Lack of Faith

Blinded by their lack of Faith!

 
One has to wonder, why is it when poll after poll reveal that at least 50% of our population claim to be pro-life, that most are missing in action. Why is that so? Is it because they lack conviction, are steeped in apathy or they just don’t know? Why is it that there is only a remnant of faithful pro-lifers who actually get into the trenches, whether at the killing fields, at Pregnancy Care Centers, boycotting companies that fund the killing, keeping our elected officials feet to the fire, educating our youth and community, writing letters to local newspapers and a host of other pro-life activities?
 
If indeed 50% of our population is solidly pro-life, which translates to over 150 million Americans, we could have ended the de-criminalizing of abortion decades ago! Whether through the ballot box, our purchasing power, our active pro-life participation, our education, or wherever God has placed us in this life and death struggle, we would have dramatically changed this horrible holocaust and even cause abortionists and clinic owners and staff to give up this ghastly business of shedding innocent life for blood money. What a travesty!!!
 
There is no simple answer, and obviously, the great majority who claim to be pro-life, are really NOT! They claim to be pro-life, in words only. Most have NEVER been to an abortion clinic, let alone knowing how seedy most of these places are. Most have NEVER volunteered at a Pregnancy Care Center, most continue to do business with companies that fund the killing, most continue to vote pro-abortion candidates into office, most have NEVER written a letter to their elected officials or local newspaper, most have NEVER spoken up when God gave them the opportunity to do so, and most have NEVER lifted a finger to defend innocent human life. How sad!!!
 
And why you may ask? We respectfully submit that they are blinded by their lack of faith. They may believe that they are pro-life, or they may believe that they are Christian, but in fact, they are blinded by their lack of faith. If they had a deep and abiding faith, they would be on the frontlines, even willing to lay down their lives for God’s innocent creation. The sad reality is that they are not fooling God, just themselves.
 
Like most people, the majority of so-called pro-lifers are like the majority of society. They claim to see no evil, hear no evil, so they speak of no evil. All is well, there is nothing that I need to do, but enjoy my life to the fullest, while over 3,285 babies are killed everyday in this nation.
 
Jesus chose what the world considers weak to put the worldly to shame. "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it." [MT 13:16-17]. And so dear faithful remnant, as the burden gets heavier with each passing day, rejoice in the fact that your eyes have been opened, your ears do hear, and you have not failed in God’s call to defend innocent human life. In fact, rejoice because Jesus calls you "Blessed". Great will be your reward. Pray for our brothers and sisters who are spiritually blind and deaf. Oh God, there is so much that we can accomplish, if only your people were faithful. Help us be an example to them!

Successful end to our lawsuit

Pro-Life Protestors Win Key Demands From City of Aurora in Settlement

By Peter J. Smith 
 
AURORA, Illinois, March 24, 2010 (
LifeSiteNews.com) – Pro-life advocates won major concessions from the city of Aurora to continue their pro-life witness and sidewalk counseling outside a Planned Parenthood facility, thus concluding their two year fight for their First Amendment rights.
 
Attorneys for the Thomas More Society, representing Fox Valley Families Against Planned Parenthood and the Pro-Life Action League, successfully settled with the city in federal court in Chicago on Thursday, voluntarily dismissing their First Amendment lawsuit filed in 2007 to protect the rights of citizens who pray and protest at the city’s Planned Parenthood facility, one of the largest abortion clinics in the United States.
 
“This settlement signals a successful end to our lawsuit, brought to protect the rights of those who pray and protest at abortion facilities in the City of Aurora,” said Peter Breen, Executive Director of the Thomas More Society.  “Early on, Judge Virginia Kendall expressed her hope that the parties would reach an agreement that could serve as a model for the rest of the country. We believe this settlement agreement will become such a model.”
 
Under the settlement’s agreements, the City of Aurora will amend two ordinances that the law firm claimed were unconstitutional, and mandate First Amendment and non-discriminatory law enforcement training for Aurora police. The settlement also establishes a grievance process to handle disputes between the protesters and Aurora officials.
 
The settlement guarantees that any street signs prohibiting “picketing or protesting” will be removed from the city. Pro-life individuals are guaranteed the right to use public sidewalks and parkways for peaceful prayer and protest.
Although graphic signs, such as those of aborted unborn children, may be used in demonstrations, the agreement allows them under the condition that appropriate warning signs are first displayed to notify passers-by.
 
Also pro-life advocates who use the private access road near the Planned Parenthood will not be arrested, except in circumstances where the property owner asks police to intervene and where persons have any serious criminal history. Otherwise the city will deem the incidents ordinance violations that are to be worked out through the new grievance process.
 
The city will also take necessary steps to help construct a public sidewalk along the access road for pedestrians.
Should the city construct cameras for police surveillance in Aurora, the city will also set up a high-resolution camera to record all activities near the Planned Parenthood facility.
 
 
LifeSiteNews.com.

This is a must read article.

Eugenics in Rockford?
 eu·gen·ics – noun (used with a singular verb) the study of or belief in the possibility of improving the qualities of the human species or a human population, esp. by such means as discouraging reproduction by persons having genetic defects or presumed to have inheritable undesirable traits or encouraging reproduction by persons presumed to have inheritable desirable traits.

