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Four Reasons the AAP Is Wrong To Push IUD, Implants for Teen Girls

Posted by Eric Scheidler (September 30, 2014 at 3:02 pm)
Eric Scheidler and his 6 daughters in 2007

Eric Scheidler and his six daughters in 2007

Yesterday the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a new recommendation [PDF] that physicians promote the progestin implant and the intrauterine device (IUD) for teen girls. As the father of six girls—including three teenagers—I find this new recommendation particularly disturbing.

It’s not just that I bristle at the thought of a doctor asking my daughters a battery of questions about sex, as the AAP recommends. It’s that I know how upset they would be to hear sexual acts they’ve never given a thought to presented as perfectly normal, or even expected of them.

Some might accuse me of being naïve, but they don’t know my girls. And that points to the first of four reasons the new AAP recommendations are wrong-headed:

1. They undermine the role of parents.

In the new AAP recommendation, doctors are strongly discouraged from involving parents in their daughters’ contraceptive use, even in states where the law doesn’t require such “confidentiality.” Though a nod is give to abstinence, moral questions about sex have no place in this private discussion between doctors and young girls, according to the AAP.

The message to teen girls is that—contrary to what their parents, church community and even their own well-formed consciences may have told them—there is no moral choice involved in whether or not to have sex. [Continue reading ...]

Tags: , , , , , . Posted in Abstinence/Chastity, Contraception, Health Care, Sexuality, The Culture War, Youth Outreach | 1 Comment »

Catholic Bishops to Attend National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children

Posted by Matt Yonke (September 2, 2014 at 3:52 pm)
Bishops attending the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children

Bishops speaking at memorial services for the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, Saturday, Sep. 13

On Saturday, September 13, Americans will gather for the second annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children at nearly 100 locations nationwide to remember the more than 50 million children who have been killed by legal abortion in the US since 1973.

Among those who will share reflections on the value of life and the horror of abortion on the Day of remembrance are ten Catholic Bishops.

Their presence at this event is truly an honor and puts on display the Church’s commitment to the necessity of proper burial for human remains, and the intrinsic value of all human life. [Continue reading ...]

Posted in Abortion, Pro-Life Events, The Culture War, The Unborn Child | 1 Comment »

Tell PBS Not to Air Late Term Abortion Propaganda Film “After Tiller”

Posted by Eric Scheidler (August 29, 2014 at 12:53 pm)

POV After TillerThis Monday, the PBS program P.O.V. (Point of View) is scheduled to air the film After Tiller, a blatant propaganda piece that glorifies the work of America’s four remaining late-term abortionists.

When the film first came out, we encouraged pro-lifers to see it. The film provides valuable insights into what we’re up against, not only when it comes to late term abortion and its practitioners, but also in how the abortion industry seeks to justify itself to the public.

PBS Needs to Hear from YOU

But we strongly object to PBS giving this creators of this pro-abortion documentary an opportunity to reach a huge television audience with their propaganda, along with the “imprimatur” that a PBS airing will lend it in the minds of many viewers.

Not surprisingly, the film carefully avoids saying or showing anything about how these babies are killed. Only by hiding the victims of these late-term abortionists can the film hope to portray them in any sympathetic light.

Please tell PBS not to air this pro-abortion film. As always, keep your comments respectful, and remember that pro-life buzz words like “butcher” or “abortion mill” won’t get you very far with this audience. Be sure to emphasize the humanity of the victims and the injustice done to them.

You can also leave comments on the P.O.V. show page dedicated to this episode. [Continue reading ...]

Posted in Abortion, Our Opposition, Pro-Life Events, The Culture War | 3 Comments »

Obama Administration Shell Game on HHS Mandate Continues

Posted by Eric Scheidler (August 27, 2014 at 4:29 pm)

Shell GameAfter losing in the Hobby Lobby v Burwell Supreme Court case earlier this summer, the Obama administration has just issued new rules for the notorious “HHS Mandate,” the Obamacare provision that requires all employee health plans to include free contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.

