|March 31, 2009|
The Republican Party was founded on the principle that no human being should be considered the property of another.
NOTRE DAME DISHONORS ITS CATHOLIC HERITAGE
The University of Notre Dame has invited pro-abortion President Barack Obama to deliver the 2009 commencement address at this year's graduation ceremonies. In addition, Mr. Obama will be honored with an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree. In so doing, Notre Dame has turned its back on its Catholic identity and flagrantly ignored the instruction by the U.S. Catholic Bishops in 2004 which said, "The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions. Indeed, the measure of any Catholic institution is not only what it stands for, but also what it will not stand for."
John M. D'Arcy, Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has spoken out strongly against Notre Dame's ill advised decision and refused to attend the graduation. Bishop Thomas Olmsted of the Diocese of Phoenix, AZ, Bishop Gregory Aymond of the Diocese of Austin, Texas and Texas Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, have issued statements expressing their strong disapproval.
Pro-life groups around the country are urging pro-life donors to Notre Dame to instead send their contributions to the pro-life organization of their choice, which would be a far better and more productive use of their hard earned money.
We haven't heard the end of this story. Whether or not you are a Catholic, please express your pro-life convictions about this matter to:
Rev. John Jenkins, CSC
Office of the President
400 Main Building
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Phone: 574) 631-5000
Planned Parenthood presented U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with its highest award, named for Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, on Friday, March 27 at its national meeting in Houston, Texas.
Margaret Sanger was a eugenicist who advocated the development of a superior race, to be achieved by eliminating religious and ethnic minorities she referred to as "useless breeders." It is instructive to note the emphasis Planned Parenthood has historically placed on locating its abortion clinics in close proximity to minority neighborhoods.
In a letter to Clarence J. Gamble written in 1939, Sanger wrote, "We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members."
Calling Kathleen Sebelius, a self-described Catholic, an "enemy of the unborn," Catholic League President Bill Donohue said the Kansas Governor's nomination as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services is particularly disturbing because the HHS secretary is one of the few members of the administration who can directly affect abortion policy. "Sebelius' support for abortion is so far off the charts that she has been publicly criticized by the last three archbishops of Kansas City," Donohue said in a statement.
In May, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, KS, said that Sebelius' stance on abortion had "grave spiritual and moral consequences." He asked that Sebelius no longer receive Communion until she repudiated her stance and made a "worthy sacramental confession." (CNN Politics.com, 3/2/09)
Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Council, commented on the Sebelius nomination in the March 3 edition of Washington Update. He said, "The biggest example of the divide between conservatives and the GOP may be found in President Obama's pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). With the exception so far of Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Jim DeMint (R-SC), the nomination of Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D-KS) arguably the most pro-abortion governor in the nation has been met by the Republican leadership with a collective yawn. Here is a woman who aligns herself against 80% of the country in suggesting that the government knows better than parents in children's health decisions, and yet the GOP can't muster the will to fight her nomination. As governor, she hosted a private reception for a notorious partial-birth abortionist, vetoed bills that would have made abortion clinics cleaner for women, and blocked court reforms that would have helped to prevent third-term abortions. Like President Obama, she even opposed protection for infants who are born alive during an abortion.
"If Republicans won't take a stand now, when will they? Once Sebelius is confirmed, she will control the largest government agency in America with more power and resources to advance a radical social agenda that will drive a deeper wedge between parents and their children."
Pro-life Kansans along with pro-lifers everywhere were very shocked to learn that both of their U.S. Senators Pat Roberts, who maintains a solid pro-life voting record and Sam Brownback, who has been a pro-life leader in the Senate throughout his tenure are supporting the nomination of Governor Sebelius. There appears to be no doubt that she will be confirmed, so fasten your seatbelts. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee which will ultimately vote on her confirmation, said that the Committee had several questions for Governor Sebelius, that they were not about "serious things," and that "It's possible she could be done before we go home" for the April Recess. (CQ HealthBeat, 3/25/09)
Obama's Embryonic Stem Cell O.K. Can Kill
By Michael Reagan, March 11, 2009
What President Obama did when he reversed President Bush's executive order banning embryonic stem cell research was based not on solid science, but his desire to cater to the anti-life, pro-abortion forces and their media allies who helped elect him.
In doing this, he created the potential for an outbreak of potentially fatal cancerous tumors caused by the therapeutic use of embryonic stem cells.
Moreover, he killed another Bush presidential order that funded some of the most promising research on the creation of embryonic-like stem cells from harmless but potent adult stem cells.
What President Obama did when he rescinded President Bush's federal ban on certain lines of embryonic stem cell research ultimately could cost American lives.
Obama and his subservient mainstream media allies ignored science in favor of politics, and the results will prove to be disastrous.
What most people are unaware of is that there are three types of stem cell research: there is embryonic stem cell research (ESC), there is induced pluripotent (IPSC) research, and adult stem cell research (ASC).
When Barack Obama rescinded George Bush's ban on federal funding on certain types of embryonic stem cell research he also rescinded Bush's Executive Order 13435 which had provided federal funding for induced pluripotent stem cell research using harmless adult stem cells manipulated into mimicking embryonic stem cells without the risk ESC cells entail.
This is where 72 different diseases are now being remedied or cured.
There are no embryonic stem cells being used anywhere in the world on humans, with one tragic exception. A boy treated with embryonic stem cells for a rare genetic disease developed benign tumors, casting doubt on claims of the therapy's safety and effectiveness.
According to media reports, the boy, now 17, received the ESC stem cells in 2001 at a Moscow hospital and four years later scans showed brain and spinal tumors. Israeli doctors removed the abnormal growth from his spine and their tests show it most probably was caused by the stem cells.
The Moscow doctors should have known better. It is well known that lab animals given embryonic stem cells routinely develop tumors and other malignant growths that eventually kill them. There is a 100 percent mortality rate among lab animals that develop these tumors.
That's why George Bush banned this lethal form of research that Barack Obama, who should have known better, has now legitimized by overturning this life-saving ban.
The reason that major drug companies such as Merck and Pfizer are not funding ESC research is because they have seen the research and it scared the daylights out of them. They realized that if they injected ESC cells into human beings and like lab animals, they show signs of cancers or lesions or tumors there will be huge class action suits, because they would have ignored all of the available data in research that shows that that's exactly what will happen.
The fact of the matter is embryonic stem cells kill. The research shows conclusively that they help rats and mice die and an Israeli boy grow tumors.
Barack Obama rescinded Bush's executive order banning this dangerous research, which has failed everywhere it has been tried, and then went on to eliminate funding for some of the most promising research on the use of pluripotent adult stem cells.
Unfortunately, those opposed to these actions have made the mistake of concentrating on the pro-life aspects of this controversy, while ignoring the scientific aspects, which prove our case conclusively.
We can win this case, by concentrating on the science, which is on our side.
Anyone who is willing to inject embryonic stem cell into their bodies needs to understand that like the Israeli boy and the lab animals they will grow tumors and lesions.
Never forget that YOU were once an embryo.
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