Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Euthanasia, not the way to go...Palliative care alleviates the fear of a painful death



Contrary to what euthanasia supporters well tell you about dying a painful death, palliative care patients are usually pleasantly surprised by the efficacy of drugs and other techniques to manage pain.


Head of palliative care at Cabrini Hospital, Dr David Kenner, said

although most patients feared pain, the vast majority were pleasantly surprised by the efficacy of drugs and other techniques to manage it.


"It's certainly not as though we have many patients coming in with dreadful symptoms that we can't do anything about," he said. "You definitely know when someone is getting tired of the burden of their illness, but there is a big difference between that and a cogent desire to end their life."


The head of pain and palliative care at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Odette Spruyt, agreed. She said doctors always gave patients the opportunity to discuss their thoughts on life-prolonging treatments, resuscitation, drugs to provide comfort and sedation when they were close to death.

Monday, March 30, 2009

University of Notre Dame president Fr. John Jenkins has invited President Obama to speak at the university and receive an honorary law degree



It is disappointing that a Catholic university would honor someone who is pro-choice and who holds many values contrary to Catholic belief. Bishop Thomas Olmsted has written a letter to University of Notre Dame president Fr. John Jenkins condemning the invitation to President Obama.


Many Bishops and Cardinals are coming forward and protesting the invitation. This includes....

Bishop Gregory Aymond who states, regarding the scandal: "I, along with many other Catholics, express great disappointment and sadness that a Catholic university would honor someone who is pro-choice and who holds many values contrary to our Catholic belief.

Notre Dame's own Bishop John D'Arcy, in which the bishop criticized the decision and announced his intent to boycott the ceremony.

Cardinal Nicholas DiNardo has criticized the decision saying that the "disappointing" invitation "requires charitable but vigorous critique."


The Cardinal's remarks constitute the highest-ranking criticism yet from a member of the Catholic Church hierarchy against the University's decision.


In a 2004 directive by U.S. bishops, Catholic schools should not honor or give platform to politicians who favor abortion. Fr. John Jenkins is performing a public act of disobedience to the Bishops of the United States by inviting Obama. Particularly troubling is the Honorary Law Degree since it recognizes that the person is a 'Teacher,' in this case of the Law.


Since news broke of the invitation to Obama late last Friday, Catholic leaders and Notre Dame alumni have unleashed a steady stream of protest and calls to reconsider the move. A fast-moving online petition launched by the Cardinal Newman Society on a website formed immediately after the Friday announcement (http://www.notredamescandal.com/) has gathered over 165,000 signatures as of early Thursday afternoon. Fr. Jenkins has said he would not rescind the offer despite protests.


Fr. John Jenkins is no stranger to controversy, last year he approved the campus performances of the lurid play, "The Vagina Monologues." The Vagina Monologues is a sexually explicit and offensive play that favorably describes lesbian activity, group masturbation, and the reduction of sexuality to selfish pleasure. In one scene, the lesbian seduction of a teenage girl is described as the girl's "salvation" that "raised her into a kind of heaven."


Fr. John Jenkins needs to be sacked from his position as president of Notre Dame and placed into a position where he cannot do any damage to the faith. Perhaps central Australia might be a good place. It's hot, has lots of flies and there are not many people there. Watch the video and sign the petition.



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MythBusters...Safe sex, condoms, AIDS prevention and other 21st century myths



Last week Pope Benedict XVI’s recent comment on the African AIDS crisis caused a bit of controversy. The Pope said that condoms are not the solution to the problem of AIDS in Africa. Instead he praised fidelity and abstinence as the only true way to combat AIDS.


There's a nice little write up about the topic over at MercatorNet. Here is what Dr Edward C. Green, a Harvard expert on AIDS prevention, had to say about it.

Dr Edward C. Green, told MercatorNet bluntly: "the Pope is actually correct". Dr Green is no lightweight in the field of AIDS research. He is the author of five books and over 250 peer-reviewed articles -- and, he added, he is an agnostic, not a Catholic.


The not-enough-condoms explanation of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic is driven "not by evidence, but by ideology, stereotypes, and false assumptions," Dr Green wrote last year in the journal First Things. And myths kill: "they result in efforts that are at best ineffective and at worst harmful, while the AIDS epidemic continues to spread and exact a devastating toll in human lives".

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Happy birthday to all those children who were never allowed to be born




Abortion is murder and a hate crime against humanity.

Lesbian kiss cut from "Home and Away" after 100,000 viewers complain


Australian viewers of "Home and Away" have courageously fought the seven network and won after 100,000 viewers turned off their TV's and complaints have flooded in since the lesbian story-line began two weeks ago.


Producers were forced to cut some of the more intimate close-up images of policewoman Charlie Buckton and deckhand Joey Collins sharing a passionate kiss after dancing together on a boat.


