August 2015 Newsletter

Posted By on August 10, 2015


Life Affirming News


Congress Will Investigate Planned Parenthood for Selling Body Parts of Aborted Babies

By Steven Ertelt / Washington D.C. / July 15, 2015

Speaker John Boehner announced today that committees in the House of Representatives will take a look at the Planned Parenthood abortion business after a shocking new expose’ video that caught Planned Parenthood’s top doctor describing how the abortion business sells the body parts of aborted babies.

The Senate will vote soon on legislation that would de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

By Steven Ertelt / Washington D.C. / July 24, 2015

In the wake of two shocking videos showing top Planned Parenthood doctors arranging the sale of body parts form aborted babies, Senator James Lankford, an Oklahoma Republican, introduced a bill to end taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood for a year while they are investigated for possible illegal practices. Now, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has put forward a fast-track process to get a vote on the measure as quickly as possible.

From The Hill:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell started a fast-track process Friday on legislation to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding in the wake of two controversial videos showing officials discussing delivery of fetal parts.

The Republican leader began “Rule 14,” which will let the legislation skip the committee process and be placed on the Senate calendar so it can be brought up for a floor vote.

McConnell has been asked by pro-life senators to allow a vote on an amendment to an unrelated highway funding bill to de-fund Planned Parenthood, but the pro-life Senate Republican leader appears to want to avoid a debate about putting forward an unrelated amendment so lawmakers don’t vote against it on that basis alone.

Specifically, the Senate bill, Defund Planned Parenthood Act, would set a one-year moratorium on Planned Parenthood funding from the government, unless the organization ceases performing abortions, his office informed This would allow more federal dollars to go toward organizations like community health centers, which serve low-income populations and provide direct health care to women across the country without also killing unborn children in abortions.

“The recent videos uncovering Planned Parenthood’s inhumane abortion practices have hit a nerve with many Americans,” said Lankford. “While the government investigates Planned Parenthood to determine if their practice of adapting their abortion procedures to harvest the organs of children violates federal law, they should not continue to receive taxpayer money. Planned Parenthood receives more than $500 million in taxpayer money every year.”


Genesis 4:8-10

Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”

“I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.”

Prayer Fr. Frank Pavone 40 Days for Life:

Father, today we hear your voice, and we respond to the question you ask each of us: “Where is your brother?”

We recognize in the unborn child our brother, our sister, and we recommit ourselves today to care for them.

Yes, Father, you have entrusted us to the care of one another. We rejoice that you have given us the grace to respond.

As we work to renew our culture, we look forward to the great day of the coming of your Son, when every eye will see him, even of those who pierced him, and every knee shall bend, and every tongue confess, to the glory of God the Father, that Jesus Christ is Lord! Amen

Mitochondrial Disease Research Makes Progress

The Wall Street Journal recently reported on two new experiments: one on the use of cell reprogramming and the other on cloning which have led to progress against mitochondrial disease. While ethically informed research could reduce or eliminate the disease, pro-life advocates oppose any type of experimentation that creates a demand on human eggs, as the cloning therapy would require. Progress and advancement for the sake of some individuals, advocates say, should not come at the harm of others.

New Push for a “Universal Principle” for Family Building

A JAMA Internal Medicine article — referencing recent passage of Maryland legislation to extend infertility treatments to same-sex couples — calls for a “universal principle” for family building. The author states, “Building a family is a universal human principle shared by single individuals and unmarried opposite-sex couples, as well as gay and lesbian couples.” The alarm has sounded that a push for marriage equality will lead to a push for “family equality” which will increase the market for eggs, sperm, and wombs.

Egg Freezing Full of False Promises

An investigative documentary produced by Time magazine takes an in-depth look at the practice of egg freezing, which is increasingly being utilized by professional women who wish to delay childbearing. The success rates, according to the documentary, are remarkably low (less than 24% of eggs frozen result in a live birth).

[SOURCE: Center for Bioethics and Culture Network’s “This Week in Bioethics Ending July 17, 2015”]


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