UNBORN WORD of the day


(The following column by Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez appeared in the Friday, Oct. 7, issue of the archdiocesan newspaper The Tidings)

Blessed John Paul II said that as Christians we are called to be people of life and for life.

Our religion, in a beautiful and mysterious way, is deeply identified with human life. What other world religion remembers the time when its founder was in his mother’s womb?

Yet in our sacred Scriptures, we preserve the story of Jesus’ conception, his birth, and even some events from his early childhood. We retell these stories in our worship, year after year — at Christmas time, in feasts like the Annunciation. We remember the name of Jesus’ mother in our confession of faith, when we say Jesus was “born of the Virgin Mary.”

Biblical religion is a religion in which family and children, and the promise of children, plays a big role.

Think of the stories of Abraham and Sarah and God’s promise to give them a son. Think of God’s words to the prophet Jeremiah: “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.”

Again and again in the salvation history we read in the Bible, God’s plan is enacted through a woman who is with child. “Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son …”

God loved us so much that he entered into this world as each one of us did — through the womb of a mother.

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta used to love the Gospel story of the Visitation. She always pointed to this detail — how St. John the Baptist leapt in St. Elizabeth’s womb when Mary walked into the room.

She said: “Something very beautiful, something very wonderful happened. The first human being to recognize the presence of Jesus was the little one in the womb of his mother — who leaped with joy. It is so beautiful to think that God gave that little unborn child the greatness of proclaiming the presence of Jesus on earth.”

Click here to read the rest of his statement.

Bishop Austin Vaughn
June 25, 2011, 11:13 pm
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Unborn Jesus

June 25  is the memorial of the death of a truly inspirational man, Bishop Austin Vaughan. My husband and I were inspired by Bishop Vaughan’s witness as a Bishop and as a pro-life leader. To learn more about Bishop Vaughan click here.

Bishop Austin Vaughan (1927-2000), Auxiliary Bishop of New York, who was arrested many times for peacefully praying and protesting in front of abortion facilities, wrote an article called  “The Catholic Duty to be Pro-Life” in which he reflected:

“It is not an accident, I think, that in the Scriptures the first person, after Mary, who adored Jesus when he came into the world was St. John the Baptist…The second person who ever worshipped Jesus after Mary was an unborn baby and I think God made it that way to tell us in our day and age the worth and importance of every individual right from the very beginning of life.”

Visitation by Bradi Barth

Unborn Word of the Day has received permission to post  Visitation by Bradi Barth* copyright “BRADI BARTH” and “@HERBRONNEN vzw {www.bradi-barth.org)  Click on painting for full view.

“…God loved the world so much that he gave his son – it was a giving – it is as much as if to say it hurt God to give, because he loved the world so much that he gave his son, and he gave him to Virgin Mary, and what did she do with him?

As soon as he came in her life – immediately she went in haste to give that good news, and as she came into the house of her cousin, the child – the unborn child – the child in the womb of Elizabeth, leapt with joy. He was that little unborn child…was the first messenger of peace. He recognized the Prince of Peace, he recognized that Christ has come to bring the good news for you and for me.”

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Nobel Peace Prize Lecture, December 1979


*We would encourage our readers to visit the Bradi Barth’s website: Bradi-Barth.org Bradi Barth (1922-2007) was an amazing Catholic artist. She was born in Switzerland but lived most of her life in Belgium. Her art is rich in tradition, amazingly unique and awe-inspiring.

In October 2000 Bradi Barth started her foundation “HERBRONNEN vzw”, fixing clearly its mission and goals:

  • Evangelization in the largest sense – Support for the missions – In Union with the Pope of Rome –  In Union with Christ – Under the protection of the Holy Virgin Mary

July 5, 2010, 12:22 pm
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One of the greatest Pro – Life figures of the twentieth century – in fact, perhaps the greatest – was Dr. Jerome Lejeune, a Paris geneticist who discovered the cause of Down’s Syndrome and who worked tirelessly for its cure, and who traversed the globe repeatedly to speak on behalf of unborn children.