 
 
Rockford, IL March 24, 2010 –  The eugenics movement of the early part of the 20th century as personified by Margret Sanger and the birth-control league ultimately led to the ideas that gave the word the Nazi death camps. These ideas continue to be a motivating factor behind abortion today.
 
Eugenics is the idea that a "better race" or "superior race" can be achieved by destroying or preventing the lives of the unfit, weak, handicapped, and people of color through the use of contraception and abortion.  America has a long and sordid history of eugenics.  It was Margret Sanger who led the way for the modern use of contraception and abortion in America that has killed over 50 million children in the womb.  Adolph Hitler praised Sanger and her ideas and used them to support his racial cleansing ideas that led to the slaughter of millions of "unfit" people in the death camps.
 
After World War II when the world discovered what eugenics had led to in Nazi Germany, the word "eugenics" was given a bad name.  It goes under new names today.  "Reproductive health," or "the right to choose," "safe, legal, and rare," have replaced words such as "racial purity" and "survival of the fittest."  But the end result is the same – dead children in the womb.
 
In this story http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/mar/10030905.html ,we see the world has at least 85 million fewer girls because of sex selection abortion.  If you follow this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLnNi_qb7nY ,you will see the trailer for a powerful new documentary that explains the deadly roots and modern application of eugenics in America.  Eugenics is still killing millions today.
 
What does this have to do with Rockford?
 
In windows of the building that houses the Northern Illinois Women’s Center, there is a sign that appears to be a public call for eugenics in our city. 
The sign says "Hey fetus worshipers:  Rockford is #1 in crime, child poverty, unemployment.  Wake-Up."  
To see a sign of this nature in the window of a business that has killed over 50,000 children and in the past has had signs celebrating the numbers of abortions they do and the amount of money they make, certainly appears to be a call for eugenics in Rockford.
 
Does this clinic really think we can solve crime by the crime of murdering children in the womb?
 
Does this clinic think the way to end child poverty is by killing the children?
 
Do they want to solve unemployment by killing children who may one day be seeking jobs?
 
The murderous idea of eugenics has no place in Rockford or any decent community.  We as Christians must continue to pray and work for an end to these kinds of philosophies and ideas that destroy so many human lives and souls.
 
For more information on how eugenics is destroying human life, please follow these links:
 
 
 
 
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Margaret Sanger / Founder of Planned Parenthood- The World’s Largest Provider of Abortions
In Her Own Words
 
On Large Families:
"The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it."  Margaret Sanger, Women and the New Race  (Eugenics Publ. Co., 1920, 1923)
On blacks, immigrants, and indigents:
"…human weeds,’ ‘reckless breeders,’ ‘spawning… human beings who never should have been born."  Margaret Sanger, Pivot of Civilization, referring to immigrants and poor people
On sterilization and racial purification:
Sanger believed that, for the purpose of racial "purification," couples should be rewarded who choose sterilization. Birth Control in America, The Career of Margaret Sanger, by David Kennedy, p. 117, quoting a 1923 Sanger speech.
On the right of married couples to bear children:
Couples should be required to submit applications to have a child, she wrote in her "Plan for Peace." Birth Control Review, April 1932
On the purpose of birth control:
The purpose in promoting birth control was "to create a race of thoroughbreds," she wrote in the Birth Control Review, Nov. 1921 (p. 2)
On the rights of the handicapped and mentally ill and racial minorities:
"More children from the fit, less from the unfit — that is the chief aim of birth control." Birth Control Review, May 1919, p. 12
On the extermination of blacks:
"We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population," she said, "if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members." Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America, by Linda Gordon

Rockford Pro-Life Initiative

An estimated 15 children in the womb died inside Rockford’s abortion mill this past week;    In Rockford Do We Have Free Speech For Some But Not For All?;     Rockford 40 Days for Life Joined the Sisters of the Poor Clare Monastery;    Good Friday Stations of the Cross and Rosary at Rockford’s Abortion Mill;    "20 Years Ago I Had an abortion" – 40 Days Update;    When pretense masquerades as virtue…..

 
 
On Friday March 19, an estimated eight children died in the Northern Illinois Woman’s Center.  "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."  2 Chronicles 7:14
 
The Rockford abortion mill recently displayed a sign in its window, "Prayer, nothing fails quite like it."  
 
On a day like this during spring break few years ago when only a couple of people were praying and sidewalk counseling, there easily might have been 28-38 abortions in this killing center. 
 
The  Rockford Christian community is now beginning to stand up to the evil of the murder of so many children and the hatred of God displayed in the windows of the clinic building.  They have begun to pray and witness to life in much greater numbers and intensity.
 
We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend on material success; nor on money or science. Neither does it depend on arms and human industries, but on Jesus alone. — Frances Xavier Cabrini
 
The clinic mockingly says, "Prayer, nothing fails quite like it."  Yet, hundreds of Christians during 40 Days for Life have been praying to God, and the result is that the number of abortions continues to drop.  Lives are being saved, souls are being healed, and mothers and fathers are being helped. Jesus Christ is acting in the hearts and lives of men, women, and children because prayer is succeeding.
 
