Op-ed from Bishop R. Daniel Conlon Regarding Illinois House Bill 40

bishop_conlonsm2I am fervently pro-life.  I believe, with no doubt, that a human person begins to exist from the moment of conception.  How can there be “tissue” one moment and a human being the next?  How can one woman claim to be carrying a baby and her neighbor, just a “thing”?

At the same time, I acknowledge that many people do not share my conviction.  To some extent this is because they approach the issue from a different perspective, for example, a woman’s right to control her body.  Thus, there is strong disagreement around a very sensitive issue.

Currently the Illinois legislature is considering a bill (House Bill 40) that would provide public funding for some people’s abortions.  Of course, I oppose the proposed legislation because I oppose abortion.  But there are very good arguments to oppose the legislation that ought to be considered by people who accept abortion or are ambivalent about it.

Argument #1 – Illinois has serious budget difficulties.  Should the State legislature approve funding for what is almost always elective surgery, when so many other needs, that serve a much more common good, go begging?

Argument #2 – It has been argued by some that paying for abortions for poor women will actually save the State money.  Future educational and welfare costs will be lower.  (In fact, some budget projections have allotted no funds for these abortions because of the presumed “wash”.)  It seems pretty cynical to suggest that we kill off citizens in order to save ourselves some money.  Besides, not everyone born in poverty stays there.

Argument #3 – Given the history of abortion, a disproportionate number of these publically funded abortions likely will be performed on Black and Latina women.  Without attributing a racist attitude to anyone, the State still runs the risk of appearing racist.

Argument #4 – Even if it is conceded that having an abortion is a right, how does that translate into a need for the State to pay for it?  Owning a gun is an undisputed constitutional right, but no one argues or even suggests that the State should pay for people’s guns.

I invite citizens to give serious consideration to House Bill 40 and to the arguments provided here.  It is a serious matter.  I encourage those who find themselves convinced that House Bill 40 is taking Illinois in the wrong direction to contact their own Senator or Representative and advocate for a “No” vote.

Missouri Catholic hospital offers free yoga to prevent osteoporosis

Mercy Hospital Washington (Missouri) is offering free yoga for people over 60 “aimed at preventing osteoporosis and other health issues that affect many seniors”.

Announcement says that anyone aged sixty or more, “who is interested in increasing their strength and flexibility”, can enroll in this free yoga program, starting March six. Melissa Duchatschek is the instructor.

Meanwhile Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, termed it as a step in the positive direction to make multi-benefit yoga available free to seniors for preventive health issues. Zed urged all major US hospitals to launch free yoga classes for seniors.

Yoga, referred as “a living fossil”, was a mental and physical discipline, for everybody to share and benefit from, whose traces went back to around 2,000 BCE to Indus Valley civilization, Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, noted.

Rajan Zed further said that yoga, although introduced and nourished by Hinduism, was a world heritage and liberation powerhouse to be utilized by all. According to Patanjali who codified it in Yoga Sutra, yoga was a methodical effort to attain perfection, through the control of the different elements of human nature, physical and psychical.

According to US National Institutes of Health, yoga may help one to feel more relaxed, be more flexible, improve posture, breathe deeply, and get rid of stress. According to a “2016 Yoga in America Study”, about 37 million Americans (which included many celebrities) now practice yoga; and yoga is strongly correlated with having a positive self image.  Yoga was the repository of something basic in the human soul and psyche, Zed added.

Mercy, a Catholic health care system, whose mission includes “we bring to life the healing ministry of Jesus”, was named as “one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2016”. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, it claims to serve millions annually. Lynn Britton is President/Chief Executive Officer.

Founded in 1926, Mercy Hospital – Washington is an acute care hospital offering comprehensive medical, surgical, obstetric and pediatric services and serving Franklin, Gasconade, Crawford, St. Charles and Warren counties.

So why did TIME Magazine just call Eric Scheidler?

Just received this update from Eric Scheidler:

ericI just got off the phone with a reporter from TIME Magazine. She wanted to know about the #DefundPP rallies I’m organizing at over over 220 Planned Parenthood facilities tomorrow.

I told her that it’s “ALL HANDS ON DECK” in the effort to strip the nation’s largest abortion provider of their taxpayer subsidy.