Many concerned viewers contacted the network to say they did not want their children exposed to same-sex relationships in a family show. Home and Away is screened at 7pm and is rated PG.


Defenders of the controversial kiss say that....

"It's sad that in 2009 a kiss is considered more threatening to advertisers and family values than stalkers, serial killers and kidnappers, all of which sustain Summer Bay story-lines on a regular basis."


The difference being that stalkers, serial killers and kidnappers are presented as bad in the storyline while a gay kiss is being presented as something good and normal.


Saturday, March 28, 2009

Governor Jim Douglas of Vermont has shown strong leadership...no "gay marriage"

Same Sex Couples, Gay Marriage, Governor Jim Douglas, Vermont,



Governor Jim Douglas of Vermont has shown strong leadership by saying he will reject the bill which would allow same sex couples to marry if it makes it to his desk


Vermont's Republican governor said he will not sign a bill into law allowing same sex couples to marry.


"I'm announcing I will veto this legislation when it reaches my desk," Douglas said. "I believe marriage has always been and ought to remain the union of a man and a woman," I believe the civil unions law has offered equal rights and benefits under state law to same-sex couples and that should suffice."


I think Douglas is right. Marriage is between one man and one woman. I congratulate him for his courage to speak the truth about marriage.


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Condoms as AIDS protection is just Russian Roulette...Pope Benedict XVI accused of distorting scientific evidence

Dr. Norman Hearst, AIDS, Pope Benedict XVI,




"Pope distorted HIV evidence". The Lancet has accused Pope Benedict XVI of distorting scientific evidence to promote Catholic doctrine following his remarks about condom use and HIV.
"The Guardian"


I find it really weak that "The Guardian" mentions that the "Pope is distorting the evidence", but does not provide us with this evidence in their article.


Pope Benedict XVI last week said that condoms are not the solution to the problem of AIDS in Africa and in fact, they create more problems. He praised fidelity and abstinence as the only true way to combat AIDS.


These comments by the pope support common sense and the research. Living a chaste life faithful to your partner is the best way to avoid catching AIDS. Living a promiscuous lifestyle relying on condoms to protect you from AIDS is just a game of Russian Roulette.

Dr. Norman Hearst of the University of California, presented statistics showing a marked correlation between increased condom sales in the African nations of Kenya, Botswana, and others, and a parallel increase in HIV rates by year.


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Friday, March 27, 2009

The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne has embraced a Vatican recommendation to test potential priests for same sex attraction



The Melbourne Catholic diocese is moving ahead with efforts to combat the sex scandles that have rocked the church in recent years by having seminarians undergo psychological testing.


Such problems may include "excessive affective dependency," disproportionate aggression, incapacity to be faithful to obligations, incapacity for openness and trust, inability to cooperate with authority, confused sexual identity and same sex attraction.


The document titled "Guidelines for the Use of Psychology in the Admission and Formation of Candidates for the Priesthood," says that if those already accepted in seminary programs continue to demonstrate areas of grave immaturity, "the path of formation will have to be interrupted." Such areas of immaturity, it said, include deep-seated homosexual tendencies, unclear sexual identity, difficulty living in celibacy, excessive rigidity of character and lack of freedom in relations.


Archdiocese of Melbourne spokesman James O’Farrell confirmed Carlton’s Corpus Christi Catholic seminary had started adhering to the guidelines.


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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority warns that children conceived through IVF have a thirty percent higher risk of genetic abnormalities





The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has issued a warning saying that parents should be told of the risks associated with IVF, but emphasized that not all the risks are fully understood and more research is needed.


Research by the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, published online last month in the Human Reproduction journal, found that IVF babies suffer from heart valve defects, cleft lip and palate, and digestive system abnormalities due to the bowel or esophagus failing to form properly.


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Monday, March 23, 2009

Prominent Ugandan AIDS activist Martin Ssempa thanked Pope Benedict for saying that condoms can exacerbate the problem of HIV/AIDS


After twenty years as an AIDS prevention activist in Uganda, Martin Ssempa says he has concluded that the real culprit in the spread of the disease "is sexual promiscuity driven by immorality of the heart." Uganda's highly successful AIDS prevention program has focused on encouraging sexual abstinence and fidelity in marriage. "Our successful policy," he said, "always put abstinence and being faithful ahead of any medical products such as condoms and testing."

Earlier this week, at the start of his trip to Africa, Pope Benedict told reporters that the solution to the AIDS problem is "a spiritual and human renewal bringing a new way of behaving towards one another." Condemnation by the world's media, and the international AIDS and homosexual organisations, exploded when the pope said, "If the soul is lacking, if Africans do not help one another, the scourge cannot be resolved by distributing condoms; quite the contrary, we risk worsening the problem."


