January 30, 2015

Positivity: Assisted living centers defeat HHS mandate in court

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:53 pm

From Denver:

Jan 29, 2015 / 04:56 pm

A federal court has permanently barred the Obama administration from enforcing the federal contraception mandate against the group of Evangelical-owned senior citizen and assisted living centers.

“All Americans should oppose unjust laws that allow the government to force people to surrender their constitutionally protected freedom to live and work according to their deepest beliefs,” Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Michael J. Norton said Jan. 27.

Norton’s legal group filed the challenge to the federal rule on behalf of Stephen W. Brisco, who owns several Colorado companies that operate senior citizen residences, assisted living centers, and skilled nursing facilities and related businesses that mange them.

Brisco, an Evangelical Christian, objected to federal mandates that he provide employees with insurance coverage for contraceptive drugs that can cause abortions.

Refusal to provide the coverage would have resulted in heavy fines.

Norton said that Americans have a “clearly protected right” to be “free from this type of government coercion at home, in their family businesses, and in non-profit endeavors that benefit everyone.”

On Jan. 27 a U.S. District Court for Colorado issued a permanent injunction against the federal government from enforcing the mandate. It cited the Supreme Court’s June 2014 ruling that the mandate’s application to closely-held private companies like Hobby Lobby violated the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The Supreme Court had said the government had not shown that the mandate was the least restrictive means of achieving its goal of providing free contraceptives to employees.

The Obama administration announced the controversial mandate in 2012. It requires employers to cover sterilization, contraception and some drugs that can cause abortions. Its narrow exemption for those with religious and moral objections to the coverage drew much criticism and prompted many legal challenges.

Norton said the Obama administration should give up what he described as “its blind and indefensible efforts to punish people of faith.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

January 28, 2015

Positivity: Why She Marched — A Mom’s Story of Raising Her Daughter With Down Syndrome

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Washington (video at link):

January 23, 2015

For Eileen and Sadie Haupt, this year’s March for Life, centered around the theme “Every Life is a Gift,” held special meaning.

During her pregnancy with Sadie, her second daughter, doctors asked Eileen if she wanted to undergo prenatal testing to see if her child had any health issues. Just as she had done with her first child, Eileen, who was then 39, opted out.

But when Eileen held Sadie in her arms for the first time after giving birth, she noticed something slightly different about her child when looking into her eyes. Sadie’s eyes were puffy, and in her head, Eileen told herself that her newborn had Down Syndrome.

“It’s not to say that it wasn’t emotional—it was emotional at times. But we just adapted pretty well, I think,” Eileen told The Daily Signal.

When Sadie was an infant, Eileen stumbled upon a statistic that said 90 percent of babies with Down Syndrome are aborted.

That moved her to action.

She and another mother of a child with Down Syndrome, Leticia Velasquez, started the group Keeping Infants with Down Syndrome in 2008 to raise awareness about the abortion rate of babies with the disorder. They come to Washington, D.C., every year to participate in the March for Life.

“We really felt there needed to be a presence in the march for families who have children with special needs, and in our case Down Syndrome,” Eileen said.

And this year was no different.

More than 15 parents and their children traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to March with KIDS and the hundreds of thousands of other attendees.

Though they, too, came from across the country, the families bonded with one another over their experiences with Down Syndrome. At the March, blue and yellow balloons traveled with the group as a symbol of their efforts to raise awareness about the disorder. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

January 25, 2015

Positivity: Pro-Life Sign of the Day

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:00 am

In Washington on Thursday (HT Daily Signal):

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January 23, 2015

Positivity: Hundreds of Thousands of Pro-Lifers March for Life, Mourn 57 Million Abortions

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Washington:

1/22/15 2:55 PM

Hundreds of thousands of pro-life people turned out for the annual March for Life in Washington, braving cold temperatures to take a stand for the right to life of unborn children. While marchers mourned 42 years of legalized abortion, many sounded a hopeful theme for a pro-life future and think the decision will eventually be reversed.

The Roe v. Wade decision, handed down on January 22, 1973, overturned pro-life laws offering protection for unborn children in most states across the country, and made abortions legal and virtually unlimited. Almost 58 million unborn children have been killed in abortions since.

