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Propaganda Film Humanizes Slaughtering Children
August 29, 2014

 

After Tiller is a film set to air on Labor Day, September 1, 2014, on Public Broadcasting Service. The drama is being presented to the public as a “point of view” telecast and the subject matter centers around the four abortionists who now do late-term abortions in America. This documentary tells the stories of the four practitioners and some of their patients. 

PBS is promoting the show by telling prospective viewers: “After Tiller presents the complexities of these women’s difficult decisions and the compassion and ethical dilemmas of the doctors and staff who fear for their own lives as they treat their patients.”

Lana Wilson, one of the directors of the film, spoke in an interview about whether or not the abortionists were in any danger due to pro-life protesters. Her answer astounded me:

The doctors will be the first to acknowledge that people can disagree about this issue. They understand that. But, should the level of vitriol for these doctors really be so high that people are assassinating them? . . . Let’s try to have more compassion for them instead of judging. You can disagree with them, but why do it in such a vitriolic way that it just promotes hatred?

It would take a small book to unpack the distortions in this woman’s answer, let alone the entire interview. But this quote does provide a window into the thinking behind the story. And it tells its own story about the cultural devastation that 40 years of decriminalized abortion has created.

In secular commentary I have read about this film, there is not a single suggestion that these doctors are practitioners who are in the business of killing people for a living. One is left with the impression that the world is comfortable with abortion and uncomfortable with anyone who protests the act. 

What a sad state of affairs, America! 

Having said that, there are glimmers of hope among those reporting on this movie. There are honest reporters who are not afraid to tell the truth about it, including National Right to Life News. Dave Andrusko examined the matter and tells readers that even though PBS website visitor comments are mostly negative at the moment, “None of that will change the ugly truth. That the lives of huge babies who are way, way past the point of being able to feel pain, are being brutally snuffed out. And that PBS is willing to give a platform to a film that glorifies the killing.”

And there is more! “After Tiller was funded in large part by pro-abortion groups and lists Planned Parenthood and NARAL as primary outreach partners. According to Media Impact Partners, the film’s production team’s goals include changing the view of Americans in favor of late-term abortion providers and against legislation that bans late-term abortions. The filmmakers also hope that medical students will request abortion training be made available in their curricula.”

We must not forget that taxpayers like you and me are paying for the PBS budget! So we are all accomplices to this latest assault on human reason and Hippocratic ethics. The situation is grave, but there is plenty we can do about this.

We can make our voices heard so that PBS realizes there is outrage among Americans, and that it is not violent or vitriolic, just honest. Leave your comments online at http://www.pbs.org/pov/aftertiller/. Ask others in your sphere of influence to do likewise. Then pray for America!

To learn more about how to protect and defend our families and future generations of Americans against the propaganda spewing forth at taxpayer expense, join with American Life League and become part of our Defend the Family campaign.

We must work each and every day toward stopping the spread of lies. It’s killing us, and it's killing our families.

 

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The Family, the Devil, and You
August 26, 2014

 

American Life League unveiled its Defend the Family campaign yesterday. Initial response has been encouraging, but the question remains: Why did ALL do this at this time? 

There is no time like the present to shine a bright light on the evils perpetrated by Planned Parenthood and its loathing of the Catholic Church. The examples of its treachery are legion. Just to mention one, Planned Parenthood’s “Bar Nun Bingo” event this past April got the attention of Steven Ertelt, who reported,

Planned Parenthood has a long history of Catholic bashing. Its founder, Margaret Sanger, was both a racist and an anti-Catholic. In 1987, it trashed Mother Teresa, calling her an “old and withered person, who doesn’t look the least like a woman.” In 1994, it mocked the Eucharist at the Monmouth County Fair in New Jersey. In 1995, it blamed New York Archbishop John Cardinal O’Connor for the killing of an abortion doctor in Brookline, Massachusetts. In 1998, its opposition to school vouchers led it to brand the Catholic Church an “extremist” group on Long Island.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation brought attention to Planned Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger, explaining that Sanger’s conflicts with the Catholic Church were part of what drove her to defy God Himself and do anything she could to market contraception—even if the repercussions included spending time in jail.

