Bishops Reject Abortion as Response to Microcephaly

As a group of feminist organizations pushes abortion in the Zika virus healthcare crisis in Brazil, the Brazilian Conference of Catholic Bishops has stated the disease is “no justification whatsoever to promote abortion.”

The virus, spread by mosquitos, has been linked to an increase in microcephaly — a condition where babies are born with small heads and other complications.

“The connection between the Zika virus and microcephaly deserves special attention, even though it has not been scientifically proven,” the bishops said, as they called for a “comprehensive and effective national health policy” to fight the disease as well as “medical assistance to persons affected by the disease, especially babies with microcephaly and their families.”

For a clear, nuanced discussion of microcephaly and the situation in Brazil, please click here.

Obama’s Veto of Defunding PP Stands

The vote to override President Obama’s veto of a bill to defund Planned Parenthood fell short of the two-thirds margin required to pass. The House of Representatives voted 241 (in favor of overriding) to 186 (against).

The “Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act” (H.R. 3762) would have denied Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading abortion provider, funding from Medicaid. Planned Parenthood performed 323,999 abortions and received $553.7 million from taxpayers in 2014 alone, according to its most recent annual report. (LifeSite News).

 

Bill Would Defund PP in NY

Assemblyman Steve Katz (R-Yorktown) has introduced legislation that would prohibit state funding of Planned Parenthood in New York. The bill was moved to the Assembly Health Committee last week.

The bill (A09061) memo states “Using taxpayer dollars to support procedures residents may or may not support is an irresponsible use of taxpayer dollars. At a time when New York is desperately trying to revive its economy there are much better areas for hard earned taxpayer dollars to be used.”

Report from the March for Life

IMG_0009Guest blogger Peter Partridge, of Haverstraw, who traveled to the March for Life in the face of the impending blizzard, makes his report.

March for Life took place Jan. 22, 2016. The date memorializes the day when Supreme Court justices stripped the unborn of historical protection in the womb and violated the most basic tenant of our civilization.

“Snowmageddon, the storm that dumped two and a half feet of snow on Washington D.C. and New York, would not stop the thousands that came. What is a snowstorm in comparison to an erroneous decision that is responsible for the death of 58,662,945 and counting? Tremendous numbers of young people were present.

March for Life President Jeanne Mancini announced the theme of the 2016 March: “IT IS PRO-WOMAN TO BE PRO-LIFE.” 

Rally speaker Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), war veteran and the first woman combat veteran elected to serve in the United States Senate, had choice words for President Obama and Hillary Clinton. The President and Democrats seem to think there is a war on women going on.  If they don’t know what a war is I can show them!  It is not being waged on women in the United States.”

Marguerite Duane, MD, family physician at Georgetown University said that if anyone is waging a war on women it is those who support abortion and call it a woman’s right.  Her research shows that women are targeted in the womb for destruction by sex selection. Unborn babies are being aborted simply because they are female.

The key note speaker was Matt Birk, a football player who won the Super Bowl in 2013 with the Baltimore Ravens.  Following the Super Bowl, Matt chose not to attend the White House celebration dinner because of President Obama’s support for Planned Parenthood with taxpayer dollars.  In his spontaneous speech he said, “I’m a football player, so I like to keep things really simple. We need to treasure life, not end it.” He went on to say that lots of work needs to be done recognizing the great sacrifice that many women make allowing their children to be adopted.  Society actually sends the opposite message to these mothers; however, their love is great when they allow someone to adopt a child who would be better off in a loving family.

Silent No More men and women gave testimony concerning their mistakes in the past that caused suffering and death. The consensus was they were fooled and mislead and the result of abortion is a devaluing of our humanity and this hurts.

After the March ended, Peter walked to the Senate Office Building to deliver to prolife Sen. Ted Cruz  (R-Texas) a message about “New York values” — how about braving a historic snowstorm to support life!!   

Rose Mass Celebrated at St. Anthony’s

L1230179Jan. 22, the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion in America in 1973, was marked by a Rose Mass held at St. Anthony’s Church in Nanuet.

The main celebrant was Rev. Gerry Deponai, pastor of St. Anthony’s. The two concelebrants were Msgr. Emmet  Nevin, pastor of St. Aedan’s in Pearl River and Dean of Rockland County, and Rev. Joseph LaMorte, pastor of St. Gregory Barbarigo Church in Garnerville.

The Rose Mass, held each year on Jan. 22, is a special prolife mass for eighth graders from the county’s Catholic elementary schools. This year the mass was attended by students from St. Anthony’s, St. Gregory’s, Sacred Heart in Suffern, St. Paul’s in Congers, and St. Margaret’s in Pearl River, along with Novitiate sisters from the Sisters of Life in Montebello, and the public.

A vase of long-stemmed, red roses stood on a table near the altar. “The rose,” Fr. Gerry said in his homily, “reminds us of the power of God, who gives us love and beauty.”

“We pray,” he continued, “that each and every human conceived will have the chance for life and the chance to bloom into the person God wants them to be.”

March for Life 2016 Goes On

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As Winter Storm Jonas pressed on toward Washington, D.C., Friday morning threatening upwards of two feet of snow, wind gusts over 40 mph, and dangerous or impossible travel conditions, the 2016 March for Life stepped off as scheduled.

Screen Shot 2016-01-22 at 9.56.07 PMThe Rally began at noon and shortly before its conclusion at 1 pm, the first flakes had begun to fall. The crowd, which the Eternal Word Television Network had estimated at about one-third of previous years, hurriedly formed into line of March and headed into the the streets, determined complete the march at the Supreme Court before the weather got too bad.

Although numbers were lower, the spirit of the marchers was as high as ever as they carried aloft their signs proclaiming “Defend Life,” “We Are the Prolife Generation” and “Life Counts!” among others. Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina was enthusiastically applauded as she told the audience at the rally, “Ours is a fight for the character of our nation. For the value of life itself. It is a fight we must win to take our country back.”

Screen Shot 2016-01-23 at 5.48.00 PM copyThe Rockland Right to Life Committee made the decision to cancel its bus trip to the March for Life on Wednesday. The concern was the hazardous traveling conditions the bus could likely encounter as it headed north back to Rockland Friday night. Several area trips were cancelled as was the Rally for Life scheduled to be held in White Plains.

Nevertheless, several Rocklanders made it down to Washington on their own. Richard Bruno and Peter Partridge sent back these photos from the March:

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The crowds broke up quickly at the end of the March for Life at the Supreme Court as the snows of the predicted blizzard began to fall. Photo by Katie Grahn

Here’s a posting from marchers from the Hudson Valley Coalition for Life who drove to D.C. when their bus was cancelled. They had no problem getting home and arrived without incident, unlike these students who were stranded on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

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Eyewitness account of how this mass happened and what it was like being stranded on a bus for 24 hours in a snowstorm on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on the way back from the March for Life. (National Right to Life News Day) Another story about stranded Marchers and more photos.