Dallas abortion center is open Christmas Eve; Please Help?

December 22, 2010

-Karen Garnett

Dallas, TX (CPLC) - It’s Christmastime, a happy and joyous season for families, for children.

But not all children.  On Christmas Eve, one of the abortion centers in Dallas will be open for business.  Yes, Christmas Eve!

Since they’ll be open, we have to be there, and we will be there!  And we need you to be there with us.

Please, help our ministries with a tax-deductible gift today so the CPLC can meet the mothers coming to the abortion center on Christmas Eve – and every day at every abortion facility – to give them the hope of Christ and a chance to choose life!  Help us to reach young people and adults, pregnant women, post-abortive parents, our Spanish-speaking community, legislators and Catholics in all parishes with the truth of the sanctity of life and the passion to pass it on! 

This year our sidewalk counselors have helped a record number of mothers turn away from abortion – more than 450 through November.  And just this week, we helped nine mothers turn away from their scheduled abortion appointments in one day!  Things are changing in Dallas.  Be a part of the change.  It’s time for the miraculous, as never before.  Help us to save lives and build a culture of life in the New Year, as never before!  We need you to partner with us.  The babies need you. 

Please be a “guardian angel” for the babies this Christmas and help save a life with the most generous gift you can give  

Thank you, God bless you, and may you have a most holy, blessed, and Merry Christmas!

In Christ, The Gift, Our Love and Our Life,


Karen Garnett
Executive Director
Catholic Pro-Life Committee
Respect Life Ministry of the Diocese of Dallas
http://www.prolifedallas.org/

USCCB Chairman Calls Senate Vote on Dream Act “A Setback, Not a Defeat”

December 22, 2010

WASHINGTON (MetroCatholic)—Archbishop Jose Gomez, coadjutor archbishop of Los Angeles and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, today described the vote on the DREAM Act in the U.S. Senate as a “setback, not a defeat.”   The DREAM Act, short for the Development, Relief, and Education of Alien Minors Act, failed to attain the sixty votes needed to end a filibuster on the bill, thus ending its prospects for passage in the 111th Congress.  The final vote count was 55 in favor of cloture, 41 against, five short of the needed number.

The DREAM Act would provide a path to citizenship for young people who entered the country illegally with their parents as children or infants, provided they complete two years of higher education or two years of military service.   As many as 1.8 million young persons could have benefited from the enactment of the DREAM Act.

“With the passage of the DREAM Act in the House of Representatives and with a majority of the U.S. Senate voting in favor, it is clear that a majority of Congress and of the American public support this common-sense humanitarian measure,” said Archbishop Gomez.  “I am confident that one day—sooner rather than later—the DREAM Act will become the law of the land.”

Archbishop Gomez extended thanks to those in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate who supported the legislation.

“On behalf of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, I express my gratitude to those elected officials who did the right thing and voted for this important bill,” he stated.

He added, “My heart goes out to the thousands of young people who would have been helped by the DREAM Act and were disappointed by the Senate action.  We will continue to work so that one day soon you will have the opportunity to become Americans.” 

Archbishop Gomez reaffirmed the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ commitment to safeguarding the basic human rights of immigrants and to enacting humane and just reforms of U.S. immigration law.   He added that the U.S. bishops had more work to do to educate Catholics on the issue of immigration and its importance to the mission of the Church and the future of the country.

“The U.S. Catholic bishops will continue to advocate for humane immigration reform, so that we can attain an immigration system that properly balances the need to protect our national sovereignty with our obligation to honor fundamental human rights.” 

“More education is needed to ensure that Catholics, as well as all Americans, fully understand the humanitarian consequences of a broken immigration system, especially on families,” he concluded.

Around 1,000 Anglicans in Australia could join Catholic Church ordinariate

December 22, 2010

Sydney, Australia, (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop John Hepworth of the Traditional Anglican Communion has said that about 1,000 Australians are expected to join the Catholic Church through a special jurisdiction created by Pope Benedict XVI.

Catholics, mainstream Anglicans and members of the breakaway Traditional Anglican Communion established a nine-member committee last week to oversee the transition by June 12, 2011.

The Anglicans believe they will be able to retain their church properties, which removes one obstacle to their entry into the Catholic Church, the Australian newspaper The Age reports.

