Pro-Life coalition launches new conscience rights website

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Dear Pro-Lifers,

I’m excited to tell you that just minutes ago,
a coalition of more than 40 pro-life groups
from across the country launched
www.Call2Conscience.com!

The Call2Conscience.com Campaign is working to mobilize as many Americans as possible to demand that Congress includes conscience & religious liberty protections in must-pass legislation.

>>> Take Action: Tell your Representatives that conscience protections must be included in must-pass legislation.

After you’ve taken action, make sure to sign up for tomorrow’s webcast, which will feature Rep. Diane Black, who is leading the charge for conscience and religious liberty in the House of Representatives.

The webcast will also feature other national leaders including our very own Hon. Marilyn Musgrave, Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, David Bereit of 40 Days for Life, and Alan Sears of Alliance Defending Freedom.

It is critical that YOU and your like-minded friends and family take action NOW.

You see, Congress will soon be considering must-pass legislation that will fund the federal government, and it is critical that conscience protections are included in this legislation.

>>> Take Action: Tell your Representatives that conscience protections must be included in must-pass legislation.

We must take a stand to ensure that all Americans are guaranteed freedom of conscience in their daily lives and work.

The government has no business putting religious freedom on the negotiating table, or picking and choosing who is allowed to exercise their faith or moral convictions.

We must fight back, and we must fight back right now.

>>> It only takes a minute: Contact Congress.

And after you’ve taken action, please make sure to pass on this e-mail to as many of your like-minded friends and family so that they can take action too.

Thank you for standing up for conscience and religious liberty!

For Life,

Marjorie Dannenfelser
President, Susan B. Anthony List

PS: The Obama administration has launched an unprecedented assault on religious liberty and conscience. We must fight back. Take action now by contacting your Members of Congress.

PPS: Tomorrow night, the Call2Conscience Campaign will be hosting a webcast featuring national pro-life leaders including Rep. Diane Black, who is leading the charge for conscience protections in the House; Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life; David Bereit of 40 Days for Life; and Alan Sears of Alliance Defending Freedom.

Sign up here!

Submitted by Marcia C.

Washington D.C. 2013 March for Life to Protest 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

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Thousands to March to Supreme Court on January 25

Washington, D.C. – On Friday, January 25 the March for Life Education and Defense Fund will host its annual Washington, D.C. event to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision on abortion.

Each year the March draws thousands of pro-life activists and supporters from around the country to rally at the National Mall and march to the steps of the Supreme Court.

More information at www.marchforlife.org.

While the marchers will mourn the loss of the event’s founder and longtime leader, Nellie Gray, the latest news such as a recent TIME Magazine cover story indicate that the pro-life position is winning at the state and local level. A majority of Americans now self-identify as pro-life—the ‘new normal’—and many of the thousands of supporters from around the country who will travel to Washington are young people.

“The March for Life is a demonstration of unity that we need
to continue the fight to win over
 the hearts and minds
of all Americans,” said Jeanne Monahan,
President of the March for 
Life Education and Defense Fund.
“We are energized by the increasingly pro-life youth who

are keenly aware that abortion is the human rights issue of today.”

WHO: Jeanne Monahan, President of the March for Life
Pro-life leaders
Elected officials
WHERE: National Mall – Washington, D.C.

WHEN: 12:00-1:30 P.M. Rally
followed immediately by March to Supreme Court

“This year‘s March will be a significant meeting place
where pro-life Members of Congress,
leaders, students and clergymen unite
to stand up for the unborn,” said Monahan.

For further information, please contact Jameson Cunningham
or Vanessa Oblinger with Shirley & Banister Public Affairs
at (703) 739-5920 or (800) 536-5920.

www.marchforlife.org

Bishop Zurek also wants to see financials for Rachel’s Vinyard and MGL

Amarillo’s Roman Catholic bishop called for financial transparency not only from Priests for Life, an anti-abortion group commanding millions in annual contributions, but also from two other nonprofits associated with a popular pro-life priest.

Bishop Patrick J. Zurek has demanded that the Rev. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, produce documentation for how donations have been handled by the Staten Island, N.Y., charity’s affiliates Rachel’s Vineyard and Missionaries of the Gospel of Life, said Monsignor Harold Waldow, vicar of clergy for the Diocese of Amarillo.

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Marshfield WI man charged with coming to Madison to kill abortion provider

A Marshfield man who drove to Madison to kill an abortion doctor faces federal charges after he was arrested Wednesday night when his gun went off in his motel room not far from the Planned Parenthood clinic that he planned to attack Thursday.

