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Events and More for “Respect Life Month”

October 2, 2009

Oct 4
Prayer Chain. Sunday, October 4 is Respect Life Sunday. Check the area where you live for details about participating in the annual Silent Prayer Chain for Life.

 

Ongoing through November 1
40 Days for Life. You can follow (at http://40daysforlife.com) the amazing stories of babies saved, and of mothers and employees converted (and maybe you’ll want to sign up to receive the daily updates in your email). Also, consider participating in a vigil near you (see http://40daysforlife.com/location.cfm). Even if you aren’t near a specific vigil location, consider praying and fasting in union with all the participants across the country.

 

Oct 16-18
Worldwide Rosary for the Unborn. This has become an annual event that has related events in January and May. This “event” is something you can do wherever you are, i.e., without having to be in a certain place at a specific time. Participation is simply to pray the rosary (at any time during those three days, and as many times as you like) for the following intention: “For an end to the surgical and non-surgical killing of unborn human persons“.

This event and the others similar to it were started by the same person who provides the beautiful bumper stickers saying “Pray the Rosary for the Protection of Unborn Human Persons” and showing the miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Learn more at www.saintmichaelthearchangelorganization.org.

I don’t think it is merely a coincidence that October is both “Respect Life Month” and the “Month of the Holy Rosary” (with Oct 7 being the specific feast day for Our Lady of the Rosary). We know that Our Lady certainly cares about the unborn children, the disabled, the elderly, and those who suffer with terminal illnesses. All human life is sacred and she is ready, willing, and able to help us defend it.

 

Ongoing
Eucharistic Adoration. While I’m at it, may I also encourage you to consider signing up for an hour of Eucharistic adoration? Making visits (brief ones at random, or a full holy hour on a weekly basis) is one of the most powerful ways to pray for pro-life, pro-marriage, and pro-family concerns. Check with your own parish or others nearby to learn the days and times that the church or chapel provides access for prayer in front of Jesus visibly in the monstrance or hidden in the tabernacle. 

 

Ongoing
Health Care Legislation. Please continue praying about the outcome of the legislative process of health care reform. I won’t use this message to discuss the legislation in full detail, and I can’t keep you updated frequently because the news changes quickly and my time is limited, but it does seem that this month is likely to be critical in determining what will happen in Congress, especially with a significant step that can happen on or near Oct 15 regarding something called “reconciliation” which can affect the number of votes needed to pass or stop legislation. (AUL Action has a description at http://blog.aul.org/2009/09/08/back-to-the-hill-guide-what-to-expect-next/# that may be helpful to you even though parts of that page are outdated now.)

Here’s a quick description of the Church’s stance as I understand it (please send corrections/clarifications if you have better information):

The Church does advocate for “universal” coverage of all people, based upon the dignity inherent in every human being since we are all created in the image and likeness of God. But that coverage does not mean that all possible treatments/procedures/etc must be covered, nor does it mean that the government must be the provider.

Thus, there is a great need for the legislation to have an explicit exclusion for abortion (i.e., stating that abortion will not be provided nor funded by any new legislation).

The legislation also needs clear and firm protection for the conscience rights of health care workers and institutions.

And it needs protection for the elderly and others who could be subjected to “counseling” that might sway them into choosing death not life-giving options when they are in difficult decisions about end-of-life care.

In addition to prayer, please consider signing up for any of the various information sources that I’ve mentioned in the past, and to try motivating people in other states to contact their legislators, especially if those legislators are ones who might be sitting somewhere in the middle regarding the important points. Also, keep alert to times when contacting your own legislators will be helpful. I have found AUL (Americans United for Life) to be pretty reliable at keeping subscribers informed (via free email updates). At the end of this message, I’ll give you the update they sent tonight (regarding some of the amendments discussed this week). See also http://blog.aul.org/2009/09/30/leading-pro-life-group-outraged-by-the-defeat-of-key-pro-life-amendments-in-senate-finance-committee/# .

 

General Notes.

  • October is also National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Perhaps you are not aware that one of the most well-known organizations does provide some funding to Planned Parenthood. Please do research before you make contributions (including purchases of “pink ribbon” merchandise), especially if you are considering donating to or helping to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. (It has changed names over the years, so I generally refer to it as simply the Komen foundation.) Let me know if you want more information about the Komen connection to PP. Here is a link to some organizations that you might prefer to support: www.bdfund.org/breastcancerorgs.asp. (And notice the link at the bottom of that page to take you to www.bdfund.org/breastcancer.
    asp
     with an explanation about the K-PP connection.) Many organization use the pink ribbon symbol as an incentive; the labeling details vary and can make it difficult to identify whom is actually being supported by the purchase.
  • There is SO MUCH happening in the news (i.e., much of it you may not hear/read if you only use the mainstream media) that needs prayer and action. Threats to the sanctity of life and marriage seem to be growing at an increasing rate, including threats affecting children in schools and even affecting homeschooling families. So if anyone wants to help me keep track for the purpose of deciding what to share with others, please feel free to offer your assistance.

Prayer for our Nation’s Health Care Reform

Lord Jesus, you are the Divine Physician,

And the source of all life and health.

