Our Lady of Soccorso
SUMMER 2005 NEWSLETTER

 


 

             LEGISLATION
             The state legislature
will resume voting on bills August 15. On that date there are about 250 bills backed up in the Appropriations Committee waiting to be heard. Several are bills in which we have an interest.
             THE FOLLOWING BILLS ARE SET FOR HEARING AUGUST 15 in either the Senate or Assembly Appropriations Committees. In the Senate, Carole Migden (D-San Fran) Chairman and Sam Aanestad, (R-Grass Valley) V. Chair. Assembly Appropriations Committee, Judy Chu, (D-Monterey Park) Chairman, Sharon Runner, (R-Lancaster) V. Chairman.
All the bills starting with SB will be heard in the Assembly Appropriations and all the bills starting with AB will be heard in the Senate Appropriations.
We oppose all of the listed bills.

ACTION REQUESTED PLEASE: Write to the V. Chairmen of either the Assembly or Senate Appropriations Committees C/0 State Capitol, Sacramento, Ca. 95814. State that you are writing in OPPOSITION TO BILL #____, and request the committee single out the bill for a vote. Do not let the bill merely be included in a package of bills for a "Do Pass" automatic approval.

ACR1 - Negrete McLeod (D-Montclair) Prop 71 - Research. An attempt to justify expenditures and embryonic stem cell research by requiring the Committee to submit reports. This is just further approval for and acquiescence on the part of the public to experimentation on embryonic human life.
SB 18
- Deborah Ortiz, (D-Sac.) Reproductive Health-Stem Cell Research. setting standards for donation of eggs (ova) to be used in research. Same reasoning.
 

SB 23 - Carole Migden, (D-San Fran), Healthy Families and MediCal. Further attempts to merge the two departments spreading the family planning agenda. (See AB 772)
SB 35 - Dean Florez, (D-Shafter) Children and Families Programs. Becomes active if AB 109 passes. Requires audits of spending plans for county First Five Commission activities and members. (See AB 109-Chan). This is the local family watchdog group.
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AB 109 - Wilma Chan (D-Alameda) Ca. Children and Families Commission. Contingent upon passage of SB 35. Creates a Commission on children and families appointing local organizations as members including Planned Parenthood.
AB 651 - Patty Berg (D-Napa) Ca. Compassionate Choices (Suicide approval) Act.
AB 172 - Wilma Chan - (D-Alameda) Universal Preschool. Ms Chan likes the word “universal.”
AB 772 - Wilma Chan, (D-Alameda) Healthy Kids (Universal Health Care)
AB 1677 - Paul Koretz, (D-W. Hollywood). Condom Distribution in Jails. Though sexual activity amongst prisoners is illegal, Mr. Koretz wants prisoners to have access to condoms.
Support
ASSEMBLY FLOOR HEARING. -
SB 116 - Bob Dutton, (R-Rancho Cucamonga) Child Abandonment Newborns.
Lifts the requirement to sunset this important bill originated by former Senator Jim Brulte (SB 1368 of 2000). Allows new mothers to surrender their babies to authorized authorities within 72 hours of birth with no charges of abandonment. This should have been a cinch to pass, but received opposition from two groups. Appears certain to pass this time.

 


Chaplains at Planned Parenthood?
             Decades ago when Planned Parenthood wanted to gain acceptance to the African/American community they enlisted the help of prominent black ministers and/or women leaders to introduce them to Planned Parenthood’s services. Remember Faye Wattleton?

             Now, it appears they are trying to gain the attention of the Hispanic Community by appointing a Latino Presbyterian Minister, Ignacio Castuera, as their national Chaplain. He is one of 5 chaplains now employed by PP. This is intended to take away the pro life argument that God is not pro choice while appealing to the religious traditions within the Hispanic and Black communities.

             On July 24, 2005, the Tri-Valley Herald in Alameda County, Ca. carried an article by reporter Jill Tucker, (jtucker@angnewspapers.com) about Unitarian Universalist Ministerial Candidate Lisa Sargent and her efforts to calm client’s consciences on behalf of the Golden Gate Chapter of PP. She has advanced from a position as clinic death-scort for an East Coast abortion clinic to a West Coast clinic Minister. She is a circuit rider for PP visiting abortion clinics in San Francisco, Oakland’s Eastmont Mall and two other places dispensing “blessings” to women about to undergo abortions. She states that “If a patient believes it’s an unborn child they’re killing, “I’m not going to argue with that, I’m just going to bless them and remind them that God loves them, too.” she said. When she is not blessing these women she is handing out brightly colored rocks to children or adults who come into the clinics as amulets of love.
 


