Thursday, May 31, 2012

Abortion in Tennessee

In anticipation of a vote on outlawing abortion in Tennessee, The Tennessean released a series of articles in the past two weeks to bring discussion of the issue to the forefront.

The focus of the exposé is the entire abortion debate in the state, and quite honestly, I think it is a pretty objective piece. They even use the word pro-life in the article, a big no-no for the AP.

I found it quite ironic was the contrast between the post-abortion testimonies:

First testimony:
You’ll always remember the anniversary of the abortion. You’ll remember the anniversary of what their birthday would have been. I still cry. I still have emotions, but it’s okay. It still hurts, but it don’t hurt like it did then.

Second testimony:
I love my child. I’m glad I had my child, and I don’t have any regrets. But we would have chosen abortion if we had to, and I wouldn’t have had any regrets about that either.

Third testimony:
My husband was like, “Let’s keep it.” But then we looked at child care, diapers, we looked at how long I would have to be off work, we put all that into play and we couldn’t do it. Our financial situation … it was just not going to work. Ultimately he said it was my decision. Whatever I chose to do he would follow me 100 percent. And my decision was to terminate the pregnancy.

Fourth testimony:
I went to an abortion clinic in Knoxville, just to talk to them to ask questions to make sure I was pregnant. They did an ultrasound. I think I was three weeks when I went. As soon as I saw her heartbeat I knew then that wasn’t an option. I knew I couldn’t do it.

In the upcoming vote-- which will happen in 2014--Tennessee residents will decide whether to outlaw abortion in their state through a constitutional amendment which will read:
“Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother.”
Because many nearby states have restricted abortion in recent years, Tennessee has seen an increase in out-of-state abortions, though the actual number of abortions has decreased in the past two decades:18,253 performed in 2008, down from 21,114 in 1990.

In clever click-able boxes, The Tennessean displays stats on abortion. For example:

  • The trend of aborting college-aged women continues: In Tennessee, 34% of women were between 20-24 years old. That's 4,287 abortions on women who typically would be enjoying college, the first years of marriage or her first "real" job, but rather are enduring the heartache-- sometimes delayed-- of destroying the life of her child.
  • Eight out of 10 abortions are to an unmarried mother.
  • There are just 9 abortion clinics in Tennessee, which is more than in any other bordering state. This is down from 16 clinics just over a decade ago
In fact, it is the lack of regulations and restrictions on abortion-- especially informed consent for the parents of pregnant, minor girls-- that entices people to travel to Tennessee much like women would fly to New York and California in the 60s for an abortion.

But, far away from home in the hands of an unknown doctor, women are at greater risk for medical complications and post-traumatic stress.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Memorial to the Unborn

Yesterday as I sat through a very moving and touching Memorial Day service in honor of our valiant servicemen and women, I couldn't help but think of the need for a Memorial Day for the Unborn.

The soldier who spoke yesterday in Mocksville gave the number of causalities and length of many of America's wars, including the current Global War on Terror in which over 4,700 American servicemen have been killed. This is the longest running war that America has been engaged in.

Unless you count the true war on women.

The war on the unborn.

Just as Memorial Day-- the last Monday of May-- is a way for grieving Moms, Dads, Wives, Husbands, Children, Siblings, Cousins to remember their fallen heroes, a Memorial Day for the Unborn would be a chance for women to mourn together and remember the children they will never know.

In less than a year, we will reach the 40th anniversary of legal abortion in America. This has yielded 53 million abortions which leaves behind hundreds of millions of Mothers, Fathers, Siblings, and other family members who are grieving and mourning. They don't know if they lost a brother or a sister, a son or a daughter. They cannot speculate what they would have been when they grew up. They cannot recall the memory of their face or the sound of their laugh. They mourn the children the never had the chance to hold and love.

