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Humanae Vitae: Still Right After All These Years

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

Pope Paul VI

On 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 ...]

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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 ...]

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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 ...]

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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 ...]

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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 | 10 Comments »

Christ Is Risen!

Posted by John Jansen (April 21, 2014 at 11:25 am)

paschaIndeed He is risen!

During this Easter Week, we take special consolation in the celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection from the dead. Not only is it the central event of our faith life, but it also provides us with great encouragement in our ongoing battle against abortion.

By conquering death, Jesus has also conquered abortion. As a result, we know that the outcome of the struggle that we carry on — this seemingly endless conflict between life and death — has already been decided.

We have, so to speak, been allowed to read the book’s final chapter before we actually get to it. We know that in the end, Life will be victorious.

From time to time, all of us need to remind ourselves of this, lest we lose heart.

Posted in The Church, The Culture War | 1 Comment »

Day 9: Interfaith Novena to Stop the HHS Mandate

Posted by Matt Yonke (March 25, 2014 at 7:30 am)

CrucifixToday is the day.

The Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby, and the Hahn family, owners of Conestoga Wood Specialties, will represent all of us people of faith as they petition the Supreme Court to allow them to follow their consciences in how they run their businesses.

The need for prayer has never been greater.

Join us in praying the final day of this Novena, and if you’re in the Washington, DC area, join the rally and prayer vigil at the Supreme Court in support of these brave families starting at 9:30 a.m.! [Continue reading ...]

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Day 8: Interfaith Novena to Stop the HHS Mandate

Posted by Matt Yonke (March 24, 2014 at 9:57 am)

Candle-lit PrayerTomorrow the highest court in the land will hear two of the most important cases on religious freedom in our nation’s history: Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius, and it’s crucial that we surround this day in prayer.

Please join us in praying day 8 of the Novena to Reverse the HHS Mandate. [Continue reading ...]

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Day 7: Interfaith Novena to Stop the HHS Mandate

Posted by Matt Yonke (March 23, 2014 at 9:00 am)

Christ PrayingThere are only 3 days to go until the first HHS Mandate cases, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, reach the Supreme Court! Help spiritually prepare the soil for this crucial day by joining the Novena to Stop the HHS Mandate.

This is Day 7 of the Novena to Reverse the HHS Mandate. Find the previous days’ prayers here. [Continue reading ...]

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