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ST. MARK Pro-Life Committee

The Pro-Life Committee actively promotes a renewed respect for human life by helping to make our parish a center where parishioners will pray for, witness to, and understand the issues and the importance of meeting the needs of those who are most vulnerable. These especially include mothers and their unborn children, the elderly or disabled at risk for euthanasia, and those on death row who proclaim innocence.

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Pro-Life Newsletter

Issue 196, January 2020

National News
Supreme Court Sets Date for Louisiana Abortion Case

The Supreme Court has set a date, March 4, to hear oral arguments in a case over a Louisiana abortion law.
The hot-button case is about a Louisiana law that would require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Critics say this is aimed at forcing abortion clinics to close.
In February, the court ruled to prevent the law from taking effect while it faces a legal challenge. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the liberal justices
in this decision, but it is unclear whether he wouldvote to block the law permanently. A similar law in Texas was struck down 5-3 in 2016, but Roberts voted to uphold that law at the time. Justice Anthony Kennedy has retired since then.
The case will be the first abortion case heard by the high court since Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh have joined the bench.
https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/abortion/472113-supreme-court-sets-date-for-louisiana-abortion-case


Bishop: Philippines Must End ‘sad reality’ of Child Labor
A Catholic bishop in the Philippines is drawing attention to the ongoing problem of child labor in the country, urging a cooperative effort to eliminate the factors driving children into often dangerous working conditions.
“The situation of the suffering children and those who are deprived of their rights and dignity leave a great challenge to us as a church and as a society,” said Bishop Roberto Mallari of San Jose, according to the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines’ news website.
The government has introduced a plan to combat child labor and says it hopes to reduce the numbers of working children in the country by 30% by 2022.
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/bishop-philippines-mustend-sad-reality-of-child-labor-51602


Google Caught Manipulating Algorithms to Direct Users to Planned Parenthood
Research by the Wall Street Journal found that Google appears to be manipulating its algorithms to direct people to the billion-dollar abortion chain Planned Parenthood. Based on its research, the WSJ concluded that Google “keeps blacklists to remove certain sites or prevent others from surfacing in certain types of results.” They also said, “Google’s engineers have created algorithms and blacklists to weed out more-incendiary suggestions for controversial subjects, such as abortion or immigration …”
Read the whole article from the WSJ here:
https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-google-interferes-with-its-search-algorithmsand-changes-your-results-11573823753


CATHOLIC ADOPTION CLOSES
The Diocese of Greensburg announced that it has closed its adoption and foster care program, which had been operated since 1954.
“Due to a purely political attack on our ability to perform our adoption work … we have been frozen out of the major source of contracts related to these two fields of work,” said Monsignor Raymond Riffle, managing director of Catholic Charities of Greensburg.
The Greensburg program also provided adoption services to the Pittsburgh Diocese. According to TribLive, Greensburg Catholic Charities facilitated 167 adoption and foster care placements for both dioceses through its state contract, and also handled 158 adoption and foster care cases outside the state system, through a Harrisburg-based program known as Women in Need.
Catholic News Agency 11/19/19


Court rules Daleiden’s undercover videos caused ‘substantial harm’ to Planned Parenthood

A pro-life organization said that “justice was not done,” after a federal court found that pro-life advocate David Daleiden’s Center for Medical Progress caused “substantial harm” to Planned Parenthood as a result of his organization’s undercover reporting and exposing of its potentially illegal sales of aborted baby parts nationwide.
The jury will force Daleiden to pay $870,000 to the abortion corporation in punitive damages.
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/court-rules-daleidens-undercovervideos-caused-substantial-harm-to-planned-parenthood-82553?



PROJECT MUSTARD SEED
The letter recipient for this month is:
BP
Operations: convenience stores (ampm), energy (petroleum [fuel, lubricants]: Amoco, ARCO, Castrol products).
Please write to:
Susan Dio
Chairman & President
BP America
501 Westlake Park Blvd.
Houston, TX 77079
Worldwide web address: www.bp.co/us

Tell her to stop funding Planned Parenthood

GOOD NEWS – there are now at least 366 corporations that have stopped funding Planned Parenthood since the first publication. The following companies are no longer on the list: Arthur Murray, Bikram Yoga, Chevron, CME, Diane Von Furstenberg, Gilead, Glaxosmithkline, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Orasure, Southwest Airlines, Starbucks, Walt Disney, and Wyndham.


