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Posted on 12/08/2008 4:42:42 AM PST by wagglebee
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Santa Barbara, CA (LifeNews.com) -- Thousands of Americans face the challenge of homelessness every day and, while most of them struggle with finding food, shelter or work, Planned Parenthood believes they need something else. The local affiliate of the nations largest abortion business in Santa Barbara, California is offering the homeless birth control and abortion...
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On Friday, December 12, 2008, the Feast of our Lady of Guadalupe, the Vaticans Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) released its long-awaited document on bioethics that responds to new problems regarding procreation and new procedures involving the manipulation of embryos and the human genetic patrimony. (http://www.usccb.org/comm/Dignitaspersonae/Dignitas_Personae.pdf. Called Dignitas Personae (The Dignity of a Person), the Instruction is seen as the sequel to Donum vitae (The Gift of Life), another document on bioethics published by the CDF over twenty years ago on February 22, 1987.
Dignitas Personae is divided into three parts flanked by a brief introduction and a conclusion.
In the first part, the CDF summarizes the basic moral principles that have to guide an individual in light both of reason and of faith as he faces the moral questions raised by technological advances that impact either the human embryo or human reproduction. There are two basic moral criteria. First, we need to respect the intrinsic dignity and inviolability of the human person from the very first moment of his existence (no. 4). Second, we need to recognize that human procreation, because of the dignity of the human person, should only occur within the context of marriage and only as a result of an act the conjugal act that expresses the reciprocal love between a man and a woman (no. 6).
In the second part, the CDF responds to several moral questions raised by advances in technology that impact human reproduction. With regard to medical interventions that treat infertility, the CDF embraces techniques that act as an aid to the conjugal act and its fertility, especially interventions that seek to remove obstacles to natural fertilization (no. 12). However, the Congregation also condemns many techniques associated with in-vitro fertilization (IVF) because they substitute for the conjugal act between husband and wife. As Dignitas Personae reiterates, the Catholic Church teaches that it is ethically unacceptable to dissociate procreation from the integrally personal context of the conjugal act. IVF is especially objectionable because it very frequently involves the deliberate destruction of embryos (no. 14). Dignitas Personae is also critical of cryopreservation, the technology used to freeze human embryos, because it is incompatible with the respect owed to human embryos; it presupposes their production in vitro; it exposes them to the serious risk of death or physical harm, since a high percentage does not survive the process of freezing and thawing; it deprives them at least temporarily of maternal reception and gestation; it places them in a situation in which they are susceptible to further offense and manipulation (no. 18). The final part of this second section, highlights the moral problems raised by drugs and other technical means that seek to prevent a pregnancy by destroying a human embryo either before he implants himself into his mothers womb (interceptive methods) or after he is implanted (contragestive methods). Interceptive methods include the intrauterine device (IUD) and certain forms of the morning after pill, while contragestive methods include RU-486 and methotrexate (no. 23).
In the third part of Dignitas Personae, the CDF deals with technology that manipulates the human embryo and/or human inheritance. First, the document distinguishes two forms of gene therapy. Procedures that genetically alter somatic cells the cells in the human body other than sperm and eggs are in principle morally licit as long as they aim to cure genetic disease and they are only performed after the patient has given his informed consent (no. 26). In contrast, procedures that genetically alter the reproductive cells of a patient are morally problematic because at the present time they would inevitably harm the individuals children because of technological limitations. The CDF moves on to deal with human cloning and stem cells. The Church unequivocally condemns all attempts to create and destroy human embryos even if these efforts are to cures the sick because this would be completely incompatible with human dignity (no. 30). It makes the existence of a human being at the embryonic stage nothing more than a means to be used and destroyed. It is gravely immoral to sacrifice a human life for therapeutic ends (no. 30). Techniques that try to create human/animal embryos are morally illicit for the same reason. Finally, Dignitas Personae teaches that Christians and other individuals of good conscience need to distance themselves from a scientific and a medical culture that use biological material derived from morally illicit origins, including tissues and cells obtained from abortions and the destruction of human embryos (no. 35). This would avoid any cooperation with evil or scandal. However, parents may still use vaccines obtained with cells derived from aborted fetuses as long as they make known their moral disagreement and ask that their healthcare system make other vaccines available (no. 35).
In the conclusion of Dignitas Personae, the CDF reminds Christians and all persons of good conscience that the Church is not anti-science. Rather the Church seeks to protect the dignity of the human person: The fulfillment of this duty implies courageous opposition to all those practices which result in grave and unjust discrimination against unborn human beings, who have the dignity of a person, created like others in the image of God. Behind every no in the difficult task of discerning between good and evil, there shines a great yes to the recognition of the dignity and inalienable value of every single and unique human being called into existence (no. 37).