There is now in France a Jerome Lejeune Foundation, and its President, Jean-Marie Mene once said the following about Lejeune:

Lejeune wasn’t afraid of mystery, he saw the promise it contains and tasted its sweetness. His faith and hope were the foundation that sustained him and he accepted the mystery with a smile on his face. The mystery made him stronger and brought him peace, because the truth he was looking for was just another name for beauty and love. It wasn’t an attack but an invitation to go beyond the tangible world in steadfast confidence that comes from the light we pray for….He knew that he lived in an order miraculously established by love and not in a world of tyranny of sheer chance…”

His was a science for Good, for him human DNA was a sign of a tremendous dignity buried within the heart of every human person, that is, the dignity of beings created in the likeness and image of God. When he approached his research, it was with respect for persons and Creation generally, and with serious purpose. Jean-Marie Mene recalls that Lejeune would say that: “medicine was his true vocation and that he became a scientist simply out of necessity”.

Too many scientists today have the wrong view of human life, seeing it as a thing to be manipulated rather than a sacred mystery to be respected and served. Lejeune stands out as a reminder that human life is a gift and mystery. Every person needs to discover both their own dignity and the sacredness of all human life, and live in such a way as to honor both. When scientists neglect these simple truths about human life they exercise Bad science, a science that manipulates rather than serves.

There should be a higher purpose to scientific inquiry, but to get to that higher purpose we need faith and grace. May God bless our world with holy scientists; scientists who fear God but aren’t “afraid of mystery”.

Archbishop Gomez and the life issues
April 8, 2010, 12:13 am
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“May Mary, Patroness of the United States, help us to heal from our differences and build a nation where the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are a reality for all men and women, especially the unborn.”  Archbishop Jose Gomez,  Nov. 2008.

Archbishop Jose Gomez has been named as the new Archbishop of Los Angeles. There are many reasons to rejoice in his appointment – pro-lifer’s can rejoice that our new shepherd has a heart for the unborn and the life issues of our time.

Here are links to some of his respect life columns, sermons and writings.

Homily Respect Life Mass January 20,  2007

Some Reflections on End of Life Issues October 8, 2008

In Response to House Speaker Pelosi’s Remarks Concerning Abortion  August 24, 2008

Truth, Freedom and Abortion October 10, 2008

Voters must know stances on ‘life’ issues October 29, 2008

Archbishop Gomez: Life Issues Not simply ‘Religious’  October 30, 2008

The Dignity of a Person: hopes and challenges January 16, 2009

Official Statement: Health Care Reform, in order to be just, must respect all life July 22, 2009

Bioethics, Health Care, and Catholic Teaching  September 25, 2009

Catholic Church supports morally sound scientific research

A will to live: Clear Answers on End of Life Issues (68 page booklet)
Most Reverend Jose Gomez

Rachel Campos-Duffy – an outstanding pro-life witness
October 13, 2009, 8:01 pm
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Pro-life

Rachel Campos-Duffy

Rachel Campos-Duffy is an author, blogger and television personality. Click here to see her website. The other day she was on  The View – you know the morning show with  Whoppi Goldberg,  Joy Behar,  Sherri Shepherd and Barbara Walters. She was a guest host  for the day replacing Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

During a discussion about President Obama’s receiving the Nobel Peace Prize she said,

“When I think of the Nobel Peace Prize winner, I think of the quintessential winner, I think of Mother Theresa. And Mother Theresa said we wouldn’t have peace until we ended abortion. I think personally for me, that its  Obama’s radical abortion position that makes him the least qualified…”

Great witness to the world, Rachal Campos-Duffy. We need more woman like you who are not afraid to speak the truth.

July 12, 2009, 11:35 pm
Filed under: Biblical Reflections, Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Pro-life


The first reading in Sunday’s Catholic Mass (7-12-09) was from the 7th chapter of Amos. It recounts a well known confrontation between Amos and the established priesthood in 8th century Israel. Amos is the outsider who God sends to the powerful to shake them up and set them straight, but the powerful elite reject humble Amos, and rejecting him, they consequently are rejecting God also.

The priest of Bethel, Amaziah, who is close to King Jeroboam, tells Amos that he is not welcome. Amos responds by emphatically stressing the point that he is no “professional” prophet, not a member of some elite class of religious functionaries, rather he was recruited for this job by God Himself: “I am no prophet, nor a prophet’s son; but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycamore trees, and the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel…”

Today, around the world there are hundreds of thousands of Pro Life prophets who God has inspired to help pregnant women, help the unborn in various ways, to speak out for a Culture of Life. These men and women can say to the “Elite” politicians, journalists, doctors, judges, lawyers, professors, social engineers and social workers, as Amos did; “I am no professional pundit… I am no establishment-paid prophet, I am a housewife, a repairman, a salesman, a clerk, and the Lord took me and said to me ‘Go, bear witness to the Gospel of Life which I have given to the people as a gift to guide them in their lives and in their families.’”

