Worldwide birth dearth


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October 06, 2004

Worldwide birth dearth

Now, dangers of a population implosion
For decades, much has been written about the world’s exploding population. But 60 countries, about a third of all nations, have fertility rates today below 2.1 children per woman, the number necessary to maintain a stable population. Half of those nations have levels of 1.5 or less. In Armenia, Italy, South Korea, and Japan, average fertility levels are now close to one child per woman. Barring unforeseen change, at least 43 of these nations will have smaller populations in 2050 than they do today. This baby dearth has potentially weighty economic consequences for governments worried about everything from economic vitality to funding future pension programs and healthcare. (Birth-control, abortion and women entering the workforce is to blame.) Posted by Editor at October 6, 2004 09:57 PM

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Judge asked to block Rudolph evidence


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September 15, 2004

Judge asked to block Rudolph evidence

By Val Walton / The Birmingham News

Eric Robert Rudolph wants a federal judge to block any evidence investigators seized from a North Carolina mobile home and storage shed because he contends the search warrants weren’t specific.

Rudolph’s lawyers argued in court papers made available to the public Tuesday that any items seized not be used at trial because the warrants were too general and violate the Fourth Amendment which protects people from unreasonable search and seizure.

The filing did not detail what items were seized from Cal’s Mini Storage, Unit #91, on Old Peachtree Road in Marble, N.C., and a single-wide mobile home on Caney Creek Road in Murphy, N.C. Searches were authorized by the warrants in March 1998.

The warrants were the fifth and sixth of seven warrants served. The filing shows another warrant was used to search a Nissan truck on Feb. 9, 1998.

Affidavits compiled by the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms outlined evidence authorities contend links Rudolph to the January 1998 bombing at a Southside abortion clinic that killed off-duty police officer Robert “Sande” Sanderson and critically injured nurse Emily Lyons.

Rudolph’s trial is set for May. Rudolph has pleaded not guilty. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

Rudolph also faces trial in the 1996 Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta that killed one woman and injured more than 100. He also is accused of carrying out bombings at an abortion clinic and a gay night club in Atlanta. Authorities arrested Rudolph May 3, 2003, in Murphy, N.C., after a five-year manhunt.

Investigators have said the Birmingham bomb used dynamite which contains nitroglycerin. The investigators’ documents also said the primary explosive ingredient in nitroglycerin-based dynamite was found during a search at Rudolph’s residence.

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Posted by Editor at September 15, 2004 08:55 AM

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Pro-Life News: USAID to Focus on Agenda in Public Health

September 15, 2004

USAID to Focus on Agenda in Public Health

Washington, D.C. — “New challenges ahead and the unfinished agenda in public health in the Americas” will be the focus of joint efforts by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), according to Dr. Ruth Frischer, who heads the population, health and nutrition team in USAID’s Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean. Posted by Editor at September 15, 2004 06:10 PM

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Should pro-lifers use aborted baby photos?


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September 14, 2004

Should pro-lifers use aborted baby photos?

Joe Scheidler, President of the Pro-Life Action League and Dave Plemmons, Chairman of Greene Cty RTL, debate the issue of graphic pictures on LifeTalk. Posted by Editor at September 14, 2004 03:09 PM

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Pro-Life News: ‘My Foetus’ Prompts Abortion Re-Think

August 24, 2004

‘My Foetus’ Prompts Abortion Re-Think

I am confident that parents who, in ignorance, take their offspring to be aborted, would think again when they see their tiny child in such glorious detail, alive and beautiful and busy. Posted by Editor at August 24, 2004 01:12 PM

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The Trial of Eric Rudolph


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Rudolph defense gets more time in Alabama bombing case


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August 24, 2004

Rudolph defense gets more time in Alabama bombing case

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A federal judge on Monday overruled prosecutors’ objections and gave Eric Rudolph’s new defense team more time to come up with a plan for fighting death penalty charges in a fatal abortion clinic bombing.

U.S. District Judge Lynwood Smith ruled that Rudolph’s attorneys could have until Sept. 15 to reveal how they intend to defend against charges that Rudolph planted a bomb outside a Birmingham women’s clinic on Jan. 29, 1998, killing a police officer and critically injuring a nurse.

Rudolph’s lawyers were supposed to notify prosecutors of their intended defense earlier this month, but they sought additional time after former lead attorney Richard Jaffe and three associates removed themselves from the case for undisclosed reasons. Three more lawyers remained on the defense, and others were added.

Smith rejected prosecutors’ claims that the case should forward since Rudolph has been in jail since May 2003 and since some of his present lawyers were appointed to the case more than eight months ago.

The defense previously filed papers indicating it would blame the bombing on someone other than Rudolph, who has pleaded innocent. But it has not provided details, such as whether Rudolph had an alibi for the day of the blast. Also, prosecutors said, the door is still open for Rudolph’s lawyers to use an insanity defense – a move that would require mental testing in another state.

Originally set for trial this month, Rudolph is now scheduled to go on trial in May 2005, almost two years after his capture in Murphy, N.C., ended a more than five-year manhunt. Besides the Alabama bombing, Rudolph is charged in three bombings in Atlanta, including the one that killed a woman during the 1996 Olympics.

Rudolph is jailed without bond in Birmingham.