Uganda's population is mainly Christian, and the message, supported by government-sponsored promotion, that men and women should not engage in extra-marital sex dramatically reduced Uganda's AIDS rate over the last couple decades. Ssempa and other local AIDS activists have frequently decried the interference of US and Europe-based international organizations who reject abstinence and fidelity principles in favor of condoms. This, they say only encourages promiscuity and the spread of the deadly disease. Since the intervention of the international AIDS groups, with their emphasis on condoms and downplaying of abstinence, Uganda's AIDS rate has begun, according to local experts, to "tick back up."


Ssempa co-authored Uganda's successful policy with Dr. Edward Green of Harvard University's Center for Population and Development Studies. Dr. Green told the National Review Online this week that Pope Benedict's assertion that condoms only make the AIDS crisis worse is backed by the research.


"There is," Green said, "a consistent association shown by our best studies, including the U.S.-funded 'Demographic Health Surveys,' between greater availability and use of condoms and higher (not lower) HIV-infection rates."


Ssempa warned that there is no security in using condoms to protect against the AIDS virus. "Those who believe that they can put all their trust in getting a perfect condom in Africa are totally out of sync with the realities of Africa. "In 2004 more than 40 million condoms of the Engabu brand were found to be defective and were recalled to be destroyed. This was after a huge public outcry on the condom failures which may have exposed many people to HIV/AIDS in the false hope of security from these latex from China."


Ssempa said that there needs to be a complete rethinking of the reliance on condoms. Citing Dr. Green's work at Harvard, he said, "We must ask the tough question, why does the nations in Africa with the highest condoms correspond with the highest HIV/AIDS? These include Botswana and South Africa who have the first and highest condoms per male, yet their numbers of HIV/AIDS are also the same. "They are in the top three spots of the nations with the highest HIV/AIDS. On the other hand nations with lower condoms per male per year correspond with lower HIV/AIDS."


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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Hundreds attend the first day of legislative hearings addressing the "same sex marriage" bill in Vermont

Vermont, Same Sex Marriage, Proposition 8,



Hundreds of Vermonters attended the first day of legislative hearings yesterday addressing a bill that would make Vermont the third state to recognize same-sex "marriage."


Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee listened to dozens of testimonies in the first of a string of hearings throughout this week concerning S.115, which would redefine marriage as "the legally recognized union of two people."


There are fears that should marriage maintain its meaning as between one man and one woman, there could be violence within the state as happened with California's Proposition 8 referendum. Churches and temples were subjected to violence, vandalism and intimidation by same sex marriage proponents while some supporters of marriage were forced from their jobs and blacklisted.


Former Rep. Tom Little, who passed the civil union law nine years ago as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, argued that the same-sex "marriage" bill should be passed because the civil union law failed to grant "less tangible benefits"


It is narrow minded of these people to just think of themselves and not consider the rest of society. An issue the people of Vermont need to consider is how will a “gay marriage” benefit society? Marriages have special privileges and benefits under the law because they benefit society, but how would a “gay marriage” benefit society?


Another thing Vermonters need to remember is that everyone has the same equal rights with regard to marriage. Everyone is allowed to get married, no one is excluded from marraige. There are a few guidelines which everyone must follow. You can't marry your dog or your cat, someone who is already married, someone underage, your brother or sister, your mother or father, or someone of the same sex.


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Friday, March 20, 2009

The Obama regime moves into full swing: president attempts to remove laws which protect medical staff from being forced to take part in abortions

Obama, Abortion,


There are laws which provide legal protections against discrimination and intimidation for those in the health care industry who refuse to participate in procedures or activities that go against their moral belief.


If the Obama regime removes these current laws, not only will pro-life doctors and nurses be driven from the professions, but patients will lose the ability to choose doctors who reflect their own religious and moral convictions, doctors who now help them to make healthcare choices based upon them.


I'm pro choice, I support the right of medical staff to choose not to take part in abortions.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Jonathan Clayton from “The Australian” has accused John Paul II of worsening the African AIDS crisis through the church's ban on the use of condoms

Pope Benedict XVI, AIDS, Condom, Sam L. Ruteikara, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, National AIDS-Prevention Committee, Safe Sex



Clayton tells us that in September 1990, John Paul II visited Africa. The pope told his audience that condom use was a sin and praised fidelity and abstinence as the only true ways to combat AIDS. Clayton goes on to say that after the papal visit, the pandemic gathered pace.


So far billions of condoms have been shipped to Africa in order to prevent the spread of HIV.[1] However, countries that have relied on such “protection” to curb the epidemic are not seeing any great decline in the virus.


