January 31, 2019

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Positivity: Hundreds Attend Air Force Veteran’s Funeral After Viral Story of Cemetery Fearing No One Would Show

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From (related videos and tweets are at the link; HT Weasel Zippers):

Jan 28th, 2019, 1:21 pm

The people of Texas are known to be a very patriotic and their latest actions prove they walk the walk. A plea was made over the weekend for people to attend the funeral of Air Force veteran Joseph Walker by the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery. And the Lone Star state responded by turning out for the service in a big way.

The cemetery said they were unable to find his family and it looked liked no one would attend his funeral, according to KVUE.

… In short, people did show up on Monday, not by the dozens but by the hundreds, possibly even the thousands, according to local reporters: …

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January 30, 2019

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Positivity: 3-Year-Old Boy Lost In NC Woods Tells His Family He ‘Hung Out With A Bear For 2 Days’

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From Craven County, North Carolina (HT Weasel Zippers):

JANUARY 25, 2019 06:13 PM,
UPDATED JANUARY 29, 2019 08:26 AM

The 3-year-old boy who spent two days lost in the woods of eastern North Carolina tells his family he “hung out with a bear” for companionship while hundreds of people searched frantically in cold and rainy weather to find him.

The Craven County Sheriff Office said Monday that it does not intend to dispute little Casey Hathaway’s story.

Casey’s aunt, Breanna Hathaway, shared the bear anecdote on Facebook Friday morning, adding that he “is healthy, smiling, and talking” after being found late Thursday night.

“He said he hung out with a bear for two days,” she posted. “God sent him a friend to keep him safe. God is (a) good God. Miracles do happen.”

Casey spent Thursday night being examined by doctors at CarolinaEast Medical Center, and hospital staff said Friday that he was “in good condition,” according to TV station WBTW. His mother, Brittany Hathaway, remained by his side at the hospital.

He was released from the hospital Saturday, reported WITN.

Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes addressed the boy’s bear story Monday during an interview with TV station WCTI.

“I don’t know if that meant he saw a bear. I don’t know if that meant a bear embraced him or what it meant,” Hughes told the station. “I thought it was a very cute story and if that’s what helped that child survive through this, you know what, I’m to going to embrace that story that came from a three-year-old, to his mom.” …

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January 29, 2019

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Positivity: New state-level laws show time is running out for Roe, pro-lifers say

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From Washington:

Jan 28, 2019 / 04:00 pm

Efforts are underway across several states to codify and expand abortion rights in state law. Pro-life advocates told CNA the moves signal a growing acceptance by abortion advocates that the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade could be either overturned or revised.

Several states, including New York, New Mexico, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, have either passed new laws expanding abortion access or are moving towards removing old laws from the statute books that would criminalize or limit abortion in the event of a change at the federal level.

“Advocates of abortion seem finally to recognize that Roe is destined to be overturned on the federal level, and so are shifting their fight to create rights to abortion on the state level,” Steven H. Aden, chief legal officer and general counsel of Americans United for Life told CNA.

Aden said that he believes the shift to state-level politics shows that abortion advocates “implicitly acknowledge what advocates for life have pointed out since Roe–that there is no constitutional right to abortion.”

“While the expansion of abortion in states like New York is extreme, unscientific, and lamentable, the state level is, at least, the correct level at which abortion issues should be decided and the level which allows Americans to directly impact the culture of their state,” Aden added.

New York recently passed one of the most expansive abortion laws in the country, the Reproductive Health Act. This law permits abortion for any reason through the first 24 weeks of pregnancy and afterwards if a medical professional deems it necessary to protect the health of the mother.

Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life, said that the pro-life movement has made “significant strides,” particularly in the confirmation of pro-life judges onto federal courts.

“The growing effort by states to codify Roe v. Wade into law signals that the pro-abortion forces are panicking,” Mancini told CNA. “Many states already have laws on the books that protect both mother and child in the case that Roe v. Wade is overturned.”

Mancini also pointed to recent polling that shows that most Americans are in favor of states deciding their own abortion policies if the Supreme Court were to overturn the decision. She said that is “clear” that states attempting to expand abortion access are “working against the American consensus.” …

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January 28, 2019

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Positivity: Breast Cancer Survivor Put Off Cancer Treatments Instead of Aborting Her Baby

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January 27, 2019

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Positivity: World Youth Day pilgrims receive warm welcome in Panama

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From Panama City, Panama:

Jan 24, 2019 / 08:37 am

When you go to stay at someone’s house for a week, it’s not unusual for the host to tidy the place up a bit to get it ready for you.

It’s more unusual when the host completely remodels a floor of the building in anticipation of your arrival.