Posted by Editor at August 24, 2004 02:44 AM

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Rudolph lawyers attack anonymous jury for 2005 trial


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August 18, 2004

Rudolph lawyers attack anonymous jury for 2005 trial

Defense lawyers for Eric Robert Rudolph say they don’t want their client tried before a totally anonymous jury on charges he bombed a Southside abortion clinic.

In a Friday court filing, Rudolph’s lawyers wrote that they support protecting the privacy interest of the jurors, but oppose a totally anonymous jury.

The filing said the judge presiding over Rudolph’s case raised the question during Rudolph’s June change of venue hearing of using an anonymous jury and allowing the jurors to come and go daily.

U.S. District Judge C. Lynwood Smith Jr., who set May 24 as the estimated date for opening statements for Rudolph’s trial, had indicated he may summon at least 500 people to go through a lengthy selection process, which includes completing a jury questionnaire. Jury selection is to begin March 23.

An anonymous jury exists when the identifying information about the jurors, such as their names, ages and occupations is sealed and they are often referred to by number.

In Rudolph’s case, his lawyers argued in the court filing that an anonymous jury would violate his rights, including to be presumed innocent and to a fair and impartial public trial.

The lawyers said Rudolph has a right to a jury of known individuals and is entitled to receive a verdict, not from anonymous decision makers, but from people he can name as responsible for their actions.

“This right needs to be even more scrupulously honored in the context of this case, where a defendant’s life hangs in the balance,” the filing said.

Rudolph could face the death penalty if he is convicted in the January 1998 bombing that killed an off-duty Birmingham police officer and critically injured a nurse. Rudolph has pleaded not guilty.

His lawyers argued that circumstances surrounding his case do not rise to the level warranting an anonymous jury.

For example, the filing said the government makes no allegations of any past or future attempt by Rudolph to obstruct the judicial process or to intimidate false testimony from witnesses.

“In short, nothing about this case suggests that the jury genuinely needs protection,” the filing said.

Efforts to reach prosecutors were unsuccessful. A review of court records does not indicate prosecutors have asked for an anonymous jury, but many records in the case are sealed.

Rudolph’s lawyers outline recommendations for juror privacy if additional measures are needed in the high-profile case. The filing suggests that the media and public should not be present when prospective jurors complete the juror questionnaire, and that press should not be allowed to interview and photograph prospective jurors. The filing also suggests that the identity of jurors and their questionnaires be kept secret from the media and general public but disclosed to the parties in the case.

Posted by Editor at August 18, 2004 03:26 AM

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Gunshots Fired At Planned Parenthood Clinic


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August 18, 2004

Gunshots Fired At Planned Parenthood Clinic

Someone fired at least four gunshots at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Lufkin late Tuesday or early Wednesday, a clinic spokeswoman said. No one was hurt in the incident, but bullet holes were visible in several windows and the front door of the clinic, 1404 W. Frank Ave. The shooting was being investigated by the Lufkin Police Department. In recent months, the clinic which is affiliated with Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas, has attracted the attention of a small group of local anti-abortion protesters. The “stand and pray effort” started shortly after the Brazos Valley Coalition for Life, a Bryan-based anti-abortion group, held a meeting earlier this summer to speak of their own efforts to close the PPHSET clinic in Bryan. Posted by Editor at August 18, 2004 01:26 PM

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What’s Wrong With the Pro-Life Movement


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August 17, 2004

What’s Wrong With the Pro-Life Movement

    Pro-life support for Mr. Bush is creating more threats to the structure of constitutional government than even Roe v. Wade.

The pro-life movement seems to be committed to gauging its influence by endorsements it gets from national political celebrities, but time has proven that those platitudes won’t stop babies from being killed. The movement’s support for the current president might even help to finish the work of destroying the U.S. Constitution that was so hideously forwarded by Roe. Posted by Editor at August 17, 2004 02:35 PM

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South Dakota Senate OKs Ban on Almost All Abortions

PIERRE, S.D. — In a series of dramatically close votes, the South Dakota Senate approved a near total ban on abortion Tuesday, bringing the state closer to issuing a direct and deliberate challenge to Roe vs. Wade.

The final vote was 19 to 15.

After an extended debate, the Senate first voted 18 to 16 to restore the bill’s original language, approved by the South Dakota House on Feb. 10. A Senate committee had stripped that language, which declares that life begins at fertilization and that the state should afford no exceptions to the prohibition on abortion except to save the life of the mother.

That vote initially was tied, 17 to 17, but at the last moment Sen. William Napoli, R-Rapid City, switched his vote.

“I thought the bill was a little harsh,” Napoli said later. “But as I listened to the discussion, it became apparent that if we’re going to do this, we’d better give it the whole works.

“In that last two minutes, it came down on me.”

With the original language restored, the Senate then narrowly defeated an amendment that would have allowed an exception for victims of rape or incest. But senators approved –18 to 17, with Lt. Gov. Dennis Daugaard casting the deciding vote — an amendment allowing an exception to save the health of the mother.

Rep. Matt McCaulley, R-Sioux Falls, who wrote the bill, said he would have to examine the amendment and its effect on his desire to have the law used as a challenge to Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. But he said he expects the bill to survive a conference committee and be signed by Gov. Mike Rounds. “I’m overjoyed,” McCaulley said.

