Why Sotomayor is key to Obama’s abortion agenda

July 21, 2009 by Taylor Marshall  
Filed under Headlines, Politics

Obama Supreme Court

Why is Sotomayer important to President Obama? She is Catholic. Of the nine Supreme Court Justices, currently five are Catholic. These five tip the court toward a pro-life consensus (the Catholic exception might be Anthony Kennedy).

By choosing Sotomayer, Obama accomplishes two things. First, he secures another pro-choice advocate in the Supreme Court. Second, he makes it impossible for another Catholic to be appointed to the Supreme Court in the future since this appointment would yield six Catholics among the nine Justices.

A future conservative president would be fried if he attempted to appoint an eighth Catholic (pro-life) justice.

Here’s the religious breakdown of the current Supreme Court:

John Roberts Catholic
Stephen G. Breyer Jewish
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Jewish
Anthony M. Kennedy Catholic
Antonin Scalia Catholic
David H. Souter Episcopalian
John Paul Stevens Protestant
Clarence Thomas Catholic
Samuel Alito Catholic

               

North Dakota passes anti-abortion bill

February 18, 2009 by Taylor Marshall  
Filed under Culture, Headlines

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Great news folks. North Dakota’s House of Representatives passed a bill 51 to 41 declaring that an embryo possesses human rights from the moment of conception. This is an important development because it  challenges the legal assumption of when life begins. Where will this go? Stay tuned for more information.

Read more about North Dakota’s bill from North Dakota’s KXnet.com.

               

Live baby murdered after failed abortion in Florida

February 6, 2009 by Alexandra Windsor  
Filed under Culture

A Florida woman gave birth to a live baby during an abortion who was then killed. This scenario is tragic. Let us pray for all those involved in this evil.

The Buffalo News has the whole story.

               

Gallup: 58% oppose Obama’s executive order on abortion

February 4, 2009 by Taylor Marshall  
Filed under Culture, Headlines

I find it interesting that the President Obama once claimed that decisions about abortion and the beginning of human life were “above his pay grade” and yet now he’s making executive orders in regard to them. 58% of Americans disagree with the President’s decision to reverse the “Mexico City Policy”. Obama’s decision is both “above [his] paygrade” and contrary to the convictions of people he represents.

Full story from The Weekly Standard:

Barack Obama signed an executive order late in the afternoon on Friday, January 23 to allow taxpayer funds to go to groups overseas that perform or promote abortions. To minimize press coverage, he signed the order in the absence of reporters and photographers, and the White House waited until 7:00 p.m. to issue a press release, in which the president said: “I have no desire to continue this stale and fruitless debate” on abortion.

               

The Obama Superbowl ad that you won’t see during the Superbowl

January 30, 2009 by Taylor Marshall  
Filed under Culture, Headlines

The incredible ad created by CatholicVote will not be featured as an advertisement even after a fund raising blitz to pay for a coveted slot on Sunday morning when the Cardinals face the Steelers. NBC decided that they don’t want to run advocacy ads.

What the ad below. It’s amazing:

               

Vatican condemns Pres. Obama’s reversal of Mexico City Policy

January 27, 2009 by Taylor Marshall  
Filed under Faith, Headlines

Obama tried to reverse the Mexico City “gag rule” against funding overseas agencies that perform or promote abortion. Now the Vatican is blowing the whistle.

Time magazine has the full story.

Hat tip to Dwight Lindley.

               

Breaking News: Obama hires Emily’s List Executive Director

November 23, 2008 by Eric James Wilson  
Filed under Culture, Politics

The Politico reports that President-elect Barack Obama has asked Ellen Moran, currently Executive Director of EMILY’s List, to serve as his Communications Director – a senior staff position in the White House.

This appointment represents a troubling sign to those in the pro-life community who have hoped Mr. Obama’s outspoken support for abortion would be moderated by a need to bring the country together.  EMILY’s list is a political action committee (pac), which has raised over $240 million to elect pro-choice, Democratic women.

               

American Catholic bishops weighing in on American politics

November 16, 2008 by Eric James Wilson  
Filed under Faith, Headlines, Politics

Last week, the American bishops of the Catholic Church wrapped up a crucial meeting in the midst of what has turned out to be a very busy fall. With hundreds of bishops speaking about the need to vote with properly formed consciences and the extent to which a candidates’ stance on the issue of abortion should inform an individual’s vote, there was great interest in their Fall General Assembly.

It is too early, as some may have expected, for the bishops to address the question which has been hotly debated in Catholic circles. That question is, of course, whether Catholics can vote, in good conscience, for a candidate for office who supports abortion when another, pro-life alternative candidate exists. Of course, this is a terse summary of the situation surrounding Catholics and abortion. A number of similar questions require answers, such as can “Pope John XXIII Catholic” Vice President-Elect Joe Biden and “ardent, practicing Catholic” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi be said to be faithful Catholics despite their efforts to flout Church teachings on critical moral issues?

I think we will all benefit from time to decompress from the effects of the campaign’s heated and divisive rhetoric before we examine these questions as they relate to the Obama Presidency. Indeed, time alone may reveal that President-Elect Obama’s promise to sign the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) “first thing” as President was political pandering to the radical Left, and his personal ambition and political deftness (as well as our prayers) may drive him to the center on the issue of life. *

Freedom of “Choice” Act

Nevertheless, FOCA, which has become an icon for what amounts to Doomsday for pro-life Americans – a reversal of the Mexico City Policy, elimination of the Hyde Amendment, destruction of conscience clauses – was discussed at some length during the bishops’ meeting. In his closing statement on Wednesday, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), while congratulating Obama, warned that

“FOCA would coerce all Americans into subsidizing and promoting abortion with their tax dollars…Aggressively pro-abortion policies, legislation and executive orders will permanently alienate tens of millions of Americans, and would be seen by many as an attack on the free exercise of their religion.”