The prophetic office is associated with witnessing to the truth revealed by God to His Church, but also to witnessing to the truth about human life. The Pro Life movement worldwide is thus a prophetic movement inspired by God. While we do not find our bearings through polls, yet Pro Life prophets can find some small consolation in the fact that the majority of Americans in a Gallup Poll (51%) “now call themselves pro-life rather than pro-choice on the issue of abortion”. Gallup has asked this question annually for the past 15 years and this is the first year a majority have answered this way – up from 44% last year! (Associated Press, 5/16/09)


Two heroic African-American clergymen defending unborn babies
June 11, 2009, 12:17 am
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders


The Rev. Walter Hoye, who was convicted of violating Oakland’s ‘bubble law’ and served 18 days in prison, is particularly concerned about the high number of abortions among African American women.

Today we would like to feature two outstanding African-American clergymen who are courageously standing up for the rights of unborn children in America. We encourage visitors to our blog to take a few minutes to read the links we are providing on these two great inspirational men.

Reverend Walter Hoye, a Baptist minister, was recently imprisoned for peacefully praying and protesting in front of an abortion facility in Oakland California. His comments about the current situation in America are very insightful. Read these comments and others about his amazing 18 days in prison and his prison visit by the new Catholic Bishop of Oakland, Bishop Salvatore Cordileone.

Anti-abortion minister urges action by African Americans By Gerald Korson

frraphaelFather John Raphael, SSJ speaking at ND Response Rally

Father John Raphael, SSJ (a graduate of Notre Dame University, who is still active with the ND community) gave a powerful pro-life speech at the ND Response rally on May 17th, 2009, at Notre Dame University. This Josephite priest, is a great pro-life leader. He is the principal of St. Augustine High School in New Orleans. This high school was recently described by the New Orleans Times-Picayune as “a seedbed of black leadership in New Orleans”. We are big fans of the Josephite Order of priests who organize a large enthusiastic contingent for the January 22 March for Life in Washington every year. See below for links relating to Father John, the Josephite Order and St. Augustine H.S.  :

ND Response Rally Speech University of Notre Dame May 17, 2009  given by Rev. John Raphael, SSJ (ND ’89)

Obama’s honor from Notre Dame upsets N.O. priest by Bruce Nolan, The Times-Picayune Friday May 15, 2009

Fr. John Raphael to Speak at NRLC Convention By Dave Andrusko

The Josephite Order (webpage)

The Josephite Fathers and Brothers have declared ourselves as  “Pro-Life, Pro-Chastity, Pro-Family.”

St. Augustine School Pro-life club

Teens participate in annual Pro-Life conference held at St. Augustine High School

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St. Augustine student describes his experience at the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Mary Ann Glendon and Notre Dame
May 4, 2009, 11:54 pm
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Pro-life

Here is a great cartoon courtesy of Jack Higgins and the Chicago Sun-Times

Mary Ann Glendon was to have received the Laetare Award at Notre Dame. Last week, she declined the award because of the controversy surrounding the University’s  decision to invite pro-abortion  President Barak Obama to give the commencement address. Her daughter Elizabeth Lev has written a wonderful piece which explains her mother’s decision. Click here to read the entire article.

Here is Elizabeth Lev’s answer to the  claim that Mary Ann Glendon’s speech would have brought balance to the event and help facilitate an engagement with the President on the issue of life.

Your notion that her “training in diplomacy” might somehow ease this situation does not take into account that she has a five-minute acceptance speech and he will have a lengthy commencement speech. There is no “engaging” here. Diplomacy generally teaches that if you have a rapier and your opponent has a missile launcher, try not to engage.

That Professor Glendon “did not like that Notre Dame was claiming her speech would serve to balance the event” is again facile and simplistic. What is there to like in being the deflector screen for inviting a profoundly divisive figure to give the commencement speech? What is likeable about a Catholic University named for the most important woman in Christianity exploiting a woman who has already dedicated her life to protecting the Church’s teaching by turning her into a warm-up act for a grotesque twist on a reality show?

