Posts Tagged ‘freedom of speech’
A sidewalk counselor in Pittsburgh, with the help of the Alliance Defense Fund, has caused a “buffer zone” ordinance to be struck down. My thanks to nurse Mary Kathryn Brown for standing up for the right to peaceably help those who have had, or are considering, an abortion.
1. Last weekend, hundreds of thousands (perhaps as many as two million) people took to the streets of Madrid to protest the Spanish government’s proposals to reduce restrictions on abortion. (Via Alliance Alert, Oct. 19, 2009)
2. A Canadian student who tried to join in the Pro-Life Silent Day of Solidarity this week was put in isolation for the day by the school principal. But hundreds of thousands of other students throughout the world got to not speak to their classmates and communities.
3. AP reports that “Abortion advocates are fighting a proposal to build a new Catholic hospital near Washington, DC. …”. It seems odd to me to fight a hospital simply because the administration and staff plan to not kill anybody. But isn’t that what these activists are doing? (Via Alliance Alert, October 22, 2009)
4. The Catholic Archbishop of Denver, Charles J. Chaput, writing at InsideCatholic.com, discusses The Task of the Catholic Medical Profession. It’s a fairly lengthy article, adapted from a recent speech the Phoenix Catholic Physician’s Guild, but it’s worth a read. A special heads-up to those of you who love someone who has Down Syndrome. Well, and another special heads-up to those of you concerned with the culture wars. OK, in short, it’s not just for medical professionals. Not by a long shot.
5. There’s a National Pro-Life Conference for Canadians Oct. 29-31, in Saskatoon. The theme is Building Bridges: Making Choices for Life.
6. Also from Canada, the Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association has awarded its The Humanity of the Unborn Child Pro-Life Award to former U. S. President George W. Bush.
7. A news update: the middle school student in Pennsylvania who was forced to turn his “Abortion is not healthcare” t-shirt inside out last month, can now wear the shirt, thanks to a temporary agreement approved by a federal judge this week. Kari Andren, reporting for The Patriot-News, has more on the story.
Find more 7 Quick Takes Friday posts at Conversion Diary. My thanks to Jennifer for hosting. (And, by the way, Jennifer has a couple of pro-life Quick Takes in her post this week. Check it out.)
SCRANTON, Pa. — Alliance Defense Fund attorneys filed a lawsuit in federal court last week against the West Shore School District for prohibiting a student from wearing a T-shirt bearing the message, “Abortion is not Healthcare.” Officials at Crossroads Middle School in Lewisberry ordered the student to remove the shirt on the day of President Obama’s public address to students because the officials deemed the shirt “inappropriate,” saying it might insult somebody. The school routinely allows other students to wear a wide variety of messages on their clothing.
Full news release, quotes, and related media resources available at the following link:
A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Christian college students who were barred from holding a pro-life event because it didn’t contain a pro-abortion viewpoint, and who were bullied by a “Stop the Hate” campaign. (George Orwell, call your office…)
Oh, if you want to see a flyer the college freaked out over, here it is (pdf).
Gerard V. Bradley, Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Law School and a Senior Fellow of the Witherspoon Institute, tackles the question “When is it Acceptable for a ”Pro-Life” Voter to Vote for a ”Pro-Choice” Candidate?” (Don’t panic, ladies. When you apply the Golden Rule, like he does, the pro-choice arguments don’t stand up very well.) hat tip: National Review Online’s NRO Web Briefing.
Bad news. University of Guelph Pulls the Plug on Pro-Life Student Group, claiming that pro-life messages are “unsafe” for women, and therefore won’t be allowed on campus.
EWTN has A Guide to Catholic Teaching and Voting, in which Catholics are urged to live their faith. I’d issue the same proposal to the rest of Christendom. And well-mannered non-Christians, too. (Please see the first link in this post. As Gerard V. Bradley points out, and as I know from my pre-conversion days, you don’t have to be religious to refuse to participate in grave injustice.)
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