The following comes from a Feb. 25 story on LifeSiteNews.com.
Abortion advocates at the Guttmacher Institute and other pro-abortion institutions say they are “fighting back,” introducing more legislation to expand access to abortion than in any year in recent memory. But pro-life advocates say that public opinion, and the tide of history, is turning decisively against abortion-on-demand.
Elizabeth Nash, state issues manager at the Guttmacher Institute, announced that more pro-abortion legislation has been introduced this year than anytime in the last 20 years.
So far, 14 states have introduced 51 pieces of legislation to expand and strengthen women’s access to abortion, she said, up from 32 bills in six states in 2013.
Amanda Allen of the Center for Reproductive Rights told Bloomberg News that 2014 is a “tipping point” in American legislative history.
But “there is a significant difference between bills introduced and those enacted,” Denise Burke, vice president of legal affairs at Americans United for Life, told LifeSiteNews. “Last year, for example, more than 350 bills related to abortion were introduced in state legislatures,” but only about 20 percent became law, most of them pro-life.
The Guttmacher Institute told LifeSiteNews.com that, while dozens of new abortion-expanding bills had been offered, “thus far this year none have been enacted.”
“Last year two proactive bills in California were enacted,” Rebecca Wind, senior communications associate at the Guttmacher Institute, told LifeSiteNews.
Last October, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill allowing non-physicians – including midwives, nurse practitioners, and physicians’ assistants – to perform abortions during the first-trimester by suction aspiration. The same day, he signed a bill exempting abortion facilities from more stringent health codes required for other ambulatory surgical centers.
“Between 2010-2012, there was not much in the way of proactive legislation,” Wind told LifeSiteNews. “We have started to see much more in 2013 and 2014.”
On the other hand, more pro-life laws have become law in the last three years than in the previous decade combined. States passed 205 pro-life laws from 2011 to 2013, and only 189 between 2001 and 2010. The largest number, 82, passed in 2011.
Last year, governors signed 70 new laws that “sought to restrict access to abortion services,” according to the Guttmacher Institute. Much of that model legislation was crafted by AUL, often by Burke herself.
“Pro-life legislation is more in tune with the views of the vast majority of the American public who do not approve of the unlimited and unregulated abortion license sought by abortion advocacy groups,” she told LifeSiteNews.
Aside from California, pro-abortion laws have struggled to pass even in overwhelmingly liberal, Democrat-controlled states.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has reintroduced his “Women’s Equality Act,” a 10-point proposal that would expand access to abortion after 24 weeks and open the door to allow non-physicians to perform abortions. Although the bill passed the state Assembly last year, a coalition of Republicans and Democrats blocked the abortion plank in the state Senate. The failed effort cost the Women’s Equality Coalition $500,000.
Observers expect the bill to fare no better this year.
The Vermont state Senate passed a bill, S.317, repealing a decades-old statute making it illegal to perform or advertise abortion, but that law was ruled legally null in 1972.
Washington state House members passed the “Reproductive Parity Act,” requiring any insurance provider that covers prenatal services to also pay for abortions, this winter by a 54-44 vote. The same bill passed the House last year but died in the state Senate.
New Hampshire is expected to enact a law requiring pro-life protesters to stand outside a 25-foot buffer zone from an abortion facility. A similar law from neighboring Massachusetts is currently having its constitutionality tried before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Pending legislation in Virginia would repeal that state’s ultrasound requirement, or allow for abortion coverage under the state’s health insurance exchange. Lawmakers in Nebraska also seek to water down a parental notification law.
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Women’s equality? Cuomo isn’t even married to that woman with whom he is living. Sounds like the Free Sex for Men Act to me. Use them, get them pregnant kill the child, then dump them and go on to the next one.
To be fair, some women are just as bad as some men regarding this issue. Sometimes they do not really love the man, and do not want his children but just use him for their own selfish purpose.
Bishops need to enforce Canon 915 and 1399 regarding all Catholic politicians who support the murder of innocent unborn children for the convenience of others.
When are our Bishops going to stop the SCANDAL of publically pro-abortion supporters within the Church ? ? ? ?
” Can. 915 Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or declaration of the penalty and others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion.”
“Can. 1399 In addition to the cases established here or in other laws, the external violation of a divine or canonical law can be punished by a just penalty only when the special gravity of the violation demands punishment and there is an urgent need to prevent or repair scandals.”
