Lifeissues Newsletter #551

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Subject: Lifeissues Newsletter #551
Date: November 11th 2011

Dear Friends For Life,

Kerala, India - Only Two Kids? Catholic and Muslim leaders in the state of Kerala India are protesting the government's recent proposal to begin a population control policy, limiting a family to two children. Violators will be punished with fines and imprisonment. It states "no person or institution shall use religion, region, sect, caste, cult, or other ulterior inducement for the bearing of more than two children." Not waiting for the legislation to be passed, Catholic and Muslim leaders have come out strongly opposed to this proposal.

Europe takes a stand and bans the patent of stem cells. In late October the European Court of Justice issued a ruling banning patents of stem cell technology based on destruction of human embryos. This is binding on all twenty-seven member states and confirms their position of protecting human life from its beginning. Hopefully this will end any further attempts of claiming that the human blastocyst, embryo and fetus are not yet human.

God Bless,
Fr. Jerry, OMI

(A Thought) Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said, "you're not called upon to be successful. You are called upon to be faithful."?
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November 13, 2011



1. David Alton, an English Lord who defends life in all its phases
2. Kazakhstan: "Abortion" Toy Shocks Parents
3. Brenden Only Lived 14 Hours, But At Least His Mom And Dad Held Him In Their Arms
4. 500 Cases Of Abuse And Neglect Of Elderly Reported Every Week Says UK Health Service
5. I was wrong to have baby at 57, admits IVF mum
6. US scholars list 30 conclusions about the benefits of marriage
7. How Abortion Hurts Women
8. HHS's birth-control rules intrude on Catholic values
9. Mother of the Unborn
10. The rise of internet pornography is distressing, but a 'filter' isn't the solution
11. Big Porn Inc
12. Technique spots patients misdiagnosed as being in 'vegetative state'

(Focus on Asia): "Pakistan: The bullet riddled bodies of nine more missing persons including one journalist were found" -  The disappearances and extrajudicial killings continue and not a single day goes by without the abduction and murder of activists. The family members of disappeared persons who were holding a protest meeting and token hunger strike outside the Quetta Press Club at the capital of Balochistan province were warned by some plain clothed persons that they should wind up their meeting otherwise they would face serious problems. Since July 2010 to date, there have been 215 extrajudicial killings of missing persons.


ITEM #1: David Alton, an English Lord who defends life in all its phases

Politics is never simple and no one knows this better than David Alton. He's a British politician who serves in the House of Lords. He's mostly known for supporting laws that respect the right to life, in all its phases. His ideas aren't always welcome by the mainstream, but during hard times, he says he finds comfort in the words Mother Teresa once told him.


ITEM #2: Kazakhstan: "Abortion" Toy Shocks Parents

Some macabre children's toys are on sale in northern Kazakhstan, according to press reports. The gruesome playthings appear to imitate an abortion or miscarriage, an Interfax report said: "A plastic keg-shaped box contains a human embryo in red liquid. If the cover of the container opens, the embryo falls out together with sticky mucus."


ITEM #3: Brenden Only Lived 14 Hours, But At Least His Mom And Dad Held Him In Their Arms

Abortion was an option presented by their first round of medical caregivers, but Brenden's parents decided on life for their son.


ITEM #4: 500 Cases Of Abuse And Neglect Of Elderly Reported Every Week Says UK Health Service

The National Health Service (NHS) has for the first time published statistics of the abuse and neglect of the elderly. The figures reveal that almost 500 cases of such abuse and neglect are reported every week. Incidents include denial of food and medication.


ITEM #5: I was wrong to have baby at 57, admits IVF mum

A UK woman who gave birth at 57 following IVF has said it was a mistake to have children so late. Susan Tollefsen admits to struggling to raise her child now she is over 60. She said: "With the benefit of hindsight, I recognise that perhaps some of my critics were right."


ITEM #6: US scholars list 30 conclusions about the benefits of marriage

Based on a survey of over 250 peer-reviewed journal articles on marriage and family life from around the world, a team of 18 leading American family scholars chaired by Professor W Bradford Wilcox of the University of Virginia has drawn 30 conclusions about the positive benefits associated with marriage under five headings.


