We are excited to share with you our 2016 March for Life theme -
We are announcing the theme at the U.S. Capitol as we speak at a briefing we are hosting with pro-life and pro-woman friends and allies. Follow along on Twitter HERE.
Why this theme, why now?
Each year, we try to discern the most cutting edge and critical theme for the March for Life, as well as the area that needs the most education.
It has been said -- politically and culturally -- that for one to be pro-woman one must be pro-choice. But nothing could be further from the truth. Sadly, there are so many confusing messages regarding women and the issue of abortion, compounded by the false “war on women” rhetoric.
The truth is that life is the empowering choice for women. It's best for women and families facing unplanned pregnancies, and it's best for developing female babies in the womb. Abortion harms women, and affects our society as a whole, in so many ways.
Through our 2016 theme, "Pro-life and Pro-Woman Go Hand-in-Hand," we will explore this topic in many ways, and we will push back against the Planned Parenthood machine.
Follow the March for Life on social media for more resources, and continue to use our website as a resource.
You can also sign up for the March for Life Conference on January 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to learn more about our theme. The Conference will be held at the Downtown D.C. Renaissance Hotel and will feature a keynote address by author Sue Ellen Browder, entitled: “Why the Pro-Life Movement Is the Authentic Women’s Movement.”
Together, we can impact our culture with this beautiful message of life. We will march together on January 22, 2016 to share this truth with the world. We cannot do it alone. Please invite your friends, family, and neighbors to be part of the 2016 March for Life!
We will see you in less than 3 months! Until then, join us in sharing the truth that being pro-life and pro-woman go hand in hand! For Life,
Jeanne F. Mancini
March for Life President
p.s. We are excited to share our 2016 March for Life theme with you - "Pro-Life and Pro-Woman Go Hand-in-Hand! For graphics to share on social media, click HERE.
In Westchester legislature, pro-life Francis Corcoran took a seat that had been held by a pro-abort. It appears that there are nine (out of 17) votes against any anti-first amendment pro-abortion bill designed to stifle free speech outside of abortion mills. In any event there are enough votes to sustain a veto by Rob Astorino.
We are very pleased Sheila Marcotte retained her seat again, running in a district where Democrat voters have a majority.
This from the Westchester Journal News Bipartisan coalition holds onto leadership of Westchester legislature
In Rockland County -
By request, we've found some online resources for finding pro-life candidates.
It's two children! They had to end it - but not for human rights reasons - it's the demographics - still a disgrace.
Press Release from Population Research Institute -
China Announces End of One Child Policy
The Chinese government is apparently ready loosen to the stranglehold it has had on reproduction in that country since the late seventies—a little bit. Under the new policy, married Chinese couples will be allowed not one, but two children.
“The regime is backing away from draconian birth limits,” says Steven Mosher, President of the Population Research Institute, “not because senior Party officials have suddenly developed a conscience. Rather, it will be because they have finally realized that a shrinking workforce and a rapidly aging population are crippling future economic growth.”
For at least the past two years, China’s workforce has been shrinking. Last year, the potential workforce fell by 3.71 million, a significant number even by China’s standards. At the same time, the over-sixty population is exploding. According to U.N. projections, it is expected to more than double by 2050. China is gro wing old before it grows rich, and the strains on China’s nascent pension programs will be enormous.
Mosher says, “Beijing now realizes that it must stop restricting childbirth and start encouraging it as soon as possible. Yet it can’t simply abandon the policy altogether and admit it made a mistake. That would call the regime’s legitimacy into question.”
The parallels between China’s current demographic and economic malaise and Japan’s demographic and economic decline in the 1990s is striking. The Japanese economy has never really recovered from its “demographic recession.” China may not recover either.
The One Child Policy has caused fertility rates to plummet over the past three and half decades. Sex-selective abortion has reached epidemic proportions in many parts of the country. The strong preference for sons in Chinese culture, especially in rural areas, has resulted in the deaths of millions of unborn baby girls.
The overall loss of human life in China is staggering. China’s own Ministry of Health estimated in 2013 that 336 million babies had been aborted as a result of the onerous population control program. With an estimated 13 million abortions taking place in China every year—almost 1,500 lives per hour—the number is likely significantly higher today.
Chinese President Xi Jinping first sought to loosen the policy in 2013. It was announced that couples where both the husband and the wife were themselves only children would be allowed to have a second child following the birth of their first. The response was underwhelming as few couples applied for a second birth “permit."
Mosher says, “Now couples are allowed to have a second child. But don’t expect it to stop there. A government bent on controlling the fertility of its people will do whatever necessary to produce the number of children it thinks necessary.”
After all, the One Child Policy is only one phase of the larger Planned Birth campaign. This is Beijing’s ongoing campaign to control the reproduction of the Chinese people under a state plan in the same way that it controls the number of tanks, or the number of coal-fired power plants, that it builds each year.
This means that, if the Chinese people refuse to conceive and bear the number of children that the state demands, childbearing will become mandatory. Women will be forcibly inseminated, regular pelvic examinations will be instituted to monitor their pregnancies, and abortions will be forbidden.
