Patrick Trueman Named CEO of Morality in Media Former Chief of U.S. Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Prosecution gains new role in the fight against illegal pornography.

December 20, 2010

NEW YORK, (MetroCatholic) — The Board of Directors of Morality in Media has named Patrick A. Trueman as its new chief executive officer and a member of its board of directors. Trueman formerly served as Chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. in the presidential administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

For the past year, Trueman has been retained by Morality in Media as director of the War on Illegal Pornography, an ad hoc coalition of more than 50 state and national groups working together to have federal obscenity laws enforced once again by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Trueman is the founder of Pornography Harms, an integrated educational program that warns citizens and legislators alike of the harms of pornography consumption. The effort has three major online outreach arms: PornHarms.com, an academic and research-based educational site that hosts an extensive collection of peer-reviewed research on the harms of pornography; a Facebook page with 15,000 followers; and a YouTube channel on which are posted information, education, and interview videos that have been viewed more than 50,000 times. Pornography Harms has been supported by Morality in Media and now will be fully integrated into the organization.

“It is an honor for me to be part of Morality in Media, the oldest and one of the most effective organizations in the country fighting the scourge of pornography,” said Trueman who will work out of Washington, D.C. “This will strengthen the coalition’s War on Illegal Pornography,” he added. He joins Robert Peters, MIM’s long-time President and newly named General Counsel, on the staff. “Bob Peters and I have collaborated for years on legal briefs in prominent federal court cases and I have the greatest respect for his keen legal mind and exceptional writing abilities.”

“We have an untreated pandemic of harm from pornography in America today,” Trueman said. “Addiction, violence against women, and an increase divorce, sexual molestation, and sexual trafficking are all byproducts of pornography’s saturation within society.” “The failure of the U.S. Department of Justice to vigorously enforce federal obscenity laws has given a green light to the porn crime syndicates and harmed nearly every family in America,” Trueman noted. Federal laws prohibit distribution of hardcore, obscene pornography on the Internet, on cable/satellite and hotel/motel TV, through the mails, and in retail shops.

Bright Hope Launches ‘Season of Hope’ Campaign: Gifts That Change Lives for the Extreme Poor

December 7, 2010

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., (MetroCatholic) — This time of year is truly a season filled with hope, happiness, and amazing miracles. This is also a season of hope for the poor. Even in the poorest, darkest places that Bright Hope serves, this same hope fills the hearts of the poor. You can be a part of bringing hope to the poor by being a blessing to others through Bright Hope’s “Season of Hope” campaign.

Imagine a child looking forward to a hot meal every school day, freedom from malaria because of a simple mosquito net, the warmth of a single blanket as he sleeps at night, or a family to care for him. “These may be simple joys to us, but they are life-changing wonders for children in Africa, Asia, and Latin America,” states Craig Dyer, Bright Hope President.

Your “Season of Hope” gift can bring hope through micro-loans and job training for many families. Such gifts can enable men to earn enough to sustain their families on their own. It can allow women to proudly display their handiwork of crafts, baked bread, sewing projects, and/or goods to be sold in their community - serving as a working example to their children and the entire village.

You can bring empowerment to the indigenous churches in the 10 countries Bright Hope serves. Distribution of Bibles in native languages and pastor/church support are discipleship in action. These churches are at the core of Bright Hope, delivering physical, economic, and spiritual hope to all they encounter. With your gift, the extreme poor will receive help through their church, directly experiencing miraculous blessings in their lives.

The “Season of Hope” catalog offers twelve gifts that can be given on behalf of a friend or loved one that will truly make a difference in the poorest parts of the world. These are gifts that will change lives by providing health, food, job opportunities and hope to people and communities ravaged by poverty - those living on less than $1 a day.

We also want helping the poor to be a fun and unique experience. Use the clever child’s “HopeCatcher” game that is available to help your children or grandchildren assemble the game and follow the instructions. Talk about the different options to support the poor this Christmas and choose the one(s) that best reflect your family or loved one’s gratitude to Jesus and obedience to His Word.

To order a gift that changes lives, place your order online at BrightHope.org by clicking on “Season of Hope,” or call Bright Hope at 224-520-6100.

All gifts given through the “Season of Hope” campaign are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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Former St. Jude Children’s Hospital Employee Gives Thanks by Giving Back

November 25, 2010

MEMPHIS, Tenn., (MetroCatholic) — Henry Matlock, a former employee of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, remembers the families that would accompany the hospital’s pediatric patients. Mr. Matlock recalls how St. Jude families remained close to their loved ones through treatments and the after effects that were sometimes difficult. Oftentimes, the parents and siblings lived hundreds or even thousands of miles away and would remain in Memphis for several weeks or months. Understandably, the parents would pray that their child’s health improved. At times, Mr. Matlock could see their faith wavering.