Archbishop Hepworth said that if Anglican priests and congregations do not resign, they might be able to show “beneficial ownership” and keep their properties. He noted that in England the Archbishop of
Canterbury has allowed departing Anglicans to keep using their properties. The Australian archbishop said he hoped the Australian church would do the same.

“It would be the tolerant and godly thing to do,” he said.

The Anglicans seeking entry into the Catholic Church have objected to theological changes in the Anglican Communion such as the ordination of women. Under the Anglican ordinariate which Pope Benedict established in his 2009 apostolic constitution “Anglicanorum Coetibus,” they will keep their clergy, liturgy and church structures.

Archbishop Hepworth reported that an Australian ordinariate would have churches in all capital cities of the country and in many regional and rural places.

The Traditional Anglican Communion claims 400,000 members worldwide but only 700 in Australia

Sunsets

December 21, 2010

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I’ve fallen in love with sunsets all over again.  I have always been drawn to them, but lately, they have been extra special.  As a kid, even though I moved around a lot, I always seemed to live in a place where it was hard to really see a sunset because trees or buildings hid the horizon.  So when we went to visit my family in Oklahoma where the land is flat and the trees are few, I always looked forward to watching that moment when the light surrendered to the darkness.  When day and night come together, they create a beautiful scene for the eyes to behold.  God’s artistry in the sunset is far greater than what any artist can capture on paper, film or otherwise.  It was a glorious experience to see such vivid beauty unfold right before my eyes. 

When we moved to north Texas, I was excited to be reunited with the beautiful sunsets of my childhood.  I enjoyed watching them with my husband and children.  I loved being in the middle of something greater than myself.  But, it was only recently that I came to appreciate their divine beauty in a whole new way.  A few weeks ago, I read an article where the author spoke of the beauty in God’s creation (When God Shouts at You by Jason Kotecki).  And how God uses His beautiful creation to touch us – to whisper “I love you” in our ears.  That statement stuck with me in the week that followed.  And then it came true.  At the end of a very busy Sunday, I was leaving a home of a family who was preparing to invite Jesus into their home and hearts.  After we finished praying together, I got into my car and turned down the street to leave their neighborhood.  As I started driving up the hill, I had to stop the car.  The sunset the Lord painted in the sky was the most breathtaking I had ever seen.  God’s “I love you” rang in my ears as I gazed at the brilliant and pretty colors all dancing in harmony with the wispy and perfectly made clouds.   As my eyes took in the moment, I could feel His arms around me and hear His voice in my ear.  Yes, sunsets would never be the same again – they are now special “I love you” moments I share with my Lord. 

I have shared several more sunsets with the Lord since that day.  And through them, the Lord has shown me glorious sights, whispered sweet words in my ears and filled my soul with divine love.  But today, the sunset was a little different.  Once again, I found myself in my car and driving west at that perfect time of day.  I was anticipating the beautiful display that would unfold right before my eyes.  But, it never seemed to come.  Today’s sunset just didn’t appear to be that glorious.  The little devil on my shoulder said, “Ha!  See!  He doesn’t always give you that sunset.  He doesn’t always show you His love.  You just aren’t always that important to Him.”  I didn’t want to believe him.  But I was tempted to.  You see, there was something that I really wanted to work out.  There was something I really wanted to happen.  And then the circumstances aligned so it seemed as if it would happen.  And so I prayed.  At first, I prayed for God’s will.  But in the end, I shamelessly begged God for my will to be His will.  To make a long story short, it didn’t work out.  God said “no”.  And I was disappointed.  It is hard to hear that word – no.  When we hear that word, our minds want to know why. And God doesn’t always make the why obvious.  He doesn’t explain the ins and outs of His will to us.  He doesn’t tell us what lies ahead on the road; He just gives us what we need to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Then He asks us to trust Him and hold His hand as we walk along on the dark and ill-traveled road together.

One scripture that comes to me frequently is Matthew 6:25-34, where Jesus tells us not to worry.  He explains that God takes care of the birds and the flowers so why wouldn’t He take care of us?  He loves us more than the birds or the grass in the field, so surely He will make sure we have what we need.  Jesus tells us that, rather than worry, we should seek out the kingdom of God.  In other words, don’t let worry steal your precious moments with God.  Instead of worry, we should worship. 

