Catholics MUST Be ProLife:Action!(3)

A 4D ultrasound test is a way of reproducing a moving image of your baby inside your womb. The 4D ultrasound uses sound waves to create this moving image. In a 3D ultrasound, you can see a three-dimensional image of your baby. A 4D ultrasound takes this experience to the next level. It creates an effect that is similar to watching a live video. Using this technology, you can see what your baby is doing at that moment inside your womb. In fact, you can even see if your baby is yawning or smiling at that particular moment!

This thread is dedicated to sharing news about pro-life issues.

Where possible, we suggest that bloggers make and respond to calls to action in defence of the unborn child – whether that entails emailing MPs or supporting various vigils etc.
Try not to simply post a link to news – publish an extract and/or make a suggestion about possible action, that will encourage readers to click your link.

Among all the crimes which can be committed against life, procured abortion has characteristics making it particularly serious and deplorable. The Second Vatican Council defines abortion, together with infanticide, as an “unspeakable crime”.54
But today, in many people’s consciences, the perception of its gravity has become progressively obscured. The acceptance of abortion in the popular mind, in behaviour and even in law itself, is a telling sign of an extremely dangerous crisis of the moral sense, which is becoming more and more incapable of distinguishing between good and evil, even when the fundamental right to life is at stake. Given such a grave situation, we need now more than ever to have the courage to look the truth in the eye and to call things by their proper name, without yielding to convenient compromises or to the temptation of self-deception. In this regard the reproach of the Prophet is extremely straightforward: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness” (Is 5:20). Especially in the case of abortion there is a widespread use of ambiguous terminology, such as “interruption of pregnancy”, which tends to hide abortion’s true nature and to attenuate its seriousness in public opinion. Perhaps this linguistic phenomenon is itself a symptom of an uneasiness of conscience. But no word has the power to change the reality of things: procured abortion is the deliberate and direct killing, by whatever means it is carried out, of a human being in the initial phase of his or her existence, extending from conception to birth.

The moral gravity of procured abortion is apparent in all its truth
if we recognize that we are dealing with murder…
Pope John Paul II: Evangelium Vitae – on the Value and Inviolability, of Human Life #58  [Emphasis added]   Click here to read the entire encyclical

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53 responses

  1. I’m sure that many here will already be familiar with the excellent pro-life work carried out by Human Life International (Ireland) – they work tirelessly to promote the sanctity of life, particularly the unborn. They promote fasting & prayer (especially the Rosary) to combat the grave immorality of abortion. Their website is here: https://humanlife.ie

    • Ben,

      Sorry if I sound ungrateful, but the fact that abortion ended up being legalised in Ireland – a group of us were over there in the days prior to the referendum, only to be disgracefully abused and insulted (I resolved never to return) – makes me wonder (and did at the time) what on EARTH the pro-lifers were doing, how much pressure did they put on their (largely if not wholly apostate) bishops and clergy.

      From an Irish background myself, I am horrified that things have become so bad over in that once great Catholic country that unborn babies are being murdered there, as just about everywhere else. I hate to sound hyper-critical of the pro-life movement but “excellent” isn’t a word I ever apply to the “professional” pro-lifers here.

      Apart from the informative emails I receive from our resident (non-Catholic) pro-lifer, Wendy, the only emails I receive from the formal pro-life organisations are begging for money. I’ve labelled them for SPAM, to be frank, but they still roll in… As I’ve written, more than once, to the Big Chief at SPUC, and never received an answer, I can’t help wondering that, if one’s mortgage payment depends on abortion being legal, just how much effort would one really put into having the law repealed?

      In my view, all full time pro-life posts should be voluntary – retired, part-time employees, whatever – to ensure that maximum effort is put into the fight by a “workforce” with no personal interest, beyond saving the lives of the babies in the womb.

  2. Apologies if I inadvertently caused any annoyance or offence. That certainly wasn’t my intention. I’m not as experienced in the pro-life movement, but do have admiration and respect for anyone trying to uphold the sanctity of life – and HLI are not necessarily seeking financial help, but ask for our prayers and whatever assistance we’re able to offer. Again, sincere apologies – and best of intentions.