So once Mr. Matlock wrote his latest book, “Daily Deposits for the Soul: The Busy Christian’s Guide to Abundant Living,” it was no wonder he thought of those families again. The book is based on the principle that by spending just 15 minutes a day reading one bible scripture and exploring the true meaning behind the verses, one’s attitude and faith can be not only restored, but “deposited” into a repository where one will always have faith, even when things seem as though they are not going the “right” way.

Mr. Matlock is donating 20 copies of his book so the families can reflect and be uplifted, in hopes that they may develop their faith during their time away from home. “I want those families to remember that God will be there for them to guide them and be their strength while they are enduring this challenging time with their loved ones at the hospital,” he shares.

The purpose of the book is to guide busy readers to develop their faith by showing them how to make “deposits” in several different areas of their life including Mindset, Service, Spiritual Growth, Relationships, and Personal Growth using short chapters to make significant strides in their Christian walk. “St. Jude goes to great lengths in finding cures for childhood diseases. And I am grateful to be able to give the families something that, hopefully, will make their time away from home a bit easier.”

Henry Matlock is an ordained Christian preacher, board certified healthcare administrator and author of “Daily Deposits for the Soul: The Busy Christian’s Guide to Abundant Living.” Go to www.DailyDepositsForTheSoul.com for more information.

To schedule an interview with Henry Matlock, call at 870-489-8613 or [email protected].

Teen Defenders International Walk for Life

November 22, 2010

WASHINGTON (MetroCatholic) — Teen Defenders, a Pro-Life Unity project, is inviting teens from all over the world to walk for the unborn this January 24th in Virginia. The walk will end at the site of the annual March for Life in Washington D.C. at 11:30 am.

Event Details—

What: Teen Defenders International Walk for Life

When: January 24th, 2011

Where: Virginia - Washington D.C.

Jake Dagel, International Youth Director for Pro-Life Unity and Teen Defenders, stated: “Teens are the ones who will help end what was started by so many good leaders in the movement. For almost 38 years, strong and determined pro-life leaders and organizations have carried the torch to end abortion around the world. We are ready to accept that torch and bring an end to the intentional killing of children in the womb.”

Peter Shinn, President of Pro-Life Unity added, “I’m glad to see the determined spirit of defending the unborn rising out of the young population. For too long, pro-abortion people have claimed that the pro-life movement is made up of angry old men who have no feelings for women who are struggling with pregnancy. The youth of the world will help those people understand that a woman will suffer more by killing her child, and that abortion is not compassion.”

The exact time and location of the 1st Annual International Teen Defenders Walk for Life are to be announced, but teenagers should seek reservations for flights and hotels immediately, as the March for Life and other events of the week bring many thousands of good pro-life people to the Washington D.C. area.

Teens who cannot make it to Washington D.C. are encouraged to start their own Teen Defenders Walk for Life in their town or city. People who wish to do so can contact Teen Defenders at [email protected]feunity.com or by calling 703-953-2134. All Teen Walks for Life and other walks/marches will be posted on the website. Go to TeenDefenders.com for more information.

Church’s position on gay adoption remains firm, asserts archdiocese

August 24, 2010

Mexico City, Mexico  (CNA) — The spokesman for the Archdiocese of Mexico City, Father Hugo Valdemar, clarified this week that recent statements by the archdiocese’s assistant director for radio and television did not reveal conflict within the Church regarding homosexual adoption.

In an interview with CNA , Fr. Valdemar explained that the remarks by Fr. Jose de Jesus Aguilar Valdes, assistant director for radio and television, “in no way imply the withdrawal of support for Cardinal Sandoval. The Archdiocese of Mexico City continues firm in its position of his defense as has the entire Mexican episcopate.”

Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez of Guadalajara made headlines recently for accusing the mayor of Mexico City of bribing the country’s Supreme Court justices to rule in favor of same-sex marriage and gay adoption. The mayor has since filed a defamation suit against the cardinal.

Fr. Valdemar added that Fr. Aguilar’s comments were distorted by the media.

The Archdiocese of Mexico City’s news service published an interview this week, clarifying that in Fr. Aguilar’s previous comments, he discussed “the Church’s position on marriage between a man and a woman …  and the importance that the family be based on a father and a mother.” The priest added that the Catholic Church “does not reject homosexuals, but  invites them to seek salvation.”

