ALL Associate Newsletter - Vol. 9, No. 12 - Monday, March 19, 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012 - By Leslie Tignor

American Life League
Associate Newsletter
Volume 9, Number 12
Monday, March 19, 2012

Prayer Request
Please continue to pray for Peg Saindon (Mother and Unborn Baby Care of Fox Valley). Peg is feeling much stronger and is now preparing for reconstructive surgery. She is most grateful for all of your prayers!

New Associate Group
Please join me in welcoming the newest Associate group to our Program—St. Jude Respect Life Ministry! The ministry is the pro-life apostolate of St. Jude Catholic Church in New Lenox, IL. The group works to educate the parish community on pro-life issues as outlined in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The group also holds fundraisers to support the local crisis pregnancy center, holds prayer and protest vigils at the local Planned Parenthood, participates in Life Chain and sponsors pro-life speakers and movies throughout the year. The current chairperson is Doris Santschi. We look forward to working with them on their future endeavors!

National Pro-Life T-Shirt Week:  Tuesday, April 24, 2012, through Monday, April 30, 2012
For more information on NPLTW, visit www.npltw.com and, if you’d like to be included as a co-sponsor, contact Leslie Tignor at LTignor@ALL.org.  Don’t forget, a one-time offer of free shipping is extended to all Associate groups on bulk orders of the 2012 NPLTW t-shirt!

Sexuality Education: A Parent’s Right, A Parent’s Responsibility
By ALL Staff Members

Parents alone have the right to be the primary educators of their children, particularly in matters related to sexuality. This right is bestowed on them by God, Who also assigns to parents a duty to teach Christian morality to their sons and daughters. Parents are the best teachers of their children. God has ordained parents with an inalienable right to educate their children, particularly regarding sexual development. God, the Author of life, invites parents to join in the creative process of generating new human life. The role of parents continues as guardians and caretakers of the gift of a child, which has been bestowed on them.

The God-given right and responsibility of parents to control the education of their children is revealed in Holy Scripture and in the Tradition of the Catholic Church. Parents have a duty to be the primary educators of their children, particularly in matters related to sex. As the Second Vatican Council recalled, “since parents have conferred life on their children, they have a most solemn obligation to educate their offspring. Hence parents must be acknowledged as the first and foremost educators of their children. The role of parents in education is of such importance that it is almost impossible to provide an adequate substitute.”

A human being’s sexuality cannot be separated from who he or she is as a person. The responsibility of parents to steer the discipline and development of their child involves the child’s total development, including his or her sexual morality. Parents are called to give their children “a clear and delicate” sex education, one that is “truly and fully personal. . . . Sex education, which is a basic right and duty of parents, must always be carried out under their attentive guidance, whether at home or in education centers chosen and controlled by them.”

“Education for chastity is absolutely essential, for it is a virtue that develops a person’s authentic maturity and makes him or her capable of respecting and fostering the ‘nuptial meaning’ of the body. Indeed, Christian parents, discerning the signs of God’s call, will devote special attention and care to education in virginity or celibacy as the supreme form of that self-giving that constitutes the very meaning of human sexuality.”  Sexuality is interconnected with morality and spirituality; therefore, sex education cannot be taught apart from Christian principles. To “love the Lord your God with all of heart, soul and mind” includes all of oneself.

The Church reaffirms the law of subsidiarity. As such, a school that cooperates in the sex education of a child should enter into the same spirit that motivates and animates the parents. Schools play an important role in supporting the parents’ cultivation of virtue in their children. Yet, when it comes to discussing sexual matters beyond the abstract (that is, in any detailed or descriptive way), the classroom, or any other public setting, is not the appropriate place.

As stated before, parents are called to give a clear and delicate sex education, one that is truly and fully personal. It is presumptuous —indeed, dangerous—to assume that every child is at the same level of sexual interest or understanding. One eighth-grader may need to be spoken to more candidly about sex because he is already sexually aware, whereas another eighth-grader may consider the opposite sex uninteresting; therefore very little, if anything, should be discussed with him about sex.

Parents are in the best position to know the developmental level and individual informational needs of their children. Moreover, only in private discussions can these needs be addressed—personally and with the delicacy the subject requires. It is particularly important not to violate a child’s natural latency period (roughly from age six to puberty, when sexual interests are dormant), which could result in the destruction of their innocence.

Furthermore, parents, regardless of their professional credentials, are best suited to be the primary educators of their children. Their loving relationship with their offspring is singular and irreplaceable and therefore cannot be delegated to others or usurped by others.

In addition, parents are in a unique position to lead by example in teaching their children the gift of self in relation to love. The love between a husband and wife teaches their children what love is; for, by welcoming and nurturing the children who are the fruit of that love, they give their children the best possible education in sexuality and in responsible use of their sexuality. There can be no avoiding the duty to offer, especially to adolescents and young adults, an authentic education in sexuality and in love.

If parents do not feel comfortable speaking to their teenagers regarding sexual issues, they have a responsibility to seek the resources to learn how better to handle such matters. The following are organizations that can provide the necessary resources. Simply ask for materials related to chastity and the sex education of your children from a Christian moral perspective.

Human Life International
4 Family Life Lane
Front Royal, VA 22630

Pauline Books & Media
50 Saint Paul’s Avenue
Boston, MA 02130


Federal court unseals Planned Parenthood lawsuit
A federal judge unsealed a lawsuit a former Planned Parenthood employee filed nearly three years ago. The suit claims that the abortion seller engages in a pernicious and persistent pattern of Medicaid fraud.  Abby Johnson, the former director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in the Bryan/College Station area, states in the lawsuit filed by the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) that Planned Parenthood knowingly sought improper reimbursements from the Texas Women’s Health Program from 2007 to 2009.

DHHS ordered to show records on Planned Parenthood grant
A federal judge ordered the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to release all public records pertaining to a $1 million federal grant that was awarded to six Planned Parenthood clinics, including one in Exeter. The order is in response to a lawsuit filed by New Hampshire Right To Life [an American Life League Associate group], which alleges the $1 million in public money was awarded to Planned Parenthood via a "no-bid contract" and over the objections of the governor's Executive Council. The federal lawsuit also alleges the DHHS failed to produce public records and is illegally withholding documents, both in violation of the federal Freedom of Information Act.

Contraceptive pill Yasmin continues to stir debate
Following concerns that contraceptive pills containing the synthetic hormone drospirenone carry an increased risk of blood clots, panel members of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) met in December to vote on whether the benefits outweighed the risks. They voted 15-11 in favor. However, research carried out by the Washington Monthly and the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has since found that four of the panel members had links to Bayer, the pharmaceutical company that manufactures two of the best known drospirenone-containing pills, Yaz and Yasmin.

Altered stem cells limit transplant rejection
New research holds the promise of freeing many organ transplant patients from a lifetime of anti-rejection drugs.  In the first study of its kind, eight kidney transplant patients received stem cells from their kidney donors manipulated to “trick” their bodies into accepting the foreign organ as its own. Transplant recipients who are not perfectly matched with their donors typically take several drugs a day for the rest of their lives to keep their bodies from rejecting the new organ and to treat the side effects of those drugs.

Closing Thought

“The law of God is univocal and categorical with respect to human life. God commands: ‘You shall not kill.’ (Ex 20:13) No human lawgiver can therefore assert: it is permissible for you to kill, you have the right to kill, or you should kill . . . We are facing an immense threat to life . . . ”

Pope John Paul II, Letter to Families, http://www.lifeissues.net/writers/doc/fm/fm_01lettertofamily5.html

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