ALL Associate Newsletter - Vol. 7, No. 35 - Monday, September 13, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010 - By Leslie Tignor

American Life League
Associate Newsletter
Volume 7, Number 35
Monday, September 13, 2010

Pro-Life Memorial Day
American Life League’s sixth annual Pro-Life Memorial Day, being held this year on Monday, October 4, is just three weeks from today. This national event is a unique and meaningful day unlike any other because it’s devoted to the sole and solemn purpose of remembering the 52 million children killed through surgical abortion since the infamous Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.

Pro-Life Memorial Day is an occasion to look back over the past 37 years and reflect upon what that Supreme Court decision has meant for our country, to reflect upon what decriminalized abortion has reaped for our society. It is a day for pro-lifers nationwide to pause and remember those who were never given a chance at life and who are not with us today because of this heinous decision.

It is not too late to gather even a small group for a short prayer vigil on this day. Suggestions for events as well as flyers and posters for your event can be found online at www.prolifememorialday.com. If you hold an event or just participate in one, please consider taking photographs (if you’re using a digital camera, the highest resolution, please) and forwarding them to // "> for use in ALL’s publications.

Tip of the month – ‘Right to Life: Why Should We Care?’
By Robert Kaladish, M.D., Board Member, New Hampshire Right to Life

The following commentary was first published in the July newsletter of NHRTL:

Recently, I was peacefully protesting at Planned Parenthood on Pennacook Street in Manchester and had a verbal exchange with a local resident of the community, which, although brief, disturbed me deeply.

The resident questioned my right to be peacefully protesting in his neighborhood. (I was quietly carrying a sign that read “Abortion is not health care.”) He suggested that only legal residents of Manchester (or perhaps only Pennacook Street) were entitled to express opinions about the presence of Planned Parenthood and the evil acts that are committed there, namely, the murder of innocent and defenseless human persons.

He also expressed annoyance that the group I was with included a Christian who was carrying a sign that read “Jesus Saves.” The resident said that he could not understand why we were bringing our religion into the public street. I found this interaction to be deeply disturbing because of the profound apparent ignorance expressed by the man. He didn’t seem to understand that American citizens have the right to free speech and the right to peaceful free assembly as protected by the Constitution and two centuries of jurisprudence.

Similarly, he apparently did not understand that separation of church and state does not mean that a citizen is obligated to leave his religion at home when he goes into the public street but rather that the government has no right to intrude on religious freedom.

I do not know what this man thought in his mind, felt in his heart or experienced in his conscience, but I am concerned that the attitudes he expressed are becoming more prevalent in public discourse. I think these attitudes flow ultimately from the abortion mentality, namely, the idea that some people simply do not have the right to live.

If abortion, the intentional violation of an innocent human person’s right to live, can be justified as moral by whatever reasons, e.g., genetic defects, incest, rape, health of the mother, economic opportunity, convenience, or [insert excuse here], then the principle is established that some people deserve to live while others do not.

Yet the right to life is the right upon which all other rights depend. What good is the right to vote, to have free health care, to be paid a living wage, etc., if one is not permitted to live to exercise one’s right?

And if something as fundamental as the right to live can be so easily taken away from some individuals, what is to stop the taking away of other rights and freedoms that are dependent upon and, therefore, in some ways lesser than the right to life?

This principle can easily be extended to the idea that some people don’t deserve the right to peaceful free assembly because they create turmoil in the community, lower property values, frighten the children, or [insert excuse here]. Similarly, some people don’t deserve the right to free speech because their ideas are bad, worthless, disruptive, provocative, divisive or [insert excuse here]. People who support religious ideas, especially Judeo-Christian values, deserve special opprobrium because of pedophile priests, oppression of women, discrimination against homosexuals, the risk of fascistic theocracy, or [insert excuse here]. Again, I think the common thread here is the notion that certain people deserve political rights and other people do not.

This seems to be the natural and logical conclusion of accepting the principle that the right to life is not fundamental or intrinsic to the existence of the human person but rather that it is something given by society (and, therefore, something that can be taken away by society).

However, once it is understood that the right to life from the first moment of creation is something that the person himself brings to society and is not something that society bestows on the human person, then from this point of view, every person is endowed with dignity and, therefore, is equally deserving of respect.

Therefore, I would go so far as to say that the right to life is the most important right worth fighting for. In addition to being the foundation for all other rights, the right to life gives each of us an equal start when it comes to living together in society. And when the right to life is weakened or denied, some of us easily and quickly become more equal than others.


What Humanae Vitae is really about
The 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae is about much more than a prohibition of artificial contraception, says a Polish priest and expert on family issues who addressed today a conference in Omaha. Rather, it is a document about the dignity of woman.

Later abortions linked to psychological problems: Study
A study of women who had abortions has found that women undergoing later abortions face increased psychological risks, are more likely to be ambivalent about having an abortion and are more likely to need counseling and support. The study, “Late-Term Elective Abortion and Susceptibility to Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms,” was published in the August issue of the Journal of Pregnancy.

Fraud charges plaguing Planned Parenthood
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is forcing Planned Parenthood to defend itself against a whistleblower’s allegations of fraudulent overbilling of the federal government. The whistleblower’s attorneys contend that if the abortion industry’s leading player loses the case, the defeat would reinforce perceptions of a pattern of fraudulent billing in other states, raising the possibility that Congress eventually might cut off federal funding for the organization. The appeals court on Aug. 24 rejected Planned Parenthood’s motion to dismiss a former employee’s lawsuit alleging that the organization fraudulently overbilled the government for services provided in California. Planned Parenthood will have to defend itself in trial court against the suit.

India halts HPV vaccine trial after six girls die, U.S. does nothing in response to 67 deaths and counting
The horrors caused by Merck & Co.’s Gardasil vaccine and GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) Cervarix vaccine continue as six young girls recently died from the shots during an experimental Indian trial. The two human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines have been implicated in at least 67 deaths in the U.S., prompting no response from U.S. officials other than to keep pushing it on the public, but the six deaths in India have prompted the government there to immediately stop all trials of the vaccines.

Closing Thought

Trust in the LORD and do good that you may dwell in the land and live secure. Find your delight in the LORD Who will give you your heart’s desire. Commit your way to the LORD; trust that God will act and make your integrity shine like the dawn, your vindication like noonday. Be still before the LORD; wait for God.

—Psalm 37:3-7


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