Court Rules Man’s Ex-Wife Can Kill Their Unborn Children, Destroying Their Frozen Human Embryos

Connecticut court ruled October 30 against a father seeking to protect his frozen embryos from being destroyed.
The case is one of many ethical dilemmas that courts are facing involving the rights of parents and of human embryos created through in vitro fertilization. The embryos are unique human beings in their earliest form, and they already have their own specific DNA.
In the case before the Connecticut Supreme Court, Timothy R. Goodwin said the embryos that he and his ex-wife Jessica Bilbao created are human beings, not property, and therefore should not be destroyed. However, the court side-stepped the issue of the embryos’ humanity and based its decision on a contract that the couple had signed when they created the embryos for in vitro fertilization.
The contract with an embryo storage facility included an agreement that the embryos could be destroyed if the couple divorced, according to the report. The couple filed for divorce in 2016 and began a court battle over the fate of the embryos, with Goodwin wanting them preserved and Bilbao wanting them destroyed.
Goodwin said he changed his mind about the contract, and now believes the embryos deserve a right to life. He said he is “seeking to preserve the preembryos because they are human beings.”
However, the state Supreme Court decided to uphold the contract.
https://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-news-supreme-courtfrozen-embryos-20191030-20191030-lx7zxgdu35ew3ftu4yt4jhshsmstory.html


Catholic Charity Sues California Over Licensing Shelter
Children of the Immaculate Heart, a Catholic charity that helps women escape from sex trafficking, is suing California because the state’s Department of Social Services refuses to license the facility.
The charity’s application to open a shelter for women who escape sex trafficking has been held up for more than 16 months, despite San Diego County — where the shelter would be located — facing a crisis of more than 5,000 victims forced into the sex trade annually, according to court documents. The licensing agents consider the charity’s views on sexual orientation and reproduction “offensive.”
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/nov/20/children-of-theimmaculate-heart-sues-california-o/


Six Cities Become “Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn” and Ban Killing Babies in Abortions
Abortion clinics change the viewpoint of entire communities, a pastor who is working to outlaw abortion locally says. So far, six small towns in Texas have banned abortion clinics with his help, and towns in four other states have shown an interest in doing the same.
Pastor Mark Dickson says he sees a difference between the town of Shreveport, Louisiana, a large city where an abortion clinic operates, and his own hometown of Longview, Texas. “It’s a view of life as a whole,” Dickson told The Daily Signal in a phone interview. “If we can say a child is not worth living because they may be born in a poor environment, or a child is not worth living because their mother was raped, that encourages the idea that situations devalue us as human beings.”
https://www.lifenews.com/2019/10/24/six-cities-become-sanctuary-cities-for-the-unborn-and-ban-killing-babies-in-abortions/


New York City Bans Cruelty to Ducks, Allows Infanticide and Abortions Up to Birth
The New York City Council has banned the sale of foie gras, saying it involves animal cruelty; ducks are force-fed to ensure fattened livers. It joins California in making the sale illegal.
In January, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that allows abortion through term—right up to the moment of birth—while dropping all penalties against a doctor who intentionally allows a baby who survives a botched abortion to die. Cuomo was so happy with the legislation that he ordered the lights of the Freedom Tower to shine brightly over lower Manhattan.
California will not tolerate the sale of foie gras, but it represents more than 15 percent of all abortions in the nation. There is no waiting period, no parental consent, and no requirement that the abortionist be a trained physician.
https://www.lifenews.com/2019/10/31/new-york-city-bans-cruelty-toducks-allows-infanticide-and-abortions-up-to-birth/


PRO-LIFE WIN AT THE U.N.<strong

The United States’ diplomatic team kept abortion-related language out of a UN Security Council resolution on women in crisis and conflict. European diplomats had insisted that abortion be
funded as humanitarian aid.
https://c-fam.org/friday_fax/once-more-trump-keeps-abortion-out-at-un-security-council/

 

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