For over a decade Botswana has relied upon widespread availability of condoms in order to combat AIDS. Campaigns for abstinence and fidelity were not emphasized. Instead, billboards about “safe sex” lined the streets, while schoolchildren learned songs about condoms. According to The Washington Post, “The anti-AIDS partnership between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and drugmaker Merck budgeted $13.5 million for condom promotion—25 times the amount dedicated to curbing dangerous sexual behavior. But soaring rates of condom use have not brought down high HIV rates. Instead, they rose together, until both were among the highest in Africa.”[3]


In the late 1980s, Uganda was viewed as the worst nation in the world in terms of HIV/AIDS infections.[5] In 1991 22 percent of people in the country were infected with HIV. By 1999 the number had dropped to 6 percent.[6] Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni insists that their unique success among African countries is due to their behavioral approach. He said, “In comparison with other countries per capita expenditure on condoms, we spend far below other developed countries, which emphasize use of condoms in their fight against the disease.”[7] Instead of placing the primary emphasis on condoms, they emphasized abstinence and faithfulness first. As a result, they have experienced the greatest decline in HIV in the world.[8] According to the Journal of International Development, it was “the lack of condom promotion during the 1980s and early 1990s [that] contributed to the relative success of behavior change strategies in Uganda.”[9]

Unfortunately, the success in Uganda has been undermined in recent years. According to The Washington Post, “The Ugandan turnaround was well underway by the time foreign AIDS experts began to arrive in the early ’90s, bringing with them the Western public health approaches—and values. They began to retool Uganda’s AIDS prevention efforts away from abstinence and fidelity—goals that many Westerners felt were unrealistic. As condom use increased, the percentage of young singles having sex rose from 27 percent to 37 percent between 1995 and 2000.”[15] With the increase in promiscuous sexual activity comes increased risk of catching AIDS.

Sam L. Ruteikara wrote in the Washington Post that efforts to maintain the world's most successful AIDS prevention programme (Uganda) was "sabotaged" by Western "experts" who insisted that only condoms would work. Ruteikara is the co-chair of Uganda's National AIDS-Prevention Committee. He recently said that, "AIDS epidemics in Africa are driven by people having sex regularly with more than one person."

The Philippines is another example of where condoms are rare, and so is AIDS. A New York Times article entitled “Low Rate of AIDS Virus In Philippines Is a Puzzle” reported that the Church in the Philippines is “conservative and politically powerful.” As a result, “the government has no AIDS-awareness program of its own and restricts the public campaigns of independent family-planning groups.”[36]


John Paul II did not increase the AIDS epidemic through his abstinence approach, it was the foreign AIDS experts who thrust upon the population the myth of safe sex through the use of condoms which increased the AIDS epidemic in Africa.


I believe that Clayton has chosen to write about this particular topic in response to Pope Benedict XVI visit to Africa. Pope Benedict XVI said that condoms are not the solution to the problem of AIDS in Africa and, in fact, they create more problems. He said the "traditional teaching of the Church" on chastity outside marriage and fidelity within it had proved to be "the only sure way of preventing the spread of HIV and AIDS." He added that while "we must suffer with those who suffer" and give greater support to those who are sick with the disease, combating AIDS in Africa depends on promoting "correct and moral behavior."


Notes

[1]. Sue Ellin Browder, “Dirty Little Secret: Why Condoms Will Never Stop AIDS in Africa,” Crisis (1 June 2006).
[3]. Craig Timberg, “Speeding HIV’s Deadly Spread,” Washington Post Foreign Service (2 March 2007), A01. [5]. Allen and Heald, 1141.
[6]. Edward Green, et al., Evidence That Demands Action (Austin, TX: Medical Institute for Sexual Health, 2005), ii.
[7]. Yoweri Museveni,11th International Conference of People Living with HIV, as reported by Panafrican News Agency Daily Newswire (29 October 2003).
[8]. Joseph Loconte, “The White House Initiative to Combat AIDS: Learning from Uganda,” The Heritage Foundation: Backgrounder 1692 (29 September 2003).
[9]. Allen and Heald, from abstract of article, 1141 (emphasis mine).
[15]. Edward C. Green and Wilfred May, “Let Africans Decide How to Fight AIDS,” The Washington Post (29 November 2003): A23.
[36]. Seth Mydans, “Low Rate Of AIDS Virus In Philippines Is a Puzzle,” The New York Times (20 April 2003).

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Australian Marriage Equality group claims same sex marriage is a matter of fundamental human rights

Australian Marriage Equality, Alex Greenwich, Nancy Polikoff, Human Rights Consultation Committee


Australian Marriage Equality spokesperson Alex Greenwich said the lobby group is calling on community members to write to the Human Rights Consultation Committee in support for full legal marriage for same-sex partners. Greenwich claims that laws preventing same-sex marriage violate the right to equality before the law, the right not to be discriminated against and the right to marriage and family life.”


