FROZEN EMBRYOS POSE HUGE MORAL DILEMMA

Imagine waking up one day to learn you are being sued by your own, yet-to-be-born embryos. Sounds absurd, right? Well, It’s actually already happened. In December, Modern Family star Sofia Vergara was hit with a unique lawsuit that rocked the legal underpinnings of human fertility science. The lawsuit actually names the embryos as plaintiffs against her. Before they broke up, Vergara created two frozen embryos with former fiance’ Nick Loeb. She wants to keep them frozen “indefinitely,” while Loeb, fighting on behalf of the embryos, wants a surrogate birth mother to bring them to term. The legal battle over the embryos sounds like a roiling Hollywood drama that only a star could have. But it actually reflects a growing moral and legal dilemma.

According to a 2010 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, 7.4 million U.S. women have undergone in vitro fertilization-having babies via embryos fertilized outside the womb. Typically, many more embryos are created than can be implanted, and the remaining ones are cryogenically preserved.

It remains to be seen if the untested strategy of embryos suing their own mother will work, but so far the legal community appears to be taking it seriously. The lawsuit requests that the embryos “be entrusted to their natural father Leob, who is willing that they be born and become eligible to receive their inheritance.”

The number of frozen embryos is staggering-over 1 million by some estimates. And it’s growing every day.

In response, several groups advocate “embryo adoption,” that is, the transfer of fertilized embryos from couples that no longer need or want them to infertile couples very eager to have children.

Embryo adoptions already account for about 2 percent of reproductive procedures in the United States. The annual number of these births as more than doubled since 2011. But the growth in cryopreserved embryos is increasing even faster.

To some, the problem of what to do with the growing number of so-called “snowflake children” is nothing less than a moral crisis.

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, for example, HAS CALLED FROZEN EMBRYOS “HUMAN BEINGS deserving the full love and protections granted any child.”

(this article goes on to talk about how out of control this whole situation is and that people are creating children with no thought about what to do with the ones they don’t want.) Dr. Jeffrey Keenan of the National Embryo Donation Center says it’s time for the law to catch up with IVF technology.

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This article was in March NEWSMAX Magazine, written by Troy Anderson. I don’t usually pay attention to what Hollywood Stars do but this article is very important. If a decision is made about these frozen embryos, could affect abortion laws all over our Country not only concerning frozen embryos.

They are being called unborn children. If the ruling acknowledges that embryos are legally unborn children then, having an abortion could make a woman legally liable for murder. Also, the father would have the right to insist that the baby be carried to term and allowed to be born. I would imagine he could sue if he wanted. Science has already proved that an embryo is a baby, but our laws have not caught up.  I pray Loeb wins his suit. It could mean the end of abortion as it is being used in this day and age.

Just to point our, I was actually listening today on the Presence Radio FM that the Catholic Church is against IVF  and freezing embryos for moral and natural reasons, and it seems with good reason.  If you are interested in why, there should be some answers at http://www.Catholic.com I think it is.

Here is a reading from the bible I came across regarding abortion: Book of Genesis: (1-13)

God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them”Be fertile and multiply and fill the earth. Dread fear of you shall come upon all the animals of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon all the creatures that move about on the ground and all the fishes of the sea; into your power they are delivered. Every creature that is alive shall be yours to eat; I give them all to you as I did the green plants. Only flesh with its lifeblood still in it you shall not eat. For your own lifeblood, too, I will demand an accounting: from every animal I will demand it, and from one man in regard to his fellow man I will demand an accounting for human life. If anyone sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has man been made. Be fertile, then and multiply; abound on the earth and subdue it.

—————Sounds to me like we are going to answer for every child killed and it’s approaching something like 60 million now?  Pray folks, for this country and every person in it. May God have Mercy on our souls.

