughn had been trying for six months to conceive just one more child for their family. Due to health complications, Kim wondered if she would ever become a mother again. 

After what she thought was an extra long cycle, she decided to take a pregnancy test. 

“I was feeling tired and a little nauseated and thought I would take a pregnancy test just to get the ‘what if’ out of my head. To my shock and utter excitement it was positive,” she wrote on a Facebook post.

The parents got the shock of their lives when doctors confirmed in an ultrasound examination that there was not one baby, but five. 

“After a long wait for the ultrasound we finally went in. The sonographer told me there were multiple gestational sacks, but she could only see a heart beat in two. I was so excited! Twins!”

“I was moved to another machine for a clearer view and had the head doctor come in and double check the findings. She started to count, one, two, three, four, five. Did i hear that correctly? Five? My legs start to shake uncontrollably and all i can do is laugh. The sonographer then told me the term for five is ‘quintuplets,’” Kim wrote.

Even though Kim began to feel stretched to the limit with all those human lives growing inside her, she chose to focus on her babies, and not herself, referring to them as “my five little miracles.” 

“It's getting harder as each day passes to push through the pain, every part of my body aches and sleeping is becoming very painful. No amount of pillows are helping support my back and belly. Sometimes I get so upset that I just want to throw my hands up and give in.”

“Sometimes my pelvis becomes so stiff I can barely walk and my hips feel like they are grinding away constantly. I'm finding it hard to eat as I basically have no room left in my stomach, and the way it is positioned it's pushed all the way back with the babies leaning against it.” 

“My skin on my belly is so stretched its painful and hot to touch. It literally feels like I have hives! No amount of cream helps relieve the discomfort. I have a lot of stretch marks now. Dealing with such a huge change in my body is hard.” 

“Is it all worth it? Yes!!!! I will keep pushing through,” she wrote in one Facebook post days before the babies were born. 

The newborns' names are Keith, Ali, Penelope, Tiffany, and Beatrix. They were born at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Subiaco, Western Australia. Mother and babies are reported to be doing well. 



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GENEVA, February 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- The United Nations, following the lead of international abortion activists, is now urging Latin American countries hit by the mosquito-borne Zika virus to lift restrictions on abortion for pregnant women who have contacted the virus and whose pre-born children may be at risk for birth defects, including having smaller than normal heads. 

The UN human rights office said today that it is not enough for South American countries to urge women to postpone pregnancy without also offering them abortion as a final solution. 

“How can they ask these women not to become pregnant, but not offer… the possibility to stop their pregnancies?” UN spokeswoman Cecile Pouilly told reporters. 

UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said that governments should make available contraception and abortion services.

“Laws and policies that restrict (women’s) access to these services must be urgently reviewed in line with human rights obligations in order to ensure the right to health for all in practice,” he said.

But Brazil’s bishops strongly asserted yesterday that efforts should be made to eradicate the virus, not the people who may be infected by it. 

The disease is “no justification whatsoever to promote abortion,” they said in a statement, adding that it is not morally acceptable to promote abortion “in the cases of microcephaly, as, unfortunately, some groups are proposing to the Supreme Federal Court, in a total lack of respect for the gift of life.”

Honduras Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga has also come out strongly against the notion of “therapeutic abortions” as a response to the problem. Unlike Brazil where abortion is legal in the case of rape or health of the mother, abortion remains entirely illegal in Honduras.

“We should never talk about ‘therapeutic’ abortion,” the cardinal said in a homily at a February 3 Mass in Suyap. “Therapeutic abortion doesn’t exist. Therapeutic means curing, and abortion cures nothing. It takes innocent lives,” he said. 

While the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an international public health emergency February 1 on account of concerns over the virus, critics have pointed out, however, that not one death as resulted from the virus. Even on WHO’s own website the virus is described in mild terms. 

“It causes mild fever and rash. Other symptoms include muscle pain, joint pain, headache, pain behind the eyes and conjunctivitis. Zika virus disease is usually mild, with symptoms lasting only a few days,” the website states. “To date, there have been no reported deaths associated with Zika virus,” it added. 

Critics suspect that the crisis is being manipulated to advance an anti-human agenda on the pre-born. 

“Is Zika, actually, a hideous virus that threatens to spread uncontrollably across the world creating an army of disabled children with tiny heads and low IQ’s? Or might this be a willful misinterpretation of the scarce data to manipulate public opinion and legislatures?” wrote pro-life critic Mei-Li Garcia earlier this week.

“It becomes very clear that the publicity surrounding this story has a very little to do with medicine and a lot to do with a convenient crisis that is being used by those pushing for the legalization of abortion around the world,” she wrote.



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DERRY, NH, February 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - Hillary Clinton has a litmus test for Supreme Court nominees - several, in fact. At a Democratic event on Wednesday, Clinton unveiled her criteria in selecting a judge for the nation's highest court.

“I do have a litmus test, I have a bunch of litmus tests," she said.

"We’ve got to make sure to preserve Roe v. Wade, not let it be nibbled away or repealed,” she said.

There have been over 58,000,000 abortions since the 1973 court ruling legalizing abortion in all 50 states, according to National Right to Life.

That echoes her recent call to arms speech before Planned Parenthood last month, when she stated that taxpayers must fund abortion-on-demand in order to uphold the "right" of choice.

“We have to preserve marriage equality,” Clinton said, referring to last summer's Obergefell v. Hodges case, a 5-4 ruling that redefined marriage nationwide. “We have to go further to end discrimination against the LGBT community."

Her views differentiate her from the Republican front runners. Ted Cruz has called the court's marriage ruling "fundamentally illegitimate," and Donald Trump told Fox News Sunday this week that he would "be very strong on putting certain judges on the bench that I think maybe could change things." Marco Rubio has said he won't "concede" the issue to the one-vote majority.

All Republican presidential hopefuls say they are pro-life and will defund Planned Parenthood.

Her husband, Bill Clinton, raised the makeup of the Supreme Court early last month in New Hampshire, saying it receives "almost no attention" as a campaign issue.

On Wednesday, Hillary said "the next president could get as many as three appointments. It’s one of the many reasons why we can’t turn the White House over to the Republicans again.”

Clinton said her judicial appointees must also reverse the Citizens United ruling on campaign finance and oppose a recent decision striking down a portion of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In 2013's Shelby County v. Holder, justices struck down Section 4(b) of the act, which said that certain states and jurisdictions had to obtain permission from the federal government before changing their voting laws.

At one time, most politicians frowned upon any "litmus test" for judicial nominees, emphasizing the independence of the third branch of government. "I don't believe in litmus tests," Jeb Bush told Chuck Todd last November.

But with the rise of an activist judiciary in the middle of the 20th century, constitutionalists have sought to rein in the power of the bench.



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