“There is no God who condones taking the life of an innocent human being. This much we know.”
(remarks of President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, Feb 5th 09)
“There is no God who condones taking the life of an innocent human being. This much we know.”
(remarks of President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, Feb 5th 09)
It’s 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. In Washington DC 200,000 people gathered for “March for life”. Obama was invited, but instead decided to keep his promise and released a statement about “women’s right to choose” (CNN text here).
Catholic Culture is having 30 days perpetual (24/7) Rosary prayer for the Obama administration, that it may be animated by an authentic perception of the Good, leading it also to oppose intrinsic evils such as abortion, euthanasia, fetal stem cell research, human cloning and homosexual marriage.
FDA approved human embryonic stem cell study and Indiana -R congressman Mike Pence has filed a bill that would cut the federal government funding send to Planned Parenthood.
And all of that just in the last few days.
Pictures below are linked to another posts about this event:
“National Sanctity of Human Life Day” was announced today by president Bush. Reagan, Bush father and son made these annual proclamations, while Clinton did not. Will Obama? I doubt it.
All human life is a gift from our Creator that is sacred, unique, and worthy of protection. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, our country recognizes that each person, including every person waiting to be born, has a special place and purpose in this world. We also underscore our dedication to heeding this message of conscience by speaking up for the weak and voiceless among us.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 18, 2009, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. I call upon all Americans to recognize this day with appropriate ceremonies and to underscore our commitment to respecting and protecting the life and dignity of every human being.
This is a statement of consciousness, truth and allegiance to God, who is the giver of life. This is powerful.
We will have three very dramatic days this week:
Jan 18th, National Sanctity of Human Life Day
Jan 20th, Presidential Inauguration
Jan 22nd, March for life (on the Mall, Washington, DC)
Gift cards have become very convenient and easy way to buy gifts. This year someone thought of a new way of giving, which shows that the more civilized we get, the more sophisticated ways we invent to cover up what otherwise would be obviously called an abomination.
This year Planned Parenthood in Indiana decided to give holiday vouchers. You can get them in 35 clinics across the state, “for services or the recipient’s choice of birth control method”. They are really concerned about your health and well being.
Chrystal Struben-Hall, Vice President of Planned Parenthood of Indiana, said,
“They really are intended for preventative healthcare. We decided not to put restrictions on the gift certificates so it’s for whatever people feel they need the services for most.”
They call it unusual, yet very practical, defending the purpose of the vouchers saying, that these gifts will be used for those, who are not able to afford reproductive health care. They underline that the vouchers should not be used for abortions, yet they did not put any restrictions on them.
communio sanctorum (Latin for communion of saints, świętych obcowanie)
.- The Spanish daily “La Razon” has published an article on the pro-life conversion of a former “champion of abortion.” Stojan Adasevic, who performed 48,000 abortions, sometimes up to 35 per day, is now the most important pro-life leader in Serbia, after 26 years as the most renowned abortion doctor in the country.
“The medical textbooks of the Communist regime said abortion was simply the removal of a blob of tissue,” the newspaper reported. “Ultrasounds allowing the fetus to be seen did not arrive until the 80s, but they did not change his opinion. Nevertheless, he began to have nightmares.”
In describing his conversion, Adasevic “dreamed about a beautiful field full of children and young people who were playing and laughing, from 4 to 24 years of age, but who ran away from him in fear. A man dressed in a black and white habit stared at him in silence. The dream was repeated each night and he would wake up in a cold sweat. One night he asked the man in black and white who he was. ‘My name is Thomas Aquinas,’ the man in his dream responded. Adasevic, educated in communist schools, had never heard of the Dominican genius saint. He didn’t recognize the name”
“Why don’t you ask me who these children are?” St. Thomas asked Adasevic in his dream.
“They are the ones you killed with your abortions,’ St. Thomas told him.
“Adasevic awoke in amazement and decided not to perform any more abortions,” the article stated.
“That same day a cousin came to the hospital with his four months-pregnant girlfriend, who wanted to get her ninth abortion—something quite frequent in the countries of the Soviet bloc. The doctor agreed. Instead of removing the fetus piece by piece, he decided to chop it up and remove it as a mass. However, the baby’s heart came out still beating. Adasevic realized then that he had killed a human being,”
After this experience, Adasevic “told the hospital he would no longer perform abortions. Never before had a doctor in Communist Yugoslavia refused to do so. They cut his salary in half, fired his daughter from her job, and did not allow his son to enter the university.”
