You remember the raging feminist professor who attacked pro-life students from Thomas Aquinas College at UC-Santa Barbara a few months ago? She pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charges. So, yay for justice? Money says she gets a slap on the wrist:
The pro-abortion feminist studies professor at University of California Santa Barbara who attacked a young pro-life activist, stole and destroyed her sign, and encouraged a group of students to violence, inciting an angry mob, has plead no contest to criminal charges.
The incident, which took place on March 4, saw two pro-life students Thrin and Joan Short, lead the peaceful pro-life outreach event with 11 friends, most of whom were students from Thomas Aquinas College.
They used signs displaying images of abortion victims to begin conversations with students before a confrontation by Professor of Feminist Studies, Mireille Miller-Young turned violent. The angry professor interrupted the students’ calm interaction with the activists by grabbing a pro-life sign out of the hands of one of them, carrying the sign off through the campus flanked by her students, and then assaulting Thrin Short while trying to hide from police, who were on their way, the group said.
Police officers later found the remains of the sign, which had been destroyed. UC Santa Barbara police are completing their report to be submitted for prosecution.
Now, Miller-Young has entered a plea of nolo contendere (no contest) to the criminal charges against her, which include grand theft, vandalism, and battery. The plea means that she will be convicted on the three misdemeanor charges. A sentencing hearing has been set for late August, 2014.
This being California, and a really radically left wing college campus (one of the most thoroughly leftist in the country), and she being a radical feminist, I bet the total penalty comes down to 10 hours community service and a fine of less than $100.
Duties at college will count for community service, so the change in her life will be minimal.
The university has been very defensive and has imposed no known sanction against the professor (of a made up subject). University officials have, for the most part, blamed the pro-lifers for the incident.
Peace and love, after all. Until you get in our f—in’ way…….
I mentioned in a post a month or two back that I had met an old school Republican party delegate, who shocked me when he told me he thought the masquerade known as same-sex marriage was just A-OK by him. I relayed in this post how this guy sends me a lot mailings that amount to bated-breath Republican propaganda. I ignore much of it. But he put together some data on demonrat gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis aka Abortion Barbie’s funding sources, and I thought, for the record, it would not a bad thing to share. I guess much of this was cobbled together from a recent Dallas Snoring News article. It might be useful to scratch a few folks or organizations off your list, if you had any doubt:
* Actress Jennifer Garner………………$ 25,000
* Actor Matt Damon………………………$ 5,000
* Marlo Thomas……………………………$ 5,000
* Carrie Fisher……………………………..$ 500
* Tom Hanks……………………………….$ 500 [I too bought the fantasy peddled in the 90s, when he was at his peak, that Tom Hanks was a nice, normal guy. There is no normal in Hollywood. They are as alien to you and me as creatures from Mars]
* Abgail Disney,Walts grand daughter $ 5,000
* Houston Trial Lawyers Steve and Amber Mostyn…………….$ 738,000 includes $100,000 of air travel costs. We all know why trial lawyers want Democrats in office
* Willie Nelson……………………………..$ 250,000 and he also performed at a Wendy Fund Raiser [Oh Willie, all that pot has rotted your brain. You're blinded to the totalitarian tendencies of progressivism and its nature as an outlook built on blood. You never cease to disappoint me. This is not the Depression, Willie, and this is not your grandfathers demonrat party. Funny thing, an area priest knew Willie growing up in Abbot, and he's a screaming lib, too. Something in the water, there?]
* Battleground Texas……………………$ 1,000,000 I am guessing Battle Ground got this money from the Natl Dem Party fund [This is the Obama-sourced group trying to turn Texas dem, permanently]
* Service Employees Union…………..$ 250,000
* Assoc of State,county,employees $ 100,000
* Intnl brotherhood of Elec workers…$ 50,000
* Planned Parenthood President……$ 101,000 which includes $12,000 for website development.
* Emily’s List: supporter of abortion…$ 75,000
I’m sure those last two have given a lot more than that, or will. Most demonrat politicians thrive on illegal, under the table donations, as Obama did in his elections, taking money from foreign sources, the traitor.
In reality, I hope the dems and especially the pro-aborts go all-in and donate all the money they have to support Davis, because it will all be wasted. It’s money that could be used for even more evil purposes, at least in this case, it won’t do as much real damage.
Naturally, that’s where most of the minorities are.