Let's plan a Memorial Day for our country to grieve, mourn and repent for giving such suffering to our unborn and their families through the War on the Unborn that we have been enduring for the past four decades.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Go green: ditch the Pill

Dr. Rebecca Oas wrote an excelent piece for Zenit this week where she highlighted some of the environmental factors at stake with the use of the birth control pill.
It makes intuitive sense that humans both individually and as societies benefit by living in accordance with the wishes of their Creator
This frog looks worried. He should be!
Her article is called "Contraceptives and the Environment: What the Pill Is Doing to Our Water Supply."
When a new synthetic substance is created, or a naturally occurring substance is generated at greatly increased levels, the effects can be far longer-lasting and wider-reaching than its manufacturers predict or intend. Some well-known examples of this include asbestos, a popular insulation and flame retardant in the late 19th century, which was later discovered to be carcinogenic
For example, she references a spring, 2012 article that addresses the harms done to frogs and other animals due to toxins in the water supply.
Due to the accumulation of synthetic steroids in water, much of the research conducted on its impact has been done using water-dwelling vertebrates such as fish and frogs. An ever-increasing collection of studies report harmful effects of these hormones on aquatic vertebrates, particularly with regard to their reproduction, as would be predicted given the nature of the contaminants.
Putting aside the side effects of the pill on the environment, imagine what the side effects are for women whose bodies are continuously processing excess hormones.  Women deserve better than to be treated as if our unique, perfectly functioning bodies are diseased for the fact that we can bear children.

And, further, I have always been an advocate for alternative treatment for conditions that doctors insist require birth control pill treatment such as acne and irregular periods. My favorite alternative treatment is chiropractic care from a Palmer trained chiropractor. Their website also has a chiropractor locator.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Rare look at some rare books

Although I have three articles in this issue of the Catholic News Herald, I am only going to feature one here. For links to the other articles, click here.


BELMONT — On April 23, the Abbot Vincent Taylor Library at Belmont Abbey College participated in the American Library Association's "Preservation Week" by hosting an information exhibition and book preservation demonstration by preservation specialist Alexandrea "Ali" Pizza. It was the first look in years that many people had of the Benedictine college's extensive rare books collection.


Continue reading on the Catholic News Herald.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Victory for Marriage in NC!

I am delighted that fellow North Carolinians have approved the Constitutional Ammendment in our state defining Marriage the way God defines it: the sacred union of One Man and One Woman.

My favorite part was seeing this headline from the AP:
The Associated Press: NC voters approve amendment on gay marriage

We approved and ammendment on gay marriage! In otherwards: we have spoken frankly as a state that we will not allow marriage to be perverted, children to be harmed, and society to be corrupted.

Thank God for this tremendous victory!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Children's rights and the gay marriage debate NC

My little bio over on the right says that I comment on "children's rights." What does that mean?

Well, when two people want something, there either has to be a compromise or one person must defer to the other.

When it comes to the rights and dignity of children, adults must defer their desires and whims to what is best for children. For example, if parents want to go out to dinner, they cannot leave the children alone. The must hire a sitter, arrange for their supper, give instructions and respond to an emergency.

Regarding gay marriage, when two adults feel they want to be "consenting adults" to a gay partnership where they raise children, they are depriving those children of their right to a mother and father who are married to one another.

Watch Bishop Peter J. Jugis's video below.  And on Tuesday, May 8, vote FOR marriage in NC.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Show your ID!

What's more important than voting FOR marriage in NC on May 8? Nothing!

But the second important thing is to show your ID! Watch this message from gubernatorial primary candidate Pat McCrory.

You need to to make returns at Target
You need it to buy a Guinness
You need it to go to the doctor's office
You need it if you get pulled over for going 85 in a 60... or just have a blown taillight
You need it to fly on a plane
You need it if you ever get carded for paying with your own credit card

Why is it seen as an undue burden to show it at the polls?

SHOW YOUR ID!  Make a statement about the need for a law in our state requiring valid ID in order to vote.

Why the screen in a confessional

For many years, I have felt more comfortable confessing behind the screen than in person. When I explained confession to my goddaughter the day before her first Holy Communion-- when I took her to confession-- I said that, "It helps us to realize that we are confessing to Jesus when we are not distracted by looking at the priest." She liked that.

This morning, the daily maxim by St. Philip Neri admonished confessors to encourage the use of the screen especially to women and girls for a different reason:
Confessors should use the confessional with its screen for hearing confessions of girls and young women because it is easier for them to divulge all their sins and not to conceal any of them out of shame if they do not have to look the confessor in the face