Sunday, October 31, 2004

Papal Challenge

I found the perfect way to relax between election novenas and activities and I did it -- I took the Papal Challenge. Check out your Pope IQ. Take a Quiz on the Holy Father at this link.

http://www.cnn.com/interactive/specials/9901/pope.quiz2/q2.html


Priesthood Sunday

Today is Priesthood Sunday. Show appreciation for a priest that you know by writing a letter of thanks and gratitude.

For more ideas, take a look at this site http://www.priestsunday.org/.

~ Posted by Jean M. Heimann

Saturday, October 30, 2004

What Can You Do Between Now and Election Day?

I have spent the past few hours reading the varous emails I have received regarding election day and many of them were very good. I especially liked the one from Catholic Exchange comparing the next three days to the Easter Tridium and encouraging prayer and fasting in preparation for this crucial election. The following email really spoke to me, as I pray that it will to you.

Dear Committed Christian:

Something very close to your heart and mine will be decided next Tuesday, on Election Day.

Fate will be sealed for millions of precious babies.

But you can help them, beyond just voting, by committing right now to a simple series of steps, especially with your Catholic friends:

1. Ask them how they're feeling about the upcoming election.

2. Gently, lovingly, ask them how they feel about John Kerry's position on abortion.

3. If he or she is leaning toward voting for John Kerry, here are several key points to mention in the course of the conversation:

-- Thank the Catholic Church for its commitment to the sanctity of life - and make it clear that this election is about exactly that question.

-- It may seem like an over-simplification, but it's really true: A VOTE FOR JOHN KERRY IS A DEATH SENTENCE FOR THE UNBORN.

John Kerry has vowed never to let Roe v. Wade be overturned.

-- John Kerry has vowed never to appoint a pro-life Supreme Court Justice. With the Chief Justice revealing this week that he is suffering from cancer, it's more certain than ever that whoever wins this election will appoint nearly half, if not more than half, of the Justices on the Supreme Court! This will impact America and millions of children for generations to come! --

John Kerry even voted against a ban on the horror of partial-birth abortion. He has defied the Pope in defense of the abortion industry which, left unchecked, will exterminate 6,428,400 babies in the USA over the next four years.

That's twice the number of individuals slaughtered in the Rwanda genocide, and roughly the same number as Jewish people murdered by the Nazi's in a similar 4-year period in the 1940's.

The effort you make to speak especially with Catholic voters in the next 100 hours is crucial -- Why?

Because the latest polls show that Catholics, young and old, may be the single most crucial "swing" group, swaying this election either for life, or for death.

Think right now about the people in your life -- your family, your workplace, your school, your group -- and how many of them have a Catholic background.

Now ask God to give you an opportunity to cross their path, to have a conversation with them, to open up this topic -- within the next 4 days.

This is an effort of love, not politics. It is for the sake of the babies, over 6 million babies in the next 4 years.

Please take these specific, proactive steps today to talk with your Catholic friends! It is more critical than ever to talk to others about such important issues. Studies have shown that what you say to your friends will have a great impact on how they vote.

Thank you. May God bless you. May God bless America. And may God bless the children, whose lives now hang in the balance.

--Dr. M K C Longtime advocate of the unborn

P.S. John Kerry's public expressions of faith doesn't square up with his Senatorial voting record. On the issue of abortion, he's consistently defied the Catholic Church by not only refusing to defend the unborn, but actively supporting abortion in the USA and around the world.

Friday, October 29, 2004

Mel Gibson Speaks Against Human Embryo Cloning Research

on ABC (LifeSiteNews.com) HOLLYWOOD, The California ballot measure, proposition 71, which would see 3 billion in taxpayer dollars go to support human embryonic stem cell research, has met an enemy inHollywood star and famed director Mel Gibson. Speaking on ABC's 'Good Morning America' today, Gibson explained that while he is in favor of adult stem cell research he opposes destructive research on embryos and cloning of human embryos for research.

"I'm very concerned with the stem cell question. I'm for stem cell research, I think it can do a lot of good. When I heard about proposition 71 to promote stem cell research I was overjoyed, because it can do so much good. But then I began to look deeper into the proposition and I found that the cloning of human embryos would be used in the process and that, to me, I have an ethical problem with that," he said. Gibson wondered aloud, "Why do I, as a taxpayer, have to fund something I believe is unethical?"The celebrated director said he called California Governor and former fellow actor Arnold Schwarzenegger about the proposition. "I called Gov. Schwarzenegger last night to talk about this very issue," he said.

Gibson related that when he raised the issue Schwarzenegger excused himself to make a speech saying he would call back. "Well, Arnold, I'm still waiting for your call,"Gibson concluded. See Mel Gibson on ABC (free clip for today) here:http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/

~ Posted by Jean M. Heimann
Alan Keyes & Family

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Protect the Sanctity of Marriage
October 28, 2004

(Peoria, IL) Tonight's WEEK ten o'clock news featured a segment in which Gina Morris interviewed a "couple" in their home who are very annoyed with Alan Keyes. The "couple" are two men who think they should be able to marry and are angry with Keyes for not supporting legislation that would allow homosexuals to do so. Keyes believes that marriage can only be defined as the union between one man and one woman.

Unfortunately, there are more of these same sex unions that exist in this area than most of us realize or want to acknowledge. And, not only are they publicly proclaiming their homosexuality, but they are demanding their "right" to have their "unholy union" blessed and legalized under the guise of marriage.

Barack Obama supports the legalization of these unions. He has in fact said, "I will oppose any proposal to amend the Constitution to ban gays and lesbians from marrying." (Windy City Times, 4/2/04)

In sharp contrast, Keyes is a strong Christian who defends and protects traditional marriage. He believes that marriage is a sacred and holy union and adheres to the biblical teachings on marriage.

Do you want the radical liberal politicians debasing the sacrament of marriage? Do you want your Christian community being forced to provide wedding ceremonies for these homosexual "couples"? Do you want to see these homosexual "couples" on your honeymoon and anniversary cruises? Do you want their morals to become the norm for our nation?

Every civilization in history that has encouraged homosexual unions has experienced a rapid decline. How much closer do we have to come to total destruction before we wake up and realize that it is time we did something before it's too late?

Protect the sanctity of marriage -- VOTE FOR ALAN KEYES!

~ Written by Jean M. Heimann, copyright 2004
Alan Keyes at Republican Headquarters in Peoria, IL. October, 2004.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Third Debate Affirms First Two: Keyes Wins Again

(CHICAGO, OCTOBER 26) -- Keyes 2004 campaign manager Bill Pascoe, reacting to Alan Keyes' clear win in tonight's second televised debate against Barack Obama, released the following statement:"The third and final debate is over, and the score is clear: it's three straight wins for Alan Keyes and the voters of Illinois."Once again, Alan demonstrated that he is clearly in tune with the voters of Illinois, while Barack Obama is outside the mainstream: on issue after issue -- whether it was winning the war on terror, deciding how best to advance educational reforms to improve the schooling of our children, seeking and achieving energy independence, defending traditional marriage, or working to get better trade deals for our workers and farmers -- Alan showed his stuff, and the voters of Illinois are the better off for it.

"Barack Obama, by contrast, showed his be-everything-to-everyone style yet again. He said he's for traditional marriage, but also for civil unions; for standing tough in the war against terrorists, but in favor of negotiating with those who support them; in favor of sending his own children to private schools, but not for the poorer parents in our society; in favor of supporting our farmers, but also in favor of the so-called 'free trade' that shortchanges them.

"Next week, the voters of Illinois will have a clear choice. We're confident they'll choose the candidate who best represents their interests, their values, and their beliefs -- Alan Keyes."

Source: http://www.keyes2004.com/news/041026press.php

~ Posted by Jean M. Heimann
Quote of the Day

"In 2000, I voted for the first time, because I wanted to vote for President Bush. I am the former 'Jane Roe' of the Supreme Court's abortion decision Roe vs. Wade, and I am writing this note in my personal capacity, not as the representative of any organization. This year I am going to vote to re-elect President Bush, because he is committed to the cause of life and wants our nation to make room to welcome and protect every unborn child. Unless we do that, we can never have a world of social justice. I urge all my pro-life friends to likewise vote for the President."

-- Norma McCorvey, Former "Jane Roe," Roe vs. Wade

Source: Illinois Federation of Life Daily

~ Posted by Jean M. Heimann
Third and Final Debate a Victory for Keyes

Three Strikes and You're Out, Obama!

I have just returned home from Chicago where I viewed the third and final historic debate between Alan Keyes and Barack Obama. This was the best debate ever, as Obama proved by his answers to the questions presented to him that he does not practice what he believes in regard to his Christian beliefs on marriage. He convicted himself with his own words.

Obama appeared dull and dim-witted next to Keyes, unable to think logically, responding "Yes" to a question when he meant to say "No" and not realizing his mistake until after the interviewer pointed it out to him. Long pauses, frequent hesitations and answering some of the questions in a vague, incoherent manner were all characteristic of Obama's performance tonight. Obama went into his usual "deceptive phony politician mode", but was not even doing that very well tonight. Instead, he was obviously transparent and his hypocrisy came through loud and clear repeatedly throughout his presentation.

In sharp contrast, Alan Keyes responded quickly, without hesitation, articulately presenting well-thought out, common sense answers that spoke truth to his audience. He came across once again as authentic and genuine, strongly standing up for his Christian pro-life, pro-family beliefs. He appeared self-confident, never flinching, but consistently maintaining his role as a strong, decisive intelligent leader.

