“Operation Baby Box” presentation June 1 in Newport N.H.

I’m pleased to pass on this announcement shared with me by way of New Hampshire Right to Life, Baby Steps Family Assistance Program, and Repurpurse by Maddie:

(flyer by Liza Regan)
(flyer by Liza Regan)

The text for you , in case the embedded image isn’t displayed:

Come to Assumption Hall of St. Patrick’s Parish in Newport, New Hampshire on June 1, 2016, at 6:45 p.m. for a Baby Box Presentation and raffle drawing. All are welcome to attend a short presentation about the Baby Box project, the movement behind bringing it to New Hampshire and our vision for this project. Light refreshments will be provided. 50/50 raffle tickets sold at the door. Evening will end with the raffle drawing. Hostess: Liza Regan from St. Patrick’s Parish, Repurpurse, Baby Steps. 

This isn’t a safe-haven baby box project, but rather an effort to provide expectant parents with a box full of baby clothing and supplies. More than a layette, this is going to be a way to welcome and celebrate new life.

Readers in New Hampshire’s Upper Valley (and beyond!), this sounds like a worthwhile presentation. I welcome reports from anyone who attends.


 

Weekend reading, 5/27/16: target the mosquito, not the baby

I end each week by offering you three of my favorite recent posts from other blogs. Have a wonderful weekend, and remember why we observe Memorial Day. 

Chuck Donovan: “The enemy remains the disease-ridden mosquito, not the vulnerable baby.” (lozierinstitute.org)

Chuck Donovan of the Lozier Institute introduces us to blogger Ana Carolina Caceres, born with microcephaly. Concerns about how the mosquito-borne Zika virus might cause microcephaly in children exposed to the virus in utero have led to some calls for abortion as a solution. Caceres and Donovan point in another direction: access to treatment for microcephaly. “Born with purportedly grim prospects, [Caceres] is today an accomplished woman, who plays the violin and writes compelling prose. The world needs more people like her, and more people like her mother and other family members, who stayed calm and chose life. Similar to the global response to the polio crisis, the medical community should continue its fight against the Zika virus by refining treatments, decreasing transmission pathways, and ultimately developing a vaccine against Zika.” Read the whole post.


Jay Hobbs: Illinois Bill Forcing Pro-Lifers to Refer for Abortion Sent to Governor’s Desk (pregnancyhelpnews.com)

Business at abortion facilities is apparently so bad that abortion promoters want to co-opt pro-life pregnancy care centers into advertising for them. California has already gone this route (and is now in court over it). Illinois is on the same path.  “While pregnancy help organizations counsel clients and patients on such facts as the baby’s development, and the physical and psychological dangers of abortion, the proposed legislation’s inclusion of a requirement to counsel on the ‘benefits’ of abortion has also raised concern among pro-life opponents to the bill. Although the bill requires pro-life healthcare providers and organizations to participate in abortion, it does not include stipulations that healthcare professionals, institutions, or organizations counsel patients on alternatives to abortion such as parenting or placing for adoption. Similar government-sponsored speech for pregnancy centers has been struck down as unconstitutional in Austin (TX), Baltimore and Montgomery County (MD) and New York City.” Read the whole post. 


Alex Schadenberg: soon-to-be-released film carries better-dead-than-disabled message; “disability death porn”

“The movie Me Before You will be released in theatres across North America on June 3. The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition is urging its supporters to boycott Me Before You to not give any money to the production of movies that perpetuate the ideology that death is better than living with a disability. This is not a campaign to obstruct free speech, this is a campaign to oppose the ‘disability death porn’ that this movie promotes.” Read the whole post.


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“Love wins, over and over.”

Abby Johnson Facebook May 2016

If you’re a Facebook regular, I recommend adding something to your feed if it’s not there already. Go “like” AbbyJohnson: ProWoman, ProChild, ProLife. As you probably know, Abby works with people who choose to leave the abortion industry and seek help making the transition to what is pretty much a new life.

This morning’s post struck me, particularly how it ended. Abby describes a former abortion worker’s first public speaking event since her departure from her former employer. Abby wrote,

“I have to tell you that it was one of the most beautiful things I have ever experienced. I know this may not be something you think about, but leaving the abortion industry is very lonely. When you work in the industry, all of your friends works [sic] in the industry, too. So when you leave, you leave all of your friends behind…the only support system you have. You feel very isolated.”

Read the Facebook post in full. It can be tough to envision the kind of outcome Abby describes when I encounter an abortion provider or other worker who promotes abortion – but just such an outcome is possible, even in a state like ours with an abortion-friendly culture. “Love wins, over and over.”

As session winds down, fetal homicide bill quietly dies

New Hampshire will remain for now one of the few states without a fetal homicide law.  House and Senate could not agree on the language for HB 560, sponsored by Rep. Leon Rideout (R-Lancaster). There will be no committee of conference.

