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.
"…human weeds,’ ‘reckless breeders,’ ‘spawning… human beings who never should have been born." Margaret Sanger, Pivot of Civilization, referring to immigrants and poor people
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.
Couples should be required to submit applications to have a child, she wrote in her "Plan for Peace." Birth Control Review, April 1932
The purpose in promoting birth control was "to create a race of thoroughbreds," she wrote in the Birth Control Review, Nov. 1921 (p. 2)
"More children from the fit, less from the unfit — that is the chief aim of birth control." Birth Control Review, May 1919, p. 12
"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
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
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
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.
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."
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.
Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation – http://www.terrisfight.org
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 aRoll 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.
1st Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-4372
District Phone: 773-224-6500
Rep. Jesse L. Jackson (D)–YEA
2nd Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-0773
District Phone: 708-798-6000
Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D)–NAY
3rd Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-5701
District Phone: 312-886-0481
Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D)–YEA (Co-Sponsor)
4th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-8203
District Phone: 773-384-1655
Rep. Mike Quigley (D)–YEA
5th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-4061
District Phone: 773-267-5926
Rep. Peter Roskam (R)–NAY
6th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-4561
District Phone: 630-893-9670
Rep. Danny K. Davis (D)–YEA (Co-Sponsor)
7th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-5006
District Phone: 773-533-7520
Rep. Melissa L. Bean (D)–YEA
8th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-3711
District Phone: 847-519-3434
Rep. Janice D. Schakowsky (D)–YEA
9th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-2111
District Phone: 773-506-7100
Rep. Mark Steven Kirk (R)–NAY
10th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-4835
District Phone: 847-940-0202
Rep. Deborah Halvorson (D)–YEA
11th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-3635
District Phone: 815-726-4998
Rep. Jerry F. Costello (D)–YEA
12th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-5661
District Phone: 618-451-7065
Rep. Judy Biggert (R)–NAY
13th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-3515
District Phone: 630-655-2052
Rep. Bill Foster (D)–YEA
14th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-2976
District Phone: 815-288-0680
Rep. Timothy V. Johnson (R)–NAY
15th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-2371
District Phone: 217-403-4690
Rep. Donald A. Manzullo (R)–NAY
16th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-5676
District Phone: 815-394-1231
Rep. Phil Hare (D)–YEA
17th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-5905
District Phone: 309-793-5760
Rep. Aaron Shock (R)–NAY
18th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-6201
District Phone: 309-671-7027
Rep. John Shimkus (R)–NAY
19th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-5271
District Phone: 217-492-5090
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