I’m also reminded of Job’s story.  God allowed horrible things to happen to His beloved Job.  God knew that Job’s love for Him was greater than any of the blessings Job experienced in his life.  So, God let the devil take all those blessings away one by one.  And Job, although distraught, never wavered in his love.  Job never stopped worshipping.  He continually turned to God when the world told him he had every reason to turn away.  Job did not let worry steal his love or his precious moments with the Lord. 

As I continued to drive my car towards the setting sun, I pondered all these lessons.  I thought about my specific situation.  Although I don’t know how things are going to work out, I do know I shouldn’t worry about it.  My future is in God’s hands.  I know His plan for me is much greater than I can imagine.  My purpose is to seek out the kingdom of heaven- not to worry about tomorrow.  And as I came to these conclusions, it happened.  The so-so sunset began to give way to a beautiful and splendid sight.  As the vivid colors started their dance across the horizon, those three little words rang in my ears once again.  And in that moment, hope filled my heart as I realized just how perfect God’s timing really is.

Lori is a stay-at-home mom to her two boys and wife of a High School Band Director.  Originally from New Orleans, she was raised in the Southern Baptist Church and converted to the Catholic faith while in college.  When she has a rare free moment, she publishes her thoughts and musings at www.lorislifeandtimes.blogspot.com and is a columnist for www.catholicmom.com.

New report shows prime-time TV trend of sexualizing underage girls

December 21, 2010

Los Angeles, CA (CNA).- A new study showing that teen girls are depicted sexually on prime-time TV more than adults has critics condemning the trend as a sinister fixation on underage young women.

The Parents Television Council issued a report on Dec. 15 which found that in popular TV series,  underage female characters appearing on screen increases the amount of sexual content in a given show.

The council also found that teen girls demonstrate almost no negative response to being sexualized and that the vast majority of sexual incidents are depicted as occurring outside of a committed relationship.

The study, called “New Target: A Study of Teen Female Sexualization on Primetime TV,” used Nielson data and was based on content analysis of the most popular prime-time broadcast shows among 12 to 17 year-olds during the 2009-2010 TV season.

While only 29 percent of adult characters were viewed in sexual incidents in these shows, 47 percent of the characters involved were underage females. Of the young girls that were depicted sexually, only five percent communicated any dislike or opposition to the situations they were in. Additionally, a whopping 98 percent of the time, sexual encounters involving the girls were shown as taking place outside of any form of a committed relationship.

The report compiled video clips with examples, showing a high school girl in bed with a young man in the hit show “Gossip Girl,” a female character from “90210” drinking alcohol while disrobing, a kiss between two female cheerleaders on “Glee” and young characters in shows such as “The Vampire Diaries” in violent, hyper-sexual encounters.

“Storylines on the most popular shows among teens are sending the message to our daughters that being sexualized isn’t just acceptable, it should be sought after,” Parents Television Council president Tim Warner said.

Aside from being disturbed by the sexual depiction of  female minors, Warner said that the affects of these TV shows prove most harmful to young American women because they reduce their perceived worth as people.

“The results from this report show Tinseltown’s eagerness to not only objectify and fetishize young girls, but to sexualize them in such a way that real teens are led to believe their sole value comes from their sexuality,” Warner said.

He noted that the report is less about the “shocking” numbers that detail “the sickness of early sexualization in our entertainment culture.” Rather, Warner said he’s concerned more about the generation of young girls “who are being told how society expects them to behave.”

Terry Polakovic, founder and director of national Catholic women’s group ENDOW, echoed Warner’s assessment.

“This is another instance where Hollywood has shown the most callous disregard for the psyches of impressionable girls who will be most adversely affected,” Polakovic said in a Dec. 17 e-mail.

She emphasized the need for parental involvement in counteracting the societal message to young women as depicted in the prime-time shows.

“My advice for parents is to re-teach yourself what God’s plan is for authentic relationships between men and women and share that truth with your children,” Polakovic added.

“If we leave this piece of their education to Hollywood, we will surely be disappointed but we shouldn’t be surprised.”

First Director General Named for New Haiti Building Unit

December 21, 2010

WASHINGTON (MetroCatholic)— Yves Lacourcière has been appointed as the first director general of the newly established architecture and engineering unit of the Haitian Bishops’ Conference. Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, chairman of the Haiti Advisory Group of the USCCB Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America, confirmed the appointment made by the Haitian Conference of Catholic Bishops (Conférence Épiscopale d’Haïti) on December 16.