Thanks to Genevieve Kineke at Feminine Genius for bringing this to our attention.

Post election: Encouraging words and signs
November 17, 2008, 11:16 pm
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Pro-life


  • “If God seems at times to be slow in responding, it is because he is preparing a better gift. He will not deny us. We well know that the long awaited gift is all the more precious for the delay in its being granted….Ask, seek, insist. Through the asking and seeking you will be better prepared to receive God’s gift when it comes. God withholds what you are not yet ready for. He wants you to have a lively desire for his greatest gifts. All of which is to say, pray always and do not lose heart.” St. Augustine on prayer from Sermon 61: 6-7.

  • A recent Marist poll commissioned by the Knights of Columbus again showed that — when presented with clear choices in a polling question — only 8% of Americans favor abortion on demand throughout pregnancy. The poll also found that 60% of Americans favor banning all abortions, or limiting them to the rare cases of danger to the mother’s life, rape or incest. Click here for poll results.

  • The Catholic Bishops pledged (at their recent November meeting) the resources of the Church to mobilize the Catholic community to oppose FOCA and all other attempts to eliminate existing pro-life laws and policies. This will include a massive education and postcard campaign beginning in January, urging members of Congress to reject the abortion extremism of FOCA.

Here are some encouraging quotes from individual Bishops attending the recent Bishop’s meeting:

  • “We have lost 50 times as many children in the last 35 years as we have lost soldiers in all the wars since the Revolution. Any bishop here would be willing, would consider it a privilege, to die tomorrow if it meant ending abortion,” he said. “We should dedicate the rest of our lives to taking any kind of criticism, whatever it is, to stop this horrible genocide.”  Auxiliary Bishop Robert Hermann

  • Chicago Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Paprocki said FOCA would have a “significant and adverse effect” and that bishops “need to be prepared in the face of increasingly militant threats to unborn life.  The next step would be for federal law to require abortions by all hospitals, including Catholic hospitals, which we cannot do,” he said. “We’d need to consider taking the drastic step of closing our Catholic hospitals completely.”

  • “One cannot compromise between the fire and the fire department, the fly and the fly swatter. There are things that don’t admit of compromise – and vile … intrinsic evil such as abortion do not admit us any such compromise.” Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska

  • Bishop Joseph F. Martino said the bishops must concentrate on reaching out to Catholic politicians who disagree with them, even if they have to threaten excommunication in the same way that bishops in St. Louis and New Orleans threatened segregationist Catholic officials in 1947 and 1962.

Bishops warn Obama about abortion issue Will resist ‘culture of coercion’

Bishop Martino leads a new Battlecry for the Unborn: “This is madness people.”
October 23, 2008, 10:05 pm
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El Greco Christ Driving the Traders from the Temple. The episode is described in all four Gospels: St. Matthew (21:12-13), St. Mark (11:15-18), St. Luke (19:45-46), St. John (2:14-17).

There is a scene in the Gospel, one of the most vivid scenes, one that probably scandalized many of the religious and secular leaders but was secretly loved by all of the little ones of the flock. I’m speaking about when Christ went into the Temple and overturned the money changers driving them from the Temple.

Bishop Martino of Scranton did just that last Sunday. He went into one of those Church forums that many of us detest so much where questions of faith and morals are debated. Often at parish events like this Catholics leave not altogether sure what the Church is teaching. At this particular forum some panel members were trying to make the case for it being OK as a Catholic to vote for the most pro-abortion presidential candidate in the history of our country.

And then Bishop Martino overturned their applecart.

“No social issue has caused the death of 50 million people,” he said, noting that he no longer supports the Democratic Party.* “This is madness people.” Bishop Martino also said that he had wanted to persuade Father Martin Boylan, of St. John’s, to cancel the forum.

After his comments, most of the audience stood and clapped loudly.

The forum had handed out literature from the USCCB that was ambiguous.

Here is what Bishop Martino had to say about that:

“No USCCB document is relevant in this diocese,” said Bishop Martino.  “The USCCB doesn’t speak for me.”  “The only relevant document … is my letter,” he said.  “There is one teacher in this diocese, and these points are not debatable.” Click here to read his letter.