"This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live."  Deuteronomy 30:19
 
Sadly some still reject life and love. Eight children still died on March 19, because too many people still choose the culture of death.  The clinic security officer was on top of a ladder with a bullhorn, trying to silence the Christians at prayer.
 
A local pro-abortion alderman again drove by in an attempt to intimidate a peaceful public prayer gathering.  One young mother who was in tears in the parking lot was led into the mill by a stone-faced friend.  
 
A father of a child who was aborted this morning stuck his tongue out and gave the finger to offers of help from the sidewalk counselors.
 
"Ask, and you will receive. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened for you."  Matthew 7:7
 
People are asking for life, and lives are being saved.  People are seeking and seeing the truth that every child is a person worthy of love.  Many are knocking at the door of life, and Christ is opening wide his arms.
 
 
On Wednesday March 24, an estimated 7 children in the womb died inside Rockford’s abortion mill.  A person who works inside the killing center came outside this morning to taunt the Christians at prayer by saying,"Now that we have health care, you will be paying for abortions!"  Then this person laughed strangely at what he was saying.  He was right; we will all be paying for abortions:
 
Every child who is killed in the womb pays with his or her life.
 
Every mother who has an abortion pays a spiritual, mental, and physical price for the rest of her life because of the death of her child.
 
Every father who forces or encourages an abortion pays the price of losing his self worth and possibly his soul for causing the death of his child.
 
Our society pays the price of killing our own children in countless ways.  We are seeing this in the economic and cultural breakdown our country is suffering  today.  The disintegration of our society is the price we pay for murdering our own children.
 
Those who work in the abortion industry and the politicians who support them pay the price of losing their immortal souls, if they refuse to repent, for the murder of millions of babies in our country and over 50,000 murdered children in our city.
 
Because of the grace of God and the prayer and presence of so many people praying at the killing center today, two mothers will not be "paying the price" of a dead child and a lifetime of pain that comes with abortion.  Two mothers chose LIFE!  One mother went into the parking lot and wouldn’t even go into the mill.  This mother saw the sign held by a courageous woman at the mill driveway that said, "I Regret My Abortion," and had a change of heart.   The other mother was briefly inside the mill but came out and indicated to the pro-lifers her baby was alive and well.
 
The power of prayer, life, love, and Jesus Christ again this morning at this place of death and evil saved the lives of two children.
 
In the end it doesn’t matter that a person who works inside of the Rockford abortion facility mocks Christians and God because he thinks we will be paying for abortions.  The only thing that matters is "You were bought with a price" by the cross of Jesus Christ, and "some will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved."
 
Rockford Pro-Life Initiative Newsletter 
 
The mission of Rockford Pro-Life Initiative is to eliminate abortion in the Rockford area through Prayer, Fasting, Education, and Personal Sacrifice. 
 
 

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In Rockford Do We Have Free Speech For Some But Not For All?
 
Abortion Clinic Landlord and Pro-Abortion Alderman Use There Free Speech Rights To Promote Abortion While They Try To Silence Christians Who Pray And Work For Life
 
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Rockford 40 Days for Life Joined the Sisters of the Poor Clare Monastery for an hour of prayer for life.
Follow this link to see pictures of the beautiful  Poor Clare Corpus Christi Monastery.
 
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Good Friday Stations of the Cross and Rosary at Rockford’s Abortion Mill
 
On Good Friday Christians will gather at the "foot of the Cross" in Rockford as an act of love for our Crucified Savior and repentance for the sin of abortion.
 
At 8:00am on April 2, Christians will join together to pray at a place where Christ has been Crucified in union with over 50,000 babies killed by abortion at Rockford’s abortion mill 1400 Broadway.
 
In the past few years the abortion mill has been open to end the lives of God’s children even on good Friday.  Please join us as a witness to life and love for Jesus Christ and in solidarity with God’s beautiful children facing their own crucifixion this Good Friday morning in Rockford.
 
For more information please call Kevin 815-494-0333
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"20 Years Ago I Had an abortion" – 40 Days Update
Commentary by David Bereit, National Coordinator, 40 Days for Life
March 23, 2010 (40DaysforLife) – As this 40 Days for Life campaign continues, the need for prayer for an end to abortion grows clearer each day — as does the need to pray for healing for those whose lives have been turned upside down because of their experiences with the pain caused by abortion.
 
Lynda said that through her efforts with 40 Days for Life, she often meets both women and men "who come to confess an earlier and much regretted decision to have an abortion."
 
She had one person tell her, "I always wonder what my daughter’s sister would look like."
 
"It’s so sad," she said. "There are so many broken hearts; so much emptiness. There was a person who came to me in tears saying how sorry she was about her decision so many years ago. We must continue to pray."
 
Nancy‘s story is typical of what many 40 Days for Life vigil participants are hearing.
 
"I was pregnant — but not by the man I had lived with for the previous years," she said. An older friend — whom she considered wiser and more experienced — recommended abortion. "No one spoke for the life of my preborn."
 
Nancy is one of the millions who regret their abortions. Thankfully, she found healing in Christ.
 
The message that healing is indeed possible is part of the 40 Days for Life witness at many of the vigils.
 