So were many abortion foes in the Senate gallery.

“I’m excited to see South Dakota take an aggressive and positive step in saving lives in our state,” said Nicole Osmundson, director of Alpha Center, a Sioux Falls program that counsels women after they have had abortions.

She said she believes the measure “definitely has a chance” of overturning Roe vs. Wade. But others, including some longtime abortion opponents, were less optimistic.

“I fear passage of this bill will have an effect opposite of what its sponsors expect. …” said Sen. Jay Duenwald, R-Hoven. It will enable the court “to reaffirm Roe vs. Wade.”

(Information from Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Posted by Editor at February 25, 2004 04:05 AM

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Planned Parenthood ‘applauds’ Right to Life


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February 24, 2004

Planned Parenthood ‘applauds’ Right to Life

S.D. Abortion Ban Opposed by “Foes” of Abortion
A legislative proposal to virtually ban abortion in South Dakota ran into an unlikely obstacle over the weekend: the South Dakota Right to Life movement. Sen. Jay Duenwald, R-Hoven, a so called “longtime opponent of legal abortion,” was among legislators who maneuvered Saturday to remove the ban and substitute the more incremental step of a tightened informed-consent requirement. Opponents, led by Planned Parenthood of Minnesota and South Dakota, applauded elimination of the proposed ban. The original bill, written by Rep. Matt McCaulley, R-Sioux Falls, with help from the Thomas More Law Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., would make it a felony for anyone to perform an abortion in South Dakota except to save the life of the mother.

S.D. Criminal Abortion Bill Could Return
PIERRE, S.D. – The original language of a bill attempting to outlaw nearly all abortions in South Dakota will be back in some form, according to state Rep. Matt McCaulley, R-Sioux Falls. On Saturday, the Senate State Affairs Committee voted 5-4 to reject McCauley’s bill – which already had passed the House 54-15. The full Senate will consider the issue Tuesday. Some in South Dakota’s anti-abortion movement said that if South Dakota lost a final court decision, the result would be just another piece of case law to support the 1973 decision – and at South Dakota’s expense. But Charles Rice, a law professor at Notre Dame, said in a letter that nothing in U.S. Supreme Court decisions “conclusively forbids South Dakota (or all other states) to define and protect the rights of the unborn child beyond the extent to which those rights are recognized and protected under the United States Constitution. HB1191, therefore, cannot be dismissed as a futile exercise.”

Court Cancels Roe V. Wade Consideration
SAN ANTONIO – Oral arguments on a motion to reconsider the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion 31 years ago have been canceled by a federal appeals court, which will now only review written pleadings in the case. Monday’s move represented an about-face by justices on giving Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade fame a chance to argue before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that her landmark abortion case should be reopened and reversed.

University of Michigan Seeks to Block Request for Records
DETROIT – The University of Michigan asked a judge Monday to block a federal request for records from the school’s hospital as part of litigation over a federal law that would ban certain late-term abortions. Doctors at the university and elsewhere have joined a legal challenge to the law, and a judge has blocked the statute from taking effect until he considers the case. President Bush signed the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act into law last year. The Justice Department insists it does not want information that would identify patients, only general information on late-term abortions that were performed by the doctors who are challenging the law.

Subpoena
Dictionary.Law.Com — (subpoena): (suh-pea-nah) n. an order of the court for a witness to appear at a particular time and place to testify and/or produce documents in the control of the witness (if a “subpena duces tecum”). A subpena is used to obtain testimony from a witness at both depositions (testimony under oath taken outside of court) and at trial. Subpenas are usually issued automatically by the court clerk but must be served personally on the party being summoned. Failure to appear as required by the subpena can be punished as contempt of court if it appears the absence was intentional or without cause.

Charlotte Council Cracks Down On Protesters,
Chills First Amendment freedom of speach rights

The Charlotte City Council voted unanimously to send the issue to its public safety committee. The proposed ordinance would add new restrictions, such as required permits for large protests and prohibitions on picketing outside schools in session and targeting of individual homes. For example, more than 25 people planning to protest on a sidewalk must apply for a permit at least four days beforehand. Violations would be a misdemeanor. Sheryl Chandler, who protests at abortion clinics, said the ordinance targeted her and other similar groups. “The First Amendment requires no permit. It requires no permission from a police officer,” she said. “The founding fathers answered this question over 200 years ago.”

Killing off the Yankee race
New Hampshire House Supports Public Funded Abortions
CONCORD, N.H. — The House voted 2-1 against prohibiting publicly funded abortions. Thursday’s 217-109 vote killed a bill that would have prohibited public funds, employees and facilities from being used to provide or assist in an abortion. Supporters argued the constitutional right to an abortion does not mean taxpayers should subsidize the procedure. They said the bill would not interfere in the woman’s right to seek an abortion from a private provider.

Lawmaker Wants ‘Morning After’ Pill Sold With No Rx
SPRINGFIELD — Arguing that women need fast access to the ”morning after” pill to help prevent pregnancy, a Chicago lawmaker is pushing legislation that would let pharmacists sell the drug without a prescription.