ITEM #7 How Abortion Hurts Women

In order to persuade the "personally opposed" pro-choicer like me, then, we must address this 1970s feminist fallacy that abortion is necessary for women's sexual equality and well-being. In point of fact, medical evidence, sociological data, and the lived experience of many women tell a very different story: Abortion harms women physically, psychologically, relationally, and culturally. Here's the proof.

Read: Church gives hope to women who have had abortions, says cardinal

Also Read: What about psychological after effects?


ITEM #8: HHS's birth-control rules intrude on Catholic values

It does not take a college education to see the hypocrisy in offering to pay for the very services we condemn in our theology classes and seek forgiveness for in our sacraments.


ITEM #9: Mother of the Unborn

As I arrived at the church, I was even more curious than before about what Msgr. Marino might think of the low rate of abortion in his neighborhood. And then I saw it:  the Chapel of Mary Mother of the Unborn.


ITEM #10: The rise of internet pornography is distressing, but a 'filter' isn't the solution

The production and proliferation of internet pornography is increasing at an unprecedented rate. More troubling still is the toxic relationship consumers of pornography seem to be developing with this material, thanks to the enormous volume of it available on demand. Researchers like Gail Dines are only just scratching the surface of how destructive that relationship can be, with men in particular experiencing an inexorable pull into ever-more extreme forms of smut.


ITEM #11: Big Porn Inc

It is time to get real about the social poison masquerading as "adult entertainment". It is now widely acknowledged that the unprecedented mainstreaming of the global pornography industry is transforming intimate sexual relationships and public life, popularising new forms of hardcore misogyny, and strongly contributing to the sexualisation of children. Yet challenges to the pornography industry continue to be dismissed as uncool, anti-sex and moral panics.


ITEM #12: Technique spots patients misdiagnosed as being in 'vegetative state'

Comment: While the misdiagnosis of "vegetative" is now accepted, this is only a small part of the real story. Since the Nancy Cruzan case 2 decades ago and the subsequent big push for "living wills", it has become virtually routine to withdraw treatment as soon as possible, sometime even hours after a brain trauma, stroke, etc. Doctors and ethicists assured the public that they could reliably make the "vegetative" diagnosis with the "hopeless" prognosis and the most humane answer was to "pull the plug."
    For years, some of us have been speaking and writing about the amazing reawakenings of "vegetative" patients basically using time and stimulation but were rebuffed by the supposed experts. How many thousands of people lost their lives prematurely because of this? And of course, how could the non-heartbeating organ donation (aka DCD) protocol develop without such a hopeless prognosis being accepted before such people could be weaned off ventilators?
    Please go to the URL and read the comments. So many reactions are basically "So what? I wouldn't want to live without being able to move even I was conscious!" Unlike the often cited anti-death penalty principle of "better 9 guilty people go free rather than one innocent person is executed", the new thinking is apparently the opposite when it comes to PVS and providing basic care. Note this quote from a bioethicist: "It would be very sad indeed if this and related research engendered doubts that lead to prolonged treatment of the large majority of patients who are accurately diagnosed as vegetative." Where is the humility or interest in helping such people get better?
    This article, while interesting, tells only a small part of the real story. -Nancy Valko, RN



1. BE INFORMED: "My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge." Hosea 4:6. Visit Website for insights into current Life Issues Access to all prior Newsletters is located in the Archives on main page.

2. PRAY DAILY: for the courage to be God's presence in society and to strongly support those who are deemed "unworthy of life". "If My people who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

3. BECOME INVOLVED: Several years ago Fr. Jerry created a project entitled, "Journey for Life into the Heart of Asia". The project appeals for donations to help finance plane travel for lectures and seminars to developing countries in Asia. Strong focus is centered on reaching Asian Catholic Major Seminaries, Universities, Parishes, Hospitals and Family/Pro Life related groups. The lectures place emphasis on "The Asian Family at Crossroads: Life Issues, Trends and Challenges".

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