Oppose "Freedom of Choice Act"
Would Codify Right to Abortion, Guarantee Public Funding
WASHINGTON, September 25, 2008-- The Federal Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) is a dangerous radical bill that would create a "fundamental right" to abortion throughout the nine months of pregnancy. It would eliminate all limits on abortion and force all Americans to subsidize abortions with their tax money.

Bishops Respond to Biden Challenging Church Teaching on Abortion
DENVER, Colorado, September 8, 2008 - NBC's "Meet the Press" has inadvertently become the stage for some Catholic politicians to display "flawed moral reasoning," according to the bishops of Denver.

Church Teaching on "Brain Death" Clarified by Vatican Spokesman
VATICAN CITY, September 5, 2008- There has been no change in Church teaching regarding the concept of "brain death" as a true criterion for death, though the criterion has to be applied correctly, reminded a Vatican spokesman.

US Bishops Clarify Pelosi Misinterpretation
Catholic Church Has Always Been Pro-Life

WASHINGTON, August 26, 2008--Cardinal Justin F. Rigali, chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Bishop William E. Lori, chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Doctrine, have issued the following statement: In the course of a "Meet the Press" interview on abortion and other public issues on August 24, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi misrepresented the history and nature of the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church against abortion.

Obama Determined to Fund Embryonic Stem-Cell Research
WASHINGTON, August 14, 2008-- Sen. Obama's campaign communicated that expanding federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research would be one of his first moves as president, as reported by David Brooks of the "New York Times".

Darfur: Sudanese President Charged with Genocide
THE HAGUE, Netherlands, July 30, 2008-- As part of the international effort to stop the genocide in Darfur, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court filed genocide charges against Sudan's president for a five-year campaign of violence in Darfur. It is the first time that a charge like this was made by the court against a residing head of state.

Suicide Offered, Life-extending Drug Denied
EUGENE, OR, June 3, 2008 - When Barbara Wagner of Springfield, Oregon learned that the Oregon Health Plan did not cover her life-prolonging cancer treatment drug her oncologist prescribed, the letter of denial advised her that the assisted suicide would be covered. According to the Register Guard, Eugene Wagner said "I think it's messed up", as she burst into tears.

Conscience Rights Under Threat
Health Issues Spark Conflicts

ROME, June 1, 2008 -- The attempt to limit religion to the purely private sphere is a major area of conflict in many countries. One of the areas of battle involves Christians and Church-based institutions active in health care.

Doctor's Perspective on AB 2747
California Bill Promotes Assisted-Suicide in Disguise
California Assembly Bill 2747 purports to address problems of end of life care. In fact, it is a bill to enact "ending life care."

Physician-Assisted Suicide Advocates Fail in California with AB 374
Campaigns to Legalize PAS in Four Other States
SAN FRANCISCO, February 13, 2008-- Although advocates of physician-assisted suicide have failed in California with the defeat of AB 374, they are currently conducting campaigns in other states. Legalizing physician-assisted suicide anywhere in the US would be of national significance by paving the way to passing similar legislation in other states.

"Let Your Little One Live" Offers Powerful Message
A new pro-life country music song "Let Your Little One Live" humanizes the pre-born child in a very powerful way. It was written by Eric Smyth, an aspiring singer/Nashville songwriter/dentist who resides in the Chicago area and writes inspirational, patriotic, and country songs. This song is a gift that Eric wishes to share with the Respect Life movement.

Revolutionary Breakthrough in Stem Cell Research
Embryonic-Like Stem Cells Obtained from Skin Cells without Destroying Life
MADISON, Wisconsin/ KYOTO, Japan, November 28, 2007-- A new study released last week by two teams of scientists at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and Kyoto University in Japan revealed the possibility of reprogramming regular human skin cells to obtain embryonic-like stem cells. This historic discovery means that the kind of stem cell research that requires the killing of a human being in his or her embryonic stage of life is no longer needed.

Save Mexico City Policy
Update on House Hearing

Facts and Myths about Mexico City Policy

WASHINGTON, DC, November 1, 2007-- There is an ongoing campaign in the Congress to overturn Mexico City Policy, the current U.S. policy which prohibits funding overseas organizations that perform or promote abortion as a method of family planning.

US Senate Overturns Mexico City Policy
Close Call on Coercive Abortions Vote
Thank President for Veto Promise

Cardinal Rigali's letter to the Senators: keep Mexico City Policy and Kemp-Kasten Amendment

WASHINGTON, DC, September 7, 2007-- Yesterday the US Senate passed HR 2764, the State/Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill, which in its current version overturns the Mexico City Policy: a long-standing prohibition of funding for overseas nongovernemental organizations that perform or promote abortion.
Outrageous Attempt to Open Door for Funding Organizations Supporting Coercive Abortions
The bill that was presented on the Senate floor, was stripped of language, known as the Kemp-Kasten amendment, that prohibited taxpayer funding of organizations with programs that support coerced abortions and involuntary sterilizations overseas. (see how your Senators voted)

Urge Amnesty International--
Change Abortion Stance, Return to Neutrality!

US Bishops Decry AI's Decision to Support Abortion

Abortion Causes Rift at Amnesty International

WASHINGTON, DC, August 29, 2007 - Amnesty International's controversial resolution to support abortion has undermined its credibility as a defender of human rights and caused a division within the organization: the chapters in Ireland and Malta have refused to implement the new policy. The regrettable decision has prompted strong opposition from the Vatican and US bishops and has forced many Catholics to leave the organization, with the most recent examples of Bishop Michael Evans of East Anglia and Cardinal Keith O'Brien, Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh.

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