In the latest interview, Fr. Aguilar criticized the media for deliberately “taking my ideas out of context or changing some of my words in order to cause a scandal from something I did not say.” Only a few in the media have “acted with objectivity and have made an effort to give context to the Church’s rejection of adoption by same-sex couples.”

He rejected claims that he suggested the Archdiocese of Mexico City supports gay adoption. Fr. Aguilar explained that he had previously mentioned to the media a case in which he “met a homosexual person who raised a child.  He never expressed his sexual preferences to the child and was never in relationship while he raised him.

“I mentioned that he adopted him under the old laws and as a single person,” however “this anecdote was taken out of context.”

“I was quoted as saying I knew numerous gay couples who raised children who came out fine.  This is false,” the priest said.

Fr. Aguilar emphasized that there is no disagreement between the Archdiocese of Mexico City and Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez. “Both Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera as well as the bishops of the Mexican episcopate have expressed solidarity with the Archbishop of Guadalajara in his vital defense of life and family values,” Father Aguilar said.

“For my part I am faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church and her shepherds,” he continued.  “The Church loves homosexuals and offers all the means for them to achieve salvation.  I regret that the Church’s charity is being misinterpreted with the passage of laws that contravene the ideal of the family,” the priest said.

Int’l Couples Flock to U.S. for Gender-Selective In-Vitro Fertilization

August 10, 2010

By Kathleen Gilbert

LOS ANGELES, California (LifeSiteNews.com) — Couples from countries that ban sex-selective in-vitro fertilization (IVF) have found a haven in clinics in the United States, where the practice is far less regulated.

In an article for Scotland’s Daily Record newspaper, Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg of The Fertility Institute said that five couples have travelled from Scotland to undergo the sex-selection procedure at his clinics in New York and Los Angeles, which have been described as the worldwide leaders in gender selection. The article notes that couples who “suffer from gender disappointment ” often remortgage their homes or take out other loans to afford the opportunity to control whether they have a boy or a girl, in a procedure known as preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). The procedure costs over $20,000.

As in all IVF, the procedure is made possible by the creation of several embryos, many of which are destroyed in the process of selection and implantation. In the case of gender selection, the tiny human lives that possess the correct gender are implanted, while all others are destroyed. For example, one account posted on the Fertility Institute website describes how “3 healthy female embryos and 7 healthy male embryos, along with 2 abnormal embryos” were produced for one couple seeking a girl. Two of the 12 embryos were implanted.

The clinic’s site notes that individuals have come from 147 different countries “seeking to balance their families or assure themselves that a pregnancy will result in ONLY the gender outcome they desire.”

Such gender selection is illegal in several countries, including the United Kingdom - a fact that Steinberg criticized as “so far behind” the hottest scientific trends.

But for Steinberg controlling for gender is only the beginning: he noted that the Vatican sent a letter to his clinic asking them to reconsider after they began investigating ways of selecting children’s eye and hair color. “The Vatican were very nice but were asking us to think about what we were doing. It’s on the backburner for now but it will be here in future,” said Steinberg.

The clinics’ website also boasts the “world’s only fully integrated gay surrogacy system” for male homosexual couples who want their own child, saying they are “dedicated to assuring that the complex route to gay parenthood is an anxiety free, joyful experience.” The site lists in-house legal and attorney services as among benefits provided to male homosexual couples.

As for PGD, given the gender bias that exists in several cultures - particularly towards the male gender - the power to control the gender of one’s children could have disastrous effects. Steinberg admits that “Asian countries clearly favor males” - a fact that, as noted by The Economist in March, has led to the disappearance of at least 100 million girls who were aborted for being the wrong sex.

This massive gender disparity presents, in the words of the Economist, “catastrophic” consequences: “In any country rootless young males spell trouble; in Asian societies, where marriage and children are the recognised routes into society, single men are almost like outlaws. Crime rates, bride trafficking, sexual violence, even female suicide rates are all rising and will rise further as the lopsided generations reach their maturity.”

But for Steinberg, the trepidation over the procedure is merely “intimidation” that will eventually be numbed by the steady march of science. “Somebody left a note on my car saying, ‘Test tube babies have no souls’. It was new. People were intimidated. Now, 30 years later, I go to a party and half the kids are IVF,” he said. “This is another footstep along that path.”