Senate Approves Waiting Period
for Women Wanting Abortions

Arizona Senate approved a proposal to impose a 24-hour waiting period for women who want the procedure. The bill now moves to the House. Gov. Janet Napolitano has all but promised a veto. (Read: Christians Murdering Babies)

House Panel Endorses Bill to Regulate the Murder
of Children at State Licensed Abortion Clinics

TOPEKA, Kan. – A House committee endorsed a bill Monday to set minimum health and safety standards for abortion clinics, moving abortion opponents closer to a confrontation with Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. The governorette contends that health professionals are more qualified than legislators to set standards for clinics.

Infant’s Death is Ruled a Homicide
Kylee Kros was brought to the hospital with bruises coloring both ears, the bridge of her nose and the sides of her buttocks. She’d only been alive two months and one day, but doctors believed Kylee had been hurt before. Old bruises on her left shoulder and right cheek were still visible, said an Omaha police report. Kylee’s parents, Denise Kros and Michael Vasquez, had recently moved from Omaha to Woodbine, Iowa, Henderson said. Kylee was in their custody.

Ex-Sailor Gets Life Sentence in Daughter’s Murder
A Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base sailor court-martialed for murdering his infant daughter has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Petty Officer 3rd Class Charles Swanson was convicted of non-premeditated or intentional murder and assault Friday during a general court martial at Jacksonville Naval Air Station. Jurors found he suffocated 7-week-old Alaycia Swanson at the Georgia submarine base in 2002.

Terri Schiavo’s Husband Tries to Stop Witnesses’ Testimony
CLEARWATER — An attorney for Bush alerted the court Monday that he will make a second attempt to take depositions from seven witnesses, including Terri Schiavo’s husband, Michael, and the woman with whom he now lives. Michael Schiavo’s attorney, George Felos, said he will again ask a judge to block the depositions, despite a 2nd District Court of Appeal ruling against him earlier this month that said they could be conducted.

Cord Blood Shown To Repair Cells
[Because some researchers are allowed to murder human beings] the use of human embryonic stem cells for disease treatment remains “controversial,” [but] researchers at Duke University Medical Center are discovering that a “less problematic” type of stem cell, from umbilical cord blood, shows some of the same promise for repairing diseased tissue.

Jury Selection Starts for Terry Nichols Trial
Hundreds of potential jurors were sworn in Monday in Oklahoma for the state trial of Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols. The judge presiding over the trial told them the trial could be long and create personal hardships for them. But Judge Steven Taylor also told them they were carrying out an “important citizen service.” Jury selection is expected to last two weeks. About 400 prospective jurors have been sworn in.

Nichols Conspiracy Evidence May Be OK’d
McALESTER, Okla. – An Oklahoma judge has left the door open for bombing conspirator Terry Nichols to present evidence of a wider conspiracy in the Oklahoma City bombing. But District Judge Steven Taylor said Monday that before a jury hears the evidence, Nichols must prove that additional conspirators committed specific, overt acts to plan and carry out the bombing.

Oklahoma Continues Its Epic Battle to Execute Nichols
McALESTER, Okla. – The bombing that killed 168 people in the Oklahoma City federal building may seem like ancient history to many but not to those touched by the blast – or to state prosecutors who want to put Terry Nichols to death for the crime. Nearly nine years after the bombing, orientation for prospective jurors began yesterday in a state murder trial for Nichols, 48, who is already serving a life prison sentence without chance of parole on a federal conviction.

Terry Nichols ‘tried twice’
Convicted Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols has apparently taken to the Internet to argue against being put on trial a second time for a 1995 blast that killed 168 people. In a letter purportedly signed by Nichols and posted on a Web site promoting his brother’s book, Nichols quotes the Bible and the U.S. Constitution to argue that Oklahoma state murder charges against him violate the Bill of Rights.

Amendment V
“…nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb…”

Supreme Court dismisses Bill Of Rights
so Oklahoma can try Terry Nichols too

American citizens are Constitutionally protected from double jeopardy – being tried twice for the same crime. Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols is no exception. Without comment or dissent, the Supreme Court upheld the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Repeals ruling that Nichols can be tried in state court, even though he already has faced federal charges. Should a state court find him guilty for killing the other 160 who died in the blast, Nichols could face the death penalty, which would overrule his current sentence.

Peterson Defense Loses Bid to Put Judge on Stand
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Scott Peterson’s defense lawyers lost a bid Monday to put a judge on the stand to testify about his decision to let investigators tap Peterson’s phones. Judge Alfred A. Delucchi said it would be “contrary to public policy” to force his colleague, Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Wray Ladine, to testify.

Baby Remains in Critical Condition
FRAMINGHAM — A 2-month-old baby whose father is accused of shaking him so hard that he suffered broken ribs and brain damage remained in critical condition yesterday at a Boston hospital. William Christian, 21, is charged with injuring his son Thursday after police said he admitted shaking the baby, also named William Christian. He pleaded innocent and is being held on $50,000 cash bail.

Father Charged In Baby’s Beating
Albany — Justin Terrell is accused of breaking bones of 6- week-old son. A 19-year-old Rensselaer man has been charged with felony assault for breaking the collarbone, forearm, jaw and ribs of his newborn son in a fit of rage, police said. Justin Terrell of Walker Street is accused of beating the 6-week-old infant last week. The baby’s mother, 20-year-old Jeanette Ruff of First Street, Albany, was charged with a misdemeanor for failing to seek treatment for the child, police said.

