The Pro Life Prayer That Office Depot Refused To Print

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Lord, for whom all things are possible,
We are confronted once again today
With the evil of the abortion industry
And the corruption found
In the world’s largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood.

Lord, we pray for all who plan to be parents,
And we ask your mercy on those
Who teach others to reject parenthood.

In the light of your Word, Lord,
We affirm today that children are a blessing from you,
And that the origin of all parenthood
Is likewise in You, the God of life and love.

Therefore, Oh God,
We stand against the evil that has been exposed
In Planned Parenthood
And in the entire abortion industry.

We stand today for the triumph
Of truth over falsehood,
Of light over darkness,
And of life over death.

Bring an end to the killing of children in the womb,
And bring an end to the sale of their body parts.
Bring conversion to all who do this,
And enlightenment to all who advocate it.

Close the doors of the death camps in our midst,
And open the doors of your mercy and healing!
Close the grisly trade in baby body parts,
And open the abundant gifts of your salvation and life!

Hasten the day when our land
Will no longer be stained with innocent blood,
And when the bodies of all your children
Will be raised from the dead
And set free forever.

We pray in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen!

–Rev. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life

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Federal judge gets it right on HHS Mandate ruling

The Government claimed that once a business owner chooses to enter into the marketplace or incorporate his business, he surrenders his right to exercise his religious beliefs.
However, Judge Kovachevich’s 37-page decision which mentioned Thomas R. Beckwith’s unique family history—Beckwith’s ancestors arrived on the shores of America in 1626 to escape religious persecution from England — ended with a powerful statement on religious freedom:

 “The First Amendment, and its statutory corollary the RFRA, endow upon the citizens of the United States the unalienable right to exercise religion, and that right is not relinquished by efforts to engage in free enterprise under the corporate form. No legislative, executive, or judicial officer shall corrupt the Framers’ initial expression, through their enactment of laws, enforcement of those laws, or more importantly, their interpretation of those laws. And any action that debases, or cheapens, the intrinsic value of the tenet of religious tolerance that is entrenched in the Constitution cannot stand.” (Emphasis added)

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1st amendment prohibits the government from meddling in church business … even when it comes to politics … and tax exemptions!

The Thomas More Society says that the law and the Bill of Rights is on the bishop’s side, and promises a “free and aggressive legal defense to any religious leaders targeted or victimized for the robust exercise of their free speech rights.”

“The Internal Revenue Service has no legal right to investigate, let alone threaten or penalize the Catholic Diocese of Peoria for illegal ‘electioneering’ after Bishop Daniel Jenky, C.S.C., referred to policies of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin while delivering a robust, wholly legitimate critique of current federal efforts to quash and curtail religious liberties,” says Thomas Brejcha, president of the Thomas More Society.

“References to egregious, historical mistakes on the part of political leaders of the past in messages to congregations, even in an election year, are fully protected by the First Amendment, whether those messages are delivered from the pulpit or on soap boxes in the public square,” he continued.

“We think the law is very clear,” said Brejcha.

“Well-settled federal law does not prohibit churches and other tax-exempt non-profits from speaking out against government policies at odds with the common good or – as in this case – constitutionally obnoxious.”

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Thomas More Society: “James Marcou can now carry on his life-saving work without this criminal charge hanging over his head.”

Today in Milwaukee, Wisconsin municipal court, the Thomas More Society secured justice for a pro-life sidewalk counselor who was falsely arrested and charged with disorderly conduct last August.

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Cook County Circuit Court: Illinois State Constitution Includes “Right” to Abortion.

“More than fifteen years ago, with overwhelming bipartisan support, parental notice was supposedly made the law in Illinois, but as we sit here today, secret abortions on pregnant minors continue unabated,” said Peter Breen, Thomas More Society executive director and legal counsel.

Breen and TMS’s pro-life attorneys are appealing to a Supreme Court rule that allows transfer of cases to them directly when the “public interest requires prompt adjudication.” Without the Supreme Court’s intervention, the case will continue to be litigated in the First District of the Illinois Appellate Court, where they do not expect a decision for at least a year.

“With this motion to transfer, the Supreme Court has the opportunity to immediately and definitively decide the constitutionality of parental notice in Illinois,” said Breen.