After years of pressure and on the verge of giving up, he had another dream about St. Thomas.
“You are my good friend, keep going,’ the man in black and white told him. Adasevic became involved in the pro-life movement and was able to get Yugoslav television to air the film ‘The Silent Scream,’ by Doctor Bernard Nathanson, two times.”
Adasevic has told his story in magazines and newspapers throughout Eastern Europe. He has returned to the Orthodox faith of his childhood and has studied the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas.
“Influenced by Aristotle, Thomas wrote that human life begins forty days after fertilization,” Adasevic wrote in one article. La Razon commented that Adasevic “suggests that perhaps the saint wanted to make amends for that error.” Today the Serbian doctor continues to fight for the lives of the unborn.
W ciągu 26 lat dokonał 48 tysięcy aborcji. Dzięki niezwykłej ingerencji z Nieba, Stojan Adasevic przestał zabijać, a jego historia otwiera oczy tysiącom ludzi.
Może trudno w to uwierzyć, ale od brutalnego mordowania nienarodzonych dzieci do szlachetnej działalności dającej radość rodzicielstwa tysiącom ludzi jest tylko jeden krok. Świadectwa tych, którzy go zrobili są jednak szokujące. To najbardziej znane, które przedstawia od lat amerykański lekarz, dr Bernard Natanson otworzyło na sprawy życia i śmierci już setki tysięcy oczu. Czyj sprzeciw wobec aborcji może budzić większe zainteresowanie niż człowieka, który wykonał ich w życiu kilkanaście tysięcy? Zachodnie, głównie hiszpańskie i amerykańskie, media zainteresowały się ostatnio wyznaniem serbskiego ginekologa, Stojana Adasevicia, który ma na swoich rękach krew – jak sam przyznaje – 48 tysięcy dzieci. Jego historia jest niezwykła nie tylko z powodu tej szokującej liczby.
Najbardziej znany serbski ginekolog zdobył wykształcenie na komunistycznej uczelni i wszedł w zawód z silnym przeświadczeniem, że aborcja jest zwykłym zabiegiem usunięciem tkanki, na pewno zaś nie jest zabiciem człowieka. Jego zdania nie zmieniło nawet wprowadzenie w latach 80-tych XX wieku ultrasonografu, ukazującego człowieczeństwo „płodu”. Adasevic, który potrafił wykonywać do 35 aborcji dziennie opisuje niezwykłe doświadczenie, które odmieniło jego życie: Miał sen, w którym widział pole pełne śmiejących się i bawiących dzieci oraz młodych ludzi, w wieku od 4 do 24 lat. Wszyscy jednak w strachu uciekali przed nim. Na polu stał też mężczyzna, ubrany w czarno-białe szaty, który spoglądał na niego w milczeniu. Sen powtarzał się każdej nocy, a ginekolog budził się w napadzie paniki. Pewnej nocy zapytał człowieka w czarno-białych szatach kim jest. – Nazywam się Tomasz z Akwinu – odpowiedział mężczyzna ze snu. Adasevicowi, zdeklarowanemu ateiście, to nazwisko nic nie mówiło, słyszał je po raz pierwszy w życiu. – Dlaczego nie spytasz mnie, kim są te dzieci – zapytał jednak św. Tomasz i nie czekając odpowiedział: – To ludzie, których zabiłeś w czasie aborcji. Tak niezwykłych znaków nie mógł zignorować i obudził się z postanowieniem, że już nigdy więcej nie wykona aborcji.