There’s a photo of the 40 Days for Life vigil in Everett, Washington that illustrates that. Prayer volunteers are carrying signs from the Silent No More Awareness Campaign that read, "Women do regret abortion" and "Men regret lost fatherhood."
 
"Praying in front of Planned Parenthood has drawn me closer to the cross than I’ve ever been before in my life," wrote Julie. "Twenty years ago, I had an abortion. I never knew the power of prayer until now."
 
For years, she said, the pain, shame and all that goes with it had been buried deep within her. "This year, God called me to 40 Days for Life and I was listening."
 
She broke down while praying at the vigil. Two days later, "I made a complete confession and turned my life over to God, completely.
 
"I know I still have a long way to go in healing," Julie said, "but I can’t express what it feels like to be forgiven. Thank you for your encouragement and thanks to all of the participants of 40 Days for Life. I could not have done this alone."
 
"I was in the same situation some 30 years ago," explained Alicia. "I was filled with such unimaginable guilt." It took years for her to finally listen to God and actually accept His forgiveness — and forgive herself.
 
"I thank God that this beautiful ministry exists," she said, "and will continue until the end of abortion comes to pass."
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Announcing Tea Party Express on April 6th in Rockford, Illinois

Please visit the Rockford Pro-Life Initiative Table That Will Set-up in Davis Park During the Tea Party Express.

We would enjoy meeting all of you, answering your questions, and we have new Rockford Pro-Life Brochures and bumpper-stickes to give away.
 
(Rockford, Illinois) – March 11, 2010 – Join us for the biggest Tea
Party Express national tour to date. On April 6th at 1 pm in Rockford,
Ill (home state to President Barack Obama and Senator Dick Durbin and
of course Lincoln and Reagan) the Tea Party Express will stop in
Rockford on the Tea Party Express Tour taking the Tea Party message
across the nation all the way to the White House in Washington, D.C.
on April 15th:

"You, the politicians in Washington, have failed We The People with
your bailouts, out-of-control deficit spending, government takeovers
of sectors of the economy, Cap & Trade, government-run health care,
and higher taxes! If you thought we were just going to quietly go
away, or that this tea party movement would be just a passing fad, you
were mistaken. We’re taking our country back!"

This family-friendly rally encourages all citizens who want lower
taxes and less government to participate by bringing their American
flags, patriotic attire, and signs to display the spirit of the
Colonial Patriots of the 1775 Boston Tea Party, which lead to American
Independence July 4th, 1776. Re-affirm your commitment to our
Constitution and our freedoms by being part of this energizing event
on Tuesday, April 6th, 1:00pm, at Davis Park 329

S. Wyman Street  in Rockford.

Guest Speakers include: Adam Andrzejewski Former IL Gubernatorial
Candidate; Denise Cattoni, Coordinator Illinois Tea Party Patriots;
Joe Walsh, 8th Congressional District Candidate, IL; Jim Tobin,
President, National Taxpayers United of Illinois; Zach Oltmans,
President Illinois Conservatives; John Bambenek, The "Put Back
Amendment" Author; Rosanna Pulido, former 5th Congressional District
Candidate, IL, Lex Green, Libertarian Party Gubernatorial Candidate
and William Kelly Former Candidate for Comptroller.

RockfordTeaParty will also have a food drive to replenish the Rockford
Food Pantry Coalition from 1 pm until the Tea Party Express Busses
leave at 4:30. For more information visit
www.RockfordTeaParty.org

 
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Health Care Tidbits: of Pens, Swear Words, and Airports in Michigan
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 24, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The fallout after the passing of the Senate health care bill Sunday evening made for various interesting tidbits of information that don’t merit in-depth coverage, but are worth mentioning. Here is a list of some of them:
 
Thanks, Sister: Catholic Health Association CEO Sr. Carol Keehan was given one of the pens that Obama used to sign the health care bill. Such an honor is traditionally bestowed upon individuals or groups that provided key support in passing a piece of legislation.
 
One pro-life lawmaker: Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) told Politico that he not only has no regrets for shouting "it’s a baby killer" while Stupak was attacking his own abortion ban on the House floor, but has received an "outpouring" of support over the comment.
 
Say again?: Congressman John D. Dingell (D-Mich.) said on a radio show Tuesday that ObamaCare aims to "control the people."
 
Excuses: The Friday before the heath care vote, the Obama administration handed over $700K in grant money to airports in Rep. Bart Stupak’s district. 
 
But no worries: following the health care vote, Stupak joined a gaggle of Democrats at the Capitol Hill dive bar Tune Inn to celebrate. 
 
No worries here either: Senior White House Advisor David Axelrod sniffed at the twelve state attorneys general who are taking the federal government to court over the health insurance mandate in the new law, saying it was "not suprising" because "any time a major piece of legislation is enacted, there are lawsuits that follow."
 
Oops: Vice President Joe Biden eloquently describes passage of the health care bill as "a big f***ing deal."
 