Neutralizing Pro Life Democrats
             The names Helen Alvare, Nat Hentoff, Congressmen John LaFalce, Bart Stupak, James Oberstar are well known and appreciated by pro life leaders. These Democrats have all, along with several others, stood before their peers and taken criticism for their pro life statements and opposition to pro abortion legislation offered by their fellow Democrats.
             No one questions their personal belief when it comes to opposing abortion. But. I do question the reason for their connection with a Democrat organization that supports chemical abortion.
             These people are members of an Advisory Panel for a four year old organization known as Democrats for Life Of America. This group was formed during the first term of Republican president George W. Bush when many pro life Democrats voted for a Republican President and Congress. Here is the DFLA Mission Statement purpose for existence:
  • Elect pro-life Democrats to office
  • Support pro-life Democrats while in an elected position
  • Promote a pro-life plank in the Democratic Party platform
  • Achieve legislation that protects unborn human life
  • Participate actively in Democratic party functions and offices

It’s a nice sounding set of goals.
 
This organization is promoting an agenda entitled “95-10” which stands for eliminating 95% of abortions in 10 years by asking people to help lobby for their 17 proposals which they believe will help people feel better about themselves, have improved health care, better jobs, better education, better housing with government interventions. In other words, the basic essentials of the


Democrat Party Platform social agenda. Much of this agenda is promoted in some liberal church circles as the “Seamless Garment” approach to social justice. The seamless garment usually makes passing reference to eliminating a need for abortion. It never says overturning Roe v Wade.
Contraceptive Equity.
             Included in these proposals is something called “contraceptive equity.” To get a clear picture of what this means visit: http://www.fwhc.org/contraequity.htm. Or, go to google and type in contraceptive equity and pick any offering.
Problem for Pro LIfe Democrats.
             There is little disagreement that certain forms of birth control, especially pills, are abortifacients. When an official who declares himself to be in opposition to abortion supports and votes for distribution of contraceptives that official is supporting chemical abortions. That official is saying that sexual activity for women, teenagers, is perfectly okay, just don’t produce any children.
             Remember the California 2000 Initiative Prop 22? It passed by a large margin of votes but has done nothing to stop the march toward homosexual equity in all social , financial and political life. All it said was that “marriage is between a man and a woman only.” The proponents of that initiative vowed that that was all they wanted, that simple wording. Many proponents made statements about not being concerned about domestic partners, or health care benefits or any number of other things dearly sought by the homosexual lobby. That simple wording has come back to bite the Prop 22 proponents. When they later stood before committees voting on further expansion of homosexual marriage or partnering rights, they were stopped in their tracks by legislators and lobbyists for the homosexual community. They were humiliated before committees by charges of hypocrisy. Homosexual proponents wanted to know; were they lying when they supported the marriage initiative and said that all they
wanted was some innocuous wording about marriage being only between a man and a woman? Were they lying now? In other words, they were neutralized. Their ability to be believed had been damaged.
             The same may be said of the DFLA Advisory panel members when they step before Congressional committees to argue against abortion from now on. when they said they didn’t believe in abortion did they really mean it? They belong to an organization that is supporting chemical abortions. Are they confused? Do they understand that chemical abortions kill the unborn as easily and quickly as surgical abortions? do they really know what they want now? Do they really understand what we, the pro life citizens of America really want?
We do not necessarily support these organizations….
             Caution is suggested the next time you get on a pro life web site and click on their links to other groups. Organizations like the DFLA may be listed as a pro life organization on some of these sites. Do not presume that just because a group is listed on a trusted organization’s web site that it is as thoroughly pro life as you are. The confused web master of one such site stated that so many Protestant groups claiming to be pro life also support contraception, but we want to appear supportive of their efforts to stop abortion.
             According to a Protestant pro life friend, no true pro life group claiming to represent the Protestant faith and understanding the life principle would be able to oppose abortion while promoting contraception.