She also asked which rally I would be attending. The answer, of course, is that I’ll be heading up the #DefundPP Rally in at Planned Parenthood’s mega-center in Aurora Illinois.

I hope I’ll see you there, too!

Planned Parenthood is doing everything in their power to hold onto
their huge half-billion dollar taxpayer subsidy — and their friends
in the media are helping.

That’s why it’s so urgent that EVERY pro-life American take action to
supporter the defunding effort.

Our pro-life leaders in Congress need to see how much public support
there is for defunding Planned Parenthood and redirecting those tax
dollars to centers that provide REAL help to women and families.

All hands on deck tomorrow to #DefundPP!

Yours for Life,

— Eric

P.S. If Aurora isn’t a convenient location for you, you can find
other #DefundPP Rally sites in the area right here:

http://protestpp.com/locations/#Illinois

P.P.S. If you just can’t make it to a #DefundPP Rally tomorrow, you
can STILL be a partner in this campaign by making a tax-deductible
gift in support of #ProtestPP right here:

https://prolifeaction.org/donate/

Urgent Pro-Life Action Needed to Stop Illinois HB-40

URGENT ACTION NEEDED!!  Please create a witness slip and share this information widely.
HB 40 – Pro-Abortion, Anti-Life Bill introduced in Illinois
This bill has the potential to reverse almost every pro-life effort made in Illinois and will protect abortion if regulated, defunded or outlawed federally.

Create an OPPONENT witness slip by clicking here.

Enter your personal address information
Fill in the Firm/Business Or Agency field with: Illinois Federation for Right to Life
Fill in the Title field as:  Supporter
Leave the Description as:  Original Bill
Make sure to select OPPONENT under POSITION
Check “Record of Appearance Only” under TESTIMONY
Check the Terms of Agreement
Then click Create (Slip)

WHAT IS A WITNESS SLIP? A witness slip basically just registers your opinion with our state legislators.  A count will be given in the committee meeting for how many witness they have received supporting and opposing this bill.
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DESCRIPTION
HB 40 – Pro-Abortion, Anti-Life Bill introduced in Illinois
This bill has the potential to reverse almost every pro-life effort made in Illinois and will protect abortion if regulated, defunded or outlawed federally.

HB40 – State Abortion Insurance / Public Aid Act
House Sponsors:
Rep. Sara Feigenholtz
Status:
Assigned to Human Services Committee
Human Services Committee Hearing Wednesday Feb 8, 2017 3:00PM Capitol Building Room 118 Springfield, IL

Click Here to read Full Summary:
HB-40 Amends the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971.  If passed,

The State Employee’s Insurance would cover the expenses of an abortion

Baraga Radio Network Seeking Executive Director – Traverse City Michigan

Baraga Radio Network is seeking an Executive Director at their offices in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan.  The Executive Director will be responsible for the strategic, fundraising, programming, financial and management operations of the network.  Baraga Radio Network is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Catholic radio ministry that owns and operates radio stations across northern Michigan. We broadcast Catholic programming that proclaims the Gospel and engenders a vibrant and expanding audience with a personal connection to Jesus Christ 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Baraga Radio Network operates Catholic radio stations that touch the lives of thousands of listeners every week in northern lower Michigan, and is funded by the generosity of those listeners.

Reporting to the Board of Directors of Baraga Radio Network, consisting of members that represent communities and parishes from across the listening area, the Executive Director has overall accountability for the leadership of Baraga Radio Network and the successful execution of its Mission and Vision. The Executive Director will be the leader in communicating Baraga Radio Network’s mission and programming objectives to internal and external constituencies, and will work collaboratively with the Board, staff and volunteers in raising funds, developing strategies and achieving performance standards.

Those applying for this position must meet these requirements: a bachelor’s degree in business, communications or related field; a minimum of five years of leadership experience; have background in development and fundraising; and be a practicing Catholic who is registered and active in a parish.  Radio experience is preferred but not required.  Salary is commensurate with experience. This is a full-time, salaried position with a competitive benefits package.

Please submit letter of interest, resume and references to: Executive Director Search Committee, Baraga Radio Network, 1020 Hastings Street, Suite 101, Traverse City, MI 49686.  Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.

Visit www.thecatholiclight.com for more information about Baraga Radio Network, and http://livability.com/mi/traverse-city for information about the area.

