Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Racist Planned Parenthood ONCE AGAIN Caught Selling Baby Body Parts

The latest scandal to make its way to the news involves something that we in the pro-life movement have known for years. Abortion mills were selling the body parts of babies killed by late term abortions. In the early 1990s when activists discovered the intact D and X techniques pioneered by late term practitioners, questions were asked as to why and what as done with the bodies. Soon we learned that the bodies were being harvested. Mark Crutcher and Life Dynamics did a thorough investigation but the congress failed to act.  The money that Planned Parenthood had to stop any investigation of its illegal practices was more powerful than the truth at that time.  Frustrated by the failure of those who should have in the lead demanding the end to all federal funding of this racist organization, pro-lifers worked on other strategies to stop the killing of the unborn.

Until now.

Yesterday a shocking new undercover expose reveals once again Planned Parenthood to be the mercenary racist organization we in the pro-life movement have known for years.   The Washington post reports that a high ranking Planned Parenthood official - the director of medical research - cavalierly discussing the "sale" of baby body parts following abortions.   While casually sipping her wine and eating her lunch,  Dr. Deborah Nucatola explains what body parts are in greatest demand.

“I’d say a lot of people want liver,” she says in the video posted on the Center for Medical Progress’s Web site, between bites of salad. “And for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps.”
Outrage has come from many sources including various presidential candidates. The governors of  Louisiana and Texas have called for investigations at the state levels.  Congressional leaders are also calling for hearings and investigations.

But unless the people of this nation exhibit a true disgust for this illegal and morally bankrupt behavior, nothing is going to change. Planned Parenthood has its closest friend in President Obama. This is a man who was willing to shut down the federal government rather than allow Planned Parenthood to lose its half a billion dollars in federal taxpayer funding.

Contact your congressional representative. Demand action. The federal government is running a deficit. We do not have the money to give to a racist bigoted organization. If the confederate battle flag is an affront to people and should be out of sight, how much more an organization that makes money by killing children and then selling the body parts of those dead babies?

Stop funding Planned Parenthood now. Demand that Planned Parenthood comply with the GAO audit requests from years ago.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

It Takes Courage to Believe - Reflections on the new movie "Little Boy"

Imagine you are a little boy whose dad has gone off to war and you want him home in the worst way.
And you will do anything to bring him back.

Such is the premise of the new movie "Little Boy."

Actually there is a lot more to the movie - a whole lot more - but I would prefer to let it unfold before your eyes while you sit in the theater and take yourself back to a little California coastal town during World War II.

There you will meet Pepper Busby and his brother London and his dad and mom. You will meet Fr. Oliver and his associate Fr. Crispin. You will meet Dr. Fox and his bully of a son along with all of the other boys and girls in O'Hare, California.

And you will meet Hashimoto,

This is a story about relationships - relationships strained, broken, and damaged. Relationships strengthened, tested and proved. Relationships born from a willingness to look beyond what is seen to believe what cannot be seen.

In other words - faith.

Sidebar: the secular critics did not like the movie.  Ignore them. Go see the movie.  Invite a friend. True, everyone is talking about going to see the new Avengers movie. But it will be around for awhile and there will be long lines.  Go see Little Boy.  Do something good for your soul.  Feed yourself with a story that will ask you to think - am I doing all I could do - to make this world a better place?

Then after you have seen the movie, tell me what relationship affected you the most.

Final point - the acting is wonderful. The characters are well developed and the Jacob Salvati is excellent in the title role. Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson are masters of their craft and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa is compelling as the hated "enemy" who moves into town. David Henrie shows us a dramatic side and Kevin James offers us a smile in his role as Dr. Fox.

 Little Boy is currently in theaters nationwide.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Stolen Moments #1 - Pro-Life Texas

Saturday, February 21, 2015

another song affirming life

A Tale of Two Men

Wisdom - Chapter 3

But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, 
and no torment will ever touch them.
In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died, 
and their departure was thought to be an affliction,

and their going from us to be their destruction; 
but they are at peace.

