“It doesn’t bother me.” – We haven’t lost moral relativism.

The April 9 issue of World magazine has many excellent articles on pro-life issues. I highly encourage readers to visit their website and look at the articles or, even better, subscribe to the magazine.

The National Silent No More Awareness Campaign’s goal is to “make the public aware of the devastation abortion brings to women, men, and their families.” Since its inception more than 2700 women have registered to share their stories of the grief an abortion causes.

The Pro-Abortion* side, of course, has its own campaign in response. There is a website called the Abortion Conservation Project and another one called I’mNotSorry.net. There are about 300 pro-abortion stories on I’mNotSorry.net.
*pauses to reflect the fact that there are 9 times as many women who have registered their regret as have shared what a great thing abortion was for them*
I also would be interested in the scientific data of these stories: how recently were these abortions performed? Sometimes emotional baggage takes years to accumulate. Sometimes we hide behind other issues and say that those are the cause of our afflictions, rather than facing the real problem.

World has an interview with the founder of I’mNotSorry.net, Patricia Beninanto. Reading it provides an interesting glimpse into the attitudes of those who regard human life as cheap.

World: [on multiple abortions] “Do any of the stories..make you think, wow, that’s taking ‘choice’ a little too far?”
Beninato: It doesn’t bother me at all…

World: There is no longer a debate about whether a fetus is a living baby. Yet, … a Salon article notes that ‘most abortions in America are about convenience.’ Morally speaking, what do you think about that?
Beninato: It doesn’t bother me.

Thus there is no objective answer for abortion activists. It’s all about what bothers us and what doesn’t. That’s a scary prospect.

Let’s continue on with Beninanto’s response to the question:

Beninato: I believe in the Planned Parenthood axiom “every child a wanted child.”
[so does the HeadGirl. Every child, born or unborn, is wanted somewhere.]
Beninato: Yes, a fetus is alive. But weeds are life and mold is life and bugs are life and we destroy those on a regular basis.

So an infant in utero is comparable to weeds & mold? Isn’t it amazing how we’ve gone through thousands of years of history and never really come up with that comparison before?

* The HeadGirl prefers to use the proper term Pro-Abortion rather than Pro-Choice. No one is trying to deny women the right to choose to engage in an act that could very well lead to pregnancy. That is the choice, because killing should not be an option.

(excerpts from the 4/9/05 issue of WORLD Magazine – www.worldmag.com.)

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Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott

This is JennyAnyDots.

I am reading Kenilworth right now; I have great expectations of it.
It is set in the 1500s around the time when Elizabeth 1 is queen. I have met a man named Michael Lambourne, he apears to be a little more pleased with how he looks, and not who his friends are. I have also met a man going by the name of Tressilian, who apears to be the opposite of Lambourne.

I am looking forward to finishing this book.

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There is no frigate like a book

To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul!

~Emily Dickinson~

While helping to set up our local library’s booksale, I bought two books. One, a hardback copy of “The Silver Chair,” by C.S. Lewis. I don’t believe we have a hardback copy, although I’m quite sure we have at least one paperback copy.
Two, “Old Swedish Fairy Tales,” by Anna Wahlenberg, illustrated by Jeannette Berkowitz, translated from the Danish. I like fairy tales, fantasy, legends, and myths a great deal, and this has beautiful illustrations to go along with it. I can’t wait to read it all.

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Mae Magouirk- What Do You Know About Her?

Find out here, here, here, and here.

Based on these stories, it appears that Mrs. Magouirk is 85 years old, has glaucoma, and a couple weeks ago had an aortic dissection and was hospitalized. She did not have a terminal condition (other than age), was not comatose, PVS, or otherwise braindamaged (not that I think this matters).

Her granddaughter, Beth Gaddy (a schoolteacher) came to the hospital and said that she had medical power of atty, and that Mrs. Magouirk had a living will and did not want to be kept alive in these circumstances.

Mrs. Magouirk was transferred to hospice, is being denied food and water, and being medicated for the pain.

However, Beth Gaddy did not have a medical power of atty. Mrs. Magouirk’s living will specifically states that she does not wish to be denied food and water unless she is comotose or vegetative. She is neither.

Furthermore, according to Thrownback:

“under Georgia law, if there is no power of attorney specifying a health care decisionmaker, such authority is given to the closest living relatives. Mae’s brother, A. B. McLeod, and sister, Lonnie Ruth Mullinax, are both still alive and capable of making such decisions. They opposed Mae’s transfer to hospice, and are fighting to save her life. But in spite of the lack of a power of attorney, and the fact that there are closer living relatives who should be given precedence by Georgia law, Ms. Gaddy sought an emergency appointment as guardian from the local probate court. The probate judge, Donald Boyd (who, I am told, is not an attorney and does not have a law degree), granted Gaddy’s request, thereby giving her the power to starve and dehydrate Magouirk to death, though such an action is contrary to the provisions of the living will.”

The granddaughter, Beth Gaddy, was quoted as saying, “Grandmama is old and I think it is time she went home to Jesus.”

Here is a list of people to contact.

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Truth is Not a Democracy

I hate to pubicly disagree with something Hugh Hewitt says- he’s an awfully smart and accomplished man. After all, he linked to one of our posts once, so he must be smart, right?

Nevertheless, this post strikes a false note in my ear.

Mr. Hewitt quotes Cardinal Ratzinger’s homily from the Papal Funeral:

“We can be sure that our beloved pope is standing today at the window of the Father’s house, that he sees us and blesses us. Yes, bless us, Holy Father. We entrust your dear soul to the Mother of God, your Mother, who guided you each day and who will guide you now to the eternal glory of her Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.”

And then goes on to ask:

I will be interested to see write-ups of the week that has just ended from media folks in Rome who are neither Catholic nor in any was religious belivers. Are all of those people wrong? Deluded? Out-of-the-mainstream?

And concludes:

That last phrase has a lot of users in America these days. Keep in mind when next you hear it, that “mainstream” is a term best tested by numbers, and the numbers are with John Paul II.

Mainstream may be best tested by numbers, but truth is not a democracy.
Whatever you think of the Catholic church and its teachings, an idea is not proven true or false by the number of people who profess to believe in it.

Are all these people wrong?

Or these?

Or these?

Or these?

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all (1 Timothy 2:5,6)

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