    • Ben,

      There’s no need to apologise at all. You’re new to this blog, so I should perhaps have emphasised (as do our House Rules) that we do not make personal remarks on here, but stick to the issues. Occasionally, we get idiots coming on trying to use the blog for their own daft ends, but, more often than not, if we ignore them they go away (if not, I make them disappear!)

      I was not meaning to criticise you, personally, at all and, like you, I do admire those who are actively working in defence of the unborn. That’s why we have a dedicated pro-life thread, so that Wendy, in particular, to whom I referred in my original post above, has a port of call where she can post her information, links etc.

      Hopefully, you will use it as well to keep us informed about pro-life events but I have to repeat my concerns about the sluggish pro-life movement. Let me give you a highly topical example.

      I have written to a number of “pro-choice” MPs who advocate a second Brexit referendum “because we know so much more now about Brexit than we did in 2016.”

      I have suggested that this same point can be made about the Abortion Act. We definitely know much more now about life in the womb than we did in 1967, so what about a national debate, referendum if possible, on whether or not the 1967 Abortion Act should be repealed. I include a link to a 3D / 4D video in my email.

      So far, the responses have been zero. Zilch.

      However, I am one person among millions. Who cares what I think?

      Were I in a position of some authority – say Chairman/Director of a national pro-life movement, with the motivation and funding to launch a campaign to argue the case that we know much more now about life in the womb than we did in 1967, they would surely have to sit up and take notice.

      But not a word from these groups who seem to be able to afford to publish glossy leaflets and magazines, and organise conferences here, there and everywhere.

      Yet, when they do hold public events such as the 40 days for Life (which I have attended) they do not set up a separate table with literature and a representative able to speak to passers-by. They pray – which, of course, is wonderful, but it seems odd to me, having been heckled at one of those events, to be told not to engage in any conversation, just pray. Why not do both?

      Anyway, you, certainly, had the best of intentions by coming on to promote HLI (Ireland) and since you are new to the pro-life movement, we can’t really blame you for the referendum result over there 😀 So, please don’t take offence. None intended. Keep up the good work!

      God bless you!

  3. Dear BEN LOUIS
    Thank you for posting on here it is a wonderful Blog run by an equally wonderful Lady Patricia and many thanks to her for giving so much of her time to it ….in the brilliant video above yo u will hear a gentleman in every sense of the word speak with such love and compassion for people ……To be pro life is a great privilege and we must be brave

    • Thank you, Wendy. It is encouraging to read in the article which you linked to that freedom of speech is being upheld in these places.
      I also have a lot of respect for the work that TFP do in the pro-life movement. Here’s a link to their latest video:

      Thank you – and Patricia – for extending your welcome here. It is indeed a great blog.
      Very best wishes,
      Ben Louis.

      • Ben

        Those young men were wonderful in how they dealt with those nasty opponents, not least that woman trying to destroy the bagpipes and the man who spat in the face of one of the pro-lifers. Such violence in their characters either explains the fact that they have no problem killing unborn babies, OR is a result of it – they have become coursened to the point of being violent as a result of their pro-abortion beliefs and activities.

        However, TFP itself, despite the good work it does in pro-life and in defence of marriage, is a bit of a cause for concern, as we discovered when we discussed the matter in a dedicated thread
        https://catholictruthblog.com/2016/07/04/is-tradition-family-property-a-cult/

        There’s no doubt that they do good work (not least in the pro-life field) but I’d be interested in your thoughts about the areas of concern raised in our discussion back in 2016.

        • Thank you very much for providing the link to the earlier discussion from 2016. From a brief glance, it appears to be quite a long thread – but I will be sure to set some time aside to read it. I am not aware of many of the issues with the pro-life groups which you have kindly highlighted in your posts here, but I hope to become better informed over time. Thank you again for your replies.

    • CC,

      Thank you for that exhortation. We should, indeed, pray for NI today – I believe it’s at midnight that this diabolical law comes into force over there (also same-sex “marriage” is to be legalsed, despite the huge fight against it).