Most states along with the federal government have such laws, sometimes called Unborn Victims of Violence acts. Such legislation permits under certain circumstances the prosecution of assailants for causing the death of a preborn child against the will of the mother. 

New Hampshire legislators have considered fetal homicide legislation several times since the early 1990s. The New Hampshire Supreme Court urged legislators to take a look at such measures, since the absence of a fetal homicide law forced the Justices to overturn a drunk driver’s conviction for causing the death of a child (State v. Lamy [2009]).

House and Senate passed a fetal homicide bill in 2012 but fell short of overriding Governor Lynch’s veto. In each of the past three years, legislation has foundered on disputes between House and Senate over language. Eight weeks’ gestation, “viability,” “capable of sustained extrauterine life”: nothing has yet attracted a majority in both chambers.

Neither chamber’s leadership has seen fit to ask the Supreme Court for an advisory opinion on whether either chamber’s version of fetal homicide legislation would satisfy the concerns expressed by the Court in Lamy.

It may be that by the time this kind of bill comes up again – and it will – yet another family will have a horror story about how their lost child counted for nothing in the eyes of the law.


 

Weekend reading, 5/20/16: on Zika, tolerance, and a Canadian problem

Every Friday, I serve up three of my favorite posts from other blogs for you to read over the weekend, after you’ve caught up on Leaven for the Loaf. Have a good weekend!


Wall Street Journal: “Sisters Act Two: Back in the Habit” (wsj.com)

“As HHS works out the technical details of a new accommodation, its political instinct will be to enforce militant cultural liberalism….so why not crush the Little Sisters and their old-fashioned morals now?But better, not least for the temper of U.S. politics, to abide by America’s tradition of religious pluralism. HHS and the White House admit a more tolerant solution is possible.” Read the rest of the post.

Simcha Fisher: “That death may march in the shade” (aleteia.com)

(Editor’s note: I featured this earlier on Leaven’s Facebook page, but this post is worth sharing again.) 

“Sara Mujica of Danbury, CT is seventeen and pregnant. A pretty common story. What is unusual about her, at least in the U.S., is that she has Zika virus. She caught it in Honduras, where she travelled to visit her boyfriend. She started showing symptoms of the disease just after she found out she was pregnant….She says: ‘I have Decided to keep my Baby , Because it’s what God has given to me & I am taking Full Responsibility Of MY Actions &  I do NOT believe in Abortion so I would never do that.’

“The Giant Internet Hand of Spanking sprang into action and declared that Mujica is an opportunist, a liar, a cheat, a fraudster, a hypocrite, and of course a slut and a whore….Most of all, she should get an abortion. She must get an abortion. They could easily forgive her for all her missteps, as long as she makes the only responsible choice now.” Read the full post.

Margaret Dore: Canada has a problem as it tries to codify assisted suicide (alexschadenberg.blogspot.ca)

(Editor’s note: After a pro-assisted-suicide decision by Canada’s Supreme Court, the nation’s lawmakers are attempting to make laws to codify the decision. Dore,  an attorney and anti-euthanasia activist, warns that what’s under consideration violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.)

“People who sign up for assisted suicide or euthanasia do not necessarily intend to go through with it. Maybe it was somebody else’s idea, maybe they were ambivalent or maybe they signed up ‘just in case’ things get bad. A patient can also change his or her mind. There are many people, including heirs, who can benefit from a patient’s death. If the patient was tricked, objected or struggled, who would know? [This] bill is a response to the Canadian Supreme Court decision, Carter v. Canada, which envisioned a ‘carefully designed and monitored system of safeguards.’ The bill has no such system.” Read the rest of the post.


Oregon Public Health: a lot of unknowns in assisted suicide report

The Patients Rights Council newsletter provides a fine quarterly update on end-of-life legislation and its effects on people who are medically vulnerable. Their latest newsletter (viewable as a PDF) includes a summary of the most recent annual report from the Oregon Public Health Division about deaths prescribed and committed under the state’s so-called “death with dignity” act.

See page 3 of the PRC newsletter – and by the way, look at the data for “patients’ reasons for requesting assisted suicide” and see how far down the list you find “inadequate pain control” – and look at what the OPHD report doesn’t say. From the PRC update:

“…it’s the ‘unknown’ statistic that is most significant. In 98 cases – that’s 74% of all the reported 2015 prescribed-suicide deaths – the OPHD doesn’t know if anyone was present at the most critical time in the whole assisted suicide process, when the patient takes the lethal drugs. That means that the OPHD has no clue if the patient took the deadly dose voluntarily (as required by the assisted suicide law), or if it was disguised in food and unwittingly consumed by the patient, or if the patient was forced to take the drugs (the last two actions being clearly illegal).”

Public health, indeed.


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