Category Archives: Pro-Life

98% of Catholic Relief Services’ contributions go to pro-abort politicians

The Catholic Church’s position on abortion has always been and remains one of abortion being an “intrinsic evil,” which means no amount or variety of excuse or rationalization can justify the killing of a wholly, 100% innocent human life in the womb.

APersonsAPersonAnd yet a study by the Lepanto Institute found that a shocking 98%, i.e., nearly all of the political donations by employees of the Catholic Relief Services go to pro-abortion political candidates.

Note: Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an international charity organization founded in 1943 by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops. It is said to provide assistance to 130 million people in more than 90 countries and territories across the world. The Lepanto Institute for the Restoration of All Things in Christ is a research and education organization dedicated to the defense of the Catholic Church against assaults from without as well as from within.

First, let’s look at Lepanto Institute‘s methodology.

As explained by Michael Hichborn for the Lepanto Institute, August 8, 2016, contributions that Americans give to political campaigns are recorded and made available as public information in order to ensure transparency in the political process. Donors are asked to provide information on their employer or what line of work they are in. Anyone can search the donor database by location, job type, sex, or religion. In fact, political parties and research organizations mine this data to look for demographic trends by location, job type, sex, or religion.

The Lepanto Institute (LI) did just that. It conducted a general search on for the search term “Catholic” listed under employer/occupation and found 6,293 records for listings such as “Catholic priest,” “Catholic Health,” “Catholic High School,” and even “Catholic Relief Services.”

LI then narrowed the search to employees of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and found the contribution records of 52 CRS employees, who made a total of 191 political contributions. 50 of the 52 (i.e., 96.16%) CRS employees had donated to openly pro-abortion politicians, accounting for 187 or 98% of the total 191 contributions.

Hichborn points out the obvious, which is that “Statistically, this indicates an overwhelming one-sidedness, with almost no diversity of opinion among those working for CRS.”

He concludes:

“What this data reveals is that the culture of Catholic Relief Services is not one that is friendly to pre-born babies or the Catholic faith it claims to serve. In fact, as we see that employees of CRS are donating almost exclusively to candidates diametrically opposed to the Catholic Church, we can easily conclude that it’s because their faith isn’t Catholicism — it’s the Democratic Party. And given this, it becomes a little clearer why CRS would annually facilitate tens of millions of dollars to organizations that commit abortion, perform sterilizations, and distribute contraception. It also explains the bevy of other problems found at CRS, such as its publication of manuals and programs promoting condom use, the implementation of contraception-promoting programs like Healthy Choices 2 and Shuga.

This is why I’d long stopped donating to Catholic Relief Services because every penny I give also goes to the salaries of its evil employees.

And if you’re Catholic, I urge you to stop donating to CRS, but tell your pastor and bishop why. Just print out this post, put it in an envelope, and drop it in the donation basket.

And the U.S. Catholic Church wonders why Mass attendance is down, there is a priest shortage, and dioceses are closing down empty parishes . . . .

See also “Abortion is the leading cause of death in U.S.


Abortion is the leading cause of death in U.S.

2016 looks to be the Year of the Baby Bust.

As reported by ABC News on August 9, 2016, fertility rates in America — the number of babies born per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 — are at the lowest levels ever recorded, according to researchers in a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Here’s a reason that nobody wants to talk about: Abortion.

A study by a team of scientists at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte reveals the terrible toll of abortion. It is the leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for almost a third (32.1%) of all deaths in 2009.

The study by James Studnicki, Sharon MacKinnon, and John W. Fisher was published as “Induced Abortion, Mortality, and the Conduct of Science” in the Open Journal of Preventive Medicine on June 17, 2016.

Here’s a figure from page 173 of Studnicki, et al.‘s report, showing abortion as the leading cause of death for Hispanics, Whites, and Blacks.

YPLL by cause of death, U.S., 2009

Studnicki, et al. begin by taking issue with the fact that abortion deaths are not included among U.S. death statistics although from the standpoint of science, abortion is a human death:

“There is no credible scientific opposition to the fact that a new genetically distinct human organism begins with fertilization and that, simply stated, human life begins at conception. Nor is there dispute that, in the absence of induced abortion and with the exception of natural fetal losses, conception usually results in a live [human] birth.”