This marks the eighth time the Obama administration has modified the HHS Mandate. Once again, they’re refusing to listen to the American people—or even the U.S. Supreme Court—and truly respect the employers’ conscience rights.

The new rules are nothing more than a slight variation of the so-called “accommodation” first announced in February 2012, whereby some “third party” will provide the objectionable services. I called that scheme a shell game at the time, and the description still fits. Others have called it an “accounting gimmick.”

All that’s changed is the paperwork involved in the process, which still requires employers to cooperate in providing contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs through their health plans—or face annual fines up up to $36,500 per employee for refusing to go along. [Continue reading ...]

Posted in Contraception, Law and Politics, Our Civil Rights, The Church, The Culture War | 0 Comments »

Humanae Vitae: Still Right After All These Years

Posted by John Jansen (July 25, 2014 at 10:57 am)

Pope Paul VIOn this day in 1968, Pope Paul VI, of happy memory, issued his landmark encyclical, Humanae Vitae, which reiterated the Catholic Church’s 2,000 year old teaching that artificial contraception is sinful.

At the time, and perhaps even more so 46 years later, many people — Catholic and otherwise — are gobsmacked that at precisely a time when the winds of change were gale force, the Church vowed that she would cling to such an allegedly “outmoded” view of sexual morality.

Yet, the fact that Paul VI would reiterate the Christian condemnation against contraception is hardly a surprise, considering that no pope has the authority to change Church doctrine, much less natural law.

Grave Consequences Predicted in 1968 Have Come to Pass

I first read Humanae Vitae during my sophomore year in college. I was prompted to do so because at the time, I had what might be called “issues” with the Church’s teaching against contraception. I had always been strongly against abortion, but I also believed that birth control could be helpful to the pro-life movement’s goal of eradicating abortion. (That, and at the time, I gullibly believed that “overpopulation” was a problem.) [Continue reading ...]

Tags: , , . Posted in Contraception, The Church, The Culture War | 0 Comments »

Is It Un-Christian to Show Photos of Abortion Victims?

Posted by John Jansen (July 7, 2014 at 9:00 am)

On our website is a page that addresses the most common objections we hear during our “Face the Truth” Tours, when we show pictures of abortion victims out on the streets—as we’re preparing to do at 24 sites in and around Chicago starting this Friday.

But in this post I’d like to focus on another objection that I must admit I find it hard to get my head around. Namely, the charge that showing abortion victim photos in public is uncharitable—and yea, even un-Christian—especially because of the supposedly damaging effects it has on children.

Personally, I find it understandable that the average secular person might get angry upon seeing a display of pictures of abortion victims.

But I’m gobsmacked when Christians try to claim that showing the victims of abortion in an effort to awaken people’s consciences is actually contrary to our faith.

Showing the Victims of Abortion: Unpopular, But Necessary

As Christians, we know that on that first Good Friday, Our Lord Jesus Christ allowed Himself to be mercilessly scourged, crowned with thorns, and forced to stumble — battered, bloodied, and grotesquely ignominious — through the streets of Jerusalem before being nailed to the Cross. It’s surely safe to assume that there were children among the crowds that day — these were public streets, after all, and the city would have been teeming with families who had come there on pilgrimage for Passover. [Continue reading ...]

Tags: , . Posted in Face the Truth, Pro-Life Activism, The Church, The Culture War | 0 Comments »

Will Abortion Ever Be “Settled”?

Posted by Joe Scheidler (May 28, 2014 at 11:38 am)

mildred stanley and lawrence welk 240“History will sort out right and wrong,” Josh Noel assures us of this in his May 27 Chicago Tribune column.

Noel’s column features a photo (at right) of bandleader Lawrence Welk and singer Mildred Stanley displaying a sign urging the U.S. to keep out of World War II. Their sign says, “Keep US out of war. Be neutral.”

