Over the course of the last 6 months or so since we began our "40 Day Prayer Vigil" (that lasted 55 days), many, many people have come to pray at the PP facility that have never before been active in any pro-life activity. Aurora area churches have mobilized and are manning our Life Support hours, to pray for the women and staff and the unborn children.
The "first-time" people that I have spoken to have been amazed at what spending an hour praying outside the PP facility has done for them. It has reinvigorated people, deepened people's faith and helped people take a more active stand for the lives of the most vulnerable of people.
Let's hear from the first-time prayer-people. How has this effected you, or changed you?
Thank and God Bless,
It was a chilly Good Friday morning last week when eighty of us gathered at Planned Parenthood for the "Scriptural Way of the Cross", led by Fr. Cesar Pajarillo of St. John Neumann Church. We stood together on the sidewalk behind the building, the site of the round-the-clock vigil that launched our fight against the "Abortion Fortress."
Fourteen scriptural passages on the suffering and death of Our Lord were read over a bullhorn by various members of the group. After each, Fr. Cesar offered prayers for our deepened commitment to following Christ.
"Abortion clinic protesters have no plans to stop" reads the headline of an article in today's Aurora Beacon News. They've got that right, and this past Saturday's protest and clinic witness seminar signify how strong the pro-life commitment remains in the Fox Valley.
Today's Aurora Beacon featured an article, on the front page, titled "Diseases blossom with teen sexuality, with the sub-title of "1 in 4 teen GIRLS NOW has an STD".
The article points out that 1 in 4 teenage girls nationwide currently has an STD. Noreen Transier or the Kendall County Health Department is quoted in the article as saying "There are more kids having sex."
More kids having sex is probably not news, but the statistic that 1 in 4 girls currently have an STD should be alarming. Apparently, something is not working when STDs are spreading to 25% of our teenage females. (The article did not mention any statistics about teenage boys for some reason.)
As I recently reported the Parental Notification of Abortion Act in Illinois has suffered a recent setback. Today, I have something you can do to help get this law enforced!
Over the objections of the State Supreme Court and Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Federal Judge David Coar has refused to lift his injunction on the law, claiming the Supreme Court's guidelines for judicial bypass aren't clear enough, and setting the stage for another decade of legal wrangling on this important law.
But there's still hope. The State's Attorneys of Illinois all have the authority to join this case and call for a Motion to Reconsider.
Are they "nuts"? The Reproductive Justice and Access Act nears the height of insanity.
The bill states "that every individual possesses a fundamental right of privacy with respect to reproductive decisions", yet for "pregnancy terminations", that same individual does not have a right to hold her "medical professional", aka the abortionist, responsible for any harm done during the abortion.
In Section 25, "Pregnancy terminations", it states: "a qualified medical professional is not liable for civil damages or subject to criminal penalty relating to a pregnancy termination performed in good faith". [Continue reading . . . »]
Two thoughts and a quote for today. First, the good news.
Connie Betz, one of our dedicated sidewalk counselors was at the Planned Parenthood last Saturday morning and flagged down a Hispanic couple. She was able to use our Spanish counseling pamphlets to communicate as they spoke almost no English at all.
She spoke with them in the Dominick's parking lot for a while before they went into PP. After about 20-30 minutes, they came back out and, with what English they had, told Connie that they did not have the abortion and were not going to!
Federal Judge David Coar, of NOW v. Scheidler fame, ruled Friday that the Parental Notice of Abortion Act was still not ready to be enforced. The law, passed in 1995, was initially held up due to Coar's insistence that the provisions for judicial bypass were not expressed clearly enough. He felt that unless the procedures for obtaining judicial bypass were crystal clear and dangerously easy, the law might keep some competent minors from getting their abortions because of bureaucratic red tape.
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