Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
If you have heard the spots and are looking for more information, click the pro-life label on the right side of the blog or check out some of the links.
Lorraine's husband, Martyn, is quoted as saying: "Lorraine was positive all the way through. She had strength for both of us. I can't begin to describe how brave she was. Towards the end we knew things weren't going well, but she was overjoyed that she had given life to Liam."
Monday, January 28, 2008
The movie treated very serious subjects (sex, marriage, babies, adoption, etc.) as no big deal. Comedic elements were added to every scenario, even when they were highly inappropriate to the subject matter. For instance, when Juno calls the abortion clinic, the gravity of the situation is diffused by her cracking jokes about the discomfort caused by her "hamburger phone." Since when is choosing an abortion a light matter?
- The movie only provides Band-Aids -- simple solutions to cover the surface problem, not the root cause. Did anyone notice how much Juno seems to be starved for love? She seems to be looking for love in all the wrong places, and nothing she does is really seeking to get to the root of this longing. It brings to mind a beautiful quote from Pope John Paul II -- "Man cannot live without love. He remains a being that is incomprehensible for himself, his life is senseless, if love is not revealed to him, if he does not encounter love, if he does not experience it and make it his own, if he does not participate in it intimately."
- The selfless and loving nature of adoption is downplayed in the movie, as Juno continues to say it's no big deal. Her callousness regarding her unborn child may reflect the pain of placing a child for adoption, but it comes across as a decision that merely affects her 40 weeks of pregnancy, not the rest of her life. Consequently, it's hard to catch a glimpse of the monumental sacrifice and heroic love modeled by a birth parent.
- Juno's boyfriend, Bleeker, is portrayed as a rather wimpy young man. He is given no say in the adoption decision (when, in reality, a father has to sign away his right to parent). His lack of a role in the situation only perpetuates the stereotype that men are not necessary in a pregnancy -- except for the very first moment.
- Sex is portrayed as no big deal -- something to do when bored, something everyone does and something that has no intrinsic meaning. In fact, the only way it is shown to have an effect is through Juno's pregnancy. We are led to believe that if she did not get pregnant, life wouldn't be much different.
- So, in summary, I did not find Juno to be the hysterical, positive treatment of life and adoption that others have lauded it to be. I was very disappointed by the way the film portrayed precious subjects and poked fun at those who believe life to be a beautiful gift. The casualness of sex and of looking at the unborn merely reflected common views in our society, but I think we deserve better.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Some people chanted (such as the class, "Hey, hey, Ho, Ho, Roe v. Wade has got to go"), and others chatted with friends. Some prayed the rosary aloud and others silently. There were seminarians, religious ordered priests and sisters everywhere. Parishes and schools were proudly holding banners to alert the crowd as to their associations. I saw a sign for Roger Bacon High School, and was thrilled to find a group of St. Ursula girls at the end of the March.
And that would really sum up the March for Life experience. Even though we don't hear about this in the media and even though we see overwhelming evidence of the culture of death that surrounds us, there are signs of hope everywhere. God is with us, and in His time, a culture of life will flourish. Today's young people will be instrumental in ending legalized abortion. This fight for life isn't just about changing laws; it is primarily about changing hearts. The March was a great sign of hope that hearts are being changed and are embracing the beauty of the gift of life.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
"Nicole, my mom just called me with some breaking news... you are the first person I thought of to call..."
It was an old friend from early on in high school who had called. Oh my gosh! What had happened? My thoughts instantly went to the March for Life. What happened there? Were people hurt? What about Emily! I continued to listen...
"They found Heath Ledger dead in his apartment today... I didn't know who else to call. I am going to watch A Knights Tale. Call me..."
Now, a little background may be needed here. As I said, this was a really good friend of mine from high school who shared various Hollywood crushes... um... obsessions that adorned my bedroom walls, including Josh Hartnett, Leonardo DiCaprio, (etc, etc, etc), and of course Heath Ledger. Heath Ledger the Australian heart throb from the movie A Knights Tale with the dancing scene to "Golden Years" that I religiously watched over and over again. The actor who, I knew, that if we only met, would fall madly in love with me and live happily ever after. I mean, he fought for the girl (while wielding a big wooden lance-type-thing, AND riding a horse AND at the same time wearing what looked like hundreds of pounds of armor)... and he won! Can you really blame me?
Maybe it was because I was in about of a panic by the time she reached the point of her call, but once the message was over and my anxiety began to cease, my only thoughts were...
are you for real?
Now, I am not trying to say that his death was anything less than a tragedy. It is very sad to me as was the death of Steve Irwin, also a childhood favorite. But on the day of the March for Life, a day to commemorate all the lives that have been lost to abortion, was there any coverage on the news, radio, or paper for that? If so, I am sure the amount did not quite match up. Mr. Ledger's life should be remembered, but also the lives of the all the children who have been lost to abortion over the past 35 years in this country. I do not mean to trivialize his death, just simply say maybe our country's priorities need some, well re-prioritizing.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
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"Build Unity on the Life Principles throughout America.
No Exception! No Compromise!"