“Pro-Choice” Quebec Priest Slams LifeSiteNews in Major Media Outlets

July 13, 2010

Editorial by John-Henry Westen

(LifeSiteNews.com) - Fr. Raymond Gravel, Canada’s infamous priest/politician who was ordered out of politics by Vatican pressure, has issued an open letter in Quebec’s daily Le Devoir in which he accuses LifeSiteNews of embarking on “an organized witch hunt” against him.  Today CBC French television interviewed me on the matter. I explained that at LifeSiteNews we have indeed been concerned with Fr. Gravel’s actions and statements, and that we care enough about him to voice objections to the harm he is causing, most seriously the harm to himself.

Fr. Gravel is an ordained Roman Catholic priest, and as such is duty-bound to teach and represent the faith which he professes.  Throughout his priesthood, however, he has decided instead to be a vocal critic of the Catholic Church’s teachings on homosexuality and abortion.  In pointing out these irregularities LifeSiteNews hoped and still hopes that Fr. Gravel may be corrected for his own good and for the good of the faithful who are scandalized and, more grievously, misled by his false teachings.

We should all live authentically, to represent faithfully what we profess. Although we may at times fall, failing in our resolve to uphold the high standards of Christianity, at least we can then acknowledge our faults and try to mend our ways, always maintaining the truth of the principles despite our weaknesses.

However, it is quite another thing to profess a religion and be ordained a representative of it and then misrepresent its teachings: to decide that a Church should be different, more to your personal tastes, and then to try to subversively change it from within.  It would be much better to be true to oneself and to reject the hypocrisy of claiming one reality and teaching another.  Either call yourself a Catholic and embrace the teachings of the Catholic Church or else join another community of faith and be true to its tenets.  There is honor in being true to one’s conscience in that way.

Fr. Gravel says LSN has taken it as a mission to have him condemned by Church authorities, and to this end “is unafraid of using lies and half-truths.”  Specifically, he accuses LSN of distorting his words and taking them out of context.

I can see that from Fr. Gravel’s perspective there could be a misunderstanding about what he reads on LifeSiteNews.  Fr. Gravel does not consider himself pro-abortion, but has said many times he is “pro-choice.” But for pro-life persons, there is no such thing as being “pro-choice,” since the “choice” being supported is the choice for abortion - the choice to murder an innocent unborn child.  That can never be an acceptable choice and is certainly not the choice of the child. Thus the pro-life movement recognizes the term “pro-choice” as the propaganda it truly is - propaganda invented by abortion advocates to mislead and to further their cause.

So, much like President Bill Clinton, who also claimed that he did not like abortion but wanted to keep it “safe, legal, and rare,” Fr. Gravel is at times referred to on LifeSiteNews as “pro-abortion”

But in Fr. Gravel’s eyes “pro-choice” is a ‘moderate’ position, where he neither likes abortion nor ever wishes to see it criminalized.  He says, in fact, in some of his articles, that he does not favour abortion - but he also defended the award of the Order of Canada to arch-abortionist Henry Morgentaler, which is a curious paradox.

As an example of LSN’s “biased analysis,” he cites a June 1st article treating an op-ed he wrote, in which he criticized Cardinal Ouellet after the prelate insisted that unborn life be protected by law, even in cases such as rape. In what he may see as a middle-ground approach, Fr. Gravel advocated ending the division between those who want all abortions banned and those who would treat abortion as a form of contraception.  He writes that men and women are meant “to give life, and abortion is certainly not the expression of this shared responsibility.”

But at the same time, he slams Cardinal Ouellet’s public defence of life by painting him as an extremist out of touch with Quebec society.  “As a Church, we ought not to impose our conception of life under penalty of excommunication or of exclusion,” he wrote.

In an interview with Radio-Canada about the cardinal’s stance on abortion in cases of rape, Fr. Gravel said of the Quebec City archbishop: “I find it deplorable that a man who is a cardinal, archbishop of Quebec, would hold views like these. It’s as if women were nothing and what is important is to save their fetus, however it was conceived. We are dealing with rape here.” (see the interview in French)

During the CBC interview this afternoon I learned that Fr. Gravel sees LSN as warring against him.  He is outraged at insulting emails which have come his way from those who have read our coverage.  To be fair, we should note that we deplore hostilely worded emails.  We deplore not only those sent to us, but also those sent to the likes of Fr. Gravel and pro-abortion politicians, since they do more harm than good.  An honest and charitable challenge to accept the truth is what will move hearts and minds, and we have encouraged such effective communications frequently on LSN.