Polling data shows Americans are pro-life and few agree with Obama’s unlimited abortion position. Pope Francis sent out a tweet praying for the marchers.

As with other recent marches, the number of young adults and high school and college students impressed organizers and provided another reason to be optimistic. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

January 20, 2015

Positivity: Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Heartbeat Song’

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Life News:

Kelly Clarkson’s New “Heartbeat Song” is Set to Beat of Her Unborn Baby’s Heartbeat

On Monday, new mom and pop/country superstar Kelly Clarkson released “Heartbeat Song” — an upbeat, synth-driven single that celebrates her new baby girl in a unique way.

“The beat is actually River’s heartbeat slowed down from when she was in my tummy!” shares Clarkson in a radio interview. Clarkson and her husband Brandon Blackstock, married in 2013, welcomed their baby girl River Rose into the world on June 12, 2014.

Released in its entirety on Monday, “Heartbeat Song” raves about her experience of motherhood …

The video:

January 18, 2015

Positivity: Pro-life event designed with a California audience in mind

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Los Angeles (video at link):

Jan 13, 2015 / 07:05 pm

It’s not going to be sunny and 70 degrees in many places in the United States on Saturday, Jan. 17, but it will be in Los Angeles.

That’s why the first-of-its-kind OneLife event will be taking place outside, beginning with a walk for life and ending with a gathering in the park complete with food trucks, talks from both local and national speakers, and a concert.

The event, meant to be a family-friendly celebration of the dignity of the human person and the culture of life, is the brainchild of Archbishop Jose Gomez, who realized the Archdiocese did not have any large-scale pro-life events.

“He said, ‘Why do people have to travel to a different city to be pro-life? Why can’t they be pro-life here in L.A.?’” said Kathleen Domingo, the Life Coordinator in the Archdiocesan office of Life, Justice and Peace.

“We decided to make a family-friendly event that would embody what we mean by saying we’re pro-life and that would help build a culture of life,” she added.

The speakers and entertainers at the event will include local folks as well as some nationally known people, including: Eduardo Verastegui, actor and founder of Metanoia films, Eduardo Verastegui National Director of 40 Days for Life, Karyme Lozano, the co-star of For Greater Glory, Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, the first Superior General of the Sisters of Life, and Christian singer and song-writer Josh Garrels. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

January 17, 2015

Positivity: Trapped In His Body For 12 Years, A Man Breaks Free

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News — Tom @ 6:00 am

The story comes from South Africa. Audio is at the link.

It should cause all of those who think that those in a “vegetative state” should just be allowed to die — or should be starved to death to make sure they die — think again.

 

 

January 13, 2015

Positivity: This Amazing Program is Training Students to Lead the Pro-Life Movement

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Washington:

Far too often, young people in the pro-life movement are referred to as “future pro-life leaders.” While that statement is undeniably true, it omits the current impact young people are having across the country. Young people are not just the future, we are the present!

Young people are stepping up to share the pro-life message at their high schools, college campuses and through social media. Young people constitute the overwhelming majority of the attendees at the annual March for Life. Young people are volunteering their time at local pregnancy centers and taking on key roles within local right-to-life chapters.

Equipping young leaders with the skills and knowledge to carry the pro-life movement into the future is critical for long-term success. For this reason, National Right to Life created an innovative program called the National Right to Life Academy.

The National Right to Life Academy empowers young pro-life leaders through a dynamic five-week summer course held at National Right to Life headquarters in Washington. Students are challenged not only in learning the arguments but also effective communication skills and grassroots organizing. Topics covered include abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, healthcare, legislative strategy, history of the pro-life movement, medical ethics, development of the unborn and lobbying.

Through the National Right to Life Academy, students also have the opportunity to earn 3 college credits, which may be transferred to their university.

Since its inception in 2007, the National Right to Life Academy has graduated nearly 75 students. Many of these graduates are currently making a difference through state or local right-to-life groups, college pro-life clubs or pregnancy resource centers.

