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USCCB Reiterates Opposition to Pro-Abortion Health Care Bill

by James Tillman WASHINGTON, DC, March 15, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com)—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has again weighed in against the health care reform bill approved by the Senate (H.R. 3590) due to “serious flaws on abortion and conscience rights.”  In a bulletin insert updated on Thursday for release in parishes the following Sunday, the USCCB acknowledged that the Senate health care bill passed last Christmas Eve “requires federal funds to help subsidize and promote health plans that cover elective abortions,” and that “all purchasers of such plans will be required to pay for other people's abortions through a separate payment solely […]
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Weakened Ultrasound Law Passes WV Senate Unanimously

by James Tillman CHARLESTON, West Virginia, March 15, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com)—A bill requiring that women be given the opportunity to view any ultrasound image of their child taken before or during an abortion passed the West Virginia Senate unanimously on Saturday. The measure passed after an amendment was added to repeal penalties against physicians violating West Virginia's Right to Know law. Gov. Joe Manchin has said he will sign the bill, which passed the final day of the regular legislative session. “Information empowers women to make informed choices,” stated Karen Cross, president of West Virginians for Life.  “Ultrasound legislation protects the mother’s right to […]
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Scranton Diocese Bans Pro-Abort, Anti-War Activist Cindy Sheehan from Speaking

By James Tillman SCRANTON, Pennsylvania, March 15, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com)—The Scranton Diocese has banned well-known anti-war protestor Cindy Sheehan from speaking at a diocesan church hall, citing her opposition to Church teaching on life and marriage. Sheehan told LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) that she considers the diocese's action to be “against the teachings of the Prince of Peace.” Cindy Sheehan, mother of the deceased Specialist Casey Sheehan, has been a prominent anti-war activist since she camped outside President Bush's ranch in August of 2005.  She had been scheduled to speak at St. John the Evangelist Church hall in Scranton on April 9. According to […]
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Gay ‘Marriage’ Activists Forcing Pro-Family Views out of California Therapist Association

By Kathleen Gilbert SAN DIEGO, California, March 15, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Abandoning its long-held neutrality on the marriage debate, the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) has slowly come to disavow pro-family views and sexual orientation therapy as “homophobic.” Instead it now warmly supports homosexuality as a “normal and positive” variant of sexuality – all thanks to pressure by gay activists who have openly vowed to transform the organization from within. The disturbing result of the activists' tactics, says one anonymous CAMFT intern, is that pro-family therapists in California are becoming increasingly afraid to speak up in favor […]
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Parliamentarian: No Reconciliation Until after Senate Health Bill Passed

Thursday March 11, 2010 Parliamentarian: No Reconciliation Until after Senate Health Bill Passed By Kathleen Gilbert WASHINGTON, DC, March 11, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Senior GOP sources cited by Roll Call Thursday said that Senate Parliamentarian Alan Frumin has ruled that the controversial reconciliation procedure can only be used to push through a bill of health care “fixes” after the president has signed the main Senate health bill into law. The Parliamentarian’s office was responding to an inquiry from Republican leadership. To relieve mistrust brewing between Senate Democrats and their House counterparts, who are being pressured to pass the Senate measure […]
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Stupak: I Don’t Buy Promises for Later Abortion-Funding ‘Fix’ to Health Bill

Thursday March 11, 2010 Stupak: I Don’t Buy Promises for Later Abortion-Funding ‘Fix’ to Health Bill By Kathleen Gilbert WASHINGTON, DC, March 11, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Democrat Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan told the Associated Press this week that he was “more optimistic than I was a week ago” about including an abortion-funding ban in health care reform – sparking speculation by some that his new-found optimism was merely a prelude to his “caving in” or compromising on the issue. But the lawmaker has clarified that he does not intend to back down on his standard for the language, nor […]
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Abp Listecki: Pro-Abort Pols Could be Denied Communion

Thursday March 11, 2010 Abp Listecki: Pro-Abort Pols Could be Denied Communion By Kathleen Gilbert MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, March 10, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki said Tuesday that, while he would not “embrace” an opportunity to deny communion to a Catholic lawmaker who votes contrary to Church teaching, a situation that caused grave scandal to the Catholic community had the potential to “force his hand” in the matter. When asked by a reporter whether he would “[fore]see ever denying communion to any local Catholic lawmakers who vote contrary to Catholic beliefs,” Listecki, who was fielding questions at a Milwaukee […]
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Arlington Diocese Declares Day of Prayer, Fasting for Pro-Life Health Legislation

By Kathleen Gilbert ARLINGTON, Virginia, March 12, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Bishop Paul Loverde of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington has declared Monday, March 15 a day of prayer and fasting with the intention of protecting pro-life values in health care legislation. The announcement comes at the same time as President Obama's abortion-expanding health care bill churns toward a conclusion just outside the borders of the diocese, on Capitol Hill. “Catholic teaching tells us that our support for the dignity of life includes access to affordable health care. This support, however, cannot come at the expense of the respect for life […]
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U.S. Young Adults More Pro-Life: Gallup

By Kathleen Gilbert PRINCETON, New Jersey, March 12, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The percentage of young adults in the U.S. favouring legalized abortion has undergone a significant drop, falling below all other age groups except seniors, according to a Gallup poll released Friday. The poll results also indicate that young adults are now the group most likely (23%) to favor making abortion illegal in all circumstances. Michael Barnett, director of American Life League’s LiveCampus project, said the poll backs anecdotal evidence gathered on college campuses nationwide.  “Abortion doesn’t make sense to a generation that wants social justice for all human beings,” […]
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