The questioning in the Gosnell murder trial is pointing to inconsistent arguments for abortion. With a re-created abortion clinic displayed before jurors’ eyes, the court is witnessing seemingly every question about the beginning of life and viability and the rights of vulnerable babies and the care of mothers. Thursday, an anesthesiologist testified that the anesthesia given to one woman who died was sufficient to stop her breathing and put her into a coma.
The more you look at the HHS mandate, the more you find tremendous problems. The nation’s Catholic bishops took a new comprehensive look at the mandate and their General Counsel says new revisions of the contraceptive mandate are an “unprecedented violation of religious liberty” and must be changed.
In other news, a courageous Portland schoolteacher was given the boot from Benson high school. Bill Diss has both attained great notoriety for his teaching skill and has been given years of grief for his personal pro-life activism in the Rose City. A new study shows abortion can lead to risk of heart disease and stroke. And 37 of 42 abortion clinics in Texas would close under a new bill that seeks to apply minimum standards to such surgical facilities.
The big three networks have yet to cover news of the murder trial of Kermit Gosnell, charged in the deaths of seven babies who were born after viability in his run down abortion facility. The New York Times relegated the story to A17. The case may be the biggest abortion story in 40 years.
Three notable public US officials received communion at the installation mass for Pope Francis. Nancy Pelosi accompanied the delegation led by Vice President Joe Biden and both received the sacrament, while they deny clear Christian teaching on abortion. However, in what may be construed as a snub to Nancy Pelosi, pro-life New Jersey Congressman Chris Smith lead a delegation from the US House of Representatives and also participated.
[“We serve breakfast, lunch and hugs. The hugs are the best part.”] Tim’s Place may become a tourist destination in Albuquerque New Mexico. Tim’s may be the only restaurant owned by someone with Down Syndrome. Celebrating the ability of those with Down Syndrome to work, March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day. [“The hugs are way more important than the food. The food is just food, so… Hahaha!”]
The details of the Gosnell murder trial are simply too much to tell-details are at our website. However, in the latest day of testimony, a woman who worked for Gosnell off the books illegally wept as she told how she participated in the same actions that led to murder charges against Gosnell.
Pope Francis, in one of his first Tweets, said, “true power is service. The Pope must serve all people, especially the poor, the week, the vulnerable.” Just prior to his inaugural mass, Francis took time to stop and offer a blessing for a disabled man. Meanwhile, major media outlets have begun a barrage of criticism of the new Pope. The latest charges say he is “medieval”.
Catholic bishops are turning their attention to US House Republicans, hoping they will place conscience protections to help stop the egregious nature of the HHS mandate that forces employers to pay for most anything that interdicts pregnancy.
Another report from the Financial Times points out China’s demographic problems. It makes a direct link between China’s aging population and the fact that the number of abortions in China over the last 40 years has exceeded the population of the US.
The lead prosecutor on Monday told a Philadelphia court what the Kermit Gosnell murder trial is and what it is not about. He said the case has less to do with abortion than it does with the fact that Kermit Gosnell is a killer who took the lives of newly born babies. Between a female patient and seven newborn infants, Gosnell is charged with more than 30 criminal counts.
Religious people with internal moral conflicts tend to get clumsy. Joe Biden says that the Catholic Church has always debated within itself over whether abortion was always or intrinsically wrong. His own bishop immediately reproved him and corrected that statement. Now comes news that in a conversation with a foreign head of state, Biden inferred that he simply must attend a mass for Pope Francis or lose his soul.
Meanwhile, leading the delegation from the US House of Representatives, speaker John Boehner has chosen New Jersey Representative Chris Smith, a pro-life champion.
40 Days for Life has now seen 423 babies saved from abortion in the last 33 days. And one abortion clinic after years of such prayer and vigil has said it will not renew its lease.
Add the name “Nancy Pelosi” to the official US delegation attending the installation March 19 of Pope Francis. Nancy Pelosi has said not having an abortion could be a death sentence for women; Pope Francis has said abortion is a death penalty for the unborn.
Pro-life advocates oppose ObamaCare because of its abortion provisions. The Hyde amendment, which must be renewed each year, is like a Dutch boy holding his finger in the dike. The moment the Hyde amendment is not renewed, ObamaCare prescribes abortion for any pregnancy. At a gathering of conservatives in DC, Senate leader Mitch McConnell stood next to a pile of papers 20,000 pages high-stacked flat, showing the volume of regulations from ObamaCare. He pledged Republicans would not give up repealing the measure and cited one report indicating that healthcare premiums will as much as double in the year 2014, which happens to be the next election for the U.S. Senate.
The UN has failed to address violence against women. Powerful western developed countries held the agreement hostage, demanding international abortion rights in exchange for protections. Reuters, AP and the New York Times are all falsely saying that some unnamed delegation wanted religious exemptions for violence against women.