It will be interesting to see how the secular press reports on this debate -- how they will twist things to make the "dim-witted death reaper" who has consistently voted for murdering babies in his own backyard appear to be the hero and the victor in this debate, despite the fact that he showed his true colors tonight. "He can run, but he can't hide!" Hmm...Sounds like a catchy phrase to me. It reminds me of another pro-death politician I know, but that's another story.

The debate was carried live on PBS station WTTW-11 in Chicago. C-SPAN 2 will rebroadcast the debate at 11 p.m. CT. The cable network will also provide streaming video during the rebroadcast, for those who don't get C-SPAN 2.WTTW-11 will also rebroadcast the debate at 12:00am and 3:30am CT.

~ Posted by Jean M. Heimann

Monday, October 25, 2004

Former Vatican Diplomat Praises Bush International Policy in Letter to U.S. Bishops

Reveals that Bush prevented abortion being declared an international Human right by UN

WASHINGTON, October 25, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) - John Klink, a senior Vatican diplomat and negotiator from 1988-2001 who worked under Cardinal Renato Martino at the United Nations, has revealed the extent of President George W. Bush's efforts to defend life and family through the UN. In a letter sent to all U.S. Bishops, Klink describes how the U.S. under previous administrations was hostile to life and family but under President Bush immediately reversed its position to support life and family.

Klink warned that in 1999 abortion would have been enshrined as a fundamental human right at the United Nations "in the space of years, not decades," had there not been a radical shift in political leadership. Klink writes to inform the bishops of the underreported "pro-life/pro-family leadership of President Bush at the United Nations since his inauguration in January 2001."

"President Bush's pro-life/pro-family leadership in the international arena began with his reinstatement of President Reagan's 'Mexico City' Policy which effectively banned the provision of US Government funds to Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) who promote or perform abortion overseas, as well as the performance of, or counseling for, abortion in U.S. military facilities," recounts Klink. "It was no accident that he did this as his first official act as President."

Klink also notes that "In this same vein, within 10 days of President Bush's inauguration, the head of the U.S. Delegation to the UN General Assembly's Special Session on Children pronounced a total reversal of previous US policy: the United States would promote and defend the family and parental rights and would not agree to any promotion of abortion, including further use of the UN's abortion pseudonym 'reproductive health services'." Klink points out that with Bush's appearance on the scene, the Vatican "and the United States had common positions on these issues for the first time in over eight years." Summarizing, Klink writes, "In consonance with President Bush's directives, successive US delegations to a wide variety of UN conferences have unabashedly promoted marriage, abstinence for unmarried adolescents, faithfulness for adult couples, a ban on sexual trafficking of women and children, and a total ban on human cloning."

Source: http://www.lifesite.net
See the full Klink letter on LifeSiteNews.com at:http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2004/oct/041025a.html

~ Posted by Jean M. Heimann

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Faith and Patriotism

By Denver Archbishbishop Charles J. Chaput
Full text of Op-ed in Oct. 22 New York Times


October 22, 2004

(Denver) The theologian Karl Barth once said, "To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world."

That saying comes to mind as the election approaches and I hear more lectures about how Roman Catholics must not "impose their beliefs on society" or warnings about the need for "the separation of church and state." These are two of the emptiest slogans in current American politics, intended to discourage serious debate. No one in mainstream American politics wants a theocracy. Nor does anyone doubt the importance of morality in public life. Therefore, we should recognize these slogans for what they are: frequently dishonest and ultimately dangerous sound bites.

Lawmaking inevitably involves some group imposing its beliefs on the rest of us. That's the nature of the democratic process. If we say that we "ought" to do something, we are making a moral judgment. When our legislators turn that judgment into law, somebody's ought becomes a "must" for the whole of society. This is not inherently dangerous; it's how pluralism works.

Democracy depends on people of conviction pressing their views, confidently and without embarrassment. This give-and-take is an American tradition, and religious believers play a vital role in it. (Christians) don't serve our country - in fact we weaken it intellectually - if we downplay our principles or fail to speak forcefully out of some misguided sense of good manners.

People who support permissive abortion laws have no qualms about imposing their views on society. Often working against popular opinion, they have tried to block any effort to change permissive abortion laws since the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. That's fair. That's their right. But why should the rules of engagement be different for citizens who oppose those laws?

Catholics have an obligation to work for the common good and the dignity of every person. We see abortion as a matter of civil rights and human dignity, not simply as a matter of religious teaching. We are doubly unfaithful - both to our religious convictions and to our democratic responsibilities - if we fail to support the right to life of the unborn child. Our duties to social justice by no means end there. But they do always begin there, because the right to life is foundational.

For Catholics to take a "pro-choice" view toward abortion contradicts our identity and makes us complicit in how the choice plays out. The "choice" in abortion always involves the choice to end the life of an unborn human being. For anyone who sees this fact clearly, neutrality, silence or private disapproval are not options. They are evils almost as grave as abortion itself. If religious believers do not advance their convictions about public morality in public debate, they are demonstrating not tolerance but cowardice.

The civil order has its own sphere of responsibility, and its own proper autonomy, apart from the church or any other religious community. But civil authorities are never exempt from moral engagement and criticism, either from the church or its members. The founders themselves realized this.

The founders sought to prevent the establishment of an official state church. Given America's history of anti-Catholic nativism, Catholics strongly support the Constitution's approach to religious freedom. But the Constitution does not, nor was it ever intended to, prohibit people or communities of faith from playing an active role in public life. Exiling religion from civic debate separates government from morality and citizens from their consciences. That road leads to politics without character, now a national epidemic.

Words are cheap. Actions matter. If we believe in the sanctity of life from conception to natural death, we need to prove that by our actions, including our political choices. Anything less leads to the corruption of our integrity. Patriotism, which is a virtue for people of all faiths, requires that we fight, ethically and nonviolently, for what we believe. Claiming that "we don't want to impose our beliefs on society" is not merely politically convenient; it is morally incoherent and irresponsible.

As James 2:17 reminds us, in a passage quoted in the final presidential debate, "Faith without works is dead." It is a valid point. People should act on what they claim to believe. Otherwise they are violating their own conscience, and lying to themselves and the rest of us.

Source: LifeSite http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2004/oct/041022a.html

~ Posted by Jean M. Heimann

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Bush Speaks About 'Culture of Life' at Pennsylvania Campaign Rally Meets Privately With Roman Catholic Archbishop

(Kaisernetwork) President Bush on Thursday at a campaign rally in Hershey, Pa., spoke to a group of more than 23,000 supporters about the "culture of life" and criticized Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry's (Mass.) health plan before traveling to Philadelphia for a private meeting with Roman Catholic Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia, the Washington Times reports. During the rally, Bush said, "We stand for a culture of life, in which every person matters and every being counts." He also criticized Kerry for voting against the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act (S 3) (Curl, Washington Times, 10/22).

During the rally, Bush also discussed his proposals for health savings accounts, tax credits and limits on medical malpractice awards, Long Island Newsday reports (Metz, Long Island Newsday, 10/22).

Bush said that medical malpractice lawsuits have forced doctors -- including OB/GYNs -- out of states with high malpractice premiums, citing Pennsylvania as an example, the Allentown Morning Call reports. "You have a problem here in Pennsylvania. Because of junk lawsuits, you are losing good doctors," Bush said (Micek, Allentown Morning Call, 10/22).

He also criticized Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. John Edwards (N.C.), who was a trial attorney before running for Senate, saying, "You cannot be pro-doctor, pro-patient and pro-personal injury lawyer at the same time," adding, "I'm standing with doctors. I'm standing with patients. I'm standing with the people of Pennsylvania," the Los Angeles Times reports (Anderson/Chen, Los Angeles Times, 10/22). Catholic Voters While in Pennsylvania, the Bush campaign continued efforts to reach religious voters, including the nation's 65 million Roman Catholics, the Miami Herald reports. Although Kerry is Catholic, his support for abortion rights "puts him at odds with the church's position," according to the Herald (Hutcheson, Miami Herald, 10/22). Bush is an evangelical Protestant and considers himself to be a"born-again Christian," the Washington Times reports.

During Bush's speech in Hershey, he used a phrase from the 1995 papal encyclical Evangelium Vitae to appeal to Pennsylvania's large Catholic constituency, according to the Times (Duin, Washington Times, 10/22). In addition, Bush also held a "high-profile" meeting with Rigali in Philadelphia, the New York Daily News reports (Kennedy, New York Daily News, 10/22).

According to Bush spokesperson Scott McClellan, the two met for 30 minutes and "had a good discussion about shared priorities." Although Rigali has not publicly endorsed Bush, he earlier this month told his followers that Catholics have "a duty and responsibility" to vote for candidates who "hold with our Catholic teaching that respecting all life from conception to a natural death is inviolable" (Curl, Washington Times, 10/22).

(c) 2004 Advisory Board Company and Kaiser Family Foundation Source: Kaisernetwork Publish Date: October 22, 2004

~ Posted by Jean M. Heimann
President Bush & the Holy Father -- One of my Favorite Photos

Friday, October 22, 2004

Quote for the Day

"It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."

~ Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta


~ Posted by Jean M. Heimann

Thursday, October 21, 2004

An Election Prayer to Our Mother

For the past several weeks, I have been praying the rosary as well as Father Frank Pavone's election prayer, but with early elections taking place, I think it's time to get out the big guns now. Here is an election prayer to Our Mother Mary from EWTN.

An Election Prayer to Mary

O most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy, at this most critical time, we entrust the United States of America to your loving care. Most Holy Mother, we beg you to reclaim this land for the glory of your Son. Overwhelmed with the burden of the sins of our nation, we cry to you from the depths of our hearts and seek refuge in your motherly protection. Look down with mercy upon us and touch the hearts of our people. Open our minds to the great worth of human life and to the responsibilities that accompany human freedom. Free us from the falsehoods that lead to the evil of abortion and threaten the sanctity of family life. Grant our country the wisdom to proclaim that God's law is the foundation on which this nation was founded, and that He alone is the True Source of our cherished rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. O Merciful Mother, give us the courage to reject the culture of death and the strength to build a new Culture of Life.

Trusting in your most powerful intercession, we pray, Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, we fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, our Mother. To thee do we come, before thee we stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not our petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer us. Amen.


Msgr. William J. Blacetrevised 2004

~ posted by Jean M. Heimann


Mary, Mother of Mercy

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Barack Obama, Candidate for U.S. Senate in IL
Partial Birth Abortion
John F. Kerry
Prayer Evokes Images

As I was praying the following prayer during the Liturgy of the Hours today, certain images came to mind.

"Evil's flattering light disguises his wickedness, so that he does not hate it. His words are false and deceitful, he no longer considers how to do good. Even when in bed he plots mischief; he follows the wrong path; he does not hate malice."

Let us continue to pray for their conversion.

~ Posted by Jean M. Heimann






SILENT NO MORE

Women take hard truth about abortion to the airwaves--Faces Of Abortion, Voices Of Abortion shows launched

To: National Desk
Contact: Anne Newman of
Operation Outcry, 210-771-0757; Allan Parker of The Justice Foundation, 210-833-1119

Washington, DC, October 20 /Christian Wire Service/-- “America gave us a choice; now please hear our voice,” said Molly White, host of Faces Of Abortion, a television show featuring women hurt by abortion. Dedicated to being silent no more, they are sharing their stories of the devastation of abortion to them and their families. The cost has been high and long-lasting: unresolved grief, fear, shame, hopelessness, physical and emotional problems, broken relationships and marriages, and destructive and addictive behaviors. Research and personal accounts now document the tragic effects of abortion over 31 years since abortion became legal.

“Guests on these cutting-edge shows reveal the nation’s most tragic secret, giving a face and a voice to abortion,” said Molly. The show is unique in that it is the first dedicated to sharing the personal tragedy of abortion by those who, through sworn testimony, are committed to overturning the 1973 Supreme Court cases that brought legal abortion-on-demand to America – Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. They want America and the courts to know and grasp an important truth: Abortion hurts women.


“These stories change hearts and minds. They reveal the painful, silent struggle most parents of aborted children face in the aftermath of abortion,” said Joyce Zounis, Director of Women’s Outreach, who longs for her seven aborted children. “It was 13 long years before I could breathe a word about my abortions to anyone. Recovery from the devastation of abortion and grief includes telling our stories – we are silent no more,” she said.


Faces Of Abortion, produced by Operation Outcry: Silent No More, airs on Angel One on the Sky Angel Satellite System three times weekly.
“I had several difficulties following the abortion which put my life in danger, not to mention the depression that followed later,” said Amy Burns, a guest on Faces Of Abortion. “I believed I was making the best decision at the time, but now I know my 'right to choose' was a lie.”


Voices Of Abortion is a live Internet talk-show at
www.crusaderadio.com, airing five times weekly. Guests share the aftermath of abortion and recovery, and listeners are invited to call with comments or questions. The hour-long show also features experts, news, commentary, and legal updates on the Roe and Doe cases.

~ Posted by Jean M. Heimann


Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Feast of St. Issac Jogues
St. John de Brebuf, and Companions

NORTH AMERICAN MARTYRS

Six Jesuit priests and two holy laymen, all from France, died as martyrs in North America between 1642 and 1649. They were valiant and daring missionaries who gave their lives to convert the Huron tribe.

St. Isaac Jogues was born in Orleans, France on January 10, 1607. In 1624, he was ordained a priest of the Society of Jesus. In 1636, he served as a missionary to the Huron Indians in Quebec, Canada.

He was later sent to the regions around the Great Lakes and lived in constant danger for six years. In 1642, he was tortured and imprisoned by the Iroquois. The Dutch at Fort Orange (Albany, New York) rescued him, and he returned to France in 1643. The following spring, St. Isaac Jogues was entrusted with a peace mission to his torturers, and left France for Quebec.

On September 24, 1646, en route to the Indian village of Ossernenon (Auriesville, New York) Isaac was captured by a Mohawk war party. On October 18, 1646 he was stripped naked, beaten, and killed with a tomahawk by the Bear Clan of the Mohawks.

St. John de Brebeuf was born in 1593 at Normandy, France. He desired to enter the priesthood from an early age, but his health was so poor there were doubts he could make it. He, too, entered the Society of Jesus. His posting as a missionary to Canada at age 32, however, was a literal godsend. He spent the rest of his life there, and the harsh climate so agreed with him that the Natives, surprised at his endurance, called him Echon, which meant "load bearer", and his massive size made them think twice about sharing a canoe with him for fear it would sink. In 1649, suffering from tuberculosis, John was tortured to death by the Iroquois.

St. Anthony Daniel had just finished celebrating Mass for his Huron converts when the Iroquois attacked the village. The Christian Indians begged him to try to escape. But Father Daniel remained behind, determined to baptize all those who were pleading for the sacrament. The Iroquois burned him to death in his little chapel. St. Gabriel Lallemont was tortured to death along with St. John de Brebeuf. St. Charles Garnier and St. Noel Chabenel were both killed with tomahawks. St. Charles was first shot by an Iroquois musket during a surprise attack, but when he attempted to save a dying man, was killed by a hatchet blow. Father Chabenel struggled in his new homeland, but remained faithful to the vow he made a vow to stay in North America. A Huron traitor killed him. Two lay workers, Rene Goupil and John Lalande, were both killed with tomahawks.

On June 29, 1930, Pope Pius XI canonized St. Isaac Jogues and his seven other companions -- the North American Martyrs.

For two days now I have experienced a great desire to be a martyr and to endure all the torments the martyrs suffered.... I vow to you, Jesus my Savior, that as far as I have the strength I will never fail to accept the grace of martyrdom, if some day you in your infinite mercy should offer it to me, your most unworthy servant.... On receiving the blow of death, I shall accept it from your hands with the fullest delight and joy of, spirit . . .. My God, it grieves me greatly that you are not known, that in this savage wilderness all have not been converted to you, that sin has not been driven from it.

— From the mission journal of St. John de Brebeuf, Saints of the Roman Calendar by Enzo Lodi

~ Posted by Jean M. Heimann

Monday, October 18, 2004

A "Reality Check" by Dr. Charles Krauthammer

In recent weeks, Senators John Kerry and John Edwards have made a number of sweeping statements regarding President Bush's policy against providing federal funds for research that would require killing human embryos. In the column below, Dr. Charles Krauthammer offers a valuable "reality check" on some of the Kerry-Edwards claims. He explains, for example, that "there are 3,500 shipments of stem cells waiting for anybody who wants them," developed from cells taken from embryos before President Bush's policy was adopted. Dr. Krauthammer, a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, is confined to a wheelchair due to a spinal cord injury he suffered as a medical school at age 22. For information regarding John Kerry's support for CREATING human embryos by cloning in order to harvest their stem cells, go to:http://www.nrlc.org/Killing_Embryos/kerrydoubletalk082404.html THE WASHINGTON POST, Friday, October 15, 2004; Page A23 An Edwards Outrage By Charles Krauthammer.