Devyn Nelson, a 2010 graduate and current Executive Director for North Dakota Right to Life, noted, “The National Right to Life Academy served me well in preparing me for this position. Not only did the Academy give me a thorough understanding of all the life issues, it helped me become comfortable and confident in speaking the truth about the life issues in public.”

Chelsea Shields, a 2011 graduate and the new Legislative/PAC Director for Wisconsin Right to Life noted,

“While lectures and practicum require a great deal of stamina and brainpower, the whole experience prepares Academy students to be highly effective advocates for life.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

January 2, 2015

Positivity: Colo. cop saves life with CPR for second time in a week

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Colorado Springs:

Dec 30, 2014

He resuscitated a 50-year-old unresponsive woman who may have overdosed; earlier in the week he revived a 13-day-old baby

… On Monday night, Officer Christopher Frabbiele answered a call at a Fossil Drive home in northeast Colorado Springs, where a woman who had possibly overdosed, was not breathing and had no pulse, police said.

Frabbiele, the first person to arrive on scene, reported that the unresponsive 50-year-old woman was turning blue. The officer began CPR, and administered chest compressions while the woman’s husband assisted with the breaths.

Medical responders with the Colorado Springs Fire Department arrived just as the woman regained consciousness, police said.

Frabbiele’s actions likely saved her life, police said.

On Dec. 17, Officer Mike Palmer performed CPR on a 13-day-old baby until medical responders arrived.

The baby, who was unconscious and not breathing, was revived and taken to the hospital.

Go here for the full story.

December 31, 2014

At CNN, Brittany Maynard Was One of ’11 Extraordinary People of 2014′

If CNN is searching for reasons why its ratings are at an all-time low, it doesn’t need to look any further than one entry in its group of “11 extraordinary people of 2014” published on December 5.

Aside from the inanity of publishing such an annual list almost four weeks before year’s end — as if no extraordinary people or extraordinary acts ever take place in December — the network’s fourth selection was patently offensive, and had no substantive basis for being considered “extraordinary.”

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December 29, 2014

Positivity: A new era for women’s health care? This Catholic clinic hopes so

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Denver:

Dec 20, 2014 / 08:19 am

While the phrase “women’s health” often conjures up images of artificial hormones, devices, and pills, one natural health care center in the Denver area is hoping to transform the way women receive care – one patient at a time.

“Women’s dignity is the forefront and center of what we do,” said nurse practitioner Abby Sinnett, co-founder of Bella Natural Women’s Care.

“A woman is beautiful and strong and can do amazing things, which is exhibited when they have a baby – it is beautiful what women can do,” she told CNA Dec. 8, the day before Bella’s grand opening.

Bella is a new non-profit medical practice located in Denver, Colo., which provides health care for all women, from adolescence through menopause and beyond. Their hope is to create a holistic approach to caring for women in mind, body, and spirit, dealing with a full range of issues from infertility to weight loss.

The practice will be run in full alignment with Church teaching, although Sinnett explained that they hope to attract non-Catholics as well, particularly those drawn to the truth and beauty of a natural, dignified approach to women’s health care.

“The hallmark of what we are doing here is remembering how beautifully and wonderfully we were created, and how women deserve to be cared for very well,” Sinnett explained.

“Our hearts of seeking that. We are seeking that in all ways, a created soul will seek its Creator. Our lost souls are seeking the reverence we were made to have,” said Bella co-founder Dede Chism.

Also a nurse practitioner, Chism is Sinnett’s mother. The two founded the health care practice together after the idea arose on a mission trip to Peru. Chism and Sinnett were struck by their freedom to treat patients in accordance with their dignity, without pressure to offer contraception or abortion as a “solution” to health problems.

Inspired to bring their mission home to Colorado, they decided to start a natural women’s health clinic that would uphold the dignity of women and give them the care they deserve, respecting life at all stages. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

December 13, 2014

Barely News: Congresswoman Lummis’s ‘Most Moving Moment’ at Gruber Hearing

Dictionary.com defines “glib” as “readily fluent, often thoughtlessly, superficially, or insincerely so.”

