Thursday, July 27, 2006

ProLifeSearch.com Hosts Walkers for Life

We were honored to have some of the the pro-life walkers from Crossroads stay with our beloved Secretary a few days ago on their way across the country.

These courageous and devout young people have been braving the road, the elements, and even some single finger salutes as they walk across the country in prayer and witness for Life.

Their journey began on the West Coast of the U.S. and will end in Washington, D.C. on the steps of the U.S. Capitol building.

Please pray for all of these walkers as they continue to witness for the dignity of life. You can visit their website if you'd like to find out more about them, donate to their ministry, or even sign up to walk yourself. You'll find them at www.CrossroadsWalk.com.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Illinois Lawmakers, Pro-Life Advocates Upset With Gov on Stem Cell Research

Illinois lawmakers and pro-life advocates are upset with Gov. Rod Blagojevich for issuing an executive order last week to direct $5 million in state taxpayer funds to pay for embryonic stem cell research. This is the second time the governor has bypassed objections from the state legislature to fund the unproven research.

Read the full article by Steve Ertelt here from LifeNews.com.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Free-Market Victories for Life

One of the things that excited Joe and I about starting ProLifeSearch.com was the fact that we could use free-market commerce as a way of saving lives. I know this may be controversial in some circles, but I personally believe it's consistent with John Paul II's encyclical on the subject (i.e., Centesimus Annus).

Recently I've read that some pro-life advocates are not only protesting in front of abortion clinics, but actually buying them in order to shut them down. Some have even re-opened them as crisis pregnancy centers that counsel abortion alternatives.

LifeNews has an article with more details about this. I think it's great.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

In MO Pro-Life Reigns; Major Taxpayers Rewarded

Life Choices in Joplin was one of five pregnancy resource centers at which Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt yesterday signed legislation creating tax credit programs that will benefit them, children in crisis, as well as many taxpayers.

Missouri House Bill 1485, sponsored by Rep. Allen Icet (R-84, St. Louis), authorizes an income tax credit for 50 percent of contributions to qualified pregnancy resource centers that provide assistance, support, and an opportunity to choose life for women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy. The bill specifically stipulates that donations be made to those centers that support women with crisis pregnancies or unplanned pregnancies to encourage and assist them carry their pregnancies to term. Those agencies deemed qualified after applying to the Department of Social Services will be entered on a list submitted to the Department of Revenue. The bill also has language that disallows those agencies like Planned Parenthood that consider abortion as an option.

Read the full article here from the Joplin Independent.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Pope Appoints Outspokenly Pro-Life U.S. Bishop to Vatican Supreme Court

A strongly pro-life U.S. bishop has been appointed to the Vatican’s Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature, Catholic News Service reported yesterday.

Pope Benedict XVI appointed Archbishop Raymond L. Burke of St. Louis to the court on July eighth.

Archbishop Burke took an uncompromising stand in a drawn out battle during the 2004 U.S. federal election over the reception of communion by pro-abortion public figures. The Archbishop led a minority of Catholic bishops who said they would be willing to uphold Church Law by refusing communion to "manifest grave sinners" until they recanted.

Presidential candidate John Kerry’s insistence that he could be both strongly Catholic and strongly pro-abortion uncovered a split in the U.S. Bishops over whether or not to deny Kerry (and others like him) Holy Communion. While Cardinal McCarrick of Washington issued a statement saying the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Conference would not take a stand on the issue, Archbishop Burke directed his priests to refuse Holy Communion to any politician who officially supported abortion or euthanasia.

"I hereby call upon Catholic legislators . . . to uphold the natural and divine law regarding the inviolable dignity of all human life. To fail to do so is a grave public sin and gives scandal to all the faithful. Therefore . . . Catholic legislators . . . who continue to support procured abortion or euthanasia may not present themselves to receive Holy Communion. They are not to be admitted to Holy Communion, should they present themselves, until such time as they publicly renounce their support of these most unjust practices."

In a pastoral letter issued in January 2004, Archbishop Burke said abortion and euthanasia must take precedence over any other political considerations.

"Some will say that the defense of innocent life is only one issue among many, that it is important but not fundamental. They are wrong. In the natural moral law, the good of life is the most fundamental good and the condition for the enjoyment of all other goods."

Archbishop Burke had worked for the Vatican Supreme Court from 1989 to 1994. The Apostolic Signature oversees all tribunals and offices of the Roman Curia, as well as handling the establishment of international diocesan tribunals. Appeals to marriage annulment sentences make up a significant number of the cases handled by the court.

(Source: LifeSite.net)

Michigan Pro-Life Group Fails to Get Abortion Measure on November Ballot

Michigan voters will not have the opportunity this November to vote on a pro-life ballot measure that would have declared the beginning of human life at the moment of conception. The measure was designed to challenge the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade that allowed virtually unlimited abortions.

Michigan Citizens for Life had until July 10, 2006 to obtain 317,000 signatures from state residents to qualify the ballot proposal for November.

Read the full story here from LifeNews.com.