The occasional, often ill-considered thoughts of a Roman Catholic permanent deacon who is ever grateful to God for his existence. Despite the strangeness we encounter in this life, all the suffering we witness and endure, being is good, so good I am sometimes unable to contain my joy. Deo gratias!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Latest from the Pro-Death Community

Here are just a few of the more recent happenings within the pro-death community:

Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCR) is a DC-based national civil rights coalition that's been around since 1950 when it was organized to support the passage of civil rights legislation. But in recent years the LCCR has apparently expanded its agenda to include advocacy of pro-abortion nominees for the Supreme Court. It recently came out strongly in favor of Solicitor General Elena Kagan's nomination. In response the U.S. bishops withdrew from the coalition. Addressing the bishops' decision, Bishop William Murphy stated, "The LCCR has moved beyond advocacy of traditional civil rights to advocacy of positions which do not reflect the principles and policies of the bishops’ Conference.  No one will doubt the ongoing commitment of the Catholic bishops to upholding civil and human rights, but this action was necessary to avoid any confusion about its protection of the most basic human right, the right to life of the not-yet-born.”

The announcement from the US bishops can be read in its entirety here: Bishops Withdraw From Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Coalition.

Three cheers for the US bishops!

D.C. running low on free condoms. Just in case you've lost sight of the purpose of government, the folks in the District of Columbia will take great pains to remind you. The district, you see, prides itself on the fact that it has already distributed over 2.5 million free condoms this year. The trouble is, it doesn't always have the money to pay for them, so there's been a serious delay in getting these freebies to those who want them, specifically the activists preparing for next month's "Capital Pride" celebrations (and the DC Department of Education). Oh, yes...the city has also had to upgrade its free condoms from the Durex to the Trojan brand. Apparently the latter are a higher quality product and therefore considerably more expensive. The upgrade was in response to complaints from the recipients of this governmental largess. By the way, these condoms are also distributed at schools throughout the district, available to any child who asks.

What a world we're leaving to our children and grandchildren...

Pro-abortion TV Commercial. Marie Stopes International, a so-called "sexual health clinic" in the UK, aired a 30-second commercial Monday night on Britain's channel 4 during a popular game show. The ad, which targets pregnant women, promotes the organization's abortion services. The commercial doesn't specifically mention abortion, but everyone in the UK knows what the organization does, just as everyone in the US knows that Planned Parenthood is just another name for an abortion mill. Last year Marie Stopes aborted 65,000 unborn babies, but apparently that's not enough...hence, the commercial.

You can view it yourself below, and here's a link to the relevant news story on the Telegraph's website: Britain's first abortion television advert.

As you can see, the battle for hearts and minds -- and lives -- continues. It's a battle that's been waged for thousands of years, all the way back to Moses when he pleaded with the Israelites: "I call heaven and earth today to witness against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live" [Dt 30:19].

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