Which candidates are pro-life?

www.rnclife.org In this edition of E-Notes:

Dianne Edmondson, Executive Director, [email protected]January 5, 2011

MTV Program Glamorizes Teen Pregnancy, Promotes Abortion

Teen MTV's series "16 and Pregnant" has been running for some time now — a reality show which glamorizes teen pregnancy and "normally" results in the usually single teen mother choosing to keep her baby and raise it in the very difficult circumstances of a fatherless, husbandless environment. Indeed, some 750,000 teens become pregnant each year and about 1/3 of them choose abortion. Seldom is adoption the outcome for the baby.

On December 28, however, the mother and father of this episode's unborn child made the decision to abort, and MTV sympathetically presented their decision. The mother is Markai Durham, who was first seen in November on "16 and Pregnant," discovers she is expecting again and must decide whether to have the baby, give it up for adoption or have an abortion. She and her boyfriend have a child already, who was born in October of 2009, falling line with the many women who already have children when they choose abortion for a subsequent pregnancy.

Her decision to terminate the pregnancy is the centerpiece of "No Easy Decision" and it is really shocking to see her declare her love for the unborn baby, yet saying she must do what is best for everyone as she and her boyfriend decide to have an abortion. If you did not see this program, you can and should by clicking this link.

So controversial was this show that MTV decided to air it at 11:30 p.m. rather than its earlier normal time slot. It also ran without commercials, leading one to wonder who was underwriting this pro-abortion production.

"God gave me 3 paths to take abortion, adoption, or raising this baby along with another. I chose this path and I think about how stressing things would have been if I haven't made the one I've made," Markai says, having earlier decided that she loved her unborn baby too much to give it up for adoption — a shockingly common "excuse" used to justify abortion.

Markai and two other girls who had abortions were interviewed, all showing varying degrees of emotion about their decisions, but all protesting that they had done "the right thing." Though MTV has promised that its reality show will show "all sides" of the teen pregnancy and abortion issue, it hardly seems to be living up to that pledge.

Important Dates in Texas Speaker Race and Warning to Catholic House Members

Texas As more and more pro-lifers and other conservatives are joining in the grassroots movement to unseat the Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus, two important events will be taking place in Austin.

Monday, January 10, the Republican House members, which now number 101 (more than a 2/3 majority) have been called to a caucus to discuss among themselves whom to support as Speaker. A conservative grassroots rally is being planned for 10 a.m. on the steps of the Capitol. Pro-lifers from across the state are urged to come to Austin to participate and meet personally with their Representatives prior to the vote for Speaker. A staging area for the rallies is being set up at the La Quinta Inn across the street from the Capitol building, courtesy of Emergent Consulting. Rally participants can meet there for information.

The Speaker's race is tightening among the 3 announced candidates: Speaker Straus, a moderate who erroneously labels himself as "pro-life," and two stalwart pro-life conservatives, Ken Paxton and Warren Chisum. The election on the floor of the Texas House will take place on Tuesday, January 11 and with the number of newly-elected Texas conservative representatives, grassroots activists across the state are calling for Straus to be replaced with a true pro-life conservative. Thousands are expected to descend upon the Capitol to witness the votes of their Representatives on Tuesday. Click here for details.

Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Corpus Christi René Henry Gracida has stated that he does not believe any Catholic member of the Legislature could, with a clear conscience, vote for Speaker Straus. He warns that if a Catholic member were to vote for Straus without a clear conscience, that member would be committing a serious sin.

Dallas Rabbi Yaakov Rosenblatt opposes both Speaker Straus' re-election and the notion that those supporting other candidates are doing so from anti-Semitism. He urges returning to the Founding Fathers' Judeo-Christian vision of government and electing a conservative, pro-life speaker, saying, "A speaker who rejects sanctity of the unborn soul (Speaker Straus holds a 100% NARAL standing) . . . can, fairly, be rejected by someone whose passion is the core values that made America exceptional."

Virtually all the pro-life organizations in Texas are calling for Straus to be replaced and are indicating that they will consider a vote for him as Speaker to be a weighted, anti-life vote in their scoring of the legislative session. One lone pro-life organization has inexplicably refused to join the other pro-life groups in exposing and denouncing Speaker Straus' anti-life votes and political connections. Unfortunately, this group's endorsement of Straus is providing political "cover" for Republican legislators who choose to tout the false pro-life Straus label rather than listening to and voting the wishes of their constituents. This group has lost credibility within the pro-life movement due to its support of the anti-life Speaker, and its refusal to be realistic about the Speaker's record is hurting the other pro-life organizations as they try to expose the truth about his "pro-life" claims.

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