Greenwich fails to acknowledge that people with a same sex attraction are allowed to get married, they just can't marry someone from the same sex. There is no discrimination involved. We must all follow the rules with regard to who you can marry. In Australia we are not allowed to marry another person if we are already married, marry a sibling or marry someone who is underage. We are also not allowed to marry someone of the same sex. Every one is treated equally, the rules apply to everyone regardless.


There is disagreement as to what type of same sex arrangement same sex couples want. The AME group has dismissed civil unions saying that “A growing number of courts around the world have found that civil unions do not solve the problem of legal inequality and discrimination. Professor Nancy Polikoff from the Washington College of Law claims that marriage should be done away with altogether and a new term “civil partnership” be used to describe a marriage between couples regardless of their sexual orientation.


The real issue here is, what is a same sex marriage? What are the basic principles which define what it is? In other words, what is its core meaning? Another issue Australians need to consider is how will a “gay marriage” benefit society? Marriages have special privileges and benefits under the law because they benefit society, but how would a “gay marriage” benefit society?


Marriage is not an invention of society, religion or the state, but a part of human nature. The very nature of marriage resides within human nature itself. For this reason we cannot change the core meaning of what marriage is, sex integration between a man and a woman and the contingency for responsible procreation. While the law could be rewritten to coerce society into treating people in homosexual unions as if they were married, this would not give them the reality of marriage. It would not change the nature of their union to correspond to what marriage actually is. All society would be doing is playing a word game, stretching the term marriage so that it no longer picks out a particular human reality.



AME has developed a toolkit to help community members show their support for same sex marriage. The kit advises people on how to make a personal submission to the national inquiry into human rights. I encourage everyone to contact the Human Rights Consultation Committee and voice your support for marriage as being between one man and one woman. Marriage really is equality of the sexes since both sexes are represented. A same sex union discriminates against the other sex.


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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Senate Judiciary Committee to take testimony before legalizing same-sex marriage in Vermont USA

Vermont, Gay Marriage, Tom Little,


Vermont lawmakers are starting a week of hearings on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.

In 2000, Vermont became the first state in the U.S. to adopt civil unions. Supporters claim "gay marriage" would give same sex couples additional rights related to insurance, health care and Social Security benefits.

Rep. Tom Little says that same-sex marriage legislation is "a better course" for Vermont because the terminology (civil union v. marriage) is unfair.


The situation in Vermont is an excellent example of how civil unions work. They are a stepping stone to marriage access—which people openly hope will grant the homosexual lifestyle more social acceptance. However, in the mean time, it literally strips marriage of its core meaning: the unification of opposite genders for the benefit of society.

As a society, we do not give benefits to citizens because of their love, sexual orientation, or for social acceptance.


Hundreds of marriage supporters are lobbying at the Vermont Statehouse. They say the bill would undermine the institution of marriage and harm children.

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Monday, March 16, 2009

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Study finds that women who use the contraceptive pill are more likely to develop bowel disease than women who have not used oral contraceptives






The report stated that the relative risk of developing Crohn's disease increased with a prolonged exposure to the contraceptive pill. The overall average of increased risk was 1 1/2 times, the relative risk of developing Crohn's disease for a woman who has used the pill for three years increases to almost 3.5 times.


The study on the role of oral contraceptives in the cause of inflammatory bowel disease was published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.


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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Negative impact of "homosexual marriage"

I saw this video over at Kingfisher Column.





Marriage usually involves sexual intimacy. If you can get the state to permit same sex marriage then the state is also permitting homosexual activity. If the state says that homosexual activity and same sex marriage is a right then anyone who declares homosexual acts as wrong can be accused of taking away the rights of another citizen. The person who declares homosexuality as wrong becomes a law breaker because they are trying to take away the rights of another group.

In the UK, parents could face criminal charges for having removed their children from programs held at George Tomlinson Primary School promoting the homosexual lifestyle. Waltham Forest council has announced it will prosecute parents of about 30 children who did not attend a week's worth of lessons coinciding with "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month."


I don't know if same sex marraige is legal or not in the UK, but you can see the type of discrimination people are up against when they refuse to accept the "homosexual lifestyle" as a good within society.


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Friday, March 13, 2009

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney: Confronting religious intolerance regularly and publicly is among the "crucial tasks" of Christians

 Cardinal George Pell, Abortion, IVF, Catholic Church, Proposition 8, FOCA, Gay Marriage



The Catholic Church's freedom in the Western world was under pressure from a new and dangerous trend of the use of anti-discrimination laws and human rights claims to attack the role of religion in public life and individuals' right of conscience.


Cardinal Pell's address, titled "Varieties of Intolerance: Religious and Secular," was the first Thomas More Lecture on Religion in the Public Square, hosted by the Oxford University Newman Society.