The below just goes to show you can’t trust a pro-abort. People who kill for a living are unlikely to bat an eye over a “little” thing like lying to someone’s face. I say that because some time ago, I had a conversation with an area abortion mill worker who told me most of the mills would be closing when the state’s ambulatory surgery requirements went into effect. This individual told me directly that Planned Barrenhood would be closing their mill and leaving only their Fort Worth abattoir open. They also said almost every other mill would close, too.
Well, either that was just bold-faced lying or it plans have changed, but shrill Cecile Richards was in town recently to tell us how wonderful it is that PB will be open a new megamill in South Dallas soon (they will close their other mill on Greenville Ave):
Planned Parenthood will open a new abortion clinic in Dallas in August that meets the structural standards of
an ambulatory surgical center, as required by the state’s new law.
In September, all abortion clinics will have to meet the structural requirments — such as specific room and doorway sizes, air sterilization systems, backup generators, blood supplies and male and female locker rooms.
Including the new Dallas clinic, seven of the 21 abortion clinics operating in the state meet the requirements.
The Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit on behalf of several abortion providers in Texas challenging the structural requirements.
Planned Parenthood purchased and renovated an existing surgical center with donations from the Building our Futures Fund.
“Our board and some of our donors and supporters put together a campaign to meet the needs of our patients over the coming years,” said Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas spokeswoman Sarah Wheat. Aside from funding the new clinic, the donations will go towards patient assistance and renovating family planning clinics in North Texas.
All abortion procedures will be transferred to the new facility beginning in August.
Some of the other mills – Robinson’s, Routh Street – are incapable of meeting the new requirements in their present locations, which are little more than hovels. The pro-abort I spoke with indicated they would close, but Robinson has given no indication he plans to quit. Maybe he’ll move to Planned Barrenhood. This new facility will be large enough to have several killing rooms.
In other Banned Parenthood related news, Planned Parenthood in Colorado is being sued for failing to report the rape of a 13 year old girl and returning her to her abuser:
Planned Parenthood faces a legal challenge in Colorado after Cary Smith, of Federal Heights, discovered that clinic staff failed to inquire or report about suspected sexual abuse of her thirteen-year-old daughter after giving her an abortion……
…….Throughout the visit, four staff members spoke with and observed R.Z. and her step-father. All of them had opportunity to see that R.Z.’s birth date indicated she was only thirteen—well below the age of consent. Yet, none of them asked R.Z. about their relationship. None of them asked why their last names were different. None of them asked about potential sex abuse. And none of them reported anything to the state
After the abortion, R.Z. walked back out to the parking lot, got into her step-father’s car, and went back home. And the abuse continued…….[What an unmitigated nightmare. This child was abused by her step-father. I read somewhere that rates of abuse by step-fathers are much higher than those of biological fathers. Another wonderful result of no-fault divorce.]
……The first medical professionals who had seen R.Z.—the four Planned Parenthood staff members—must have known that her daughter was a potential victim of sexual abuse. These were professionals who had the information to do something. They had opportunity to ask R.Z. before her mother even knew.
And they had the responsibility to act—to report suspected child sex abuse—under Colorado law.
But these professionals did nothing. Worse, they performed a dangerous, legally-restricted procedure on a minor child, without informing her mother, and turned R.Z. back over to her rapist following the abortion.
At Planned Parenthood, they don’t want to know how old girls are. They don’t want to know how old their partners are. They do everything they can to remain deliberately ignorant so they can avoid the mandatory reporter laws. They do all they can, in essence, to allow the abuse to continue, even if they know it is rape.
And as former Kansas Attorney Phil Kline and the Live Action crew have found out, this attitude is systematic within Planned Parenthood.
Yet they remain one of the most sacred allies of the demonrat party. Catholics don’t need to know anything else to know that voting democrat is gravely immoral.
Someone posited to me that the bishops should make clear that voting democrat is an act that incurs automatic excommunication. I’m sure that would go over real well at the secret sessions of the USCCB! But it’s an interesting thought. I think it could be argued that the democrat party has become so thoroughly committed to advancing evil in the last few years that voting for a democrat candidate, even one that pretends to be pro-life, is tantamount to a rejection of the Faith and grounds for excommunication. What do you think?
Not that the Repubniks are any great shakes. They have their own massive problems, like loving usury and being far more “Christian” in word than in deed.
