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Debate heats up over HHS Mandate

In a recent post we brought news to you of the recently announced HHS Mandate concerning conscience protection and healthcare reform. Everyone has something to say about it, where do you stand?

 

70% of Bishops (to date) have denounced Mandate

NYTimes’ Ross Douthat

ND Students for Life

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president, Albert Mohler

National Catholic Reporter, Sean Michael Winters

Wall Street Journal, op-ed by Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan 

National Review

Washington Post

Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Charities

 

The above are but a raw sampling of the myriad of statements, announcements, articles, editorials, and the like that have flooded the reading market in the last week and a half.

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Welcome to Baby No. 7 Billion!

According to the United Nations, the world community saw the birth of its seven billionth member this month. While some may hesitate to see this birth as nothing more than fearful evidence of the myth of overpopulation, we are happy to join the celebrations that welcome this child to its earthly home! As one new mother in Nigeria said, “Where there is life, there is hope.”

With every new life there is joy, as well as the reminder that this new child is born into a community where interdependent rights and responsibilities are crucial for the thriving of each of its members. May we never forget that we are “our brother’s keeper”, but may we always see this as a priviledge not a burden!

See Vatican Radio’s “Welcome”

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U.S. challenges Vatican on family planning

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This past week, a U.N. panel on the topic of “Secure Human Development: Marriage, Family, Community, “ was hosted by the Permanent Mission of the Holy and the Missions of Honduras and Malta. Discussing the issues of population and development, there arose starke disagreement between the views of developed and developing countries on the subject of family planning and fertility. The disagreement highlighted the differences of priorities between nations. While representatives of developing countries argued against the propogation of family planning services, saying ”How do we get our fertility rate to rise? We were told we need to reduce our fertility – now we have an aging population” which slows the country’s development, a representative from the U.S. reprimanded the Vatican for the lack of a “comprehensive” approach to development in its rejection of abortion and contraceptive family planning practices.

Discussions at this week’s panel bring to light many of the congruities in the approach taken by the U.N. and other developed countries towards “assisting” still-developing countries. “So much attention is given to family planning thta it drains resources away from what the desperate needs are,” says Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America.

Read the whole story here.

For more information on the U.N. panel, see the following:

Family planning as a social vaccine?

Holy See Mission comments to U.N. on Fertility and Overpopulation (04/12/2011)

Planned Parenthood money bag

Top companies stop funding Planned Parenthood, Abortion

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Planned Parenthood money bagLifeNews.com is reporting that more companies are ceasing to fund Planned Parenthood after being added to the boycott list . The boycott list is maintained by Life Decisions International (LDI). The group started its “Corporate Funding Project” (CFP) 18 years ago to monitor coporate donations given to Planned Parenthood, which performs more than 25% of abortions that occur in the United States each year.

Current names on the list include: Hilton Worldwide Hotels, AOL, Kohl’s, Staples, and the Susan G. Kohmen Foundation.

Names that have recently dropped from the list are: Toys’R’Us, Rolex watch company, Forbes magazine, and Enterprise car rentals.

Some companies that were once on the list but later dropped support for Planned Parenthood have regained membership on the boycott list for having resumed giving corporate donations to PPAA. Such names include: The Gap, Walt Disney, Johnson & Johnson, Nike, Freddie Mac, Chevron, Nationwide Insurance, and Wells Fargo.

“Generally speaking, between the publications of boycott lists, two or three corporations agree to stop funding Planned Parenthood,” LDI president Douglas Scott explained. “The current list was released in July 2010. So, one would expect that two or three corporations on the July 2010 boycott list will not appear on the December 2010 edition.”

LDI saw not just two or three, but at least ten companies drop from the list. This is the biggest drop in a six-month time period that the CFP has seen.

“This should serve as a testament to those who thought it impossible to change corporate philanthropic behavior,” said Kenneth C. Garvey, LDI’s director of communications. “Corporate officials are learning that those who value life are among the most dedicated people on earth. We will not go away until corporate involvement with Planned Parenthood comes to an end,” he concluded. 

Photos courtesy of LifeNews.com; PlannedParenthood.org.

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