Guide our nation at this critical moment,

As our government seeks health care reforms.

Give our elected officials the humility to know

That they are servants, not masters.

Give them the wisdom to realize

That every life has equal value.

Give them the strength to resist the idea

That some lives can be sacrificed to save others

Or that killing the unborn is a part of health care.

Give your people the courage to speak up

And to hold public officials accountable for their actions.

Save us, Lord Jesus, from a culture of death,

And let every reform in our public policy

Be based on the reform of our hearts and minds

In the light of your Gospel,

For you are Lord forever and ever. Amen.

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The remainder of this message is from an email sent by AUL Action.

You can sign up (at http://action.aul.org/site/PageNavigator/Index ) to receive similar messages directly from them.

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—– Original Message —–

Sent: 10/2/2009 6:58:48 PM

Subject: Pro-Life Amendments Defeated. Help Us Fight.

Dear Friend,

On Wednesday, the Senate Finance Committee’s vote of 10-13 to defeat the Hatch Amendment ( http://blog.aul.org/2009/09/30/update-amendments-in-senate-finance-committee-mark-up/# ) proved the pro-life community correct: The talk from the White House and the Congressional leadership of avoiding funding of abortions in health care is just that — talk.

The amendment sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) would have explicitly prohibited federal funding and coverage of abortions. Also defeated by the committee was another amendment by Sen. Hatch that would have prevented discrimination against any individual or organization who refused to provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for abortions.

So what does this mean? Since the start of the health care debate, including at our White House meeting last month ( http://blog.aul.org/
2009/09/19/leading-pro-life-group-concerned-by-white-house-meeting-on-abortion/#
 ), Americans United for Life Action has argued consistently that rhetorical assurances that abortion funding will not be included in health care reform are not enough. Rhetoric must be matched with action, with the addition in the bills of specific language prohibiting abortion. Since all five committees have rejected pro-life amendments which would ban abortion funding and coverage in health care, it is clear that we MUST keep questioning the gap between reality and the rhetorical assurances we are hearing from President Obama, Majority Leader Reid and Speaker Pelosi.

The AUL legal team has documented for you the facts behind their myth that the Hyde Amendment ( http://www.realhealthcare
respectslife.com/?page_id=388#
) would adequately prevent federal funding and coverage of abortion in health care reform. We want you to have the facts to make it easy to speak up.

Now that committee consideration of health care reform is over, the “behind the scenes” negotiations begin. At this crucial stage, the Congressional leadership is going to be negotiating backroom deals with your legislators. Be aware that the next page in the pro-abortion playbook will be that Pelosi and Reid are going to try to make a deal like the anti-life Capps Amendment ( http://blog.aul.org/2009/09/22/
the-capps-amendment-a-pro-life-analysis/#
) approach, which we oppose. The anti-life Capps Amendment approach is not acceptable because for the first time in history, the federal government will require that there be a health insurance plan that covers abortion in every area. Furthermore, the anti-life Capps Amendment permits federal money to go to insurance plans that cover abortion.

I assure you, we are hearing that the “deals” being discussed by Congressional Leadership on Capitol Hill are merely anti-life initiatives in the guise of ‘compromise,’ such as the Capps Amendment approach, and this will NOT protect pro-lifers from subsidizing abortion in health care reform.

This is where you come in.

YOU need to tell your congressman and senator ( http://action.
aul.org/site/PageNavigator/Index
 ) that you will ONLY accept health care reform that includes an explicit prohibition on federal funding and coverage of abortion, much like the pro-life Stupak-Pitts and Hatch amendments that were defeated in Committees.

Thank you for all your support during this extremely busy time as we work to show Congress and all Americans that “Real Health Care Respects Life”!

For Life,

Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D.

President & CEO

P.S.

Please help us continue fighting through supporting our efforts to protect and defend life by following this link to a secure donation page (http://action.aul.org/site/PageNavigator/Index ).

P.S.S.

Let me know what you think! You can follow me on Twitter and Facebook, and follow AUL on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. We’re also reachable by e-mail at info@aul.org.

Respect Life Sunday

The first Sunday in October is Respect Life Sunday. On this special day, please reflect with gratitude on God’s priceless gift of human life. While you are at church, you can help make a difference by printing and handing out several copies of our flyer (http://www.real
healthcarerespectslife.com/RealHealthCareRespectsLife.
pdf
 ) to help educate your friends and family that Real Health Care Respects Life!

Understand the Abortion Mandate

Please print and send your friends this flowchart

[PDF sheet http://www.realhealthcarerespectslife.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/AUL-abortion-mandate-flow-chart-final-PDF.pdf ]

[JPG image http://www.realhealthcarerespectslife.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/flow-chart-full.jpg ]

which demonstrates how the abortion mandate will work without an explicit, proactive exclusion of abortion from health care reform. Please let your friends know about these efforts to mandate taxpayer-funded abortions as a part of the current health care proposals.

AUL Action

The Legislative Arm of Americans United for Life

Chicago: 310 S Peoria Street | Ste 500 | Chicago, IL 60607

Washington, DC: 655 15th St NW | Ste 410 | Washington, DC 20005

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