Much news on the abortion front July 15, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, paganism, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, the enemy.
There has been a great deal of news on the abortion front. A former Planned Parenthood worker who has converted to the pro-life cause gave a speech recently in which she described her mill on baby-killing days. It is chilling, to say the least:
Former Planned Parenthood worker Judith Fetrow spoke at a conference sponsored by The Pro-Life Action League which was recorded in a series of videos entitled Abortion: The Inside Story.The video series can be found here.
Judith Fetrow first discusses how legal abortion is not as safe as many believe:
It is difficult work at abortion for any length of time and continue to believe that it is a safe procedure. Even with the best doctors, abortion days are filled with minor and sometimes major complications. I watched Dr. William P perforate a woman’s uterus and then lie about the severity of the perforation. The most horrifying complication that I witnessed was a woman who stopped breathing during the abortion. Dr. Michael Sussman just walked out of the room when he was finished. Despite my telling him that our client was not breathing, he left me alone with her. When Dr. Sussman was forced to return we didn’t even follow emergency protocol for that situation. It was a miracle that this woman didn’t die.
I began to wonder if we were really caring for these women, or if we were just working for another corporation whose only interest was the bottom line. [I don't have any wonder. But even more, Planned Barrenhood is a completely diabolical organization that is utterly wedded to the idea of child sacrifice to the demonic gods of sexular paganism. That's not how they think about it, consciously, but they regard abortion as the most sacred and inviolable shibboleth they hold, the thing with which they would not part if pushed to the last extreme. That it is demonic is apparent to faithful souls, but they pretend it is liberating. I think they do know that abortion is the necessary and vital backstop for the entire sexular pagan ethos of free love and all that, and they are wedded to that ethos above all else. They would rather shut down than stop abortin' and contraceptin'.]
Although workers can be protected from seeing the babies’ butchered bodies, there is no inoculation to make clinic workers immune to the smell of blood, and the smell of blood permeates the clinic on killing days. Generally there is one clinic worker in charge of the babies. No one at Planned Parenthood wanted this job. I did not particularly want this job. However, I did not want to see the babies treated disrespectfully. I did not want to hear Janice [another clinic worker] callously say she was taking the kids and putting them into daycare….
There is much more at the link. Truly satanic. Those poor workers. Do they have any idea of the evil they are committing on a daily basis? I can say from experience that they universally live in a state of complete denial, often aided by alcohol or other substances to keep their consciences good and dead.
In other news from Live Action, they have another video exposing Planned Barrenhood’s ongoing (and all too often successful) attempts to instill the most perverse practices of the sexular pagan culture in children. I won’t post the video in this case, as I’ve done in the past, but just link to it. There is apparently nothing to bizarre or extreme for a Banned Parenthood staffer to communicate to a child as “normal” sexual practice. But what would one expect from women who participate in the murder of babies all day, or work for such a ghoulish organization? Mary Poppins?
Finally, with numerous state laws slowly (too slowly) but steadily eroding the “right to choose” (to murder your baby), Senate Majority Leader and all around thug Harry Reid is trying to push what is being called the most radical pro-abort bill in history through the Senate. Hearings are ongoing in the Judiciary committee, but this bill could pass the demonrat controlled Senate. I don’t think it will go anywhere from there – and maybe there will be enough dems in touch re-election bids to keep this thing from passing – but it nevertheless is not good. Some of the details, via CatholicVote:
…..the so-called “Women’s Health Protection Act.” The bill was introduced in response to the Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case.
What would happen to the numerous pro-woman and pro-child protections passed in the states all across the country if this mega abortion bill became law?
- Informed consent laws? Eliminated.
- Laws that protect pain-capable children after 20 weeks? Gone.
- Clinic regulations? All of them wiped away.
- Conscience protections? Nearly all such protections would be decimated.
- Ultrasounds for vulnerable women? Banned.
My friend summed it up well: “This bill is the Freedom of Choice Act on steroids.”
The democrat party is once again communicating to its base and to the country at large that they hold no more cherished belief than the false right of women to kill their children. Dems are in a near-panic over advancing state pro-life laws, and would certainly overturn them if they could find the votes. This demonstrates to this Catholic the utter demonic immorality of that party and highlights why I have never, in my life, voted for a demonrat, and certainly never will. Not that Repubniks are Catholic all-stars, they are far from it, but in many respects still less offensive to conscience than the dems. Nevertheless, I continue to seek alternatives to both that are more acceptable from the Catholic standpoint.
