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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.


Unions Must Reflect on the Interests of Latino Workers
SAN FRANCISCO, August 29, 2007 -- In his new book, Strangers in a Foreign Land, Catholics for the Common Good Advisor, Rev. Dr. George E. Schultze, SJ discusses the organizing of Catholic Latinos who are a source of low-cost labor in the United States.
"Today's labor leaders risk alienating Latinos and jeopardizing Catholic support if they accept and promote abortion and take anti-family and anti-marriage positions aligned with the radical homosexual and feminist movements," said Father George Schultze, SJ. "This would be a shame because Latinos can benefit from union organizing and the growing population of Latino workers offers opportunities for significant growth in the sagging labor movement."


Help Stop Genocide in Darfur
Thursday, July 26- Vigils at Chinese Consulates
SAN FRANCISCO, July 24, 2007 While people are still suffering and dying in Darfur, there is a country whose position in improving the dramatic situation there is critical: China is the largest foreign investor as well as the largest trade partner of Sudan, and has just begun its term as president of the UN Security Council. This Thursday, July 26, vigils will be held at all Chinese diplomatic posts in the US to urge the government of this country to help stop the genocide in Darfur.


Here Come the Manimals
SAN FRANCISCO, June 29, 2007-- Get ready for the "manimals." In Sunday's Washington Post, Will Saletan describes how some scientists have cut themselves loose from the tether of self restraint and are busily planning the creation of human/animal chimeras with increasingly human attributes. 


Caritas Worker Killed in Darfur
DARFUR, Sudan, June 19, 2007 - A Caritas employee was shot and killed on his way home from work at a West Darfur refugee camp on Sunday.


Thank President Bush for Vetoing S.5
Watch for Senate Attempt to Put Same Language in Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON, DC, June 20, 2007 --As promised, today President George W. Bush vetoed S.5, the bill that would have funded the destruction of the living human beings in their embryonic stage of life for scientific research. This is the second time the President vetoed this legislation in two years.


Pope Asks for a Solution in Darfur
VATICAN CITY, JUNE 1, 2007 - Benedict XVI asked for a negotiated solution to the bloody situation in the Darfur region of Sudan.


California Suicide Bill Fails to Get Enough Votes
AB374 Dies Natural Death -- at least for 2007
Citizen Phone Calls and Postcards Won the Day

AB 374 would open the door to a new medical specialization - Assisted Suicide Specialist

HMO Doctors say killing patients is OK

Wesley Smith: Catholic Nursing Homes to Be Forced to Permit Assisted Suicide

SACRAMENTO, CALIF., June 7, 2007 -- Advocates of legalizing suicide as a medical treatment in California have acknowledged that they could not muster enough votes on the Assembly floor to pass AB 374. They indicated the bill has been put on the shelf for this year but could bring it up again in 2008.



Caritas worker killed 06/16

Pope asks for a solution in Darfur

U.S. Sanctions on Sudan in Effort to Stop the Genocide in  Darfur

 
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 29, 2007- President George Bush has announced that new economic sanctions will be introduced to put pressure on the government in Khartoum in an effort to stop the genocide in Darfur (see "Sudan - Cauldron of Tragedy"). The sanctions target 31 Sudanese companies and 3 individuals complicit in the violence.


Genocide and Extreme Poverty:
Quotes from the Social Teachings


Sudan- cauldron of tragedy
Sudan is the largest African country- about a quarter of the size of the USA- and one of the most diverse on the continent. The diversity is not confined merely to the landscape, ranging from deserts to mountain ranges, swamps and rain forests, but it also extends to the inhabitants: Sudan's people comprise 597 ethnic groups who speak more than 400 different languages and dialects and represent various religions.


Darfur Aid Workers Inhibited by Militias
ABATA, Sudan, APRIL 20, 2007 (Zenit.org).- While people living in displacement camps now have access to basic services, remote co mmunities in Darfur have received little humanitarian assistance because of continued security threats to aid workers.


California HMO doctors say it's OK to kill patients
SACRAMENTO, MARCH 22, 2007 - If suicide becomes a medical treatment alternative to care for the dying, it is easy to understand the financial advantages to hospitals, HMO's and MediCal. A fifty-dollar prescription is a lot cheaper than providing proper care.


Rally Photos: Pickets against AB 374
Los Angeles and Sacramento, Wednesday, March 21, 2007




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