Whether intended or not the appropriate Diocese Bishop who does not publically correct the perpetrators of the mortal sin of Abortion and Scandal, aids and abets in the sin. Is this not important to them ?
Education by all of us is required to stop abortion. Abortion is not only murder, but TORTURE past 9 weeks and 3 days.
ENDOWMENT for HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
” The fetus can also grasp an object, move the head forward and back, open and close the jaw, move the tongue, sigh, and stretch.
Nerve receptors in the face, the palms of the hands, and the soles of the feet can sense light touch.
What a shame the people who see clearly that women and men are equal and their rights and duties should be protected by law equally are usually unable to see that babies are going to be men and women too some day, God willing, that is, and their parents willing to decide to abstain from murdering them.
It has always amazed me that some groups of people willing to fight for the rights of women don’t see that men need equal rights too, as in some ways they are discriminated against in our society, for example, when it comes to being allowed equal rights in family law situations regarding children.
More grievously, though, how is it that most of the same people who are willing to fight for my equal rights as a woman are not willing to fight for the basic right of a child merely to live?
For without the right to live, nobody needs any other rights, it ought to go without saying, nor can anyone do anything with any rights society might graciously decide to grant the murdered person. Since murdered babies don’t have the “right” even to a name, let alone what was once considered basic, a “decent Christian burial,” usually offered even to murderers . . . but not to the murdered in this case.
Good post, Maryanne. There are some women who have done things just as bad as some men. They use men to get what they want, whatever it is, then dump them. Sometimes a child is aborted in the process.
Satan never sleeps, as the saying goes. Neither do pro-abortion lobbyists and politicians, such as President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Governor Cuomo and many others. It is unlikely that the onslaught of pro-abort bills will continue to fail, sad to say. There is too much money, too much public apathy, and, most importantly, too much will to power, for the pro-aborts to lose much. Things are somewhat better now for the pro-life crowd, but until the Catholic Church truly turns against abortion, then the legislative and funding tide will increasingly permit abortion. What, you say? What? The Catholic Church not committed to the pro-life position? Sadly, that is the case. Certainly there are clergy, religious, and laity, devoted to preservation of life, but the institutional church is not. Just look at Cardinal Dolan (and there are many others) who refuses to deny communion to Gov. Cuomo, and many others, who openly strut their support for present abortion laws and plan to pass even new ones (like Cuomo is trying to do). What is wrong with Cardinal Dolan, Cardinal Wuerl, and so many others? And what is wrong with Pope Francis in failing to praise men such as Cardinal Burke, who call openly for the denial of communion to such people? The Church needs to do more.
Don’t forget Bishop Vann, who now has someone who works for a pro-abortion/SSM politician on an advisory board of his. (Go to the Diocese of Orange site and look at Diocesan News). Does this make any sense?
Thank you Bob! This selection does NOT make any sense, unless the notice of the “Gathering for Mental Illness” includes a public apology and a public addressing of the spiritual un-wellness of this scandalous decision. Our local bishop just selected Dongwoo Joseph Pak, (who field represents Shirley Quirk-Silva, a woman who works to politically promote same sex marriage and the murdering of unborn babies) to advise him on financial matters? This is scandalous news. Where is the loyalty to Christ first? The influence of money should NEVER override the influence of first adhering to all Church teaching. Bishops and priests are called to be loyal sons of God by avoiding even the appearance of causing scandal and yet this scandalous selection is arrogantly flaunted on the Diocese of Orange website. This is another example of damage that causes much scandal, lack of trust, harm and disunity within the Catholic Church. Is this selection considered being in “full communion with Rome?” Our Lady of Akita called this “COMPROMISE” Shame on those who looked the other way and chose the broadminded road of influential accounting of money over the more important accounting of being obedient to God. The salvation of the almighty dollar should never take precedence over loyalty and obedience to Almighty God. No man can serve two masters.
1 Timothy 6:10 For the desire of money is the root of all evils; which some coveting have erred from the faith and have entangled themselves in many sorrows.
Remarkably, the diocese just took it off their Diocesan News.
Mr. Pak was previously on an Obama advisory committee it also seems.
Bishop Vann Appoints Influential Korean-American to
Diocese of Orange Finance Council
This important consultative group advises the Bishop on matter of finance and
Garden Grove, Calif., (January 31, 2014) – Dongwoo Joseph Pak, MBA, former Vice President at Farmers & Merchants Bank of Long Beach, Calif. and current field representative for Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (Fullerton) has been selected by the Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, to join the Finance Council of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. A consultative finance council is required in every diocese by Canon Law and is presided over by the Bishop. The structure of this council includes at least three lay people appointed by the Bishop.