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Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Planned Parenthood and dozens of other abortion advocacy groups presented their wish list to incoming President Barack Obama in a secret memo last week that wound up published on the transition team web site. In the memo the nations largest abortion business requested $4.6 billion in taxpayer funding for abortion and other efforts...
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Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The Bush administration has finalized the new rules that protect both medical professionals and medical staff who dont want to be involved in abortions or abortion referrals. The Department of Health and Human Services released the final rule that will go into effect on January 20.
The new regulations are intended to clarify and enforce existing federal laws that protect the choices of health care providers who have moral objections to abortion...
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SPRINGFIELD - Jason D. Strickland will spend 12 to 15 years in state prison on charges in the child abuse case that left his stepdaughter Haleigh Poutre with a severe brain injury.
Judge Judd J. Carhart Thursday imposed consecutive prison terms of eight to 10 years and four to five years, saying Strickland's "action, or inaction" had caused substantial harm to the child and that he had violated one of life's most precious gifts - the care of a child.
A jury on Nov. 26 convicted Strickland in Hampden Superior Court of charges he allowed serious injury to be caused to the then 11-year-old Westfield girl in 2005. The defense had argued that Strickland had believed his late wife, Holli A. Strickland, Haleigh's adoptive mother, when she told him the child was self-abusive...
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If year 2007 was the year of pro-life movies, flawed Hollywood projects that nonetheless showed a main character choosing life, the year 2008 is the year of pro-life new media and youth movements...
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It is a criminal offence to 'aid, abet, counsel or procure' someone else's suicide. But last week the Director of Public Prosecutions said there would be no charges against the parents of Daniel James, who accompanied their son earlier this year to a clinic in Switzerland where, with assistance, he ended his life...
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Swiss surgeon Jérôme Sobel, president of the Swiss assisted suicide organisation Exit, talks to swissinfo about the realities of assisted death in Switzerland and Europe.
Craig Ewert, a 59-year-old motor neurone disease sufferer from Harrogate, Britain, died in Switzerland in 2006, having been helped by the controversial charity Dignitas. Last week television channel Sky News caused controversy when it showed a documentary of the last moments of the computer science professor's life.
The film was shown during the same week that a British coroner ruled that Daniel James, 23, a young rugby player who became paralysed from the neck down, intended to end his own life when he visited an assisted-dying clinic in Switzerland earlier this year.
The British Crown Prosecution Service announced it would take no action against James's parents for helping him. Mark and Julie James faced a maximum sentence of 14 years if they were tried under the Suicide Act.
Direct active euthanasia is taking specific steps to cause the patient's death, such as injecting the patient with drugs. Indirect active euthanasia is giving the patient a palliative that could lead to death.
Assisted suicide is when a doctor provides a patient with the means to end his own life; however, a doctor does not administer it...
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He was Father Deacon Paul Weyrich to me; a Proto- Deacon of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church who served the Holy Altar, for as long as he could stand, with deep piety. A man who bore the dignity of his clerical office, Father Deacon Paul loved the Lord and he loved Christs Church. He is now serving the eternal Liturgy in heaven.
...Paul Weyrich was so much more than politics. He was a faithful member of the Order of Deacons, a Catholic Clergyman who knew that some truths revealed by the Natural law (and confirmed in Christian Revelation) like the dignity of every human life from conception to natural death, were not just for religious people. Rather they have to be the foundation of every society or that society will never be free. He left a legacy of thought and action which others must now build on...
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 /Christian Newswire/ -- American Life League and the Diocese of Amarillo scored a major victory this week as Planned Parenthood prepares to completely withdraw from the Texas Panhandle.
Using American Life League's STOPP project to defeat Planned Parenthood the nation's largest abortion chain has been completely eradicated from the diocese of Amarillo, Texas.
"Once again we see that the STOP Planned Parenthood plan works even on a grand scale," said Jim Sedlak, vice president of American Life League and director of the STOPP project. "We have been honored to work closely with Bishop John Yanta, Respect Life Coordinator Rita Diller, and all those in the Amarillo Diocese who, since 1997, have worked towards the day when Planned Parenthood would no longer exist in the Texas Panhandle. Through the grace of God, that day will come next week."
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“Planned Parenthood Out of Texas Panhandle: STOPP Plan Ousts Abortion Chain from Amarillo”
What great news! Goes to show what can happen if we just keep fighting.
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