Father Stephen Imbarrato, a member of the Priests for Life Pastoral Team, who has led significant pro-life activism in New Mexico, including investigation of the late-term abortion industry there, today applauded the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives for its decision to refer for criminal investigation the University of New Mexico (UNM) and Southwest Women’s Options (SWWO), an abortion business in Albuquerque.Fr. Frank Pavone and Priests for Life have supported the work of the panel from the beginning and have channeled information to its members.Rep. Marsha Blackburn, chairwoman, said evidence has been uncovered that indicates an illegal relationship between the university and the business that provides abortions through all three trimesters of pregnancy.
With the U.S. Supreme Court ruling expected Monday, June 27, in the Texas abortion case Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt — a case that could have far-reaching implications for abortion facilities across the country — Priests for Life will host a teleconference for the media at 11:30 a.m. that day.On the call will be the National Director of Priests for Life, Father Frank Pavone, who is a priest of Amarillo, Texas; State Representative Jodie Laubenburg, who authored, carried, and passed House Bill 2 in the Texas legislature; Kyleen Wright, president of Texans for Life Coalition, who spearheaded the inclusion of the “admitting privileges” portion of the law, and Carol Everett, founder of The Heidi Group and a former abortion provider, who spearheaded the inclusion of the “ambulatory surgical center” portion of the law.To take part in the call, dial 712-432-0700, then dial access code 619300#
“God intended it for good to accomplish … the saving of many lives” (Genesis 50:20).
Reflection: One of the simplest ways to stop abortions is to go to the facilities where the abortions happen and talk to the women who are walking in. This is called “sidewalk counseling.” It is legal in every state, and has saved countless lives. Training is available from pro-life organizations.
Prayer: Lord, I pray today for all sidewalk counselors who are pleading for the lives of the unborn. Give them grace and wisdom, patience and perseverance. Save many lives and souls through their loving intervention, and call many others to join their ranks. Amen.
“We have already seen how willing the unelected bureaucrats who run HHS are to disregard Americans’ freedom of religion, and this Weldon Amendment decision demonstrates the behavior of an Administration that seeks to obliterate faith entirely.”The Weldon Amendment prevents federal funds from going to states that discriminate against health care entities that do not provide or fund abortions.“We continue to battle the Administration through our own Supreme Court case, Priests for Life vs. HHS, regarding a distinct but similar mandate, and we strongly support a legislative solution to enforce the Weldon amendment, such as the Conscience Protection Act (HR 4828).”
“When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses” (Exodus 2:10).
Reflection: Many couples are eager to adopt children, but unable to do so, either because of burdensome laws, or because the children have been killed by abortion. The pro-life movement promotes adoption; the pro-abortion movement does everything it can to discourage it. After all, for them, every adoption is lost business in the killing centers.
Prayer: Lord, look with love on all those who seek to adopt a child. Bless them for their generous desire to give a child a loving home. Give them patience and trust in you. Amen.
“The HHS regulation and its “accommodation” for religious non-profit groups would require some faith-based employers to include in their employee health insurance plans coverage for abortion-causing drugs and other morally objectionable items. Like the hypothetical conscientious objector in the scenario above, those who obey their faith instead of the government would be levied massive fines.
The organization I lead, Priests for Life, has been fighting the HHS mandate in court for over four years. Our lawsuit, Priests for Life vs. HHS, is one of the seven that were consolidated into the recent Supreme Court case of Zubik vs. Burwell. After the Court received supplemental briefs from both sides stating that a solution acceptable to religious groups is “feasible,” it sent our case and the others back to the lower appeals courts for resolution.”
Read the entire op-ed in The Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/an-unconscionable-mandate/article/2594430
“At the ER, you tell the physicians that you’ve had an abortion and that you’re in a great deal of pain. They ask you what type of abortion procedure you had, but you do not know. They ask for your medical records, but you do not have them either. Doctors see that you’ve suffered a laceration and that your uterus is ruptured. They perform an emergency hysterectomy only to discover that the baby you thought was aborted had actually been shoved into your abdominal cavity. Doctors remove your dead child, but can’t find a missing limb.”
Read the entire op-ed in Breitbart: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/06/22/texas-abortion-case-abortionists-allowed-abandon-patients/
“Abortionist and convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell calls himself an “impractical man.” Speaking from his prison cell, where he sits for killing a patient and three born-alive babies, he told one of the documentary filmmakers of “3801 Lancaster: American Tragedy”: “Practical man changes to live within his society. Impractical man has the priority of changing society to meet his own needs. Therefore, progress can only be accomplished by an impractical man.””
“Bloodshed follows bloodshed” (Hosea 4:2).
Reflection: If a mother has the right to choose to kill her innocent, unwanted child, why doesn’t the child have the right to kill her innocent, unwanted mother? The deadly “logic” of putting choice above life endangers everyone. The “right to die” movement has nothing to do with people wanting to die. It has everything to do with people wanting to kill others whom they believe would be better off dead.
Prayer: Lord, I affirm today the primacy of life over choice. May every choice be guided and guarded by the immeasurable value of life. Amen.
“Your light must shine so that it can be seen by others” (Matthew 5:16).
Reflection: A preacher once wrote that there is no such thing as secret discipleship. Either the discipleship will destroy the secrecy, or the secrecy will destroy the discipleship. That’s why being pro-life cannot just be a personal, private conviction. If it’s in our heart, it needs to be on our lips and in our actions.
Prayer: Praise to you, Lord God, for you open my mouth in worship and in witness; you reveal my faith through my actions. May I never try to be a secret disciple, but rather be proud to be known as one of yours. Amen.