Some people might take issue with that statement but he is  correct. In 1998 Pope John Paul II issued an : APOSTOLIC LETTER “MOTU PROPRIO” APOSTOLOS SUOS, ON THE THEOLOGICAL AND JURIDICAL NATURE OF EPISCOPAL CONFERENCES (1) 21 May, 1998 Here follows an excerpt:

20. In the Episcopal Conference the Bishops jointly exercise the episcopal ministry for the good of the faithful of the territory of the Conference; but, for that exercise to be legitimate and binding on the individual Bishops, there is needed the intervention of the supreme authority of the Church which, through universal law or particular mandates, entrusts determined questions to the deliberation of the Episcopal Conference. Bishops, whether individually or united in Conference, cannot autonomously limit their own sacred power in favour of the Episcopal Conference, and even less can they do so in favour of one of its parts, whether the permanent council or a commission or the president. This logic is quite explicit in the canonical norm concerning the exercise of the legislative power of the Bishops assembled in the Episcopal Conference: “The Conference of Bishops can issue general decrees only in those cases in which the common law prescribes it, or a special mandate of the Apostolic See, given either motu proprio or at the request of the Conference, determines it”. (77) In other cases “the competence of individual diocesan Bishops remains intact; and neither the Conference nor its president may act in the name of all the Bishops unless each and every Bishop has given his consent”. (78)

See also Vatican II, Lumen Gentium, 27 and The Code of Canon Law, canon 381.

*I imagine this is the reason that Bishop Martino no longer supports the Democratic Party. From the 2008 Democratic Party Platform: “The Democratic Party stronly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay, and we oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.”

Election 2008: Catholic Bishops come out fighting
October 20, 2008, 10:52 pm
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Pro-life

This year the Catholic Bishops have really stepped up to the plate.  First, around 50 Bishops across the U.S. came out and soundly corrected Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden when these two ‘Catholic’ politicians deliberately distorted the Catholic position on abortion earlier this year.

During Respect LIfe month this year many Bishops around the country are clearly speaking to Catholics about their voting choices this November.  What they are pointing out is that abortion should be the most important issue as Catholics step into the voting booth.

Here are quotes from some of these Bishops – If you click on the Bishop’s name it will bring you to the entire statement.

From: Little Murders by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, October 18, 2008.

“I believe that Senator Obama, whatever his other talents, is the most committed ”abortion-rights” presidential candidate of either major party since the Roe v. Wade abortion decision in 1973. Despite what Prof. Kmiec suggests, the party platform Senator Obama runs on this year is not only aggressively ”pro-choice;” it has also removed any suggestion that killing an unborn child might be a regrettable thing. On the question of homicide against the unborn child – and let’s remember that the great Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer explicitly called abortion ”murder” – the Democratic platform that emerged from Denver in August 2008 is clearly anti-life.”

“I Thought You Should Know” By Bishop Robert J. Hermann Archdiocesan Administrator St. Louis Diocese (he took over for Archbishop Burke who was given an appointment in Rome this year.)

“The decision I make in the voting booth will reflect my value system. If I value the good of the economy and my current lifestyle more than I do the right to life itself, then I am in trouble. Pope John Paul II, in his Post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Christifideles Laici tells us: ‘Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights – for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture – is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination….’ ”

Joint Statement from Bishop Kevin Farrell and Bishop Kevin Vann to the Faithful of the Dioceses of Dallas and Fort Worth

“Therefore, we cannot make more clear the seriousness of the overriding issue of abortion – while not the “only issue” – it is the defining moral issue, not only today, but of the last 35 years. Since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, more than 48 million innocent lives have been lost. Each year in our nation more than one million lives are lost through legalized abortion. Countless other lives are also lost through embryonic stem cell research. In the coming months our nation will once again elect our political leaders. This electoral cycle affords us an opportunity to promote the culture of life in our nation. As Catholics we are morally obligated to pray, to act, and to vote to abolish the evil of abortion in America, limiting it as much as we can until it is finally abolished.”

Bishop Holley Calls on Black Community to Overcome Abortion

“As an African American, I am saddened by evidence that Black women continue to be targeted by the abortion industry. The loss of any child from abortion is a tragedy, but we must ask: Why are minority children being aborted at such disproportionate rates?