Judge Daniel Riley of the Cook County Circuit Court dismissed the lawsuit brought against the Act by the American Civil Liberties Union this past March, ruling the Act constitutionally valid. While he viewed the 1970 Illinois State Constitution as including a right to abortion, he said the Act should stand since the Illinois right to abortion is not broader than the federal right, thereby allowing for certain restrictions.

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Chicago “Bubble Zone” Law Sees First Pro-Lifers Charged Opposing Abortion

Chicago, IL (LifeNews.com) — The first pro-life person has been charged under the new bubble zone law in Chicago that local citizens say has robbed them of their free speech rights outside abortion centers. The city council approved the new last October and pro-life groups say it targets those who provide women abortion alternatives.

Thomas More Society attorney Peter Breen entered a “not guilty” plea in court Tuesday morning on behalf of Joseph Holland, who was charged with disorderly conduct.

Holland, a Northwestern University graduate student, was praying the rosary on a public sidewalk outside the Planned Parenthood Near North abortion facility on July 3 when staff called the police, claiming that he had violated the new ordinance.

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Judge rules neighbors can proceed with lawsuit against Aurora Planned Parenthood

In 2007 the Thomas More Society, on behalf of neighbors, sued Planned Parenthood of Chicago and the City of Aurora, the former for violating multiple zoning ordinances when building its Aurora abortion mill under false pretenses and the latter for saying “that’s ok” when PP’s subterfuge was discovered.

TMS added a claim that to this day the City of Aurora continues to refuse to apply the correct zoning ordinance to PP, even after the City admitted its attorneys applied the wrong ordinance to PP in September 2008.

Since 2007 PP/Aurora have filed 3 separate motions to dismiss.

Today there was a huge victory for our side….

DuPage Co. Judge Neal Cerne ruled today that TMS’s zoning case can proceed. The judge denied PP’s latest motion to dismiss and upheld the main count of the suit, that PP willfully violated local zoning and building laws during the development and buildling process of the Aurora mill.

Judge Cerne ordered the defendants to answer TMS’s complaint within the next month.

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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.

Settlement reached in free speech dispute between Aurora, Illinois and pro-lifers

Aurora, Ill., Mar 26, 2010 / 01:12 am (CNA).- The city of Aurora, Illinois has settled a lawsuit alleging it violated the First Amendment rights of protesters of a Planned Parenthood abortion facility. Protesters had complained of conflicting legal advice from city officials and threats of mass arrests from the local police chief.

At one protest in 2007, police arrived on the scene with an armored paddy wagon and constant video surveillance, which protesters said was intimidating.

The settlement requires the city to amend two ordinances claimed to be unconstitutional, mandates First Amendment training for city police and establishes a grievance process to handle disputes between protesters and city officials, a press release from the Chicago-based Thomas More Society reports.

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Illinois Medical Board Postpones Parental Notification on Abortion for 90 Days

Springfield, IL (Lifenews.com) — Parents in Illinois will have to wait another 90 days before getting the right to know when their minor daughters are considering an abortion. That’s because the Medical Disciplinary Board voted Friday to give abortion practitioners more time to understand their obligation under the new state law that was finally slated to go into effect after more than a decade of waiting.

The Illinois law was enacted 14 years ago, but court challenges from abortion advocates who did not want parents to know about their minor daughter’s abortion prevented it from going into effect.

A federal appeals court’s action earlier this month means it finally takes effect Tuesday, but now that has been postponed. The 90-day moratorium wouldn’t protect violators from misdemeanor charges.

Tom Brejcha, the president of the Thomas More Society, a Chicago-based pro-life legal group that sued to get the law to go into effect, says abortion practitioners have already had 14 years to prepare for the law and the grace period isn’t needed. The legislature approved the law in 1995 but it took more than a decade for the Illinois Supreme Court to finally issue rules that the law requires for an appeals process for minors who want an abortion without telling their parents. Since that time, more than 50,000 Illinois teenagers have had abortions, including 4,000 who were 14 years-old or younger at the time of their abortion.

Victory for Illinois Parents and Children

Thomas More Society
Breaking News

 

Thomas More Society
Claims VICTORY
for Illinois Parents!


