There’s a big battle going on in Spain, as thousands of protesters led by 20 Catholic Bishops and lay catholic groups demonstrate against a government bill to legalize gay marriage and adoption. The bill passed the lower chamber of Parliament and will be voted on this week by the Senate.
Spanish Faithful Resist Gay “Marriage”
Organizers say one and a half million people attended the protest. Banners read, “I want a Father and a Mother,” and “Family Equals Man Plus Woman.” Yet opinion polls indicated the majority of voters support the bill. Fr. Jose Velasco said the majority of Germans also supported Hitler, but just as Hitler destroyed Germany, this gay bill will destroy the moral fiber of Spain.
The protesters are being accused of discrimination by bill supporters. It appears that the bill will become law.
Press Still Confused on Schiavo
The secular press is crowing about a medical report that Terri Schiavo really was in a vegetative state, had a shrunken brain and was not beaten by her husband, as if these facts, if they are facts, make any difference. The report says cause of death was dehydration.
The point is, you don’t deny someone food and water. It’s not extraordinary treatment to feed people. Period. All the circumstances of her condition are irrelevant.
Steve Chapman and Clarence Page jump on the starvation bandwagon in Sunday’s Chicago Tribune commentary mocking people who say Terri was murdered. Chapman says she wanted to die but admits the evidence is pretty slim. Still he castigates James Dobson and the Family Research Council for calling her death “murder.”
Page makes fun of Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter and Bill O’Reilly for saying it was wrong to cut off Schiavo’s food and water, and sarcastically refers to these people as “sultans of certainty.” Page can’t stand anyone who claims to have moral certitude. He likes confusion.
Page strikes out at House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, Senator Bill Frist and President Bush for insisting that Terri should have been fed. What is it with liberals? Neither Chapman or Page even get it, and take almost a full page to display their confusion.
Contradictions on Morning After Pill
A story in Monday’s Chicago Tribune quotes scientists saying the morning after pill does not cause an abortion. The article goes on to say that it may well be that the Morning After Pill prevents a fertilized egg from implanting in the wall of the uterus. So the article that says the pills is not an abortifacient also says it might be an abortifacient.
Dr. W. David Hager of the FDA says while he believes the principal method of action of the pill is to prevent ovulation, “it’s still possible that Plan B sometimes prevents an embryo from gaining a foothold.” There you have it. The Headline might have read, “Morning After Pill is abortion, scientists say.”
No wonder people are confused. Our information sources can’t make up their minds.
Early Induction = Abortion
Early Induction is a form of abortion being used even in some Catholic hospitals. It is presented as a compassionate way of preventing a woman from having a baby who will die at birth. This is the method that got Christ Hospital in trouble, and while pro-lifers see it for what it is, pro-abortion smooth talkers can make it appear to be a compassionate way to save a family grief by inducing an early delivery and allowing the baby to die prematurely.
While early induction with the intent of letting the baby die is seen by most pro-lifers as abortion, it is supported by some otherwise moral and intelligent people claiming to be pro-life. A battle rages around the words, “proportionate reason.” The U. S. Bishop’s 2001 “Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services,” says labor may be induced after the fetus is viable for a proportionate reason.”
What is a proportionate reason? There’s the rub. More on this later.
Activist’s Mother Passes Away
Bernice Nelles, mother of pro-life activist Allen Nelles will be waked Tuesday, 4 to 9 p.m. at Cumberland Chapels, 8300 W. Lawrence in Norridge. Her funeral is Wednesday at 9 a.m. at Acacia Park Lutheran Church, 4307 N. Oriole in Norridge (map)
. May she rest in Peace.