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Diocesan Fortnight for Freedom Event This Saturday, June 30
All are invited to a special Fortnight for Freedom event sponsored by the Diocese of Dallas. The evening will begin with the 5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass at St. Rita, 12521 Inwood Rd, Dallas, with celebrant and homilistMonsignor Robert Coerver, V.F., followed by a free dinner program in Sweeney Hall, presented byFrank Valenzuelaof the St. Thomas More Society, the Catholic Lawyers’ Guild, and closing with the Litany for Liberty (USCCB).
Breaking News: Bishops Renew Plea To Congress And Administration To Repair Affordable Care Act
USCCB – Today the United States Supreme Court issued a decision upholding as a tax the provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires individuals to purchase a health plan – the so-called "individual mandate."
For nearly a century, the Catholic bishops of the United States have been and continue to be consistent advocates for comprehensive health care reform to ensure access to life-affirming health care for all, especially the poorest and the most vulnerable. . . . The bishops ultimately opposed final passage of ACA for several reasons.
First, ACA allows use of federal funds to pay for elective abortions and for plans that cover such abortions, contradicting longstanding federal policy. . . . Second, the Act fails to include necessary language to provide essential conscience protection, both within and beyond the abortion context. . . . Third, ACA fails to treat immigrant workers and their families fairly. . . . .The decision of the Supreme Court neither diminishes the moral imperative to ensure decent health care for all, nor eliminates the need to correct the fundamental flaws described above. We therefore continue to urge Congress to pass, and the Administration to sign, legislation to fix those flaws. Read entire statement
Reflections for the Fortnight for Freedom – Day 8 – Thursday, June 28 - Prepared by the USCCB
From within the Catholic tradition, Vatican II stated that the family is a “domestic church,” that is, it is within the family that children are first taught the Gospel, are taught to pray and to keep the Commandments. Together the members of a family live out the Gospel life of love. In keeping with this, the Council states that parents must be free to choose their children’s schooling. Read entire reflection
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YFL Boot Camp is total pro-life immersion for high school students, ages 14-17. Session 2 is from July 27-31. The theme is Should We Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before? with keynote speaker Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. (Fr. Tad) of the National Catholic Bioethics Center.
**Please join us in prayer for the participants of Boot Camp Session 1 this weekend**
Starvin’ for Justice Annual Fast and Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty
Date: June 28-July 2
This year, in 2012, will mark the 40th anniversary of the Furman v. Georgia decision in which the U.S. Supreme Court found the death penalty to be applied in an arbitrary and capricious manner. Starvin' for Justice – an annual four-day fast and vigil to abolish the death penalty – will take place on the sidewalk in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. Sponsored by The Abolitionist Action Committee
Those who cannot attend the D.C. events are welcome to support this effort locally through prayer and fasting. For more information and Church teaching concerning the death penalty, visit prolifedallas.org/deathpenalty.
Huge Abortion Rate Decline Shows Pro-Life Progress by Michael New, Ph.D., LifeNews.com
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report this week which analyzes trends in pregnancy rates, birth rates, and abortion rates since 1990. Both the CDC and the Guttmacher Institute frequently release data on the incidence of abortion.
However, this report is unique because it presents the trends by race, age, and marital status. Overall, the news is good. The national abortion rate is falling fairly steadily and has declined by over 29 percent since 1990. Additionally, there has been a decline in the incidence of abortion among nearly all demographic groups. Continue reading
Dallas pro-lifers explain Texas’ Planned Parenthood defunding on public television by Rita DillerSTOPP.org
In April of this year, Dallas Catholic Pro-Life Committee head Karen Garnett participated in a videotaped panel discussion with Kenneth Lembrecht, CEO of Planned Parenthood of North Texas. Also participating were Dianne Edmondson, executive director of the Republican National Coalition for Life, and Stephen McKernan, DO, who runs a federally qualified health center (FQHC) in Texas.
The program aired June 24. The discussion centered around Texas’ defunding of Planned Parenthood and its impact on women’s healthcare.
Edmondson and Garnett did a superb job of exposing the lies of Planned Parenthood, while Lambrecht continually repeated all the canned messaging of PP, patting himself on the back for running “the most trusted provider of healthcare services” and saying that women will be deprived of healthcare if Planned Parenthood ceases to be funded. . . . Read entire article You can [watch] the 28-minute show and chime in with your comments here.
Half of Young Adults Don’t Know Planned Parenthood Does Abortions by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com
"In the Students for Life nationally-commissioned poll, young, college-aged adults, were asked a variety of questions on abortion issues. One question queried, 'Do you believe it is (ROTATED) mostly true or mostly false that Planned Parenthood clinics offer abortion to pregnant women?'
Alarmingly, despite the fact that Planned Parenthood does more than one-quarter of all abortions in the United States and is one of the leading worldwide abortion businesses, the plurality of respondents – 48% – said they did not know or could not judge whether Planned Parenthood clinics offered abortions to pregnant women. While half had no idea Planned Parenthood is an abortion business, 37 percent understood the true nature of the organization while another 11 percent said Planned Parenthood doesn’t do abortions." Continue reading
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