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The evening before the Walk for Life West Coast, the Sisters of Life will host their annual Prayer Vigil for Life! The vigil will be at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in San Francisco on Friday, January 24, 2014. This year, TWELVE of the Sisters will be with us, including Mother Agnes Donovan, SV who has been a past WFL Rally Speaker.
Mass will be celebrated at 5:30PM by Bishop Thomas Daly of San Jose and everyone is welcome! Download the flyer below and share it with your friends!
On Wednesday December 18, at 5PM PST, Walk for Life West Coast co-chair Eva Muntean will be on Craig Roberts’ Lifeline Program.
The program is on KFAX radio, 1100 on your AM dial.
Check it out and listen live here.
Wow! How grateful we are to our Shepherds! Here’s a list (so far) of Bishops who will be attending the January 25, 2014 Walk for Life West Coast:
Bishop Michael Barber, Oakland; Bishop Stephen Blaire, Stockton; Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, San Francisco; Cardinal William Levada, San Francisco; Bishop Thomas Daly, San Jose; Bishop Rutilio del Riego, San Bernardino; Bishop William Justice, San Francisco; Bishop Robert McElroy, San Francisco; Archbishop Emeritus George Niederauer, San Francisco; Bishop Armando Ochoa, Fresno; Bishop Jaime Soto, Sacramento; Bishop Kevin Vann, Orange; Bishop Robert Vasa, Santa Rosa; Bishop Emeritus Daniel Walsh, Santa Rosa; and Bishop Ignatius Wang, San Francisco.
And that’s not to mention Bishop Eric Menees, of the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin, who will give the invocation!
On Tuesday night, some of the Walk for Life West Coast team were privileged to attend an advance screening of the movie Gimme Shelter in San Francisco. The movie is based on true events. Briefly, Gimme Shelter follows a 16 year old pregnant homeless teenager (played by Vanessa Hudgens) who escapes from her abusive mother (Rosario Dawson) and is pressured to have an abortion by her Wall Street broker father (Brendan Fraser). When she escapes from the abortion center within minutes of the procedure, she is befriended by a compassionate priest (James Earl Jones) who leads her to the support she needs at a suburban shelter for homeless teenagers. The movie features some of the actual young mothers who had lived in the shelter. Check out the trailer below:
The film’s writer and director Ron Krauss, and Kathy DiFiore, the woman who created the shelters featured in the movie, were both in attendance. Following the screening, they took questions from the audience. Mr. Krauss revealed that he had spent a year living in the shelter in order to get the necessary background for his script. He described meeting the young woman on whom the story is based, and how the meeting transformed his life (pictures of the shelter and girls are shown during the movie’s closing credits). He described how the female lead, Vanessa Hudgens, immersed herself in the role by living at the shelter for three weeks and by deliberately gaining 15 pounds.
Women’s advocate Kathy DiFiore (shown at left with Mother Theresa) also took questions. She related how she became homeless after an abusive marriage, and how she picked herself up and went on to have a successful career on Wall Street. Despite her success, she said she felt an internal emptiness. Somehow she felt a divine calling to open her home to teenage girls who were pregnant and homeless. That was over 30 years ago. Today Ms. DiFiore runs four such homes for pregnant girls, and encourages others to start shelters around the country – she even has a shelter “kit” on her website for those interested in opening their homes to young women in crisis situations. The website is www.severalsources.net.
Gimme Shelter is the latest in a growing list of fine pro-life movies, which include October Baby and Juno. It will open in theaters across the country on January 24, 2014.
You can learn more at http://gimmeshelterthemovie.com/
Good news from Michigan, via National Review:
Michigan Approves Law Restricting Abortion Insurance Coverage
“After a state-wide ballot-initiative drive from pro-life groups, the Michigan state legislature has passed legislation that would exclude abortion from being offered as a covered benefit in public and private health-insurance plans. The senate voted 27 to 11 in favor of the bill and the House 62 to 47, both largely on party lines. Republican governor Rick Snyder had previously vetoed a similar bill last December.
Michigan is now the 24th state to ban abortion coverage in standard health insurance provided via the exchanges and the ninth state to prohibit abortion coverage in both public and private insurance plans. Consumers will still be able to purchase a separate rider for abortion coverage; however, this eliminates the potential use of taxpayer funded subsidies to buy insurance plans that cover abortion.”
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“IA is significantly associated with an increased risk of breast cancer among Chinese females, and the risk of breast cancer increases as the number of IA increases. If IA were to be confirmed as a risk factor for breast cancer, high rates of IA in China may contribute to increasing breast cancer rates.”
Here’s an excerpt from the Life News story:
“A new systematic review and meta-analysis of abortion and breast cancer (ABC link) in China was just published four days ago in the prestigious, peer-reviewed international cancer journal, Cancer Causes and Control.
In this meta-analysis (a study of studies, in which results from many studies are pooled), Dr. Yubei Huang et al. reported that, combining all 36 studies on the ABC link in China that have been published through 2012, the overall risk of developing breast cancer among women who had at least one induced abortion was significantly increased by 44%.
These results, said the authors, “were consistent with a previously published systematic review”. That review was the one I published in the British Medical Association’s epidemiology journal with colleagues from Penn State Medical Center in 1996, which study reported an overall significant 30% increased risk of breast cancer in worldwide studies.
Since the our study came out in 1996, the “mainstream” abortion advocates entrenched in universities, medical societies, breast cancer charities, journals, and especially, government agencies like the National Cancer Institute (In reality, the NCI is just another corrupt federal agency like the IRS and the NSA) have relentlessly targeted the ABC link with fraudulent studies and other attacks, culminating in a 2003 international phony “workshop” by the NCI, which officially declared the ABC link non-existent…But the new Chinese meta-analysis is a real game changer.”
Melissa Ohden shares her story. To be “pro-choice” on abortion is to argue that it is OK to kill this lady. As she says “It’s not a statistic.”
Pope Francis has published the first Apostolic Exhortation of his Pontificate, “Evangelii Gaudium” (Joy of the Gospel). Here is what the Holy Father says about abortion:
Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenceless and innocent among us. Nowadays efforts are made to deny them their human dignity and to do with them whatever one pleases, taking their lives and passing laws preventing anyone from standing in the way of this. Frequently, as a way of ridiculing the Church’s effort to defend their lives, attempts are made to present her position as ideological, obscurantist and conservative. Yet this defence of unborn life is closely linked to the defence of each and every other human right. It involves the conviction that a human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development. Human beings are ends in themselves and never a means of resolving other problems. Once this conviction disappears, so do solid and lasting foundations for the defence of human rights, which would always be subject to the passing whims of the powers that be. Reason alone is sufficient to recognize the inviolable value of each single human life, but if we also look at the issue from the standpoint of faith, “every violation of the personal dignity of the human being cries out in vengeance to God and is an offence against the creator of the individual”.
Precisely because this involves the internal consistency of our message about the value of the human person, the Church cannot be expected to change her position on this question. I want to be completely honest in this regard. This is not something subject to alleged reforms or “modernizations”. It is not “progressive” to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life. On the other hand, it is also true that we have done little to adequately accompany women in very difficult situations, where abortion appears as a quick solution to their profound anguish, especially when the life developing within them is the result of rape or a situation of extreme poverty. Who can remain unmoved before such painful situations?
Thank you, Pope Francis!
Words are unnecessary. Choose Life.