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The next time someone tells you that abortion doesn’t affect you (you know the spiel– you can’t tell me what to do with my body; it isn’t hurting you, so who are you to impose your beliefs on me…), share with them this statistic, courtesy of Guttmacher–

35% of all US women will have had an abortion by the age of 45.

That’s a lot of hurt women.  That’s a lot of women who suffer silently over a “safe” and “rare” procedure.  Those are our neighbors, our friends, our bosses, our spouses.  And those children that we’ve lost — 52 million since Roe v. Wade — will never be able to be our friends, our neighbors, our bosses, or our spouses.

I haven’t read it all yet, but I know he speaks of both the positives and risks of this era of social communication.  Whole message here.

Who is my “neighbour” in this new world? Does the danger exist that we may be less present to those whom we encounter in our everyday life? Is there is a risk of being more distracted because our attention is fragmented and absorbed in a world “other” than the one in which we live? Do we have time to reflect critically on our choices and to foster human relationships which are truly deep and lasting? It is important always to remember that virtual contact cannot and must not take the place of direct human contact with people at every level of our lives.

Pope Benedict, Message for the 45th World Day of Social Communication

For all those people out there still trying to say Obama isn’t pro-choice, he reiterated his support for Roe v. Wade yesterday.

At the end of his little proclamation, he said, “And on this anniversary, I hope that we will recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms, and the same opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.”

What dumb speech writer wrote that?  Last time I checked, it’s our daughters that we’re killing.  Oh, and we’re killing our sons, too.  So much for them having the right to life.  The freedom to live. And the opportunity to fulfill their dreams.

If you’re going to be pro-choice, Mr. President, at least be slick about it.

… the greatest American president was sworn into office.

Well, I guess some people may disagree with that statement.

But he’s my man, and I’m sticking to it.

Ronald Reagan’s 1st inaugural address here.

I was asked to look into the work of Daniel McInerny for my boss today, and I was pleased to find his blog.  After reading the first entry, I decided to share it with anyone who might still read this blog.  It is  a summary/bullet points from his talk at the recent conference for the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture.  He addressed the vampire craze in our culture and how it is “sucking life from our children.”  Since my dear friend in college wrote her senior thesis on children’s literature, fairy tales, and the Christian imagery therein, my radar has perked up a bit when I hear people address the importance of these themes and the danger of perverting them.  I look forward to hearing Dr. McInerny’s address if it is availble streaming on the Center’s website soon.

Until then, check out:  http://danielmcinerny.blogspot.com/2010/12/sucking-life-from-our-children-part-1_08.html

Please take 9 minutes and 36 seconds and watch this video.

The medical expert on FoxNews was discussing the new emergency contraceptive, Ella One.  He said

“Ella One has been found to be effective as a contraceptive five days after the fact.  For as long as five days after the fact, if you decide you may have become pregnant or want to avoid it, you can take the Ella One.” (he rushed on-) “But what I want to tell you about today…”

He went on to say that Ella One also shrinks fibroids.

Yeah, and Yaz clears up my acne.  He went on to talk so nonchalantly about Ella and taking “the more the merrier” to shrink your fibroids and avoid bleeding, hysterectomies, etc.

You can find out more here: http://www.ellacausesabortions.com including information about the dangers of Ella One for women (born and unborn).

Yes, but rewind.  How can a pill act as a contraceptive five days after “the fact?”  What if the sperm and the egg combine on day one, and you take the pill on day two, three, or four?

So much for contra-ception.  Looks like conception already took place.

Like my sister said when I asked, “How can you say it can be effective as a contraceptive five days after ‘the fact’??”

“Because words mean whatever we want them to mean.”

Welcome to our scary world.

This is craziness.

The Obama Administration hosted an FBI training seminar to educate them on the violence of pro-life groups, including groups like Priests for Life, Students for Life, and 40 Days for Life.  The “violence” referred to in the seminar included things like praying, peaceful protesting, and passing out information to women about alternatives to abortion.

Should we be worried that the government considers these free-speech activities “violent” ??

Should we be worried that the government is actively working to silence these free speech activities?

It’s ludicrous.  Participating in 40 Days for Life outside of abortion clinics requires participants to sign a Statement of Peace.  And groups like Priests for Life and Students for Life have never been involved in anything close to violence.

Shouldn’t we be more worried about the people who kill babies for a living?  Who have become so desensitized to human dignity and worth?  Shouldn’t’ we be worried that they will do something?

Like pull a gun on the pro-lifers outside their clinic?

You’ll never see that story anywhere.  If the roles were switched, it would be on every major news network.

An old post for the Feast: Another Review: Francesco

I haven’t been following the talking heads lately, so this has probably been pointed out by someone smarter and more famous than I.  But if it hasn’t, well, maybe somoeone should read this blog and bring it up.

I see a funny parallel in two recent news stories… so ironic of a parallel, you’d think it was on purpose.  But I don’t want to give more credit to the guy than he deserves.  Let me present:

1)  The guy in Florida who has declared he’s going to burn Qurans.

  • Wrong?  Yes.
  • Does he have the “right” to do it?  Yes.

2) The mosque at Ground Zero

  • Wrong?  Yes.
  • Do they have the “right” to do it?  Yes.

What if this guy has made this declaration so that at the 11th hour, he can make a grand statement saying, “See?  What you have a right to do isn’t always the right thing to do.”

But I don’t give him that much credit.

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