Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Today's Link Dump: Abortion, Catholic Church, Euthanasia,

A few observations on abortion access in Canada. QUOTE:

An enormous amount of work would have to be done in Quebec to start rebuilding the pro-life consensus there.

Until you do it, Quebec, there will never be any fetal rights legislation. The same goes for New York and Los Angeles, Us pro-lifers: until you make inroads in such culturally important places, fetal rights will always be elusive.


Groundbreaking Technology Could Allow Parents to See Hologram of Their Unborn Baby

Imagine what pro-lifers could do if we could get our hands on that thing. It would be fabulous for Crisis Pregnancy Centres.


German bishops mull allowing Church employees to live in same-sex relationships


Ontario gvmt agency pulls funding from pregnancy centre because it won’t refer for abortions. Meanwhile BWM has this:

Oh look…the CEO of the Ontario Trillium Foundation is:…. Andrea Cohen Barrack just “happens” to be the Chair of the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region!


LATE TERM ABORTION IS A “GOOD PARENTING ACT” SAYS ABORTIONIST. Because dismembering your baby to save him from a life of suffering is just so loving.

Netherlands aims to increase organ donations by euthanasia victims

Monday, November 24, 2014

Tim Staples and Patrick Sullivan to Speak in Ottawa on Dec. 6

From Catholic Chapter House:

You are invited to join us in what is going to be another amazing day filled with prayer, faith and fellowship. It is a great opportunity to check out a variety of excellent faith-based organizations and meet hundreds of other amazing Catholics while being nourished and educated in the faith.

Be inspired by Catholic Answers Director of Apologetics and Evangelization and world renowned Catholic apologist, author and speaker Tim Staples who will be giving three different talks. Also, we will have catechist, Catholic apologist, speaker & author Patrick Sullivan who will be giving a talk.

Featuring: Guest Speaker Tim Staples and Patrick Sullivan

The event’s theme is “On A Mission From God”. Tim Staples will be giving 3 talks and Patrick Sullivan will be giving one talk.

Location: St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, 310 St. Patrick Street, Ottawa

Date: Saturday December 6, 2014

Schedule: Doors Open 9:30am, Event: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Admission: $25.00

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Technology Helps Dads Feel Babies' Kicks in Utero

Watch this. This is pretty cool. They invented a prosthetic that faithfully reproduces the kicks of one's child.



You know Pro-life, this could be an interesting tool. Imagine getting that kind of prosthetic on legislators, who are majoritarily male.

That could have an impact.

Shout out to Signal Hill for bringing it to my attention:


Trust Women? Not With Coat Hangers

"How can you trust me with a child if you can't trust me with a choice?"

Asks the old pro-abort bumper sticker.

In short: Trust women.

Women supposedly know what's best for themselves as individuals, better than anyone else.

But what about when abortion is illegal?

Some women do very dangerous and irrational things to end their pregnancies.

Do they still know what's best for them?

Can we really trust women with basic reproductive decisions, like whether to end their pregnancies with coat hangers?

What this shows is that you can't just assume everyone knows what's best for them as individuals.

It can't be the basis of a social policy.

What really should be the basis of a social policy is whether the thing being advocated is good or not.

But, of course, feminists have always deflected any discussion about the nature of abortion.

It's the reason why abortionist Curtis Boyd won't talk about the nature of abortion.

The Boyds are reluctant to talk in detail about this aspect of their work, because they are concerned anything they say will be seized upon by anti-abortion campaigners. 

In other words, it proves we're right.




CMAJ Blog Laments Lack of Chemical Abortions

It is true that chemical abortions are far less popular in Canada than in other countries.

But here's the thing: chemical abortions are the "cheap" abortions. It's like committing women to midwives for obstetrics: better than nothing, cost-effective, but not as good as the standard.

I predict that abortion activists will lobby harder for chemical abortions as a means to increase access in far-flung areas of the country.

The only problem is that if there's no hospital nearby, what happens when there's a severe complication? Women have died of RU486. Is she going to have to be airlifted to hospital?

One of the reasons why women die of chemical abortions in the Third World is precisely because they don't have access to a clinic or hospital. Are abortion activists going to recreate these conditions?


Saturday, November 22, 2014

USA: The Problem of Trans Prison Inmates

If they're not allow to transition at taxpayer expense, it could be a violation of the Eighth Amendment.

How about this: just because you're a man who thinks he's a woman, doesn't make you a woman.