The cardinal cited a long and growing list of instances where "anti-discrimination" laws are being used to shut down the Christian viewpoint. He mentioned that: health care workers in New York state and the UK have been sued and disciplined for upholding the sanctity of life; citizens in California threatened with violence and harassed out of their jobs for opposing "same-sex marriage"; government tribunal proceedings launched in Canada and Australia against publications and individuals for critiquing Islam; Catholic social service agencies in the UK forced to renounce their religious affiliations or close; hospitals in the US forced to provide abortifacient drugs to employees or lose government funding; and Canadian and Austrian clergy slapped with lifetime bans on preaching Christian doctrine by government agencies.


The cardinal pointed to the apparent irony in the way in which some of the most morally permissive groups, such as the gay and feminist political movements that endorse limitless "pan-sexuality" as well as abortion on demand, have become politically repressive of opposition, despite the rhetoric of "diversity and tolerance."


"The secular and religious intolerance of our day needs to be confronted regularly and publicly," he said. "Believers need to call the bluff of what is, even in most parts of Europe, a small minority with disproportionate influence in the media. This is one of the crucial tasks for Christians in the 21st century."


As his primary example of mounting intolerance, Cardinal Pell cited the treatment of U.S. Christians and Mormons who supported Proposition 8, the constitutional amendment that reversed California's “gay marriage” law in November.


He described how churches and temples were subjected to violence, vandalism and intimidation, and how some supporters of the amendment were forced from their jobs and blacklisted. "We should note the strange way in which some of the most permissive groups and communities, for example, Californian liberals in the case of Proposition 8, easily become repressive, despite all their high rhetoric about diversity and tolerance. There is the one-sidedness about discrimination and vilification," he said, “because anti-Christian blacklisting and intimidation is passed over in silence. In a healthy democracy people should be free to discuss and criticize each other's beliefs.”


The crucial issue for secularists, he said, is the protection of legal abortion. He pointed to the possible passage in the US of the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) and to the recently passed legislation in Victoria, Australia that forces health care workers to participate in abortions, laws that make "a mockery of conscientious objection."


He warned that laws protecting the conscience rights of Christians, particularly those who object to abortion and homosexual lifestyles, have been ignored or overturned: "The human rights industry ran dead on the freedom of conscience issues which the legislation raised."


During the debate on the Victoria legislation, he pointed out, "pro-abortion commentators attacked the concept of conscientious objection as nothing more than a way for doctors and nurses to impose their morality on their patients. Victoria's statutory charter of rights, which purports to protect freedom of religion, conscience and belief, was shown to be a dead letter when it comes to abortion."


He warned too that human rights and anti-discrimination laws and the new reproductive technologies have combined to "make it possible for children to have three, four or five parents," and has reduced the concept of children brought up by a mother and father, "as nothing more than a majority adult preference."


"The rights of children to be created in love and to be known and raised by their biological parents receives scant consideration when the legislative agenda is directed to satisfying adult needs and ambitions."


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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Australia's shame: Radical politicians blow tax payer funds on overseas abortions



Australia was once the only country which spent all of its aid for the purpose of eradicating poverty. Bowing to pressure from radicals like Sarah Hanson-Young, Mal Washer and Claire Moore, the Foreign Minister Stephen Smith yesterday decided that aid money can be used for abortion services if terminations are allowed under local laws.


To complete Australia's shame, the Government says it also plans to provide an extra $15-million over four years for family planning and reproductive health services. (read, contraception and abortion)


Caritas Australia chief executive officer Jack de Groot has told The Catholic Leader he has written to Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith asking for a meeting to discuss how these changes would impact on the Catholic aid agency’s work overseas. We need to be sure that in remote areas where the church is often the only provider, can still go about that work with the Government's assistance where it is appropriate and not in contradiction of our well known policies and views on issues of upholding dignity and the protection of human life.


Catholic Health Australia’s chief executive officer Martin Laverty said the organisation took a “deep and informed interest in the issue as many staff in Australian Catholic hospitals were also involved at times in overseas aid work”.


“The CHA told the Australian Government before it commenced the review that international aid should be directed to the area of greatest need and practical response,” Mr Laverty said.

“This involved dealing with broad public health issues such as sanitation and a safe water supply.

“We don’t believe the provision of funds for abortion will contribute to the areas of greatest need in these countries.”


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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Some contraceptive drugs cause significant weight gain and cause premature births if conception occurs

Conception, Xi-Kuan Chen, Dr. Abbey Berenson, Depo-Provera,


University of Ottawa researchers have found that women who conceive within a month of taking birth-control pills tend to have premature babies or babies with a low birth weight. At the same time, another study from the University of Texas has revealed that users of the contraceptive "shot" are significantly more likely than other women to become obese.



Xi-Kuan Chen, an epidemiologist and senior analyst with the Canadian Institute for Health Information at the University of Ottawa said doctors should inform patients of the link between chemical contraceptives and low birth weight because children born too thin are likely to suffer health problems later in life.



