Pastors and their congregations plan to show up at the state capitol by the hundreds tomorrow in an effort to persuade state legislators to vote “no” on a bill that decriminalizes infanticide. Not only will they visit the individual offices of their legislators, but they will also testify against AB 2223 during a hearing scheduled in the Assembly Health Committee.
The crowds are coming in response to the coordinated efforts of three organizations, Real Impact, Capitol Resource Institute, and the California Family Council, who invited pastors, congregants, and pro-life citizens from around California to attend a special lobby day to persuade legislators to oppose AB 2223. They originally expected a few hundred to sign up, but the response has been overwhelming. So far over 1500 people have committed to travel to Sacramento from all over the state appalled that legislators would propose removing criminal and civil penalties from mothers and their accomplices who kill or let die breathing newborns.
“We are thrilled to see Californians all over the state traveling hundreds of miles to tell legislators decriminalizing infanticide is barbaric and indefensible,” said Jonathan Keller, President of California Family Council. “A political culture that justifies killing millions of children in the womb is now declaring open season on unwanted newborns. Every Californian must oppose this heinous bill.”
“It’s great to see the Church rise in an effort to stop the infanticide of innocent babies,” said Real Impact Director Gina Gleason. “A.B. 2223 has awakened a sleeping giant.”
“This is a ‘we the people’ moment with everyday citizens using their constitutionally protected right to voice their disapproval of legislative proposals,” said Karen England, President of the Capitol Resource Institute. “Californians know it’s disingenuous to claim, like those supporting AB 2223 do, that perinatal death does not include babies after they are born.”
As currently written, AB 2223 shields a mother and anyone who assists her from civil and criminal charges for any “actions or omissions” related to her pregnancy, “including miscarriage, stillbirth, or abortion, or perinatal death.” Although definitions of “perinatal death” vary, all of them include the demise of newborns seven days or more after birth.
Bill author Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks recently added some additional text to supposedly narrow the meaning of perinatal death. The new text reads, “perinatal death due to a pregnancy-related cause.” Yet these words hold little meaning because they are not defined in the bill. It could justify a mother killing a breathing newborn because she suffers from post-partum depression, which is a “pregnancy-related cause.”
AB 2223 also removes the duty of a coroner to determine how a newborn died if the death is known or suspected to be the result of a self-induced or criminal abortion. If a coroner decides to investigate a newborn’s death under these circumstances, the reason for the newborn’s death can’t be used to prosecute anyone involved with the death. This law would leave babies born alive after a failed abortion vulnerable to murder or death by neglect.
The bill also gives a mother the right to sue any law enforcement agency for investigating or threatening to investigate her “pregnancy outcome” including the perinatal death of her child. So if someone finds a dead newborn in a dumpster, law enforcement is expected to ask no questions or look further into the matter if they suspect the child died after a failed abortion or from any “pregnancy-related cause….”
The above comes from an April 18 posting on LifeNews by Greg Burt.
In a state thoroughly controlled by Democrat Party elitists and their millions of supporting Democrat California voters, these people think that mere “hundreds” of people going to a protest will have any effect? Look, not even Orange County is Republican anymore. The state is about 90% Democrat. Democrats don’t mind the killing of children. That’s the way it is in California. Accept it or move.
No. “Accept it or move” is a terrible idea– unworthy of Christians! Never “accept” an evil situation as being “unchangeable!” It is our duty as followers of Christ to march against all Evil, with Christ– and slowly change the world for Him! Fight abortion always, try to save the lives of poor, helpless unborn children, who cannot speak for themselves! California can change, for Christ!
Cowardice was never a defining characteristic of genuine Christianity. If there is one group of people that have demonstrated that consistently it is those Pro-Life Christians willing to publicly make a stand. It is true…California is no country for cowards…
Realism isn’t cowardice.
The Catholic Supreme Court will soon outlaw abortion, then birth control, then gay marriage and all gay rights. Governor DeSantis, a faithful member of Opus Dei, will be elected president, and all laws will conform to Catholic Teaching. We will become a Catholic Country once and forever!