That should be common sense, but it's not. Thoughts and feelings don't make you what you are. Thoughts and feelings can change.

Related: Sex Change Regret.

Kids Today! Never Trust Anyone Under Thirty!

About today's Stepford Students: 

If your go-to image of a student is someone who’s free-spirited and open-minded, who loves having a pop at orthodoxies, then you urgently need to update your mind’s picture bank. Students are now pretty much the opposite of that. It’s hard to think of any other section of society that has undergone as epic a transformation as students have. From freewheelin’ to ban-happy, from askers of awkward questions to suppressors of offensive speech, in the space of a generation. My showdown with the debate-banning Stepfords at Oxford and the pre-crime promoters at Cambridge echoed other recent run-ins I’ve had with the intolerant students of the 21st century. I’ve been jeered at by students at the University of Cork for criticising gay marriage; cornered and branded a ‘denier’ by students at University College London for suggesting industrial development in Africa should take precedence over combating climate change; lambasted by students at Cambridge (again) for saying it’s bad to boycott Israeli goods. In each case, it wasn’t the fact the students disagreed with me that I found alarming — disagreement is great! — it was that they were so plainly shocked that I could have uttered such things, that I had failed to conform to what they assume to be right, that I had sought to contaminate their campuses and their fragile grey matter with offensive ideas.
(...) 
This is what those censorious Cambridgers meant when they kept saying they have the ‘right to be comfortable’. They weren’t talking about the freedom to lay down on a chaise longue — they meant the right never to be challenged by disturbing ideas or mind-battered by offensiveness. At precisely the time they should be leaping brain-first into the rough and tumble of grown-up, testy discussion, students are cushioning themselves from anything that has the whiff of controversy. We’re witnessing the victory of political correctness by stealth. As the annoying ‘PC gone mad!’ brigade banged on and on about extreme instances of PC — schools banning ‘Baa Baa, Black Sheep’, etc. — nobody seems to have noticed that the key tenets of PC, from the desire to destroy offensive lingo to the urge to re-educate apparently corrupted minds, have been swallowed whole by a new generation. This is a disaster, for it means our universities are becoming breeding grounds of dogmatism.  

Friday, November 21, 2014

Abby Johnson Pleads for Death Row Inmate's Life

QUOTE:

You do not have to dig deep into Panetti’s case before the extent of his mental illness becomes apparent. At Panetti’s trial, he chose to represent himself. As his life hung in the balance, he dressed up in a cowboy suit and tried to subpoena Jesus Christ, the pope and John F. Kennedy. His trial was a farce, and it is disturbing that such a flawed process was sufficient to sentence someone to death.

From AFP:

Scott Panetti, who has had schizophrenia for three decades, has won support for his case from groups like Mental Health America, psychiatrists, former judges and prosecutors and evangelical Christians.

I decided to see if there was a petition to spare him life. Indeed there is. Please sign it and pass it on.

The Twitter hashtag is #SaveScott .


VIDEO: Bernard Nathanson to Henry Morgentaler: Let's Not Destroy Any More Human Life!

To any history students out there: this could make for an interesting paper. Just saying! :)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

VIDEO: Clip of Bernard Nathanson Debating Dr. Henry Morgentaler

Part of our pro-life history.



VIDEO: Baby Survives Miscarriage at 23 Weeks



Every day in Canada, babies like these have an injection jabbed in their chest to kill them.

But so what, it's only human life.

If a baby like that has to suffer and die in the name of upholding bodily autonomy, so what?

Right feminists? Right.

That's the left for you. Always protecting the little guy.

The baby was born weighing 660 grams.

Babies smaller than that have survived.

Accompanying article.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

FEMEN Protest the Vatican; Catholics Yawn

Is it safe to call them radical feminists?

FEMEN are the Westboro Baptists of feminism. Many feminists understand that bare-chested protests make them look kooky.

At least when they protest they have the decency to put on a vagina costume.

Or attend a slutwalk in their underwear.

Those FEMEN just go too far.



Vatican Conference to Address Autism

The pope is scheduled to attend a Vatican conference on autism.

I'm sure my lack of invitation was an oversight. :)

Simcha Fisher writes:

If you have a family member with autism, or if you are on the spectrum yourself, what would you say to the Pope? What would you like your fellow Catholics to know about what it's like to a member of the Body of Christ who is on the autism spectrum -- either while you're at Mass or other church functions, or just in general?

Somebody buy me this

As seen on my Facebook stream.