To nie było łatwe. Jeszcze tego samego dnia zjawił się u niego kuzyn ze swoją dziewczyną w czwartym miesiącu ciąży, z prośbą, aby dokonał kolejnej – dziewiątej już na tej kobiecie – aborcji. Adasevic się zgodził. Gdy wydobył zmasakrowaną „tkankę” zobaczył, iż mimo rozerwania ciała na części, serce dziecka nadal bije. W tym momencie uświadomił sobie, że zabił człowieka. Po tych przeżyciach Adasevic publicznie oświadczył, że przez 26 lat zabijał ludzi i więcej już tego nie zrobi. Taka deklaracja w komunistycznej Jugosławii nie była jednak jego prywatną sprawą. Był pierwszym lekarzem w tym kraju, który się na to odważył. Rezultatem było obcięcie pensji o połowę i zwolnienie z pracy jego córki. Synowi z kolei odmówiono przyjęcia na studia. Po kilku latach pozostawania na marginesie zawodowym, był bliski rezygnacji ze swojego postanowienia. Wtedy po raz kolejny przyśnił mu się święty Tomasz. – Jesteś moim dobrym przyjacielem, nie poddawaj się – powiedział mu święty.
Adasevic zaangażował się w ruch pro-life a nawet udało mu się doprowadzić do dwukrotnego wyemitowania przez jugosłowiańską telewizję filmu „Niemy krzyk” Bernarda Natansona. Wrócił też do wiary swego dzieciństwa, prawosławia. I zaczął studiować dzieła św. Tomasza z Akwinu. W jednym z artykułów napisał: – Pod wpływem Arystotelesa św. Tomasz stwierdził, że życie zaczyna się w czterdziestym dniu po zapłodnieniu, jednak od jego czasów postęp naukowy ujawnił, że życie ludzkie zaczyna się w momencie zapłodnienia. Dziennikarze „La Razon”, którzy poświęcili Adaseviciowi obszerny tekst napisali, że być może święty chciał zadośćuczynić za swą pomyłkę i dlatego ukazał się ginekologowi.
Does it matter to the pro-life cause whether a President is pro-life or not? Does it matter how many pro-life people are elected to Congress?
PRO-LIFE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION
1) Appointed Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. The appointments resulted in the upholding of the federal partial-birth abortion ban by a 5-4 decision.
2) Reinstituted the Mexico City Policy, begun by the Reagan Administration and reversed by the Clinton Administration (when Congress tried to reinstitute the policy, Clinton vetoed the bill), that bars foreign aid funding to groups that perform or advocate for abortions. In 2003, the Bush Administration expanded the Mexico City Policy to include not just funds dispensed by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), but also the State Department.
3) Discouraged advancement of pro-abortion legislation by announcing early in his administration that he would veto legislation that threatened pro-life policy.
4) Signed the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, which made it a federal crime not to treat babies who survive abortion.
5) Signed the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban of 2003.
6) Signed Unborn Victims of Violence Act, recognizing the unborn child as a separate crime victim if injured or killed during an assault.
7) Cut off all federal funds to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for its involvement in China’s one-child policy which includes forced abortion and sterilization. President Bush sent a fact-finding mission to China which found that the nation’s one-child policy was indeed coercive in nature and that the UNFPA was an integral part of implementing that policy, placing the UNFPA in clear violation of the Kemp-Kasten Amendment that prohibits any aid to any program that involves forced abortion or forced sterilization. Tens of millions of dollars that otherwise would have gone to the UNFPA were redirected to maternal and child health programs.
8 ) Thwarted efforts at the United Nations to promote abortion by instructing U.S. delegates to state at every appropriate opportunity that America does not regard anything in any document before the U.N. to establish any international right to abortion.
9) Issued Executive Order banning the use of new lines of embryonic stem cells in federally funded experiments. Later vetoed legislation passed by Congress to permit federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.
10) Signed the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005, which will fund research using umbilical cord and adult stem cells. The measure provides funding to increase the inventory of cord blood units available to match and treat patients and to link cord blood banks so that doctors have a single source to search for cord blood and bone marrow matches. It also reauthorizes the National Bone Marrow Registry.
11) Launched public awareness of adoption campaign, working with the National Council for Adoption and pregnancy help centers across the country. The campaign sponsored conferences encouraging faith based communities to promote adoption and produced public service announcements featuring the First Lady urging the adoption of foster children.
12) Established the first federal government and national website listing and showing children available for adoption across the country (www.AdoptUSKids.org).
13) Increased the tax credit for adoption related expenses from $5,000 to $10,000; for special needs children, the credit was raised from $5,000 for qualified adoption related expenses to $10,000 for any adoption related expenses. This was done as part of the President’s tax relief bill.