"After the second presidential debate, in which John Kerry used the word "plan"24 times, I said on television that Kerry has a plan for everything except curing psoriasis. I should have known there is no parodying Kerry's pandering. It turned out days later that the Kerry campaign has a plan -- nay, a promise -- to cure paralysis. What is the plan? Vote for Kerry. This is John Edwards on Monday at a rally in Newton, Iowa: "If we do the work that we can do in this country, the work that we will do when John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going to walk, get up out of that wheelchair and walk again." In my 25 years in Washington, I have never seen a more loathsome display of demagoguery. Hope is good. False hope is bad. Deliberately, for personal gain, raising false hope in the catastrophically afflicted is despicable. Where does one begin to deconstruct this outrage? First, the inability of the human spinal cord to regenerate is one of the great mysteries of biology. The answer is not remotely around the corner. It could take a generation to unravel. To imply, as Edwards did, that it is imminent if only you elect the right politicians is scandalous. Second, if the cure for spinal cord injury comes, we have no idea where it will come from. There are many lines of inquiry. Stem cell research is just one of many possibilities, and a very speculative one at that. For 30 years I have heard promises of miracle cures for paralysis (including my own, suffered as a medical student). The last fad, fetal tissue transplants, was thought to be a sure thing. Nothing came of it. As a doctor by training, I've known better than to believe the hype -- and have tried in my own counseling of people with new spinal cord injuries to place the possibility of cure in abeyance. I advise instead to concentrate on making a life (and a very good life it can be) with the hand one is dealt. The greatest enemies of this advice have been the snake-oil salesmen promising a miracle around the corner. I never expected a candidate for vice president to be one of them. Third, the implication that Christopher Reeve was prevented from getting out of his wheelchair by the Bush stem cell policies is a travesty. George Bush is the first president to approve federal funding for stem cell research. There are 22 lines of stem cells now available, up from one just two years ago. As Leon Kass, head of the President's Council on Bioethics, has written, there are 3,500 shipments of stem cells waiting for anybody who wants them. Edwards and Kerry constantly talk of a Bush "ban" on stem cell research. This is false. There is no ban. You want to study stem cells? You get them from the companies that have the cells and apply to the National Institutes of Health for the federal funding. In his Aug. 7 radio address to the nation, Kerry referred not once but four times to the "ban" on stem cell research instituted by Bush. At the time, Reeve was alive, so not available for posthumous exploitation. But Ronald Reagan was available, having recently died of Alzheimer's. So what does Kerry do? He begins his radio address with the disgraceful claim that the stem cell "ban" is standing in the way of an Alzheimer's cure. This is an outright lie. The President's Council on Bioethics, on which I sit, had one of the world's foremost experts on Alzheimer's, Dennis Selkoe from Harvard, give us a lecture on the newest and most promising approaches to solving the Alzheimer's mystery. Selkoe reported remarkable progress in using biochemicals to clear the "plaque" deposits in the brain that lead to Alzheimer's. He ended his presentation without the phrase "stem cells" having passed his lips. So much for the miracle cure. Ronald D.G. McKay, a stem cell researcher at NIH, has admitted publicly that stem cells as an Alzheimer's cure are a fiction, but that "people need a fairy tale." Kerry and Edwards certainly do. They are shamelessly exploiting this fairy tale, having no doubt been told by their pollsters that stem cells play well politically for them. Politicians have long promised a chicken in every pot. It is part of the game. It is one thing to promise ethanol subsidies here, dairy price controls there. But to exploit the desperate hopes of desperate people with the promise of Christ-like cures is beyond the pale. There is no apologizing for Edwards's remark. It is too revealing. There is absolutely nothing the man will not say to get elected." ###http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A34167-2004Oct14.html

~ Posted by Jean M. Heimann
St. Luke
Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist

St. Luke (which means "light giving"), a native of Antioch in Syria, was known as the "beloved physician".

Tradition has it that he was also a painter. According to one legend, he painted several portraits of Our Lady, one of which is said to have been completed on the Holy Family's tabletop, built by St. Joseph.

One thing we do know for certain about St. Luke is that he is the author of the gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. His gospel has been referred to as the most beautiful book in the world because of its artistic quality. It is a gospel of song and praise, prayer, and healing. In his gospel, St. Luke speaks of the power of God's forgiveness and mercy. He also emphasizes the love and reverence Jesus had toward the women in his life, in particular the great love and devotion he had for the Blessed Virgin Mary.


The Magnificat


My soul proclaims your greatness, O my God,and my spirit has rejoiced in you my Saviour; for you have regarded me as your holy handmaid;
henceforth all generations shall call me blessed; for you who are mighty, have done great things for me,and Holy is your Name;your mercy is on those who fear you throughout all generations.
You have showed strength with your arm.
You have scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
You have put down the mighty from their seat, and have lifted up the powerless.
You have filled the hungry with good things,and have sent the rich away empty.
Remembering your mercy,
You have helped your people Israel -as you promised Abraham and Sarah mercy to their children forever.
(Luke 1: 46 - 55)

~ Posted by Jean M. Heimann

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Alan Keyes

Alan Keyes is truly a man of high morals and integrity and more than worthy of our votes as U.S. Senator in Illinois. This interview with Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick from today's Illinois Leader provides further insight into his character and qualifications for the job.

GUEST OPINION: Ambassador Kirkpatrick Speaks Out on Alan Keyes
Saturday, October 16, 2004

- Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick

Jeane Kirkpatrick served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations during the Reagan Administration. She is currently a senior fellow at the American Enterpise Institute. Last week, Kirkpatrick was in town to show her support for the Senate candidacy of Republican Alan Keyes.

OPINION - Below are excerpts from a press conference from Thursday, 10/14, at which Jeane Kirkpatrick, former Ambassador to the United Nations under President Ronald Reagan, endorsed Alan Keyes' candidacy for U.S. Senate and offered her personal reflections on Keyes. Keyes worked for Kirkpatrick in the Reagan administration.

Ambassador Kirkpatrick: Well, I would just say thank you Alan. I’m obviously pleased to be here, I wouldn’t be here if I hadn’t wanted to come. I have a very high regard for Alan Keyes. And as someone with more than a casual interest in Illinois, I have been pleased by the fact that he is running for the Senate from the state of Illinois. You may not even know it, but I’ve lived in Illinois a good many years, I went through junior high and high school in Illinois. I should have worn today my Lincoln Laureate medal which I have been awarded for my Illinois connections.

Let me just say that I believe Alan is a very remarkable person, I know him very well because he did work for me for a number of years, not a lot of years, but over four years in fact, and you come to know someone well when you see them everyday, and we were always under fire with the UN in those days -- this was in the depths of the Cold War of course, and the Soviet Union was, to say, in an assertive mode, constantly in an assertive mode.

But we did, as Alan has indicated, forge some good strong bonds from having survived all the challenges with which the United States was almost continually confronted, in the UN, in those days.

Someone was reminding me just a few days ago about KAL 007, which you may recall was shot out of the sky by the Soviets, who then lied about it. And when I think about that, I think that reflected their level of moral seriousness you might say -- because that was just simply lying, and then lying again. The United States, under Ronald Reagan, did try very hard to do our work seriously and well, and to always tell the truth.

Alan is a principled man of a lot of integrity, he’s a brilliant political scientist -- and I speak as someone who has been a political science professor for thirty years, and so I know political science competence when I see it.

When you’ve graded that many papers for that many years you know the difference between somebody who knows what their saying and somebody who doesn’t.

Alan is very, very well informed in political science quite specifically -- he could enter almost any classroom and illuminate it, but especially in political science. I wish him all the best in this race, in part because to me it is the best outcome, but also because I wish the state of Illinois “the best.” [turns to Keyes] So win, Alan.

Press: Is it fair to say Ambassador that you’re endorsing Alan Keyes here?

Oh sure, I think I already have, didn’t I...

Press: Your protégé, your protégé is controversial, some say inflammatory -- is this an asset or a liability?

Ambassador Kirkpatrick: Well inflammatory is not an asset, but I don’t think Alan is inflammatory -- I think he’s serious, you know, I think he’s quite serious and quite well informed and very articulate. Those are assets.

Press: Why do you think he hasn’t really caught on here in the polls, he insists the polls aren’t accurate, but the polls show him anywhere between 40 to 50 points behind Barack Obama, what do you think is wrong?

Ambassador Kirkpatrick: Well I think there are two reasons, two reasons that would at least significantly illuminate part of the reason for that. One is that Barack Obama is much, much, much better known than Alan in significant measure because of his role at the Democratic Convention.

He gave a very good speech, and if you give a very good convention speech you get a lot of publicity, I did it myself, and that publicity lasts for quite a while, as a matter of fact. And second, Barack Obama is a Democrat and as a Democrat he’s going to get better press from you gentlemen, that’s a fact of life here.

We talked a little bit about it at lunch today, the problem of our media, and it’s a big problem.

Press: In Illinois or across the country?

Ambassador Kirkpatrick: I think it’s a problem across the country, not across the world, but across the country, yes.

Press: How are we not covering Alan Keyes fairly?

Ambassador Kirkpatrick: I don’t know how you’re covering Alan Keyes, I just assume you’re not covering him fairly.
[laughter]

Press: Ambassador, can you give us some examples of things that you think were groundbreaking that Mr. Keyes did while he was at the United Nations, some of the things that were very important to the United States.
Ambassador Kirkpatrick: Well, he didn’t operate at the UN as a lone ranger, first of all, we were all, the five us, we were all representing the US policy, above all President Reagan’s policy, and doing our best to articulate and defend and Alan was -- no one would say he’s not articulate, they may say that he’s controversial, or whatever you said, I’ve forgotten what silliness, but no one has ever suggested he wasn’t articulate, because he’s one of the most articulate people I know.
And he’s very articulate about international affairs quite specifically, he knows how to talk about international affairs, and that was very useful to the US of course, the combination of those. He did a very good job and it was a great pleasure to have him there, and it’s a pleasure for me to be here. [turns to Keyes] - I don’t think you ought to argue with these people, Alan, this is not - [laughter] - just let them make their charges and then you can set them straight.

[to the press] It’s nice to be with you. Good day.
© 2004 IllinoisLeader.com

~ Posted by Jean M. Heimann
St. Margaret Mary
Feast of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

The Twelve Promises of the Sacred Heart to Saint Margaret Mary

1. I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.
2. I will give peace in their families.
3. I will console them in all their troubles.
4. They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life and especially at the hour of death.
5. I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
6. Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.
8. Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.
9. I will bless the homes in which the image of My Sacred Heart shall be exposed and honored.
10. I will give to priests the power to touch the most hardened hearts.
11. Those who propagate this devotion shall have their name written in My Heart, and it shall never be effaced.
12. The all-powerful love of My Heart will grant to all those who shall receive Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they shall not die under My displeasure, nor without receiving their Sacraments; My Heart shall be their assured refuge at that last hour.