 

 

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GREAT READING FOR LENT and DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

As we approach Divine Mercy Sunday on April 23, the week after Easter Sunday on April 16, and the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima on May 13, check out these great resources on the tremendous power of Divine Mercy and the story of the apparitions at Fatima, 100 years ago.  You can order these at (marian.org)

A JOURNEY TO HEALING THROUGH DIVINE MERCY: MERCY AFTER ABORTION: by Theresa Bonopartis. Sharing the fruits of her own long and often painful process of healing after having had an abortion. Theresa Bonopartis gives her testimony and offers a series of Divine Mercy meditations for post-abortive mothers and fathers. Drawing from the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska and the words of the popes, Bonopartis shares profound insights to assist her wounded brothers and sisters to find healing and renewed relationships with God, their families and friends, and themselves. $9.95.

THE FACE OF MERCY DVD AND LIBERATING A CONTINENT: JOHN PAUL 11 AND THE FALL OF COMMUNISM DVD. These two remarkable documentaries by the Knights of Columbus tell the stories of Divine Mercy and the Great Mercy Pope, St. John Paul II. THE FACE OF MERCY includes the teaching of Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, and Fr. Seraphim Michalenki, MIC, as well as the Divine Mercy testimonies of Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, and Eric Mahl, a Marian Helper and former NFL player. LIBERATING A CONTINENT draws on interviews with many of the foremost experts on St. John Paul II in the world, including Marian Press author Ewa Czaczkowska, who wrote the outstanding biography, FAUSTINA; THE MYSTIC AND HER MESSAGE.’s calls today. Indispensable reading for the 100th anniversary of Fatima. $17.95 B33 FOMDVD and $19.95 B33 JPDVD

FATIMA FOR TODAY; THE URGENT MARIAN MESSAGE OF HOPE by Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR. shares the history of what happened at Fatima, as well as the apparitions that Lucia dos Santos continued to receive later in her life.  He discusses Fatima’s effects on world and Church history, as well as how we can and must answer Our Lady’s calls today. Indispensable reading for the 100th anniversary of Fatima. $16.95

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Happy Reading and a Productive Lent

 

 

PRO LIFE -MARCH FOR LIFE

FROM CONCEPTION TO NATURAL DEATH IS THE CRY OF EVERY CATHOLIC AND HOPEFULLY EVERY CHRISTIAN.

THE MARCH FOR LIFE ON FRIDAY, JAN 28, 2017 WAS AGAIN VERY SUCCESSFUL AND VERY ENERGETIC. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE ENTIRE 44 YEARS OF THE MARCH, SINCE THE YEAR AFTER ROE VS WADE WAS PASSED THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE U.S. SPOKE FROM THE STAGE. I DIDN’T HEAR HOW MANY WERE THERE, IT REALLY DOESN’T MATER, THEY MADE THEIR POINT. AND THERE WERE CHILDREN, TEENS, AND ALL AGES OF ADULTS. THERE ARE MORE EVERY YEARS AND THEY COME FROM EVERYWHERE. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME, THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT ARE PRO LIFE.

A NEW SLOGAN:  ADOPTION NOT ABORTION.

IF ANYONE READING THIS NEEDS HELP OR KNOWS OF SOMEONE THAT NEEDS HELP TELL THEM TO CALL CATHOLIC CHARITIES. They are listed in the phone book. They will have names and addresses of safe places to go for help.  Most neighborhood clinics will have names and addresses.   There are places to get free mammograms. There are places to get free birth control and there are places that will help women to keep their babies, finish school, get a job, or help them put their babies up for adoption. They do not need Planned Parenthood.   I thought the meditation  and prayer below  from the  book: THE MESSAGE OF FATIMA apply.

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JESUS, HAVING CONQUERED LIFE WITH DEATH AND SIN WITH LOVE ,appears to the women and his followers at various times and in various ways to deliver a PRO LIFE MESSAGE that goes beyond what this finite existence is able to contain.  Christ’s power is over life and death in this world and in the next!  LOVE is more powerful than death;  LIFE reaches beyond the grave for those who believe. Suffering has saving power.  Penance, and remission of sins in Christ, saves souls.