Many African Americans are not aware that since the Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion throughout all 9 months of pregnancy, the number one cause of death in the African American community has been abortion. We have lost over 13 million lives. To put that in perspective, it is one third of our present Black population. Since 1973, twice as many Black Americans have died from abortion than from AIDS, accidents, violent crimes, cancer, and heart disease combined.

As I noted in my recent Respect Life Program article, ‘A Reflection on the African American Family and the Culture of Life‘ (www.usccb.org/prolife/programs/rlp/holley.pdf), our legitimate commitment to other social concerns must not push the primary moral issue of abortion onto the back burner. It clearly must be at the heart and center of our discussion of the survival of African American people.”

A PASTORAL LETTER FROM BISHOP MARTINO, Diocese of Scranton, Respect Life Sunday

“Abortion is the issue this year and every year in every campaign. Catholics may not turn away from the moral challenge that abortion poses for those who seek to obey God’s commands. They are wrong when they assert that abortion does not concern them, or that it is only one of a multitude of issues of equal importance. No, the taking of innocent human life is so heinous, so horribly evil, and so absolutely opposite to the law of Almighty God that abortion must take precedence over every other issue. I repeat. It is the single most important issue confronting not only Catholics, but the entire electorate.”

From: Bishop Robert W. Finn, Diocese of Kansas City, St. Joseph Can a Catholic Vote in Support of Abortion? Oct. 17, 2008.

“When a candidate regards the unborn child as unworthy of the defense of law, then he or she asks us to join them in ignoring the lessons of history by which African Americans in this country were once regarded as non-persons; or the Jews of Europe were once marked for genocide or racial purification. Had we known, would we have supported the “choice” to enslave or destroy these brothers and sisters of ours? Can a candidate expect us as Catholics to ignore the classification of the unborn as non-persons? Will he or she expect us to look aside while these babies are quietly exterminated at a rate of 4000 per day? This is precisely what they are asking us to do.

Sarah Palin: Her three secret weapons
October 6, 2008, 12:09 am
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Pro-life

PRAYER: Here is Sarah Palin’s final preparation right before going out to  debate Senator Joe Biden.

LOVE FOR CHILDREN: On the way to the debate – what a beautiful picture of  Sarah with Trig.

WOMEN: Yesterday at a rally in Carson California Sarah Palin was endorsed by Shelley Mandel who is the President of the Los Angeles chapter of NOW. Shelley Mandel did not speak on behalf of NOW but spoke for herself. Click here to see the endorsement in which Ms. Mandel said:

“America This is What a Feminist Looks Like”

In mid September Lynn Forester De Rothschild, former Hillary Clinton supporter and fundraiser, who was also on the Democratic Platform committee, endorsed John McCain and Sarah Palin. Click here to see her interviewed by Wolf Blitzer.

This is what it is all about
September 17, 2008, 8:28 pm
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Pro-life

We get a quarterly newsletter from Shield of Roses, Our Lady of Refuge Chapter. Geri Urrutia, someone we have known a long time, along with all of the other members of this chapter of Shield of Roses, has been working for over 20 years on the front lines defending the unborn and helping moms.

They do very effective sidewalk counseling in Glendale, (California) and save many babies and help their families. Their quarterly newsletter is filled with photos of the beautiful babies they have saved, and with moving stories of these babies’ moms and dads. These parents are truly grateful for the help that Shield of Roses has given them.

We found one of the recent stories especially moving because it shows vividly how not just the babies lives are saved but that the lives of the families are also saved by this decision not to kill their baby. I think this story illustrates the wonderful work that all sidewalk counselors and pregnancy crisis centers do around this country. Here it is as taken from their Spring, 2008 newsletter.


“Geri, you saved four people the day you spoke to me about my baby”

Mom called me because her baby was now eight and had just received her first Holy Communion. Mom related to me that if she had had the abortion, she would have had to divorce her husband because he was pressuring her to abort this child who was pronounced to have severe handicaps. It wasn’t fair, he said, to bring a handicapped baby into the world when they already had a small child for whom to care. She would forever look at her husband in the future and know he was the cause of her abortion, and she would always feel grief for her lost child.

We saved her born child because we saved that child from being shuttled between two divorced parents. We saved Mom because she said she would have never been able to stand the pain of aborting her child, and of course we saved her baby. The baby was born without any fetal abnormalities that the doctors proclaimed.