Make that two: Prior to his election, Mr. Obama vowed that the "public will have five days to look at every bill that lands on my desk" before he signs it into law. Obama signed the health care bill Tuesday morning, after the House passed it late Sunday night.
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When pretense masquerades as virtue
Kathleen Parker
 
In a legislative process, to obstruct passage of a proposed law on the basis of a moral principle (i.e. protecting the unborn), accumulating power in the process, then at a key moment surrendering in exchange for a fig leaf, the size of which varies according to the degree of emasculation of said legislator and/or as a reflection of just how stupid people are presumed to be. (Slang: backstabber.)
 
Poor Bart Stupak. The man tried to be a hero for the unborn, and then, when all the power of the moment was in his frail human hands, he dropped the baby.
 
Now, in the wake of his decision to vote "yes" for a health care bill that expands public funding for abortion, he is vilified and will be forever remembered as the guy who Stupaked health care reform and the pro-life movement.
 
Of all the disappointed activists, Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote.org and creator of StandWithStupak.com, was perhaps the most demonstrative in his support of pro-life Democrats. He even created a video with a remake of the final battle scene from "Braveheart."
 
A helmeted British Barack Obama says, "Our cavalry will ride them down like grass. … Full attack!" Whereupon, Stupak, eyeglasses incongruously perched on his blue-painted face, commands his pitchfork army, "Steady. … Hold, hold, hold."
 
Alas, Stupak couldn’t hold.
 
Ultimately, he was weak and overwhelmed by raw political power. History is no stranger to such moments, but this one needs to be understood for what it was. A deception.
 
The executive order promising that no federal funds will be used for abortion is utterly useless, and everybody knows it. First, the president can revoke it as quickly as he signs it.
 
Second, an order cannot confer jurisdiction in the courts or establish any grounds for suing anybody in court, according to a former White House counsel. The order is therefore judicially unenforceable.
 
Finally, an executive order cannot trump or change a federal statute.
 
One can reasonably surmise that Obama, a former constitutional law professor, is well aware of the uselessness of his promise. Perhaps this is why he didn’t mention it during the bill-signing ceremony Tuesday.
 
Stupak, too, knew that the executive order was merely political cover for him and his pro-life colleagues. He knew it because several members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops explained it to him, according to sources. The only way to prevent public funding for abortion was for his amendment to be added to the Senate bill.
 
Clearly, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the president didn’t want that. What they did want was the abortion funding that the Senate bill allowed.
Thus, the health care bill passed because of a mutually understood deception — a pretense masquerading as virtue. No wonder Stupak locked his doors and turned off his phones Sunday, according to several pro-life lobbyists who camped outside his office.
 
Stupak’s fall from grace is a lesson in human frailty. In a matter of hours, he went from representing the majority of Americans who don’t want public money spent on abortion to leading the army on the other side. Already he has lost a speaking invitation to the Illinois Catholic Prayer Breakfast next month.
 
After the Sunday vote, a group of Democrats, including Stupak, gathered in a pub to celebrate. In a biblical moment, New York Rep. Anthony Weiner was spotted planting a big kiss on Stupak’s cheek. To a Catholic man well versed in the Gospel, this is not a comforting gesture.

Pro-death protestors in Rockford

 In Rockford Do We Have Free Speech For Some But Not For All?

 
 
Abortion Clinic Landlord and Pro-Abortion Alderman Use Their Free Speech Rights To Promote Abortion While They Try To Silence Christians Who Pray And Work For Life
 
Many of you have already seen the video of pro-abortion Rockford Alderman Elyea calling Christians, who pray for an end to child killing, terrorists (“I do not negotiate with terrorists.”).
 
We remind you of the bizarre and vicious signs that have littered the abortion mill buildings windows for years.  One would have to be blind to the truth that Mr. Webster, for years, has been using the windows at the abortion clinic at 10th and Broadway as a permanent structure to house his anti-life, anti-Christian protests. 
 
 
 
In this picture you will see the abortion mill landlord standing on top of a ten foot ladder yelling at Christians praying, and then strangely laughing at his own antics all while Alderman Karen Elyea is driving by making her presence felt to police and protesters alike. 
 
 
 
 
A pro-death supporter by the name of Deb, showed up at the killing center to protest against life in favor of killing babies.   She walked for a long time carrying her sign which read “ Choice (picture of a scale) Justice “.  We are forced to conclude that means choice equals justice.  Then, the abortion mill owner, Wayne Webster, decided he, too, would get involved in this counter protest by presenting to the pro-abortion woman a sign which read “Keep Abortion Legal”.  It is clear that Wayne Webster is, and has been all along, a pro-abortion protestor for years. Yet some in the city government want to continue to ignore this fact by allowing Mr. Webster to operate under a different set of guidelines than the legal pro-life protestors assembled outside must adhere to.  
 
 
 
It, too, has become apparent that Alderman Karen Elyea has an agenda; that for the past several years she has been a radical pro-abortion supporter.  This raises the question, when she ran for county board and city alderman did she make her position on abortion clear?  Some might argue that on a local level making this position is not necessary; that argument is not true.  It is because of her radical pro-abortion position that the Rockford community is in turmoil, i.e. alderman Elyea’s proposed bubble zone.  It has been suggested that this alderman has not been up front with her constituents.  
 