      • The most disgraceful part of this is that there has been no consultation whatsoever. The Catholic Church, all the Protestant Church, The Orange Order (!) and the Unionist Parties have condemned it. I sent this email to Julian Smith MP, but have not received a response:

        I am sending you this email regarding the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Act 2019, and the amendment submitted by Stella Creasy MP. This Act will, unless there is a new executive by October 21st, result in the decriminalisation of abortion up to 28 weeks of gestation. This cut off point of 28 weeks is based on Criminal Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 1945, which has obviously not been updated to reflect the law change in England and Wales, where abortions are, since 1990, permitted up to 24 weeks, with exceptions for later procedures. Why does this new law not reflect the 1990 change? Is it not a way to lay the ground for abortion on demand throughout the pregnancy in Northern Ireland, as has recently happened in New York, for example? In 2017-18, 81 babies were born alive under 28 weeks, according to the Statistical profile of Children’s Health in Northern Ireland 2017-18. Will you, as Secretary of State, work to ensure provisions for conscientious objectors? Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals are guaranteed Freedom of Thought, Conscience and Religion under Article 9 and Expression under Article 10 of the ECHR. Finally, does this new law not contradict the Northern Ireland Act 1998, which states in Section 6 (c) that a law is outside the legislative competence of the NI Assembly if it contradicts EU law, which it clearly does if it does not contain and conscience clause?

        I am deeply concerned by the high rate of abortion in England Wales, and the recent liberalisations in parts of the USA, and I believe that a similar situation will arise in Northern Ireland, where abortion, instead of being a rare exception, as the law intended, will become a form of contraception or an act which will be eventually viewed to be as harmless as taking an aspirin. Abortion is murder, and is never justified, because it always results in the death of an unborn child. That life begins at conception is a scientific fact, and the government should work to reduce abortions and provide alternatives, so that the need for abortion can be obsolete.

        • CC,

          Just skimmed your letter to Julian Smith MP – great stuff.

          Let us know if he replies (beyond the usual cursory acknowledgement or “the contents have been noted) !

      • Arlene Foster of the DUP has said that the law is an affront to human dignity and life and scientific advances mean that babies can be born alive and survive at 22,23 and 24 weeks.

        What refreshing clarity from a politician. The DUP is the only party in the UK which supports God’s Law and I think should all pray for it’s success. I for one thought about joining it on the basis of it’s pro-life views. Sinn Fein, the SDLP and Alliance should be ashamed. Sinn Fein cannot claim to speak for Ireland. Catholics are starting to vote unionist due to the Sinner’s liberalism, and I hope more see sense and do the same. More power to their elbow.

  4. The next threatened buffer zone seems likely to be imposed in Manchester. A lady who has been praying and witnessing outside Marie Stopes, Fallowfield, for the last 15 years! has been told by the Magistrates’ Court that she cannot stand within 100 metres of Marie Stopes.

    This consultation is open to everyone, no matter where you live, please support this pro-life group in Manchester by sending in your reply objecting to this buffer zone. Here is the link to follow.

    God bless.

    https://secure.manchester.gov.uk/info/200024/consultations_and_surveys/7836/wynnstay_grove_proposed_public_space_protection_order_consultation

    Margaret Leahy

    • Wendy,

      Thank you for that – I completed the survey and it didn’t take many minutes, despite the fact that I clicked to answer ALL the possible options. Strongly disagreed with everything!

      I urge other bloggers to take the ten minutes or so necessary to complete the survey, since these buffer zones are a disgraceful infringement on freedom of speech etc.

      An important point, it seems to me, is that only criminal behaviour as traditionally defined (physical assault, criminal damage to buildings, vehicles etc) should remain outlawed. Simply speaking to somone has never been illegal. Indeed, we are persistently approached in our towns and cities by people offering us leaflets to advertise shops and religious information etc. Nobody suggests putting buffer zones around those streets which would be tantamount to restricting the streets to commuters and shoppers.

