I was so impressed when I read this… She hits the nail on the head here. Here are some excerpts…
Finally, I decided to go for it. You see, the more I think and write and learn about abortion, the more convinced I am that the key to curtailing it is to make people understand that it doesn’t exist in a vacuum. As long as people are having sex despite the fact that they have no interest in or desire for procreation, there are going to be abortions. And yes, this takes into account contraception. There is no fool-proof method of birth control besides abstinence.
First of all: calm down. Second: kind of. I mean, it’s both. Moral law is based on natural law. The reason God gave us all these pesky rules is because they’re good for us. When people follow the basic tenets of Judeo-Christian sexual morality, they lead better lives. They lead lives of loving responsibility in which they react to positive pregnancy tests with tears of joy, hugs, and excited phone calls, as opposed to panic-barfing and fear-sweat.
I know this because I’ve lived the other life. I was never what you’d call promiscuous, but nor was I what you’d call sexually moral. Because of my willingness to give of myself completely to men who weren’t willing to give me the same, I lived a life of heartbreak and confusion. Finally, about four years ago, I noticed that every time I gave my heart away, I wasn’t getting it all back. Every go-round, there seemed to be less and less of my heart to give. I was becoming less open, more guarded, even bitter. I could feel a wall growing around my heart, and it was thick and it was high.
Live Action Founder Discusses Youth Outreach
At 9 years old, Lila Rose saw an image of an aborted baby in a book at her home. She said it struck her to the heart, and she asked, “How could anybody do this to a baby?”
In time, she became educated about the abortion issue and wanted to act, speak out and help save some of the lives that were being taken.
At 15, Rose started her organization Live Action (LiveAction.org), which she continues to lead today. In 2006, Rose began her series of undercover videos of Planned Parenthood that revealed non-reporting of apparently illegal situations. Rose and friends would pose as minor, pregnant girls seeking abortions, while videotaping conversations with workers, and then later post the videos on YouTube.
Last year, Live Action released a video where a manager at a Planned Parenthood center in New Jersey aided a couple pretending to be operating a prostitution ring of 14- and 15-year-old girls.
Live Action’s video investigations have placed serious scrutiny on the largest abortion provider in the country, including a more than $61-million loss of state funding, according to the group. The investigation in New Jersey led to an Illinois law that expanded the list of those who are obligated to report sex violations involving minors to authorities.
Rose, who comes from a family of eight children, recently graduated from UCLA and is quickly becoming a pro-life leader. She spoke to Register correspondent Justin Bell at the March for Life Jan. 23 about a variety of topics, including her conversion to Catholicism.
For starters, this is not just a “Catholic” issue. It’s an “Everybody” issue. But before I get to that, let’s say, just for the sake of argument, that it is a Catholic Church issue.
In stating that the Church ‘cannot impose their religious views’ on employees, Rep. Nadler has reversed reality.
The Church (and it’s many sponsored affiliates and institutions) does not force anybody to come to work for them. People come to Catholic institutions seeking employment. Catholic institutions do not hire people based on their religious preferences (if any), and they do not require them to be Catholic.
Let’s say you are interviewing someone for a job, and that person states that they will only take the job if you allow them to date your spouse. What would you think? You, hopefully, would end the interview immediately and go on to the next person in line.
Why? Because, you believe, for a prospective employe to make such a demand is immoral, and for them to expect you to capitulate to an immoral demand is unreasonable.
What if the government sites ‘scientific’ studies that show that sexual activity between employes and their employers’ spouses is healthy and, that being the case, you have to allow that person to date your spouse or face fines? Who is imposing their views on whom? Who is using coercion? Who is making threats?
You or the government?
You may say “That’s ridiculous! That will never happen!”
Hopefully not, but the point is that the government is attempting to coerce you into doing something that you consider immoral.
And immoral is immoral. Whether it’s forcing someone to provide – directly or indirectly – access to abortifacients, sterilizations, contraceptives, abortions; or forcing them to allow your employe have an adulterous relationship with your spouse.