The war continues. But we’ll only be fighting rear-guard actions at best, and nibbling away here and there, until we convince at least a large minority of Americans that we’ll never be rid of abortion until people become willing to give up their “sacred” contraception.
But we all know what a chore it is to be punished with a baby, so I won’t hold my breath.
Deranged pro-abort attacks pro-life demonstrators July 11, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
I expect we will see more of this. A deranged pro-abort attacked some peaceful pro-life protesters outside a public building in Columbus, OH. There have been some follow-up interviews with the attacker in which she makes plain she has absolutely no concept of what constitutes assault, battery, stages of fetal development, the First Amendment, etc. In short, she is a deluded and ignorant woman, who needs many prayers.
Video of the assault below, big language warning, this woman is the definition of unhinged (first f-bomb comes about 2 seconds in):
This woman has so drunk the pro-abort kool-aid. “Clump of cells at 12 weeks,” I’m sure that’s what they told her when she had her abortion(s). Here is what a baby at 12 weeks looks like:
Deceased 12 week old:
My God what a tragedy for a person to believe such demonic lies. In point of fact, a baby stops being a “clump of cells” after just a few days, but even then, it is still a person.
Given all the idiocy she spouts about racism – which seems hilarious, as she is lily white – and “white male privilege,” it’s pretty obvious this fast food worker (with possible advanced degrees in gender studies/queer theory) has drank deeply from the leftist hate-mongering trough.
This assault does raise an interesting question. Does the increasingly radical and militant rhetoric from the pro-abort camp, with constant talk of “war on women,” “if you don’t have a uterus you have no right to talk about it,” and the fear-mongering that the pro-abort left uses, help precipitate attacks like these? We have seen the pro-abort left and militant atheists grow more and more extreme in rhetoric and violent in action in the past few years. I have experienced this personally myself. I am not one to think that broad cultural memes excuse people’s actions at all, but perhaps the converse is true: that extremist baby- and man-hating rhetoric that feminists like this are steeped in causes some of them to act out their rage in more concrete ways.
Her name is Victoria Duran, btw. That makes it easier to pray for her conversion and healing.
A little education for Miss Duran (her father’s name? – what a slave of patriarchy!). Here is what a baby looks like at even 5 weeks:
Hands eyes heart brain……not a clump of cells. It is, in fact, obviously human.
Poor lost souls like this. Each one a tragedy, and there are hundreds of millions of them, worldwide.
This is what comes of the rejection of Christendom and hating God. Just demonic evil.
Our Lord’s Last Prophecy Before his Death…… July 9, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, catachesis, contraception, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, Latin Mass, priests, sadness, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society.
…..and how it relates to the collapse of Christianity in the United States, especially viz a viz the disastrous Griswold vs. Connecticutt decision. In that decision, the then incredibly liberal and anti-Christian Supreme Court found, emanating from the penumbras, a supposed “right to privacy” and the right to use contraception. That was 1965, and the tipping point for the cultural calamity we see around us:
As the person who sent this to me said:
“The US fertility rate has hit is all time low. So American culture is much worse now than when this sermon was given. 8-13 million babies are chemically aborted through abortifacient contraception in the USA. So over half of American babies are killed by mommy & daddy. The evil is not overseas but all around us. We are saturated in immorality. When God is kicked out of the schools and society, the evil will have no limit. It will be interesting how bad things will get (morally) in the next few years.
The worst chastisement is when God does nothing, when he just lets us fall. Hopefully God will act soon to stop all of the child killing and immorality”
You may think the lede hyperbole, but Michael Voris has found a parish in NYC where that is most precisely the case. St. Francis of Assisi parish, which prides itself on its inclusiveness, tolerance, and understanding, has no room for orthodox Catholics who say uncomfortable things. “All are welcome…..”…..so long as your highest concern is serving the sexular pagan indifferentist agenda, rather than that terrible ol’ uninclusive, intolerant, divisive and “hurtful” Catholic Faith.
Why was the early Church persecuted? It was not persecuted because it posited a new God for the Roman pantheon – new “gods” were admitted every time Rome conquered a new territory. The Church was not persecuted because it said God was the best of all the “gods” – numerous religions perfectly acceptable to Rome made the same claim.