      So, go for it, bloggers. Let’s put a dent in the influence exerted by these (laughably misnamed) pro-choice women.

  5. https://www.channel5.com/show/hate-crimes-uncensored/

    last night I sat and watched this in great sadness

    It made me remember in the early 70’s when as a young wife and Mum of mixed race children the dreadful storys I heard from other white Girls in mixed relationships who literally were forced into abortions by Parents ,Teachers ,Social Workers ..a whole plethora of people who you really thought would have been helpful and caring Those Girls dearly wanted those babies but because Society was different and threats of out on the street whatever and the fact they were told mixed race babies were unadoptable ……it was horrific

    Added to this the vile Abortion Act was very new but the Medical World realised this was a great way to curtail Immigrant Births no doubt of that

    When I as a married Woman used to go my Dr to confirm pregnancy ..they used to inject Toads then with urine and if the poor Amphibian layed eggs you were how archaic does that sound …….I would be grilled by the Dr about do you want this baby after all it will be mixed is it fair to to the child ,I used to say to him ..does your wife go to the hairdresser and he looked at me like I had took leave of my senses and do you sunbathe …?..of cousre he said so I said ok well this baby will never have to do that because it will have curls and also its tan thanks can you book me in to see a Midwife

    Then in Hospital after babies birth no sooner were up from the delivery suite yo u had pushy hopeful Drs with forms for sterilization i n their hand they got fleas in their ears also

    It was horrific and very painful at what should be such a joyous time ..they were very persistant and sadly after my 8 th child and a dangerous caesar ean I had to make the heartbreaking decision to be sterilized a young DR arrives by my bed and actually said to me …Ah the fecund [fertile ] Mrs Walker we have got your tubes at last i complained to a Snr Nurse who smiled and said he was only joking ..there was no lawsuits in those days

    So yes through severe racism thousands of poor babies lost there lives through no other reason but they would have been mixed and their broken hearted Mums felt they had to succumb to it through no other choice

    Its was through so many of these horror stories that put me me onto the PRO LIFE PATH …IN 1970….both my experiences and those other peoples.

    Tragic .

    Here is a little light hearted anecdote from my past about a very pro abortion Dr i had ……and the real battle i had to continue my pregnancys and get booked in for maternity care with him ..some years later he committed suicide ..

    • Wendy,

      Your questions (and explanation) to your doctor about “curls” and “sunbathing” are totally priceless. I laughed heartily. What a brilliant response to his pressure to abort your baby. Absolutely brilliant! Well done!

  6. Dear supporter,

    As you will have seen, in a desperately disappointing judgment, the Court of Appeal upheld the draconian Ealing Censorship Zone. You can read it here.

    The court largely avoided dealing with the substance of the appeal put before it, and as a result, we believe the chances of the Supreme Court giving permission to appeal are very high.

    As a result, Alina has applied for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court!

    https://www.gofundme.com/f/alinalegalfund
    Alina, along with her friends and allies, refuses to abandon women on the streets who just need a little help to prevent them from being coerced into abortion. The Be Here For Me campaign will not give up and we will continue to stand by Alina.

    The judgement from the Court of Appeal was especially disappointing as there was no mention of the rights of women to receive help, information and even prayer if they so need it. Our spokeswoman Elizabeth puts it well:

    “there is literally not a single sentence, not a single word, dedicated to the women who have been helped by the vigil, who are grateful for the vigil, and who have given the other side of the story”

    Once again, Alina, who isn’t wealthy, is taking a personal risk in leaving herself exposed to the legal costs of this challenge. She needs an additional £35,000 to be able to take the case forward and potentially set a significant precedent for women’s rights to receive help, free speech and the freedom to offer charity and prayer. This cost is heavily discounted because Alina’s legal team really believe in this case and are working mostly for free.

    ENABLE ALINA’S SUPREME COURT APPLICATION HERE
    Alina is standing up for the rights of vulnerable women at great personal risk and inconvenience. Let’s continue to have her back and raise the funds so that the stress of that aspect of the case is covered for her!

