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A radical threat to human life

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A change has come and we are beginning to witness an expanded attack on the life of the child in the womb. For the first time in U.S. history, abortion may become an entitlement the government must fund and promote. If the Freedom of Choice Act is signed into law, citizens will lose the freedom they now have to enact even modest regulations of the abortion industry.

This proposed legislation, supported by President Obama, has been referred to by Cardinal Justin Rigali, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, as the most radical abortion legislation we have ever seen.

The Freedom of Choice Act would:

  • Eliminate regulations that protect women from unsafe clinics and unscrupulous abortionists

  • Force American taxpayers to fund abortions

  • Force every state to allow partial-birth abortions

  • Strip parents of their right and responsibility to be involved in their minor daughter's abortion decision

  • Remove the conscience rights of physicians, nurses and hospitals that oppose abortion on religious, moral or ethical grounds
The dismantling of all abortion restrictions has already begun. On January 23rd, only three days after his inauguration, President Obama issued an executive order to reverse the Mexico City Policy which will restore U.S. funding to organizations that perform and promote abortion as a family planning method in developing nations. An administration that wants to reduce abortions should not divert U.S. funds to groups that promote abortions.

Thirty-six years of killing the least among us has taken a toll on our collective consciences.

In the words of John Paul II:

“The acceptance of abortion in the popular mind, in behavior and even in law itself, is a telling sign of an extremely dangerous crisis of the moral sense, which is becoming more and more incapable of distinguishing between good and evil, even when the fundamental right to life is at stake. Given such a grave situation, we need now more than ever to have the courage to look the truth in the eye and to call things by their proper name.....abortion is apparent in all its truth if we recognize that we are dealing with murder.”
(Gospel of Life, #58)

Now is the time we have been given to rise up and say in one voice, NO MORE! Or, to quote Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.”

Will historians look back on these days and ask the same questions that we ask about the people who lived during Nazi Germany: Did you know? Did you speak up for life? Or did you turn your head, pretending to be an innocent bystander?

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever.” (Quotation from the walls of the Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.)

Please participate in the postcard campaign against passage of FOCA. If you did not pick up the materials at your parish, call the Respect Life Office to obtain the postcards to be sent to your Congressman and both of Florida’s U.S. Senators. Call 305-653-2966.

You can also e-mail your representative Write Your Representative.

Joan Crown
Director, archdiocesan Respect Life Ministry

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Upcoming Respect Life Events:
  • Feb. 5, 10, 12 and 17, Chastity Days for 8th grade students
  • Feb. 7, Walk for Life, St. John Vianney Seminary, Miami
  • Feb. 21, Respect Life training workshop, Good Shepherd Church, Kendall
  • March 7, Respect Life training workshop, St. Bartholomew Church, Miramar
  • March 10-12, 2009, Catholic Days at the Capitol, lobbying trip to Tallahassee

Comments from readers

Joan Crown - 02/05/2009 05:36 PM
Dear Tod,
Fr. Frank Pavone did start an order of priests in Texas several years ago but since then has decided that he had to return his full attention to the Priests for Life organization which serves all dioceses in our country with priests and lay people qualified to educate the Catholic community on the critical LIFE issues. We are currently trying to invite someone from that organization to be our guest speaker at our annual Spring luncheon.
If you would like to receive our bi-monthly newsletter to keep up-to-date on the local Respect Life activities let me know.
Joan Crown
Joan Crown - 02/05/2009 05:26 PM
Dear Michael,
It does seem to many that the "vote your conscience" section of the bishops' statement, issued before the election, turned out to be a major loop hole which gave many people permission to overlook the deaths of 50,000,000 children in the womb. The bishops were talking about an "informed" conscience. But, it's hard to be informed on the abortion issue because everyone wants to shy away from controversial subjects.
The recent Freedom of Choice postcard campaign has proven to me what I already knew. People are just ignorant of the facts. I saw people with Obama bumper stickers on their cars absolutely outraged when they found out what the current administration plans to laws relating to abortion.
My office publishes a bi-monthly newsletter to keep people informed and up-to-date on the LIFE issues. Let me know if you'd like to be part of our mailing list and then you will be able to share it with your friends and family.
Thanks for your response.
Joan Crown
Tod Brown - 02/05/2009 04:27 PM
Is it possible that the Archdiocese of Miami could get a priest from the Priests for Life religious order to be stationed here for a year to fill in and help out?
Michael Meyers - 02/04/2009 12:30 PM
Indeed, if 56% of so-called Catholics voted for Obama and therefore give their approval and support his policies on abortion. would it not be fair to criticize the majority of bishops and priest of this country who refuse to speak out (before an election, not after) condemning those who actively support these acts of murder. No they do not. Even while knowing the truth about life, when it begins they avoid the issue by saying vote your conscience. If thats the case, sin, serious sin can easily be excused away for anyone and anything, over time. When is the last time anyone heard a sermon abortion. Most will not. You can draw your own conclusions as to why. God bless.

Joan Crown - 02/04/2009 12:27 PM
Dear Suzanne,
Thanks for sharing the wisdom of your mother's answer. That reminds me of a TV show I enjoy watching called "17 Kids and Counting". I'm always fascinated at how happy and well adjusted the children are and how much they love and take care of one another. I'm sure this can be attributed to the loving relationship of the mother and father and in turn their strong relationship with God. But, contrasted to that family is the current story of the woman who recently had 8 babies through invitro fertilization; a process the teaching Church has warned against as a perversion. The unitive act of husband and wife is separated from the procreative act of conception. While we celebrate the miracle of 8 new souls we should take pause at the way they were conceived and society's attitude which seems to demand children rather than acknowledge them as the supreme gift of marriage.
God bless you and your efforts for LIFE.
Joan Crown - 02/04/2009 12:04 PM
Dear Tod,
Thanks for the offer of your used vehicle. The most I can do is help you identify someone who is in need of a vehicle. Possibly one of our clients or even someone who is devoting their life to pro-life work for the Church. If you're interested contact me at [email protected]
Joan Crown
Suzanne Taskowitz - 02/04/2009 10:05 AM
This is a most sad time in our country. No one knows the gifts these children have been given and the happiness they can bring to their family and to the world. Every child is a blessing from God and to condone this or just bury our heads while this goes on, speaks to the breakdown of our morals.
What must God be thinking?? President Obama is so concerned about the ethical treatment of prisoners at Gitmo, but thinks nothing of killing children who may be a burden. When growing up in a family of 16 children, I asked my mother why she had so many kids and she would turn it around and ask me who I would send back...I never had an answer because we were all glad we were here. Only prayer can heal us and protect these babies. Thank you for all you do at the Respect Life office to guide us.
Tod Brown - 02/03/2009 04:11 PM
Does the respect life office accept vehicle donations? If so, how can I donate my used vehicle? If not, please tell me of a local pro-life organization that will accept these kinds of donations. Thank you and God bless you for all you do.

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