``And He showed me that it was His great desire of being loved by men and of withdrawing them from the path of ruin into which Satan hurls such crowds of them, that made Him form the design of manifesting His Heart to men, with all the treasures of love, of mercy, of grace, of sanctification and salvation which it contains, in order that those who desire to render Him and procure for Him all the honor and love possible, might themselves be abundantly enriched with those divine treasures of which this Heart is the source. He should be honored under the figure of this Heart of flesh, and its image should be exposed.... He promised me that wherever this image should be exposed with a view to showing it special honor, He would pour forth His blessings and graces. This devotion was the last effort of His love that He would grant to men in these latter ages, in order to withdraw from the empire of Satan which He desired to destroy, and thus to introduce them into the sweet liberty of the rule of His love, which He wished to restore in the hearts of all those who should embrace this devotion.''

"I need nothing but God, and to lose myself in the heart of Jesus."

~ St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

~ Posted by Jean M. Heimann

Friday, October 15, 2004

St. Teresa of Avila, Founder of the Discalced Carmelite Order and First Woman Doctor of the Church
St. Teresa's Bookmark

Let nothing disturb you.
Let nothing frighten you.
All things are passing;
God only is changeless.
Patience gains all things.
Who has God wants nothing.
God alone suffices.

~ Posted by Jean M. Heimann

Is It a sin for Catholics to Vote for Kerry?

This was the topic of the "Unresolved Problem" segment of "The O'Reilly Factor" on Wednesday evening's Fox News, which featured Father Richard McBrien, theology teacher at Notre Dame University and Fr. Frank Pavone, the national director of Priests for life.

Father Frank Pavone is definitely a seasoned pro when it comes to dealing with questions from the media regarding abortion and politics. It was encouraging to see him stand up for life on a secular news program -- especially one where the guests are not always allowed to complete their sentences.

Father Frank is one of those inspiring people like Mother Teresa, Jill Stanek, and other pro-lifers I have known who have the strength and the courage to tell the truth in the midst of the deception that surrounds them and no matter how much they are persecuted for their beliefs. They are convinced that their witness can make a difference and it does. Two thumbs way up for Fr. Frank Pavone -- a Catholic hero.

For a partial transcript of the program go here http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,135463,00.html

~ Posted by Jean M. Heimann



Thursday, October 14, 2004

HE'S BACK!

Father Benedict Groeschel, my favorite Franciscan, is returning to EWTN. As an EWTN volunteer, I rejoice in the good news! Welcome back, Father!

EWTN Debuts New Live Show with Father Benedict Groeschel
ALL TIMES EASTERN

Irondale, AL (EWTN) – EWTN announces the upcoming launch of the newest addition to its live show lineup, Sunday Night: Live with Father Benedict Groeschel. This exciting new live call-in show is slated to debut only ten months after the accident, which seriously injured the very popular author, speaker, and EWTN series host.

The show will debut on Sunday, October 24th at 7PM Eastern Time and will air weekly in that time slot. Similar in format and tone to the classically popular Mother Angelica Live “Family Night” program, Live with Father Benedict Groeschel offers the audience a chance to “chat" with Fr. Benedict on both timely topics and eternal ones. Each week he’ll do a little teaching, a little preaching while at the same time taking phone calls, sharing experiences and addressing the concerns of his audience. As with Mother Angelica, Fr. Benedict brings to his program a unique perspective of what it is like to soldier on in the face of sorrow and suffering.

Doug Keck, EWTN's Senior Vice President of Programming, Production and Home Video, said, “Everyone here at EWTN is excited about this project since we have wanted to produce a live show with Fr. Groeschel for some time, but his hectic travel schedule previously prohibited it from happening. Now in the aftermath of his accident, Fr. Benedict has turned to the EWTN TV and Radio Networks as the vehicle that will allow him to continue to ‘travel’ around the world, speaking to more people than ever before!”

“Fr. Groeschel has been associated with EWTN for over 20 years, and has hosted numerous teaching series and specials. One of our most popular guests on Mother Angelica Live, his appearances always brought a torrent of phone calls from people who just wanted to speak with him.”
Keck continued, "This new live program will present our viewers and listeners with a weekly opportunity to do just that! In addition, Fr. Benedict said he wanted to give back something to all those EWTN viewers and listeners who overwhelmed him with their prayers and sacrifices during his recovery time. Bottom line - he’s thrilled to be 'alive' and we are thrilled to have him 'live' every Sunday night starting October 24th!"

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 23rd year, is available in 104 million television households in 110 countries. And with its direct broadcast satellite service, satellite delivered AM & FM radio networks, its worldwide short-wave radio station, Internet website www.ewtn.com and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world.

~ Posted by Jean M. Heimann



Wednesday, October 13, 2004

But Kerry's a Catholic, Isn't He?

Someone asked me this question recently. Perhaps the following information will help you decide.


JOHN KERRY: CATHOLIC ISSUES OVERVIEW

Abortion

In 1984, Kerry Said He Would Vote Against “Any Restrictions On Age, Consent, Funding Restrictions, Or Any Law To Limit Access To Abortion.” (John Kerry As Quoted In “Mass. Senate Candidates Quizzed On Women’s Issues,” Sojourner: The Women’s Forum, 6/30/84)

Kerry Received 0% Ranking From National Right To Life Committee For 108th, 107th And 106th Congresses, And 7% Ranking For 105th Congress. (National Right To Life Committee Website, http://www.nrlc.org/, Accessed 1/22/04)

Kerry Is First Presidential Candidate To Ever Be Endorsed By Planned Parenthood Action Fund. “The Planned Parenthood Action Fund endorsed Mr. Kerry yesterday, the first time it has endorsed a presidential candidate. Its leaders said the election was crucial to preserving access to abortion.” (Laurie Goodstein, “Vatican Cardinal Signals Backing For Sanctions On Kerry,” The New York Times, 4/24/04)

Kerry Says He Personally Believes Life Begins At Conception, But “Article Of Faith” Should Not Translate Into Public Policy. “I am Catholic and have personally always believed life begins at conception, but I have never believed that that is something that should be translated as a matter of faith, an article of faith, into everybody else’s behavior for those who don’t share that faith …” (Sen. John Kerry, Campaign Event, Des Moines, IA, 1/9/04)

Partial-Birth Abortion

Kerry Has Voted At Least Six Times Against Banning Partial-Birth Abortion. (H.R. 1833, CQ Vote #596: Passed 54-44: R 45-8; D 9-36; I 0-0, 12/7/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 1833, CQ Vote #301: Motion Rejected 57-41: R 45-6; D 12-35; I 0-0, 9/26/96, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 1122, CQ Vote #71: Passed 64-36: R 51-4; D 13-32, 5/20/97, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 1122, CQ Vote #277: Rejected 64-36: R 51-4; D 13-32, 9/18/98, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1692, CQ Vote #340: Passed 63-34: R 48-3; D 14-31, I 1-0, 10/21/99, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 3, CQ Vote #402: Agreed To 64-34: R 47-3; D 17-30; I 0-1, 10/21/03, Kerry Voted Nay)

Kerry Says, “There Is No Such Thing As A Partial Birth.” “Just hours after President Bush signed a law banning what critics of the procedure call ‘partial-birth abortion,’ Senator John F. Kerry declared last night ‘there is no such thing as a partial birth,’ as he and the other Democratic presidential contenders sought the political support of women voters. … ‘It is a late-term abortion. They have done a very effective job of giving people a sense of fear about it. It’s part of their assault on the rights of women in America. … There’s nothing partial about their effort to undo Roe v. Wade.’” (Glen Johnson, “Kerry Hits Ban On Abortion Procedure,” The Boston Globe, 11/6/03)

Taxpayer-Funded Abortions

Kerry Voted To Allow Federal Money To Be Used To Distribute Morning-After Abortion Pill In America’s Schools. (H.R. 4577, CQ Vote #169: Motion Rejected 41-54: R 6-48; D 35-6, 6/30/00, Kerry Voted Yea)