That is exactly what happened when a delegation of students from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania came to stay with Franklin Chu, a diesel mechanic who lives in Panama City. Chu housed the large group in his factory, but made some improvements first.

“They cleaned up the upper level, made some rooms, moved some things around, and put in showers just for us,” Tim Plocinik, the high school’s principal, told CNA.

“[Chu’s] very excited to host us, and he joins in with us every morning…he’s so proud that we are there to share this experience.”

At least 75,000 young people from 156 countries are currently in Panama City for World Youth Day, an international gathering of young people designed to strengthen them in their faith and give them a chance to meet other young Catholics from around the world.

That number is expected to increase for events later in the week, culminating with an overnight prayer vigil and closing Mass with Pope Francis over the weekend.

Plocinik said he can’t say enough about Chu, his staff, and his family’s hospitality.

“He and his staff have taken us in and given us wonderful accommodations. They’re feeding us and making sure we have water, and going out of their way to make sure we’re as comfortable and enjoying the event as much as possible,” Plocinik said. …

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January 26, 2019

Positivity: Pro-life advocates gather in San Francisco for Walk for Life West Coast

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From San Francisco:

Jan 25, 2019 / 09:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Walk for Life West Coast aims to gather thousands of pro-life advocates in San Francisco in the next days for mutual support, outreach and inspiration.

“Great speakers. Great weather. Great comradery,” event organizer Eva Muntean told CNA. “It’s going to be great. We’re looking forward to it because right now there’s so many things going on politically and culturally.”

“Ours has to be a grassroots movement, and of course work through the churches. It’s super-important to try to stay unified,” Muntean said. “That’s going to be the key, that we all work together. We can’t have this infighting. We have to keep our eye on why we’re doing this: these children in the womb.”

According to the walk’s website, www.walkforlifewc.com, the main event opens Saturday at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza at 10:45 a.m. with an awareness campaign from Silent No More, a pro-life outreach and education effort. Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life and Georgette Forney will lead the awareness campaign.

From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. there will be an information fair with booths from pro-life groups, pregnancy centers and other aligned organizations.

The main rally will begin at 12:30, with the walk itself beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Speakers include Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director and founder of the group And Then There Were None, which helps employees leave the abortion industry; Patricia Sandoval, a former Planned Parenthood worker who has returned to the Catholic faith; Rev. Walter Hoye, a Baptist pastor from Berkeley who is founder and president of the Issues4Life Foundation; and Father Shenan Boquet, president of Human Life International. …

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January 25, 2019

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January 24, 2019

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Positivity: Meet the kids who traveled 24 hours on a bus to stand up for the unborn

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From Washington:

Jan 23, 2019 / 03:01 am

The Diocese of Lincoln sent more than 200 young people to Washington, D.C., to stand up for the unborn, and they believe they are part of a growing trend of pro-life sentiment.

CNA spoke to some of these students outside of the capitol to see what motivated them to embark on a daylong journey to the nation’s capital. The group was meeting with pro-life Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), who represents their district.

Earlier that day, Fortenberry had given a floor speech where he said that “women deserve better” than abortion, and that “no matter how hard the circumstances,” human life is a gift.

The students largely expressed excitement about being in a crowd of young people from across the country. The March for Life drew an estimated crowd of 100,000, many of whom were college-age or younger.

Abby Pella, a 17-year-old from Lincoln, admitted that she found the bus ride to be “pretty awful,” but that she found the trip to be a “great opportunity.” She told CNA that she was most looking forward to standing alongside her peers, and fighting for an end to abortion.

“Being able to stand up for something I believe in is really empowering and is really worth the 24-hour drive,” Pella added.

Ziyal McArthur, 16, also from Lincoln, agreed with Pella. McArthur said that while she has always been pro-life, she did not get involved in activism until a few years ago, and is now a member of the pro-life club at her school. She told CNA that she was most excited about “seeing people my age marching against abortion.”

Hunter Stutzman, 14, is from David City, about 50 miles northwest of Lincoln. He said he was motivated to come to Washington because teens like himself may find themselves dealing with unexpected pregnancies. He told CNA that he is pro-life because “babies don’t have a choice.”

His sentiment was echoed by Logan Walker, an 18-year-old from Lincoln.

“That is a baby in there, but it’s also one of us, one of our own kind,” said Walker.

“It’s a person.”

Annie Timmerman, 18, was on her second trek to D.C. from Nebraska. She described the trip as “a cause worth sacrificing for,” and said that her travel companions were a “joyful group.”

Timmerman said that she had run into “more and more people who are pro-life” and that she thinks she is part of a generation who is changing on abortion. …

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