    Alina has been so encouraged by your faithfulness to her as a fellow campaigner. We are grateful to you for sharing, giving and writing in to encourage Alina.

    Best wishes,

    Sarah Bignell
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    • Wendy

      Thank you for that link about the NI priest who is calling for Canon Law to be implemented – the idiot politician who says the following, is wrong:

      However, pro-life SDLP MLA Dolores Kelly branded the comments “regrettable” and said that only the Vatican could make such an order.

      Wrong! Canon # 915 applies, so any priest can and should refuse Communion to any person known to publicly profess acceptance of abortion. That is a manifest public scandal.

      There is no place for comments under that report or I’d have posted one there.

  7. At this miserable time for the Church, here was one minor cheering incident:

    US Politician Joe Biden was denied communion at mass, on grounds that he “advocates for abortion”.

    Well done Father Robert Morey, of St Anthony’s Parish, Florence, South Carolina.

    No doubt Father will have some lickspittle Cardinal or Bishop hounding him over this, but he was in the right nonetheless.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7623959/Joe-Biden-denied-Holy-Communion-Florence-church-stance-abortion.html

  8. “Christian Hacking, 29, was arrested by police after he was seen praying outside an abortion clinic in London earlier this year. “

    Does this comment from the Telegraph report not say it all about life in “democratic” Britain today? You can actually get arrested for praying!

  9. PRESS RELEASE 1/Nov/19

    PRO-LIFE MUSLIM RESPONSE

    IT WAS WRONG AND UNDEMOCRATIC AND INSULTING TO ALL RELIGIONS
    WHEN SOME POLICE OFFICERS TOOK BY FORCE:THIS GOOD CHRISTIAN AND DISABLED MAN:Mr Christian hacking ,who has done nothing wrong or criminal and was only PRAYING outside a clinic which were killing innocent defenseless unborn babies through abortion???

    We BRITISH MUSLIMS CONDEMN THIS HARSH UNJUSTIFIED ACT BY THE POLICES
    IN A FREE COUNTRY …..WHEN THE CRIMINAL WAS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD: KILLING INNOCENT UNBORN BABIES !

    DR MAJID KATME(MBBCh, DPM)

    Leader of the PRO-LIFE MUSLIM CAMPAIGN IN THE UK/UN

    Website: http://www.prolifemuslims.com
    Welcome to Dr Abdul Majid Katme Online
    CURRENT ACTIVITY. Please watch this page for our current activities..
    http://www.prolifemuslims.com

    • Wendy,

      I wouldn’t be surprised if the Pope gave Biden Communion. He’s an apostate pope – he doesn’t believe Catholic dogma himself.

  10. Dear supporter,

    Manchester City Council has opened a consultation on a proposed censorship zone (PSPO) at Wynnstay Grove. If implemented, the censorship zone would criminalise among other things:

    Free speech

    Signage

    Prayer

    Counselling

    The offer of leaflets

    You only have until 5pm GMT on Friday (15th) to respond to the consultation below!

    Please use this tool and share with like-minded people.

    RESPOND TO THE MANCHESTER PSPO CONSULTATION HERE IN ONLY A FEW CLICKS!

  11. Dear Everyone
    PLEASE CAN YOU FILL IN THE MANCHESTER PSPO CONSULTATION FORM PLEASE ?
    Every signed form could save a babies life
    The abortionists are in an absolute froth and are urging The World and his Wife to sign ……to stop people getting to hear words of comfort and of help that will not hurt themselves or the precious little mite i n the womb
    Please share with pro life friends and relatives and Priests times are ticking thank you so much

  12. Evelyn Williams shared her first post.
    New member · Just now
    Unplanned coming to Glasgow cine World 27th Nov!

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    tHIS WONDERFUL PRO LIFE FILM IS COMING TO GLASGOW …….Please spread the word

  13. just an urgent reminder please
    The Manchester consultation closes 5 pm today Friday if you havent filled in the form PLEASE DO IT NOW AND ASK OTHERS TO AS WELL SO URGENT EVERY E -MAIL WILL COUNT

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