The building unit Proximité Catholique avec Haïti et son Eglise, PROCHE, (translated as “closeness to Haiti and its Church“) is a new department of the Haitian Conference. The Haitian bishops formed this department with the assistance of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and other international Catholic organizations helping to rebuild Church structures in Haiti that were destroyed in January’s earthquake.

The appointment comes after a global search and recruitment process by the Haitian Bishops’ Conference in collaboration with other church donors that included bishops’ conferences from the United States, Germany and France.

Lacourcière has more than 30 years of experience in construction, project management and economic development. Most recently he was the director of two major urban regeneration projects near his hometown, Quebec. In addition to his work for the Canadian Government, Lacourcière has overseen building projects in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Qatar. Between 2000 and 2004, he was part of the United Nations team responsible for overseeing engineering projects and business transformation in Kosovo in the former Yugoslavia.

“We are very pleased to have Yves Lacourcière join us and begin to put in place the team needed to rebuild Church structures in Haiti that will respond to the needs of every Haitian,” said Archbishop Louis Kébreau, SDB, of Cap-Haitien and president of the Haitian Bishops’ Conference. “This is an important step forward in putting the necessary structures in place that will ensure that such a tragic loss of life can be avoided in the future,” he added.

Archbishop Wenski added, “Haiti remains in a precarious position as we all know too well. This appointment keeps the momentum moving in the right direction. It’s still a long road ahead, and Haiti will continue to need our closeness and our prayers for many years to come.”

Yves Lacourcière is a civil engineer and also holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Quebec and has completed a doctoral thesis in ethnology from the University of Laval.  A native of Quebec, he is married to Sherly Saint-Jean, who was born in Haiti, and they have a daughter. He speaks French, Spanish and Creole.

After the Haitian earthquake, Catholics in the United States raised $83 million in a special collection that was taken up in parishes across the country, 40 percent of which was designated for Church rebuilding and pastoral purposes while 60 percent went towards the work of Catholic Relief Services.

For more information on the One Church response to Haiti, visit www.usccb.org/haiti  or www.crs.org .

ST. JOSEPH, LEGAL FATHER OF JESUS AND “NEW MAN”

December 21, 2010

VATICAN CITY,  (VIS) - At midday today, fourth Sunday of Advent, the Pope appeared at the window of his study to pray the Angelus with faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

Today’s reading from the Gospel of St. Matthew, he said, “recounts the birth of Jesus from the point of view of St. Joseph. He was engaged to Mary who, ‘before they lived together, … was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit’”.

In the text “St. Joseph is presented as a ‘righteous man’, faithful to God’s laws and ready to do His will. For this reason he is admitted into the mystery of the Incarnation after an angel of the Lord, appearing to him in a dream, tells him: ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins’. Thus Joseph abandons his plan to repudiate Mary secretly, and takes her to him because now his eyes see in her the work of God”.

Despite having suffered some anguish, “Joseph acted ‘as the angel of the Lord commanded him’, certain he was doing the right thing. By giving the name of ‘Jesus’ to that Child Who upholds the entire universe, he entered the ranks of the humble and faithful servants, similar to the angels and the prophets, similar to the martyrs and the Apostles. … St. Joseph announced the prodigies of the Lord, bearing witness to Mary’s virginity and to God’s gratuitous action, and protecting the earthly life of the Messiah. Thus we venerate Jesus’ legal father because in him we see the emergence of the new man, who looks with trust and courage to the future, who does not follow his own plans but entrusts himself entirely to the infinite mercy of the One Who fulfils the prophecies, the One Who opens the time of salvation”.

The Pope concluded his remarks by entrusting “all pastors” to St. Joseph, universal patron of the Church, “encouraging them”, he said, “quietly to present Christ’s words and actions each day to the faithful and to the whole world. … Let us trustingly invoke the Virgin Mary, full of grace ‘adorned by God’, that, during the Christmas which will soon be upon us, our eyes may open and see Jesus, and our hearts may joy at this incredible encounter of love”.