The photo was taken at Chicago’s Edgewater Beach Hotel on September 11, 1939, just ten days after Nazi Germany invaded Poland. Noel says the sign they are holding and their isolationism now look “…at best, hopelessly naive.”

Of course, we entered the war two years later and crushed Fascism, and that was the right thing to do, just as entering World War I a generation earlier had been the right thing. History says so. Noel points out that being right both times cost the U.S. half a million lives, then lists among other wrongs that were ultimately righted slavery, voting rights for women and Blacks, and inter-racial marriage.

But whatever you get out of Noel’s thesis that history will sort it all out, his most interesting comment is this: “While I suspect the matter of abortion will never be ‘settled,’ gay marriage and marijuana legalization seem likely candidates.”

But why won’t history be able to sort out abortion? [Continue reading ...]

Tags: , , , , , , . Posted in Abortion, The Culture War | 3 Comments »

NOW President: Babies Wouldn’t Die So Much If We’d Just Kill Them Before They Died!

Posted by Matt Yonke (May 13, 2014 at 4:38 pm)

Terry O'NeillNational Organization for Women (NOW) president Terry O’Neill published an editorial on the Huffington Post today entitled, “Abortion, Like Contraception, Is Essential Health Care That Saves Lives.”

Let that sink in for a second. A procedure that’s taken over 50 million lives in the U.S. alone since 1973 . . . saves lives.

O’Neill’s “life saving” abortions

How does O’Neill get to the conclusion promised in the title, that “abortion care” saves lives? Easy! She ignores 50% of the people involved in every abortion.

The first place she looks for saved lives from abortion is high infant mortality rates. They’d be so much lower if more of those pesky underprivileged women would just get more abortions. That’s right, her solution to high infant mortality rates is to kill the babies before they get the chance to die! [Continue reading ...]

Posted in Abortion, Our Opposition, The Culture War, The Unborn Child | 1 Comment »

Sign the League’s Petition in Support of New Pro-Life Law in Spain

Posted by Eric Scheidler (May 6, 2014 at 4:52 pm)
Pro-life rally in Madrid

Pro-life rally in Madrid, Spain

The Pro-Life Action League has just launched a petition in support of the government and people of Spain as they strive to enact a new pro-life law. This legislation will save hundreds of babies from abortion every single day in Spain.

In 2010, the governing Socialist Party passed a sweeping new law that created abortion on demand throughout the first trimester of pregnancy. Since then, more than 300 babies a day have been aborted in Spain.

Popular opposition to the abortion law was so great that it carried the pro-life People’s Party to a landslide victory in 2011, promising to restore legal protection to unborn children.

International Radicals Oppose Pro-Life Reforms in Spain

Last year, they followed through by proposing a new law that would severely restrict abortion in Spain. Though not perfect, the new law will save thousands of lives every year.

But now Spain is coming under tremendous pressure from outside forces, including the European Union, to drop the new pro-life bill or water it down until it’s meaningless. [Continue reading ...]

Tags: , , . Posted in Abortion, Law and Politics, Our Opposition, The Culture War | 1 Comment »

League Exposes Planned Parenthood at Chicago’s Navy Pier

Posted by Matt Yonke (April 24, 2014 at 11:51 am)

Protest of Planned Parenthood GalaLast night, Wednesday, April 23, Planned Parenthood of Illinois held their annual “Generations Gala” fundraiser at Chicago’s Navy Pier, and the Pro-Life Action League was there to expose the grisly reality of the abortion giant’s business.

A crowd of 20 pro-life activists braved chilling winds outside Navy Pier holding signs depicting abortion’s victims along the streets leading to the event where Planned Parenthood’s guests would have to pass by.

Others held signs reading “Navy Pier Tonight: Planned Parenthood Abortion Party” to alert those visiting the pier to Planned Parenthood’s celebration. [Continue reading ...]

Posted in Abortion, Planned Parenthood, Pro-Life Activism, The Culture War | 3 Comments »