As another week comes to an end, this is your chance to top off your glass with a final helping of news, current events, and just plain interesting stuff that may not have made into the mainstream media. A chance to linger for a few more moments before we close the door on the week. Below are some links to articles, blogs, and miscellaneous happenings that caught my eye over the past few days. Sample what you like. I'll serve up more next Friday...
Pope Tweets Support for March for Life - "I join all those marching for life from afar, and pray that political leaders will protect the unborn and promote a culture of life."
40 Years, 55 Million Dead: Pro-Lifers Say Roe Must Go - [Amen to that!]
Why Are Americans Outraged by Sandy Hook, Apathetic About Abortion? - "Let me be clear: the problem is not our horror, sadness, and outrage over Sandy Hook. That was appropriate and even morally obligatory. The problem is our pathological indifference to abortion."
From Abortion Worker to Catholic Apostle - "A former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson tells how an ultrasound of an unborn baby’s fight for life eventually let her to the Catholic Church and to a new apostolate."
Woman Behind Roe v. Wade: “I’m Dedicating My Life to Overturning It” - "Back in 1973, I was a very confused twenty-one year old with one child and facing an unplanned pregnancy... At the time I fought to obtain a legal abortion, but truth be told, I have three daughters and never had an abortion.”
What I Saw in Phoenix: Pro-Life Grassroots in Action - "Rallies and marches like this one are taking place across America right now. God bless the efforts of this next generation of pro-life activists!"
Denver Archbishop Says Abortion Encounter Changed Him - Archbishop
Samuel J. Aquila of Denver said his exposure to abortion as a hospital
orderly still haunts him and prompts him to urge penitence and pro-life
Nurse Tells of Babies Left to Die After Failed Abortions - "I held a little abortion survivor for 45 minutes until he died, which was obviously life-changing. Then, eventually, I went public and got fired."
Congresswoman: Roe v. Wade Abortion Case “Affirms Motherhood” - [It disgusts me that this passes for an acceptable position in today's political world...and the Democratic Party embraces such rhetoric.]
What Would Martin Luther King, Jr. Have Thought of Abortion? - "African Americans are a prime target of the abortion industry. In analyzing the location of the nation’s abortion centers, some have found a disproportionate number situated in majority-black neighborhoods." See also: Martin Luther King Jr’s Niece: My Uncle Would be Pro-Life
Obama Administration Protects Chimps, No Protection for Unborn - "...those who have pushed so hard over many years to protect research chimps are no more anti-science than those who have pushed to protect embryos in research and wish to prevent human cloning, which are also ethical issues."
Obama’s ‘Gay Rights’ Agenda on Collision Course With Religious Liberty - "As the president ponders his options, religious leaders and religious-liberty advocates will also be reviewing legal and legislative strategies for protecting their freedom to support traditional marriage."
Obama’s Orwellian Marriage Moment - "We live in a strange Orwellian moment when to say “parenting relationships deserve special status” is denounced as bigotry and to say, “I deny that parenting relationships are unique” is hailed as brave and bold."
Eight Reasons Not to Use Graphic Abortion Images at the March for Life - "These images are like a terrible weapon which should be used with fear and trembling, and only as a last resort." However...this may be an appropriate use of such images: Obama Motorcade Forced to Confront Pictures of Aborted Babies
“Reproductive Rights” Run Amuck - "The desire for children is natural (especially for women) and good, but that doesn’t mean we’re entitled to have the children that we so desire."
The New York Times finally realizes Pope Paul VI was right about contraceptives - "For an outlet that has been known to tilt to the left (to say the least), the Times’ decision to publish Williams’ essay is remarkable. It belies everything the media and cultural elites stand for."
Why is Justice Scalia Wearing Sir Thomas More’s Hat? - "The hat is a custom-made replica of the hat depicted in Holbein’s famous portrait of St. Thomas More. It was a gift from the St. Thomas More Society of Richmond, Virginia." [I want one!]
Robert George: Catholic Oppression Coming Over Marriage - "In a Jan. 17 email to Catholic News Agency, Robert George of Princeton University warned of rising oppression against those who oppose a redefinition of marriage."
Deadly Deceit - "Bad law and bad theology have contributed to the deceitful rationale for why abortion would be considered an acceptable choice for a Christian. It is painful that they know God on some level, but their faith is poorly formed, leading them to reject His law when it is convenient to do so."
Catholicism and Free Thought - "Catholicism, rooted and nurtured and flourishing within the Western classical tradition provides a unique and irreplaceable structure in which truly free thought can flourish. "
Waiter hailed as hero after standing up for boy with Down syndrome - [This was just a very heart-warming story.]