Archive for September 2010
This article by Brian Caulfield at Headline Bistro is a timely reminder that you’d better be ready to deal with doctors who aren’t pro-life, but work in emergency rooms and intensive care units.
Last night, I was visiting with a retired couple that was visiting relatives of mine, and I was bemoaning that there weren’t any 40 Days for Life vigils within commuting distance of here, or within commuting distance of a nephew I wanted to visit, or within commuting distance of my parents-in-law, either. I had assumed there would be a vigil I could join, but so far, to my frustration, it’s not working out.
From their reaction, I realized that these folks had never heard of 40 Days for Life, so I told them about that, and what I admired, respected and liked about how the program goes about doing what it does. I stressed the high standards for conduct, the peacefulness, the prayers for the workers as well as the clients, etc.
The wife said that she had seen a vigil something like that near where they lived, but it must not (she said) be the same thing, because they were outside a Planned Parenthood clinic instead of an abortion clinic. From the way she said it, it was clear that she thought it odd these folks thought there would be anything worth protesting at a Planned Parenthood clinic.
Thanks be to God somehow I was given words and attitude to deal with her confusion without dismay or exasperation or impatience. I explained that Planned Parenthood was in the abortion business, and probably that clinic did abortions there.
She was shocked. “Oh,’ she said, ‘I didn’t know that.”
Keep chatting, ladies. You can’t know when you’ll stumble into honest ignorance.
From the Green Bay, Wisconsin 40 Days for Life website:
Friends and supporters of 40 Days Green Bay are always welcome to walk and pray at any hour of the day or night during our vigil. To maintain minimal coverage, we cover shifts as follows:
Night Shifts (6pm-8am; 14 hours/day)
These shifts are manned by our Sleep No More men, who have determined that men have a grave responsibility to Serve, Defend and Protect the family. Because women often get up with the babies, we’ve vowed to Sleep No More, until the culture of death is defeated.
Day Shifts (8am-6pm; 10 Hours/day)
In order to encourage growth of pro-life activism in our Catholic parishes and Christian denominations, we seek to fill five two hour shifts each day with church groups. Nearly 50 different church groups are uniting to defeat this outrageous evil. Join us!
Thank you, gentlemen.
The next 40 Days for Life Campaign starts September 22 – but there are results already.
Michael Foust, writing at Baptist Press, notes the rise of pro-life women in high level American politics.
Uhm. Let Danielle Bean tell you about it. I’m still trying to figure out how to respond to the news.
C-FAM is asking young people from around the world to sign a petition defending human dignity and human rights. They are hoping to use it to counter some of the policies and programs of the United Nations.
Melissa Ohden‘s mother went in for a saline abortion. When the baby was delivered, she was set aside to die. But the baby didn’t die. She is now a grown woman, with a child of her own, and is a winsome pro-life advocate, if these two episodes of Facing Life Head-on are any indication (you can watch the episodes in their entirety online):
hat tip: the NRB television network, where I caught the tail end of part one by chance.
I hadn’t heard of this before, but every year (since 2006) young people from all over the United States wash cars on the same day, to raise money for local pregnancy care centers. This year’s Wash for Life date is September 18.
To see if there’s a car wash scheduled near you, go here.
I like this idea, don’t you?
Added: I wondered about non-USA participation. They’ve beat me to it. From the Wash for Life website: Wash for Life: Kenya.
No, that’s not a typo with the spelling in the title. It’s the Irish spelling of defense. And the Irish slang for advertisement.
The write-up at YouTube says:
This pro-life advert was previously banned by the Irish government who said it was too ‘political’ for the airwaves. Now Project Truth, first produced by Youth Defence in 1996, has been set to some amazing footage of the unborn child in the womb. It’s challenging, thought-provoking, beautiful and sad. Show it to your friends. Spread the message.
Regardless of the alleged controversy surrounding the ad, please watch it simply on its merits. It’s a great ad, I think. And it’s clean. I was afraid it was going to go bloody, but it doesn’t.