But while Fr. Gravel professes outrage at nasty emails, he has issued a few of those himself.  A professor friend who wrote Fr. Gravel in French urging him to reform and also promising prayers, received a reply from Fr. Gravel.  “I do not accept being judged by idiots of your temper,” wrote the priest from the diocese of Jolliet.  As to the promise of prayers, Fr. Gravel replied: “You can keep your prayers for yourself. …  Pray for yourself; you need more than anyone…I pity you!”

On my part, I honestly do not feel any anger or hatred for Fr. Gravel. I also know that I’m not the one to mete out any discipline that he might merit because of his views. However, in the apparent absence of parents, sometimes younger siblings must sound the alarm that mayhem has broken out in the household.

So yes, LSN has followed closely the ecclesiastical career of Fr. Gravel.  Most bishops would have long-ago taken action to silence a publicly dissenting priest, particularly one who publicly denounces the nation’s leading prelate, as well the Vatican itself.   But there has never been a public correction of Fr. Gravel. Even after he was forced out of politics by direct Vatican pressure, he continued to hold prominence in his diocese.  Just recently he was appointed to train teachers of the faith (catechists) at the Cathedral.  That sessions begin August 28. This is concerning and inexplicable.

I have to wonder if Fr. Gravel would not come to see the truth of the Church’s teaching if he was authoritatively informed of it by his superiors.  For Bishop Gilles Lussier of the diocese of Joliette, it would be an act of love to correct the priest, and if he does not listen, then to remove him from office. After receiving the post of teacher of the faith at the Cathedral, is it any wonder Fr. Gravel should remain confused?
Contact Information:

Most Rev. Gilles Lussier
Bishop of Joliette
2, rue Saint-Charles-Borromée Nord
C.P. 470
Joliette, Québec J6E 6H6
Tel: (450) 753-7596
Fax: (450) 759-0929
E-mail: [email protected]

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A Critical Distinction between Direct Abortion and Legitimate Medical Procedures

July 12, 2010

On June 23, 2010, the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine released a clarification entitled: The Distinction between Direct Abortion and Legitimate Medical Procedures. Since most folks don’t read every new posting on the vast USCCB web-site, this helpful statement could be overlooked.
The statement notes that “On November 5, 2009, medical personnel at the St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, performed a procedure that caused the death of an unborn child. Most Reverend Thomas Olmsted, the Bishop of Phoenix, has judged that this procedure was in fact a direct abortion and so morally wrong….”
When Bishop Olmsted spoke, many a commentator became a self-appointed expert on the Church’s moral teaching overnight.  The national media certainly caused confusion among Catholics and the general public as to what the Church teaches regarding illegitimate and legitimate medical procedures for addressing the risk to a mother’s health or even life during a pregnancy.

The Committee on Doctrine reminded us that “…. abortion (that is, the directly intended termination of pregnancy before viability or the directly intended destruction of a viable fetus) is never permitted… One may never directly kill an innocent human being, no matter what the reason… By contrast, in some situations, it may be permissible to perform a medical procedure on a pregnant woman that directly treats a serious health problem but that also has a secondary effect that leads to the death of the developing child… The difference can be seen in two different scenarios in which the unborn child is not yet old enough to survive outside the womb.”
“In the first scenario, a pregnant woman is experiencing problems with one or more of her organs, apparently as a result of the added burden of pregnancy.  The doctor recommends an abortion to protect the health of the woman… The surgery directly targets the life of the unborn child. It is the surgical instrument in the hands of the doctor that causes the child’s death.  The surgery does not directly address the health problem of the woman, for example, by repairing the organ that is malfunctioning… The abortion is the means by which a reduced strain upon the organ or organs is achieved. As the Church has said many times, direct abortion is never permissible because a good end cannot justify an evil means….”
“In the second scenario, a pregnant woman develops cancer in her uterus. The doctor recommends surgery to remove the cancerous uterus as the only way to prevent the spread of the cancer… The woman’s health benefits directly from the surgery, because of the removal of the cancerous organ. The surgery does not directly target the life of the unborn child. The child will not be able to live long after the uterus is removed from the woman’s body, but the death of the child is an unintended and unavoidable side effect and not the aim of the surgery. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with surgery to remove a malfunctioning organ. It is morally justified when the continued presence of the organ causes problems for the rest of the body.”
“Surgery to terminate the life of an innocent person, however, is intrinsically wrong… Nothing, therefore, can justify a direct abortion. No circumstance, no purpose, no law
whatsoever can ever make licit an act which is intrinsically illicit, since it is contrary to the Law of God which is written in every human heart, knowable by reason itself, and proclaimed by the Church.”
May the Law of God, proclaimed by our Church and through our bishops, inspire each of us to work for the protection of every human person, mother and child alike.
To read the entire statement, go to:
www.usccb.org/doctrine/direct-abortion-statement2010-06-23.pdf
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Tom Grenchik is Executive Director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Go to www.usccb.org/prolife to learn more about the bishops’ pro-life activities.
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Woman Kills Wrongly-Implanted Embryos with Morning-After Pill