In the wake of the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision, the FFRF ran a full page ad in the New York Times featuring none other than poster gal Margaret Sanger.

Clearly there is a war being waged against the Catholic Church by Planned Parenthood and its allies. The reason: The Church stands solidly against the dangerous contraception/abortion marketing that Planned Parenthood engages in daily.

American Life League recognizes it is time to tell the whole story, to engage the public, to activate parents so that they are armed to defend their rights as parents and to protect their children from such evils.

The Defend the Family campaign is being launched precisely to expose to the Holy Father, to Catholic hierarchy, and to the general population the ways in which we can effectively thwart Planned Parenthood’s evil ways. “The Defend the Family campaign is centered around a report entitled The Vatican Can Help Save Souls from Planned Parenthood in 2014. HERE’S HOW! The report, which has been translated into Spanish, Italian, and French, builds a case that an official declaration from the Vatican that Planned Parenthood is an enemy of the Church would be a powerful way to defend families.” 

Some have argued that ours is an impossible task, but the truth of the matter is that nothing is impossible for God. This battle is worth the effort, and the enemy must be engaged and exposed by the Church because souls are being lost every single day to a cultural philosophy steeped in sexual indoctrination.

One Catholic bishop explained it this way: “Americans need to know that Planned Parenthood still bases its philosophy and principles on its founder, Margaret Sanger, who called Christianity ‘parasitic’ and looked forward to the day when humanity would be freed from its tyranny.”

This is the reason we are driven to pursue this campaign, and to ask concerned Christians to join us. Every caring person across this nation needs to read, to understand, and then share and support our public effort to respectfully ask Pope Francis to declare Planned Parenthood an enemy of the Church. The situation is critical; the time is now.

Contrary to what Margaret Sanger believed, God is not dead! He is alive; He is our strength; He is our Father. May He help us defend the souls and the lives of his precious children and their families.

Join us today! 

 

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Miscarriage: The Heartbreak and the Lies
August 22, 2014

Moral theologian William Smith once commented that “all social engineering is preceded by verbal engineering.” In today’s 140-character Twitter world, what this means is that it is not very hard to manipulate language to deceive an unaware public.

This is why the culture defines the act of aborting a baby as an “issue”! Talk about robbing the humanity from a person by the word you use!

One of the most effective verbal engineering experts in our midst today is Planned Parenthood, whose sloganeering is designed to deceive and kill. For example, we recently learned that a York, Pennsylvania, Planned Parenthood defined abortion as a “voluntary miscarriage.” My first reaction, penned in a late-July commentary, stated, “The arrogance of such comments is indicative of what happens when a culture loses respect for the Creator of the human person.”

But as someone who has never experienced the deep sadness and loss that an actual miscarriage brings to the parents of that deceased baby, I really missed the point. Planned Parenthood’s latest quip is not only brutally dishonest, but insulting to every miscarried baby and his parents. 

One father of a miscarried child wrote, “There were tears, but more so than expected. My wife and I wanted to let our children know just how losing this baby was as hard and painful as if we had lost any of them. It was a terrific opportunity orchestrated by God and our baby in heaven whom we named Gabriel to make an indelible mark on our children’s hearts and in their brains that every life, no matter if it only was a barely recognizable 12-week-old baby, was just as precious as any of them are.”

To this, his wife added, “Through our acknowledgment of our baby’s life and the loss of that life, we touched an unwillingness within some people to admit that the tiny human being I held in my hands, my baby, was a human person. That uncomfortable reality makes it difficult to maintain their unwavering support for the murder of other babies through abortion.”

And finally, we hear the stirring words from a mother who has miscarried more than one child:

Anyone who has ever suffered a miscarriage should be outraged at Planned Parenthood’s comparison. They are now exploiting the pain and suffering of families to push their agenda of abortion on demand. It’s sick! 