Kerry Has Voted At Least 25 Times In Favor Of Using Taxpayer Dollars To Pay For Abortions In United States. (H.R. 2965, CQ Vote #255: Motion Rejected 46-46: R 17-31; D 29-15, 10/24/85, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2965, CQ Vote #274: Motion Rejected 47-48: R 35-17; D 12-31, 11/1/85, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 5175, CQ Vote #263: Adopted 48-42: R 16-33; D 32-9, 9/16/86, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2713, CQ Vote #289: Motion Agreed To 60-39: R 16-30; D 44-9, 9/30/87, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 4776, CQ Vote #232: Motion Agreed To 49-37: R 16-25; D 33-12, 7/7/88, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 4776, CQ Vote #233: Motion Agreed To 51-34: R 16-24; D 35-10, 7/7/88, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 4783, CQ Vote #268: Adopted 73-19: R 39-5; D 34-14, 7/27/88, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 4776, CQ Vote #348: Motion Agreed To 45-44: R 31-10; D 14-34, 9/30/88, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4404, CQ Vote #68: Ruling Of The Chair Rejected 45-51: R 34-10; D 11-41, 4/27/90, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4404, CQ Vote #69: Ruled Germane 54-42: R 12-32; D 42-10, 4/27/90, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 110, CQ Vote #252: Adopted 62-36: R 16-27; D 46-9, 9/25/90, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 322, CQ Vote #254: Passed 73-26: R 20-23; D 53-3, 10/1/92, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2403, CQ #235: Ruled Not Germane 48-51: R 36-7; D 12-44, 8/3/93, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2518, CQ Vote #290: Rejected 40-59: R 6-38; D 34-21, 9/28/93, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2020, CQ Vote #369: Adopted 52-41: R 15-35; D 37-6, 8/5/95, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2020, CQ Vote #370: Adopted 50-44: R 40-10; D 10-34, 8/7/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2020, CQ Vote #371: Rejected 45-49: R 9-41; D 36-8, 8/7/95, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2076, CQ Vote #478: Motion Agreed To 52-44: R 43-9; D 9-35, 9/29/95, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1357, CQ Vote #539: Motion Rejected 55-44: R 46-7; D 9-37, 10/27/95, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1357, CQ Vote #542: Motion Agreed To 56-43: R 46-7; D 10-36, 10/27/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 3019, CQ Vote #38: Rejected 45-55: R 6-47; D 39-8, 3/19/96, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 3756, CQ Vote #284: Motion Agreed To 53-45: R 43-9; D 10-36, 9/11/96, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 947, CQ Vote #129: Rejected 39-61: R 5-50; D 34-11, 6/25/97, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1023, CQ Vote #190: Adopted 54-45: R 48-7; D 6-38, 7/22/97, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1282, CQ Vote #197: Motion Rejected 47-51: R 7-46; D 40-5, 7/1/99, Kerry Voted Yea)

Parental Consent

Kerry Has Voted At Least Three Times Against Requiring Parental Notification For Minor’s Abortion. (H.R. 5257, CQ Vote #266: Motion Rejected 48-48: R 8-34; D 40-14, 10/12/90, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 323, CQ Vote #131, Adopted 52-47: R 38-5; D 14-42, 7/16/91, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2707, CQ Vote #185: Rejected 45-55: R 31-12; D 14-43, 9/11/91, Kerry Voted Nay)

International “Family Planning”

In 1985, Kerry Expressed “Grave Concern” About White House Decision To Withhold Millions From International Planned Parenthood Federation.
“I joined 16 of my colleagues in the senate in sending a letter to the White House expressing our grave concern about the recent decision not to provide the International Planned Parenthood Federation [IPPF] with 17 million dollars’ worth of population assistance appropriated in the fiscal year 1985 budget. This action is especially distressing because it comes at a time when several underdeveloped nations in Africa are experiencing famine. First, we are told that IPPF funds are withheld, and now we learn that the U.S. Agency for International Development is holding up money for family planning that might limit the number of babies born into desperate poverty, by not yet providing to the United Nations Fund For Population Activities [UNFPA] the funds appropriated for it.” (Sen. John Kerry [D-MA], Congressional Record, 2/6/85, p. S1213)

Kerry “Called On The Catholic Church To ‘Not Be A Barrier’ To Birth Control Worldwide …” (Anthony Flint, “US Plans Key Role On Population,” The Boston Globe, 3/5/94)

In Opposition To President Bush’s Reinstatement Of Mexico City Policy In 2001, Kerry Said “International Family Planning Programs Are In America’s Best Interests.” “President George W. Bush, despite his inaugural pleas for unity, yesterday plunged into one of the nation’s most bitterly divisive fights, banning federal funds for groups providing abortion counseling overseas. … Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), a strong abortion rights supporter, said Bush’s ban will have severe health consequences across the globe. ‘I will not back away from my conviction that international family planning programs are in America’s best interests,’ Kerry said. ‘We should resist pressures in this country for heavy-handed Washington mandates that ignore basic choices that should belong to free people around the globe.’” (Andrew Miga and Laurel J. Sweet, “Bush Move Sparks Abortion Firestorm,” Boston Herald, 1/23/01)

Kerry Says Reversing Mexico City Policy Would Be His First Executive Order. LARRY KING: “What would be the first executive order?” KERRY: “Reverse the Mexico City policy on the gag rule so that we take a responsible position globally on family planning.” (CNN/Los Angeles Times, Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Los Angeles, CA, 2/26/04)

In 2003, Kerry Voiced His Support For “Population Control Efforts Around The World.” “[I] think that tonight we have to make it clear that we are not going to turn back the clock. There is no overturning of Roe v. Wade. There is no packing of the courts with judges who will be hostile to choice. There is no denial of choice to poor women in the United States. There is no outlawing of a procedure necessary to save a woman’s life or health and there are no more cutbacks on population control efforts around the world. We need to take on this President and all of the forces of intolerance on this issue. We need to honestly and confidently and candidly take this issue out to the country and we need to speak up and be proud of what we stand for.” (Sen. John Kerry [D-MA], Remarks At NARAL Pro-Choice America Dinner, 1/21/03)

Litmus Test For Judicial Nominees

Kerry Stated He Would Only Support Nominees Who Pledge To Uphold Roe V. Wade. “The potential retirement of Supreme Court justices makes the 2004 presidential election especially important for women, Senator John F. Kerry told a group of female Democrats yesterday, and he pledged that if elected president he would nominate to the high court only supporters of abortion rights under its Roe v. Wade decision. … ‘Any president ought to appoint people to the Supreme Court who understand the Constitution and its interpretation by the Supreme Court. In my judgment, it is and has been settled law that women, Americans, have a defined right of privacy and that the government does not make the decision with respect to choice. Individuals do.’” (Glen Johnson, “Kerry Vows Court Picks To Be Abortion-Rights Supporters,” The Boston Globe, 4/9/03)

Kerry Said He Would Filibuster Any Pro-Life Supreme Court Nominee. “The Supreme Court hangs in the balance and the next justices will determine whether we move forward or backward. Therefore, I will filibuster any Supreme Court nominee who would turn back the clock on the right to choose, on civil rights and individual liberties, on the laws protecting workers and the environment.” (Sen. John Kerry, A Call To Service, 2003, p. 182)

Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Kerry Was One Of Several Senators To Sign Letter To President George W. Bush, Urging Allowance Of Federal Funding For Embryonic Stem Cell Research. (Sen. John Kerry [D-MA], et al., Letter To President George W. Bush, 7/19/01)

Kerry, In Response To President Bush’s Stem Cell Decision, Said President Was “Using Words Of Compassion To Mask Efforts To Keep A Campaign Promise To Conservatives.” (Lawrence M. O’Rourke, “Stem-Cell Funding Limits OK’d Bush Allows Federal Money For Existing Research Only,” The Fresno Bee, 8/10/01)

Kerry Says He Would Reverse President Bush’s Ban On New Embryonic Stem Cell Research. “As president, I will reverse President Bush’s ban on new embryonic-stem-cell research, and I will reverse regulations that prevent the National Institutes of Health from funding research on cell-nucleus-transfer techniques. Embryonic stem cells hold the potential to find treatments and cures for Parkinson’s disease, cancers, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and spinal-cord injuries. Tens of millions of Americans could benefit from the discoveries possible in these stem cells. This president banned embryonic-stem-cell research, except for what he said would be over 60 stem cell lines already in existence. But there aren’t 60 lines available today. There are 11, and they aren’t diverse enough to meet research needs. As a result, urgent research is being thwarted in America. As president, I will make sure we can unleash all of our technology and scientific potential to use stem-cell research to develop cures. I trust in the promise of new discoveries -- and in the power of Americans to use them wisely.” (Sen. John Kerry As Quoted In “Q&A: The Democratic Candidates On Higher Education,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, 1/23/04)

Fetal Tissue Research

Kerry Voted Against Ban On Fetal Tissue Research On Cells From Aborted Fetuses. (S. 1061, CQ Vote #215: Rejected 38-60: R 38-15; D 0-45, 9/4/97, Kerry Voted Nay)

Kerry Voted Against Disclosure Of Fetal Tissue From Abortions. (S. 1692, CQ Vote #338: Rejected 46-51: R 44-7; D 1-44; I 1-0, 10/21/99, Kerry Voted Nay)

Human Cloning

In 1998, Kerry Voted Against Invoking Cloture To Human Cloning Prohibition Act. (S. 1601, Roll Call Vote #10: Motion Rejected 42-54: R 42-12; D 0-42, 2/11/98, Kerry Voted Nay)

Kerry Supports So-Called “Therapeutic” Cloning. “While I oppose cloning for the purposes of creating a human being, I do support therapeutic cloning that has the potential to help cure many diseases.” (Sen. John Kerry As Quoted In “Q&A: The Democratic Candidates On Higher Education,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, 1/23/04)

Euthanasia

In 1996, Kerry Said He Could Support Assisted Suicide Under “Extreme Circumstances.” “On assisted suicide, Kerry said he could support it under extreme circumstances, as long as the patient, doctor and family agreed ‘death might be appropriate.’” (Matt Devine, “Candidates Tone Down Attacks In Fourth Debate,” The Patriot Ledger, 8/20/96)

In 1999, Kerry Said He ‘Personally Opposes’ Euthanasia, But “Medical Professionals” Should “Work With Patients To Make Decisions” About Drugs. “Both Massachusetts senators said they oppose physician-assisted suicide, but have reservations about sanctioning a government role in the decision. ‘I personally oppose euthanasia, but I think it's doctors and medical professionals who need to work with patients to make decisions about the use of drugs,’ Senator John F. Kerry said.” (Anne E. Kornblut, “Ban On Prescribing Drugs For Suicide Gets House OK,” The Boston Globe, 10/28/99)