POPE’S MESSAGE FOR THE WORLD DAY OF THE SICK

December 21, 2010

VATICAN CITY,  (VIS) - Made public today was the Holy Father’s Message for the nineteenth World Day of the Sick which will be held, as is traditional, on 11 February, Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

The Pope begins his Message by recalling his pastoral visit to the Italian city of Turin last May where, he writes, “I had the opportunity to pause in reflection and prayer before the Holy Shroud, before that suffering face which invites us to meditate upon the One Who took upon Himself the passion of mankind in all times and places, including our own sufferings, difficulties and sins”.

Having noted that “suffering remains charged with mystery, and is difficult for us to accept and to bear”, Benedict XVI mentions the case of the Apostle Thomas, who struggled to believe in the redemptive passion but, “faced with Christ showing His wounds, his reaction was transformed into a moving profession of faith: ‘my Lord and my God’”.

It is, the Pope goes on to explain, “through the wounds of Christ that, with the eyes of hope, we can see the evils afflicting humanity. … God, Truth and Love personified, wished to suffer for us and with us. He became man in order to suffer with man, to suffer truly in flesh and blood. Hence in all human suffering we are joined by One Who shares and carries that suffering with us; all suffering contains ‘con-solatio’, the consolation of God’s compassionate love, and so the star of hope rises”.

Referring then to the next World Youth Day, due to be held in Madrid, Spain, in August 2011, the Pope addresses himself to young people “who are undergoing the experience of sickness. Often the Passion, the Cross of Jesus, scares us because it seems to be the negation of life”, he writes. “In fact, the opposite is true! The Cross is God’s ‘yes’ to mankind. … Only He is capable of freeing the world from evil, and of bringing His Kingdom of justice, peace and love, to which we all aspire”.

The Pope also expresses his affection for all sick people, whom he tells of his “participation in the sufferings and hopes you experience every day, in union with the crucified and risen Christ, that He may bring peace and healing to your hearts. With Him, may the Virgin Mary also watch over you, the Virgin whom we trustingly invoke as ‘Health for the Sick’ and ‘Consoler of the Suffering’”.

At the end of his Message, the Pope calls on the authorities “to dedicate ever greater energy to healthcare structures capable of bring help and support to the suffering, especially the poor and needy”. He also greets “the bishops and priests, consecrated persons, seminarians, healthcare workers, volunteers, and everyone who lovingly dedicates themselves to cure and alleviate the wounds of their suffering brothers and sisters, in hospitals, care homes and families. Always be aware that in the face of the sick you see the Face of faces: the Face of Christ”.

Search for Longest Married Couple Gets Congressional Recognition — Nominations Still Sought by Worldwide Marriage Encounter

December 20, 2010

WASHINGTON, (MetroCatholic)- The continuing search for the longest married couple project sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter, the original faith-based marriage enrichment program in this country, received strong support and recognition on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives during remarks made by Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (D-PA).

“Mr. Speaker, I hope my colleagues will join me in congratulating Worldwide Marriage Encounter and all the volunteers and clergy for their efforts to strengthen marriages throughout our country,” Rep. Dahlkemper said. The remarks were made during the closing sessions of Congress last week.

The congresswoman added, “Worldwide Marriage Encounter is undertaking a project to recognize the longest married couple from every State, with special recognition to the longest married couple in the United States. As nearly 50 percent of marriages end in divorce, it is truly an inspiration to see how many couples have remained together for so long.”

“Thus far over 180 nominations have been received and they continue to come in at a steady pace,” explained Scott & Karen Seaborn and Fr, Tom Griffith, SVD, the United States Ecclesial Team for WWME. They added. “We want to thank Congresswoman Dahlkemper for her strong support of the Worldwide Marriage Encounter movement and especially for this longest married couple search.”

“As we enter the final days of the Christmas season when so many families are together, what a perfect time to nominate a couple whose marriage has spanned decades of love,” the Seaborns and Fr. Griffth added.

As the deadline for submitting nominations nears it is strongly suggested that they be made to Dick & Diane Baumbach and Fr. Dick Morse, who serve as the North American Weekend Pillar for the WWME movement, who are overseeing the project.

“We know that traditionally families get together during the holiday period and what a perfect time to nominate parents or grandparents who have been married for a long time,” the Baumbachs and Fr. Morse stated. They also said that couples can nominate themselves for the recognition.