The problem may be that even many pro-lifers have dismissed miscarriage as just a natural occurrence without honoring the short lives of miscarried babies. We do not walk beside parents in their grief. Many expect moms and dads to just “get over it” and move on with their lives—yet these are the same people fighting for the lives of children who are hours old in the womb, children destined to be killed by abortifacient contraceptives. Can’t we see the disconnect? 

If we believe that life begins at creation, then we should be mourning the death of every preborn baby who dies—by chance or by choice. Only then, I believe, will the public at large begin to see the value of tiny preborn babies. 

The last time we miscarried, someone asked me what I wanted, what I needed. My reply was, “I just want the world to stop—just long enough for me to catch my breath. People would mourn with me if I lost a child outside the womb. Why can’t they mourn with me when I’ve lost a child still in the womb?” The answer is that most people don’t know how. As a pro-life movement, we should teach them. Funerals and burials of miscarried children should be the rule, not the exception.

Until we recognize the value and dignity inherent in every human life beginning at creation, we will continue to be two steps behind in this battle for the culture of life.

American Life League embraces the work of Elizabeth Ministry International, an organization dedicated to helping parents of miscarried children. I suggest we all support this ministry and educate ourselves and our families. For too long, Planned Parenthood has abused and twisted language to the detriment of babies and their families. We must speak out and expose this deception. If we do not, who will? 

What else can you do? 

Please be aware of the words you use.

Be consistent in your respect for the human person.

Help us tell the truth that, while miscarriage is a great sadness for many families, procured abortion is an evil act that kills on purpose!

“The truth will set you free!” (John 8:32).

 

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Can Hospice Become a Death Chamber?
August 19, 2014

As a member of the board of Pro-Life Healthcare Alliance, I have come to know many experts who provide helpful advice and care for those confronting the reality of death—either themselves or for a loved one. 

I have also learned a great deal from Ione Whitlock’s blog, Belbury Review. In fact, it is there that I found this statement which everyone should read and contemplate: "The promise of hospice palliative care was that it would provide comfort to the dying, ease symptoms, and help grieving loved ones. . . . That was the theory. The reality is that for some reason, it doesn’t seem to be working that way."

And that, my friends is an understatement. But lest you think this is just another clinically accurate, multi-footnoted article containing dry facts, let me make this real for you.

I recently received a letter from a longtime American Life League supporter named Esther. Usually such letters are answered, calls are made, and the file is closed. But this letter moved many of us at ALL to the point of tears, and I wanted to share it with you. Her story is anything but the exception to the rule. 

Esther explained that her husband, John, had a stroke and a heart attack 12 years ago. After his recovery he went to work at a golf course. Years went by; each day Esther took good care of him, even when he had to stop working and required a great deal of care from her. During all that time her husband never took a drug, not even a baby aspirin. 

Then, in October of 2012, John’s doctor told Esther that she needed a break and that she should put her husband into respite care for a while. That's when her troubles began. 

She stated that the hospice nurse had promised her that John would not get any drugs. And she says, “Like a fool I believed them.”

She continued, “I let them take him to Faith Hospice. In about 37 hours he was tortured-drugged and given a shot of Robinul at 4:10 a.m. on November 22. At 4:30 the nurse came back in and asked, “Is he gone now?”

Esther’s letter continued,

Yes! He was dead. After the shot, fluid and chunks of something came out of his mouth so fast my daughter could hardly control it. She had to catch it in the sheet and coverlet.

For no reason they tried a catheter on him. They had no permission for anything they did. He must have screamed!

Esther told us that when her husband arrived at hospice for that fateful stay on November 20, the pastor and the pastor’s wife visited. She fed her husband cereal and everything seemed fine. When she returned on November 21 everything had changed. 

She wrote, “I cried when I went back November 21. His eyes were cracked, rolling around, he couldn’t talk, move or anything. A ZOMBIE!”

Esther told us hospice loaded her husband with drugs: “The nurse also reported in her notes she gave him several doses of morphine (plus the ones she recorded). The doctor said to me, ‘You give him permission to die when you bring him to Faith Hospice.’ . . . Lies – Lies – Lies!” 