Ralph Lang, 63, told a Madison police officer at the Motel 6, 1754 Thierer Road, that he had a gun “to lay out abortionists because they are killing babies,” according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday in U.S. District Court.

Lang said he planned on shooting the clinic’s doctor “right in the head,” according to the complaint. Asked if he planned to shoot just the doctor or nurses, too, Lang replied he wished he “could line them up all in a row, get a machine gun, and mow them all down,” the complaint said.

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Editor’s note: Genuine pro-lifer’s are absolutely committed to ending abortion through non-violent action, while a few radical anti-abortion people appear to be much less concerned with the means by which they hope to attain that end.

There’s no room for any more violence in the nasty, obscenely bloody business of abortion, since around 50 million babies (along with a handful of abortionists) have already lost their lives, and 50 million American women have already been permanently scarred.

For the sake of all, it would be better to first, stop slaughtering innocent babies. Then we might be able to satisfactorily work out other necessary details, in peace.

Graphic images accompany Polish anti-abortion campaign


Poland stands as a shining example of a country where abortion was once legal but was made illegal (in 1993).  Understandably, though, the battle remains fierce, hence the need to show the reality of abortion, as in the new exhibition.

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Fiscally conservative Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is also an ardent abortion foe.

Editor’s note: This article comes from a left-wing publication that intended to be critical of the Wisconsin governor. I think we should make Scott Walker an “honorary” Catholic.

In November 1996, Walker and Assemblywoman Bonnie Ladwig R-Caledonia announced plans to introduce a bill banning “partial-birth” abortions, or what’s medically known as dilation and extraction. Anti-abortion groups have condemned the practice, but groups that back abortion rights argue the procedure could save a woman’s life in the case of severe late-term complications during a pregnancy. Walker said partial-birth abortions are “never needed” to save lives, adding, “This procedure is not a medically recognized procedure.” (NPR has a good explainer of the procedure here.)

Walker’s effort to ban dilation and extraction mirrored an eight-year-long battle on the federal level to ban the practice. That federal fight culminated in 2003 when President George W. Bush signed the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, outlawing the procedure. In 2007, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of that law.

In 1997, Walker’s abortion crusade continued with a proposal banning state and local government employees from “promoting, encouraging, or counseling in favor of abortion services.” Walker’s proposal would also block “public facilities or public institutions or any equipment or any other physical asset that is owned, leased, or controlled by this state, an agency, or a local government unit” from offering abortions. Public employees would be subject to a $1,000 fine if they discussed abortions. The proposal caused a firestorm because of how it would affect the University of Wisconsin, which didn’t provide abortions but did teach and discuss them. One Democratic Assemblyman, Sheldon Wasserman of Milwaukee, said Walker’s proposal was tantamount to censorship. “It’s an outrageous and extreme position to say we’re not going to teach things to save people’s lives,” Wasserman was quoted as saying in the Capital Times. “Even the most avid pro-life people will say that. I don’t think [Assembly Republicans] know what they’re doing.”

According to the Capital Times, Wisconsin Assembly Republicans also gutted the $4 million budget for family planning resources in Wisconsin, not to mention ending all state funding for Planned Parenthood. They also proposed making it mandatory that parents be notified if their child tried to get a birth control prescription.

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ND 88 attorney may subpoena Notre Dame officials, judge rules

South Bend, Ind., Apr 27, 2010 / 06:08 am (CNA).- The legal defense team for the 88 pro-life protesters arrested at the University of Notre Dame may now seek testimony from university officials after a judge’s ruling lifted a stay.

The protesters, called the ND88, were arrested for trespassing during their demonstrations against the May 2009 commencement speech of President Barack Obama, who was granted an honorary degree by the university.

St. Joseph County, Indiana Superior Court Chief Judge Michael P. Scopelitis lifted a stay order on defense lawyers. They may now seek testimony under oath from key decision makers in the arrest of the protesters. The lawyers may also subpoena documents revealing apparent inconsistencies in the treatment of the pro-life protesters compared with other protesting groups.

Tom Brejcha, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Society, said the lifting of the stay was “very significant.”

“A Notre Dame alumni group, Sycamore Trust, recently reported that homosexual rights and anti-ROTC protesters received, at worst, mere slaps on the wrist for leading unauthorized protests on campus. We believe that through discovery we may well uncover evidence that the Notre Dame police engaged in ‘viewpoint discrimination:’ that the university singled out the ND88 for especially harsh treatment.”

Judge Scopelitis also ruled that once the discovery process is completed, he may convene an evidentiary hearing to review the defendants’ “global” legal defenses before any individual trials.