Cloning Human Beings.
             It is not just the Democrats who are confused.
             Apparently U.S. Senator Bill Frist, (R-Tennessee) formerly a heart and lung transplant surgeon, has now refuted his earlier stance in opposition to embryonic stem cell research, and is advancing the cause of


this human experimentation as is his Tennessee Senate mate, Lamar Alexander,(R). Both men swear they are “pro life.”
             The creation of embryonic stem cells through “somatic cell nuclear transplant” involves the actual cloning of a human life. There is no law currently against that procedure No pro life person likes to believe that American scientists are actually cloning human beings, but, apparently, that is the case, in California, as well as nation and world wide. It is and can be done with private money and in private research centers. That’s what the fight over Prop 71 in California was all about - whether the state could be involved through providing funding. Frist, Specter and others, mostly Republicans, now want federal tax dollars to fund the creation and destruction of human life for research purposes.
             Senate bill 471 by Arlen Specter,(R-Pa) and a House companion bill by Congressman Michael Castle, (R-De) HR 810 will amend the Public Health Service Act to provide funds for embryonic stem cell cloning of human life.
             Here is a little definition of somatic cell nuclear transfer - SCNT - as provided by American Life league:
             “Unfortunately it is correct to state that human cloning is happening in the US … no one has actually come out and said that they are working on a cloning "project" … but that is exactly what happens when researchers create their own human embryonic stem cell lines.
             Creating human embryonic stem cells is not illegal … doing it with private money is completely unrestricted … Bush’s "policy" prohibits federal funding of research performed on human embryonic stem cells - except for those created prior to 8/2001.
             And there are no laws against human cloning … despite the fact that a majority of UN nations recently voted to approve a cloning ban, it was only a "recommendation," not something that carries the weight of international law
             Somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) is the process of taking a somatic (body) cell, like a skin cell, which has all 46 chromosomes (or 23 pair) and inserting it into an egg cell which has had its nucleus (DNA material) removed then stimulating it (chemically or electrically) to start dividing/growing. This is an artificial, or asexual, method of reproduction. A new life is created.
             SCNT is the same process that Ian Wilmut used to create/clone Dolly the sheep; it is the process that the Koreans used to clone a human embryo earlier this year. SCNT is not the only method used in cloning however. There are several other methods/procedures … SCNT is just most common and the most easily understood (NOT!) by the public.
             Now, once you have created a new being, you can let him/her grow for a few (8-14) days and then remove the embryonic stems cells, thereby killing him/her …. or you can implant the child into a woman’s uterus for further development.
             The only difference between "therapeautic" and "reproductive" cloning is what you do with the embryo after those first 8 days …. therapeautic refers to stem cell removal for the purposes of research (thus, the name "therapeautic" although it is not therapeautic for the embryo that dies!) … reproductive refers to the implantation … proponents seem to think that the first is fine but that reproductive cloning would be morally reprehensible … go figure!
             Despite the fact that the Prop 71 wording prohibits "cloning," it only prohibits a certain method … it is not all inclusive.
             Unless you derive your human embryonic stem cells from embryos already created in the (IVF) lab, then, yes, you have to create an embryo somehow … creating an embryo by some artifical means amounts to cloning!
             If you want to write to Senator Frist:
C/0 Hart Office Bldg, Rm #509,
Wash. D.C. 20510.
EPIDEMIC: How Teen Sex Is Killing Our Kids. By Meg Meeker, M.D

             The information in this 2002 published report on the after effects of contraceptive usage, especially by our teen population makes it vividly clear as to why pro life groups oppose contraceptives and school sex ed programs and legislation that would allow campus based distribution of birth control products and services.
             Dr. Meeker states that: “Every day 8000 teens will become infected with a new STD. “Her book is filled with statistics showing that:
For the year 2002, 15.3 million Americans will contract a new sexually transmitted disease. Two million to 4 million of those infected will be teenagers. Some will be infected with not just one, but two or three diseases.
             These diseases often are not readily apparent until they become life threatening, leaving young women sterile, never to have children or with lifelong problems of miscarriage and or premature births which leave the babies with permanent disabilities."
             When a politician currying favor with a voting block protects and authorizes such things as contraceptive equity he/she may well be consigning your child or grandchildren to a life threatening experience. There is no known cure for most of these venereal diseases.
The book is available at amazon.com
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Take away God, all respect for civil laws, all regard for even the most necessary institutions disappears; justice is scouted; the very liberty that belongs to the law of nature is trodden underfoot; and men go so far as to destroy the very structure of the family, which is the first and firmest foundation of the social structure.
- St. Pius X, Jucunda Sane, March 12, 1904