Which, of course, makes it curious why “abortion is not reported as a cause of death in the vital statistics system in the United States. Nor is this exclusion limited to the United States. Although there are nearly 200 nations where the procedure is legal, and a conservatively estimated 45-50 million [abortions] are performed annually worldwide, there is no country which considers induced abortion as a reportable death.”

The exclusion of abortion in death rates is a gaping hole in the study of demography and government policy-making concerning resource allocation because “fertility, mortality and migration are the principal determinants of population increases, decreases, and demographic composition in any nation.”

This exclusion of abortion in death rates especially impacts racial minorities in the U.S. because abortion disproportionately affects certain racial/ethnic minorities — namely, blacks and Hispanics.

Of the total 3,589,163 abortions in the U.S. in 2009, abortions accounted for:

  • 16.4% of Non-Hispanic White (NHW) deaths
  • 61.1% of Non-Hispanic Black (NHB) deaths
  • 64.0% of Hispanic deaths

In fact, abortion accounts for 2 out of every 3 deaths among Blacks and Hispanics.

For Blacks and Hispanics, homicide and suicide were also ranked in the top 10 causes of death, but both causes-of-death were far out-ranked by abortion. Abortion takes a deadlier toll among Blacks compared to other racial/ethnic groups: The abortion death rate for Blacks is 5.9 times that of Whites and 2.1 times that of Hispanics.


And so, as the study concludes that although —

“Abortion is undoubtedly the most demographically consequential cause of death for Hispanics and NHB [Blacks]. Yet, there is evidence that the scientific community is minimally engaged in informing effective public policy on the topic of abortion….

The exclusion of abortion as a cause of death, in spite of conclusive science to contrary, and the relative paucity of information and funded research on a topic of demonstrated consequence to the demographic composition of the society, may be the ultimate example of science denial…. The appropriate role of science is to inform this societal dialogue with objective information. Labeling abortion as a preventable death is not an argument for restricting access to a legal abortion. However, refusing to acknowledge abortion as a death undermines the role of science and the value of transparency so fundamental to a free society.”

And yet 90+% of Blacks support Hillary Clinton, who is unconditionally and absolutely pro-abortion. They give new meaning to the term “useful idiots”.

H/t Campus Reform


Texas to require burial or cremation of aborted fetuses

Cue the outrage from the pro-aborts in 3, 2, 1…

unborn baby

Via NY Post: Texas intends to require that aborted fetuses be buried or cremated under new rules following the US Supreme Court’s decision to strike down two of the state’s most restrictive abortion laws.

A federal judge has blocked similar fetal remain requirements in Indiana as part of a preliminary injunction against a sweeping anti-abortion law signed by Republican Gov. Mike Pence.

But Texas is moving forward under orders from GOP Gov. Greg Abbott instead of waiting for lawmakers to pass a bill.

An Abbott spokeswoman said Thursday that talks began months before the proposed rules were quietly released for public comment this week. The new rules are expected to take effect in September.

Abortions in Texas plummeted in the first year under anti-abortion laws that the high court threw out last week.


Remembering that first 4th of July

Today, July 4, 2016, is the 240th anniversary of America’s Declaration of Independence.

As the light of freedom dims in America, we should recall that first Fourth of July in 1776, when 56 men convened in a hot stuffy room in Philadelphia to deliberate on and sign the Declaration of Independence.

There are 3 parts to this post:

  1. An evocative narrative of that day in 1776
  2. The Declaration of Independence
  3. What happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration

It was a glorious morning. The sun was shining and the wind was from the southeast. Up especially early, a tall bony, redheaded young Virginian found time to buy a new thermometer, for which he paid three pounds, fifteen shillings. He also bought gloves for Martha, his wife, who was ill at home.

Thomas Jefferson arrived early at the statehouse. The temperature was 72.5 degrees and the horseflies weren’t nearly so bad at that hour. It was a lovely room, very large, with gleaming white walls. The chairs were comfortable. Facing the single door were two brass fireplaces, but they would not be used today.