For though in the sight of men they were punished, 
their hope is full of immortality.

Having been disciplined a little, 
they will receive great good, 
because God tested them 
and found them worthy of himself;

like gold in the furnace he tried them, 
and like a sacrificial burnt offering he accepted them.

In the time of their visitation they will shine forth, 
and will run like sparks through the stubble.

They will govern nations and rule over peoples, 
and the Lord will reign over them for ever.

Those who trust in him will understand truth, 
and the faithful will abide with him in love, 
because grace and mercy are upon his elect, 
and he watches over his holy ones.

Two men died in the last two days. Both were giants in their own right, having served the pro-life community for most of their respective lives.  They were good men and I had the privilege and pleasure of calling them friends.

I will speak of Brother Paul O'Donnell first because his passing was unexpected. The shock and surprise at his death was underscored by the fact that so many of us had just seen him at the March for Life this past January. But Thursday night he died in his sleep, so we deal with the loss of a friend, a brother, a mentor, a leader - but mostly a humble servant of God.

Paul and his close friend Mike Gaworski accepted the call from the Holy Spirit in 1982 to start another Franciscan order of brothers understanding that the special charism was to support of the gospel of life. Having been involved in the pro-life movement prior to starting the brotherhood, they knew what had to be done to save the lives of the unborn children. They also knew that in their role people might be more presupposed to do the right thing.  Helping the poor, protecting the unborn and addressing the important end of life issues became Brother Paul's life work. He was involved deeply in assisting the Schindler family in their efforts to secure the life of their daughter Terri Schiavo. And while tragically unsuccessful as to Terri, they nevertheless have been instrumental in saving and protecting other lives who were threatened with death. 

The shock of Brother Paul's death is only softened by our trust in the Lord who has called him home. He shall be greatly missed.

Dr John C Willke, M.D. was one of the original founders of the pro-life movement. An obstetrician married to Barbara Willke, they founded Ohio Right to Life  of Cincinnati, Ohio Right to Life and later with Dr. Carolyn Gerster,  Dr. Mildred Jefferson and others started the National Right ot life Committee. He served as president following  Dr. Gerster and later started the international Right to Life Federation. He co-founded the life Issues Institute and was a world wide speaker and writer.

But the Jack Willke I knew when I first got involved in the pro life effort back in 1975 was someone approachable and always ready to help make things happen.  As a college student and later poor law student, I would show up at the NRLC conference and ask the good doctor if there was anything I could do to help and was there an extra couch or bed to rest my weary bones. On both counts Jack was ready to help and thus did this pro life activist begin his calling in the movement. 

After I became a lawyer, Jack was one of the first to appreciate what this next generation of pro-life activists could do. He always encouraged us to be engaged and creative in our efforts. Not always appreciated by some in the movement, the activists could always look to encouragement from Jack.  And though we sometimes differed on strategy, we never let differences cloud that fact that we wanted the same thing - an end to the killing. 

Both Brother Paul and Dr. Willke were men of tremendous generosity.  They were never too busy to help at a moment's notice. and both were extremely modest in their work, willing to share or defer the credit when things went right.

One last story about Dr. Willke.  In 1985 after a rescue in Washington, DC during on the the NRLC conventions,  a number of por-life activists were arrested. A few of the lawyers were attempting to secure their release without great success. We learned that one woman had been injured by DC police and we were especially concerned with her well-being. Drs. Gerster and Willke were the only doctors who would come out to the jail so that we could demand the woman';s release to medical personnel.  At first the jail guards would have none of it. But persistence and the physical presence of two practicing physicians at 3:00 a.m. finally wore them down ( plus the threat of a lawsuit) and the woman was released.

We will miss these two pro-life heroes. May God grant them eternal rest and may perpetual light shine upon them. Amen.