2. Refusals: Pharmacy chains should institute a policy and set of procedures that ensure that - even in the event that an employee has a genuinely held religious belief against dispensing or distributing contraception — the pharmacy will ensure that customers receive valid, lawful, medically appropriate contraception in-store (on location), without discrimination or delay (e.g., within the normal timeframe for distributing an OTC product or filling a walk-in prescription, as appropriate) and without judgment or regard for the number of refills prescribed.Yes, if you have religious based beliefs on contraception and abortion that prevent these things from taking place, then you are the bad guy and are "harming" women's health. They don't say what specifically should happen to the offending religious believer but I am sure they would love to see them fired or disciplined, as has already happened in the past.
Labels: Texas Legislature
Pope holds fast to conservative requirementsThe rest of the article just quotes from the document and refrains from using scare words. But honestly, can any person read the above and not think that the author, whom is not named but I am assuming it is a DNM staffer, has a bias against the Catholic Church?
Divorced Catholics can't receive Communion; politicians admonished
10:59 PM CDT on Tuesday, March 13, 2007
From Wire Reports
VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI rebuffed calls to let divorced Catholics who remarry receive Communion in a new document Tuesday and told Catholic politicians they are expected to wage the church's fight against abortion and gay marriage.
Putting his conservative stamp on his nearly 2-year-old papacy, Benedict also reaffirmed that Priests must be celibate and included a nostalgic call for Latin use by rank-and-file faithful. A worldwide meeting of bishops, held at the Vatican in 2005, endorsed the celibacy requirement, and Benedict embraced their call, despite shortages of priests in some places.
The 131-page "exhortation" is part of the pope's vigorous campaign to ensure bishops, priests and the world's 1.1 billion Roman Catholics strictly follow church teaching.
Labels: post-abortion healing
"I do believe that there is a great tendency in modern society and modern culture to believe and think that “now we have arrived”, now we know the perfect answer to every situation and every crisis that comes along, and therefore everything we have held in the past is wrong and from now on we've got it right. I don’t believe that we should ever allow ourselves to be carried away by the culture of the moment. Our task is to interpret the culture of the day in the light of our faith, not to interpret our faith in the light of culture."Yes, this is a home run answer and although this was his first press conference, and he did not want to say too much, there are some things that need to be said. It is interesting how he answered the question as though it referred to culture instead of morality or theology. But, maybe he was trying to tell us something.
"Obviously, that is the most fundamental and the most important issue that our society in general faces today…is the dignity of the human person… from the moment of conception to its natural end. We must always make every effort that everyone in their heart and soul believes and understands the importance of this issue."This time, instead of answering from a cultural point of view, he instead refers us back to theology and morality and indicates that they, in fact, are the answer to a societal and cultural problem.
" . . . as I examine my life’s service, I ask pardon of God for all of my failings when I didn’t measure up to his holy will. Thirdly, I ask forgiveness of all those whom I have offended, in any way, through my words, actions, or omissions. The “old self” of St. Paul’s letters often stood in the way. I, too, forgive all of those who have offended me. The late John Paul II said to build the civilization of love, reconciliation lies at the heart of it: seeking forgiveness of others, and forgiving others for their offences. I stand before God and pray: “Lord, be merciful to me, a sinner.”It would be interesting to find out how many commentators are willing to read that, much less give it any consideration knowing how Bishop Grahmann has been treated in the past.
Catholic Pro-Life Committee Executive Director Karen Garnett talks with a staff member of Senator Florence Shapiro about supporting pro-life legislation.
Madeline Johnson and Danielle Mauldin from the Highlands School in Irving talk to Tre Black, Legislative Aide to Senator Royce West.
Jonathan Saenz from the Free Market Foundation and Joe Kral from the Texas Catholic Conference have provided invaluable service to the pro-life movement in Texas. Both are also recipients of the Civic Action Award given by the Catholic Pro-Life Committee, Mr. Kral in 2006 and Mr. Saenz in 2007.
The entire Texas delegation before heading inside to lobby. More than 100 people attended this day and each Representative and Senator received a visit from one of us.
Labels: Bishop Farrell
- George W. Bush has appointed two new anti-choice Justices
to the Supreme Court which will soon issue a decision on the constitutionality of the Federal Abortion Ban, which could outlaw abortion as early as the 12th week of pregnancy and has no exceptions to protect a women's health.
This is true but misleading as there is no such thing as a "Federal Abortion Ban."
There is however the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 which President Bush signed into law in November of 2003 and we are now awaiting the decision of the US Supreme Court on whether or not it is constitutional. I am pretty certain this is the "Federal Abortion Ban" they are referring to.
It also seems that the only people who are calling it the "Federal Abortion Ban" are those groups who support abortion. The web site www.federalabortionban.org is supported by a plethora of pro-abortion groups.
NARAL is correct in saying that there is no exception for the health of the mother because there is plenty of evidence that tells us that partial-birth abortion is never medically necessary. In particular, read these lines from the text of the Congressional bill itself:
"..the great weight of evidence presented at the Stenberg trial and other trials challenging partial-birth abortion bans, as well as at extensive Congressional hearings, demonstrates that a partial-birth abortion is never necessary to preserve the health of a woman, poses significant health risks to a woman upon whom the procedure is performed, and is outside of the standard of medical care."It is not an easy thing to be honest about what is happening, especially when the side you are on is crumbling and you find it easier to mislead your own supporters into scaring them so they give you money.
Labels: partial-birth abortion
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