Mom’s extended family also encouraged aborting the little girl, and now they are so very happy that Mom stood her ground, fought for her child, and carried her baby to term.

Here is a link to another mom who credits Shield of Roses in Glendale for saving her baby. A MOTHER’S CHOICE (1988) by Michele Henderson

To get involved with this group or to make a tax-deductible donation:

Shield of Roses
Our Lady of Refuge Chapter
P.O. Box 9053
Glendale CA 91226
phone: 818-242-3912

Sarah Palin: A friend to the unborn
September 15, 2008, 9:26 pm
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Pro-life

Sarah and Todd Palin with newborn son, Trig

Charlie Gibson interview: Sarah Palin on Abortion.

GIBSON: In the time I have left, I want to talk about some social issues.


GIBSON: Roe v. Wade, do you think it should be reversed?

PALIN: I think it should and I think that states should be able to decide that issue… I am pro-life. I do respect other people’s opinion on this, also, and I think that a culture of life is best for America… What I want to do, when elected vice president, with John McCain, hopefully, be able to reach out and work with those who are on the other side of this issue, because I know that we can all agree on the need for and the desire for fewer abortions in America and greater support for adoption, for other alternatives that women can and should be empowered to embrace, to allow that culture of life. That’s my personal opinion on this, Charlie.

GIBSON: John McCain would allow abortion in cases of rape and incest. Do you believe in it only in the case where the life of the mother is in danger?

PALIN: That is my personal opinion.

GIBSON: Would you change and accept it in rape and incest?

PALIN: My personal opinion is that abortion allowed if the life of the mother is endangered. Please understand me on this. I do understand McCain’s position on this. I do understand others who are very passionate about this issue who have a differing.

GIBSON: Embryonic stem cell research, John McCain has been supportive of it.

PALIN: You know, when you’re running for office, your life is an open book and you do owe it to Americans to talk about your personal opinion, which may end up being different than what the policy in an administration would be. My personal opinion is we should not create human life, create an embryo and then destroy it for research, if there are other options out there… And thankfully, again, not only are there other options, but we’re getting closer and closer to finding a tremendous amount more of options, like, as I mentioned, the adult stem cell research.

Here is what Governor Sarah Palin said when she confirmed that her new baby had Downs Syndrome last April:

“When we first heard, it was kind of confusing,” Palin, 44, said. She called the revelation “very, very challenging” and said she initially felt sad.

But the family has worked through that. Palin said she and Todd feel blessed and chosen by God. With a big family including four older kids, grandparents, aunts and uncles, Palin said, they will have lots of support for what’s ahead. In their eyes, she said, “he’s absolutely perfect.”

The oldest Palin kid, Track, is in the Army and texted his mother after learning the news with something to the effect of “This is just so cool — I finally got my brother.”

In a letter she e-mailed to relatives and close friends Friday after giving birth, Palin wrote, “Many people will express sympathy, but you don’t want or need that, because Trig will be a joy. You will have to trust me on this.” She wrote it in the voice of and signed it as “Trig’s Creator, Your Heavenly Father.”

“Children are the most precious and promising ingredient in this mixed-up world you live in down there on Earth. Trig is no different, except he has one extra chromosome,” Palin wrote.

As for people who think a baby like Trig shouldn’t even be born, look around, the governor wrote. Who is perfect or even normal?

From: Anchorage Daily News: Palins’ child diagnosed with Down syndrome (04/22/08)

Palin Family: Thank you for being 100% Pro-life
September 1, 2008, 11:25 pm
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Pro-life

Apparently the liberal media doesn’t want a strong, independent, Christian, pro-life woman as VP! Governor Sarah Palin got pregnant at 43 and her unborn child was diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome. That she went ahead with her pregnancy and loves her little baby apparently irks a lot of pro-choice liberals, it rubs them the wrong way. In the deepest recesses of their conscience they might even be reminded that killing unborn babies is really not the proper thing to do. So they disrespect the one who reminds them of this truth which contradicts their shallow value system.

Enter the teenage girl who also wants to do the right thing for her unborn baby. Bristol Palin, the 17 year old daughter of Governor Sarah Palin, is about 5 months pregnant. I think she is probably just like every Christian, and every non-Christian, I ever met. We all have a long – really long – list of past mistakes, failings, sins and things we would have done differently. Bristol, since she is only 17, probably has a much shorter “list” than those of us who are older. But…she has her list.