Utah House’s Midwife Bill Gets Mixed Reactions
ST. GEORGE — As a lay midwife, Elizabeth Camp-Smith knew it was illegal to prescribe drugs while attending a birth. But on March 28, 2000, when herbs and massage failed to stop a Hurricane woman’s postpartum hemorrhage, she injected her with Pitocin. “Do I save this woman’s life and break the law?” recalled Camp-Smith, 44, of St. George. “When a woman is hemorrhaging and she’s losing blood really fast, that’s an awful nice thing to have.”

64-Year-Old Woman Delivers Baby
from Donated Egg, Husband’s Sperm

A 64-year-old woman in India has given birth to a test tube baby, it is reported, becoming one of the world’s oldest first-time mothers. The baby boy, weighing only 1.75 kilos, was born to Papathiammal Subramaniam and her 74-year-old farmer husband. Mrs Subramaniam went through menopause around 20 years ago, so doctors used the donated egg of a 30-year-old relative with the husband’s sperm. The baby is currently in an incubator and being monitored closely.

Infant Dies Following Polio Vaccination
KOLLAM — A three-day-old infant is reported have died a little while after being administered with polio vaccine at an Anganwadi. The incident took place at Vilakudi, near Punalur, on Sunday night. The parents of the infant alleged that the infant had developed some reactions after the vaccination and died soon afterwards. A team of doctors, led by the Kollam District Medical Officer, E.J. Kunjamma, examined the body. The body has been shifted to the district hospital mortuary here and will be handed over to the parents after a post-mortem today.

Irish Mothers Continue to Cross Sea for Abortion
Dublin – At least 6 673 Irish women had abortions in Britain last year. This is according to newspaper reports yesterday on a weekend conference of Cura, an organisation set up by Catholic bishops to help women dealing with a crisis pregnancy. Abortion is illegal in Ireland, where about 80% of the 3,8-million population is Catholic.

Posted by Editor at February 24, 2004 09:02 AM

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Dag gumit!


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February 24, 2004

Dag gumit!

Feds Cancel Norma’s Oral Arguments
Court Cancels Roe V. Wade Consideration
SAN ANTONIO – Oral arguments on a motion to reconsider the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion 31 years ago have been canceled by a federal appeals court, which will now only review written pleadings in the case. Monday’s move represented an about-face by justices on giving Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade fame a chance to argue before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that her landmark abortion case should be reopened and reversed. Former plaintiff Norma McCorvey of Dallas, who challenged Texas’ abortion ban under the pseudonym Jane Roe, has contended that the case should be re-decided in light of evidence that the procedure may harm women.

Posted by Editor at February 24, 2004 07:21 AM

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February 24, 2004

S.D. Abortion Ban Opposed by “Foes” of Abortion

A legislative proposal to virtually ban abortion in South Dakota ran into an unlikely obstacle over the weekend: the South Dakota Right to Life movement.

Some abortion foes said they feared that the frontal assault aimed at overturning Roe v. Wade could backfire and instead help to solidify the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, with South Dakota paying more than $1 million in legal costs to underwrite the setback.

The state House had passed the ban 54 to 14 this month, and a majority of the Senate had signed on as cosponsors. But a Senate committee Saturday eliminated most of the bill’s original language and substituted language that tightens the state’s informed-consent requirements for doctors who perform abortions.

The committee vote was 5 to 4, with abortion opponents on both sides.

The full Senate will take up the issue today, with backers of the ban vowing a fight to restore their original language.

Legislators opposed to further restrictions on abortion continued to attack the absence of an exception for rape and incest in the original bill. Ban advocates responded with testimony from a Minnesota woman who said that she was conceived when her mother, then 15, was raped. Her mother carried her to term and put her up for adoption.

“My life is not worth any less than yours just because of the way I was conceived,” she said.

The woman, who testified by telephone, was identified as Pam Stencil, but neither her age nor her address was provided. Sen. Lee Schoenbeck, R-Watertown, who arranged for the woman’s testimony, said that she lives on a farm in southwestern Minnesota.

The original bill, written by Rep. Matt McCaulley, R-Sioux Falls, with help from the Thomas More Law Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., would make it a felony for anyone to perform an abortion in South Dakota except to save the life of the mother.

The bill offered no exceptions for abortions to preserve the health of the mother or for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. McCaulley and other supporters said the ban needed to be kept as unencumbered as possible so it could fulfill its purpose: forcing the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v. Wade.

Social factors

The original bill declares that life begins at conception. It also says that three decades of abortion have harmed women — a finding that McCaulley said is meant to counter “social factors” that have pushed the court to reaffirm Roe v. Wade since 1973.

“The Supreme Court has never seen a case where it could consider the kind of evidence we have now concerning the origin of life and the horrible effects of abortion on women,” McCaulley said in a Star Tribune interview last week.

Opponents, led by Planned Parenthood of Minnesota and South Dakota, applauded elimination of the proposed ban. “South Dakotans do not support making felons out of doctors who provide abortions necessary to protect a woman’s health, or for victims of rape or incest,” said Kate Looby, state director for Planned Parenthood, whose Sioux Falls clinic accounts for almost all abortions performed in the state.