Dr. Abbey Berenson at the University of Texas Medical Branch has revealed that the use of certain contraceptive drugs causes significant weight gain and an increase in body fat, according to a study published in the current issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.



Dr. Berenson and her team of researchers studied the use of the contraceptive drug depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA), commercially known as Depo-Provera, which is delivered in the form of a shot, and found that DMPA users were more than twice as likely to become obese as women who did not use that contraceptive drug.


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Monday, March 9, 2009

A meta-analysis has shown a strong link between induced abortion and subsequent pre-term births


The study reviewed international data from 21 studies from 1995 to 2007 on preterm births related to induced abortion and spontaneous miscarriage. It concluded that "induced and spontaneous abortion are associated with similarly increased instances of preterm birth in subsequent pregnancies."


The researchers found that prior induced abortions increased a woman's odds of having a preterm delivery by 64 percent.

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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Abortion Fundamentalist MP Lee Rhiannon has called for abortion law reform, saying it should be removed from the state's Crimes Act

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New South Wales Greens MP Lee Rhiannon says the current laws are out-dated and she wants the procedure to be decriminalised. Existing laws provide for up to 10 years' jail for an abortion, but there are certain circumstances when an abortion doctor can legally perform the procedure.


It was only late last year that the Victorian government, under the leadership of Premier John Brumby, made this same mistake. A bill to decriminalise abortion in Victoria was passed last October.


In a way I agree with MP Lee Rhiannon, the current laws are outdated and reform is needed. Instead of decriminalising abortion we should be making abortion illegal for all situations. Unborn children have the right to live.


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Dr. Shannon Rush, of Palo Alto Medical Foundation has reported that the Adult Stem Cell product "Trinity" has been used to heal broken bones

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The Adult Stem Cell product called “Trinity” was used to heal bone fractures in the foot and ankle of 21 people that failed to connect properly after the initial healing. Trinity is a mixture of donated adult stem cells combined with crushed bone from a bone bank.


The patients who took part in the study had broken bones or previous fractures in their foot or ankle that did not heal properly. As a result, they had difficulty and/or pain when walking. 21 out of the 23 patients who were implanted with this adult stem cell product “Trinity” achieved “bone union” and healing which allowed them to walk in regular shoes with little or no pain after their casts were removed.


The results of using Adult Stem Cells have been reported in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery for March, 2009:


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Friday, March 6, 2009

Controversial Melbourne University professor, Roger Short says that the world is overpopulating itself to a future of terrorism and climatic disaster

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Short claims that human activity is outstripping the natural world's ability to cope. The reason, he says, is exploding and uncontrolled population growth.


In his book “Towards a Theology of the Environment”, Fr. Paul Haffner, said this kind of anti-human thinking is typical of what he calls the materialist “ecologism” ideology that values “the earth” or the environment more than human life.


Mean while there are massive population drops in Germany and across Europe. Vice-president Walter Rademacher with the Federal Statistics Office said, Germany’s downward spiral in population is no longer reversible. The birthrate has dropped so low that immigration numbers cannot compensate. “The fall in the population can no longer be stopped, The European Union’s statistics agency Eurostat has predicted an overall drop in Europe’s population of 7 million people by 2050.


Last year the United Nations released its global population estimates, revealing an alarming population shift that will have serious worldwide consequences within the near future. The blame lies on the rapid spread of abortion, contraception and sterilization in the past century.


The report projects that by 2050, those aged 60 and over will comprise one third of the population in developed regions. These numbers will have a serious effect on the working population, which will be forced to bear an increasingly heavy burden of retirees. Global aging, combined with plummeting birth rates, is a catastrophically dangerous menace that only a few people seem to be waking up to.


Despite this drastic drop in population Professor Short is calling for a vast increase in the availability and use of contraception to slow the birthrate worldwide, and says only one country — China, through its one-child policy — has shown the way to future stability and sustainable environmental and economic growth. Professor Short said China had relatively few young people in relation to those of middle age and older.


Professor Short fails to acknowledge that womens rights are being violated in China through forced abortion. Stephen Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute related how while living in a Chinese village he had witnessed women, some his personal friends, who became pregnant with an “illegal” second child and who were subsequently forced to have an abortion. Those mothers who refused were arrested and jailed and underwent daily propaganda, or brain-washing sessions, until they agreed to abort their child. Those who remained in prison until they went into labour “were taken to the abortion clinic crying, by force, and they were given a poison shot.”


After a generation of China's one child policy, there are now 25 million young men who will go without wives, the buying and selling of women both nationally and internationally, an increase in homosexuality, labour shortages, and a rapidly aging population.


Professor Short will deliver the opening address at today's 25th "Foetus as a Patient" international congress in Sydney, which focuses on the care of pregnant women and their babies.