But then there is the other list! The better list! The list of acts of heroic virtue and heroic commitments to others! Bristol has made a valiant, a heroic commitment, to not abort her unborn child – to give this unborn child the same chance at life that we all have had. No doubt there have been many other wonderful virtuous acts in Bristol’s life and God bless her for them all. It’s just that none of her future acts will probably ever be so publicized. But the liberal media and others who share in the holier-than-thou “Planned Parenthood mentality” are looking for blood (as usual).

So Bristol is in a tough place and so is her mom. Pro-Life People Unite! Pray for all pro-life politicians, like John McCain and Sarah Palin AND for their families! Please! And dig deep into your wallet for all pro-life politicians NOW! The liberal media is already attacking this family in many ways for being Christian and Pro – Life. Pray for the Palin Family!

Living Pro-life – 3 Politicians
August 29, 2008, 8:18 am
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Pro-life

Governor Sarah Palin is the current Governor of Alaska. She is pro-life and a member of Feminists for Life. She was told last December that the child she was carrying had Down Syndrome. On April 18 she gave birth to Trig Paxson Van Palin who is her fifth child.

This is the announcement that the family made after Trig’s birth:

“Trig is beautiful and already adored by us. We knew through early testing he would face special challenges, and we feel privileged that God would entrust us with this gift and allow us unspeakable joy as he entered our lives.”

Governor Palin also said about Trig:

“I’m looking at him right now, and I see perfection,” Palin said. “Yeah, he has an extra chromosome. I keep thinking, in our world, what is normal and what is perfect?”

What a beautiful pro-life example when you consider that at least 80% of children with disabilities are aborted in this country.

Another pro-life politician who recently had a baby with Down syndrome is Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rogers. U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Washington state Republican, has just celebrated the first birthday of her son Cole, her first child, who was born with Down syndrome. She is busy campaigning for a third term, and Cole often travels with her between Washington, D.C., and the Pacific Northwest.

Here is what she says about her son:

“Cole opened my eyes to the pain and trouble a lot of families endure,” Rodgers said. “He’s allowed me to see people and circumstance more deeply, and the generosity of people.”

“It’s in human nature to focus on the negative, on what the person can’t do. In our mind, we are focused on what he can do, what he will be able to do and do very well.”

She is also spearheading a new Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus:

“It’s the goal of the Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus to allow every child with Down syndrome to reach their full potential. We’ll work to raise expectations and improve education, make it easier for people with Down syndrome to find jobs, and promote funding and research for effective treatments and therapies,” McMorris Rodgers said.

In an article entitled, Getting to Know John McCain, Karl Rove writes about Cindy and John McCain’s decision to adopt a child from one of Mother Teresa’s orphanages.

“…in 1991 Cindy McCain was visiting Mother Teresa’s orphanage in Bangladesh when a dying infant was thrust into her hands. The orphanage could not provide the medical care needed to save her life, so Mrs. McCain brought the child home to America with her. She was met at the airport by her husband, who asked what all this was about.

Mrs. McCain replied that the child desperately needed surgery and years of rehabilitation. “I hope she can stay with us,” she told her husband. Mr. McCain agreed. Today that child is their teenage daughter Bridget.

I was aware of this story. What I did not know, and what I learned from Doris, is that there was a second infant Mrs. McCain brought back. She ended up being adopted by a young McCain aide and his wife.

“We were called at midnight by Cindy,” Wes Gullett remembers, and “five days later we met our new daughter Nicki at the L.A. airport wearing the only clothing Cindy could find on the trip back, a 7-Up T-shirt she bought in the Bangkok airport.” Today, Nicki is a high school sophomore. Mr. Gullett told me, “I never saw a hospital bill” for her care.”

A few things not mentioned in Karl Rove’s article about Cindy McCain is that after earning a Masters in Special Education at the University of Southern California she became a special needs teacher. She has also founded and supported many very worthy charities including American Voluntary Medical Team (AVMT) which brought emergency medical relief to countries all over the world. Another organization she founded is the Hensley Family Foundation, which donates monies towards children’s programs in Arizona and nationally. And she has been a longtime active volunteer in an organization called Operation Smile, a nonprofit organization that has been repairing child and young adult cleft palates and cleft lips in countries around the globe.