 

‘EWTN Pro-Life Weekly’ to Debut with January Special New Show, In Partnership with Susan B. Anthony List, Helps Viewers Create a Culture of Life

Irondale, AL (EWTN) – EWTN Global Catholic Network, in partnership with the Susan B. Anthony List, will launch a new half-hour weekly program that will inform and educate viewers about current issues of importance in advancing a culture of life.

“EWTN Pro-Life Weekly” will launch with a January special on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 5 p.m. ET with an encore on a Friday, Jan. 27, at 5:30 p.m. ET.  The show will begin airing each week at 11 p.m. ET Fridays, 10 a.m. ET Sundays, and 3 a.m. ET Mondays starting March 3, 2017.

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“Despite the fact that there are many signs of hope, our culture continues to chip away at the right to life from conception to natural death,” said EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw. “I believe this is the perfect time to produce a show that takes pro-life reporting and analysis to the next level. ‘EWTN Pro-Life Weekly’ not only seeks to inform, but also to show viewers how to engage everyone from their friends and neighbors to their elected representatives on the life issues. The show will also focus on those who are already doing great work, such as the Susan B. Anthony List. Our goal is that viewers will be motivated, inspired, and equipped to make a difference.”

 

“Susan B. Anthony List is thrilled to partner with EWTN on this program that will go beyond delivering news,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “We will call on our audience to take concrete action to enact lifesaving legislation for unborn children and their mothers. SBA List will bring our political insight, legislative analysis, as well as relationships with legislators and members of the media to help create a dynamic, must-watch program. The show will collapse the distance between the White House, Congress, the press, and those at home who care deeply about saving unborn boys and girls, who want to know what more than can do. Viewers will meet the key players, see what they see, and become a part of the grassroots army engaged in high-stakes fights. With a pro-life White House and Congress, our movement is in the strongest position possible to advance historic protections for the unborn.”

Catherine Szeltner, who was first introduced to viewers as a correspondent with “EWTN News Nightly,” will serve as the host for the program. “We want to help viewers become actively involved in the pro-life movement, said Szeltner. “What are the expectations here? What’s realistic? What’s not? What is Congress debating now? How do we hold our lawmakers accountable for their pro-life promises? Each program will feature a call to action segment that is intended to very clearly give people the steps they can take to become engaged in the fight for life. This is the main vision for the show.”

“In addition, said Szeltner, “we will be the authoritative resource for the latest pro-life news. We’ll explain what’s happened each week, especially as it concerns abortion and assisted suicide. We also want to be a platform for dialogue on confusing questions so viewers can walk away feeling more confident about engaging in the discussion. We’ll end with a segment on a group or person who is building up the culture of life.”

While abortion and assisted suicide are major concerns, Szeltner says the show will take a “holistic, Catholic approach,” which means that the show will focus on pro-life issues in all areas and stages of life.

The debut special will air right before the March for Life and will include a look at expectations for the new Trump Administration, ways to get involved with the pro-life movement, and a powerful interview with a survivor of an abortion attempt.”

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 36th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 TV channels are broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 268 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. EWTN platforms also include radio services transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and over 500 domestic and international AM & FM radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio service; the largest Catholic website in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including Catholic News Agency, “The National Catholic Register” newspaper, and several global news wire services; as well as EWTN Publishing, its book publishing division.

Susan B. Anthony List is a network of more than 465,000 pro-life Americans dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women.  SBA List’s education arm, the Charlotte Lozier Institute, provides the latest scientific research, statistical data, and public policy analysis on human life issues to activists and legislators across the United States and around the world.


 

How Far We’ve Come – Today’s Democrats vs. FDR’s “Four Freedoms” in State of the Union Address January 6, 1941

While listening to some of the 500+ Classic Christmas shows (posted here) I ran across a recording I’d not heard before.  It is FDR’s 1941 State of the Union Address titled “The Four Freedoms”

This address was given almost a year before Pearl Harbor. The world he describes as he guides the country to prepare for growing international threats is startlingly different from today’s “Open Borders” Democrats.  He makes the point that up until that time all of the conflicts the US was involved in were essentially internal – and not a threat to the existence of the country.

Text of the speech is here

Video is here:

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