No, the Church was violently, relentless and cruelly persecuted because She made claims that were totally unacceptable to pagan Rome, just as they are unacceptable to the neo-pagans of today. The Church said that there was only ONE God, that He had become Incarnate in Jesus Christ, and that ALL the other “gods” were false. Not just false, but demons. The Church also said the emperors were not gods, which made the emperors pretty mad, and further the Church made plain that many common Roman behaviors were gravely offensive to the One True God and had to be stopped. That included the current “America’s Most Popular Sin!!,” sodomy.
So from the very beginning, the Church was not inclusive, She was, from the point of view of the Romans and others, maddeningly exclusive. How dare a Church claim it alone had ALL the Truth and was established by the only True God in the flesh?!? What kind of insane cult would make such claims? And so the persecutions rolled.
We confront a frighteningly similar situation in the culture today. The vast majority of people in the West, led astray by centuries of endarkenment anti-Church rhetoric and erroneous notions of “rights” and “liberty,” now confront the concept of orthodox Christianity with profound hostility. “Who are these alien people who really believe this stuff? Why can’t they just get along with the rest of us? What is the matter with them?”
It’s the same “matter” that has always existed when the Church exists in a hostile culture. What is very much different today, is that for the first time in Her history the vast majority of those purporting to be Catholic now think indistinguishably from the anti-Catholic Romans of old.
And those of us who strive to be openly faithful are most manifestly not welcome in their parishes.
UPDATE: Quick update to refute a rejoinder which is likely to come. Some may say, no, this parish just doesn’t like Michael Voris. They only do not like him because he puts himself out there and is known. But I can assure you that should they know me, or many of you, and our beliefs – especially if we argue those beliefs publicly – we would be equally unwelcome.
I almost said this in the original post, but I’ll say it now: surveying all the wreckage of the past 50 years, I find it increasingly difficult not to conclude that a new religion was not unleashed on the world about 50 years ago, and that this new religion is implacably hostile to the old. That’s a very disconcerting thought to have, but it is also an extremely difficult one to put away.
Hobby Lobby wins HHS Mandate case at Supreme Court June 30, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, disconcerting, General Catholic, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
Once again, the 9 black-robed demi-gods on the Supreme Court stared into their magic eight ball, and announced to a quivering world their judgment from Mount Olympus. While lightning streaked and thunder rolled, the unelected unimpeachable* infallible determiners of libertine democracy proclaimed that “closely held private for-profit corporations cannot be required to provide contraception coverage.” I find the coverage below from HLI as interesting for what it does not say as for what it does (I add comments):
In a narrow 5-4 decision today concerning the HHS contraception mandate, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that closely held for-profit corporations cannot be required to provide contraception coverage. The Court found that applying the HHS contraception mandate to closely held for-profit corporations violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
In reaction to today’s decision, Human Life International President Father Shenan J. Boquet released the following statement:
“The full implications of this decision are not yet known, but this appears to be at least some good news in the fight for religious freedom. [How about "rights of the Church," or, better yet, "the fight to assert the Social Reign of Christ the King?"]
“What many found deeply disturbing about this case was not only the assault on religious freedom, but the manipulation of scientific facts in order to support a radical political agenda promoting abortion. [OK, but contraception is an intrinsic evil all by itself intimately related to ALL areas of human reproduction, with abortion as the ultimate backstop of the mentality that tries to assert control over the reproductive act.]
“There’s scientific consensus that when sperm meets egg and fertilization occurs, a new human life begins. Yet we see our own government and pro-abortion lobbyist groups like American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) play games with the words ‘fertilization,’ ‘conception,’ ‘pregnancy,’ and even ‘abortion’ to make it seem as though the drugs and devices in question in the Hobby Lobby case don’t kill innocent human life-when it’s scientific fact that they can, and do destroy new life in the womb. [This is all true, and the abortifacient capabilities of many contraceptives are a very nasty adjunct to the entire evil of contraception. But I find it a bit odd to shift emphasis away from the grave evil of contraception, in which the vast majority of Americans and, ahem, Catholics are engaged, and the evil of abortion, which involves a much smaller subset]
“Not only does the HHS contraception/sterilization/abortifacient mandate seek to undermine our God-given freedom to practice our faith, the mandate furthers U.S. government support for the greatest human rights abuse in history, using taxpayer dollars to kill preborn human life.