The moment the door was shut, and it was always kept locked, the room became an oven. The tall windows were shut, so that loud quarreling voices could not be heard by passersby. Small openings atop the windows allowed a slight stir of air, and also a large number of horseflies. Jefferson records that “the horseflies were dexterous in finding necks, and the silk of stockings was nothing to them.” All discussing was punctuated by the slap of hands on necks.

On the wall at the back, facing the president’s desk, was a panoply — consisting of a drum, swords, and banners seized from Fort Ticonderoga the previous year. Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold had captured the place, shouting that they were taking it “in the name of the Great Jehovah and the Continental Congress!”

Now Congress got to work, promptly taking up an emergency measure about which there was discussion but no dissension. “Resolved: That an application be made to the Committee of Safety of Pennsylvania for a supply of flints for the troops at New York.”

Then Congress transformed itself into a committee of the whole. The Declaration of Independence was read aloud once more, and debate resumed. Though Jefferson was the best writer of all of them, he had been somewhat verbose. Congress hacked the excess away. They did a good job, as a side-by-side comparison of the rough draft and the final text shows. They cut the phrase “by a self-assumed power.” “Climb” was replaced by “must read,” then “must” was eliminated, then the whole sentence, and soon the whole paragraph was cut. Jefferson groaned as they continued what he later called “their depredations.” “Inherent and inalienable rights” came out “certain unalienable rights,” and to this day no one knows who suggested the elegant change.

A total of 86 alterations were made. Almost 500 words were eliminated, leaving 1,337. At last, after three days of wrangling, the document was put to a vote.

Here in this hall Patrick Henry had once thundered: “I am no longer a Virginian, sir, but an American.” But today the loud, sometimes bitter argument stilled, and without fanfare the vote was taken from north to south by colonies, as was the custom. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted.

[Source: “The Americans Who Risked Everything,” by Rush H. Limbaugh, Jr. – father of talk radio titan Rush Limbaugh, III]


The Declaration of Independence

The Want, Will and Hopes of the People

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

John Hancock

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton


The Fate of the Signers

Even before the list was published, the British marked down every member of Congress suspected of having put his name to treason. All of them became the objects of vicious manhunts. Some were taken. Some, like Jefferson, had narrow escapes. All who had property or families near British strongholds suffered.

Of those 56 who signed the Declaration of Independence, nine died of wounds or hardships during the war. Five were captured and imprisoned, in each case with brutal treatment. Several lost wives, sons or entire families. One lost his 13 children. Two wives were brutally treated. All were at one time or another the victims of manhunts and driven from their homes. Twelve signers had their homes completely burned. Seventeen lost everything they owned. Yet not one defected or went back on his pledged word. Their honor, and the nation they sacrificed so much to create is still intact. [from “The Americans Who Risked Everything“]


Friends and patriots, on this Independence Day, never forget the sacrifices so willingly undertaken by these 56 bravehearts. Let us take up the challenge and make sure that the dream they began 238 years ago be never extinguished. 

May God have mercy on America.


This is how The Daily Show celebrates Supreme Court ruling against Texas anti-abortion law

Last Monday, June 16, 2016, the post-Scalia Supreme Court partly overturned a Texas pro-life law that led to the closure of many abortion clinics because they did not follow the same health and safety standards as legitimate outpatient surgical clinics.

That pro-life law, according to figures from the Texas health department, had led to a 15% decrease in the number of abortions from the year before, thereby saving the lives of some 9,000 babies.

Donald Trump quickly condemned the Supreme Court ruling.

Comedy Central’s The Daily Show celebrated SCOTUS’s decision with a tweet urging men to impregnate (“knock up”) someone in Texas, now that abortions are easier to get in that state.

Daily Show tweet on abortionThere’s no word other than “demonic” for The Daily Show‘s cavalier disregard for human life.