Sanctity Of Marriage

Kerry Was One Of Only 14 Senators To Vote Against 1996 Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA), Which Banned Federal Recognition Of Gay Marriage And Same-Sex Partner Benefits. (H.R. 3396, CQ Vote #280: Passed 85-14: R 53-0; D 32-14, 9/10/96, Kerry Voted Nay)

Kerry Calls President Bush’s Support For Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage Attempt To Divide America. (CNN/Los Angeles Times, Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Los Angeles, CA, 2/26/04)

Kerry Praised Massachusetts Civil Unions Ruling, Saying It Called On MA Legislature To “Ensure Equal Protection For Gay Couples.” “I have long believed that gay men and lesbians should be assured equal protection and the same benefits - from health to survivor benefits to hospital visitation - that all families deserve. While I continue to oppose gay marriage, I believe that today’s decision calls on the Massachusetts state legislature to take action to ensure equal protection for gay couples. These protections are long over due.” (John Kerry For President, “Statement From John Kerry On Massachusetts Gay Marriage Ruling,” Press Release, 11/18/03)

Kerry Suggested He “Might Eventually” Support Gay “Marriage” If It Became Publicly Acceptable. Kerry believes civil unions “would be more acceptable to the public than marriage for homosexual couples. Kerry indicated he might eventually back gay marriages if a public consensus developed for them. ‘We need to achieve what we can, and then we will see where we are,’ he said.” (Ronald Brownstein, “Gay Issues Get Democratic Field’s Backing,” Los Angeles Times, 7/16/03)

When Asked Why He Doesn’t Support Gay Marriage, Kerry Said Catholicism Taught Him Marriage Is Union Of Man And Woman. “At Dartmouth, the senator drifted when asked whether he supported gay marriage. His voice dropping, he appeared to be walking along a sharp rhetorical cliff before he said he backed civil unions between gays and lesbians, but not formal marriage between them. ‘Why not?’ came the question, which Kerry ultimately answered by saying that his Catholicism has taught him that marriage is the union between a man and a woman.” (Glen Johnson, “Kerry Sets Tone For Campaign Sharpens Rhetoric As He Carves Path For The Presidency,” The Boston Globe, 1/13/03)

Other Gay Issues

Kerry Supports Gay Adoption. “I support the right of qualified individuals and couples to adopt children regardless of sexual orientation. Children who are born to, or adopted by, one member of a gay or lesbian couple deserve the security of two legally recognized parents including health benefits, child support, and other financial security.” (Sen. John Kerry [D-MA] As Quoted In Response To National Gay And Lesbian Task Force Survey, 4/03, As Quoted In Sean Cahill et al., “The 2004 Democratic Presidential Candidates On Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, And Transgender Issues,” 5/03)

Kerry Voted To Strike Language Codifying Ban On Gays In Military. “On Sept. 9, 1993, the Senate rejected an amendment offered by Sen. Barbara Boxer, (D-CA), who tried to strike language in the 1994 Defense Authorization bill that codified the homosexual ban.” (Center For Military Readiness, “The Homosexual Exclusion Law Vs. The Clinton ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Policy,” 1/7/02; S. 1298, CQ Vote #250: Rejected 33-63: R 3-38; D 30-25, 9/9/93, Kerry Voted Yea)

Kerry Supports “Access To Pensions, Health Insurance, Family Medical Leave, Bereavement Leave, Hospital Visitation, Survivor Benefits, And Other Basic Legal Protections” For Same-Sex Couples. “John Kerry believes that same-sex couples should be granted rights, including access to pensions, health insurance, family medical leave, bereavement leave, hospital visitation, survivor benefits, and other basic legal protections that all families and children need. He has supported legislation to provide domestic partners of federal employees the benefits available to spouses of federal employees.” (John Kerry For President Website, “A Record Of Working On Behalf Of Gay And Lesbian Americans,” http://www.johnkerry.com/, Accessed 1/27/04)

School Choice

In 1996, Kerry Voted Four Times Against Giving Low-Income D.C. Children School Choice Option.
(H.R. 2546, CQ Vote #20: Rejected 54-44: R 50-2; D 4-42, 2/27/96, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2546, CQ Vote #21: Rejected 52-42: R 48-1; D 4-41, 2/29/96, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2546, CQ Vote #23: Rejected 53-43: R 49-2; D 4-41, 3/5/96, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2546, CQ Vote #25: Rejected 56-44: R 51-2; D 5-42, 3/12/96, Kerry Voted Nay)

In 1998 Interview, Kerry Said He Would Back Vouchers If “That’s What It Took To Make America’s Schools Better.” “Publicly, union officials reacted to Kerry’s speech with talk of ‘mixed feelings.’ Privately, they groused about Kerry’s ‘teacher-bashing.’ One NEA official told The Boston Globe after Kerry’s first speech that ‘we are not pleased with his swipes at teachers’ unions.’ But Kerry, undaunted, told me in an interview that he’d even approve of government-funded vouchers--good for tuition in any accredited private school--as part of an overall education reform, if that’s what it took to make America’s schools better.” (Dana Milbank, “John Kerry Takes On The Teachers’ Unions,” The New Republic, 12/14/98)

In 2003, Kerry Said Voucher Program Should Not Be A Moral Argument, And That School Choice Would Abandon Students Left In Public Schools. “[W]e have to guarantee that vouchers are not made into an argument that somehow there’s a morality in taking care of kids, 50 of them, and abandoning 4,000 in the school behind them. I refuse to accept that.” (Sen. John Kerry, Congressional Black Caucus Institute Debate, 9/9/03)

Last November, Kerry Said Vouchers Would “Destroy Inner City Schools” And Leave “Even More Children Behind.” “We need a President who will tell the truth about vouchers – that they weaken public education, make it harder to build good citizens, and hurt those most in need. Don’t cry crocodile tears for inner city kids while trying in effect to destroy inner city schools. Vouchers aren’t choice; they’re a bad choice that would leave even more children behind.” (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks In Council Bluffs, IA, 11/25/03)

As President, Kerry Would Veto “Vouchers Or Voucher-Like Programs.” “[Vouchers] don’t reform our public schools – they run away from them. … I have never supported vouchers. I will never support them. And if it ever comes to my desk, I’ll veto vouchers or voucher-like programs the day that bill arrives.” (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks In Council Bluffs, IA, 11/25/03)

Catholic Hierarchy

Kerry Said He Would Ignore 11th Encyclical Of Pope John Paul II, Which Warned Legislators Of Their Moral Accountability If They Support Abortion. “Four Bay State lawmakers said yesterday they will ignore the most recent papal encyclical opposing abortion laws, despite their Roman Catholic faith. U.S. Sens. Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry, both Democrats, and U.S. Rep. Peter G. Torkildsen (R-Danvers) and Martin T. Meehan (D-Lowell) said they cannot heed the Vatican’s warning that legislators bear more moral responsibility for supporting abortion laws than women who undergo the procedure. … In the almost 200-page encyclical, called ‘The Gospel of Life,’ John Paul II restated his opposition to abortion as ‘a grave moral disorder.’ In a clear message to legislators, the Pope dismissed claims of politicians who profess personal opposition to abortion while voting in favor of pro-choice laws.” (Connie Page, “Vatican Targets Lawmakers On Abortion,” Boston Herald, 3/31/95)

Kerry Claimed Most Catholics Support Roe, And Blames Bishops For Catholics’ Lack Of Adherence To Faith. “John Kerry said he had to ‘represent all the people in my state,’ including Jews and Buddhists. Then the senator repeated what former House Speaker Tip O’Neill apparently once said in front of several thousand priests and several thousand nuns, that 68 percent of them ‘support Roe v. Wade.’ ‘If the bishops can’t do and won’t say anything about that, don’t come to me. You know what I’m saying?’ said Kerry.” (Tom Bethell, “It’s The Bishops’ Problem,” The American Spectator, June-July 2003)

Kerry Said Vatican Should Not Instruct Catholic Politicians, Calling It “Inappropriate.” “The Vatican’s call for Catholic politicians to fight gay marriage is an ‘inappropriate’ violation of the separation of church and state in America, U.S. Sen. John Kerry said Friday. ‘I believe in the church and I care about it enormously,’ said the Democrat from Massachusetts, a Catholic who is running for president. ‘But I think that it’s important to not have the church instructing politicians. That is an inappropriate crossing of the line in America.’ Kerry’s comments came a day after the Vatican announced a campaign against gay marriages and gay adoptions, stating that Catholic politicians have a ‘moral duty’ to oppose laws granting legal rights to gay couples. Kerry opposes gay marriage, but has said he supports civil unions, such as those allowed in Vermont, which grant gay couples most of the rights and benefits of marriage.” (“Kerry Scolds Catholic Church For Pressuring Lawmakers,” The Associated Press, 8/1/03)

Kerry Expressed “Moral Outrage” With Vatican’s Statement On Gay Marriage. “[Kerry] said political concerns are secondary to his moral outrage over Thursday’s Vatican statement on gay marriage. ‘Our founding fathers separated church and state in America. It is an important separation,’ he said. ‘It is part of what makes America different and special, and we need to honor that as we go forward and I’m going to fight to do that.’ Catholics were stunned at the broadside from Kerry, saying he’s sure to draw the ire of some 65 million voting Catholics.” (David R. Guarino, “Kerry Raps Pope,” The Boston Herald, 8/2/03)