“Our diocese is blessed to benefit from the expertise, experience and faithful commitment of Mr. Pak. I look forward to his keen insights and consultation with regard to matters of finance and fiscal management. It is important that our Church benefits from the professional expertise of its laity, combined with the skills of our clergy,” said Bishop Vann”
NARAL endorses Sharon Quirk- Silva
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 13, 2012
Sacramento, CA – Amy Everitt, state director of NARAL Pro-Choice California, announced that her organization’s political action committee, PrivacyPAC, endorsed two candidates for state Assembly.
– Sharon Quirk-Silva (AD 65, Fullerton)
– Shirley Weber (AD 79, San Diego)
Sharon Quirk-Silva, current mayor of Fullerton, is a strong advocate for women’s rights and access to healthcare. Her opponent, Assemblymember Chris Norby, is endorsed by the California Pro-Life Council and has a long record of voting against measures that would help women and families. While serving on the Orange County Board of Supervisors in 2009, Norby voted to cancel a health education contract with the local Planned Parenthood.
Shirley Weber has fought for women’s equality for over four decades. She spent several years expanding access to reproductive care in East Africa and established a clinic in a San Diego high school that included reproductive health and counseling services for students.
Catherine: We saw Archbishop Gomez with a bunch of pro-death Democratic politicians a short while ago, now we see a bishop doing essentially the same thing (coyly not mentioning that the politician is pro-death too) but the press hasn’t said a word!
Thank you for your post. The press hasn’t said a word and this is why CCD is an important communication tool. Another reason why this Diocese of Orange selection is so very troubling is that when Stephen Brady of Roman Catholic Faithful reported the ongoing abuse and the homosexual corruption that was taking place to his then pastor Monsignor Kevin Vann, no action was taken. Our shepherds who are not safeguarding all of the teachings are often the same shepherds who were rewarded for their continued silence or compromises. Appointing a financial advisor who is also the current field representative for a pro-abortion, same sex marriage politician harms the faith of trusting Catholics. The cavalier website announcement sadly exposes a great loss of the true faith or an emptying of the rich Divine Content that the martyrs and saints once taught, upheld and died for. This selection sounds just like a Bill and Melinda Gates secular or corporate based decision with absolutely no consideration being given to fidelity to Christ’s Church first as well as the importance of not giving scandal by bad example. How callous this looks to every pro-life worker who has faithfully and unselfishly stood in front of a Planned Parenthood killing center day in and day out for many years.
March 3, 2014 at 6:10 pm
Please Search ‘Roman Catholic Faithful AD MAJOREM DEI GLORIAM SUMMER 2005’ Page 16
“Another former member of the Springfield hierarchy was Monsignor Kevin Vann, who was pastor of Blessed Sacrament parish in Springfield. He also held several positions within the hierarchy and was made Monsignor (along with the others who protected Bishop Ryan) by Bishop George Lucas.
Vann refused to take any action regarding Renken’s and Steffen’s living arrangement even after I confronted him about it. Vann was Renken’s friend and co- worker within the chancery. What happened to Vann? What did his silence cost him? How was he punished for his part in this ongoing cover-up? For the answer, let’s turn to a news article by Darren Barbee and Brett Hoffman that appeared in Knight Ridder Newspapers
“FORT WORTH, Texas – (KRT) – Monsignor Kevin W. Vann of Illinois has been named co-adjutor bishop of the Fort Worth Roman Catholic Diocese and will succeed ailing Bishop Joseph Delaney when he retires, church officials announced this week.
…But news of Vann’s appointment drew criti- cism from the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. As a canon lawyer, Vann represents the Rev. John Calicott in his request to the Vatican to be allowed to resume his ministry.
I had not heard or read about all of this, thanks. I’m wondering if the bishop has ever heard of the Sins that Cry to Heaven for Vengeance? Many priests haven’t, though it’s in the Catechism – from your references, I wouldn’t be willing to bet on it, though he was once a vicar to other priests! Simply amazing. The percentage of gay priests in the diocese, I’ve heard, is preposterous, as well.
You’re right about CCD programs (and Religion classes in Catholic schools, I might add) – if you can get rid of most of the touchy-feely textbooks and many teachers and administrators (especially many who went to LMU) who have no idea of what the Faith is. Otherwise, yet another generation of Catholics will be lost.