A frightening set of predictions
Peter, you make these predictions rather confidently, and not like a wish you hope will come true, but one that is a foregone conclusion. It’s one thing to predict and hope, and another to make it sound like fact. This is news to me that DeSantis is a member of Opus Dei. But for him to be elected President? So you believe he will beat Ted Cruz (who truly believes he is the post-Trump heir apparent) for the Republican Party nomination, and then convince a majority to vote for DeSantis enough that he wins the electoral vote? Or is there a plan to ensure that will happen anyway? And what about Trump, who is playing the game of giving speeches that allude to his running in 2024 but won’t announce because that will cause incoming funds to becoming limited? Won’t that be a bit of a challenge? And what if Donny doesn’t back DeSantis should he dethrone Trump for the nomination – Trump is the type who would seek his revenge even if it means a Democrat might win the election IMHO, because frankly he’s that petty and childlike to do so. And Trump backers? Will they support DeSantis if he removes Trump from the ticket?
Finally, I’m going to guess that in your heart of hearts, you really do want the US to become a de facto Catholic homeland, a paradise for all good, practicing OT Catholics who would denounce Vatican II, mandate Latin Mass, and curtail women’s rights and bring us back a couple of hundred years in terms of social progress? Our Founders speculated on this long and hard, and rightly decided that there be a definite separation of church and state, lest the majority destroys the rights of the minority. Oh, would everyone who seeks political office be required to convert? Would all religions have to join in on a Catholic school prayer at school? Where does the line begin?
Dremel you have got me there. I would love to see the US become a Catholic confessional state.
For pete’s sake, is there an award for the most outrageous conspiracy theorist?
Oh, wait, you’re just being sarcastic.
Do you really think DeSantis is a member of Opus Dei?
Isn’t that the group with the albino assassin monks?
That’s what Dan Brown told us.
Seriously, why do you think DeSantis is a member of Opus Dei? And, even if true, why does that matter? Scott Hahn and many others belong to Opus Dei.
if a baby is born with horrific problems like deformity, missing limbs, or any other horrific problem,. it may be more humane to let it die, rather than have a life of pain and suffering.
memo to: “life not worth living”
they already came up with a program
like you suggest; it was called Nazi Germany.
“Bill author Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks”
i’ve heard of Buffy the Vampire Slayer;
this one must be Buffy the Vampire.
I was there yesterday. I went with a group from Calvary Chapel in Chino Hills. I heard nothing about this from Catholic sources until today. I am glad for this piece in “California Catholic Daily”, as we must be BOLD in our Catholic Faith, not just whimpering sops who say “Accept evil or move”. What a horrendous world view. What about those of us who were called and took a solemn oath to live our Catholic Faith openly and without fear? No, not just Priests and Religious but every Confirmed Catholic?
If this Bill Passes (AB 2223) there will be no accountability for a person who kills a newborn or throws it in a dumpster or off a roof or a bridge.
Yesterday I saw a very large Black man at the pro-life rally in Sacramento. He held up a sign with the words “Don’t follow earthly power!” On it were four swastikas. He was clearly making the point that this is really no different than what the Nazis did (or the Communists or the other power-mongering groups).
I won’t leave my home and desert the people here with my head down in apathy or shame. I’m staying and standing up with a heart of love for God and our brothers and sisters.
Find out more at this website: https://www.californiafamily.org/ab2223/
I find it disconcerting when repliers use singular, exaggerated incidents to discredit or promote a given view. The good father above writes of a person “who kills a newborn or throws it in a dumpster or off a roof or a bridge” as if that’s the norm (but gives no citation to prove his allegation). Agreed, horrific scenes and detestable to humane thought. As a scientist/philosopher, I seek truth, and I have to wonder if the caption of “no accountability” is actual fact or the egregious exaggeration meant to make the bill seem worse than it is by evoking strong emotional response? Where is the peer-reviewed analysis that states that this accountability is fact? (A moment of deflection – how many faithful Catholics or clergy openly deplored and denounced those who murdered doctors from abortion clinics in the name of God and the unborn? ), Point in fact: the Nazis would proclaim a child as, for lack of a better term, not worth keeping alive, and kill them in the name of the state. I rather doubt the state would tolerate mothers and parents handing over their child at some age for extermination. So the comparisons to Nazi Germany are based on one’s fears rather than really point for point comparison. I do get it – the readers of this site generally and wholeheartedly desire to end all abortions – period. This would predicate seeing most things through those glasses – anything even hinting at anything less than the ultimate goal or deviates from the Opus Dei Catholic thought is abhorrent and should be destroyed, regrettably by any means possible, even if it is a justified sin against Church teachings.
It is good to see the involvement, even leadership, of our evangelical brothers and sisters on these issues.
Let us pray that more Catholic leaders get involved.
Ora et labora!