Religion On Campaign Trail

Kerry: “I Am Saying That I Don’t Believe We Should Raise Religion As A Matter Of Political Strategy. That’s What I’m Saying.” (Sen. Kerry, CNBC’s “Capital Report,” 1/8/04)

Kerry Used Scripture To Criticize “Our Present National Leadership.” “John Kerry cited a Bible verse Sunday to criticize leaders who have ‘faith but has no deeds,’ prompting President Bush’s spokesman to accuse Kerry of exploiting Scripture for a political attack. Kerry never mentioned Bush by name during his speech at New North Side Baptist Church, but aimed his criticism at ‘our present national leadership.’ Kerry cited Scripture in his appeal for the worshippers, including James 2:14, ‘What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?’ ‘The Scriptures say, what does it profit, my brother, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?’ Kerry said. ‘When we look at what is happening in America today, where are the works of compassion?’” (Nedra Pickler, “Bush Campaign Blasts Kerry’s Bible Quote,” The Associated Press, 3/28/04)

Time: “Kerry Has At Times Put A Pious Cast On His Own Rhetoric.” “Polls consistently show that Americans prefer their leaders to be religious, and in running to unseat the most openly devout President in recent years, Kerry has at times put a pious cast on his own rhetoric. In a speech at a Mississippi church on March 7, he said Bush does not practice the ‘compassionate conservatism’ he preaches, and quoted James 2:14, ‘What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?’” (Karen Tumulty and Perry Bacon Jr., “A Test Of Kerry’s Faith,” Time, 4/5/04)

Kerry Took Communion At Non-Catholic Church. “Photo ops are the saving grace of many political campaigns, but Bay State Sen. John F. Kerry gaffed one recent opportunity – flouting Catholic doctrine by taking communion at a non-Catholic church. The Democratic presidential candidate invited the press to services at the AME Charles Street Church in Roxbury Sunday. But the photos showed Kerry taking communion. That, Catholics say, is a catechism no-no. ‘Catholics should not receive communion in a Protestant church,’ said Sister Mary Ann Walsh of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. ‘It’s standard church teaching.’” (David R. Guarino, “Thou Shalt Not Flub Thy Photo Op, Sen. Kerry,” Boston Herald, 4/7/04)

CHRISTIAN FAITH IN GENERAL:

In 1996, Kerry Complained About Senators Voting Against Their Professed Religious Ideals. “Sen. John F. Kerry, speaking at a Roxbury church, complained yesterday that some of his fellow senators profess Christian beliefs while voting in ways that contradict those ideals. Addressing the congregation of the Twelfth Baptist Church, Kerry said he often feels torn at Senate prayer breakfasts as he meets colleagues who seem to lack compassion in public life. ‘To be candid, I struggle when I sit next to someone who says they’re born again, but votes against child care, votes to cut 12- to 18-year-old kids off Medicaid,’ Kerry said.” (Michael Grunwald, “Kerry Tells Congregation Votes Should Match Faith,” The Boston Globe, 10/21/96)

And Called On Politicians To Run Their Life “In A Christian Way.” “After a few remarks about the apostle Paul, Kerry decried the ‘difference between the rhetoric and the reality’ in politics, urging politicians, ‘Run your life in a Christian way.’” (Michael Grunwald, “Kerry Tells Congregation Votes Should Match Faith,” The Boston Globe, 10/21/96)


Now Kerry Defends Positions At Odds With His Church. “Kerry is Roman Catholic, but his support for abortion rights is at odds with Vatican teachings. ‘I don’t tell church officials what to do, and church officials shouldn’t tell American politicians what to do in the context of our public life,’ Kerry said …” (Nedra Pickler, “Bush Campaign Blasts Kerry’s Bible Quote,” The Associated Press, 3/28/04)

Says He Shares Catholic Church’s Anti-Abortion Views, But Says Public Officials Shouldn’t Impose Views On Others. “On abortion, Kerry said that he - as a Catholic - does share his church’s anti-abortion views ‘as an article of faith.’ But as a public official, he said he didn’t believe he had the right to impose such views on others.” (Jo Mannies, “Candidates: Bush Must Go,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/29/04)

And Has Called Church Instructing Politicians “Inappropriate Crossing Of The Line In America.” “The Vatican’s call for Catholic politicians to fight gay marriage is an ‘inappropriate’ violation of the separation of church and state in America, U.S. Sen. John Kerry said Friday. ‘I believe in the church and I care about it enormously,’ said the Democrat from Massachusetts, a Catholic who is running for president. ‘But I think that it’s important to not have the church instructing politicians. That is an inappropriate crossing of the line in America.’ Kerry’s comments came a day after the Vatican announced a campaign against gay marriages and gay adoptions, stating that Catholic politicians have a ‘moral duty’ to oppose laws granting legal rights to gay couples.” (“Kerry Scolds Catholic Church For Pressuring Lawmakers,” The Associated Press, 8/1/03)

--Source: http://www.aboutjohnkerry.com/

~ Posted by Jean M. Heimann

Keyes --- A "Powerhouse" and Champion of Human Rights

The first of the Keyes - Obama debates manifested the genius of Alan Keyes. Keyes, a mesmerizing speaker who has been compared to Abraham Lincoln, certainly proved himself to be the "powerhouse" that Lincoln was at the Lincoln - Douglas debates.


Abolishing the federal income tax, encouraging fair trade to promote manufacturing jobs in Illinois, improving our 70- year-old locks and dams to maintain the transport system which supports our agriculture, improving Amtrak, and developing a south suburban airport were just a few of the innovative ideas he discussed in tonight's debate.

However, the major and most crucial differences between the U.S. candidates (although there are many) that I detected in listening to them both speak were their views on traditional marriage and human life. Keyes supports traditional marriage and believes that marriage can only be defined as a union between a man and woman, while Obama supports same - sex unions.

Keyes is a strong pro-life supporter, while Obama has a record of consistently supporting infanticide. Obama supports abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy, partial birth abortion, and has voted against the Born Alive Infants Protection Act three times. He admitted that he voted against the act, which provides medical care to "fully born" babies to keep them alive, because he believes that it conflicts with Roe vs. Wade. Obama proudly boasts that he is civil rights' attorney, but whose rights is he protecting? He is certainly not protecting the rights of the most vulnerable and helpless human lives in our society today -- our infants! How can a man who cannot support the weakest and most vulnerable human beings in our society protect us and speak out in our defense?

Keyes, in sharp contrast to his opponent is a champion of human rights and is not afraid to stand up for his beliefs. He is someone who understands and will fight for the first and foremost of our constitutional rights the right to life.

~ Posted by Jean M. Heimann

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Post-Abortion Stress Quiz

October is National Depression Education and Awareness Month. Consider sending this Post-Abortion Stress Quiz to your local print and/or broadcast media, with contact information for your local post-abortion healing organization.

Are You Suffering from Post-Abortion Stress?

1. Do you find yourself struggling to turn off feelings or memories related to your abortion(s)? Do you need take off reminding yourself to just forget it or put it behind you? Do you become uncomfortable around reminders of the abortion, such as being around babies or pregnant women, being in a doctor's office, or when hearing news reports about abortion?

2. Do you feel nervous or anxious at the idea of telling loved one about your abortion? Is your abortion a secret that is holding you back from greater intimacy with others? When you do choose to share your abortion experience with others, are you overcome with strong feelings such as anger, grief, or guilt? Is there an increased distance between you and your parents, siblings, or partner because of the past abortion(s)?

3. Do you have trouble talking about the abortion issue as a political issue? When you do talk about it, do you find it hard to respect opposing views, or do you become overly emotional, either in support of or in opposition to it?

4. Do you tend to look at life in terms of "before" and"after" the abortion(s)? Are there traits about your"self" before the abortion that you lost but would wish to regain? Has the abortion changed the way you look at yourself? Have you lost interest in taking care of yourself? Have you tried to become less attractive toavoid the risk of becoming involved in a relationship, love, and sex?

5. Do you become angry or depressed more easily? Have you experienced "reconnectors" to your abortion, such as nightmares, flashbacks, or hallucinations, such as hearing a baby cry?

6. Was there a period after your abortion when you experienced an increase in the use of alcohol or drugs? Have you experienced other forms of emotional deadening? Have you experienced any suicidal thoughts? Do you take risks that put your life in danger? Have you developed any eating disorders?

7. Do you have trouble finding, building, or maintaining good relationships with people of the opposite sex? Do you have trouble with issues of trust and control? Do you get involved in hurtful or abusive relationships? Do you tolerate abuse because you feel you don't deserve any better?

8. Do you experience periods of depression or heightened anxiety during certain months of the year, particularly during the months that would correspond to the month of your abortion or the due date of the aborted pregnancy?

9. Did you have a faith in God that you have now lost? Are you afraid of God? Are you angry at God? Have you rejected your religion for emotional rather than thoughtful reasons? If you have answered yes to three or more of the previous questions, post-abortion counseling may help. Skilled and understanding people, many of whom have been through the same things you are going through now, want to help. To learn more about post-abortion counseling resources, go to
www.afterabortion.info/healing/index.htm.

~ From the The Elliot Institute News
An Email Publication from the Leader in Post-Abortion Research
Vol.3, No. 9 -- Oct. 11, 2004
http://www.AfterAbortion.Info


~ Posted by Jean M. Heimann