But the substituted changes to the state’s informed-consent policy “could create serious, and at times insurmountable, obstacles for women seeking safe and legal options,” Looby said. “Such policies have been roundly denounced by the American Medical Association and have the potential to create increased medical risks for women.”

Sen. Jay Duenwald, R-Hoven, a longtime opponent of legal abortion, was among legislators who maneuvered Saturday to remove the ban and substitute the more incremental step of a tightened informed-consent requirement.

“We know this isn’t a winning issue in its original form,” Duenwald told the Sioux Falls Argus Leader newspaper after the committee acted.

But proponents were holding firm, promising a floor fight.

“This is an issue you can’t compromise down,” Sen. Dick Kelly, R-Sioux Falls, told the Argus Leader.

McCaulley, too, vowed that his proposed ban “is very much alive,” supported by “many people who want to do something right.”

(Information from Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Posted by Editor at February 24, 2004 05:30 AM

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NRLC: ‘KEEP ABORTION LEGAL’ in South Dakota


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February 23, 2004

NRLC: ‘KEEP ABORTION LEGAL’ in South Dakota

Right to Life and Planned Parenthood lobbied South Dakota state Senators over the weekend to change the language in a bill that would have criminalized abortion. Now, the bill keeps abortion legal.

(CovenantNews.com) The South Dakota legislator received national praise last week when the House passed bill HB 1191, becoming the first state legislative body to criminalize the murder of children by abortion — a catalyst for overturning Roe v. Wade.

To the shock and dismay of pro-life groups and churches across the nation, Right to Life joined with Planned Parenthood to openly oppose HB 1191 after the bill’s passage. Both nationally known abortion groups vigorously lobbied senate committee members to change the crime bill into an ‘Informed Consent’ regulation.

When we asked Jim Rudd, Editor of the Covenant News, about Right to Life’s hostile opposition to criminalizing abortion, he said, “Pro-life activists have watched National Right to Life groups undermine the legal and judicial process behind the scenes for thirty years. I think what makes this stab-in-the-back in South Dakota so unusual, is the fact that the state house actually passed a crime bill which forced Right to Life out in the open. You need to remember NRLC is in the abortion business, and they’re scurrying around right now to protect their funding base and jobs,” he said.

You mean Right to Life is in the abortion business? and if abortion is a crime then they will be out of business: “Exactly. If pro-life America makes abortion illegal Right to Life will have to find a new job. They’ve been in the abortion regulation business for thirty years. It’s the way they are organized. Making abortion illegal scares them because they don’t know how to do anything else. For example, just imagine how many people NRLC has in their company retirement plan. You make abortion illegal, how are they going to fund their old-age-pension plan,” he added.

What do you think pro-lifers should do: “I think pro-lifers across the nation should put NRLC out of business by criminalizing abortion in all fifty states. ‘Make Abortion Illegal’ needs to be out battle cry. It’s time we see this bloodshed outlawed, and put these groups out of business that give pro-life Christians a bad name,” he concluded.

(Information taken from news reports from across the nation)

Posted by Editor at February 23, 2004 09:42 AM

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HOUSE VOTES TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD, NATIONAL HEALTH-CARE LAW

The House on Friday approved measures that would block federal funding of Planned Parenthood and cut off funds for implementation of the national health-care law, even as it rejected a proposal by conservative Republicans that would have enacted a sweeping $22 billion cut across federal agencies. The votes on the hot-button measures, which were among nearly 130 amendments to a federal spending bill, came as leaders delayed a scheduled recess to complete their work on the measure after their third straight night of post-midnight debate.

GEORGIA FIRST STATE TO PASS PERSONHOOD AMENDMENT

Contact: Daniel Becker, Georgia Right to Life, 770-339-6880 LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga — Throughout the state yesterday, voters supported an amendment to the Georgia State Constitution that said the “right to life is vested in each human being from their earliest biological beginning until natural death” and that right should be protected by law. In all 46 counties where the amendment was presented, it passed overwhelmingly by an amazing 75 % ! Georgia is the first state in the nation where voters have said “Yes” to the Personhood question.

Georgia Files Personhood Amendment

At a press hearing today, Senator Barry Loudermilk, (R-52) a veteran pro-life leader, announced his filing of the Personhood Amendment, SR 153, in the Georgia Senate. This Resolution titled Paramount Right to Life; Without Regard to Age, Race, Sex, Health, Function or Condition of Dependency, states that the “right to life is vested in each human being from their earliest biological beginning until natural death” and that right should be protected by law.

PERSONHOOD BILLS INTRODUCED, GAINS TRACTION ACROSS U.S.

Personhood bills and amendments are gaining notice and approval across the United States, with a one such bill having passed the House in North Dakota and another the Iowa House subcommittee. Georgia, Montana, Texas, and Oklahoma have also introduced personhood legislation, reports Personhood USA.House Bill 1450, The Defense of Human Life Act, overwhelmingly passed the North Dakota House last week 68-25. The text defines “human being” as “an individual member of the species homo sapiens at every stage of development.”