Ohmigawd! It's like they can READ MY MIND! They nailed me RIGHT DOWN TO THE ALL-CAPS!

Warren Kinsella Mulls Liberal Nomination Bid

I'm no psychic, but I bet the Tory blogosphere, is praying oh please dear God, let it be true!

In a Toronto Sun column at the time, Mr.Kinsella lashed out at Mr. Trudeau’s “oxymoronic brain trust,” and called the party leader’s open-nominations pledge “a lie.”
The guy is blogging gold.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Radical Feminists Protest a Crisis Pregnancy Center

I see this as a potential educational opportunity

Bring the fetal models outside. Show the embryoscopies of the unborn. Maybe even an abortion film. Show the information that the abortion clinics refuse to disclose.

And if they object: challenge them-- bring your own films of embryoscopies. Bring your own videos of fetuses being dismembered. Let's compare notes. I'm for the examination of the abortion act itself.

Do you believe in informed consent or not?

Pics here.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Edmonton: Judge Removes Baby From Life Support Against Mother's Wishes

This story has so many "intersectional" elements to it: The mother is aboriginal and was in jail during part of the court dispute.

There's nothing against the moral law to discontinue treatment for a baby in a hopeless case.

It may also be a case of euthanasia by neglect. The reader is made to understand that there was no hope of recovery, but I suspect the story is more convoluted than that.  It's also not unusual for parents to demand the hospital do everything possible even if there's a slim chance at life. When I look at my kids,I think: that's what I would do.


Dear World: Contraceptive Failure is to Be Expected

Triplets, not so much.

The New York Times recently published an article about contraceptive failure rates. (Blogged about it here.)

With typical use, 61 out of 100 women will get pregnant with the Pill, over a ten year period.

With perfect use, the numbers go down to 3 in 100 or about 1 in 30.

1 in 30 doesn't sound like a lot, but when you multiply that number by millions, that's a lot. If a million women use the Pill perfectly, 30 000 of them will get pregnant over the course of their reproductive lifetimes.

But we know that nobody uses their contraception perfectly over the course of a lifetime.

And most women don't use the Pill for three decades straight.

Showing once again that we invest too much faith in contraception to prevent pregnancy.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Mass is Not the Faith

Thank You to Unam Sanctam for saying this!

Traditionalism has grown more popular in recent years.

And with it has come a ridiculous level of pharisaism  to go with it.

A lot of people make liturgy their pet issue as if Jesus Christ died to create a liturgy and not our personal holiness.

I'm sick of arguments about communion in the hand. Nobody is going to hell because of it.

Mass is of enormous importance. But it's one hour out of my week. There was a time when people didn't go to Mass every week; sometimes they only received the Eucharist once a year.

Did they have a weaker faith?

This hyper-focus on the Mass takes away from things that are far more important. The most important, of course, are charity and holiness. And second to that, orthodoxy.

Lex orandi, lex credendi is all well and good, but even more important than what you pray or believe is what you do.

People can most certainly have a lively faith without the Mass.

The Mass is supposed to add to the faith, not be the faith.

And I know that I will be accused of being some type of liberal or modernist, somebody who wants to chuck tradition for some contemporary theology.

That's not me at all. What I'm saying is that the Mass should be put in the correct perspective.

By all means, love the Latin Mass, advance the idea of a Catholic identity, be fearless with your Catholic roots.

Just don't make it the be-all end-all of the faith.

Nobody is going to hell because there's no Latin Mass.

But idolatry of the Latin Mass can definitely lead to hell.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Australia: 54 Men Have Given Birth in the Last Year

QUOTE:

MEN have given birth to 54 babies in Australia over the past year according to official Medicare statistics which now allow patients to nominate their own gender.

In an echo of the case of Thomas Beatie, a transgender man who preserved his female organs and was billed as the world’s first pregnant man in 2007, Aussie men are now also having babies, C-sections and abortions.

And abortion isn't just for women anymore:

According to Medicare, 44 men had abortions or D & Cs in Australia last year. Official statistics on how many had abortions are unclear because Medicare uses the same item code for abortion and D & Cs in the event of a woman having a miscarriage.

...

“People’s beliefs about body and gender identity expression have deep roots. Sometimes when that is questioned I can understand people have to think about it. "

Why only two genders then? Why not have people invent their own genders? If your belief about your own gender is what matters, then people can invent more than two. How can you question their deeply-rooted beliefs?