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OH MARY, MOTHER OF THE LIFE WITHIN,  ALL LIFE WE ENTRUST TO YOU: THE LIFE OF EVERY EXPECTANT MOTHER, AND THE CHILD WITHING HER WOMB, THE LIFE OF EVERY HUMAN BODY, THE LIFE OF EVERY HUMAN SOUL, THE LIFE OF EVERY NEWBORN CHILD AND THE LIFE OF ALL GROWN OLD. YOU HELD THE LORD TO YOUR OWN HEART AND DREW HIM SO CLOSE IN.  SO DRAW US NOW IN ALL OUR NEEDS, OH MOTHER OF THE LIFE WITHIN.

 

DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE LEGAL PROTECTION OF UNBORN CHILDREN

This was on Jan. 23, Monday, but I thought you would all like to know, since the Pro Life March is coming up soon.

In all the dioceses of the united States of America, Jan 22 (or Jan. 23, if the 22nd is on a Sunday), shall be observed as a particular day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion.

GOD, OUR CREATOR, WE GIVE THANKS TO YOU, who alone have the power to impart the breath of life as you form each of us in our mother’s womb; grant, we pray, that we, whom you have made stewards of creation, may remain faithful to this sacred trust and constant ion safeguarding the dignity of every human life. THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, YOUR SON.

WE VALUE LIFE THROUGH CONCEPTION TO NATURAL DEATH.

WHERE DO THE CANDIDATES STAND ON LIFE?

NATIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE COMMITTEE RATED ALL THE CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT ON: WHERE DO THEY STAND ON LIFE?

They were rated on 3 issues:

1. Roe v. Wade/Abortion: abortion on demand has been the law since 1973, resulting in more than 57 million abortions.

2. Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act: S 1553 the Act would prohibit abortions after the unborn child is capable of feeling pain from abortion,(with narrow exceptions)

3. Government Funding for Abortion Providers: S1881 would end all federal funding of the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. The money would be given instead to women’s health service providers.

ALL REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES ARE AGAINST ABORTION, including Trump. All Rep. Candidates would vote for S1553, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks, when a baby feels paid,as an important step toward protecting unborn children. including Trump. All Republicans would end Govt. funding for Planned Parenthood, except Trump who has gone both ways.

ALL DEMOCRAT CANDIDATES SUPPORT THE CURRENT POLICY OF ABORTION ON DEMAND. Bernie Sanders has maintained a solid pro-abortion voting record, voting against the pro-life position more than 100 times in his federal legislative career. Hillary C. maintains a 0% pro-life record, voting against the pro-life record on every vote. They all voted AGAINST THE PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION BAN ACT at every opportunity. This means they do not care if the child can feel pain after 20 weeks, they still support abortion on demand for any reason. All the Democrat Candidates voted against defunding Planned Parenthood.

NOW I KNOW DEMOCRATES WILL SAY IT IS ODD THAT REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES ALL ARE AGAINST ABORTION, ETC.  HOWEVER, NOW THAT SCIENCE SHOWS LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION, AND OUR LAWS IN THIS COUNTRY PUT MUDERERS IN JAIL, HOW COULD ANY THINKING PERSON BE WILLING TO VOTE FOR ABORTION? AND THEN VOTE TO ALLOW A UNBORN CHILD THAT FEELS PAIN TO ALSO BE ABORTED?  IT IS UNTHINKABLE.

I FIND THIS A LITTLE ODD.  IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT IN ORDER TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT AS A DEMOCRAT THE CANDIDATE HAS TO BE FOR ABORTION AND FOR ALLOWING PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION, EVEN IF THE BABY FEELS PAIN AFTER 20 WEEKS. AND EVEN AFTER SEEING ALL THE NEWS ABOUT PLANNED PARENTHOOD, INCLUDING SELLING BABY PARTS, THEY ALL STILL WANT TO FUND THE ORGANIZATION.

Now, I did read the other day that Planned Parenthood, an organization that gets, I believe about 50% of it’s funding from our taxes, has a PAC that gives millions to back Democrats running for office.  HOW CAN THIS BE LEGAL?  Is it our taxes funding the PAC?