Unless and until the Communist regime abandons its Planned Birth policy, and allows couples to freely choose the number and spacing of their children, abuses will continue.
And since when has a one-party dictatorship ever voluntarily relinquished even a portion of the power that it wields over its people?
Westchester-Putnam Right to Life PAC suggests the following candidates for Tuesday's election:
NYS 9th JD Supreme Court Justice: Montgomery DELANEY
Westchester County Legislators:
District 1 John TESTA; District 2 Francis CORCORAN; District 3 Margaret CUNZIO*; District 6 David GELFARB; District 7 Susan WATSON*; District 9 Kathleen MAMONE; District 10 Sheila MARCOTTE; District 11 James MAISANO*; District 14 Bernice SPRECKMAN*; District 15 Gordon BURROWS; District 17 Virginia PEREZ*
Yonkers Mayor: Bill NUCKLE
Yonkers City Council: District 3 Michael MEYER; District 5 Michael BREEN
Mt. Vernon Mayor: Deborah REYNOLDS
New Rochelle: District 1 Louis TRANGUCCI
Putnam County DA: Robert TENDY
Putnam County Legislators: District 1 Barbara SCUCCIMARRA; District 4 Ginny NACERINO; District 7 Joseph CASTELLANO
* "pro-choice" but supports some "pro-life" positions! More pro-life than opponents!
Candidates not listed here have not been endorsed by W&PRTL PAC
(The Right to Life Party has their own candidate list at righttolife-9jd.com)
Excerpts below the links, but well worth reading in full both commentaries.
George Weigel, writing in First Things
The Relatio Finalis [final report] of Synod-2015, adopted this evening by the Synod Fathers, is a massive and encouraging improvement over the Instrumentum Laboris [working document] that was the baseline for the Synod’s work. The tremendous difference between the two documents illustrates just how fruitful a path the Synod walked over three sometimes-challenging weeks.
The working document was virtually silent on the gift of children. The final report describes children as one of the greatest of blessings, praises large families, is careful to honor special-needs kids, and lifts up the witness of happily and fruitfully married couples and their children as agents of evangelization.
The working document made something of a hash out of conscience and its role in the moral life. The final report does a much better job of explaining the Church’s understanding of conscience and its relationship to truth, rejecting the idea that conscience is a kind of free-floating faculty of the will that can function as the equivalent of a “Get Out of Jail Free” card.
The working document was full of ambiguities about pastoral practice and its relationship to doctrine. The final report, while not without some ambiguities, makes clear that pastoral care must begin from a bottom-line of commitment to the settled teaching of the Church, and that there really is no such thing as “local-option Catholicism,” either in terms of regional/national solutions to challenges or patish-by-parish solutions. The Church remains one Church.
The working document was also ambiguous in its description of “family.” The final report underscores that there can be no proper analogy drawn between the Catholic understanding of “marriage” and “family” and other social arrangements, no matter what their legal status.
Mercy and truth sometimes seemed in tension in the working document. The final report is far more theologically developed in relating mercy and truth in God, and thus inseparable in the doctrine and practice of the Church.
From Crisis magazine -
The day before the synod ended Pope Francis announced that he was dissolving both the Pontifical Council for Family and the Pontifical Academy for Life. The Pontifical Council for the Laity will absorb them as subordinate departments in a structural demotion within the Roman Curia of the status of the Church’s pro-family and pro-life ministry. Maintaining the Council for the Family and the Academy for Life, both created by Saint John Paul II, were clearly lower papal priorities than the drive to downsize the Roman Curia.
the final report of the synod made vast improvements over the relatio synodi, the working document, from last year. Abortion went from zero mentions to five. Condemnations of the “contraceptive mentality” and the fear of overpopulation were included in the final report. The synod fathers insisted on a firm statement of indignation at the financial blackmail used by international organizations to pressure countries into legalizing “homosexual marriage.” There was also a very strong denunciation of the gender ideology that denies the fundamental differences between men and women and their essential complementarity. The final report laments a “sharp drop in the birthrate” and calls for “unconditional openness to life” among married couples before citing Humanae Vitae and Evangelium Vitae.
Some participants from the former-communist nations found it unfortunate that terrible problems, such as alcoholism, received only passing mention in a document that went to 95 paragraphs. At the same time, so many themes were broached, from grandparents to the family in Sacred Scriptures, that no one topic could expect more than cursory treatment. The document writers definitely tried to cover a great deal of ground while proclaiming the needs of couples and children and the challenge to evangelize through the family.
Here's the article on forming conscience - interesting about Saint John Paul
Years ago Frontline on PBS had a great series on him.
As NY politicians get into the act to promote assisted suicide/euthanasia - in this case it's pro-abortion Sandy Galef, longtime member of the NYS Assembly.
It's certainly important to get the MAXIMUM prolife presence possible. 7PM, Cortlandt Town Hall, 1Heady St., Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567.
Galef propaganda below - "Death with Dignity" indeed. Better title "When the doctor kills his patient."