Meanwhile, pro-aborts are emboldened by the Supreme Court ruling:

  • Planned Parenthood wasted no time and is already seeking to overturn abortion clinic regulations of other states.
  • Judge Tanya Walton Pratt of the U.S. Court for the Southern District of Indiana sided with Planned Parenthood in its quest to block a new Indiana law, the Dignity for the Unborn Law, before it could take effect the next day. That law, which was signed by Gov. Mike Pence earlier this year, would have protected unborn babies from being aborted simply because of a disability like Down syndrome, race or sex.
U.S. District Judge Tanya Waltan Pratt

U.S. District Judge Tanya Waltan Pratt

Since black babies are disproportionately aborted, black Judge Pratt’s ruling will ensure the unrestrained abortion of more black babies. Why isn’t she called a self-hating racist?


Woman sues for wrongful conception after doctor said she couldn’t get pregnant

suing for conception fox 2 photo

From Fox2Detroit: It is an unusual civil case out of Oakland County (Michigan). A woman is suing her doctor for the stress caused by an unplanned pregnancy. He told her there was no chance she could get pregnant but she did, with a child who has Down syndrome.

The woman is not suing for wrongful birth – she is suing for wrongful conception. She blames her doctor and according to our legal expert – it sounds like she has a case.

Pictures show Lori Cichewicz as a doting loving mother. Reportedly she always planned to give birth but the problem, she never wanted to be pregnant. (This makes no sense at all.)

“This is really very close to a medical malpractice case,” said FOX 2 legal analyst Charlie Langton. “That’s really essentially what it is.”

In 2008 she went to get a permanent birth control procedure, to get her tubes tied. But her doctor told her that her fallopian tubes were blocked. She had no chance of getting pregnant and she didn’t even need birth control.

Three years later Lori got pregnant with a baby who had Down syndrome.

Lori is now suing her doctor for “wrongful conception” – basically his negligence. She is seeking damages for the emotional distress caused by the unplanned pregnancy. Cichewicz is now 50 years old and raising a special needs child.

According to Langton, the courts have already decided damages are limited to the stress of the conception.

“The stress associated with thinking about of having to be pregnant or being pregnant when she didn’t want to be pregnant are the only damages,” he said. “It’s not the fact she is going to get money for having to raise a Down syndrome child, the court already said no.”

The case is expected to go to a jury trial within the next few months – unless the doctor settles it before then.


California health group drops abortion doctor after video captured him saying he loves to kill babies

Robert SantellaRecently, pro-life advocate Zephaniah Mel stood outside the Family Planning Associates abortion clinic in San Diego.

An abortionist, 72-year-old Dr. Robert J. Santella, charged out of the clinic at Mel, California Catholic Daily reports.

Mel calmly told Santella he must repent for murdering babies because it’s a sin against God.

At that, Santella went berserk, made a strange “AARGH!” gutteral noise, and screamed, “I love it! I don’t go to Christ. I don’t listen to Christ. And yeah, I do have a darkened heart, I do, I do, very much.” When Mel said that Santella is “tearing babies apart,” the abortionist again said, “I love it! I love it!”

Here’s Mel’s video of the confrontation.

According to LifeNews, Santella has a bad reputation with his patients and has been accused of injuring several patients in botched abortions. Pro-lifers who witnessed one of the incidents said one woman’s mother called 911 for her daughter after Santella and his staff refused to.

Santella had faced several disciplinary measures from the California Medical Board which resulted in years of probation. The medical board presently is reviewing a new case alleging that Santella treated five patients with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, prescribing without a prior appropriate examination, unprofessional conduct, and failure to keep adequate and accurate medical records.

As recounted by Operation Rescue, pro-lifer Allyson Smith saw the video of Santella raging that he loves to kill babies, and noticed that Santella was wearing an identification badge from Sharp Healthcare, a group of hospitals throughout San Diego County, including Grossmont Hospital.

So Smith, on June 17, sent an email to Sharp Healthcare, asking, “Why is this ‘doctor’ allowed to be affiliated with Grossmont Hospital? He is nuts and should be fired. What will you do about him?”

Soon, Smith received a reply from Sharp Healthcare:

Hi Allyson:

Thank you for your message. We appreciate your concerns regarding this physician, and we can assure you that he is no longer affiliated with any of our hospitals, he is not employed by our medical groups, and he does not practice or have admitting privileges at any of our facilities. We are currently looking into other aspects of this matter, and we will provide updates as we have more information.


H/t Big Lug and Tim Shey.