June 29, 2010

By Peter J. Smith

HARTFORD, Connecticut, June 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a disastrous chain of events, a set of “wanted” embryos quickly became “unwanted” after an artificially impregnated women was informed by her fertility clinic that they had implanted the embryos of another woman by the same name instead.

The woman’s solution was to take the morning-after pill (which, ironically, pro-abortion forces insist is simply a form contraception and cannot cause an abortion) and abort the nascent life within her.

The Associated Press reports that the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services at the University of Connecticut Health Center has agreed to pay a $ 3,000 fine over the incident, which took place last April, according to state health records.

Apparently, a lab technician had taken out a batch of human embryos from the storage freezer without following proper procedure. She only matched the last name, but forgot to crosscheck with the last four digits of the woman’s social security number and the medical record number.

The lab technician discovered the error a day later – but by then it was too late. The woman had already been implanted with another client’s embryos, which had been on ice for approximately four years.

After being told about the error one hour after having the embryos implanted within her, the woman then decided she did not want to carry someone else’s baby, and so took the morning-after pill.

Bioethicist Wesley J. Smith commented on his blog about the event, saying it illustrates not only how children have come to be treated as a commodity through in vitro fertilization, but also how this process can sometimes snare “would-be birth and biological parents … in terrible, heart wrenching circumstances.”

The center has insisted that the mix-up is the first ever in their 24-year history, calling it “important and emotionally difficult for patients and center alike.”

Smith, however, pointed out that mix-ups have happened before at IVF clinics – although in at least one extraordinary case the birth mother made a painful, but life-affirming choice. Sean and Carolyn Savage of Ohio found out last year that their IVF clinic had transferred the wrong embryos. The Savages, however, refused to abort on account of their pro-life religious beliefs, and arranged to hand over the baby to his biological parents shortly after the birth.

“When the mistake was discovered in that case, the birth mother and her husband chose life for someone else’s baby,” remarked Smith. “Which choice reflects unconditional love?”

Carolyn Savage told Meredith Vieira of the TODAY Show back in September that the hardest experience would be the delivery of the child, where she would only have a chance to say “hello” and “goodbye.”

“Of course, we will wonder about this child every day for the rest of our lives,” she added. “We just want to know he’s healthy and happy.”

A follow-up with the TODAY Show in May, revealed that the baby Carolyn Savage carried to term was born Logan Morell, now approximately 8 months old. The Savages and the Morells have become friends through the painful experience. However the Savages declined to appear on the TODAY Show, saying that the months following Logan’s birth have been much more difficult for them to deal with than they expected, but they hope to write about their experiences in a book for 2011.

Marie Stopes’ Abortion Commercials Called ‘Heinous’ by Pro-Life Priest

May 26, 2010

FRONT ROYAL, Va., (MetroCatholic)

HLI President Reverend Thomas J. Euteneuer today responded to news that Marie Stopes, the largest abortion provider in England and in much of the world, will be allowed to run commercials advertising abortion as a solution for women in crisis pregnancies.

“Pro-lifers have been saying this for decades — these are abortion profiteers,” said Rev. Euteneuer. “They literally have no shame. These profit-seeking commercials point out the lie that abortion is a ‘choice’ or an act of compassion. No, abortion is a grubby business, pure and simple.”

“Marie Stopes shows us that the abortion industry targets women in their most vulnerable moments and offers them one solution-the killing of a baby,” said Rev. Euteneuer. “These women need loving concern. They need to be shown true, life-affirming options, not a false way out that not only results in the death of the child, but in multiple health and emotional problems for the mother.”

Several years ago an official of Marie Stopes caused a scandal by admitting in a public conference that their clinics perform illegal abortions in the Third World. “Whether they are aborting babies in the UK or in the poorest countries of the world they make profit off the killing of God’s most precious children,” said Rev. Euteneuer. “The sad part is that now they are given space on prime time for these heinous ads. We will be working with our friends in the UK to oppose this offense to life and dignity. This cannot go unanswered.”

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