Gun Control and the Culture of Death

The following was sent to me by pro-life prayer warrior and friend,  Barney Byrne.  He uses Archbishop Chaput’s words to draw a correlation between the gun violence in our country to the killing we’ve allowed of unborn children through abortion.  

Gun Control

Is the Culture of Death in our Country the main reason for our Country’s recent history of mass shootings and are guns only ones means of instituting that violence?
Exactly 20 years ago, in U.S. Senate testimony just weeks after the Columbine H.S. massacre, Archbishop Charles Chaput of our own Philadelphia Archdiocese offered these thoughts:
“The real problem is in here, in us… In the last four decades we’ve created a culture that markets violence in dozens of different ways, seven days a week.  When we build our advertising campaigns on consumer selfishness and greed, and when money becomes the universal measure of value, how can we be surprised when our sense of community erodes?  When we glorify and multiply guns, why are we shocked when kids use them.  When we answer murder with more violence in the death penalty, we put the state’s seal of approval on revenge. 
When the most dangerous place in the country is a mother’s womb and the unborn child can have his or her head crushed in an abortion, the body language of that message is that life isn’t and may not be worth much at all.  In fact, certain kinds of killing no longer even count officially as “killing”. Certain kinds of killing we enshrine as rights and protect by law. 
When we live this kind of contradiction, why are we surprised at the results?  The Columbine murders will mark my (Denver) community for years to come.  We live in the most violent century in history.  Nothing makes us immune from that violence except a relentless commitment to respect the sanctity of each human life, from womb to natural death.  The civility and community we’ve built in this country are fragile.  We’re losing them.  In examining how and why our culture markets violence, I ask you not to stop with symptoms.  Look deeper.  The families in Littleton and throughout the country deserve at least that much”  
  Twenty years later, the Archbishop has said,
“only a fool can believe that “gun control” will solve the problem of mass violence.  The people using the guns in these loathsome incidents are moral agents with twisted hearts.  The twisting is done by the culture of sexual anarchy, personal excess, political hatreds, intellectual dishonesty, and perverted freedoms that we’ve created over the past half-century. 
And so the Archbishop went on to say,
” Treating the symptoms in a culture of violence doesn’t work.  We need to look deeper.  Until we’re willing to do that,  nothing fundamental will change.”
    Surly words of wisdom, no matter what your creed.

Pro-Life Groups Renew Push for ‘Born Alive’ Bill

If a newborn is intentionally killed, the abortion doctor would face fines or up to five years behind bars.

The following report regarding the ‘Born Alive’ Bill was authored by Rachel del Guidice. She is a congressional reporter for The Daily Signal.

Beginning Monday, pro-life activists are renewing efforts to convince members of Congress, home for the August recess, to support a vote on legislation that would protect babies who survive abortions.

In the House, Democrats in the majority have blocked Republicans 80 times from setting up a vote on the “born alive” bill that would protect babies who survive abortion procedures.

Most Americans, however, support a requirement that medical personnel not leave a newborn to die after a failed abortion attempt, Marilyn Musgrave, a Republican who represented Colorado’s 4th Congressional District in the House from 2003 to 2009, told The Daily Signal in a phone interview. 

“We’ve done polling on it showing 77% of voters support legislation like [Rep. Ann] Wagner introduced,” Musgrave, now vice president of government affairs for the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, said in the interview Friday. 

The House’s Democrat majority has “ignored several issues that really matter to the American people,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said in a statement provided to The Daily Signal.

“One particularly egregious issue they’ve neglected is protecting the lives of babies who survive abortions, a mandate that is not currently illegal in every state,” McCarthy said, adding:

“After refusing 80 times to bring this necessary, commonsense legislation to the floor for a vote, this majority has revealed to the country that it doesn’t believe all living babies deserve proper medical treatment. That is infanticide. My Republican colleagues and I wholeheartedly disagree, and we will continue to fight for and defend life.”  

The Susan B. Anthony List announced Monday the start of a digital ad campaign targeting nine House Democrats: Cindy Axne of Iowa, Collin Allred of Texas, Abby Finkenauer of Iowa, Lizzie Fletcher of Texas, Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania, Lucy McBath of Georgia, Elissa Slotkin of Michigan, Abigail Spanberger of Virginia, and Haley Stevens of Michigan.

Monday marks six months since introduction in the House of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

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Texas Town Declares Itself a “Sanctuary for Unborn Children,” Bans Abortion Clinics

Every mother who cares about her child will support this kind of legislation

Below is an article published by Life News. The report is authored by Mary Margaret Olohan. She reports on a sanctuary city for unborn babies.

The city of Waskom, Texas, declared itself a sanctuary city for the unborn in June, prompting pro-choice groups to post billboards advocating abortion access in the town.

The Waskom city council passed an ordinance in an effort to ban abortions June 12. Abortions are not currently permitted in the state after 20 weeks, but supporters of the pro-life movement fear stricter abortion laws right across the border in Louisiana will cause more women to come to Texas for the procedure, according to The Washington Post.

Right to Life East Texas, based out of Longview, aided the council in its decision.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a heartbeat bill banning abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat can be detected in May, prompting Right to Life East Texas director Mark Lee Dickson to take action, he told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Dickson described the council meeting June 12 when the ordinance was passed. “Not one person was in opposition to the ordinance,” he said.

A variety of publications, including HuffPost, USA Today, and WaPo, note the council that declared Waskom a sanctuary city was composed of all males. Dickson said this was true, but added that the majority of those present in the room were women.

“There are tons of women who support what happened in Waskom,” Dickson told the DCNF.

“The reality is, this ordinance is saying that mothers don’t have the right to end the life of their child,” he added. “That’s common-sense legislation. Every mother who cares about her child will support this kind of legislation. It’s only those who don’t see a child as a human being or who see a child as less than human that will take an issue.”