Cardinal George and a handful of his brother bishops warned that such actions would leave the Catholic Church no choice but to close the doors of hundreds of Catholic hospitals since they could no longer refuse to provide abortions. This would inevitably result in a serious decimation to millions of Americans’ access to quality health care and would be anything but a boon to women.

Thousands of pro-life doctors would have no choice but to quit practicing medicine because they object to conducting abortions as part of legally required care. Religious leaders would have no choice but to remain silent on abortion because they would be accused of making hate speech since FOCA would federally prohibit any “interference” in abortion. Millions of pro-life Americans would have no choice when their tax dollars and insurance premiums would be used to help others get abortions.

Blessing the unborn

While is may seem that we may be without recourse in the political arena for the time being, the bishops are making efforts to change the culture. During their meeting, the bishops approved the “Blessing of a Child in the Womb,” which reads thus,

“May almighty God, who has created new life now bless the child in your womb. The Lord has brought you the joy of motherhood: May he bless you with a safe and healthy pregnancy. You thank the Lord today for the gift of your child: May he bring you and your child one day to share in the unending joys of heaven.”

This new blessing makes it abundantly clear that the new life created in the womb is, in fact, a child of God, and any family seeking this rite in their church will bear powerful witness to their fellow Catholics about the sanctity of the unborn life. With our nation’s 67 million Catholics in a broad state of disarray on what the Church teaches on various moral issues (viz. Nancy Pelosi, Doug Kmiec, etc.) the bishops are coming to the painful realization that this is not the age of the well-educated laity.

Cutting off ACORN

Lastly, we might file this item in the “better-late-than-never” column, the Chair of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), Bishop Roger Morin, reported that it had not been giving funds to ACORN, the controversial, partisan organization which has been implicated in extensive criminal activity and voter registration fraud, since June. Consequently, no funds from the annual CCHD collection were given to ACORN to register Mickey Mouse and myriad other characters to vote.

Despite these assurances that ACORN will no longer be receiving Church funds, the CCHD reputation is irreparably tarnished and some bishops, like Bishop Robert Baker of Birmingham, Alabma, are refusing to participate in the annual CCHD collection – the chief source of the group’s funds.

It doesn’t seem like anything earth-shattering emerged from the bishops’ meeting, but it did serve to demonstrate that they are steeled for the fight as they lead their flock through this challenging time. And that’s something in which I choose to take comfort.

* I readily admit this is, perhaps, too optimistic since his “Transition Team” website, change.gov, gives the following statement in President-Elect Obama’s “Women Agenda”: “Barack Obama understands that abortion is a divisive issue, and respects those who disagree with him. However, he has been a consistent champion of reproductive choice and will make preserving women’s rights under Roe v. Wade a priority as President. He opposes any constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in that case.” (http://change.gov/agenda/women_agenda/)

               

Eric Wilson reflects on Obama’s win last night

November 5, 2008 by Eric James Wilson  
Filed under Uncategorized


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Last night, as the networks began announcing Obama’s win, I started to sense the uphill battle we will face as Catholics, Christians, and Americans in promoting a culture of life for the next four years.  The Church, in many quarters, has failed to provide the clarion call for that which we must hold dear.  During the campaign, Obama promised to sign the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) into law upon reaching the White House.  Should he make good on this promise, the consciences of millions of Americans will be violated – an overreach for which nobody will ever have a mandate.  Lastly, I found it tragically ironic that while we were reflecting, as a nation, on the racial progress represented by the historic election, that roughly one third of our country’s African Americans are not alive to witness it because they have been killed through legal abortion.

               

Alexandra Windsor Considers Obama’s Victory

November 5, 2008 by Alexandra Windsor  
Filed under Culture, Headlines, Politics


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There is much to be said about Barack Obama’s win last night. The
breadth of his ambition and the enormity of his political talents have
been underestimated from the start of his campaign. And I believe
what happen last night represents a real and long-lasting change in
America. But for now I will not dwell or expound on that. I wish
instead to return to the topic of abortion – the same, old, tired
topic that most people would be happy to never hear about again. That
topic that seems to have been written about over and over by Christian
conservatives this election. These are not new insights but here is a
short summary of where we stand:

- Every year between 1.2 and 1.3 million humans are killed in our
country by an act that is not only tolerated but protected as a
constitutional right – a right so important to protect, says the high
court, that states have no interest in interfering with it in almost
all instances.

- This is the case because of the Supreme Court cases Roe v. Wade and
Doe v. Bolton.

- Last night’s election put a man into office who will almost
certainly effect the composition of the Supreme Court in such a way
that Roe and Doe will remain in force for the foreseeable future.

- And in that time, more than 1 million humans a year will be legally
killed on an annual basis.

- That this happens is not the fault of the small minority who boldly
proclaim their support for abortion rights. It is the fault of the
hundreds of millions of Americans who regularly say, “I’m personally
against it but . . .” Those hundreds of millions of Americans who
would just prefer not to bring it up – to not have to think about it.
They are moral cowards and because of their cowardice a million humans
will die this year.

I have been pondering all this now for the last 24 hours and I find it
very, very sobering.

               

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