When Esther admitted her husband, she did not think—nor did anyone explain to her—that the respite care that was supposed to give her a break from caring for her husband was actually her agreement that her husband should die while in the hospice.

Esther’s letter does not represent a unique experience. It is sad indeed to realize that hospice care today can be all about hastening death when those in charge decide it is time for a patient to die.

Don’t let this happen to you or a loved one. The articles below will educate you about proper hospice care, and they will help you choose a hospice that does not use palliative care as a murder weapon:

The Nursing Home and Hospice Checklist” 

Covenant Hospice: Pro-Life to the End of Life

Five Things You Should Know about Palliative Care

It is important to be informed and educated about any type of care you or a loved one may receive. Never hesitate to ask questions or tell doctors what you want. Your life literally depends on it.

 

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Ignorant Slaves
August 15, 2014

 

Pattharamon Janbua is a surrogate mother who carried twins for an Australian couple. Upon learning that one of the twins had Down syndrome, the couple pressed Janbua to get an abortion. She refused and the couple chose to abandon that child and take only the healthy baby.

This is a chilling story, but one with a happy ending for the baby. You see, in this case, the surrogate mother chose to keep and raise him, telling a reporter her respect for the dignity of the human person had no preconditions for earning that respect. Janbua loves the baby unconditionally. And she pointed out that abortion is against her Buddhist religion.

God bless her.

Lucetta Scaraffia, an Italian feminist columnist with the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, heard of the case and, according to the Washington Post opined, “We should not be surprised if parents who have ordered a baby and rented a woman’s womb refuse it at birth if it is not healthy and perfect. . . . In fact if a child becomes a product to buy, it is obvious that as with any acquisition it must meet with the buyer’s approval.”

The Post continued, 

The strongly worded commentary was written by prominent Catholic feminist and regular contributor Lucetta Scaraffia, who argued the child’s rejection was to be expected in the “explosive mix” of consumerism combined with a “throwaway culture.”

“Now everyone is indignant, or making a show of being indignant,” Scaraffia said. “In reality there is little to be indignant about—if you accept the logic that a child is a product this is the obvious consequence. We should not treat it as an isolated case.”

However, Baby Gammy’s natural parents represent more than the worst of consumerism. They are the poster couple for a seriously ailing attitude toward human dignity that views undesirable babies as a throw-away commodity.

Reproductive science is an all too cooperative ally in this degradation of man. For example, in Great Britain, where three-parent embryonic children are now approved, there is growing debate about how the government is representing this so-called scientific advance. It is argued that the public is being deceived regarding the “genetic modification” of the embryos in question. After all, the fundamental reason for a three-parent embryo is genetic purification, or to put it another way, genetic manipulation of the embryonic baby to ensure that no “imperfection” shows up in the final product.

This is the type of weird science, totally divorced from the laws of nature, that caused one feminist to proclaim that within 30 years, according to her sources, the artificial womb will become culturally acceptable. She opines that this will change the definition of feminism forever. Indeed! 

As a matter of fact, this latest scientific process, called ectogenesis, has been described as “a fight between feminists who don’t want to ‘hand over women’s sacred birthing ability to science’ and scientists who believe it can help mothers avoid the medical dangers of childbirth.” 

Reproductive science has, since that first official in vitro fertilization success, gained in popularity. In addition, it has changed the way couples view the possibility of having children—on their own terms and contrary to God’s plan.

Think about Baby Gammy!

And while it is true that the Catholic Church has been singular in her official proclamations, repeatedly pointing out in Church documents the reasons why IVF and its progeny are wrong, something is missing. For some strange reason those teachings have rarely found their way into the pulpits, classrooms, and lecture halls where Catholics learn and understand what the Church teaches and why she does not waver. As a consequence, more and more individuals are, I fear, enslaved by all manner of aberrant sexual practices including the right to expect a genetically perfect child, the right to abortion, and the right to birth control.

Where are the voices of truth these days? More and more people are becoming ignorant slaves to their own passions while the shepherds look on!

It is all very frightening and extremely sad indeed.

 

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