Entries for June, 2012

Stanek weekend question: What are some takeways from the Obamacare decision?

I’m still distraught about the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Obamcare, but the fight to uphold the sanctity of human life must go on. The Bible is clear that God orchestrates the course of human events, including leaders of nations, good and bad. The Lord allowed this decision for His purpose, which is ultimately for our good, and we trust Him.

Curt Levey, President of the Committee for Justice and a constitutional law attorney, has written “Top ten takeaways from the Obamacare decision.” Here are the bullet points, although the full article at BigGovernment.com is well worth reading:

Michelle Obama makes Catholic Church’s point about contraception mandate

Our faith journey isn’t just about showing up on Sunday for a good sermon and good music and a good meal. It’s about what we do Monday through Saturday as well, especially in those quiet moments, when the spotlight’s not on us, and we’re making those daily choices about how to live our lives.

We see that in the life of Jesus Christ. Jesus didn’t limit his ministry to the four walls of the church. He was out there fighting injustice and speaking truth to power every single day. He was out there spreading a message of grace and redemption to the least, the last, and the lost. And our charge is to find Him everywhere, every day by how we live our lives….

[Faith] is not a once-a-week kind of deal….

Pro-life blog buzz 6-29-12

Thumbnail image for blog buzz.jpgby Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli

We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email Susie@jillstanek.com.

  • Real Choice points out the strange pro-choice phenomenon which ignores women’s deaths due to abortion quackery and instead expresses outrage over slain abortionists.

Pro-life news brief 6-29-12

by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat

  • Deng Jiyuan, the husband of the Chinese woman who was forced into a 7-month abortion has resurfaced in Beijing after leaving his hometown and is seeking help to get his wife released from the local hospital:

    Despite her requests to leave, Ms. Feng has been held in Shanxi Zhenping County Hospital watched over by local government officials, since being forced to abort her seven-month-old fetus on June 2.

    In a sign that local officials may be bending to public pressure, Ms. Feng’s sister-in-law, Deng Jicai, said by phone Friday evening that doctors had told her Ms. Feng would be released from the hospital following a final check up on Saturday. “Right now there is no one blocking us from leaving,” Ms. Deng said. “Those government people have been gone since yesterday.”

Pro-life video of the day: “What if parenting is the most important job in the world?”

by LauraLoo Sandy and Ken Calwell were guests Monday through Wednesday on Family Life Today.  After more than 10 years in the broadcast television industry, Sandy stepped out of the workplace in order to stay home and raise her son. She realized that many of the same skills and techniques she relied on in the working […]

Let’s tax abortions

And so if I have this right: The Federal Government may now levy a special tax on me if I do not comply with their specific directives about what I should buy, or do? Can they tax abortions at a high rate? If I don’t eat broccoli, they can assign a special tax, right? After […]

Pro-life news brief 6-28-12

by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat

  • Two local Maryland laws regulating crisis pregnancy centers have been struck down:

    In a 2-1 ruling Wednesday, a panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled that the Baltimore and Montgomery County ordinances violated the pregnancy centers’ free-speech rights.

  • In China, the husband of a woman forcibly aborted at 7 months has gone missing:

    Deng Jiyuan traveled to Beijing last week to meet with lawyers and journalists to discuss the incident. But, according to his sister, Mr. Deng was met with fierce resistance. “More than 100 people and a dozen of cars showed up to stop him, and a man suddenly appeared and kicked my brother in the stomach,” Deng Jicai said.

    On Sunday, government officials purportedly urged local townspeople to unfold a banner near the hospital where Feng was located, which called the family “traitors” and ordered that they be excommunicated from the town. Meanwhile, photos were posted online displaying a red banner that reads, “severely beat the traitors and expel them.”

Vatican clears Father Pavone’s name but leaves him with his accuser

UPDATE 6/29, 11:21a: My friend within six degrees of separation of this controversy reminded me last night that the Vatican would not have declared Father Pavone unsuspended and a priest in good standing had it not examined Priest for Life’s financial records for itself. After all, this was the foremost reason Bishop Zurek gave for his suspension. I agree that the Vatican would take absolutely no chance of having its withdrawal of suspension come back to embarrass it, especially in this day and age of priest scandals. So I have removed “(sort of)” from my headline. I think the Vatican indeed exonerated FP by its nod in his favor.

My friend said his first take was that the Vatican’s clearance opens the door for Father Pavone to pursue incarnation in a pro-life friendly diocese.

6/28, 12:01p: On Tuesday night came good news on Priests for Life’s website:

Pro-life video of the day: Obama touts access to birth control at high school

by Hans Johnson President Obama held a campaign rally  Monday  in the Oyster River High School in Durham, New Hampshire. Though school is not in session,  students did attend as well as adults. He told the audience of almost 2,000: We believe that in America your success shouldn’t be determined by the circumstance of your […]

Supreme Court decision on Obamacare mandate

UPDATE 9:22a: philipklein tweet: “SCOTUS: ‘The Medicaid expansion thus violates the Constitution’– says states have choice on participating in expansion.’” SCOTUSblog tweet: “Expansion of Medicaid is constitutional (key), but States can’t be stripped of funds for not complying with expansion provisions.”

UPDATE 9:17a: The individual mandate will become a tax. Taxpayers will still be forced to pay for abortions. SCOTUSblog tweet: “From the Court: The mandate max [may?] be regarded as a tax. ‘That is sufficient to sustain it.’” philipaklein tweeet: “SCOTUS: Mandate ‘may reasonably be characterized as a tax.’ It survives.”

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by Carderdiary

I feel like I didn’t realize how much I needed to tell this story until it was happening…. And how I felt afterwards really showed me a part of myself that had stopped kind of living after the abortion experience.

It just reopened a part of my life that I had closed so firmly…. I feel like whenever you close something like that, other things are affected, other parts of yourself are affected….

It’s more of a subtle inward change that I experienced.

~ Amanda Englund, post-abortive mother, doula, and professional placental encapsulation service specialist on how she arrived at sharing her abortion story on The Abortion Diary Podcast, Huffington Post, September 18

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