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Thursday, March 5, 2009

DNA opens an online shop in support of marriage, life and family






The Digital Network Army has opened up an online shop. The DNA is a volunteer organization, 100% of any money that comes in from these sales will be donated to the legal defense fund at protectmarriage.com. We are not in this fight for the money, but what a great resource and outlet for spreading the word about marriage, life and family.


You can also join DNA and be part of the battle and stand up for marriage, family and moral values. Join the Digital Network Army (DNA) and work with us to spread information about crucial issues such as Proposition 8 in California, President-elect Obama's pledge to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and the battle brewing in New York to recognize Same Sex Marriage.



Traditional family and moral values are under attack from every side. Many activist groups are working constantly to undermine the beliefs that literally billions of people worldwide.


Using new tools such as Blogs, Twitter, YouTube, and social networking sites like My Space and Facebook, information about the battle for Family Values travels at the speed of light and can become viral if enough people act together.


Join our email list and receive updates on the latest issues, along with instructions on what you can do to make your voice heard.


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

40 Days for Life organizers report that at least 39 lives have been confirmed saved from abortion since the campaign began last Wednesday

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40 Days for Life has mobilized pro-life advocates in over 130 cities around the world to pray, fast, and keep vigil outside abortion facilities in an effort to raise awareness of the abortion holocaust.


Pro-lifers around the world have been celebrating as reports continue to pour in of hearts changed and lives saved thanks to the prayerful intervention of 40 Days for Life campaigners.


According to "Alejandra" of Orange County, California, a man leaving the abortion centre early one morning asked the group why they were there. They responded: "We are pro-life and we don't accept abortion. We are praying to end abortion."


"The man burst into tears and said that his wife was inside the clinic, but that he didn't want her to have the abortion," wrote Alejandra. "He went inside to talk with his wife. Two hours later, the man came out in tears and said, 'I got her out! Thank you!' By then more volunteers had joined the vigil and were celebrating!"


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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Australian government will soon announce whether it will redirect some of its AusAID money for the purpose of funding foreign abortions

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Controversial politician Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has been instrumental in pressuring the government into diverting funds from basic necessities such as fresh water and food, into abortion providing services. Hanson-Young does not seem to realise that these women in third world countries do not need abortion, they need fresh water, fresh food, housing and medical treatment.


If abortion politicians like Hanson-Young really wanted to help the poor, they would help to save mothers’ lives through better maternal heath, not killing their babies. Mothers and babies can be saved through aid targeted at improving birthing facilities, not providing abortion clinics. Senate Estimates was told last year there has not been one request from a recipient country of AusAID to have our aid re-directed to abortion.


I encourage everyone to contact their local politician and voice their concern over efforts by some politicians to take AusAID money and have it redirected to foreign abortion providers.

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Monday, March 2, 2009

40 Days for Life vigils a great success: New Jersey women told pro-lifers, "I didn't do it! I changed my mind."

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In a report from the 40 Days for Life headquarters, Shawn Carney, reports a definite story of a life saved in New Jersey. According to vigil participants a woman exited an abortion facility in New Jersey and told the pro-lifers, "I didn't do it! I changed my mind."


In Canada, Campaign Life Coalition (CLC) has undertaken the organization of 40 Days for Life vigils at various locations across the country. CLC's Ottawa 40 Days campaign has seen, according to reports from 'ground zero,' possibly four lives saved since commencing Wednesday.


Vigil participant, Doris G., wrote on the 40 Days for Life blog that on Day 1, a couple went into the abortion facility. But before they did so Doris was able to give them a pamphlet and exchange a few words with them. The couple went up into the centre while looking through the literature, but then came out a half hour later, despite the fact that women who have an abortion are usually in the centre for several hours.


"We can't be sure if the life of a child was saved, but I was greatly encouraged," said Doris. Three other similar incidents occurred, that Doris says cannot be definitely confirmed, but which indicate turnarounds.

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Fiji's abortion doctor, Sachida Mudaliar, who killed a woman in a botched abortion is seeking to reopen his medical practice

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Dr Mudaliar was previously found guilty in the death of student Poonam Kumar from a botched abortion he did on her. Officials found Kumar dead at Dr Mudaliar's abortion business in Nabua, after he left her overnight in his abortion business following her death.


Justice Anthony Gates, in his ruling, said Mudaliar was guilty of botching the abortion and guilty of gross negligence in the case. Dr Mudaliar knew that Kumar was at risk if she underwent the abortion. She was 20 weeks pregnant at the time and had excessive bleeding and shock after the abortion. The abortion tore her uterus and led to the massive bleeding.


Last year, a judicial panel ordered a new trial for Dr Mudaliar concerning the March 2003 botched abortion. Now Dr Mudaliar wants to reopen his medical practice and says he should have the right to do so because his original conviction was quashed in favor of a new trial.


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