Starting at the Washington Memorial pro-lifers walk in remembrance of our unborn brothers and sisters peacefully and prayerfully through the streets of DC. The actual March begins at noon, with live coverage available starting at 11 am. I encourage you to join in the March for Life if in the DC area. If unable to do so, please offer a prayer today for all of those who have lost their lives because of the injustice of abortion in our country and for those taking a stand for life in Washington today... and remember today the great gift of life that YOU have been given.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Choosing relationships wisely is so important, not only in someone's journey with chastity, but also to your happiness. Although it's rather cliche, in the case of dating, quality is much more important than quantity.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
"I know a doctor who spent two years in the Congo winning the confidence of a dying tribe who would not trust outsiders (black or white) and who were dying because of their bad diet. He was a dietitian, and he saved their lives. Once they knew this, they trusted him totally and asked him all sorts of questions about life in the West. They believed all the amazing things he told them, like flying to the moon and destroying whole cities with one bomb, but there were two things they literally could not believe. One was that in the West there are atheists- people who believe in no gods at all. (“Are these people blind and deaf? Have they never seen a leaf or heard a waterfall?) The other was that in one nation alone (America), over a million mothers each year pay doctors to kill their babies before they are born. Their reaction to this was to giggle, which was their embarrassed way of trying to be polite, assuming it was a joke. They simply had no holding place in their minds for this concept, and they expected every day that the doctor would tell them the point of the joke. And it is we who call these people “primitive.”
If you are unable to travel to Washington, D.C. for the March for Life next week, you can participate in some local events to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the legalization of abortion in Roe v. Wade. On Saturday, January 19, a Rosary procession will be held from Cincinnati City Hall to Fountain Square. Come be a voice for life during this peaceful, prayerful event.
Monday, January 14, 2008
"People want to remove consequences, but we cannot remove consequences. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. You can't change the consequences, you have to change the behavior. Because the only real way to remove emotions is if you are buried, six feet under. Then I guess you can remove emotions" (page 96).
Saturday, January 12, 2008
* Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati's annual Oratory Contest for high school juniors and seniors will be held Saturday, March 15, place and time TBA. Cash prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners ($150, $100, $50). The 1st place winner competes at the state level in Columbus April 26 for the chance to compete nationally. Registration deadline is March 7.
* Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati is accepting submissions for the first annual pro-life Poetry Contest for high school students, grades 9-12, deadline is March 15. Poetry of any style may be submitted, creatively addressing the affect of abortion on our culture, people, and/or ways of thinking and acting. Cash prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners ($100, $75, $50).
* There is also a Poster Contest for K-8.
More information can be obtained at the Cincinnati Right to Life website.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
After discussing the lack of men’s legal rights in abortion in school for the past couple of days, I tackled my old text books and notes from my Life Issues and the Law class in college. Here are some important points, mostly dealing specifically with married men’s rights (or lack thereof), though they imply a great deal about non-married men as well:
In a 1976 Supreme Court case, Planned Parenthood of Central Missouri v. Danforth, a decision was handed down regarding fathers’ rights in abortion. One of the findings was that a man’s right to know about his wife or daughter’s abortion is “unconstitutional.”
- The Supreme Court refused to hear the
v. Conn case regarding a man who won a court order in 1988 barring his wife from having an abortion. With the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, the woman defied court orders and had the abortion anyway. Her lawyer “stated in legal documents that ‘she did what she had to do to protect both her physical and emotional health’” (The Facts of Life: An Authoritative Guide to Life and Family Issues by Brian Clowes, Ph.D., page 31). But court documents “showed that she had the abortion because she had planned a trip to the beach and wanted to look good in her new bathing suit!” (ibid). Conn.
- The Supreme Court’s decision not to hear this case implicitly proved that fathers have no legal rights when it comes to abortion.
- The Supreme Court decision, Casey v. Planned Parenthood in 1992 also commented on this issue. They considered it an “undue burden” on women to have to share their abortion decision (or even notification) with their husband. They relied heavily on the argument that it may cause psychological or physical abuse on the part of the husband. Part of the decision said, “The husband’s interest in the life of the child his wife is carrying does not permit the State to empower him with this troubling degree of authority over his wife. … A state may not give to a man the kind of dominion over his wife that parents exercise over their children.”
- In Casey v. Planned Parenthood, the Supreme Court also said that if this were the case of a woman notifying her husband about taking action regarding their “living child,” then the mother and father would presumably have equal interest in the matter. However, they stated that, “It is an inescapable biological fact that state regulation with respect to the child a woman is carrying will have a far greater impact on the mother’s liberty than on the father’s.”
- These cases all applied to husbands. If a married man is given no say in abortion, then neither is a single man.
I don’t understand how a father can be given no legal rights when a child is just as much his as it is the woman’s. Obviously the child is living inside of the mother’s womb, but it is not part of her body. It is upsetting to know that informing a baby’s father about an abortion decision is legally considered an unnecessary burden on women. Fortunately, no law can stop a man from expressing his views concerning abortion.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Friday, January 4, 2008
One common approach suggested is to ask the person bringing forward objections different questions in order to put them on the defensive. They idea is that they must prove their own position. Example: Ask the other person to prove when life begins.