Jonathan Gruber’s apology at his Tuesday congressional hearing included that word. The word, especially the “superficial” element of its definition, applies to how the establishment press covered the hearing. With only rare exceptions, it excluded any mention of what has accurately been called “the most moving moment of the Gruber hearing”: Wyoming Republican Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis’s emotional recounting of how her husband died while the status of his coverage under Obamacare was in dispute.

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Positivity: Pro-life ad group sees unprecedented success in 2014

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Austin, Texas:

Dec 12, 2014 / 07:09 pm

Heroic Media is celebrating their most successful year yet, reporting their pro-life ads have generated more than 360,000 responses, the highest number in the apostolate’s ten-year history.

“This is more than a number for us – every woman we are able to connect with a pregnancy center means a potential life saved,” Joe Young, vice president of operations at Heroic Media, said in a Dec. 9 statement.

Heroic Media is a pro-life organization that uses a variety of media outlets to connect pregnant women to life-affirming resources, utilizing information and pregnancy centers to provide women with alternative choices to abortion.

“Heroic Media is committed to serving women with positive messages. Our team of media experts works to produce and place research-based messages to meet women right where they are,” stated Marissa Cope, director of marketing for Heroic Media.

The more than 360,000 persons who contacted Heroic Media because of its advertising were given access to information about pregnancy resources and support. Contacts included texts, chats, online clicks, website visit, and calls to pregnancy centers.

“We empower women with information and access to hopeful, life-affirming resources,” Cope stated.

Those who responded to Heroic Media were given access to pregnancy centers across the country for support and information. Various pregnancy centers nationwide teamed with Heroic Media to spread life-affirming messages, promoting adoption instead of abortion as a viable option. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

December 12, 2014

Congresswoman’s Husband Dies While in Obamacare Limbo

I was hoping to do more with this item this morning, but getting ready for this got in the way (I know, it’s late notice for those who don’t go to Facebook, but hopefully a few readers will be able to make it to the musical extravaganza described at the links).

Anyway, Wyoming Republican Congresswomn Cynthia Lummis gave her own form of testimony during the John Gruber hearing on Tuesday (beginnning at the 0:45 mark in the video below). Since the establishment press has decided it’s not newsworthy — and they’re full of crap, as usual — I’m showing it below (HT Western Journalism Center and others):

Money quote:

… the so-called ‘glibness’ that has been referenced today have direct consequences for real American people. So get over your damn glibness.”

This whole administration can take its arrogant glibness and put it where the sun doesn’t shine.

December 8, 2014

Positivty: Little Sisters in court — Don’t stop our ministry of serving the dying poor

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:23 pm

From Denver:

Dec 8, 2014 / 05:30 pm

The Little Sisters of the Poor asked an appeals court Monday to shield them from the federal contraception mandate, saying that it threatens their 175 years of service to the poor and dying.

“As Little Sisters of the Poor, we offer the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they will be welcomed as Christ, cared for as family and accompanied with dignity until God calls them to Himself,” Mother Loraine Marie Maguire told members of the press.

“But now the government demands we choose between our care for the elderly poor and our faith. We cannot do that and we should not have to.”

Mother Maguire’s comments came after the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals listened to oral arguments in the Little Sisters’ lawsuit against the HHS Mandate in Denver.

The oral arguments fell on Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, a special day for the religious community.

“Little Sisters around the world renew their vows each year on the feast of the Immaculate. Please be assured of our prayers for you on this beautiful feast day,” a note on their website reads, which also asks for prayers for the success of the lawsuit.

Over a year ago, the Little Sisters of the Poor, aided by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, filed a lawsuit challenging the federal contraception mandate under the Affordable Care Act, which requires employers to offer health insurance plans covering contraception, sterilization and some drugs that may cause early abortions.

Amid religious freedom concerns, the Obama administration revised the initial mandate, allowing religious employers such as the Little Sisters to sign a form that would trigger a separate health benefit provider to offer the coverage instead.

The Little Sisters object that they cannot in good conscience sign the form because it authorizes a third-party insurance company to provide the very products and procedures they believe to be gravely immoral. …

Go here for the rest of the story.