All very true. But again, I sort of wonder why, in a reaction to a judgment that narrows the scope of the federal government’s attempt to force ALL insurance-providing entities in the US to pay for the great evil of contraception, that evil, as such, is never mentioned even once? I know HLI is a pro-life focused group, but at the same time, until the vast majority of the public is weened off contraception, we’ll never be rid of abortion. So I found the word play above kind of strange.
Well, as Dumb Ox would say, what a smashing victory for the good guys! Except it’s really not, it’s a very narrowly focused ruling that probably doesn’t affect Church entities much and leaves open the possibility for the government to continue to try to force the Church into acts of grave evil. Which acts most dioceses have happily been engaged in for decades, but that’s a whole ‘nuther matter.
Yes, I have a case of the Mondays:
* in effect
A few years back, the legislators in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts – always eager to advance the cause of their most sacred shibboleth, abortion – passed a law declaring it illegal to speak to or “harass” women on public sidewalks within 35 feet of abortion mills statewide. This had the effect of dramatically limit the ability of sidewalk counselors to save lives and talk women out of a disastrous act. It also had a chilling effect on “free speech,” declaring certain public areas closed to Catholics and others concerned about the ongoing destruction of life.
Fortunately, the Supreme Court yesterday peered into their magic 8 ball and overturned this law in a unanimous decision:
The Supreme Court has unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law establishing a buffer zone around abortion facilities.
The justices’ 9-0 ruling in McCullen v. Coakley reverses the First Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding the law, which barred sidewalk counselors from setting foot within 35 feet of abortion facilities statewide.
The 34-page ruling, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, said the statute went too far by forbidding pro-life advocates from engaging in free speech on “a public way or sidewalk adjacent to a reproductive health care facility.”
The buffer zone law represents an “extreme step of closing a substantial portion of a traditional public forum to all speakers,” the justices ruled. “The Commonwealth may not do that consistent with the First Amendment.”
“While we wish the decision had recognized the content-restrictions inherent in this type of law, this decision is truly a victory for courageous, compassionate sidewalk counselors in Massachusetts who have saved hundreds of lives through their quiet outreach offering help and alternatives to women,” Dana Cody, president and executive director of Life Legal Defense Foundation, told LifeSiteNews.com.
“In a brazen affront to the First Amendment, Massachusetts government officials had sought to use the threat of arrest and criminal conviction to silence those offering women life-affirming alternatives to abortion,” said Dr. Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life. “The Supreme Court rightly rejected this unlawful attempt to deny pro-life Americans their First Amendment rights.”
However in a flashpoint with three conservative justices, a majority of the justices endorsed the right of states to create buffer zones around abortion facilities as long as they are more narrowly tailored, especially if the state establishes a legal history of intimidation.
“The act is neither content nor viewpoint based and therefore need not be analyzed under strict scrutiny,” they ruled, provoking a stern response from Justices Scalia, Kennedy, and Thomas.
Pro-life forces had said the law censored their speech by allowing abortion escorts to speak freely to women but silencing anyone who would try to tell the woman of abortion’s potential harms.
“The government cannot reserve its public sidewalks for Planned Parenthood, as if their message is the only one women should be allowed to hear,” said Mark Rienzi, the sidewalk counselors’ attorney. “Today’s decision confirms that the First Amendment is for everyone, and that the government cannot silence peaceful speakers. That result is good news for Eleanor McCullen, and it is great news for the women she helps.”
Justice Roberts rejected the notion that buffer zone laws target only one side of the argument, saying they “burden substantially more speech than necessary to achieve the Commonwealth’s asserted interests” in protecting women seeking an abortion from allegedly aggressive pro-life protesters.
The bill was introduced in 2007 by Massachusetts House of Representatives. Member Martha “Marty” Walz, who is now the president of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. She claimed in a USA Today op-ed that the law is necessary to protect abortion workers from “violent, extremist anti-abortion protesters led by Operation Rescue.”
Oh please, in the last 10 years, there has been far more violence directed at pro-lifers than at abortionists, their staff, or the women seeking abortions. That is an utter crock.
What it means is that sidewalk counselors and co-located crisis pregnancy centers are extremely effective at turning women away from involvement in a hideous act, and thus pose a great threat to the abortion industry and its fevered supporters. Can you imagine a similar law forbidding pro-aborts from protesting or doing their silly thing (for their poorly attended marches are profoundly silly and unserious) anywhere, at any time? There would be no end to the cries of persecution and cruelty.