Abortion activists responded to the move by teaming up with NARAL Pro-Choice Texas and the Austin-based Lilith Fund to post billboards in Waskom that read, “Abortion is freedom,” according to WaPo.

“This is an area where even those who are Democrats would cringe at such a statement,” Dickson said. “Abortion is freedom? A lot of people would scratch their heads and say, ‘What is wrong with them?’ Even those who are pro-choice would take issue with that.”

“We can’t be more thankful to the pro-choice groups for everything they are doing – getting them to spend money on billboards, that’s great, that’s that much less money they are spending on the killing of innocent children,” Dickson added.

The Washington Post interviewed residents in the city and found the “majority of local residents” and said they “supported the ordinance and resent more liberal parts of the state plastering their views on billboards in a largely conservative community.”

“I think they did it to take a dig at Waskom,” said local garage owner Jayna Lay, according to WaPo. “They send the wrong message in my opinion. ‘Abortion is freedom,’ that’s a messed up phrase. That’s pretty much saying, ‘Kill your children and you’re free.’ That’s crazy to me.”

The city’s mayor, however, said while he didn’t like the message, organizations have the right to post them.

“I want to make clear that we passed that ordinance to keep abortion clinics out of Waskom,” Waskom Mayor Jesse Moore told WaPo. “I don’t like what they [the billboards] say, but they have got that right.”

Delma Catalina Limones, communications manager for NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, told WaPo that NARAL put up the signs before communicating with anyone in Waskom, and that people called in thanking the organization for it after.

“We refuse to be intimidated, and we will continue to work to expand and protect abortion access in Texas,” Limones said.

Life News report continues here

Study: Roe v. Wade Reversal Would Pose Challenges and Opportunities for Pro-Lifers

The New York Times recently published results of a study on the effects on abortion of overturning Roe v Wade. Below are excerpts from an article by Michael New. His comments to this study and the challenges to pro-lifers on the reversal of Roe v Wade were posted on Townhall’s opinion section.

Last week, The New York Times covered a recent abortion study by Caitlin Myers of Middlebury College and two reproductive health researchers. This study analyzes how a future reversal of Roe v. Wade would impact abortion rates in various parts of the country.  The study looked at how recent abortion facility closures in Texas affected abortion rates in different regions of the state. They use this data to predict abortion rates in different parts of the country if Roe is overturned and conservative states outlawed abortion. Overall, the researchers predict that a reversal of Roe v. Wade would prevent over 100,000 abortions annually. 

There are two very important lessons for pro-lifers here. First, this study adds to a body of research which shows that the incidence of abortion is sensitive to its legal status.  As such, the reversal of Roe v. Wade would likely save thousands of unborn children every year.  Second, the overall U.S. abortion rate might only drop moderately in the short term since many blue states with high abortion rates would likely fail to enact laws to protect the preborn. As such, while reversing Roe is clearly a worthy goal, pro-lifers will still have plenty of work to do building a culture of life in politically liberal states.

Overall, pro-lifers have made some impressive progress building a culture of life.  The U.S. abortion rate has fallen by 50 percent since 1980 and is now lower than what it was when Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973.  A large factor in this decline is the fact that a higher percentage of unintended pregnancies are being carried to term.  I cite this statistic often because it nicely shows that pro-life educational, legislative, and service efforts have all been effective. A reversal of Roe would be a tremendous judicial victory as it would extend legal protection to literally thousands of innocent unborn children.  However, it is important for pro-lifers to understand that this is only a starting point. If Roe v. Wade is overturned pro-lifers will have no shortage of work to do building a culture of life in many parts of country.

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God the Creator is the Foundation of Liberty

The sacredness and sanctity of all life, born and unborn, exists because God is the Creator.

By Sam Rohrer
Christian Post

As we celebrate Independence Day and the courage of our founders, we must ask: Independence from what to what? The signers of the Declaration of Independence knew, but most Americans sadly don’t. It’s time to reexamine the foundation of liberty and the source of rights that made America great. Liberty can’t be understood without the Bible, as civil freedom starts with understanding spiritual freedom.

John 8:32 says, “and ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free.” Without experiencing this spiritual freedom from the power of sin that only faith in Christ can bring, no nation can ever experience lasting civil freedom. The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia says it all; from Leviticus 25:10, Proclaim liberty—the liberty that comes from obeying God’s commands—throughout all the land and to all the inhabitants therefore.

Liberty, as identified in our Declaration, hinges on God and understanding Him. We are endowed by our Creator—independence and liberty start with spiritual freedom, which comes from God our Creator and is experienced personally as spiritual freedom in Christ. Recognizing God and God the Creator—the foundation of the Judeo-Christian worldview—is where liberty starts. This God is Supreme, the same Judge of the Universe appealed to in the Declaration of Independence. This God is Truth, Sovereign, pre-existent, greater than all people and governments.

In true civil freedom, God must first be acknowledged as Supreme and Source of all moral truth. Our founders recognized and started with this truth. The fact that we are endowed by our Creator is the core of America’s civil freedom. If we are created by God in His image, then He gave us the faculties to know and obey Him. If created, then we didn’t evolve nor are we mere accidents in time. We are human beings with value, purpose and the ability to enjoy God’s creation. Since created, then we are given the rights to life, liberty and the enjoyment of private property—rights from God to be protected by government, not rights from government to be manipulated and trampled.

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(The Hon. Sam Rohrer is president of the American Pastors Network, a national network of pastors with constitutional and biblical teachings that discusses today’s pressing issues. He was a Pennsylvania lawmaker for 18 years and hosts the daily “Stand in the Gap Today” national radio program on more than 400 stations and Host of the “Stand in the Gap” national television program.)