14) Annually declared Sanctity of Human Life Day.
15) Issued a federal regulation allowing states to include unborn children in the federal/state S-CHIP program, which provides health insurance for children in poor families. This allowed states to include pre-natal care in the health insurance they offer to poor children under the program.
16) The Bush Administration did what it could to stop assisted suicide from taking further hold in Oregon. The state of Oregon passed an assisted suicide law that allows doctors to prescribe federally controlled drugs in lethal amounts to certain of their patients who say they want to die. Federal law holds that federally controlled drugs may only be prescribed for legitimate medical purposes. During the Clinton Administration, Attorney General Janet Reno decreed that assisted suicide was a legitimate medical purpose in those states that permit it.
During the Bush Administration, Attorney General John Ashcroft changed that ruling, saying that assisted suicide was not a legitimate medical purpose, thereby barring doctors from prescribing lethal drugs. A lawsuit was filed and ultimately, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of allowing the drugs to be used for assisted suicide.
17) Signed legislation making it possible for a federal court to hear whether Terri Schiavo’s constitutional rights had been violated by being denied hydration and nutrition.
18) Dramatically increased funding for abstinence education through the Department of Health and Human Services, although Congress did not approve the full amount the Bush Administration requested.
All of the above is taken from Political Responsibility Center page.
I lived in the Middle East when 9/11 happened. No one protested when Bush has taken the troops to Afganistan. Until that moment, not many knew, what was really happening in this remote country, and that the Taliban’s regime was prospering there. So the whole world (well, the Western world) took a sight of relief when the Allied troops were freeing Afgan citizens after years of opression.
Iraq had a similar story in the beginning. I mean, in the western media.
We flew over to USA from Qatar, departing one minute before the attacks on Baghdad. The plain had to take different route than usually, and we just hoped that the missiles will not aim at our plain by a mistake, as they did before (like in Pakistan, instead of Afghanistan).
I couldn’t believe the propaganda in the US TV against Iraq, with all of the stories about weapons of mass destruction. For me, after living for few years in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the reason was obvious: oil (read: money – think about US connections with Saudi house etc., plenty of sources to learn now from on the subject). So simple. Anyway.
So, what we had in USA, was a story about a society terrorized by a tyran (true), and the argument about chemical weapons, which worked. Now, Bush believed his CIA agents, and I am not sure, if his primary motive to invade Iraq, was to free and help people of Iraq and rescue the world from chemical attacks OR if he saw that window of opportunity to secure the oil market for the future (because what’s gonna happen after the Saudi king dies, or if Islam revolution tales place in that country). I think it was much more complicated than that, but for my little brain, everything in politics (unfortunetly) is about power or/and money.
US invaded, Iraqi’s looked happy on the footage shown to the world. Then the ancient conflicts, which were present before, but dormant for a while, exploded. And now the world is wondering, was it worthed to open this Pandora box? Were we better with Hussain, or are we better now with never ending stories of terrorism.
But the answer is, that the answer does not lie in the political decisions, but in people’s hearts. And I know how it sounds…
Anyway, this is what I think that I think. So, the argument, that president’s pro-life stand is just a political stand, because he does the opposite in Iraq, is not a good one. The situation in Iraq would look the same, or worse, if Iraqis would kill Saddam themselves or if, let’s say, other Muslim’s would assassinate him.
Shame on American political advisers, who thought, that the religious-political situation in Iraq could be stabilized in few months or so, and were shortsided on the issue of Sunni-Shi’a realtions (let’s not forget Kurds). Shame on them thinking that the western secular democracy can substitute Saddam’s ideas.
So (if ot is not clear yet), I think that the argument for pro-life Bush killing people in Iraq is a weak one, because he did what he did, knowing what he knew; only he knows the motivation for that decision (let’s not forget Congress, media world and “the people of USA”, who backed him on that one). He just don’t know what to do with the mess, but he wants to get out of there, I am sure.
The proof for his stand on pro-life issues are above.
For thinking: Media controls the world. Who controls media?
As for Iraqi Pandora box, hope is still there.
Pray for wisdom. Seek God. Serve the people.