All of this is taking place while the mill landlord and the alderman are pushing the city of Rockford to make it illegal for Christians to share love and help for mothers in need at the very location they are using their free speech rights to promote and work for the killing of children in the womb.
 
Do we have free speech rights for all in Rockford?  In a few short weeks the city council will decide this very question.
 
 

Bishops Urge Obama to Keep Promises

Bishops Urge Obama to Keep Promises on Health Care

WASHINGTON, D.C., MARCH 23, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Barack Obama’s last-minute executive order to keep tax dollars from funding abortion confirmed what the U.S. bishops said all along about the health care reform bill: It allots federal funds for the taking of life.

Unfortunately, an executive order cannot substitute for statutory provisions, the prelates are recalling. They continue to affirm that the new law is "profoundly flawed."
These were observations made in a statement signed by Cardinal Francis George, archbishop of Chicago and president of the U.S. episcopal conference. His statement was released today, immediately following Obama’s signing the reform package into law.

Cardinal George firstly reiterated that access to health care recognizes and affirms human dignity. He said that Christian discipleship calls for working to ensure that all people have necessary and appropriate health care.

The bishops "have spoken for the poorest and most defenseless among us," the 73-year-old prelate noted.

And he recognized that "many elements of the health care reform measure signed into law by the president address these concerns and so help to fulfill the duty that we have to each other for the common good."

Overshadowing the good

Cardinal George then went on to explain that the bishops have opposed the measure despite "whatever good this law achieves or intends" because "there is compelling evidence that it would expand the role of the federal government in funding and facilitating abortion and plans that cover abortion."

He noted: "The statute appropriates billions of dollars in new funding without explicitly prohibiting the use of these funds for abortion, and it provides federal subsidies for health plans covering elective abortions. Its failure to preserve the legal status quo that has regulated the government’s relation to abortion […] could undermine what has been the law of our land for decades and threatens the consensus of the majority of Americans: that federal funds not be used for abortions or plans that cover abortions.

"Stranger still, the statute forces all those who choose federally subsidized plans that cover abortion to pay for other peoples’ abortions with their own funds. If this new law is intended to prevent people from being complicit in the abortions of others, it is at war with itself."

The health care bill seemed unlikely to have the necessary number of votes until Obama won over a group of pro-life Democrats by promising an executive order to establish an "adequate enforcement mechanism" to ensure that federal funds are not used for abortion.

Regarding this measure, Cardinal George observed: "The fact that an executive order is necessary to clarify the legislation points to deficiencies in the statute itself. We do not understand how an executive order, no matter how well intentioned, can substitute for statutory provisions."

Pro-life groups have already pointed to legal precedents showing how the order will likely be undermined.

More problems

Cardinal George went on to note that the health care reform package is "profoundly flawed" in other regards as well.

He noted that "it has failed to include necessary language to provide essential conscience protections — both within and beyond the abortion context. As well, many immigrant workers and their families could be left worse off since they will not be allowed to purchase health coverage in the new exchanges to be created, even if they use their own money."

The cardinal acknowledged that many claim there is not federal funding for abortion in the measure and that conscience protection has been assured.

But, he said, "analyses that are being published separately show this not to be the case, which is why we oppose it in its current form."

"We and many others will follow the government’s implementation of health care reform and will work to ensure that Congress and the administration live up to the claims that have contributed to its passage," the cardinal confirmed. "We believe, finally, that new legislation to address its deficiencies will almost certainly be required."

 
 

Terri Schiavo mocked 5 yrs later

Fox Program "The Family Guy" Mocks Terri Schiavo Near Death Anniversary

by Steven ErteltLifeNews.com Editor

New York, NY (LifeNews.com) — Near the fifth anniversary of the death of Terri Schiavo, the disabled woman whose husband won a court order to take her life, the Fox program "The Family Guy" featured a satire about her. Terri’s family expressed shock and sadness that Fox would allow such insensitive programming during prime time.
Five years ago, Terri was a disabled woman whose family hoped to get medical and rehabilitative treatment.
After a lengthy court battle, her husband Michael Schiavo won a court order to kill her by depriving her of food and water. After 13 painful days, Terri died.
 
During the Family Guy program, a horrific sketch was titled "Terri Schiavo: The Musical," aired.
In this sketch, Terri is mocked and the memory of the suffering she endured ridiculed as she is portrayed as someone on a number of mechanical life support systems. She is referred to as a vegetable and the sketch ends with characters calling for pulling the plug.
Terri’s brother, Bobby Schindler, told LifeNews.com today that both inferences are false regarding Terri’s case.
"My family was astonished at the cruelty and bigotry towards our beloved sister, and all disabled people that we witnessed in this show. My first thought was how this attempt at satire must have been enormously difficult and painful for my mother," he said.
"After further thought, I realized that using my deceased sister as fodder for satire also validates what our family has been saying for many years. There is growing, deep-rooted prejudice against people with brain injuries and other cognitive disabilities," he said. "This sort of bare-faced bigotry is dehumanizing to those with disabilities and cruel to those who work tirelessly to ensure that people with disabilities are provided the proper care, protection and respect. People are not vegetables."
 