CAL’S COMMENTS: ‘ALL OF MY SINS ARE FORGIVEN,” AND OTHER LIES

Here’s the top ten lies I was told recently

1.“All of my sins are forgiven.”
2.“I am a Christian.”
3.“God forgives. I’m okay.”
4.“I’m saved, and I go to church every Sunday.”
5.“The Bible says not to judge.”
6.“I’m praying for you, too.”
7.“So what? No sin is bigger than any other sin.”
8.“We’ll repent later.”
9.“I’m going to jail if you don’t shut up!”
10.“We’re fine. Our choice is between us and God.”
These statements were made to me while my family and I were evangelizing on the sidewalk in front of the last remaining surgical abortuary in Mississippi. They all came from mothers and fathers who were murdering their preborn children. Other lies were told: “It’s not a person yet.” “What I do doesn’t affect anybody else.”

Besides the lies they told, there were the lies they showed; Christian bumper stickers, cross jewelry, and rosaries worn around their necks.

PROPOSED SOUTH DAKOTA ABORTION LAW STIRS CONTROVERSY

South Dakota South Dakota will debate a proposed law on Tuesday that supporters say would protect pregnant women from attack and critics fear could legalize the killing of abortion providers in the state.The bill, believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, was introduced in late January by Phil Jensen, a Republican legislator from Rapid City. If passed, it would provide protection to a family member who kills “in the lawful defense of … his or her husband, wife, parent, child, master, mistress, or servant, or the unborn child of any such enumerated person” by defining the killing as a justifiable homicide. The bill is expected to come up for debate on the floor of the South Dakota House of Representatives on Tuesday afternoon and Jensen said he is expecting amendments from opponents. If passed, it would provide protection to a family member who kills “in the lawful defense of … his or her husband, wife, parent, child, master, mistress, or servant, or the unborn child of any such enumerated person” by defining the killing as a justifiable homicide.

THE FIRST THANKSGIVING PROCLAMATION – JUNE 20, 1676

On June 20, 1676, the governing council of Charlestown, Massachusetts, held a meeting to determine how best to express thanks to God, for the good fortune that had seen their community securely established. By unanimous vote they instructed Edward Rawson, the clerk, to proclaim June 29 as a day of thanksgiving, our first. That proclamation is reproduced here in the same language and spelling as the original.

“The Holy God having by a long and Continual Series of his Afflictive dispensations in and by the present Warr with the Heathen Natives of this land, written and brought to pass bitter things against his own Covenant people in this wilderness, yet so that we evidently discern that in the midst of his judgements he hath remembered mercy, having remembered his Footstool in the day of his sore displeasure against us for our sins, with many singular Intimations of his Fatherly Compassion, and regard…”

The Council has thought meet to appoint and set apart the 29th day of this instant June, as a day of Solemn Thanksgiving and praise to God for such his Goodness and Favour, many

By Jennie A. Brownscombe [1914]

The Pilgrim Society

Particulars of which mercy might be Instanced, but we doubt not those who are sensible of God’s Afflictions, have been as diligent to espy him returning to us; and that the Lord may behold us as a People offering Praise and thereby glorifying Him; the Council doth commend it to the Respective Ministers, Elders and people of this Jurisdiction; Solemnly and seriously to keep the same Beseeching that being perswaded by the mercies of God we may all, even this whole people offer up our bodies and soulds as a living and acceptable Service unto God by Jesus Christ.”

Psalm 96

O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.
Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.
For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.
Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.
Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.
O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.
Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.
Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice
Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.


The First Thanksgiving in Virginia
Settlers held first Thanksgiving at Berkeley Plantation on December 4, 1619,
a year before the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth.

Charles Miller / Richmond Times-Dispatch
Each first Sunday in November a Thanksgiving Festival is held at the Berkeley Plantation in accordance with documentation from 1619. The event fulfills Captain John Woodlief and his men praying by the James Riverinstructions given to the 38 settlers who arrived on the banks of the James River at Berkeley as documented in the proclamation:

Wee ordaine that the day of our ships arrival at the place assigned for plantacon in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God.

 


The First Thanksgiving Celebration at Berkeley Plantation
Virginia.org
The first Thanksgiving occurred when Captain John Woodlief led the newly-arrived English colonists to a grassy slope along the James River and instructed them to drop to their knees and pray in thanks for a safe arrival to the New World. It was December 4, 1619, and 38 men from Berkeley Parish in England vowed: “Wee ordaine that the day of our ships arrivall at the place assigned for plantacon in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually keept holy as a day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God.” You’ll find their vow carved on a brick gazebo marking the location believed to be where Woodlief knelt beside the James River.

The Berkeley Plantation
BerkeleyPlantation.com
Celebrate the 1619 landing of the original colonists at Berkeley Plantation. Join us at the site of the First Official Thanksgiving in America, for a day dedicated to history, food, and fun with tours of the 1726 mansion, walks in the colorful autumn gardens and a formal living history program.

Continental Congress Thanksgiving Proclamation
By the United States in Congress Assembled, 1782
It being the indispensable duty of all Nations, not only to offer up their supplications to ALMIGHTY GOD, the giver of all good, for his gracious assistance in a time of distress, but also in a solemn and public manner to give him praise for his goodness in general, and especially for great and signal interpositions of his providence in their behalf.

