Saturday, January 17, 2009

To our Legislators: Reject FOCA!

You are welcome to copy and mail this open letter to the Senators who are sponsoring FOCA, the Freedom of Choice Act:

As a voter in this great country, I would like to express my profound opposition to the Freedom of Choice Act. I am deeply saddened to see that you are one of the sponsors of this act. Abortion is the greatest injustice of our times, the legalization of which has resulted in an almost inconceivable 50 million deaths of innocent children in the most vulnerable stage of life, and left an equal number of women traumatized. If you truly care about victims of violence, you could not sponsor an act like FOCA, which threatens to wipe out the very modest legal protections that women and children have gained against the ultimate act of violence against them - abortion.

It is appalling that in many states, children of any age can already obtain both surgical and chemical abortions, abortifacient drugs, and the questionable “counsel” of abortion providers without their parents’ knowledge or consent. Parents are their children’s chief advocates and protectors, yet this legislation now threatens to usurp parental authority nationwide and hand it to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. This is all the more disturbing considering the fact that Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers will financially benefit from the enshrinement of unrestricted abortion.

The passage of FOCA will also deny medical personnel and hospital facilities their “freedom of choice” by undermining conscience clauses everywhere, impacting Catholic hospitals, nursing schools, and physicians nationwide. Late term abortions limits will be revoked as well, and grassroots efforts to end abortion will be viewed as interference with the “civil right” to abortion. This is a devastating blow to all people of good faith in this country who have worked to end abortion and provide women and children with support during crisis pregnancies.

I call on all Catholic politicians to either abide by Church teachings on the abortion issue, or to voluntarily stop receiving the Eucharist because you have chosen to leave the communion of the Catholic Church and are creating confusion and scandal by your actions.

John Paul II's message to women who have had an abortion

As the 36th anniversary of Roe V Wade approaches, with nearly 50 million children lost to abortion and an equal number of women and families wounded, I would like to share the words of our late, great, Holy Father John Paul II in his message to women who have had an abortion from Evangelium Vitae, the Gospel of Life:

"I would now like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion. The Church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not yet have healed. Certainly what happened was and remains terribly wrong. But do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope. Try rather to understand what happened and face it honestly. If you have not already done so, give yourselves over with humility and trust to repentance. The Father of mercies is ready to give you his forgiveness and his peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. You will come to understand that nothing is definitively lost and you will also be able to ask forgiveness from your child, who is now living in the Lord. With the friendly and expert help and advice of other people, and as a result of your own painful experience, you can be among the most eloquent defenders of everyone's right to life. Through your commitment to life, whether by accepting the birth of other children or by welcoming and caring for those most in need of someone to be close to them, you will become promoters of a new way of looking at human life."
Evangelium Vitae, Paragraph 99

Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Problem with Same-Sex Marriage

There is a growing movement today to redefine the meaning of marriage and expand this term, which has always described the union of one man and one woman in that unique relationship which provides the basis of a human family, to include homosexual relationships. After all, shouldn’t we live and let live? Who, other than religious bigots or homophobes, would object to this redefinition of marriage?

Whether we are deeply religious or avowed atheists, “straight” or “gay”, our natural intelligence should warn us all to object. Changing laws and attitudes concerning marriage already indicate what the consequences of this politically motivated movement will be. Here are just a few instances:

· In August 2008, a gay woman won the “right” to an artificial insemination procedure despite the objection of her Christian fertility doctors when the Californian Supreme Court determined that her doctors have “neither a free speech right nor a religious exemption” that would allow them to follow their consciences.

· In Massachusetts, the first state to recognize same-sex marriage, Catholic Charities was forced out of the adoption business in 2006, after serving the public for over 100 years finding homes for orphaned and special needs children, because they refused to compromise their belief that children need both a father and a mother.

· Also in Massachusetts, parent David Parker was arrested, jailed, and banned from his child’s school for requesting the right to opt his kindergartener out of lessons on homosexuality.

It is no coincidence that these cases are first occurring in places where gay marriage has been recognized. In these instances, gay “rights” were victorious. But who are the losers? Doctors and religious agencies lose their freedom of conscience; parents lose their right to determine the best education for their children; and children lose their right to have both a mother and a father, although studies consistently show that the best environment for children is the traditional family with two biological parents (for links to research, visit the American College of Pediatricians website: www.acpeds.org).

If same-sex marriage becomes a civil right, who will be the next to lose their freedom of speech and conscience? We must recognize the destructive effects of redefining both marriage and civil rights. Sexual orientation is not the same as race, creed, or color. We have no civil right to view child pornography or to marry multiple partners because these acts are harmful to children and families – and to society. For the same reason, we must reject this radical redefinition of the family. The family is defined by nature – yes, men and women really do need each other. Although we are autonomous in many ways, when it comes to marriage and family, we complete each other in a unique and beautiful way that is literally life-giving. True marital love is not a matter of demanding rights, but of offering the gift of self to the other, and desiring the highest good for the beloved. From this gift of self, new life is conceived – a miracle that can never happen naturally in a same-sex union. Our children are our future. Desire the highest good for them.

Nicholas Kristof's Birth Control Advice Hurts Women and Demeans the Poor

Photo from theFederalist.com     My response to a New York Times article by Nicholas Kristof promoting birth control for teens was ...