 

 

 

MINISTRY TO COUPLES WHO CHOSE ABORTION AFTER ADVERSE DIAGNOSIS

My last blog, was about couples who have an adverse diagnosis about their unborn child and the support available for couples who decide to carry their child to term. It came from an article in the December CATHOLIC DIGEST. This Article was also in the DIGEST.

THERE IS ALSO SUPPORT FOR THOSE WHO CHOSE ABORTION.  Theresa Bonapartis never planned on counseling couples shattered by abortion. She had enough on her plate–she was raising two young boys alone, pursuing her degree in drug and alcohol abuse counseling, and simply trying to keep it all together.  But this is where God led her more than 20 years ago, after a long, painful journey caused by her own abortion.  “It has been astruggle for me, but through much prayer, counseling and a devotion to the divine mercy of God.  I have found peace.  Healing has been, more than anything, a spiritual battle with Satan. He tried to exert his power over me and fling his lies at me at every turn, but with a trained counselor, good spiritual direction and endless prayer, healing came.”

Theresa posted this as part of her testimony on LUMINA’S WEBSITE, a post aabortion ministry of COOD COUNSEL HOMES AND HOPE FOR BABIES AND MOTHER.  FATHER benedict Groeschel, CFR and Christopher Bell founded the charitable organization, which offers retreats, training, and prayer services for men and women who are post-abortive.  Theresa is the director of LUMINA and the co-creator with the Sisters of Life of Entering Canaan, a post-abortive retreat ministry used in dioceses across the country.

“WE MINISTER TO ALL POST-ABORTIVE PEOPLE. Over  the years I began reaching people who had abortions after a poor prenatal diagnosis.”  These calls became so common that Theresa knew there was a need to reach out to such couples. Through LUMINA, Theresa runs separate retreats designed specifically for those who have aborted after an adverse prenatal diagnosis.

“Obviously they were planning to have the children.  Most of them were rushed into a decision by medical professionals.  Their dreams are shattered.  They’re shocked from the diagnosis, and they give in to abortion.” Theresa explains.  According to the National Catholic Partnership on Disability, up to 90 percent of couples abort children after receiving a prenatal diagnosis of a disability.

“Nobody is saying it’s easy.  It’s horrible.  But abortion only makes it worse. It doesn’t change the situation; it just adds another layer of trauma,” she adds.  “Sooner or later it catches up with everyone.  I have had women in theri 90’s call for help.  PRAISE GOD. HE is merciful and forgiving and patient.  There is always hope.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION: ON OBTAINING SUPPORT CONTACT LUMINA, Hope and Healing after Abortion, A post-abortion ministry & referral network.  http://www.postabortionhelp.org/pah.

They will help provide support and refer you to someone in your area.

“HAVING THE COURAGE TO FACE ABORTION”

This title and letter from our pastor appeared in our Sunday bulletin a week after the Plan B abortion pill entered the marketplace for all ages during the first part of June, 2013.

He starts out quoting a reading from Zechariah. This scripture readings “Present us with our Lord Jesus telling His disciples that He is going to give His life for us and that we are going to learn from Jesus how to live in Him by following Him.  The cross is probably not something that most of us think about often or in detail.”

“Last week our government announced that it is allowing the Plan B abortion pill to enter the marketplace for all ages.  The implications of this decision are far reaching.  For example, do parents have any say through medical or educational institutions to stop this from being given to their children?  The physical, psychological and spiritual damage will continue to affect entire generations.  This will not stop until we say ‘enough’ “

“My point is that it will take a great courage to look at the devastation caused bgy artificial birth control and abortion; to look on ‘the ones that we have pierced’ (he is referring to what was done to Jesus) through our inaction.  In the most basic language, it is just awful.

Please have a look at this web site: www.lifesitenews.com and put in the search words ‘studies’ or ‘statistics’.  There are a wide variety of studies.  Many are done by some of the most respected medical institutions in the world.  How is it that we have not been told about the huge increase in cancer rates, to name only one of the variety of physical side-effects.  How can this happen?”

He ends his letter this way:

“I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and petition” God has a plan.  You and I must follow Jesus.”