George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation
President, General George Washington
The Library of Congress — By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation. Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

A copy of George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation as it appeared in The Massachusetts Centinel newspaper, Wednesday, October 14, 1789.


Thoughts on Thanksgiving
Adapted from The Light and the Glory, by Peter Marshall, and David Manuel
That summer of 1621 was beautiful. Much work went into the building of new dwellings, and ten men were sent north up the coast in the sailing shallop to conduct trade with the Indians. Squanto once again acted as their guide and interpreter. It was a successful trip, and that fall’s harvest provided more than enough corn to see them through their second winter.

Seven Things to Do With Your Family This Thanksgiving
Douglas Phillips Blog
Many of my happiest memories as a young man, and now as the head of my own household, come from Thanksgiving. Traditionally, Thanksgiving has been a day where our dearest loved ones gather around the table and feast, followed by a time of poetry reading, Scripture recitations, song, more feasting, and family story telling. But more than anything, Thanksgiving has come to be a time when we focus as a family on gratitude. It is a time to humble ourselves in the face of God’s great mercy, and to chronicle the providences and blessings of God in our life. One of the blessings for which we are most grateful is you — the many friends of Vision Forum. So this year, the Phillips family wants to begin our Thanksgiving celebration by sharing seven simple recommendations for your own day of thanksgiving.


History Of American Thanksgiving Day
By Robert H. Kreger
Thanksgiving Day as we know it today in America actually had its beginning in England before the 1600’s. Beginning in 1517 (the year Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the All Saints Church in Wittenberg, Germany) the Protestant Reformation began. The word Protestant, refers to those individuals who protested the manner in which the Roman Catholic Church operated, and protested the doctrines it taught. This Protestant Reformation continued for many years, and in a sense it still continues today, but in many different forms and against many different enemies.

Archives and Analysis of Plymouth Colony, 1620-1691
University of Virginia
This Plymouth Colony Archive presents a collection of searchable texts, including court records, Colony laws, 17th century texts, research and seminar analysis of various topics, biographical profiles of selected colonists, probate inventories, wills, maps, town and fort plans, architectural and material culture studies.

Turkey: The Means to a Socially Illicit End
By Gary North / LewRockwell.com
In a recent essay, Jeffrey Tucker observed: “turkey isn’t delicious.” He then went on at considerable length to show how to make a meal of turkey more delicious ­ and how not to cook the bird. He misses the point. He confuses ends with means. Mr. Tucker knows a lot about preparing turkey. I don’t. I do know a lot about eating turkey. And let me say from the start: Thanksgiving dinner is not about eating turkey. It’s about stuffing yourself with a high-fat, low-nutrition food that is socially questionable except at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Thanksgiving dinner is a revered middle-class celebration in America precisely because the middle class won’t allow itself the culinary debauchery of a food that lower-class families in the South have delighted in for three centuries, several times a week. That food is gravy. I don’t mean wimpy, light-colored turkey juice gravy. I mean thick, brown, clogs-your-arteries gravy.

Pilgrim Hall Museum
The mission of Pilgrim Hall Museum is to protect and foster this heritage as a dynamic national resource.

Annie’s Thanksgiving Day links page

PASTORS WILL ENGAGE IN CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE TO PROTEST HATE CRIMES LAW

Coalition for Faith and Freedom:

WASHINGTON — On Monday, November 16 at 1:30 PM, the Coalition for Faith and Freedom, an ad hoc group of concerned clergy, will rally in front of the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. to test the limits of the expanded federal hate crimes law.

On October 28, President Barack Obama signed into law a measure extending the federal hate crimes statute to include so-called sexual orientation. The ministers believe this will criminalize all criticism of homosexual behavior, including that contained in the Bible.

To test this belief and protest a clear violation of First Amendment freedom of speech and religion, various clergy will preach short sermons and read passages from the Bible regarding homosexual behavior. Like Dr. Martin Luther King and the Sixties Civil Rights movement, they will engage in civil disobedience to protest injustice.

Those participating in the pray-in will include Vision America Action President Dr. Rick Scarborough, Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, Bishop E.W. Jackson of STAND America, Brian Camenker of Mass Resistance (a group which has fought gay marriage in the Bay State), Paul Blair and Steve Kern of Reclaim Oklahoma, Pat Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition, Brad Cranston of Iowa Baptists for Biblical Values, and Jim Garlow, a leader of the Prop 8 battle in California, which overturned the judicial imposition of gay marriage.

Legal challenges to the unconstitutional law may also be announced at that time. Mat Staver, Esq., founder and president of Liberty Counsel and dean of Liberty Law School, has been retained as their counsel and will be present at a press conference preceding the event.

Pastor Paul Blair, founder of Reclaiming Oklahoma for Christ, summed up the sentiments of participants, when he observed: “Pastors have preached the Bible in America for more than 400 years, pointing the people to Jesus Christ and standing against sin. If preaching the Bible is now against the law, then let us be arrested. If not, may every pastor in America know that he can stand strong and proclaim Biblical Truth without fear of persecution or prosecution.”

For more information or to schedule background interviews, contact:
Misty Allmond
866-522-5582
visionamerica1@yahoo.com
or
Dr. Gary Cass
866-508-2232
drgarycass@christianadc.org
.