Schindler points out Terri was not kept alive on mechanical life support.
She made use of a feeding tube after some doctors determined it safer for her than swallowing food and fluids on her own.
"The depiction of Terri in The Family Guy episode on March 21 is not only inaccurate," Schindler told LifeNews.com, "it seems to take the position that certain people are simply not worthy of receiving medical care because they are viewed as burdens on the health care system."
Schindler also believes it is not a coincidence that this terrible prime time skit took place 10 days prior to the five year anniversary of Terri’s death, on March 31, 2005.
 
The painful satire comes just weeks before the foundation’s first ever Terri’s Life and Hope Concert featuring Randy Travis and Collin Raye, slated for April 11th in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Schindler is calling on disability rights organizations and pro-life organizations to join his family in admonishing the producers and writers of The Family Guy.
The family’s foundation will also begin pursuing the sponsors and advertisers of The Family Guy, urging them to stop advertising in this program.
After Terri’s death, the Schindler family established the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation to protect the rights of people with disabilities. It has communicated and supported with more than 1,000 families since Terri’s Death – families who have loved one’s living with brain injuries.
ACTION: Lodge your complaints at http://www.fox.com/familyguy
Related web sites:
Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation –
http://www.terrisfight.org
 
 

 



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Rockford’s Poor Clare Monastery

A Beautiful Holy Hour For 40 Days For Life Held At Rockford Poor Clare Monastery

 
 
On Saturday March 20th pro-life Christians from Rockford united their prayers with the Nuns of the Poor Clare Corpus Christi Monastery in reparation for the deaths of over 50,000 children at Rockford’s abortion mill.  The faithful also prayed for the lives of children facing death by abortion and for the healing of those wounded by the lies of the culture of death in Rockford.
 
A least one of the Nun’s in the Monastery has been praying before the Blessed Sacrament from 6:00am – 6:00pm as part of 40 Days for Life in Rockford.
 
This faithful witness to life, love, and Jesus Christ has been part of the amazing effects of this years 40 Days for Life in our city. Over ten children have been saved from abortion, the numbers of abortions in Rockford has taken a dramatic decline, and more than one mother has sought the healing love of Jesus Christ because of the loving witness of so many Christians.
 
Please join us in saying this prayer at home, in Church, or at the "foot of the cross" in Rockford at 1400 Broadway. 
 
PRAYER FOR THE BAPTISM OF ABORTED BABIES
 Heavenly Father, Your love is eternal.  In Your ocean of love You saved the world through Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ.  Now look at Your Son on the Cross who is constantly bleeding for love of His people and forgive Your world.  Purify and baptize aborted children with the Precious Blood and Water from the Sacred Side of Your Son, Jesus Christ, who hung dead on the Cross for their salvation in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  May they, through the Holy Death of Jesus Christ, gain everlasting life, through His wounds be healed and through His Precious Blood be freed; there to rejoice with the Saints in Heaven.  Amen.
 
   "…Through this prayer large numbers of innocent unborn babies will be saved, pray it daily and make it known to the world.  Baptize them with this prayer…"     Imprimatur:  Bishop Ayo-Maria Atoyebi, O.P.  Diocese of Ilorin, Nigeria
 
Below are some pictures of the beautiful monastery.

How did Illinois' Congressional Delegation Vote?

 

IFI Update: U.S. House Passes Healthcare Legislation



By David E. Smith, Executive Director –
Illinois Family Institute

How did Illinois’ Congressional Delegation Vote?


Late Sunday night, federal lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives voted 219-212 to pass a bill (
H.R. 3590) which will cost taxpayers $940 billion, impose new taxes and require every citizen to purchase health insurance or face a $695 annual fine. The bill passed without a single "Yea" vote from Republican lawmakers. President Barack Obama is expected to sign this bill into law this week.

The Illinois Congressional Delegation voted 11-8 in favor of this bill. Below is a Roll Call, listing how Illinois’ House Congressional members voted on H.R. 3590.

A number of states are expected to file lawsuits against this legislation challenging the constitutionality of several provisions in the bill. They argue that the U.S. Congress lacks the power to order Americans to buy government-backed health insurance, and they say backroom deals offering special favors to Louisiana and Nebraska to gain the support of senators from those states raise constitutional questions.

The Founding Fathers were wise enough to set up a government of checks-and-balances. Pray that the courts rule against this overreach of Congress.

Voting Results:

Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D)–YEA
1st Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-4372
District Phone: 773-224-6500
Webform

Rep. Jesse L. Jackson (D)–YEA 
2nd Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-0773
District Phone: 708-798-6000
Webform

Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D)–NAY
3rd Congressional Dist. 
Washington Phone: 202-225-5701
District Phone: 312-886-0481 
Webform

Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D)–YEA (Co-Sponsor)
4th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-8203
District Phone: 773-384-1655
Webform

Rep. Mike Quigley (D)–YEA 
5th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-4061
District Phone: 773-267-5926 
Webform

Rep. Peter Roskam (R)–NAY 
6th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-4561
District Phone: 630-893-9670
Webform

Rep. Danny K. Davis (D)–YEA (Co-Sponsor)
7th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-5006
District Phone: 773-533-7520
Webform

Rep. Melissa L. Bean (D)–YEA
8th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-3711
District Phone: 847-519-3434
Webform