Plans call for the Seaborns and Fr. Griffith to personally present the longest married couple in the United States with special gifts on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2011. The individual state winners will also receive special certificates of achievement and other gifts from the Worldwide Marriage Encounter movement on that same day. The state winners will be presented their certificates by Worldwide Marriage Encounter couples.

Nominations, which are open to all husband and wife couples, may be submitted by email, regular mail or by calling a special phone number. The deadline for nominations is midnight on January 10th.

The contact information for sending in a nomination, which simply requires the name of the couple, their wedding date and where they currently reside plus a phone or email address, is as follows: email [email protected]; regular mail Dick & Diane Baumbach 1430 Scorpious Ct. Merritt Island, FL 32953 and special phone number 321-453-2475.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter has been offering weekend experiences for over 42 years and is considered the original faith-based marriage enrichment program. The programs are continually updated to keep abreast of changes in society, and WWME now offers evening and half-day programs that are presented at parishes and other church facilities. The weekend program, traditionally presented as an overnight experience at a hotel or retreat center, can also be presented at the parish where the couples return to their homes in the evenings. WWME has a presence in over 90 countries, which makes it the largest pro-marriage movement in the world. In North America, the WWME programs are presented in English, Spanish, French, and Korean languages.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter offers married couples the opportunity to spend time together away from the busyness of the world to focus on each other. It offers tools for building and maintaining a strong, Christian marriage in today’s world. To learn more about the Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends online, go to wwme.org, or you can call 1-800-795-LOVE (English) and 1-800-599-AMOR (Spanish), or contact the WWME Office at (909) 863-9963.

Media inquiries should be directed to: Dick & Diane Baumbach (321) 544-3440 [email protected]

Planned Parenthood reports: abortions up, adoptions down, business is good

December 20, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C., (LifeSiteNews.com) - The United State’s largest single abortion provider, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), has released their 2008-2009 Annual Report, but have omitted to say how many abortions were performed, adoptions referred, or prenatal clients seen by its affiliates for that period.

However, a factsheet released by PPFA in September indicates that in 2008 the number of abortions increased from the previous year to 324,008. In contrast, the number of prenatal clients was 9,433, while the number of adoption referrals to other agencies was 2,405.

The data shows an upswing in the abortion business for Planned Parenthood, and a dramatic decline - approximately half - in its already small adoption business. In 2007, the number of abortions stood at 305,310, while the number of adoptions was 4,912. PPFA also had close to 1500 more prenatal clients (10,914) in 2007. While PPFA has expanded the number of abortions it performs each year, it is a source of speculation whether the deepening economic recession in 2009 may have accelerated PPFA’s upswing in abortions.

The PPFA report stated that group received $363 million in government grants and contracts, although it did not specify how much of that money came from the federal government.

The report also stated that its affiliates have delved into more than 80 research projects, including “advances in abortion service delivery.”

It added that several of their affiliates upgraded video surveillance, made possible by PPFA security grants during 2008-09, that allows clinic staff to observe pro-life activities at the clinic, when they are on-site or off-site.

The report also shows PPFA’s main priorities for 2008-2009, which were including “comprehensive reproductive health care as part of health care reform”, preventing doctors, nurses, and pharmacists opposed in conscience to abortion and contraception from denying these services to potential clients, and to “increase government funding for family planning programs”.

However, the report shows that Planned Parenthood has been busy using its funds to promote abortion in third world countries. The report says that Planned Parenthood trained Kenyan activists in a campaign “to increase public support for decriminalizing abortion.” It further states that in “Latin America and the Caribbean, we offered training for health center security and tracking groups hostile to women’s health and family planning.”

The group says that in northern Nigeria, they finally persuaded “a large religious organization to introduce basic reproductive health care through its more than 100 health centers”. It adds that 60 of these centers now offer birth control and refer women for abortion.

The latest PPFA report is also likely to fuel more fire for the House of Representatives to defund PPFA of its share in Title X grant money which totaled approximately $317 million last year, and was slated to increase $10 million this year. Those new appropriations have stalled in the US Senate, which is no longer considering the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill in which they were included.

Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) will be chairing the House Energy and Commerce committee’s subcommittee on health, which is likely to be the vehicle for cutting off funds to the abortion provider. Pence is author of the ‘Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act’, which would prohibit family planning organizations that perform abortions from receiving Title X, and the legislation is expected to be on the agenda when the Republicans take over the House in January.

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