7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Lifts Injunction on
Illinois Parental Notice Act!

Culmination of Four Years of Work
by Thomas More Society

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2009
 
Chicago, IL — Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit dissolved the federal injunction against the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act. As a direct result of the court’s decision (Zbaraz v. Hartigan), Illinois parents will be entitled, for the first time since Roe v. Wade was decided, to notification before their minor daughters are taken for abortions.  The decision is the culmination of four years work by the Thomas More Society, particularly TMS Special Counsel Paul Linton, who devised the legal strategy which ultimately led to the lifting of the injunction.  
 
“This is an incredible victory for Illinois parents and their children,” said Peter Breen, Executive Director and Legal Counsel of the Thomas More Society.  “Parental involvement laws enjoy overwhelming public support.  These laws promote the integrity of the family and ensure that parents are consulted so that their children are not forced into an abortion decision.  A wealth of social science data indicates that parental involvement laws lead to lower pregnancy rates, out-of-wedlock births and abortions.”
 
The Parental Notice Act has been in legal limbo for more than ten years because of the Illinois Supreme Court’s refusal to issue the rules necessary to make the Act effective.  Since the passage of the Act in 1995, over 50,000 Illinois minors have obtained abortions, more than 4,000 of whom were 14 years old or younger, without any requirement to notify their parents beforehand.
 
Following Linton’s legal strategy, representatives of pro-life organizations met with DuPage County State’s Attorney Joseph Birkett in the spring of 2005 to ask him to petition the Illinois Supreme Court to adopt the rules required by the 1995 Act.  Birkett agreed and filed his petition in June 2006.  On September 7, 2006, the Thomas More Society, representing a range of interested organizations, filed a supplemental petition with the state supreme court.  Less than two weeks later, the Illinois Supreme Court, under the leadership of Chief Justice Bob Thomas, unanimously adopted Supreme Court Rule 303A. 
 
After various delays, Attorney General Lisa Madigan returned to federal court in March 2007 and petitioned Judge David Coar to lift the permanent injunction which had been issued eleven years earlier.  After Judge Coar denied the petition, the Thomas More Society intervened in the case on behalf of State’s Attorneys Stu Umholtz (Republican, Tazewell County) and Ed Deters (Democrat, Effingham County) to press an appeal against the injunction.
 
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About the Thomas More Society
The Thomas More Society Pro-Life Law Center is a public interest law firm in Chicago that counsels and defends those who work to protect innocent human life, defends those who proclaim faith-based values in our nation’s public square, and strives to protect the institution of marriage as a union of man and woman formed to beget, bear and nurture new human lives. For more information, please visit:
http://www.thomasmoresociety.org.

Historic Catholic Mass taking place next Friday at Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago

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Dear Pro-Lifer,

I’d like to invite you to a historic Catholic Mass taking place
next Friday at Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago in honor of Our
Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas:

   EVENT: Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass
   WHEN: Friday, December 12, 2008 at Noon
   WHERE: Federal Plaza, 50 W. Adams
   MAP: http://tinyurl.com/fedplaza
   MORE INFO: http://prolifeaction.org/#guadalupe

This Mass is being sponsored by a coalition of pro-life groups,
including the Pro-Life Action League, the Archdiocese of Chicago,
and the Thomas More Society Pro-Life Law Center.

The principal celebrant will be Bishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, with
several other priests concelebrating. Liturgical music will be
provided by a group from St. Agnes of Bohemia.

This Mass, the first ever in Federal Plaza, is a significant exercise
of our religious freedoms, right on federal property — directly
across the street from Barack Obama’s transition team office!

After Mass, stay for a fiesta featuring mariachi music, Mexican
sweet breads, hot chocolate and coffee.

If you can attend this historic Mass, be sure to dress warmly. But
if you can’t be there, please say many prayers for good weather.

Yours for Life,

— Eric

P.S. I also want to remind you that our Abortion Clinic Christmas
Caroling Day is coming up December 20, with two tours: one in
Chicago and one in DuPage County:

   http://prolifeaction.org/#caroling2

Eric Scheidler
Communications Director
Pro-Life Action League
Tel: 630-896-1200
Pro-Life Action League
6160 N Cicero Ave, Ste 600
Chicago, IL 60646, USA