As the article above notes, the ruling did leave open the possibility that Taxachusetts and other states could impose similar laws provided they are more narrowly defined in future. So it wasn’t an enormous victory. Then again, most states are turning decidedly pro-life (probably not MASS, CA, NY, and the other left wing havens, though), so hopefully there will not be such impetus for this kind of law again. But who knows. The devil never sleeps.
And he never runs out of willing agents of cooperation. Pray God turn women’s (and men’s) hearts away from this wanton barbarism. Sustain and restore Your Church, the only reliably pro-life voice in the culture. And send your angels to fight the demons away from these slaughterhouses!
Last year, Pope Francis replaced Cardinal Bagnasco as head of the Italian Episcopal Conference (the Italian USCCB) with a very much more junior (and left wing) prelate named Nunzio Galantino. Now, this is not a post on Pope Francis, but it is a compilation of the amazing (and not in a good way) statements of Bishop Galantino since he became head of the CEI, the Italian bishop’s conference. These were reported in a Rorate translation of an Antonio Socci editorial of June 22. I am only relaying the bishop’s quotes with as little explanatory text as possible:
The Church wants to be “poorer in material goods and richer in evangelical virtue and has no need of protection, guarantees and certainties.”…[I did not know the "Church" was excessively rich. Remember that when the bishop's appeal comes around? As far as the "certainties," that comes from an Italian standpoint, where the Church is, kinda sorta, still the de facto Church of the state. It gets a state subsidy. But that is because much Church property has been nationalized. This is really just a pandering statement to secular/masonic interests, who don't like even the lingering relation the Church has to the Italian state.]
….On another occasion, Galantino had thundered: “what is the use in the world today of a Church determined in defending its positions (at times its own real privileges).” [Bear in mind, the Italian Church receives over 1 billion Euros in state funds]……In his craving to attack militant Catholics (the ones he should instead defend and represent), with his interview to “Regno”, anticipated by some newspapers, he once again threw the battle of the “non-negotiable principles” under the bus, even if they are official Church Magisterium. And he rejected “certain gatherings” from the times of Wojtyla, Ruini and Ratzinger…….[That was widely interpreted to mean pro-life gatherings, Eucharistic Processions, Marian confabs, etc. All the traditional hallmarks of the Faith]Then he laid it on even thicker, by putting us on guard about values which “become ideology” (without explaining what this means). He recalled in an incorrect way the episode when Peter unsheathes his sword in defense of the Master, by adding a disturbing comment: “I must confess that I am left perplexed at the violent behavior, also verbal, when values are defended.” [Unless those are left wing values, surely]Recently Galantino proclaimed that the Church has to change and must speak, “free of taboos about married priests, Communion to the divorced and remarried, and homosexuality.” [What can this mean, other than an aim to overturn perennial discipline and even Dogma?] Then he really decided to overdo things and came out with this devastating declaration: “In the past we concentrated exclusively on the ‘no’ to abortion and euthanasia. It cannot be like this, in the middle there is an ‘existence’ which develops. I don’t identify with the expressionless faces of those who recite the Rosary outside the clinics where interruption of pregnancy is practiced.” [First of all, B as in B, S as in S. The Italian episcopal conference is, by and large, much more liberal than the USCCB and always has been, even in the days of Bernadin. It has railed about pet left wing causes for decades, and has always stressed social justice concerns. So this "exclusive concentration on the 'no' to abortion and euthanasia" is just garbage, an utter straw man. Also, note how he softens his language towards the end, no longer speaking of abortion, but places where pregnancies are "interrupted." No question which way this guy leans. Satan also loves shades of grey and muddy middles.]Nonetheless, the Bishop from Cassano Jonico – now with a ‘subscription to blundering’ – didn’t think of apologizing. On the contrary, last week he launched another one of his bright ideas in his [own] diocese: “We want to apologize to the non-believers because many times the way we live our religious experience completely ignores the sensibilities of unbelievers, and we say and do things that very often don’t reach them, but rather vex them.” [There is some truth in this statement. We Catholics, I am sure, do things that give less than stellar witness. But I don’t think that’s what Bishop Galantino means. When he says we “ignore the sensibilities of unbelievers,” he means, we are offensive to leftist sensibilities. He means, shut up about abortion, sodomy, contraception, and the rest, and get with the social justice MiniTruth program.