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Abortion & Procreation

From both divine revelation and natural law, we know that there is something special about human life. We are made in the image of God. Protection of human life and dignity is a natural instinct of all people and stands at the core of Catholic social teaching.


Funding the Abortion Industry

Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry receive millions of tax dollars but the funding carefully obscured.  But funding is only the start of the special treatment received by the industry. This three part series examines Federal and State funding of abortion and also takes a look at the special treatment the industry  given it under state law.  With a new majority in Washington, not only must funding be addressed but also the protection of individuals and institutions that object to abortion must be solidified.

January 25, 2017 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life

Every child who, rather than being born, is condemned unjustly to being aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ, bears the face of the Lord, who even before he was born, and then just after birth, experienced the world’s rejection. And every elderly person…even if he is ill or at the end of his days, bears the face of Christ.

January 18, 2017 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life

The inviolability of the person which is a reflection of the absolute inviolability of God, fínds its primary and fundamental expression in the inviolability of human life.

January 11, 2017 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life

The victims of this [throwaway] culture are precisely the weakest and most fragile human beings — the unborn, the poorest, the sick and elderly, the seriously handicapped, etc. — who are in danger of being ‘thrown away,’ expelled from a system that must be efficient at all costs…It is necessary to raise awareness and form the lay faithful, in whatever state, especially those engaged in the field of politics, so that they may think in accord with the Gospel and the social doctrine of the church and act consistently by dialoguing and collaborati

June 22, 2016 Abortion & Procreation, Faith in the Public Square

Sacramento, CA – After almost two years of little or no activity, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) has ruled that the Bishops of California and others filing complaints do not have standing to object to a California agency mandating that religious organizations and individuals pay for all abortions in their managed health care plans.

January 11, 2016 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life

The Washington March for Life began in 1974 on the first anniversary of the notorious Roe v. Wade decision.  About 20,000 people attended that first year but it has grown substantially.  In recent times the crowd has reached nearly 800,000.  Participants march from the National Mall to the Supreme Court and hear from speakers, elected officials and activist leaders during the day.

October 26, 2015 Abortion & Procreation, Faith in the Public Square

On October 9, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 775, (Chiu, D-San Francisco), the so-called Reproductive FACT (Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency) Act.  The legislation forces faith-based, pro-life pregnancy resource centers that offer alternatives to abortion, to advertise access to “immediate free or low-cost” abortion.  The bill was co-sponsored by California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice California and others. 

October 13, 2015 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life

In the continuing debate over abortion, Planned Parenthood (PP) has a unique associate that often provides credibility for the organization when its own statements have low credibility.

The Guttmacher Institute is generally viewed by politicians and the media as a neutral source of research data about pregnancy issues.

October 12, 2015 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life

How many abortions occur each year in the United States, and in California?

It depends on whose data one finds.

The federal Abortion Surveillance Report for 2011, prepared by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) says 730,322 abortions occurred in 2011.

Guttmacher Institute says the annual total is 1.1 million abortions.

Why the difference?

The CDC shows no abortions in California.

But each year 180,000 babies are killed by abortion in California, according to Guttmacher data, an average of 500 each day.

May 26, 2015 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life

AB 775, which would discriminate against any and all pregnancy centers/clinics that hold a pro-life viewpoint, has passed out of the Assembly and is now on its way to the state Senate.  

August 28, 2014 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life

The California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) - bowing to political pressure from Planned Parenthood and its supporters – has told health insurers that they cannot sell two Catholic universities any product that does not cover all abortions for employees.

The notice contradicts the Department’s own ruling earlier in the year that Jesuit-run Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles and Santa Clara University are within the law by offering health plans that do not cover elective abortions.