Aside from all that, because they were free to seek employment with a Catholic institution, they are also free to leave and seek employment elsewhere. There is no coercion on the part of the institution to keep them from leaving. Nobody is stopping them.
Rep Lowey says that 99% of Catholic women use contraception. Probably not, but let’s give her the benefit of the doubt – in fact, let’s bump it up for her. Let’s say it’s 102%. Let’s say that more Catholic women than exist use artificial contraception.
What’s her point? You cannot judge a Church by the people who do not adhere to it’s teachings. AND you cannot force a church to change or disregard it’s teachings because a large number of it’s ‘professed’ followers don’t practice what they profess to follow.
The Catholic Church is not a democracy. It’s teachings are not based on popular culture, politics, personal feelings or somebody’s whim. It’s teachings are based on the ‘be-ing’ (Who He is) of Jesus Christ, and they haven’t changed in over 2000 years of practice.
Even if you don’t believe that, the Church believes that, and that’s not going to change. And anyone who thinks differently does not understand the Catholic Church.
There are some things that Reps Nadler and Lowey don’t seem to know.
The Church is full of sinners – sinners are the only reason for the Church to exist. Jesus didn’t just drop in to say “hi”. He came to reconcile sinners to God. And he left the Church behind to carry on that mission. If that wasn’t true, we wouldn’t have churches at all.
Lots of those sinners repent and are reconciled. They have changed whatever it was they needed to change and are attempting to follow the teaching of the Church. Even if they fail on occasion they pick themselves back up and continue on with their struggle. In the cases of abortion, sterilization, contraception, etc., many (perhaps millions) have had a change of heart and have abandoned these practices.
The Catholic Church does not change doctrine.
The Catholic Church does not change doctrine.
The Catholic Church does not change doctrine.
I could go on and on, but that would be getting beyond the scope of this article.
Here is the real issue here:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The very first words in the First Amendment were put there to prevent the state (government) from creating a state religion, influencing the doctrines of religions or interfering in any way the “free exercise thereof”. Early Americans had had enough of that in the old country. That’s why they came here.
By attempting to force institutions or INDIVIDUALS to act against their moral beliefs, the government is injecting it’s demands into the practice of one’s faith – effectively creating a state religion.
And if they can do it to one religion, they can do it to any or all religions.
And if they can do it with contraceptives, abortifacients and sterilizations, what’s to prevent them from throwing in abortions, euthanasia, eugenics (we’ve had that before, you know) and a host of other things that you might (or might not) consider undesirable.
And if they can do it to churches and other religious institutions, what is to stop them from doing it to individual company owners (or even large companies/institutions that self insure) who’s beliefs prevent them from supporting – directly or indirectly – things that go against their consciences?
And if they can do it to the “religion” part of the First Amendment, what’s to stop them from doing it to the rest of the First Amendment? What’s to stop them from restricting speech (that’s already begun – Political Correctness or Hate Speech, anyone?) or a free press or the right of assembly or the right to complain to a public official?
It doesn’t matter what your political leanings are, if you believe in your right to free speech at any level, what’s happening with the HHS mandate should scare the hell out of you.
Maybe even literally.
UPDATE! This may not be the case.. Go here for more info:
Hold on there! They did what?
If you have donated to Komen in the past 3 days believing that they had cut off Planned Parenthood, you might want to ask for your money back! Or don’t pay up when the time comes to settle accounts with them.
We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives.
The events of this week have been deeply unsettling for our supporters, partners and friends and all of us at Susan G. Komen. We have been distressed at the presumption that the changes made to our funding criteria were done for political reasons or to specifically penalize Planned Parenthood. They were not.
Our original desire was to fulfill our fiduciary duty to our donors by not funding grant applications made by organizations under investigation. We will amend the criteria to make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political. That is what is right and fair.