Rep. Janice D. Schakowsky (D)–YEA 
9th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-2111
District Phone: 773-506-7100
Webform

Rep. Mark Steven Kirk (R)–NAY 
10th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-4835
District Phone: 847-940-0202
Webform

Rep. Deborah Halvorson (D)–YEA
11th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-3635
District Phone: 815-726-4998 
Webform

Rep. Jerry F. Costello (D)–YEA
12th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-5661
District Phone: 618-451-7065
Webform

Rep. Judy Biggert (R)–NAY
13th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-3515 
District Phone: 630-655-2052 
info@biggert.com

Rep. Bill Foster (D)–YEA
14th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-2976
District Phone: 815-288-0680
Webform

Rep. Timothy V. Johnson (R)–NAY
15th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-2371 
District Phone: 217-403-4690
Webform

Rep. Donald A. Manzullo (R)–NAY
16th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-5676
District Phone: 815-394-1231
Webform

Rep. Phil Hare (D)–YEA
17th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-5905
District Phone: 309-793-5760
Webform

Rep. Aaron Shock (R)–NAY
18th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-6201
District Phone: 309-671-7027
info@aaronschock.com

Rep. John Shimkus (R)–NAY
19th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-5271
District Phone: 217-492-5090
Webform

IFI thanks the 8 Illinois members of the U.S. House who voted against the government takeover of healthcare.

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Be Not Afraid

Early Saturday morning, as two faithful men stood vigil praying outside the Rockford abortion facility, a woman approached them.  She was weeping…. 

 She explained to them through her tears that she had an abortion at this facility years ago when she was using drugs.  She was overwhelmed with remorse and guilt.  They asked her to pray with them and she eagerly agreed.  Before she left them they gave her the number of a priest who could counsel her.  She seemed to find relief in their encounter.
 
This is a reminder that 40 Days for Life is about fighting for eternal souls.  Our prayers are lifted for the unborn children who are lost in this terrible holocaust and also for the mothers and fathers who are suffering after aborting their children.  We pray that they will find hope, healing and redemption.  Please also pray for the abortionists, the men and women who work in the abortion facility and the owner of the building.  God wants all of his wayward children to come home to Him. 
 
What blessings we have received that we have witnessed so many of God’s graces through this campaign. To date, eleven babies have been saved since this campaign began!  Eleven babies will live to see Easter, their first birthday, to go to school, have children and grandchildren and leave their own fingerprint on this world.  Eleven mothers and fathers have been saved from the guilt and remorse that has haunted so many others.
 
Let us continue in this battle for Life.  Let us thank our Heavenly Father for the blessings we have received.  Please, help us make a strong finish in this last week. 
 
Thank you for your generous support of this life-saving campaign.
With gratitude,
Rockford Pro-Life Initiative
________________________________________________________________________________
 
"Be Not Afraid"
 
 A furious storm came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him,
 
"Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?"
 
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?"
 
The United States Congress just passes a bill that will pay for the murder of children in the womb.  Illinois House Bill 6205 just passed the Illinois House and Human service Committee.  This bill, if passed by the full House, will also pay for killing children in the womb, give broad protections for abortionists, require destructive and immoral sex education in schools, and not allow the state to regulate abortion. 
 
We don’t just have a storm we have a hurricane of murder and death coming for children in the womb.
 
Should we give up? Should we quit? Should we be afraid?
 
NEVER!
 
Five years ago the Rockford death camp had 25-35 abortions a week; some days they had so many abortions the mothers couldn’t find room in the large clinic parking-lot and had to park along the surrounding streets.
 
So the abortion mill decided to declared victory by mocking God with a rubber chicken covering Jesus on a Crucifix and by putting up a sign celebrating the murder of children in the womb as their victory over Jesus Christ.  They think they have won, they think it is over.
 
They are wrong – eternally wrong.
 
When the Rockford Christian community saw this sickening hatred of God and celebrations over the death of children they began to come to the abortion mill to pray.  When one of the clinics most ardent supporters was caught on video tape spewing some of the most vile hatred ever heard toward African Americans and exclaiming how much he "loves the smell of burning baby bodies" coming from the mill the people of Rockford came to pray at this place of sin, Satan, and death.
 
Now the numbers of abortions has dropped to 10-12 two days a week, less than half of what they were five years ago.  We now have mothers choosing life at the gates of death in Rockford at a rate never before experienced in our city.
 
Yes, we have a storm, even a hurricane of death sweeping our land.  But in Rockford faith in Jesus Christ in the midst of this storm is clearly showing why we do not have to be afraid.  That is because Jesus Christ is the Lord of life, the Lord of our hearts, the Lord of history, the protector of the poor, the innocent, and the repentant. 
 
It may look like evil is winning, but here in Rockford where Jesus Christ is present at the Rockford abortion mill through those who have faith in Him, we are seeing the beginning of the coming victory of Jesus Christ over the storm of death that has swept our country.
 
May God bless all of you who are praying and working for life in our city and when we meet at the "foot of the Cross" in our city, Rockford’s abortion mill; let us join in prayer to our Lord Jesus Christ as we will be joined in love with Him for all eternity.